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Winter Recess Information

During the winter months, we still allow the students to go outside for recess any time the temperature and wind chill is above twenty degrees.

 Please send your children to school with appropriate cold weather clothing including hats and gloves.





Elementary honors choir


Elementary Honors Choir on April 12th at the Ct. Convention Center 

What is the Ct. Elementary Honors Choir?

It is a group of 250 students from across Connecticut that are chosen by their music teacher for exemplary conduct in class and chorus and outstanding singing.

This extraordinary groups of 4th, 5th and 6th graders work on preparing  5-7 challenging songs with their music teacher after school or during lunch/recess. They will then meet up with the other students from around the state at 8:30am on April 12th at the Ct. Convention Center in Hartford to rehearse these songs and perform a concert for family and friends at 4pm that day.

Chosen students will be missing classes on April 12th  (this does not count as an absence from school) but the opportunity to work with a world class conductor/composer and hundreds of dedicated music students their own age will be well worth it!

As their director, I will provide transportation from NHRMS that morning to the Convention Center and act as their chaperone all day. Parents will be expected to either attend the concert from 4-5 that day (tickets are usually $5 each) and bring their child home OR meet them at the Convention Center after the concert and bring them home.

MPAC provides the funds for the children to attend the Honors Choir ($30 per student) which includes the fee for the day’s rehearsals, music, lunch and a tee shirt.

We have participated many times in this Honors Choir. The kids who attended LOVED it- It is a great experience both musically and socially!

Please check your calendar and make sure your child is free to attend that day (Friday, April 12th) I will be in contact again after choosing the  3 students who will be attending (and one alternate).There are so many students worthy to attend that I will probably have to pick the four names out of a hat!  In the meantime, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. ( or 860-873-5081 ext. 218)

Musically Yours-

Marisa Alfano, choral director


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Join us for a trip to Montreal!

7th and 8th grade Spanish and French students.

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Hannah Robinson

National History Day State Champion

Congrats Hannah!

Hannah Robinson

Hannah Robinson, grade 8,
for National History Day. 

Hannah competed against over 3,000 students at the University of Maryland from Sunday, June 10th through Thursday, June 14th.  Hannah did her research on Typhoid Mary with a focus on individual rights vs. the rights of all in regards to the issue of contagious diseases.  She also brought in issues of women's rights, education equivalency, and immigration rights. This information was presented in a website that Hannah created.   She did an amazing job!  All 50 states were represented at the event, as well as students from other countries. 

Hannah received the honor of being named
National Finalist,
which means she was in the top five rank in the country!  

 Mark Gilsenen

Mark Gilsenan, grade 8, took THIRD PLACE at States as well.  Mark studied the economic impact of the Berlin Wall. He had several interviews with a veteran he met at our Veterans Day celebration who was stationed there in the early 1960s.  He also interviewed a professor at UCONN who specializes in this time period.  Mark is the alternate for Nationals.  

 Sally Riley and Julia Freeman

Sally Riley and Julia Freeman, grade 8, took FOURTH PLACE and won a Special Award.  They studied the Hartford Convention and went to the State House to get primary sources with experts.  This convention was held in 1814 and much of it was done in secret, so finding original letters of people involved at the time as well as standing in the place it actually occurred was a wonderful experience.  They won for the Best Use of Material from CT Archives.  

 This year’s theme is Conflict and Compromise.
The theme is broad to encourage participants to delve into history, whether it be a topic from the ancient world or the history of their own city. Students needed to begin research with secondary sources to gain a broader context, then progress to finding primary sources, and finally make an argument about the effects of a topic in history.



Cate Tarnowski
National Invention Convention 

Cate Tarnowski, was invited to compete at the National Convention. 
This event took place from May 31st to June 3rd in MIchigan. 
Only 50 CT children out of the 800 attendees are chosen...this is a HUGE honor!
Cate at Nationals
Cate at Nationals!


Judge Extraordinaire!


2019 East Haddam Land Trust Nature Calendar

According to East Haddam Land Trust Editor, Martha McLaud Tonucci,
the Land Trust receives numerous accolades for its calendar, 

due largely in part from the copious art work submitted from students.

Special thanks to Bev Ventres
 for including the calendar art work within her classroom curricula
to Martha McLaud Tonucci, 
for her hard work in putting the calendar together.

Please congratulate the following winners:


   1st: Bethany Powell, Geese Flying Over Lake Hayward, September

   2nd: Selina Zhang, Turk’s Cap Lily, July

       3rd: Jasmine Ziobron, Beaver Carrying Branch, Page 10 or 11

   Honorable Mention:

     Maxwell Lennon, Large-mouth Bass, May

    Susan Cormier, Screech Owl, Page 6 or 7

    Hannah Powell, Snowy Owl, Back Cover



      1st (tie): Meigan Joslyn, Titmouse, January

           1st (tie): Susanna Zhang, Chickadee, January

        2nd: Olivia Doiron, Mountain Laurel, June

           3rd: Woynitu Ciccarello, Blue Jay, February

           Honorable Mention:

              Brooke Linares, Hepatica, April



The Odyssey of the Mind Competition

Held at Southern Connecticut State University
on March 17th

The Odyssey of the Mind teaches students to learn creative problem-solving methods while having fun in the process.  By tapping into creativity, and through encouraging imaginative paths to problem-solving, students learn skills that will provide them with the ability to solve problems -- great and small -- for a lifetime. The Odyssey of the Mind teaches students how to think divergently by providing open-ended problems that appeal to a wide range of interests. Students learn how to identify challenges and to think creatively to solve those problems.  Students will choose a problem, create an eight-minute play of which they must author, create props and costumes, and perform their solution in front of a panel of judges.  

Odyssey 2018

Alynna Karpiej, Sally Riley, Reid Aillon, Sadie Herold, Miles Gagne,
Luke Karpiej, Nathan Matetich, Mrs. Bernard

Odyssey Sign


Congratulations to the 2018 Geography Bee Winner

Sean Kennedy-Wonneberger

Geography Bee Winner 2018


Kudos to all of the participants

Kayla Haentjens, Ava Pear, Luke Kalisz, Nicholas Jeanetti, Austin Sevigny, 
Abigail Shoesmith, Natasha Hasuly, Sarah Hughes, and Luke Karpiej

Recent News

Principal's Message

2018-2019 School Year


The winter holidays are fast approaching. This is an exciting time of year as our students display their talents.

On Wednesday, December 5th, our symphonic bands in grades six through eight will be performing their Winter Concert at the high school auditorium. This event will be a collaboration with the high school band. 

On Wednesday, December 12th, our students return to the high school for their Winter Choral Concert.

Our fabulous fourth and fifth grade choral students will be performing at the middle school on Wednesday, December 19th.

During the winter months, we still allow the students to go outside for recess any time the temperature and wind chill is above twenty degrees. Please send your children to school with appropriate cold weather clothing including hats and gloves.

I hope to see you at the performances later this month.


MPAC (Middle school Principal Advisory Council) is actively seeking new members and volunteers. This dedicated group of parents will host conversations on topics such as bullying, internet safety, school nutrition, cultural arts, and other day-to-day operations. You can find information about MPAC such as how to join or when the meetings are by accessing the link through the schools website 


If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to email me at