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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.

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Join us for

Summer Math Camp

 

                  Who:
       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!


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


         Where:
  
       The Middle School


*Permission slips available in the main office

Sign up by June 19th

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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:  https://www.scholastic.com/summer/about-help.html

 

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     http://easthaddamlibrarysystem.org/ehls/

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:    http://audiobooksync.com/ 

 

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.


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Congratulations!

Hannah Robinson

National History Day State Champion

Congrats Hannah!


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.
 

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Congratulatons!

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

Judge Extraordinaire!

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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
 and 
to Martha McLaud Tonucci, 
for her hard work in putting the calendar together.

Please congratulate the following winners:

TEENS

   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

 

      YOUTH

      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

 

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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

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Congratulations to the 2018 Geography Bee Winner

Sean Kennedy-Wonneberger


Geography Bee Winner 2018


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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.

 

Fundraisers

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 http://easthaddamms.ss9.sharpschool.com/parents/m_p_a_c/

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

 


 

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