|Congratulations to EVA! Winner in Writing Contest!|
The NHPTV-PBS KIDS WRITERS CONTEST is open to kids in grades K-3. They are asked to write and illustrate an original story. The first place winners at each grade level are sent on to represent NHPTV at the national level. Eva F., a Hampstead Academy second grader, took FIRST PLACE with her story "My Guatemala". Fellow classmate, Paul S., received an HONORABLE MENTION for his story "Python and the Mystery of the Bright Light". We will work to get a copy of the stories online to share!
|STEM Presenter Visits Upper School|
The Upper School hosted an educational presentation from Technology Seed, an IT support company, that focused on information about jobs available in STEM fields, especially technology. The students learned about what many employers look for in STEM candidates and discussed what to consider as they move forward in their education along with examples of STEM careers. Demonstrations of a 3D printer and new HP Sprout devices were included as well. Thank you to Technology Seed for great presentations! READ MORE for additional photos.
|Hoops for Heart Spirit Week!|
The Hoops for Heart Spirit Week, a fundraiser for the American Heart Association, is in full swing! Today was TWINS DAY with students and staff members dressing alike. Let's finish the week strong with Formal Day tomorrow 4/23 (dress fancy for all your classes) and Friday 4/24 Hawaiian Day (coinciding with Cruise Day, get ready to luau, Aloha!). READ MORE for additional photos
|Hampstead Academy Alum, Jake Levin, Truman Scholar|
Congratulations to HA Class of 2008 Graduate, Jake Levin, for being named New Hampshire's 2015 Truman Scholar!Jacob Levin
CUNY Brooklyn College
Jake is a Macaulay Honors College student studying political science and philosophy. He is passionate about political participation, volunteerism, and the creation of safe and nurturing spaces for students, artists, and youth. To empower CUNY students and provide a platform for the spreading and sharing of ideas, Jake founded TEDxCUNY, New York City's first public university TEDx conference. He has worked for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, the New York City Mayor's Office of Veterans Affairs, and Jazz at Lincoln Center, and serves on Lincoln Center's Student Advisory Council. A camp counselor for the last 5 years, he also cares deeply about youth leadership and development. Jake hopes to pursue a law degree to advocate for veterans and other underrepresented groups. READ MORE!
|Congratulations to Caroline Kepka!|
Congratulations to Upper School Teacher, Caroline Kepka, for being chosen to attend the Phil Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy!
Over 1500 teachers from around the country apply for this honor, and approximately 150 are chosen. Caroline was the only teacher from New Hampshire selected to attend this all-expense paid trip to the Liberty Science Center in New Jersey this summer.
Portions of Caroline's congratulatory letter read:
Congratulations! On behalf of the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy, I'm pleased to inform you that you have been selected to attend the 2015 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy! This year's Academy is scheduled for July 26-31, 2015 at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, N.J.
The Send My Teacher website received an overwhelming response with more than 1.500 teachers from across the country applying. The selection panel based their decision on your qualifications, dedication to inspiring students and your overall commitment to enhancing the teaching profession.
You'll leave the Academy equipped with fun, new experiments, ready to encourage a lifelong love of math and science.
Caroline Kepka is the third Hampstead Academy teacher to be selected for this honor over the past three years. Both Cecelia Carroll and Suzi Falcone have attended the Academy, shared their amazing experience with the staff, and implemented what they have learned with Hampstead Academy students.
For more information about the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy, please click here
EDUCATING THE WHOLE CHILD
Preschool through Grade 8
is to enable our students to develop academic potential and individual talents in a caring atmosphere that cultivates creative thinking, upstanding character, service to others, and enthusiasm for learning.
Please consider supporting our Aidan in this great walk for Boston Children's Hospital!
|Blankets for Emmaus House|
Fourth grade students spent the morning of December 19th making fleece blankets for the children of Emmaus House in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Emmaus House is a home for families in transition whose mission is to impower individuals and families to reach their fullest potential. The students were able to make three very warm and cozy blankets which were delivered to Emmaus House on December 24th. We would like to thank Mrs. O'Connell and Mrs. Hines who helped out that day. READ MORE for additional photos.
|Baking for Emmaus House|
The students in Grade 4 spent some time just before the Thanksgiving break to bake pumpkin bread for the resident of Emmaus House
in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Emmaus House is a residence whose mission is to help families in transition. Due to the wonderful baking skills of the fourth grade class, 8 delicious loaves of bread were delivered to Emmaus House just in time for their Thanksgiving Feast! READ MORE for photo.
|XC Team Donates to Play 4 A Cure|
The Hampstead Academy Cross Country Team participated in Hampstead Middle School's annual Play 4 A Cure last week. A check was presented to Kristine Eiro of the Hampstead Middle School Athletic Club by team captain Ellie Sandt and the rest of the team. Over the last three years the Cross Country Team has raised a total of $1,299 to donate to this wonderful cause which helps fight breast cancer!
|XC Ice Cream Fundraiser|
The Hampstead Academy Cross Country Team would like to thank the entire Hampstead Academy community for their support of our “make your own ice cream sundae” fundraiser which raised $408! A check will be presented to the Hampstead Athletic Club by team captain Ellie Sandt this Thursday at Hampstead Middle School’s Play 4 A Cure event. Over the last three years the Cross Country Team has raised a total of $1,299 to donate to this wonderful cause which helps fight cancer! READ MORE for photos.
|HA Raises Money for Town Outdoor Basketball Court|
Hampstead Academy raised over $2,700 for development of an outside basketball court by the Hampstead Recreation Committee for the Town of Hampstead. Through the Great American SpellCheck, the HA community came together to improve spelling skills and help raise money for the town basketball court.
|The Great American SpellCheck|
Hampstead Academy students and faculty participated in a school wide fundraiser called The Great American SpellCheck. The focus of the event was twofold: raising funds while improving spelling skills. The event was held at the same time throughout the school creating a unified effort on behalf of the student body. Many parents, family members, and family friends pledged an amount on behalf of the student. Due to overwhelming support, Hampstead Academy successfully raised $2,732.25. The funds will be donated to the Hampstead Civic Club for the installation of a basketball court. Hampstead Academy is proud to be a member of the Hampstead community; therefore, we are thrilled to contribute to the growth and development of the surrounding community and its youth.
|Jump Rope for Heart SPIRIT WEEK!|
During the week of May 19th, all Hampstead Academy students are welcome to participate in a Jump Rope for Heart Spirit Week! Show some "spirit" by wearing appropriate clothing associated with each day of Spirit Week. READ MORE for all the details!
|Paws Walk 2014|
A number of Hampstead Academy students will be doing the 2014 Paws Walk in Stratham Hill on June 8th, to raise money for the SPCA.
The students who are participating are Ophelia and Genevieve B, Jaden A, William S, Marby V, Diya and Nishant D.
If you would like to support them you can donate at www.nhspca.org. Click Paws Walk 2014; 'Support a Walker' and then enter the name of the child you would like to support. Alternatively you could send a check payable to the 'SPCA Paws Walk' in your child's school bag.
If you would like to join them on the walk you are welcome to do so (a parent needs to walk with their child). Please register at www.nhspca.org; click on Paws Walk 2014; select ‘register now’, ‘join team’ and select Hampstead Academy Huskies. If you register before the end April you will receive a complementary team t-shirt.
Good luck to the walkers and their dogs!
|Hoops for Heart Fundraiser|
Congratulations to the Hampstead Academy Community! We raised $2,333 last year for our Hoops for Heart fundraiser. We just received a plaque notifying us that we raised the most money in our division! Let's try to break that number this year during our Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser.
|CandyGram Fundraiser Update|
Thanks to everyone who participated and supported this year's CandyGram fundraiser through Jump Rope for Heart. Despite a couple of cancellations of school during CandyGram week, the fundraiser was a huge success. Hundreds and hundreds of treats were delivered to the students of Hampstead Academy, and on behalf of Caroline, Charlie, Carter, and Max, we are thrilled to announce that this fundraiser will be sending over $400 to the American Heart Association! Stay tuned for more fun associated with our Jump Rope for Heart activity period!
|Blankets for Emmaus House|
As part of their community service project, Hampstead Academy fourth graders made blankets for the children at Emmaus House. Three blankets were made on December 20th and delivered to Emmaus House in Haverhill, Mass in time for their holiday celebration. Great job! READ MORE for pictures.
|Trick or Treat for UNICEF|
As a community service endeavor for the fall, the Hampstead Academy Student Council is participating in a fundraiser called Trick or Treat for UNICEF. It is a fundraiser where children across the nation collect change on Halloween. All money collected will be donated to UNICEF, to help out children in need across the world. Hampstead Academy is helping out by handing out boxes to HA students so they can participate as well. The Student Council will collect money until Friday, November 15h. The boxes can be returned to Ms. Roberts.
|CMN Run for the Kids|
Hampstead Academy was well represented at the CMN Run for the Kids 5 K Race this past Saturday at Pawtuckaway State Park. Dhilan Soundar, Nick Lamy, and Ellie Sandt won medals for winning their age brackets! Several of our runners also walked away with nice raffle prizes including an iPod and a Nook. The cross country team would like to thank Mr. Lamy, Kathleen Herold, and the Soundar family for participating in the race.
|Run for a Cure Donation|
The Run for a Cure fundraiser raised $711.00!
Thanks to all who participated in our "SCHOOLING". What a great community event for our school to support. The Run for a Cure was held on Oct. 3 at the Hampstead Middle School. The Hampstead Academy Cross Country Team presented a check to the Hampstead Athletic Association before the race.
|THANK YOU - Fundraiser Results|
The 7th grade would like to thank everyone who purchased bracelets to help raise money for the American Diabetes Association. $400.60 dollars were raised with the help of the Hampstead Academy community.
Colette, her family, and several 7th grade students will participate in the Step Out Walk in Boston on October 19th.
|American Diabetes Assoc. Fundraiser|
Starting September 23rd the 7th grade class will be selling rubber band bracelets at lunch. All the proceeds will go to the American Diabetes Association. Colette, her family and some of her 7th grade classmates will be walking in the Step Out Walk for Diabetes on October 19th.
The bracelets will cost from $1-2 and the sale will go on until supplies last. The 7th grade has been busy making bracelets and thank you in advance for your support.
|The A.D.A.'s Tour de Cure|
The American Diabetes Association's Tour de Cure, taking place this weekend, raises funds for the 26 million Americans living with diabetes through registration fees and pledges collected by the touring cyclists. Some of our Hampstead Academy families are going to host a rest area at the school for the cyclists coming through the area.
Tour de Cure is designed for anyone from the occasional to the experienced cyclist with routes from the 15-mile family ride to 100-mile Gran Fondo, a century ride. The routes all feature rest stops with food to fuel the journey and volunteers to cheer riders on.
|Hoops 4 Heart Totals|
The final Hoops for Heart donations have been counted up and Hampstead Academy raised $2,323.42! Congratulations to our top individual fundraisers: Alexis Levine and Benjamin Matseas who raised $250 each.
|Students in Grades One and Two Celebrate Giving|
Students in Grades One and Two at Hampstead Academy have been busy little Elves during this holiday season. In anticipation of the Hampstead Academy Holiday Store, the children worked at home doing chores throughout November and December in order to earn shopping money for gifts.
The children were delighted to choose gifts for their families as a reward for all their hard work, but were even more pleased to know that the funds they raised would go to a good cause. The children decided that the money raised at their store should go to St. Anne’s Food Pantry in Hampstead. The children donated over $200 to food pantry.
|Fleece Blankets for Emmaus House|
To continue our committment to helping the residents of Emmaus House, the fourth grade students made fleece blankets for the residents. Two blankets, one for a girl and one for a boy, will be delivered in time for the holiday to be distributed to children at the shelter.
|Hampstead Academy Hoops for Heart 2013!|
We are excited to announce that Hampstead Academy will be participating in Hoops for Heart event during physical education classes this year! Every student will have a chance to participate, and those that would like to raise funds are encouraged to!
Mark your calendar - this event will be held January 22-25! This very special community service program will help raise awareness of heart health as well as raise funds to fight our nation’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers- cardiovascular disease and stroke.
|Donations for the Salem Animal Rescue League and Feline Friends of Salem|
With the holiday season upon us, we are surrounded by the joys and splendors of some rich holiday literature here in the Hampstead Academy Library. Many pieces share diverse themes within each of the different holidays we celebrate. One central theme shared is that of giving. The Library, with the help of the 6th grade, will be collecting donations for the Salem Animal Rescue League and for Feline Friends of Salem, NH.
|Pumpkin Bread for Emmaus House|
With the help of some parents, the 4th grade class baked 10 loaves of pumpkin bread for Emmaus House in Haverhill, Mass. It was delivered on Wednesday, Nov. 21st in time for their Thanksgiving Feast!
|7th Grade Donation Box For Our Troops|
Grade Seven is currently spearheading a community service project which they are happy to announce is open to the entire Hampstead Academy community. A care box filled with donations of various items will be sent to Austin Ware's troop, currently stationed in Afghanistan. Austin is the brother of one of our seventh graders, Makayla.
Click on "Read More" for a suggested list of donation items.
|XC Team Community Service|
The Hampstead Academy Cross Country Team would like to thank the entire Hampstead Academy community for their support of our bake sale and “Coins for Cancer” to raise money for our community service efforts.
|Trick or Treat for UNICEF|
As a community service project the Hampstead Academy Student Council has organized the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.
|H.A. Used Book Drive|
Hampstead Academy students have collected well over 1500 books during their Used Book Drive this year. All the books collected to date were delivered by the Hampstead Academy Student Council to Guilmette Elementary School in Lawrence, Massachusetts last week, where they will be distributed to either the school's library or to the school's book closet.
|Used Book Drive Taking Place at Hampstead Academy Alongside the Book Fair |
Do you have gently used books at home that your children no longer read or have “outgrown”? Donate them between September 24 and October 5 to help the Guilmette Elementary School provide books to its students, and you could win tickets to Screemfest at Canobie Lake Park! Donation boxes will be in both the HA lobby and at the Book Fair.
|Jump For Your Heart|
Thank you all for your effort and financial donations offered for our recent Jump Rope For Heart Fundraiser. We were blessed with a fabulous day and were able to come together as a school and spend the afternoon jumping to our "hearts content"! The final tally for the fundraiser totaled $3180; our original goal was for $2500.
|Passionately Pink for the Cure Fair|
The Student Council would like to thank everyone who came to the "Passionately Pink for the Cure Fair." $247.60 was raised for the Susan G. Koman Foundation.
|5th Grade Penny Drive for the Red Cross|
Lisa Michaud, the Chief Communications External Relations Officer for the Concord branch of the Red Cross, visited Hampstead Academy to accept our donation from the 5th grade Penny Drive.
|Treat Yourself! Treat Others!|
Ms. Doherty’s third grade class and Student Council will hold fundraisers during lunch this week to benefit two great causes.
|St. Jude's Research Hospital Math-a-thon |
Thank you to all the students that participated in the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Math-a-thon. The total rasied funds came to $3,000.
Thank you everyone for your support!
|2nd Grade Bake Sale - Books for Africa|
The second grade ran a bake sale to earn money to ship donated books to Africa. The bake sale was a huge success! Supply could not keep up with demand!
|St. Jude's Research Hospital Math-a-thon |
Thank you to all the students that participated in the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Math-a-thon. It is time to collect your donations and bring them in the envelopes to your classroom teacher. Please make any checks out to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Prizes will be distributed in several weeks.
|Kindergarten's "Chores for Change"|
After their "Chores for Change" project was completed, the Kindergarten students visited Market Basket to purchase goods for the SPCA and Food Pantry.
|The Power of One|
The Power of 1-was a great success! The Kindergarten collected a pile of food for the local food pantry, one item at a time.
|Baking for the Emmaus House|
The fifth grade baked pumpkin bread for Emmaus House; a shelter for families in transition located in Haverhill, MA.
Thank you to everyone who helped the Student Council raise over $1100 for Unicef through Trick-or-Treat
|Math-a-Thon for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital|
Thank you for supporting the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Math-a-Thon. Hampstead Academy students raised an amazing $4008! Thank you also to the 6th grade students who helped in organizing this fundraising event.
|4th Grade Pajama Drive|
An extremely generous group of families from Mrs. Parker’s fourth grade class teamed up with Scholastic Book Clubs to provide a warm pair of pajamas and a bedtime book for more than twenty-five children who live in group homes, shelters, foster care, and orphanages by participating in The Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive.
Two Hampstead Academy students have been named winners of the Barnum Award, an award given to youth for outstanding community service by Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey.
|7L Fundraiser for Kiva.org|
Grade 7L hosted a "Black and White" dance Friday night and raised $230 for the on-line charity Kiva.org.
|Student Council "Duck Tape" Fundraiser|
Student Council will sell “Duck Tape” items this week during lunch. There will be cell phone pouches, wallets, purses, and bracelets. The items are from $1.00-2.00 dollars. All proceeds will go to the Japan Relief Fund.