Students in grades three, four, and five participated in the annual Lower School Cruise Day event just before the spring break on April 21st. The students boarded the Hampstead of the Sea and sailed through the Caribbean Sea while participating in art, math, social studies and language arts activities. They were also treated to an onboard carnival sponsored by the Student Council as part of their exciting day. We would like to thank the parent volunteers, Kim Richardson, Anne Sorber, April Salu, Stephanie Mahoney, Kristen Dionne, and Lisa Cioffe for their help in making this a special day for our students. It was a great day enjoyed by all!
Congratulations to the Stallings/Lamy DI Team!
Eighth graders Nick, Jackson, Ellie, Kedai and Abby place second at the State DI Meet today in Bedford.
They will be competing in Knoxville, Tennessee at the end of May!
Thank you to all the DI parents and volunteers who made this year so successful.
Thank you to Carlton Stallings for coaching and Cathy Lamy for coaching and coordinating DI over the last few years.
Good luck in Tennessee!
An exciting event took place in the grade five classroom just before February vacation. Many famous Americans made an appearance. This was the culminating event of the students’’ Biography Project, which began in November. Students were assigned to read a biography of an American who made a contribution to, or difference in our country’s history. After writing a report based on the book, students then created a speech and prepared to present it as the famous American. The Biography Project was integrated into other subject areas as well. Students created a puppet of their person of study. A short video including pictures and music was developed in computer class focusing on the character traits and accomplishments of the famous American. In addition, students came to the presentation in costume with props created at home, which represented artifacts associated with the famous American. Thomas Edison, Sacajawea, Susan B. Anthony, and Jackie Robinson were just a few who made an appearance. We were all impressed with the students’ speeches as well as the accompanying pieces of work.
Hampstead Academy Upper School recently participated in the annual Scripps Spelling Bee. The semi finalists were Evan Vaillancourt, Grade Six; Jordan Lavery and Rishi Patel, Grade Seven; and Kedai Wei, Grade Eight. The champion representing Hampstead Academy at the regionals in February in Concord, NH at The Capitol Center for the Performing Arts is Kedai Wei. Thank you to all the participants. Congratulations to the semi finalists for their tenacity and hard work. Good Luck Kedai!
Upper School Language Arts/Latin
Just before the holiday break, the students in grade four made fleece blankets for the children of Emmaus House. Three warm and cozy blankets were assembled, wrapped, and delivered in time for holiday gift giving. The students enjoyed making the blankets and were happy to be of help to others during the holiday season. We would like to thank Mrs. Salu and Mrs. Matseas who assisted in this very worth-while project.
Student Ambassadors – Adopt-A-Family (Ava, Ellie, Grant, Cerys, and Alex)
The Student Ambassadors are at it again with their community service efforts. They worked with St. Anne's Parish in Hampstead, NH and adopted a person from the community to gather treats/small items.
Eighth Grade student, Jackson Pelletier, created a reproduction of a tripod from the novel, War of the Worlds by H.G.Wells which eighth grade is currently reading. Jackson is an avid reader and, as a result, he chose to create the model, on his own, demonstrating his enthusiasm for learning and literature.
Upper School Language Arts
This holiday season Hampstead Academy 3rd and 4th grade students decorated a tree for display during the Southern New Hampshire Festival of Trees in Pelham, NH. The festival runs from Friday, November 25th to Saturday, December 3. It is $5 for adults and children over 12. Children under 12 are free. Raffle tickets are $5 for a sheet of 25. If you attend this event, you can buy raffle tickets and put them in the "bucket" for whichever tree or wreath you want to try to win. Winners will be selected on Sunday, December 4th and you must be available that day to pick up your tree/wreath. The Southern NH Festival of Trees is held in Sherburne Hall in the Municipal Building at: 6 Village Green, Pelham, NH.
For more details and hours which vary each day please click this link
Fourth grade students visited the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts on Friday, November 4th to enhance their social studies curriculum. While at the museum, they participated in a tour focusing on life in the 17th century by visiting the John Ward House which was built in 1684. They examined everyday objects and architecture, and made connections between decorative features in the house and objects in the museum’s American art galleries. The students also had an opportunity to visit the exhibit of Childe Hassam, an American Impressionist who painted a number of oil and water color paintings of the Isles of Shoals between the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. The students enjoyed viewing this beautiful artwork and were inspired to sketch their favorite. They rounded out their visit with a trip to the museum’s Maker Lounge where they participated in a challenge led by Mrs. Iannazzi to design their own lunar space vehicle. It was a great day enjoyed by all!
As part of their community service project this year, the fourth grade class will be improving and maintaining a garden on the school property. They have selected the garden behind the main building of the school and have asked Mr. Kutzelman for guidance in their gardening project. Mr. Kutzelman has met with the class on a few occasions and taken them into the garden. The children have weeded out old plants and have transplanted mums as well as some herbs which were started from seeds in Ms. Roberts’ science room last spring. The students hope to get out into the garden once more before the cold weather sets in. Stop by sometime to take a look at the fourth grade garden!
Members of the Hampstead Academy community participated in the Children’s Miracle Network "Run for the Kids" on Sunday, October 23rd at Pawtuckaway State Park. Coach Steadman, Jake, Jennifer, and Mr. Lamy all won their age groups. Nick came in first overall!!
Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all who came out to support our Cross Country Team as they supported a great cause for all children.
The Cross Country Team finished off their season this past weekend. Our runners braved the weather and ran very well. Jennifer ran against the top 195 runners in the state and came in 120th. The boys' team (Nick, Dev, Jake, Gavin, Antoine, Josh, and Chris) beat out 9 other teams coming in 27th out of 36 teams.
The Hampstead Academy Cross Country Team had a very good showing at the League Championship Meet. The boys' team placed 12th out of 17 teams. The girls had a strong showing running with over 250 runners! The boys race featured 329 runners!