FWHMS Family Newsletter

Connecting Families to School - November 2018

Attendance Matters

Did You Know?

  • Students should miss no more than 9 days of school each year to stay engaged, successful and on track to graduation.
  • Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with a bully or facing some other potentially serious difficulty.
  • Missing 10 percent, or about 18 days, of the school year can drastically affect a student’s academic success.
  • Students can be chronically absent even if they only miss a day or two every few weeks.

October Attendance Rate

6th grade - 96.9%

7th grade - 95.5%

8th grade - 95.6%

Total Number of Tardies for October - 198

Total Number of Early Dismissals for October - 88

Attendance Rate for School Year - 96.4%

Total Number of Tardies for School Year - 308

Total Number of Early Dismissals for School Year - 192

Parent - Teacher Conference Sign Ups - Link Will Be Emailed Tuesday

The link to sign up for the conferences will be emailed on Tuesday. The conferences will be held on November 13th from 2:45 pm to 4:45 pm and Wednesday, November 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

During parent conferences, the National Junior Honor Society will be sponsoring a themed basket raffle. There will be five themed baskets available to win: "Super Snacks", "Wide World of Sports", "A Night In", "The Perfect Party",and "Winner, Winner" (scratch tickets). Tickets to enter the raffle will be $1 each.

1:1 Chromebook Initiative

On both days of the conferences, Mrs. Curt-Hoard and Mr. Bouzan will be presenting every half hour in the cafeteria about the 1:1 Chromebook Initiative. There will be 10 minutes set aside for Q&A at the end. The times are as follows:

Tuesday, November 13th

2:15 pm

2:45 pm

3:15 pm

3:45 pm

4:15 pm

Wednesday, November 14th

4 pm

4:30 pm

5 pm

5:30 pm

6 pm

6:30 pm

7 pm

Scholastic Book Fair

Mark your calendar!

Book Fair dates: November 12th-November 19th

Shopping hours: The Fair will be open during school hours, and during Parent/Teacher Conferences on Tuesday November 13th and Wednesday November 14th. Students will have the opportunity to visit the Fair during ELA classes. The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday 11/14 - Mrs. Bourgery's classes

Thursday 11/15 - Miss Dubofsky's classes and Mrs. Adamz classes (C & G periods)

Friday 11/16 - Mrs. Hannon's classes and Mrs. Adamz class (B-period)

Monday 11/13 - Mr. Healy's classes

The Fair accepts cash, check, or charge, and this year there is a NEW digital payment option: eWallet! Now your student can shop the Fair cash-free! There is no charge to set up an eWallet. Parents simply create an account and authorize a spending limit on their credit card. This a great secure way to give students money to spend at the Book Fair. Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more and to create an account: http://www.scholastic.com/bf/fwhms

Students will be sent home with more information the week of November 5th.

If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our Online Fair at scholastic.com/fair. Our Online Fair is available from November 7th to November 20.

We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair! Remember, all purchases benefit our school. Thank you for supporting our readers!


The Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School yearbook is now on sale, and during the month of November, you can get your yearbook for $35.00 (normally $40.00.) Click here to order online, or click here to print out the form and return it, with payment, to Mrs. Tasker in the Library Media Center.


Are you someone who loves to ski or snowboard? If so, then this club is for YOU! The Ski/Snowboard club travels to Wachusett Mountain every Sunday for 6 weeks starting January 6, 2018. The club takes a coach bus which leaves the middle school at 3:00 pm and returns at approximately 9:00pm.

There are options available for renting equipment, ski/snowboard lessons (offered at a variety of levels), and use of the Terrain Park for anyone interested.

Fees for the club:

-A MANDATORY bus fee ($120 for 6 weeks)

-Lift badge fee to ski/board ($120 for 6 weeks)

-Additional fees for rentals, badge insurance, lockers, etc .

Click here to view flyer and how to register through Wachusett Mountain. Bus fee is paid through the school. Make bus fee checks/money orders payable to Hartnett Middle School.

Grade 6 Purple and Gold Teams

Sixth graders are anxiously awaiting their field trip to Nature’s Classroom. All forms and final payment must be turned in by November 8. Students need to arrive to school with their luggage, pillow and sleeping bag. Students’ medications need to be brought to school by a parent and given to Mrs. Wiegers by November 14. Please make sure your child arrives to school promptly on November 19 as the bus will be departing at 8 am. If you have any questions you can always refer to your packet or contact badamz@bmrsd.net- 6 Gold team leader or nlaren@bmrsd.net 6 Purple team leader.

Please keep in mind your child’s supplies - especially pencils may need to be replenished.

We are always accepting and appreciate donations of tissues, handsanitizer, paper towels. Kindly mark your bag with 6 Purple or 6 Gold. Thank you!

Grade 7 Gold Team and Grade 7/8 Purple Team

The end of first quarter is fast approaching! Quarter one grades close on November 5th and report cards will be handed out to students on November 13th. Please check in with your student to review their grades.

7/8 Purple

During the Parent/Teacher Conferences, we will meet as a team of three teachers: Mrs. Dansereau, Ms. Dubofsky and Mrs. Boyle. If you are unable to attend either day but would like to meet with one or all core teachers, then please reach out to Linda Dansereau at ldansereau@bmrsd.net to schedule a team meeting.

7 Gold

If you are unable to attend both dates but would like to meet with one or all core teachers, then please reach out to Heather Hannon at hhannon@bmrsd.net, to schedule a team meeting.

Just a reminder to the seventh grade families: November 8th and 9th is the seventh grade field trip to the Ropes Course at the Hockomock YMCA. Please remember if you did not order a lunch, you should bring a lunch for both days along with plenty of water. Students should dress in comfortable clothing and in layers and should also wear sneakers. Cell phones will only be permitted on the bus and can only be used to listen to music. Students may not text or take pictures with their cell phones for the duration of the trip. We are looking forward to a fantastic and memorable trip!

Grade 8 Gold Team

Important Things to Remember

Teacher After School Availability:

Mon/Tues: Mrs. Abisla/Mrs. Finnegan

Wednesday: Mr. Healy/Mrs. Roy

Thursday: Mrs. Scott

**Check the parent portal to see what your child is doing in class!!

**8th Grade students should be studying for no less than 10 minutes each night.

English - Students will read and analyze the non-fiction article “Of Mice and Men and Medicines” by Hannah Holmes. Students will write a multi-paragraph response after independently reading a scientific non-fiction article and a fiction piece on the same subject matter.

Math - Algebra students have finished up their unit on inequalities, and have started to explore the topic of graphing linear equations. Extended algebra students just finished a unit on transformations, and will be continuing with Geometry over the next few weeks as we look at angles, triangles, and all that lies between them.

Science - As we are wrapping up our direction discussions of Newton’s Law of Motion, we will be looking at how these laws and those of gravity influence the Earth’s seasons and tides.

Civics - Students finished out the first quarter exploring the Foundations of the development of the United States government. Going back into the past allowed students to develop an understanding of where the Founding Fathers gained their knowledge and inspiration in developing an understanding of what democracy would look like. Student’s final activity for quarter 1 will be developing and implementing a school wide election. We will analyze the result and see how the school rates with regards to the voting public in Massachusetts. Democracy in action!!

Español Happenings

6th graders have learned how to greeting others in Spanish, and introduce themselves. Students created comics online using a program called Storyboard that. Students are learning about the calendar, numbers, and learning songs to help them along the way.

7th graders have learned to count up to 100, all about the Spanish calendar and how to use numbers in meaningful ways. We also learned where in the world Spanish is spoken, learning all of the capitals and countries that have Spanish as their official language. We will be finishing up this quarter by learning weather phrases in Spanish.

8th graders have learned all about the Spanish calendar, number patterns, used numbers in meaningful ways by playing El Mercado to make deals in Spanish with classmates. We focused on grammar recently, and learned all about the ‘running of the bulls’ in Spain.

Spanish 1 students learned how to express their likes and dislikes, as well as likes of others. We are learning how to conjugate verbs, and the students are using more Spanish everyday in class to communicate.

Every class will be learning about the Dίa de los Muertos this week and its significance among the Latin American culture.

Don’t forget to check out my Google Site for important information, encourage your student to go onto our Google Classroom where lots of videos and practice games are available for him/her! Look for the more detailed classroom update including photos from Señora Riedel as well this week!

Wellness Happenings

Grade 6 - This first quarter of wellness is ending on November 5th. This past week students focused their learning on ways to develop good personal hygiene. More information will be available in the wellness news update that will be shared with you via email on Friday, November 2. You will also be receiving a five question survey as I am seeking feedback from you regarding communication during the quarter. I would appreciate if you would take a moment to complete it.

Grade 7 - The substance abuse unit concluded with a lively and informative discussion in Socratic Circle about the legalization of recreational marijuana. Students also learned about how the foods they eat affect their overall health. More information will be available in the wellness news update that will be shared with you via email on Friday, November 2. You will also be receiving a five question survey as I am seeking feedback from you regarding communication during the quarter. I would appreciate if you would take a moment to complete it.

Grade 8 - School Resource Officer Dave Laudon, co-taught lessons about the effects of alcohol, preventing and treating alcohol-use disorders, and opioid addiction. Be sure to ask your child to share what they learned. Check out the wellness news update on Friday, November 2, for more details about what you child has learned.You will also be receiving a five question survey as I am seeking feedback from you regarding communication during the quarter. I would appreciate if you would take a moment to complete it.

Art Happenings

As we progressed into October, students began to focus on color including color mixing, how to make a color lighter or darker, and how to neutralize a color.

6th grade expanded their understanding of space and perspective as they created textured watercolor Impressionism-inspired landscapes with atmospheric perspective to separate the foreground, middle ground, and background.

7th grade focused on how colors combine as their created an illustrated color wheel of primary, secondary, and tertiary colors. The students then applied their knowledge of which colors to combine as they enlarged comic book cells using only primary colors, white, and black colored paper with Ben-day dots of the same hues.

8th grade challenged how they think about the creative process as they explored the mindset of Surrealism and painted original surrealist compositions with intense, dull, and neutral colors.

The 8th grade Art GEM students focused this month on finished their summer reading book cover redesigns before choosing an artist and art movement from a list, conducting research on both, and developing their interpretation of an artwork by their chosen artist.

Science/Technology News

The eighth grade GEM students will continue working on the infrastructure for their future cities. They will start building their models to resemble their SimCity, future cities.

The 6th, 7th, and 8th classes will be finishing up their robotics unit as the quarter comes to a close. The new quarter will begin with an investigation into STEM careers, and “Internet Safety”.

The MTW 8th grade Science Technology class will begin coding using a program developed by MIT called “Scratch”.

Physical Education Happenings

This year at HMS, our PE curriculum continues to promote the teamwork concepts of collaboration, communication and empathy throughout all of our physical activities. It is through play where children learn the greatest lessons which they carry through their lifespan. New this year is a Leisure Games and Activities Unit where students will explore all of the fun ways to be active in their free time including, but not limited to corn hole, spikeball, kan-jam and more. Also, we are still looking for donations of no longer used golf equipment to incorporate into our Individual Sports Unit. Finally, please visit and bookmark Mr. Northup’s website: www.coachnorthup.weebly.com for more in depth information, updates and resources to help keep you and your family in the know!

Health Office News


In order for me to maintain up to date health records, whenever your child has a physical exam by his/her doctor please make sure that I get a copy of the exam and immunization record. Any student trying out for a winter sport must have had a physical within 13 months prior to the first day of tryouts. I need to have a copy of the physical exam in order to sign the athletic eligibility form. Students are not allowed to tryout for a sport if the eligibility form is not signed. Dr. Perriello, our school physician, will be here on Wednesday, November 7, to give sports physicals to those students who need one in order to tryout for a winter sport and have not had one by their own pediatrician. Please call me or have your son or daughter come see me by Monday, November 5 if they need to have a physical.


The guidance counselors and I will be conducting the interview-based SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment) screening on all 7th grade students on Monday, November 5. This is a new mandated screening to help prevent students from starting to use dangerous substances, or intervene with early use. Please refer to the letter that I included in the student packets at the beginning of the school year for detailed information regarding the screening.

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Sue Wiegers BSN, RN, NCSN

School Nurse


508-876-0193, option 3

Guidance News - FIX Letters!!



How Using Social Media Affects Teens

Adolescence is an important period of rapid development for teenagers. Experts worry that the social media and text messaging that have become so integral to teenage life are promoting poor sleep, anxiety and lowering self-esteem.

Social Media Impacts Teens Learning Social Skills:

The teen years are all about socialization and extending yourself outside your family circle. At a time when teens should be experimenting, trying out skills and succeeding and failing in tons of real time interactions that help promote social skills, teens are missing out on this very critical piece of development. The modern teen is learning to do most of their communication while looking at a screen, not another person. according to clinical psychologist and author of the big disconnect , Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair, “ in a way, texting and online communicating- it’s not like it creates a nonverbal learning disability, but it puts everybody in a nonverbal disabled context, where body language, facial expression, and even the smallest kinds of vocal reactions are rendered invisible.”

Learning how to make friends is a major part of growing up . You need to learn how to communicate your feelings, hear what the other person has to say and know you can disagree without jeopardizing the relationship. Social media skews this skill for teens as it is teaching them to do it in ways that are more extreme and do jeopardize the relationship. It is easier when you aren’t hearing or seeing the effect that your words are having on the other person. Disagreements on line can also be carried out longer than if you were in person. There is no end sometimes to what is going back and forth and teens often cannot escape situations even at home.

Kids aren’t getting enough practice relating to people and getting their needs met in person. Part of healthy self-esteem is knowing how to say what you think and feel even when you disagree with other people. If kids don’t get enough practice at relating to other people in person, many of them will grow up to be adults who are anxious with our primary means of communication, talking.

So what can we do to help our adolescent during these rocky years become more emotionally intelligent? We can help them to set personal goals, have feelings for others, be assertive about his or her needs, handle anger constructively and resolve conflicts peacefully. Role modeling is key during this time. It is important as a parent to show that disconnecting from our electronics is okay to do. We also need to stay connected to our teen and continue to monitor their social media outlets.

Washington DC Trip Information - June 9th to June 12th

On November 14th, we will be presenting at the school committee meeting the following proposal information about our Washington, DC trip for approval.


Price $585.00

Trip price includes:

Bus, Hotel, Meals, Museum Costs

Additional Costs

**Students will need to bring an additional $30.00 on 6/7/19 (CASH-NO CHECKS) for dinner on the way down and dinner on the way home.

Payment Plan Schedule

**Make checks payable to: Hartnett Middle School

Payment #1 145.00 Due Date: 11/26

Payment #2 145.00 Due Date: 01/15

Payment #3 145.00 Due Date: 03/08

Payment #4 145.00 Due Date: 04/12

**Any fundraising questions, please contact Mrs. Curt Hoard: tcurt@bmrsd.net

Capital Tours

Food Allergies and Dietary Restrictions

In an attempt to address the increasing number of requests by school representatives and parents to help with students that have allergies to certain foods and other dietary restrictions, Capital Tours, Inc. will provide to schools or parents the contact information for food service establishments so that alternative menu items can be prepared. Where food courts or buffet style restaurants are used parents may find choices that will allow for students to have a well balanced meal and avoid foods that might cause a problem.

However, neither Capital Tours, Inc. nor its representatives can guarantee or certify that foods are prepared without additives to which students will react negatively and, therefore, Capital Tours, Inc. will not assume liability for any reaction to foods prepared by restaurants used on tour. Clearly only the preparers of foods at the various restaurants can attest to the ingredients. Also, we must rely on the good judgement of teachers and affected students to choose their foods wisely at venues where choices are available.

Trip Insurance Information

Deluxe Protection Plan

Travel Insured International



Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Trip Itinerary: A variety of Smithsonian Museums, Arlington National Cemetery for the wreath laying, Monuments and Dinner Dance.

  2. Chaperones-teachers will be chaperoning this trip-as they have done in the past.

  3. Meals are included (in the price) with the exception of the meal going to DC and the meal returning from DC.

  4. Hotel Rooms typically consist of 4 per room (this is always subject to change).

  5. Parent Meeting will be scheduled late winter, early spring to cover any additional questions, discuss finalized information for the trip, medical concerns and communication lines.

Please email Mrs. Finnegan: kfinnegan@bmrsd.net with any questions.


The PTO wants you! The HMS PTO is looking for new members to help with our many fundraising events. The PTO raises money to assist with the cost of after school clubs, field trips, and much more. Consider attending our meetings to learn more!

Click here to be added to our email list.

Homework Website

The homework website is a link on the FWHMS website. It is a place for parents and students to view nightly homework Click here to view the new site directly.

Pay Online for School Lunch

You can pay for your child's school lunch online at myschoolbucks.com or download the app. You will need your child's ID number to enroll.

You can view the account balance, see what was purchased, and schedule automatic payments if you wish.

District School Nutrition News

If your child was receiving free or reduced-meal benefits during the 2017-2018 school year, and you have not completed a new meal benefit application or received a letter from us regarding direct certification for the 2018-2019 school year, you must submit a meal benefit application immediately to prevent a disruption in benefits. We do have a 30-day grace period at the beginning of the school year to allow time to renew your application, but that grace period is ending this week. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the school nutrition office at 508-876-0193 option 4. Thank you.

Lynnea Gleason, Director of School Nutrition


Calendar of Events

Monday, November 5th
  • Grade 7 SBIRT Screening
  • End of First Quarter
Tuesday, November 6th
  • 8th grade - BVEF Manufacturing Trip

Thursday, November 8th

  • DC Fundraiser #1 Orders Due
  • Grade 7 field trip
  • 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm - Blackstone Library - Check and Connect with Superintendent Defalco
Friday, November 9th
  • Grade 7 field trip
  • Device at Lunch - $1 donation - sponsored by StuCo
Monday, November 12th
  • No School - Veteran's Day
Tuesday, November 13th
  • Report cards and STAR reports distributed
  • Book Fair Begins
  • 2:15 pm to 4:15 pm - 1:1 initiative presentation - Running every half hour
  • 2:45 pm to 4:45 pm - Parent-Teacher conferences
Wednesday, November 14th
  • Chopped Cooking Event at all lunches
  • 4 pm to 7 pm - 1:1 initiative presentation - Running every half hour
  • 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm - Parent-Teacher conferences
Monday, November 19th
  • Book Fair ends
  • 6th grade field trip
  • 5:30 pm to 8 pm - District of One dinner - Pre-registration required
Tuesday, November 20th
  • 6th grade field trip
Wednesday, November 21st
  • Half Day
Thursday, November 22nd and 23rd
  • Thanksgiving Recess
Monday, November 26th
  • 6 pm - PTO Meeting - Lobby Conference room
  • Final week of fall clubs
Tuesday, November 27th
  • 8 am - 6th grade honor roll breakfast
Wednesday, November 28th
  • All lunches - Kahoot game sponsored by PBIS club
Thursday, November 29th
  • 8 am - 7th/8th grade honor roll breakfast

Be sure to visit our school web site to view our school events calendar.

ABC's of Student Success

R is for Respect
If children are to show respect for others, they need to understand what it is to be respected. Author Michelle Borba emphasizes these parent practices that nurture respect.
  • Treat your child as the most important person in the world
  • Encourage your children to have high -- but achievable -- expectations of themselves
  • Give love with no strings attached
  • Listen attentively and respectfully
  • Enjoy being together
  • Tell kids often why you love them

Math @ Home

Simply Symmetrical

A shape is symmetrical when two halves of it are exactly alike. For example, a heart and a butterfly are symmetrical because, when folded in half, their left sides mirror their right sides. How many symmetrical things or designs can your child find in your home? Encourage your child to look at wallpaper, floor tiles, pictures, bedspreads, appliances and more.


Parent Pointers

Listening to Children
  • Each day, ask your child about how school went. If you make this a habit, your child will be expecting the question and know that you expect a thoughtful reply.
  • Let your child speak openly to you -- and listen to him or her. You might just learn something.
  • Ask your child for an opinion. Then give him or her a fair opportunity to think it through and share it.

School-wide Ongoing Fundraisers

BoxTops - You can find the tops on participating products. Cut out the top and have your child bring it to school. We earn 10 cents for each top collected. Visit www.boxtops4education.com for a listing of products.

Stop & Shop A Plus Program - Register your rewards card to help us earn $$. Log on to www.stopandshop.com/aplus to register online USE SCHOOL ID: 07080 or dial 1-877-275-2758 to register your card over the phone.

Amazon - Please click here to shop on Amazon.com. A small percentage of what you purchase will go to the Hartnett Middle School PTO to help support field trips, assemblies, special events, and after school programming. It is the same Amazon.com you may use, with a small percentage supporting middle school students.

FWHMS Communication and Happenings

School website (http://www.bmrsd.net/frederick_home.aspx)

Our website is the main hub of information. The following is key information you will find:

  • Daily Intercom Announcements
  • Monthly School Calendar
  • Homework Page
  • Monthly Family Newsletter Links
  • After-school Program Information/Registration
  • BMR Athletes Information/Registration Details
  • Staff names and emails

OneCall will be used in the following ways:


For Emergency only - such as unplanned early dismissals or information on an emergency in the building. They will be sent after 3:30 pm and end before 8 pm.

Roboemails - On Tuesdays and Fridays only (as needed)

For standard communication - such as portal access to progress reports, report card distribution, the monthly newsletter release, registration information for sports/after-school clubs, field trip information, and other information as needed. The emails may be by whole school or by grade level depending on the communication needs.

Social Media - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat

We use all our social media to share special happenings after they have happened so that families can see what we are doing. You can find us on all platforms at @fwhms2003

It is the policy of the Blackstone-Millville Regional School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, homelessness, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or disability, in its educational programs, services, activities, or employment practices; as defined and required by state and federal laws. Further information may be obtained by contacting Dr. Janis LaPorte at 508-876-0190 or jlaporte@bmrsd.net.