Matthew Benson, Principal
Brad Largy, Assistant Principal
89 Whitehall Road, Hooksett, NH 03106
phone: (603) 518-5047 fax: (603) 518-5086
UPCOMING DATES TO NOTE AT CMS
March 3 – 7... Foreign Language Week
March 3... Pinkerton Academy Night for the Hooksett Community, 7:00 pm, Cafeteria
March 4... Math in FocusTraining for Math Teachers
March 4... Hooksett School Board Meeting, 6:30 pm
March 5... Project Safeguard, Seventh Grade Students
March 7... Pinkerton Academy Counselors Visit Cawley to Schedule Students who Selected to Attend Pinkerton Academy in Fall 2014, 8:00 – 1:00 pm
March 7... Music Play-A-Thon, 2:45 – 6:00 pm
March 10 – 14...Third Quarter Progress Checks
March 10... Middle School Month Dodge Ball Tournament, During UA Classes
March 13... “Pudding on the Ritz”, 6:30 pm, Cawley Cafeteria
March 15... New Hampshire Large Group Music Festival, Band and Chorus
March 17 – 21...Literacy Week
March 18 – April 4... Smarter Balanced Field Test, Seventh and Eighth Grade Students
March 18... Hooksett School Board Meeting, 6:30 pm
March 24 – April 4... PTO Yankee Candle Fundraiser
March 28... Middle School Month Spirit Rally, 1:00 pm
March 28... Middle School Month Dance, 6:30 – 9:00 pm
March 31... Eighth Grade Musical Rehearsal, 12:00 – 5:00 pm
CHANGE IN THIRD QUARTER
The third quarter has been extended because of the five snow days this year. Third quarter progress checks are now the week of March 10 - 14. The third quarter will end on April 11. Report cards for the third quarter will be distributed on April 18.
Project Safeguard will take place Wednesday, March 5 at Southern New Hampshire University. Registration begins at 8:15 am in the field house/gym.
SMARTER BALANCE FIELD TEST
Cawley Middle School will once again participate in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium field test from March 18 – April 4. This year our seventh grade students have been selected to take the English Language Arts/Literacy test. Eighth grade students have also been selected to take both the English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics tests. At this point we have not been made aware of specific format of the tests students will be taking. This experience will be valuable for our students, staff and administration. In 2015 all students at Cawley Middle School will be required to take the Smarter Balanced test.
MIDDLE SCHOOL MONTH
The coming of spring brings with it the celebration of our adolescents. March is National Middle School Month. Ten to fifteen year olds make a difference in their families, schools and communities everyday, so we designate one special month to celebrate middle school students and who they are and what they’ve accomplished. At Cawley, we have a variety of activities throughout the month that include dress up days, trivia questions about Cawley Middle School, getting caught reading, bulletin board competitions and a culminating spirit rally and dance which is scheduled for March 28 from 6:30 – 9:00 pm.
Middle School Month is kicked off with a school-wide dodgeball tournament where students contribute $1.00 each to play for their team. The money collected is to be donated to the local Make a Wish Foundation.
FOREIGN LANGUAGE WEEK
National Foreign Language Week will be observed March 3 - March 9. It was introduced by Alpha Mu Gamma, a collegiate foreign language Honor Society in 1956, to make the United States aware of the need for and importance of foreign language study. An additional purpose was to encourage Americans to learn a second language to improve global communication and our understanding of the rest of the world. President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially endorsed this week in 1956. Originally observed by colleges, National Foreign Language Week is now celebrated in elementary, middle and high schools. In recognition of National Foreign Language Week, the pledge will be recited in English as well as 5 different foreign languages. Students in eighth grade Spanish, French and ESOL classes will build a paper graffiti wall of words and phrases in the target language using one of the four graffiti art styles (bubble, block, wild and superimposed). These words and phrases will relate to this year’s theme, “Don’t Let Learning a Language Slip Through Your Fingers.”
Each year, during Middle School Month, Cawley Middle School participates in Literacy Week. This period of time is set aside as a celebration of literacy and a time to reflect upon all of our accomplishments as readers and writers.
In honor of Literacy Week, the students join in the fun of a Reading Lotto. In order to participate in this contest all students have to do is read. If they are caught reading during a typically unscheduled work time, such as during a break or at lunch, the student earns a ticket. The ticket is placed in a grade-level box and at the end of the week a ticket is chosen and the student receives a grand prize. One prize will be awarded per grade, the more a student “gets caught reading” the better.
Also during Literacy Week, students will engage in a fifteen-minute, school-wide, sustained silent reading period. Everyone in the building will stop what he or she is doing on March 20 at 9:00 am and read.
Both basketball teams finished their successful seasons in the first week of February. The boy’s team lost in the quarterfinals and the girls lost in the finals. The Cheer team is still working hard for their upcoming competitions. The club volleyball team had their first match at Windham Middle School and their season will continue after the school vacation. Ninety students are participating in this co-ed sport. At the end of March tryouts for the baseball and softball teams will take place. In addition, track and field will start in the beginning of April. Track and Field is open to any student who wishes to participate.
On Saturday, February 15 the Cawley Cheerleaders competed at Cheer Madness hosted by Nashua North High School. Cawley received First Place in their division, which consisted of six teams. Cawley performed with the smallest squad out of the total sixteen teams competing with sixteen girls present. The team also scored higher than three out of the 7A division teams. The girls have been working hard and have proven to be very adaptable.
CAWLEY CAFETERIA NEWS
Cawley Middle School received a grant from an organization called Salad Bars 2 Schools. The grant will fully fund healthier eating at two salad bars at Cawley Middle School.
NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY
February was a very busy month for the NJHS. Several members volunteered at the Kiwanis Kids Kloset on the first Monday of February. The Birthday Club has been meeting and plans are in the works for a pancake fundraiser. The February visit to Villa Crest Retirement Home was a major success. Members made Valentine’s Day cards and visited with the residents. They were very thankful and it was great to see the smiles on the residents’ faces. In addition, members also sang to the residents. The residents really enjoyed it and some even sang along.
Congratulations to the Cawley Middle School Drama Club on an excellent performance of Scariest Play – EVER! held, after many weather delays, on Wednesday, February 19. Everyone did an excellent job. The Drama Club will be focusing on writing and producing original dramas during the next few months.
March is a very busy month for performing ensembles at Cawley Middle School.
The Eighth Grade Musical, Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids, is in production. Not only is the on-stage ensemble working on the music, dances, and the drama, but the production crew is working hard on the scenery, costumes, and props needed to make this an exceptional show. Performances will be Thursday, April 10, and Friday, April 11. Day performances begin at 9:30 am and evening performances begin at 7:00 pm.
The Music Department will have their annual Play-A-Thon on Friday, March 7 from 2:30 – 6:00 pm. This is a required event for all Musical Ensemble performers from band, jazz band, chorus, and CLASS Act. Ensembles will rotate rehearsals throughout the evening, so there will be music constantly playing. When not performing, students will have various activities to be involved in, including Guitar Hero, Dance Dance Revolution, and even a Wii system game or two. Snacks will be provided for all participants.
On Thursday, March 13, the Cawley Jazz Band and CLASS Act will be showcased during the annual “Pudding on the Ritz” Dessert Theatre. Admission to the event is your favorite dessert. It’s a great evening of music and sweets to share, and it all begins at 6:30 pm.
Large Group Festival is on Saturday, March 15. The band will be performing at 11:30 am, and the chorus is scheduled to perform at 1:00 pm. Both band and chorus groups will leave from Cawley Middle School by bus at 10:00 am to Goffstown High School. Parents, families, and friends are welcome to see the performances. Check with Mr. Davini or Mrs. Kurtzman for details.