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
December 1 – 12… Drama Club Fundraiser
December 3... Hooksett School Board Meeting, 6:30 pm
December 6... PTO Dance, 6:30 – 9:00 pm
December 9 – 13… Second Quarter Progress Checks
December 17... Band/Chorus Performance at Underhill, 9:30 am
December 17... Band/Chorus Performance at HMS, 1:00 pm
December 17... Hooksett School Board Meeting, 6:30 pm
December 18... Band/Chorus Performance at Cawley, 9:30 am
December 18... Band/Chorus Performance at Cawley, 6:30 pm
December 23 – January 2… No School/Winter Break
The Cawley Middle School Robotics team received the 2nd place award for Core Values (teamwork). Any Core Values award at a FIRST event is a huge achievement. Overall the team did very well and represented the school in the engineering competition. Joan Janas is the advisor and DJ Lemmo was the mentor. The team is made up of nine members who represented Cawley in a commendable manner. Team members include: Brendan Fournier, Zachary Bothwell, Nicholas Kahn, Devin Janas, Nathan Gehris, Alexander Gannon, Mackenzie Conner, Samridh Chaturvedi, and Henry Andrews.
Computer Science Education Week
Computer Programming for Cawley Students
Is your child interested in learning basic computer programming? As part of promoting Computer Science Education Week, from December 9-15 the Advanced Learning Programs (ALPS) teacher will introduce interested students to computer coding. Mrs. Tremblay will be teaching a different group of students each day during Flex for one week about coding. If you are interested in exposing your child to this opportunity, please go to the following link and fill in the necessary information. Space is limited so sign up early at this Google Form: http://tinyurl.com/alpshourofcode
On November 25 sixth grade student Duncan Korkosz won the school Geography Bee. Twenty students participated in the school level of the National Geographic Bee. All participants did very well in the early rounds of competition. As the competition progressed to later rounds the audience was treated to a highly competitive contest. The final two competitors, Duncan Korkosz and Henry Andrews, faced several tie-breaker rounds before a champion was crowned. Duncan now has the opportunity to qualify for the state level bee to be held in April.
Students have the opportunity to participate in the 2013-2014 Fisher Cats Reading Challenge. Participation requires students to complete a form and pick up a bookmark from the Media Center. More importantly, students need to read five books outside regular class reading and have their parents sign the form. The form is mailed to the Fisher Cats and students will receive two free tickets to a Fisher Cat Reading Challenge Night in April or June 2014. Students will be honored for their accomplishment in a themed parade on the field before the game.
Emergency Management Team
On Thursday, November 21, ten staff members completed FEMA’s IS-100.SCA: Introduction to the Incident Command System for Schools course. The Emergency Management Institute developed the Introduction to ICS for Schools (IS-100.SCa for Schools) course in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education. The course is designed primarily for kindergarten through high school personnel. Proper training in Incident Command Systems saves lives in the event of natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and emergency situations. Our emergency management team is dedicated to the safety and well being of all members of the Cawley Middle School community.
Students at Cawley Middle School have the opportunity of joining Dream Catchers Hooksett Chapter. Dream Catchers recognizes the importance of social experiences for individuals of all ages and abilities. It provides an opportunity for the students to make friends, have fun, and be accepted in spite of their differences. Dream Catchers ensures a sense of belonging that builds confidence and assists in exposing the members to the world outside of school.
Members meet each month at Cawley. These meetings are theme driven, and promote member engagement through discussion and fun activities. Each meeting consists of an inspirational quote from a famous person. Then members participate in activities in the areas of social, physical, creative and community-connected. An off-site activity will happen once a month, connecting the theme in a more global sense.
The Hooksett Chapter of Dream Catchers currently has eleven members registered, with the possibility of one or two more students joining. Kimberly Harriman is the site leader, facilitating the monthly meetings and activities with the assistance of Charlene Edwards.
On Friday, November 15, twenty-five Cawley students and five staff members attended the first “STAND UP to Bullying 2013” event held at the UNH Whittemore Center. STAND UP was created three years ago to help all of us better understand what we can do to end bullying in our schools and communities. This was an important day because for the first time in New Hampshire more than 3,500 middle and high school students and teachers came together to take a pledge against bullying. The students and staff heard speeches, referred to as “moments of courage” from several inspirational speakers including Lizzie Velasquez, an author and anti-bullying crusader, from Austin, Texas, Regan Hartley, Miss New Hampshire 2011, and Governor Maggie Hassan. The students came back from UNH with ideas about involving more Cawley students in their anti-bullying message.
The winter sports programs have started at Cawley. Both the boys and girls basketball teams have been picked and began the season with a win against Chester. The regular season league games begin with a game against Hampstead. The cheer team has started and they are working on their competition routine and will be cheering at basketball games. Co-ed Club Volleyball will begin in early February, which is open to all students who wish to participate. Lastly, we are looking for a Head Baseball coach. If anyone is interested please call the SAU.
Eighteen Hawk cheerleaders added a new aspect to their season. They are working as a team in our community. On November 16, the girls and coach spent two hours at the Hooksett Community Food Pantry assembling 150 food baskets for distribution. The Hooksett Community Food Pantry was so impressed that Barb Brennan has asked the team to return in December. The girls also fundraised to cover competition expenses and they will be donating a portion of the funds raised in excess to the community. The girls will also be bell ringing on December 14 at Shaws for the Salvation Army. The girls have been working as a team on the court and in the community.
National Junior Honor Society
The members of the National Junior Honor Society are gearing up for a busy December. They will be bell ringing for the Salvation Army at Market Basket on December 17 and 18. For the past several months, a committee has been busy working on creating audio and video recordings of the Imagine It! Reading Program for the students at Underhill. Finally, the NJHS are offering assistance to our busy teachers, so they have created a teacher needs assessment to find out how they can help.
There are many different organizations, clubs, and students at Cawley who will be ringing the Salvation Army bells in Hooksett this month. The Cawley community has always volunteered to support others in Hooksett. Principal, Matthew Benson and students Samantha Sutton, Eamonn Ryan, and Darby Dupuis will be ringing bells at the Hooksett in Walmart on December 19.
The Cawley Chorus and Band had a great time attending the UNH Music Extravaganza on November 15. Performances by the UNH Wind Symphony and UNH Marching Band were featured.
The Drama Club is beginning rehearsals for this year’s main stage production of Scariest Play –Ever!!, a comedy written by Craig Sodaro. More information about the story will be given at a later time, but make sure to keep February open for this play.
Winter Concerts will feature performances of all ensembles. C.L.A.S.S. Act, the Cawley Jazz Band, as well as the Cawley Band and Chorus will be on the road performing at Underhill and Memorial Schools on Tuesday, December 17. Performances for the Cawley audience will be on Wednesday, December 18 at 9:30 am and the evening concert at 6:30 pm.