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 First Day of School!

Wednesday, August 29th


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Libraries ROCK

Our Library Rocks

School Library Summer Hours
The Library is OPEN on the following dates from 
8:00am to 2:00pm only 

Wednesday, July 11 and 18
Wednesday, August 15 and 22


Dear Parents and Students,

Students are encouraged to participate in the summer reading challenge.

Our school’s reading theme is, Libraries Rock!

Students are asked to write or draw about their favorite book on a flower (sent home over the summer or available in the school library) to help our Reading Tree grow.

Drop them off at the school library during the summer, or just bring them in to school in September!

A guideline for the flower:

               * Please write your full name, title, and author on the flower.


The air conditioned Library will be open (on the dates specified above) from 8:00 to 2:00 if you would like to borrow a book, sit and read, or watch a movie.

Movies start at 10:00 am.

 What a great way to spend a hot summer day!

Click for Summer Reading List 4th ~ 6th

Click for Summer Reading List 6th ~ 8th

See below for Summer Reading Incentive Programs


Scholastic has an excellent FREE reading resource website!  

ThScholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free, online reading program designed to help students turn the “summer slide”—the learning loss which can occur over the summer months—into a “summer leap” by discovering the joy and magic of reading for fun.

The 2018 theme is “A Magical Summer of Reading,” which comes to life on the website with the beautiful Harry Potter illustrations by Jim Kay. We think it’s the perfect message to encourage students across the country to share in the magic of summer reading in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

Much more information is available here:


TD Bank deposits $10 into a new or existing TD Simple Savings account when a student completes his or her own reading challenge of 10 books.  The Summer Reading Program encourages students in grades K-5 to maintain their reading interest and skills during summer vacation while helping them to save money.


Barnes & Noble Imagination Destination – This summer reading program through Barnes & Noble gives your child the ability to earn a FREE book after reading 8 books and keeping track of them in a reading log.  There a lots of free books to choose from for everyone in grades 1 – 6.  This summer reading program runs May 15 - September 3, 2018.


 Books-A-Million Summer Reading Program 2018   Kids can get a free pencil case with pencils this summer with the Books-A-Million summer reading program.  Children read four of the qualified books, fill out a journal form to show which ones were read, and return it to any Books-A-Million store to receive their reward.


 Sylvan's Book Adventure Reading Program 2018    Book Adventure encourages children to read books and take online quizzes to earn points.  Their points can be redeemed for prizes including books, magazine subscriptions, tattoos, candy, CD's, and games.  This summer reading program runs until June 30, 2018.


Chuck E. Cheese Reading Rewards 2018   Chuck E. Cheese has a reading program that lets kids earn free 10 Chuck E. Cheese tokens for reading each day for 2 weeks.  This program runs all year.


East Haddam Library System

There’s no place like home!  East Haddam’s libraries always have fun activities and summer reading programs.  Remember:  library cards are free!!


FOR 8th GRADERS!  SYNC is offering free audiobook downloads all summer
(you must be 13 or older).

All the information for this service is here: 


Showcase Cinemas Bookworm Wednesdays -A fun and rewarding summer reading program developed to encourage young children to read during the summer months, Bookworm Wednesdays entitles kids to free admission to a select children’s film when they present a book report at a participating Cinema de Lux, Showcase, or Multiplex cinemas box office.



Hannah Robinson

National History Day State Champion

Congrats Hannah!

Hannah Robinson

Hannah Robinson, grade 8,
for National History Day. 

Hannah competed against over 3,000 students at the University of Maryland from Sunday, June 10th through Thursday, June 14th.  Hannah did her research on Typhoid Mary with a focus on individual rights vs. the rights of all in regards to the issue of contagious diseases.  She also brought in issues of women's rights, education equivalency, and immigration rights. This information was presented in a website that Hannah created.   She did an amazing job!  All 50 states were represented at the event, as well as students from other countries. 

Hannah received the honor of being named
National Finalist,
which means she was in the top five rank in the country!  

 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, was invited to compete at the National Convention. 
This event took 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 at Nationals
Cate at Nationals!


Judge Extraordinaire!


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


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