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8th Grade Promotion Ceremony

Thursday, June 21st
6:30pm to 8pm

Students are asked to follow the school dress code. 
"Dress to Impress"
No jeans, ripped clothing or t-shirts.


Order a yearbook from the office for $32

Check us out on Instagram @NHRMSyearbook 
See this year's yearbook cover and a sneak peak at pictures.


Spring Concerts 2018

***Please note location and time
for your child's grade level

Being held at Nathan - Hale Ray High School

Wednesday, June 13th  

4th & 5th grade Choruses


Dear Chorus Members and Families,

        Something new this year! For the first time, ALL the choruses will be performing their Spring vocal Concerts at the high school in the high school auditorium. It is a wonderful place to perform for both singers and audience members- we are VERY grateful to the high school personnel for giving us this opportunity.

        That being said, the concert evening will need to be organized a little differently than in the past. Please note the times and places for meeting that night. Any questions, please don’t hesitate to e-mail me at


4th grade chorus:

  1. All 4th grade chorus members please report to the stage at the high schoolNO LATER THAN 5:55pm..
  2. Attendance sign-in sheets will be on the risers (organized by homebase). BE SURE TO SIGN IN!
  3. 4th grade will warm-up on the stage at 6:00.
  4. We will be singing the first part of the concert at 6:15. When we are finished singing, we will all go and sit in the audience together and listen to the 5th grade.

5th Grade Chorus:

  1. All 5th grade chorus members please report to the high school auditorium NO LATER THAN 5:40 pm. There will be an assigned place for you in the auditorium.
  2. Attendance sign-in sheets will be in the auditorium. BE SURE TO SIGN IN!
  3. We will warm-up for the concert at 5:45 then sit together in the auditorium until it is time to sing.
  4. The concert should be finished by approximately 7:00pm.


 4th grade: please wear red, white and blue (any combination of these three colors.)

5th grade: please wear any solid color tee shirt and black or dark pants/skirt/shorts, etc.. (Sundresses are also an option.)


 Important Notes:

1.Please do not wear flip-flops- they are very dangerous walking on the risers and up and down the stairs. Sneakers, sandals or dress shoes are much better!

2.Attendance at the concert is REQUIRED for 5th grade members but voluntary  for 4th graders. Those 5th graders who do not attend, unless they are absent from school or there is a family emergency, will find that their absence effects their final chorus grades. (There is NO grade in 4th grade chorus.)

Once again, if there are any questions, please feel free to contact me at:

We’re all looking forward to a fabulous concert! See you there!

Ms. Alfano

Please note: Any 5th grade student who has a legitimate conflict with
the June 13th  concert 
MUST bring in a note from home BEFORE the concert date giving the reason why the student is unable to attend the concert.

Spring Concert 2018

Wednesday, June 13th -  7:30pm

6th, 7th & 8th  grade Choruses 

  1. All  chorus members please report to the High School auditorium by 7:15pm. We will warm-up briefly for the concert on the stage. (If M. A.C.C. members could come a little earlier- like 7:05- that would be terrific.)
  2. Chorus members will be sitting in assigned places in the audience when they are not performing.

3. Dress code:  

Chorus members:  dress in khakis or black pants and a solid colored tee shirt. Girls may also wear dresses or skirts, if possible in Spring colors (or black).

EVERYONE:   Please do not wear flip-flops- they are very dangerous walking on the risers and up and down the stairs. Sneakers, sandals or dress shoes are fine.

4. Concert begins at 7:30pm and should be finished by 8:30pm. The  6th grade will begin the concert, then the M.A.C.C., then the 7/8 chorus.

5.  Attendance at the concert is Mandatory . Those who do not attend, unless they are absent from school that day or there is an unforseen family emergency, will find that their absence effects their final chorus grades.

This concert will be FABULOUS! We are so well-prepared… I’m really looking forward to singing with you!

Any questions, please feel free to contact me at:

Ms. Alfano, chorus director


Parent/Guardian Survey ~ School Climate

Please take a few minutes to fill out our Parent/Guardian Survey below. 
Fill out one survey for each child that you have in our school.

Once the data is collated, the information will be shared by building administrators with the educational community including staff and parents. The data will be used to address any issues and/or concerns raised by the surveys and to create action plans for school climate, both at the building and district wide level.

The survey is anonymous and will be available on our website. Please share the link with other parents so we can get a high participation rate.

Thank you for your help and participation!

Link to School Climate Survey

Join us for

Summer Math Camp


       Combined incoming grades 5 & 6 
       Combined incoming grades 7 & 8


                         What:                                                 Exciting hands on learning       incorporating critical thinking 
skills, real world math application, 
and fun projects!

July 2
nd – July 19th 
Monday – Thursday  
8:30 – 11:30
 No class on July 4th

       The Middle School


*Permission slips available in the main office

Sign up by June 19th


2nd Trimester Honor Roll 

High Honors



Hannah Robinson

National History Day State Champion

She will be competing in the National Competition,
 June 10-14 at the University of Maryland

Hannah Robinson

Hannah Robinson, grade 8, was chosen as the CONNECTICUT STATE CHAMPION for National History Day. This year's theme was Conflict and Compromise in History.  
She did an inquiry project about Typhoid Mary, and the conflicts and lack of compromise at the time, of personal rights vs. public safety along with the culture of prejudice and bias against the Irish.  

 Mark Gilsenen

Mark Gilsenan, grade 8, took THIRD PLACE at States as well.  Mark studied the economic impact of the Berlin Wall. He had several interviews with a veteran he met at our Veterans Day celebration who was stationed there in the early 1960s.  He also interviewed a professor at UCONN who specializes in this time period.  Mark is the alternate for Nationals.  

 Sally Riley and Julia Freeman

Sally Riley and Julia Freeman, grade 8, took FOURTH PLACE and won a Special Award.  They studied the Hartford Convention and went to the State House to get primary sources with experts.  This convention was held in 1814 and much of it was done in secret, so finding original letters of people involved at the time as well as standing in the place it actually occurred was a wonderful experience.  They won for the Best Use of Material from CT Archives.  

 This year’s theme is Conflict and Compromise.
The theme is broad to encourage participants to delve into history, whether it be a topic from the ancient world or the history of their own city. Students needed to begin research with secondary sources to gain a broader context, then progress to finding primary sources, and finally make an argument about the effects of a topic in history.



Cate Tarnowski
National Invention Convention 

Cate Tarnowski, has been invited to compete at the National Convention. 
This event will take place from May 31st to June 3rd in MIchigan. 
Only 50 CT children out of the 800 attendees are chosen...this is a HUGE honor!
Cate Tarnowski


2019 East Haddam Land Trust Nature Calendar

According to East Haddam Land Trust Editor, Martha McLaud Tonucci,
the Land Trust receives numerous accolades for its calendar, 

due largely in part from the copious art work submitted from students.

Special thanks to Bev Ventres
 for including the calendar art work within her classroom curricula
to Martha McLaud Tonucci, 
for her hard work in putting the calendar together.

Please congratulate the following winners:


   1st: Bethany Powell, Geese Flying Over Lake Hayward, September

   2nd: Selina Zhang, Turk’s Cap Lily, July

       3rd: Jasmine Ziobron, Beaver Carrying Branch, Page 10 or 11

   Honorable Mention:

     Maxwell Lennon, Large-mouth Bass, May

    Susan Cormier, Screech Owl, Page 6 or 7

    Hannah Powell, Snowy Owl, Back Cover



      1st (tie): Meigan Joslyn, Titmouse, January

           1st (tie): Susanna Zhang, Chickadee, January

        2nd: Olivia Doiron, Mountain Laurel, June

           3rd: Woynitu Ciccarello, Blue Jay, February

           Honorable Mention:

              Brooke Linares, Hepatica, April



The Odyssey of the Mind Competition

Held at Southern Connecticut State University
on March 17th

The Odyssey of the Mind teaches students to learn creative problem-solving methods while having fun in the process.  By tapping into creativity, and through encouraging imaginative paths to problem-solving, students learn skills that will provide them with the ability to solve problems -- great and small -- for a lifetime. The Odyssey of the Mind teaches students how to think divergently by providing open-ended problems that appeal to a wide range of interests. Students learn how to identify challenges and to think creatively to solve those problems.  Students will choose a problem, create an eight-minute play of which they must author, create props and costumes, and perform their solution in front of a panel of judges.  

Odyssey 2018

Alynna Karpiej, Sally Riley, Reid Aillon, Sadie Herold, Miles Gagne,
Luke Karpiej, Nathan Matetich, Mrs. Bernard

Odyssey Sign


Congratulations to the 2018 Geography Bee Winner

Sean Kennedy-Wonneberger

Geography Bee Winner 2018


Kudos to all of the participants

Kayla Haentjens, Ava Pear, Luke Kalisz, Nicholas Jeanetti, Austin Sevigny, 
Abigail Shoesmith, Natasha Hasuly, Sarah Hughes, and Luke Karpiej

Recent News

Principal's Message

2017-2018 School Year

Peace Poster Contest

Congratulations to Hunter Peckham, grade 8, for creating the winning artwork for the Peace Poster contest sponsored by the East Haddam Community Lions Club!

For the past 20 years, the Lions Club International has sponsored a Peace Poster contest, inviting children from across the globe to depict their vision of world-wide peace in a work of art that is based on a particular theme. This year’s theme was "The Future of Peace."  The contest is for children ages 11-13 years old.  Congratulations also go to Trisha Gahum, 2nd place, Mark Weileba, for 3rd place,  and Madison Andrus for Honorable Mention.


Fire Prevention Poster Contest

Congratulations to our 2017-2018 fire prevention poster contest winners: 4th grade - 1st Place goes to Allison Gregory and 2nd to Carlos Morales; 5th grade - 1st Place goes to Ari Bannon and 2nd Place to Jackie Goetz. Each year approximately 30,000 students participate in the Connecticut Fire Prevention Poster Contest. The annual statewide competition is sponsored by The Connecticut Fire Marshals’ Association, Office of the State Fire Marshal, Connecticut Fire Chiefs’ Association, State Board of Education and the Connecticut FAIR Plan (representing the insurance industry). Its purpose is to promote child and adult awareness of fire prevention responsibilities. Each year thousands of entries are submitted throughout the state.  The winning posters were selected in the first round of local judging and will continue on to the next round of competition. All four students were treated to a ride to school on the East Haddam Fire Department truck!


Drama Club Presents

Preparations of our spring drama production has begun.  Please mark your calendar and join us on March 23rd and March 24th for what will be wonderful performances. This year’s performance is “Almost, Maine” should be a memorable and wonderful comedy/drama performance.



As ongoing fundraisers, we collect “Box Tops for Education”, as well as used ink and printer cartridges. While the school does not make a lot of money from these projects, we did just receive a check from “Box Tops for Education” for over $400, which will furnish many supplies for our students. Over time the money really adds up!


MPAC (Middle school Principal Advisory Council) is actively seeking new members and volunteers. This dedicated group of parents will host conversations on topics such as bullying, internet safety, school nutrition, cultural arts, and other day-to-day operations. You can find information about MPAC such as how to join or when the meetings are by accessing the link through the schools website

 If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact any staff member at 873-5081. You can also email me at