FWHMS Family Newsletter

Connecting Families to School - April 2019



English All Grades

April 23rd - Session 1

April 24th - Session 2

Mathematics All Grades

May 7th - Session 1

May 8th - Session 2

Science/Technology/Engineering Grade 8 Only

May 14th - Session 1

May 15th - Session 2

A family letter was emailed home with this newsletter with more details.

Please Note: All students will need their school-issued Chromebooks each testing day. The Chromebooks will need to be fully charged. If your child is participating in BOYD, a device will be provided for them during the testing.

Chromebook Expectations

If a student does not have their Chromebook for the day or does not fully charge it at night, it is the same as not being prepared for class. Please remind your child to review our expectations for all students on pages 18 and 19 in our student handbook.

If there is an accident with a Chromebook the insurance will cover it. However if it is vandalized, there will be an investigation, and it may not be covered by the insurance. If a Chromebook is lost or stolen, a police report must be obtained via our school resource officer.

March Attendance Rate

6th grade - 96.21%

7th grade - 95.92%

8th grade - 95.27%

Total Number of Tardies for March - 198

Total Number of Early Dismissals for March - 124

Attendance Rate for School Year - 95.81%

Total Number of Tardies for School Year - 1,068

Total Number of Early Dismissals for School Year - 749


Attention all 8th grade parents! We want a baby picture of your 8th grader for the yearbook. You can digitally upload the picture directly to the yearbook staff using this link: https://images.jostens.com/412663677

If you would prefer to send in a picture, please have your student bring the picture to Mrs. Tasker in the library. Pictures will be scanned and returned to your student within 24 hours. Please submit your picture by March 15th.

Yearbooks are on sale for $40.00. The deadline to order a yearbook is March 31st. You can place your order online by clicking here.

Or, you can fill out this form and send it, along with payment to school, c/o Mrs. Tasker. Please email stasker@bmrsd.net with any questons.

Donate a book to our library in honor of your 8th grader

Attention 8th grade parents! Would you like to honor your child as they leave FWHMS? Make a $20.00 donation and your money will be used to buy a new book for the FWHMS school library. You will receive notification of the book that you purchased, and the book will have a bookplate with your child’s name on it to honor your donation! If you would like to participate, please complete the form (Click here to print it.) and send it, along with payment, to the main office. This is an excellent way to help the FWHMS library and honor your 8th grader!

Grade 6 Purple and Gold Teams

Thank you to all the parents who have continued to send in tissues, cleaning wipes and paper towels. We will accept your generous donations all year! Please continue to check and replenish your child’s pencil supply and binders may need replacing as well. Thank you!

Reading/ ELA- MCAS is fast approaching and in each subject, students have been exposed to different genres and writing prompts. All students need to come to school with their Chromebook fully charged every day, but especially when MCAS testing is being conducted in April and May.Students will need to get plenty of sleep the nights before testing and they should be sure to eat a hearty breakfast too.

Handbook- As the weather becomes warmer parents and students may want to review the dress code that is found in the handbook. The guidelines are specific, so a quick review could prevent a student from having to call home for a change of clothing.

Library- Once again the sixth grade participated in a wonderful activity in the library planned by Mrs. Tasker. Students were asked to think of their favorite book and, using the maker space materials, create an object that symbolized the book. Students used their creative talents to form the objects from play-doh, pipe cleaners, Legos, plastic cups, colored paper, plastic straws, tape, and glue. At a later date, students will be introduced to Tinkercad, a free browser-based tool that can be used to create 3-D designs. Once the Tinkercad designs are completed, the top three creations will be selected and reproduced using the 3D printer. Makerspace creations are currently on display in the library.

Grade 7 Gold Team and Grade 7/8 Purple Team

Team 7 Gold

It’s that time of year again!New this year, grade 7 will be taking all MCAS sections on the computer. This will be the first time this group of students has had a computer-based assessment such as this, so the teachers are practicing with students on how to log in and maneuver around the site to make the most of the available tools and resources. There are still some things we do recommend for students to do at home to maximize their scores. We encourage the following: Get a good night's sleep the night prior to each test date. A well-rested mind and body are more likely to function at full capacity! Eat a balanced breakfast (with protein) the morning of each test. Students must also bring a book to read to each test session in case time remains after they have finished.

This month we celebrated our second Homework Hot Shot make-your-own sundae party on Friday, March 8. Eligible Hot Shots turned in all of their work on time in all core classes. What an accomplishment! We hope to have even more students become Homework Hot Shots in quarter three.

Lastly, we would like to remind parents/guardians that third quarter ends on April 4th and report cards will be issued on April 11th. Please be on the lookout for report cards and be sure to review your child’s grades with them.

As always, please be sure to check our Homework Page to see all teachers’ homework for the week. We try our hardest to have this updated by the end of the day on Mondays.

Team 7/8 Purple

It’s that time of year again! As the warm weather approaches, so does the MCAS testing season. This year, all middle school grades will be taking MCAS on their chromebooks and at the same time! This is a first for our school! Since this is the first year our 7th grade students will be taking all MCAS sections on the computer, the teachers are practicing with students on how to log in and maneuver around the site to make the most of the available tools and resources. There are still some things we do recommend for students to do at home to maximize their scores. We encourage the following: Get a good night's sleep the night prior to each test date. A well-rested mind and body are more likely to function at full capacity! Eat a balanced breakfast (with protein) the morning of each test. Students must also bring a book to read to each test session in case time remains after they have finished. Finally, all chromebooks must be fully charged at home on testing days! This is very important as testing begins the first period of the day!

On April 1st, the 7/8 Purple team of teachers is holding a special presentation, “Making MCAS Matter” in which the teachers will explain why MCAS is important, how to read and understand your student’s MCAS report and ways in which you can help your child prepare for MCAS. Materials presented will also be shared in our April newsletter if you are not able to attend.

Washington D.C. Trip News for 8th Grade:

The final payment of $195.00 is due on Friday, April 12th. A informational parent meeting was held on Thursday, March 21st. If you were unable to attend and have questions or concerns, you can contact Mrs. Dansereau at ldansereau@bmrsd.net or Mrs. Finnegan at kfinnegan@bmrsd.net.

As always, be sure to check the Homework Page on the school website to keep up with daily work, even if your child is absent.

Grade 8 Gold Team


Students are in the middle of working through the impact the media has on a healthy democracy. By exploring a number of different historical periods, students researched and analyzed the concepts of bias and public perception. They will finish the unit on media by synthesizing the information to complete a short essay and explore the impact columns, op-eds and editorials have on the public and their perception of information.


As April rolls in, we will be rolling into Exponent Rules and Scientific Notation. In Algebra will be taking a small break from the Algebra and cover the Geometry part of the 8th grade curriculum before we get into graphing and solving quadratic equations.


During April, students will be studying the topic of Heredity and Genetics. Beginning with an introduction to Gregor Mendel’s experiments with pea plants, student will follow the development and rules of genetics to understand how traits are passed from one generation to another. Learning that some traits are dominant, some recessive, and using a Punnett square, they will be able to predict the possible outcomes of certain genetic crosses. The unit will also involve a “Dragon Breeding” online activity where students can practice their skills to produce dragons with specific characteristics.


During April, students will work on expository and persuasive writing in preparation for MCAS testing. We will also analyze the persuasive techniques of some great orators in American History.

Español Happenings

For all classes, please check Señora Riedel’s website for information and remind and Google classroom codes. Señora Riedel Spanish

¿Qué pasa en la clase de español?

6th graders

Students have learned how to greeting others in Spanish, and introduce themselves. Students developed their own mini-conversations with each other, and are learning the numbers from 1-30. Students are currently learning all about the calendar in Spanish, ask them to show you the song and dance we learned in class! Additionally, there are many songs and quizlets on our Google Classroom to better assist them with the concepts and pronunciations.

7th graders

Students 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

Students 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 also focused on grammar recently, and the class wrote a story using the new vocabulary and grammar. Recently, they created a cooperative mural to illustrate the story. We will be finishing up the quarter by learning about the Running with the Bulls in Spain

Spanish 1 students

Students are able to conjugate any regular verb now! That is quite an accomplishment! We are finishing our unit on food, as you know. The students completed the posters of “you are What you Eat” in Spanish, and now they are working in small groups to write and perform a scene/skit from a restaurant using all of the vocabulary and verbs correctly. Some of their scenarios are hilarious! Our feast will be coming up, and the next unit we will be focusing on is the family.

Science/Tech Happenings

The Science Tech classes have started “Robotics”. The students will learn about some of the various tasks robots complete, industrial and domestic robots. They will also be programming the LEGO EV3 robots to complete various tasks. The Robotics unit will conclude with the students programming their robots to compete in a battle-bots competition in class.

The Science Tech GEM class have started creating their SimCity Project. The students are working in small groups to create their cities. They will be developing them with the goal of creating a city 100 years into the future, with resilient electrical grid infrastructures.

Wellness Happenings

Grade 6

As the quarter draws to a close, students will complete their study of hygiene which includes caring for skin, hair, nails, and keeping one’s mouth, eyes, and ears healthy. Practicing good personal hygiene can boost self-confidence and help one stay healthy. Please take a moment to reply to the parent survey that will be emailed to you on April 5th.

Grade 7

Students are investigating the ways foods they eat can affect their overall health. During this last unit students will focus their learning on nutrients, the effects of sugar on the body, and the science of junk food addiction. Making healthy nutrition habits a part of daily life can help improve overall health.Please take a moment to reply to the parent survey that will be emailed to you on April 5th.

Grade 8

Students are finishing the quarter with a focus on opioid drugs, and the physical, mental, emotional, and social consequences of drug abuse and addiction.School Resource Officer David Laudon is co-teaching the lessons.Please take a moment to reply to the parent survey that will be emailed to you on April 5th.

Physical Education Happenings

With our academic year nearing the final stretch, most of our students at have completed their PE rotations. This year students worked and played with a focus toward community in all aspects of our class. Personal character and social skill development are highlighted in almost every activity we do and students learn not only about fitness and physical health, but the social and mental domains as well in hopes to develop their whole wellness wheel. Activities designed to foster safe amounts of anxiety and stress or simulate peer to peer conflict are staples in Physical Education at HMS and helps students to develop a sense of self-confidence, conflict resolution skills and a better understanding of what it really looks like to collaborate effectively. Below you will find a link offering some insight as to what some of our lessons and activities look like.

Click here for more information: https://humankinetics.me/2017/07/06/developing-social-skills/

Music Department News

On the first weekend in April, the 7th and 8th grade bands will perform in the MICCA Concert Festival. The 7th grade band will perform at King Phillip Regional High School at 11:30 am on Saturday, April 6th. They will be bused from Hartnett Middle School to the performance site, and then back to the middle school after the performance. Students should report to HMS at 10:00 am and be picked up at 1:10 pm.

The 8th grade band will perform at Hopkinton High School at 12:30 pm on Sunday, April 7th. They will be bused from Hartnett Middle School to the performance site. Students will be returning to BMR High School after the performance. Students should report to HMS at 10:30 and be picked up at BMR High school at 2:30 pm.

National Junior Honor Society News

The National Junior Honor Society participating in our own personal March madness with two major events requiring lots of teamwork and effort. Our first event was the annual Pennies for Patients fund drive to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. During a three-week period, students in every grade collect spare change to support LLS's mission: To cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of blood cancer patients and their families. This year’s drive was a great success. At the end of the three weeks, we collected over $1,435! The sixth graders deserve our appreciation for donating over half of the total amount. Thank you to all students at Hartnett Middle School for participating this year!

The second event the NJHS sponsored this month was Mental Health Awareness Week. The goal of this event was to spread awareness about the importance of mental health. Some of the events during the week were a coping strategy of the day, a mental health playlist, a “wall of encouragement” to share positive affirmations and encouraging thoughts, and the opportunity to put together a “stress relief kit” during lunch. The stress relief kit included: an eraser so you can make your mistakes disappear, a LifeSaver for the times others need your help and you need theirs, paper clip to help you hold everything together, star confetti to remind you to shine, a pompom to remind you that people are cheering you on, a rubber band to keep you bouncing back and flexible.

At the end of the third quarter, 7th graders will be invited to apply to become a member of NJHS for the 2019-2020 school year. Students with an average of 90 or above in the four core classes for all three quarters of 7th grade will receive a letter of invitation. More information on the application process will be shared in the next newsletter.

Health Office News


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. This will help me to keep my information updated and to care for your child throughout the school day as needed.

Parents/Guardians often change cell phone numbers, jobs or addresses during the school year. Please make sure you notify the main office of these changes. It is important that we be able to get in touch with you if necessary.

Vaping Information Flyers

Tips for talking with your kids about vaping

FAQ about Vaping

2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey

Please feel free to contact me for more information or any questions you might have.

Sue Wiegers BSN, RN, NCSN

School Nurse


508-876-0193, option 3

Guidance News



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Eighth Grade Farewell Dance News

The Eighth Grade Farewell Dance will be held on:

Friday, June 14,2019

from 6-9:00pm

in the FWH Middle School Cafetorium

I. Dress Code:

No clothing items are to be worn that are:


  • Backless tops/dresses

  • Formal gowns

  • Mini skirts

  • See-through or sheer tops/dresses

  • “Cut-out” tops/dresses

  • Low cut or plunging tops/dresses

  • Visible undergarments

  • Jeans or shorts

  • 2 piece outfits with mid drift visible


  • Jeans or shorts

  • Visible undergarments

  • Tuxedos

Appropriate clothing items:


  • Dresses &/or skirts must be fingertip in length

  • Dress pants may be worn


  • Collared shirts*

  • Ties*

  • Dress shoes*

  • *These items are preferred but are NOT required

II. Pictures:

There will be buddy “style” photos taken at the dance. The prices will range from $3-$5 per person, per photo (depending upon the size of the photo).

III. Food/Beverages:

At the dance there will be “finger foods” (chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, etc) to snack on. There will also be drinks (soda, water, juice) as well as a “Farewell” cake. There is NO additional cost for any food or drink at the dance, it is all part of the ticket price.

IV. Pick-up:

As with all dances PLEASE have your ride come into the building when they arrive, the dance will end at 9:00pm. No Limos, please!

V. Tickets:

Ticket prices for the Farewell Dance will be $30 and an announcement will be made closer to the event when students can purchase.

If you have questions regarding any of the above items please contact Mrs. Mignanelli or Mrs. Maurice (bmignanelli@bmrsd.net or jmaurice@bmrsd.net or call 508-876-0190)

Washington DC Trip Information - All Payments due April 12th

1. All payments for the Washington DC trip are due on 4/12.

2. Please feel free to email Mrs. Finnegan with any questions: kfinnegan@bmrsd.net

4. Fundraiser #3 credits will be emailed home as soon as we are told the amount from the company. We hope to have this done before April 12th. **Any fundraising questions, please contact Mrs. Curt-Hoard at tcurt@bmrsd.net.

Departure Date/Time:

Sunday, June 9th

5:30 am - Students will need to arrive at the school

6 am - Depart from the middle school

Students are scheduled to arrive in DC (traffic allowing) at approximately 2:15pm and will begin touring immediately.

Return Date/Time:

Tuesday, June 11th

1 to 2 pm - Depart Washington DC

Time to Be Determined - Arrive at the middle school - As the bus gets closer to the school, students will text/call home to give an accurate arrival time



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.

Tour Company Information - 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 HMS PTO is happy to offer Hartnett Middle School gear through Josten’s School Store. The store will be open all year. Click here for the link.

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.

Are you energetic and friendly? Do you like to work with children in a TEAM environment? If so, the School Nutrition Department is looking for YOU! We are looking to expand our list of available cafeteria subs. The position is for two to four hour shifts on an on-call, as needed basis at all schools in the district. Application for employment may be made by appointment at the School Nutrition Office located at Hartnett Middle School – 35 Federal St. Please bring your driver’s license. For more information, please call Lora Rayos, Administrative Assistant to School Nutrition @ 508-876-0193 opt. #4.

Calendar of Events

Monday, April 1st

  • PBIS Talent Show Sign ups Begin
  • Wednesday, April 3rd
  • 3rd Quarter Engs
  • Thursday, April 4th
  • Talent Show Auditions

Saturday, April 6th and Sunday, April 7th

  • MICCA for 7th and 8th grade bands

Monday, April 8th

  • PBIS Caught Being Kind Week Begins
  • PBIS Good Deeds Day
  • Spring Clubs Begin
  • 6 pm - PTO Meeting - Lobby Conference Room

Thursday, April 11th

  • 3rd Quarter Report Cards Distributed

Friday, April 12th

  • All DC Payments Due
  • Whole School Assembly - Chris Poulos - Sponsored by HMS PTO

Monday, April 15th to Friday, April 19th

  • Spring Vacation Week

Tuesday, April 23rd

  • ELA Session 1 MCAS All Grades

Wednesday, April 24th

  • ELA Session 2 MCAS All Grades

Monday, April 29th

  • 5 pm - School Council - Main office conference room
  • 6 pm - PTO Meeting - Lobby conference room


D is for Determination

Children need to hear their parents say that making an effort, working hard, and planning ahead are important. Encourage them to set reasonable expectations and celebrate when they make progress. They need to learn that sometimes they must sacrifice to achieve a goal. Struggling from time to time is part of a student's "job". In the end, the feeling of accomplishment they get will lead to bigger and better accomplishments in the future.



If Your Body is Average . . .

the length of your stretched out arms at shoulder height will be about the same as your height. Measure your wrist to your elbow and your elbow to your shoulder. How close are those two measurements? Is the measurement from your wrist to your elbow about the same length as your foot?


Parent Pointers

Be Safe Online
  • Do not allow your child any personal information without your permission.
  • Encourage your child to talk with you about any online communications that might be confusing or inappropriate.
  • Monitor Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and various texting apps like Kik and Viber regularly.

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.