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Matthew Benson, Principal
Brad Largy, Assistant Principal
89 Whitehall Road, Hooksett, NH 03106
phone: (603) 518-5047 fax: (603) 518-5086


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April 1 – 4... PTO Yankee Candle Fundraiser
April 1... Hooksett School Board Meeting, 6:30 pm
April 7... Eighth Grade Musical Rehearsal, 12:00 – 5:00 pm
April 7... Math in Focus Parent Night, 7:00 pm, Candia Moore School
April 10... Eighth Grade Musical Performances, 9:30 am, 7:00 pm
April 11... Eighth Grade Musical Performances, 9:30 am, 7:00 pm
April 11... Third Quarter Ends
April 14... Fourth Quarter Begins
April 15... Hooksett School Board Meeting, 6:30 pm
April 17... Spring Pictures
April 18... 10th Anniversary Celebration
April 18... Third Quarter Report Cards Distributed to Students
April 28 – May 2: No School, April Vacation


The Hooksett Summer Enrichment Program offers a rich, hands-on experience for students entering grades 4 through 8. Each class is designed for a specific grade span. Enrollees are accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Classes that do not meet the minimum enrollment will be cancelled. Parents will be notified by Friday, June 6 if a class has been cancelled. Full refunds will be given if cancelled due to lack of enrollment.

This summer the following courses are offered: Skeleton Building, Mosaic Art, You Too Can Uke, Jewelry Making, Duct Tape Creations, Recycled Percussion, Summer Fun, and Exploring Cake Decorating.

Please download the registration form and program information at this link, and return or mail it with payment to:

Brad Largy, Summer Enrichment Coordinator
Cawley Middle School
89 Whitehall Road
Hooksett, NH 03106


Assistant Principal Mr. Largy, School Resource Officer Blanchette and I have recently observed parent drop‐off and pick-up. We are concerned about safety during this time. This letter is a reminder of the drop-off and pick-up procedures at the front of the school.

  1. Always drive the car past the crosswalk when dropping off and picking up your child.
  2. If you drop your child off at the back or middle of the line (which is not recommended), please do not pull out and go around other cars.
  3. Please do not pull into the parking lot to have your child enter or exit the vehicle. This is very dangerous as cars are pulling into parking spaces and some backing out of spaces. Students face an additional hazard when they have to cross the thruway where the majority of parents are driving.
  4. Please be respectful, patient and courteous to other drivers.
  5. If you want to avoid the heaviest traffic, try to arrive before 7:35 am.

If you have any further questions, suggestions or concerns regarding student drop-off and pick-up, please contact Mr. Largy, Officer Blanchette or me.

Matthew Benson, Principal


Hawk News, facilitated by the Technology Integrator, Lauren Benson, is a student lead broadcast at Cawley Middle School. Each morning, students from grades six, seven, and eight meet before school to pull together school announcements to form a script that is broadcast live around 7:45 am to every classroom in the school.

There are a variety of roles for students such as: script writers, camera operator, scroller, broadcasters, and alternate broadcaster. In addition to the live broadcast, students maintain the Hawk News website: https://sites.google.com/a/sau15.net/cms-hawknews-nh/

There is now a Hawk News broadcast archival site: https://sites.google.com/a/sau15.net/hawknews-archive/ exclusively available for parents to access to view the students’ broadcasts.


To celebrate 10 years of academic excellence at CMS, commemorative bricks will be sold
to support an outdoor classroom. In 2013, a group of sixth grade students with their teachers were inspired to build an outdoor classroom to assist the community and provide an outdoor space for learning.

Imagine donating a brick and having it visible as part of the floor to the pavilion for many years to come. Leave a memorable mark on this project and help our students turn a dream into reality. For more information including how to purchase a brick please visit the following link.


The culminating events for the 10th Anniversary celebration will be on April 18. In the morning, students will participate in a scavenger hunt where they will work with students in their homerooms to solve riddles that will lead them to places, artifacts, and information about Cawley Middle School. During lunch all students will receive a piece of birthday cake in honor of the school. Starting at 11:30 am, invited guests will have the opportunity to tour the school. To conclude the day, students will attend an assembly where the former superintendent, first principal of the school, a school board member from the school board that was responsible for building the school, and a student from the first graduating class will speak. It should be a great day for students, staff and community members.


Carla Gallivan was selected as the 2014 Hooksett Kiwanis Educator of the Year. Carla has dedicated the last twenty-two years of her life to the students, parents and Hooksett Community. She has been devoted to providing students with a well-rounded middle school experience. She is driven to ensure that students achieve academically, socially and emotionally. She has made a profound impact on students, parents, colleagues and the Hooksett Community. She will be recognized at the Kiwanis dinner on April 12.


It's official-- the new salad bar has arrived. The kitchen has been busy working on salad recipes to supplement all the usual toppings. The new "Garden Bar" will offer both salad fixings and fruit choices. Every lunch purchased, whether it begins with a hot lunch entree, deli sandwich, or center station item, will include the Garden Bar so students and staff can design their own salad with the choice of a fruit. There will also be different kinds of protein choices in order to create the perfect Chef Salad for a meal. The Garden Bar should be ready by the end of April.


On March 21, Stonyfield Farms donated 648 frozen yogurt bars for students and staff as part of Middle School Month. Stonyfield Farms will periodically supply businesses, friends and families with product to introduce people to their products. Besides the wonderful health benefits, they wanted to show children that healthy also tastes good.


On March 24, PrincipaL Jon Rist presented to eighth grade students who have selected to attend Manchester Central High School. This presentation is on the Central High School information page via the Cawley website. Course selection forms are due in guidance on April 10. On April 8 at 6:00 pm, Central High School will have freshmen orientation. The orientation begins in the Central High School cafeteria.


On March 31, Principal Christopher Motika will present to eighth grade students who have selected to attend Manchester West High School. After the presentation appropriate information will be disseminated to students and mailed home to parents along with posting it on the West High School information page via the Cawley website.


March was a productive month for the Cawley NJHS. Members volunteered at the Kids Kloset at the Town Hall. The volunteers helped organize clothes and played with the children while their parents were shopping. Also, the “Imagine It!” committee is almost done the first book in the “Imagine It!” series and hope to begin the second book very soon. Tryouts for the NJHS talent show will be April 7 and 8. The talent show is May 9. The NJHS will have 10 members help with the “Get Moving Fitness Night” at Underhill on March 28. Many members will be participating in the Rock N’ Race in Concord on May 15.


Coed volleyball concluded their season in March.  All of the participants learned the skills of volleyball and enjoyed competing against other school teams. Baseball and softball started this week of March 24. Track and Field will begin on Tuesday, April 1. Announcements will be made for tryouts for golf in late April.


Thursday, March 14, was the annual “Pudding on the Ritz” Dessert Theatre, featuring the sounds of the Cawley Jazz Band and the C.L.A.S.S. Act. Concert attendees feasted on a variety of desserts while enjoying great music. It was a fabulous evening for the whole family – all for the admission of a favorite dessert treat

On Saturday, March 15, the band and chorus performed at the New Hampshire Music Educators Association Large Group Festival, which took place at Goffstown High School. Both ensembles performed for three judges to receive feedback on performance techniques and sight-reading abilities. Both the band and chorus received a high B rating. Congratulations to both ensembles for a job well done

The Drama Club is hard at work writing original skits and adapting stories for a performance this spring. Some creative ideas have been emerging. Check back on plans for informal presentations in Ma

The eighth grade musical, Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids, will be in April. Over 130 eighth grade students have been working since the first week of February to make this an exceptional show. All the work (costumes, scenery, props, program and technical aids, and, of course, the acting, singing, and dancing) has been student-generated under the watchful guidance of Mrs. Kurtzman, Mr. Davini, Mrs. Fuller, Ms. Benson, Mrs. Olsen, and Mr. Trimmer. Performances will be Thursday, April 10, and Friday, April 11. Evening performances for friends, family, and the community begin at 7:00 pm in the Cawley gymnasium.