"The greatest movement for social justice our country has ever known~ is the civil rights movement and it was totally rooted in a love ethic."
bell hooks - African American author, feminist, social activist, and philosopher
Dear Hadley Families,
I hope you enjoy the holiday weekend and time with your family over the school vacation week.
Congratulations and thank you to HA students~Gage Spanknebel~and~Liam Higgins~for working with Hadley Fire to develop a Junior Firefighter program. The Town of Hadley Junior Firefighter program offers the youth of the community and county the ability to gain technical skills and experience that they can apply toward a future career or as a call or volunteer in the fire or emergency medical service.~ Not only will the Junior Firefighters be learning technical skills and preparing for a potential career in fire and emergency medical services, but they will also learn the importance of community service, leading a healthy and safe lifestyle, fire prevention and education, work ethic, leadership and teamwork~
HA Mock Trial students,~Virginia Cannella, Allison Kowal Safron, Carolyn Kowal Safron, Davide Rotunno, John Soto-Guzman, Keven Soto-Guzman, Gage Spanknebel, Kiernan Wackerbarth, Simon Wilhelms-Tricarico, will compete in the state semi-finals on~March 4th~at Clark University. This is the first time the HA mock trial team has made it to the state semi-finals and to their advisor Mr. Burns.
HES Class 4D is learning about savings, budgeting, and economics. Students have "jobs," earn "classroom currency", and save their earnings. Congratulations to student,~John Marsh, for his excellent financial management skills.~
Spotlight on Social Justice, Inclusion, and Equity
During February, the HA art students will be doing an Artist Spotlight on Norman Rockwell and analyzing his 3 famous Civil Rights paintings that helped frame the national conversation around race relations~and the historical events during the mid-1960s. The paintings are:~The Problem We all Live With~(1964),~Murder in Mississippi~(1965),~and~New Kids in the Neighborhood~(1967).
5th and 6th graders went to Umass Fine Arts Center to see “I Have a Dream - The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr” through the Global Arts program. The play gave an in-depth history of Dr. King’s life and the history of the Civil Rights Movement.~~
The Hopkins Academy Domestic Violence Task Force had a great field trip to Ware high school. (Thank you Ms. Hopf for the transportation!) The Ware group, which has been active for the last ten years gave HA students a warm welcome and provided an exceptional educational opportunity. The morning included viewing an award winning video created by the group, as well as, participating in a number of interactive learning activities. Our students met the material as curious, well informed, highly engaged learners. Ms. Howard, HA adjustment counselor and adult advisor to the student group, heard from a number of staff at Ware that they were impressed with our students, both their interest and maturity in doing this work.~
Student~Isabel Flynn~said,~ "I learned a lot and I really enjoyed the experience. I saw how important this work was and is to the students and staff involved at Ware High School and I was really inspired. What they are doing is incredible. I realized that what they have learned and what I may be able to learn could be really useful in the future when I graduate and go to college. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and I am excited for what is to come!"~
Our School Resource Officer, Mike Romano, was also given the opportunity to address the conference on the topic of law enforcement and domestic violence. His on the spot presentation was of the highest quality and very much appreciated by all.~
HES News and Events
Immigration Event Grade 4 -~On Friday~fourth grade students hosted an immigration event for the school community and families. Fourth graders performed a song and dance celebrating diversity, shared a potluck meal with dishes from a variety of cultures, and then simulated the immigration experience at Ellis Island. Several students were assigned to administer stations in which they assessed the employment skills, character, health, and background of immigrants seeking entry into the United States. Other students and parents acted as immigrants moving through the stations. Fourth graders will participate in a field trip in early March to the U.S. District Court in Springfield to observe a mock immigration case. Thank you to Mrs. White, Mrs. Gelinas, and Ms. Brayne for putting together a relevant learning experience that teaches
children valuable lessons abou diversity, civics, and social justice.
STEAM lab~- It was a busy week in the STEAM lab, as students were thinking outside the box, collaborating with their peers to work through Breakouts. Second graders in 2SP did their first breakout with the Anti Homework Magic Potion breakout, both 5th grade sections managed to solve all the clues and open their boxes in Cupid’s Bakery and Mrs. Conklin ~had all three ~6th grade classes try their hand with the Anti-Love-Potion #9 breakout. Breakouts offer a fun way to use the 4Cs and review material across the curriculum and grade levels.~
Mr. P brought his 3rd graders down to learn more about electricity and used “squishy circuits”. Mrs. Lavallee’s 1st graders could choose to build structures with straws or with Keva planks or to experiment with coding the Ozobots. 2W also built towers, beautiful creative structures with straws and tried out the new drawing features in Cubetto robots. Ms Koki brought her kindergartners in to continue their exploration of robotics with Cubetto. ~6P came to the STEAM lab to make their newspaper tube pyramids and we introduced 5D to Prezi on the computers in the library. ~4th graders were busy working on their immigration projects.
We would like to thank the~Edward Hopkins Educational Foundation~for their support of the STEAM lab with a generous grant to cover so many of the consumable items we need to make this work for our students. It would not possible without their help. They deserve a heart felt thank you from the community for their efforts.~
PBIS -~PBIS raffle choices are slime making with Mrs. Parker, Cinemark passes, or Pogo Sticks with Ms. Chappuis.
Student Council~- HES Student council met to discuss and plan for the playground survey. Mrs Tumenas shared information how to create a Google form survey. Students will create three surveys - one for k-2, one for 3-6, and one for teachers. Specifically, Student Council would like to know what current equipment the school community would like more of, and what new equipment they would like to incorporate.~
Running Club -~We are starting the running club 2/27 during recess to prepare for the Helping Hearts 5K!~ Occurs twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays.~~
Principal Search~-~On Thursday~evening several members of the community attended a Q and A with our principal candidates. All attendees provided written feedback on each candidate. Next steps include reviewing all feedback, speaking with references, and arranging for site visits.~~~
6th Grade Celebration Committee -~The 6th Grade Celebration committee asks you to take a break from cooking- there’s a fundraiser at Texas Roadhouse~Tuesday February 20~from 3:30-9!~ Great raffle prizes!~ Contact Ruthann Fitzgibbons for the flyer. ~~
HA News and Events
Key Club~- The HA Key Club would like to thank the community for all of its donations for "Birthday Wishes." These donations will give homeless children a magical birthday. Thank you.
Student Council~- The Student Council organized a successful Hopkins Academy Spirit Week.~ The students enjoyed time in friendly competition lip syncing and dancing; creating a timeline of significant events in Black American History,~ demonstrating their skill in a 3-point shoot out, volleyball, and many other events, including two new, highly popular events; "Hungry Human Hippos" and "Plunger Relay".~ Student Council raised $119 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Music Families~- Please inform Mr. Bartlett ASAP if your student intends to go on the NYC field trip.
Health Safety and Wellness
Our counseling and health staff have a number of resources for parents and families on how to care for children following a tragic event.
The American Psychological Association provides guidance specific to talking to children about school shootings:
They also have helpful support on caring for your children and yourself when you have difficult news:
The Child Development Institute offers these tips on how to talk to kids about violence:
Please know our student services team, counseling staff, and health staff are available to provide support, consultation, and referrals.
Athletic Events and Information
KEV'S FOUNDATION/FIRE DEPARTMENT RECOGNITION~- Mr. Sudnick would like to thank the Kev’s Foundation and the Hadley Fire Department for the great presentation that they gave at the Hopkins Academy Spirit Week Event.~ ~The Kev's Foundation founder spoke with students about the importance of cardiac screenings and the dangers of sudden cardiac arrest, even in young people.~~The Kev’s foundation generously donated an~~a brand new portable AED to Hopkins Academy so we can be one step closer to fulfilling the new state law requirements that will become official in July.~
Thank you once again to Chief Spanknebel and his Fire Department who demonstrated some hands on CPR training for the entire school.~~The Chief and his crew kept it light, but had a some great information to give to the students and staff at Hopkins.~~We appreciate all the he does for the program, and cannot thank him enough for his efforts to better our school and the community.
SPRING SIGN UPS-~Sign~ups~for the~Spring~2018 athletic programs ~are now open on the Hopkins~Athletics~portion of the website under the FAMILY ID registration.~Sports~include softball, baseball, and a cooperative team in boys lacrosse .~ ~Boys lacrosse is only for those students in grades 9-12, but boys or girls from Hopkins may participate.~~~ Students must be signed up by Friday~February 16.
Please click on the the link on the~athletics~website labeled "Family ID Registration".~ Instructions on how to sign up, and what is required, can be found when you click on the link labeled "Family ID Sign up Instructions".
Thank you for all the wonderful Hadley families that supported the ninth~Valentine's Day luncheon for the Hadley staff at both Hopkins and HES.~
Please consider joining us for our March meeting -~3/14 at 6:30~at HES.~ Childcare will be available.~ The meeting is about an hour and a half.~ We will have Tim Neyhart go over plans for the pavilion as we will be breaking ground this spring.~ We will also have Tom Waskiewicz presenting details on 4-H.
Our March Madness Lottery Calendar Fundraiser is off to a great start!~ You may continue to sell lotto calendars~over~February break. If you'd like to request more during vacation week, please contact us at~HadleyPTO@gmail.com~or message us on Facebook at Hadley PTO. Our goal is to sell one thousand calendars to help fund adding~swings to the HES playground (pending final approval). Thank you for supporting Hadley PTO! Good Luck!!~ All calendar stubs, payment, & unsold/unwanted calendars are due on~Monday, February 26th!!~
Goodwin Library~- This morning at~10:30 am until noon, Goodwin Library will host "Introduction to Project Menopause with Dr. Allison Willette from Good Sense Healthcare. This conversation and education session is free.
Hadley Cal Ripken Baseball -REGISTRATION FOR THE 2018 SEASON IS OPEN until 2/28.~
Our league is open to all youths ages 6-12 and any child enrolled in the Hadley Kindergarten program. If you know someone interested in playing, please pass it along!!
We will also be hosting OPEN REGISTRATION on~Tuesday, 2/27~in the HES lobby from~6pm-7pm.~
Athletic Schedules 2/19
Events for~February 19th
- Hopkins Academy @ Mahar Regional School -~Boys Winter Junior Varsity Basketball~-~5:30 pm
Location: Mahar Athletic Complex
- Hopkins Academy @ Mahar Regional School -~Boys Winter Varsity Basketball~-~7:00 pm
Location: Mahar Athletic Complex
Enjoy the break.