Kickemuit Middle School

Husky Highlights: January 20, 2020

Hello KMS Families!

Happy Monday! We hope you enjoyed the long weekend!

Please review the information below and let us know if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Your KMS Administration Team

Dr. Rosemary Burns | Grade 8 Administrator

Mr. David Patota | Grade 7 Administrator

Mrs. Michelle Clifford | Grade 6 Administrator

Mr. Frank DeVall Jr. | Dean of Students

List of Information & Reminders included in this Newsletter

  1. RI Author Visits KMS!
  2. KMS Artists! | Mrs. Camara & Mr. Keefe
  3. Taking a STAAND & Creating Promise Wings!
  4. Grassroots Change Award | Ms. Leach's Students @ RI Civics Day ~ Generation Citizen
  5. Congratulations to the KMS Wreslting Team!
  6. 2020-2021 School Calendar Vote
  7. Spring Musical | Auditions start today!
  8. Science Olympiad Meetings
  9. Coding Club on Wednesday!
  10. "Beyond the Bag" Plastic Recycling Competition
  11. KMS PTO Updates
  12. School Store: Now open on Fridays!
  13. Athletics Updates
  14. Buzz. Buzz. Spelling Bee Time!
  15. 6th Grade Band | First Performance January 22nd
  16. NJHS | Meeting Date & Induction Ceremony Info
  17. Math Peer-Tutoring | Now Available!
  18. Community Service Club | January 23rd
  19. Screenagers: Next Chapter | Open to the Public
  20. Valentine's Dance | Save the Date
  21. Recycle your gently used | Middle School Level | Books to the KMS Reading Dept!
  22. Influenza on the rise | Notes from Nurse Welchman
  23. PPAC Art Scholarship | Deadline February 28th
  24. Bee Amazed at the 12th Annual Bee!
  25. Bristol Theatre Company presents: Disney's Frozen Jr
  26. Bristol Youth Flag Football open to K-6 Girls and Boys

1. RI Author Visits KMS!

Rhode Island author Ethan Gilsdorf visited with the 7th grade to speak about the writing process and the inspiration behind becoming an author. He will continue his work and meet with each team to begin a narrative with all students.

More about the author:

2. "Every child is an artist" -Pablo Picasso | Mrs. Camara's & Mr. Keefe's Artists!

Grade 8

Bird Paintings

Mrs. Camara's Art Class

Inspired by dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh's color palette and textures, grade 8 students created bird paintings. Students were introduced to Van Gogh's history and the use of textures called impasto in his paintings.

The use of color and layers of mix media was an important factor that was introduced to the class and artist techniques. Students utilized Van Gogh's techniques of painting with urgency, using thick paint with graphic brush strokes, known as impasto in the background of painting. The group of student walked to the Kickemuit River looking for Egrets, Cranes and Herons which was inspired by homework research of birds.

National Visual Arts Standard 1-6 were applied to this lesson.

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Grade 7

Still Life

Mr. Keefe's Art Class

Students in grade seven created artworks based within the tradition of observing still life objects. The resulting charcoal drawing include various geometric forms and a drawing mannequin.

As students worked to capture the contours of the objects they compared height, width and distance between forms, as well as the play of light on the given object's surface.

Using shading techniques, students heightened the illusion of three dimensionality within their artworks, controlling value changes, contrast and the development of shallow space

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3. Taking a STAAND & Creating Promise Wings!

Mt Hope STAAND collaborates with Kickemuit STAAND to create promise wings. Each wing expresses positive words or/and statement. Students will continue working on the wings at the next meeting. The wings will be displayed in the KMS SRO's Office.

Next STAAND Meeting: January 28th @ 2PM in the Cafeteria.

STAAND will meet every 2 weeks on Tuesdays.

4. Grassroots Change Award | Ms. Leach's Students @ RI Civics Day ~ Generation Citizen

Congratulations to Ms. Leach's students on winning the Grassroots Change Award at the RI Civics Day ~ Generation Citizen Event at the RI State House on January 10th!

5. Congratulations to the KMS Wrestling Team!

Congratulations to the KMS Wrestling Team on winning 1st Place at the Vermont Tournament they competed at this past weekend!
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6. 2020-2021 School Calendar | Vote today!

Visit link below to view calendars and submit survey with your feedback:

The survey will be open until January 23, 2020. The input and feedback we receive will be reviewed and shared with the BWRSD community at the January 27, 2020 regular business meeting.

7. Spring Musical | Auditions start today!


If you were unable to attend our meeting in the auditorium on TUESDAY the 14TH please fill out the form that is now available in the front office and turn it in by Friday the 17th, or bring it to auditions next week.

Also, please pick up instructions for signing up for REMIND. All returning Masquers must sign up again - there’s a new group for 2020!


Auditions will take place next week as follows. If you cannot make the day assigned to your grade, you may attend the other, or both days. Be prepared to read in a small group and to sing a short song - no accompaniment needed, but you may provide it if you wish.

  • Tuesday January 21st 2 - 4 PM: 6th Grade
  • Wednesday January 22nd 2 - 4 PM: 7th & 8th Grade
  • Additional or makeup day TBA if needed. Cast will be announced on Monday January 20th.

REMIND Updates code: kmsmas2020

8. Science Olympiad Meetings | Now on Wednesdays & Thursdays

Science Olympiad will now be meetings on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2-3:30 to prepare for the Harvard Invitational.

9. Coding Club Meets this Wednesday | January 22nd

There will be Coding Club this week- January 22nd

They meet every Wednesday

10. "Beyond the Bag" Plastic Recycling Competition | A Win-Win-Win Situation!


When you donate your unwanted plastic materials to KMS not only are you helping to keep thousands of pounds of waste out of landfills, you're also helping us to continue to create beautiful and environmentally responsible outdoor products.

Drop off bins in the front foyer | Contact - with questions

11. Kickemuit Parent Group- KMS PTO

Meeting Dates for 2020!

February 6th

March 5th

April 2nd

May 7th

June 4th

Follow them on Facebook:

12. School Store open on Fridays during lunch!

The KMS PTO will be opening the school store on Fridays during lunch block!

13. KMS Athletics | Spring Sports Registration NOW OPEN!

Spring Sports Registration NOW Open until February 23rd

Sign up on Family ID Today!

Spring Season Begins March 2, 2020

Spring Sports offered: Baseball, Softball, Boys & Girls Track, Club Lacrosse & Intramural Tennis/Volleyball

Important info:

  • Club LAX is run by the Parent Group & requires special insurance that can be purchased at
  • Baseball/Softball fields open as early as April 1st. Practices are at Colt State Park once the fields are open, from 2:30-4:30PM
  • Registration is done through Family ID (link will become active on 1/13/20)
  • All schedules will be on RIPCOA.Org or closer to the start of the season.
  • All students must have be signed up on Family ID, have a RIPCOA risk form and current physical on file with the nurse in order to participate or try out.

KMS Athletic Forms

Family ID Link

14. Buzz. Buzz. Spelling Bee Time!

The KMS spelling bee!

January 21, period 4 --- Grade 6

January 22, period 1--- Grade 8

January 23, period 6 ---- Grade 7

15. 6th Grade Band's First Performance | January 22nd!

The time has come to celebrate all our 6th grade band students have learned this year!

  • What: Sixth Grade Band First Performance
  • When: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22 , 2020 arrive at 6:30pm (Performance starts at 7)snow date 1/23
  • Where: KMS Performing Arts Center
  • Who: Our 6th grade band students and their families and friends

Please click link below to view an Important letter from Mr. Brackett & Mrs. Labonte

6th Grade Band Performance Letter

16. National Junior Honor Society Meeting!

NJHS will meet on January 27th in the Auditorium after school.

Reminder: Induction Ceremony will be held on February 12th 6:00pm- 7:30pm- Save the Date

The ceremony will take place in the auditorium with refreshments in the cafeteria to follow.

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17. MATH Tutoring Available!

Any 6th grade student who would like to be tutored in math by a National Junior Honor Society student please read the permission slip and return signed bottom section.

18. Community Service Club Meeting

The next Community Service Club meeting will be Thursday, January 23rd 2-3PM in room 150.

19. Screenagers Next Chapter | January 28th @ 5:30PM

BWRSD & BWEF are hosting a screening & discussion of Screenagers Next Chapter on Tuesday, January 28th in the Auditorium. 5:30PM Pizza & Refreshments followed by 6:00PM Introduction & Film presentation and then a discussion from 7:15-8PM.

High Stress, anxiety and depression are experienced by millions of young people. We follow physicians and filmmakers Delaney Ruston as she discovers solutions for improved adolescent well-being in the digital age.

Source & More Info:

20. Save the Date | Valentine's Dance

The Valentine's Dance will be held on Friday, February 7th

6:30-8PM | $5 Admission

Kickemuit Middle School

Must have signed permission slip

21. Recycle your gently used | Middle School Level | Books to the KMS Reading Dept!

The reading department is looking for donations of gently used, middle school books for our FREE BOOK display. Please drop off books in the main office or contact or about making a donation.

22. Influenza on the rise | Notes from Nurse Welchman

KMS Parents/Guardians,

To better understand when and where influenza activity is occurring, to monitor influenza-related illness, outbreaks, hospitalizations, and to determine circulating and emerging influenza virus strains please contact the School Nurse if your child has the flu and/or tests positive for the flu.

Thank you for your attention to this important health announcement.

Questions or concerns you can contact me @ 401-245-2010 Ext 2009

Erin Welchman M.Ed, BSN, RN, RICSNT

Kickemuit Middle School

525 Child Street

Warren, RI 02885

Tel. 401-245-2010 Ext 2009

Fax. 401-254-5960


23. PPAC Art Scholarship | Deadline February 28th


The Providence Performing Arts Center’s Community Outreach Committee is requesting applications to the 2020 ARTS Scholarships program. The ARTS Scholarships program, sponsored by The Textron Charitable Trust and PPAC’s Annual Fund donors with support from Ocean State Charities Trust, awards up to $500 in financial assistance to each of 30 winning Rhode Island students (15 from Providence, 15 from other Rhode Island communities) for summer arts education programs.

To be eligible, a student must:

  • be aged 11 - 14 by June 1, 2020
  • reside in and attend school in Rhode Island
  • demonstrate artistic ability and interest
  • demonstrate financial need
  • submit a completed application

All applications must be filled out completely and correctly, signed by the student, the parent or guardian, and the student’s sponsor and submitted with supporting materials no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2020.

Applications, guidelines, and summer arts program lists are available through the links below or can be picked up at the PPAC Administrative Office at 220 Weybosset Street, 2nd Floor, Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For questions or further information, contact Cynthia Goldsmith at 401-574-3105.

Need more information or Spanish translations:

Summer Art Programs 2020:

24. Bee Amazed at the 12th Annual Bee!

Bee Amazed at the 12th Annual Bee, hosted by BWEF and Medical Associates of Rhode Island, Inc. This year the game is changing to TRIVIA!! Check out our website for more information and to purchase tickets!

25. Bristol Theatre Co. presents Disney's Frozen Jr.

The Bristol Theatre Company production of Disney Frozen Jr.

Based on the Disney film written by Jennifer Lee and directed by Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee

For more information: Click on the flyer Image to the right!

Tickets Available Online

Show dates:
February 6 @ 7:00pm
February 7 @ 7:00pm
February 8 @ 2:00pm and 7:00pm
February 9 @ 2:00pm

26. Bristol Youth Flag Football SIGN UPS ARE OPEN

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