For the Week of 5/29 - 6/2

Dear HKMS Families,

Last night's choral concert was yet another example of how our young adolescents continue to impress me by demonstrating incredible growth, confidence, and pizazz!  Congratulations to Mrs. Gidley and all the chorus students! This is a very exciting time of the year as months of work on music, art, and engineering classes are coming to fruition.  The deepest levels of thinking on long term assignments are being published, shared, discussed, and assessed. I am so proud of all the learning evident in our students and their teachers for creating the conditions to make our learners thrive.  Whether you were at the concert or not, please be sure to check out the videos and images of their inspiring performances in the “classroom peeks'' section. 

Recently, we have received questions from many parents about events, permission slips, and other news that are actually in the weekly newsletter.  This newsletter is your "one stop shop" for everything going on at HKMS.  For those reasons I developed a list of reasons for...

Why you should read the rest of this newsletter:

Hoping everyone is keeping their cool as we head into June and the last three weeks of school.  Be sure to take time for yourself, your kids and family this weekend to recharge, and reconnect! Have a terrific weekend.


Steve Clapp


Helen Keller Middle School

Find your strength, build upon it, and share it!

Grade 6

En cours de français...students are reading descriptions of family members using descriptive language (ex., uncle Rober is very tall).  Next, students will be writing descriptions of their own families. 

Grade 7

Mr. Rogers' writers are creating powerful "black out" poems this week!

Ms. Mancini's mathematicians are using the Pythagorean Theorem to calculate the hypotenuse of triangles! 

Grade 8

Mr. Jockers' linguists are identifying aspects of authors craft in memoirs!

Barlow XCTF Slideshow

Members of the JBHS cross country team returned to HKMS to discuss cross country, track, and the leadership opportunities through sports in high school. 

JBHS Summer Reading Assignment!

Entering Grade 9: Class of 2027 Summer 2023 Reading Packet

The freshman summer reading assignment is here! Get a jump on your required summer reading after reviewing the assignments shared here.  

HKMS PSAT Results Letter to Parents - Spring 2023

The PSAT Results are in! Students will be spending time next week in Mr. Macaluso's class interpreting and understanding the provided paper results.  The letter above has directions on how you can assess the digital report.  Students will bring home their paper report next week.


PE classes took advanage of the beautiful weather and the tennis courts this week!

Spring Chorus Concert!  

Thursday evening we were treated to a beautiful concert full of inspirational perormances.  Enjoy thes videos and images!

Full - I Love Rock n' Roll Medley.mp4

Full Chorus - I Love Rock n' Roll Medley

Select Chior - Sing.mp4

Select Choir - Sing!

8th - Viva La Vida.mp4

Grade 8 Chorus - Viva La Vida

Full - Surfin USA.mp4

Full Chorus - Surfin' USA

Full - A Million Dreams.mp4

Full Chorus - A Million Dreams

School Climate Committee at Work

At this week's meeting, we held student-led focus groups to gather more insight into the student experience and ways we can make it even better.  

Staff from HKMS and SSES made up their softball game from the 5/2 rainout. The game was supposed to be part of the annual spring fling activities, but the field was flooded.  It was a great game and the Cougars outlasted the Dolphins for the win!  Thanks to all the spectators who showed up to cheer us on! 

A great time was had by all!  


 ALL HKMS Library books due back in school TODAY! 

A very special day at SSES!  

Grade 8 orchestra students with Mrs. Gidley, Mrs. Mohr, and Dr. Clapp spent Wednesday afternoon with the 5th graders discussing everything from music choices at HKMS to the value of productive struggle.    Dr. Clapp and Mrs. Mohr stayed through the afternoon to get to know the future Keller cougars.

5th-graders "turned over a new leaf" as they struggled to ALL stay on a blanket while turing it over to the HKMS side. Great problem solving, communicaiton, and perservence skills were needed for success!

We broke ground and set up the new beds! Shout out to the Easton Garden Club for the donations of compost, soil, and sweat!

Happenings around...

HKMS Displays and Projects at Barlow-Paluzza!

Graduation Gifts for Your Future Falcon

The JB Falcons Swag Store is now open for graduation gifts for the incoming JB class of 2027.  

Don’t miss out!

The JBHS Summer Academy 2023 is now accepting registration for our summer courses.  The registration form can be found within the Summer Academy Brochure.  

Questions about the Summer Academy should be emailed to or

Open to all Easton 7th and 8th graders!

JBHS's annual color run will be Sunday 6/4 to support Mikey's Way Foundation! Link here.

Permission Slip Central!

8th Grade Parents:  

Please use the link belowto sign your child up to attend the Twilight Picnic on June 8th for 8th grade students.  

The Twilight Picnic will be 5:30pm - 7:00pm and will feature the Big Green Pizza Truck!

Nothing better than a round of golf that helps support innovation in our schools!  Consider signing up for the annual ELF Golf Tournament. All proceeds go to support innovative educational opportunities at SSES and HKMS!

Share Your Time or Produce with Easton´s Homebound Seniors

The Easton ¨Grow-A-Row¨ program will be returning this summer and helpers are needed to make it a success. Beginning on June 20th, excess fresh produce grown in home gardens ( or purchased from local farms )  can be dropped off each Tuesday at Shaggy Coos Farm, 53 Center Road, Easton, CT from 8 am-12:00 pm. Volunteer drivers will deliver the collected food to homebound seniors in town.

Please contact Alison Witherbee [ or call (203) 268-1137] for more information.

There are several ways that Easton residents can support this initiative: 

School Spiritwear Store!

Grade 8 Events

Parent Letter Grade 8 EOY Events 2023

This doc has a table of all the 8th-grade EOY events with a descripton and a parent to do list. A good one to print up and post on the fridge!