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Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School student one of 700 chosen to compete in national math competition

Blackstone, MA: Ian Chartier, 7th grade student at the Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School, beat out more than 45,000 applicants across 42 states to qualify for MathCON, a national math competition. Students from 42 states took the initial online exam to qualify for the MathCON finals, which was held this past Saturday, April 25 at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The day-long event brought together close to 700 elementary, middle and high school students to compete for cash prizes and national prestige through various math questions and activities.

“We’re incredibly proud when any of our students earns recognition for their scholastic accomplishments, and we’re so excited to have Ian Chartier represent the middle school and all of Blackstone-Millville School District," said middle school principal Justin Cameron. “The STEM fields are such an important part of the future, and we actively encourage our teachers and students to find fun ways to use STEM inside and outside of the classroom. This is why a few years ago we brought STEM classes into the master schedule for all students at the middle school. This is a great honor not only for Ian, but also for the Blackstone-Millville School District.”

Along with his current math teacher Mrs. Maureen Rose and STEM teacher Mrs. Stephanie Abisla, the middle school and Ian's parents Dan and Nicole Chartier are grateful for the support from Allen Himmelberger, Superintendent of Schools and Dr. David Thomson, Assistant Superintendent along with the sponsorship from the Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School PTO and Tellstone Bus Company who helped to defray the cost of travel to Chicago for Ian and his parents. MathCON was created in 2008 by Concept Schools as a Midwest competition with just 125 participants, and has since grown to a national event. MathCON’s goal is to engage students in STEM outside of the classroom and encourage more students to enter the STEM fields, which are currently some of the fastest-growing industries in the United States. In addition to the hour-long test that Ian took in part of being a finalist, students at this year’s competition enjoyed a presentation from “mathmagician” Arthur T. Benjamin and enjoyed a pizza party with other participants from all across the country. ,/



AFM 4th Grader, Andrew Balliro, came in first in the 10 year old division at the state final Knights of Columbus Free Throw competition!! Great job Andrew!!

1. Andrew receiving his trophy from Russell Steinbach, the State Deputy of the Knights of Columbus. 2. Andrew with Mike Lesperance, State Warden and Jim Laren, Grand Knight in Blackstone. 3. Andrew shooting.




Former MLB All Star and World Series MVP Curt Schilling joins Hartnett Middle School in the fight to battle bullying.

Curt Schilling led an assembly of students and staff on the subject of cyber bullying at the Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School in Blackstone, MA on Thursday, February 19. The assembly's focus was on the empowerment of the bystander in online and traditional bullying. Curt Schilling shared with all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders his recent story of Tweeting a congratulatory message about his high-school-aged daughter and the vulgar, hate-filled replies which followed. The story, only weeks ago, went viral being profiled on the Today Show, Good Morning America, all the national evening news stations and ESPN's SportsCenter. While not sharing the explicit tweets written about his daughter, Curt Schilling shared a message to the 450 students that every person who sent the negative and vulgar messages were caught and disciplined by local and national authorities. Through his story, students were reminded that there is no such thing as online anonymity when making bad choices on cells phones or the Internet, and the learned importance of the bystander being empowered to share with parents or school officials when online bullying is happening. Mr. Allen Himmelberger, Superintendent of Schools welcomed Curt Schilling upon his arrival and echoed a national focus that many schools across the country now share in the emotional safety of all children. Mr. Himmelberger invited the former All Star and World Series MVP to sign with all the middle school students an eight foot banner that serves as a pledge for all students to put an end to online bullying and/or to safely report any online bullying or harassment they encounter. The assembly concluded with the students in the school's PBIS (Positive Behavior Incentive System) After School Club presenting the student made banner to the Principal Justin Cameron while he reminded students the systems in place to safety report any bullying or harassment happening in schools, at home, or online.

Picture 1: Curt Schilling signing a student made banner pledging to help stop cyber bullying by safety reporting it whenever it happens. Picture 2: Curt Schilling poses with 8th grade student Bradley Gignac. Bradley is wearing Curt Schilling's 2004 Red Sox Champion Ring. Picture 3: Curt Schilling waves to the 450 students at the Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School. Picture 4: Curt Schilling with Mr. Allen W. Himmelberger, Superintendent of Schools and Dr. David L. Thomson, Assistant Superintendent




Congratulations to HMS District Musicians!

On Saturday, January 31st, 30 middle school students from F.W. Hartnett Middle School auditioned at Gibbons Middle School to be selected to a premier ensemble consisting of the best musicians in Central Massachusetts. 985 students auditioned in total and HMS had 10 students accepted to this elite group. They include: Jack Allen, Kailey Azevedo, Aaron Bolduc, Jack Clem, Chloe Forsyth, Rebecca Gagnon, Shawn Griffin, Rebecca St. Amant, Cameron Werning, and Cameron Cerundolo who received the highest alto saxophone score in Central Mass.

This year's concert festival is being held at BMR on Saturday, May 2nd and will include the 400 accepted students from the 72 participating schools. This is a huge honor for our district to host such a widely attended event.




Working with Governor Baker, Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School 8th Grade Students

On Saturday, January 17, hundreds of 8th grade student ambassadors from around Massachusetts were in Boston for a day of community service honoring the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Eighth-graders were chosen by their schools to represent the state's 351 cities and towns to participate in a program known as Project 351, a day of service. Project 351 celebrates the power of young people as a force for positive change in their communities and our Commonwealth.

Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School 8th grade students Meagan Brodeur and Cameron Cerundolo participate in MA Project 351.

Meagan Brodeur, Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School 8th grade student representing the town of Blackstone, spent her service hours at the Pine Street Inn Homeless Shelter where she participated in making over 700 cards, 25 apple pies, 8 murals and several hygiene bags. Meagan said, “it was extremely fun to do something for a great cause and connect with a ton of new people. I would absolutely go back.”

8th grade Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School student Cameron Cerundolo with MA Governor Charlie Baker.

Cameron Cerundolo, Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School 8th grade student representing the town of Millville, spent his service hours at the Greater Boston Food Bank where he helped to prepare 20,500 meals for those who cannot provide meals for themselves. Cameron shared “I felt inspired and honored to be able to help people in need, make new friends, and have fun all at the same time.”

They ended their day sitting down with the governor to reflect on this day of service.




Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School participates in National No Name Calling Week

Students at the Frederick W Hartnett Middle School are celebrating the 11th National No Name Calling Week from January 20- January 23. The week was originally inspired by author James Howe’s young adult novel The Misfits.

The week is a time for students to reflect on the power of their words. In an effort to put the focus on a culture of acceptance and respect, student organizations like PBIS and Student Council have initiated the week’s activities.

Spirit days that encourage students to dress for a particular theme like “Give Name Calling the Slip”- wear slippers or We Are All Different- wear mismatched clothing will be held during the week to remind students to be aware of how they talk to their peers.

Each school day will begin with a thought of the day announced by a student, and each school day will end with students listening to a song or watching a video clip with the theme of Celebrating Kindness. On Friday, the 8th Grade Chorus will be engaged in classroom walk-throughs singing Brave by Sara Bareilles.

Students will also have an opportunity to sign a Pledge Banner that will be displayed in the school, as well as earn kindness tokens during the week. Staff has been invited to give students a “High Five” by handing them a handprint with 5 positive descriptors of themselves.

The week will end with a dance sponsored by Student Council with the theme “Black Out Bad Words”, and students will be encouraged to wear black.

The goal of the week is to help students think about the words they use when relating to one another.




Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School partners with local merchants in Project Positivity

Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School students participate in a Service Learning Project entitled "Project Positivity" from December 8th- December 24th. This project had them research the effects of bullying through the literature they read this quarter. These students have come to understand that words have the power to both hurt and heal. Unkind words are weapons that can harm, but kind words that are spoken can build someone up and make all the difference for someone.

Project Positivity has 8th graders partnered with the Park and Shop Grocery Store and Tole Booth Craft Store in Blackstone, MA. Both stores are placing an inspirational quote on a brightly colored strip of paper in each customer's bag during the period of time from December 8th- December 24th. The 8th graders created the strips pf paper that both merchants are placing in each bag. Donna Latour, owner of the Tole Booth Main St Blackstone: "All we hear are bad things. We never hear about the positive. All my customers think this is so positive. They are amazed that eighth graders did this project. There is so much negativity in the world - it is nice to have the positive." Wayne "Topper" Wood, store manager Park & Shop Main St Blackstone: "This is being received very well by the store customers and employees. It is great to hear something from the schools that is focused on good. We usually hear in the news all the bad things that happen."




Blackstone and Millville Veterans to lead the Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School in the Pledge of Allegiance all week in honor of Veterans Day. Philip Clark, a Coast Guard Veteran, (E4 rank) led the Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School and its 480 students, faculty and staff in the Pledge of Allegiance on Monday, November 10, 2014. All week, a different Blackstone or Millville resident, who also is a Veteran of the armed services, will lead the middle school in the Pledge of Allegiance to start the day.

Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School students left to right: Riley Elliott (grade 6), Jacques Leclaire (grade 8), Aiden Long (grade 6), David Molina (grade 7), Alexyss Milot (grade 8), Luc Leclaire (grade 7) and Gillian Pleau (grade 8) stand with Philip Clark, a Coast Guard Veteran, (E4 rank) who cited the Pledge of Allegiance for the student body on Monday, November 10, 2014.




Middle School partners with dentist's office to buy back over 400 Pounds of Halloween Candy for the Troops and local Food Pantry

The Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School, John F. Kennedy Elementary School and the Augustine F. Maloney Elementary of Blackstone, MA participated in the National Guard's Operation Gratitude (http://www.halloweencandybuyback.com/) and their Halloween Candy Buy Back Program. Blackstone and Millville middle school students and staff placed some or all of their Halloween candy on a digital scale in the middle school's main lobby. These elementary and middle schools partnered with Dr. Sanjiv Nehra of Dental Associates of Marlborough, one of many dentist's in the Commonwealth participating in Operation Gratitude. 446 total pounds of candy was donated to Dental Associates of Marlborough. The candy will then will be donated to Operation Gratitude and placed in care packages for the troops. With the help of National Junior Honor Society, 8th grade at Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School will work to donate 446 pounds of healthy food to the Blackstone Millville Food Pantry before Thanksgiving.

Students, left to right, in the attached picture: 7th grade Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School students Abigail Cook, Damien Lahousse, Jarrett Boykin and Joseph Archambault stand with 363 of the over 400 pounds of the Halloween Candy students and staff donated.




FWHartnett Middle School Students Cross Social Boundaries During 13th Annual Mix It Up at Lunch Day

BLACKSTONE – Students at FWHartnett Middle School today joined more than one million other students across the country to help break down social and racial barriers by participating in the 13th annual Mix It Up at Lunch Day.

The event, launched by the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance project in 2002, encourages students to sit with someone new in the cafeteria for just one day. Cafeterias are the focus of Mix It Up because that’s where a school’s social boundaries are most obvious.

Students were invited to sit with those classmates who randomly received a similar token- TV shows, Disney characters or animals. Students participated in conversations with one another at the lunch table using a list of conversation starters that were created by PBIS Club members.

“Mix It Up is a positive step that schools can take to help create learning environments where students see each other as individuals and not just as members of a separate group,” said Teaching Tolerance Director Maureen Costello. “When people step out of their cliques and get to know someone, they realize just how much they have in common.” Sloan Reilly, FWHMS Guidance counselor commented, “Despite some grumbling leading up to Mix it up day, overall our students were courageous enough to step out of their comfort zone and talk to others to discover they have something in common with another person they did not know. It was very exciting to see kids who don't usually talk to others at lunch, smile and chat in response to the questions that were asked. Kudos to PBIS for organizing this.

Student Jacob Chaplin said, “It was interesting and fun. It was good to be able to sit with different kids.” Divya Tenny contributed, “I liked it because I made new friends.”




CONGRATULATIONS

To the John & Abigail Adams Scholarship Recipients for the Class of 2015

Kristen Elizabeth Allaire, David Patrick Ariel, Edward Joseph Arsenault, Ryan Thomas Baxter, Brian Raymond Adam Bissonnette, Emilie Taylor Carroll, Addi Maria Catarina, David Marcel Cournoyer, Allison Haylee Daneault, Lyndon Symonds Davis, Evan Richard Dowling, Jacob Thomas Edel, Amanda Lynne Guilbeault, Samantha Ann Hackenson, Robert Joseph Harvey, Alexander Lucian Hemphill, Alyssa Caitlyn Kelly, Samuel James Kovaly, Nickolas Paul Leporati, Connor William McNamara, Jennifer Lee Poirier, Jack Henry Quitzau, Cameron Christopher Russell, Brennan John Stefanik, Emily Lynn Turcotte

The John & Abigail Adams Scholarship provides a tuition waiver for eight semesters (four consecutive years) of undergraduate education at many Massachusetts state colleges or universities. For more information about the John & Abigail Adams Scholarship, please visit http://www.doe.mass.edu/ website.




Middle school PTO holds its first ever Run or Ride community event fundraiser.

Sunday September 21 the middle school PTO held the first ever Run or Ride community event fundraiser. The 5K walk/run, 10K bike ride was enjoyed by teachers, middle school staff, and Blackstone and Millville community members. Over 30 local sponsors donated to the event that was held to help raise money for student enrichment opportunities at the Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School in Blackstone, MA.




Moms honored as PTO members at the 3rd quarter Honor Roll Family Breakfast

The Middle School wishes all the mom's district wide Happy Mother's Day! During the 3rd quarter Honor Roll Family Breakfast, two moms were quickly honored as PTO members who have served for 3 years and have 8th graders moving on to the high school in the fall. Mrs. Dumas and Mrs. Jacome received a bouquet of tulips and it was shared with all in attendance that in the three years they have served on the middle school PTO the PTO has raised close to 80K. The money has been used in support of field trips, assemblies, honor roll breakfasts, special guests, classroom donations, and after school programming. $63,000 was raised for the academic and recreational programs in the after school program. Here is a complete list of clubs that have been offered to middle school students since fall 2011: AM Healthy Start Club, Science Fiction Club, Outdoor Club, Cooking Club, STEM Club, Hiking Club, Kindle Reading Club, Homework Club, Debate Club, Election Club, Flag Football Club, Outdoor Trail Bike Club, PBIS Club, Photography Club, Junior Webmaster Club, Basketball Club, Creative Writing Club, Workout Club, Art Club, Hularobics Club, Minecraft Club, 3D Movie Club, Dance Club, Flashmob Club, Quilting Club, World War II Club, Little People's Reading Club, Millville Memory Project Club, Chorus Club and the AM Morning News Club.




Students win ribbons at the Massachusetts Science Poetry Contest

For 26 years, Massachusetts students have been participating in the Massachusetts Science Poetry Contest. It is open to ALL Massachusetts students in grades K-8, and there were over 900 entries this year. Happily, there were 8 students in our 6th grade this year who won ribbons in this contest. Congratulations to Ashley B; Danielle C; Trinity C; Ruth G; Delaney H; Madison H; Katrina R; Ashley W




F. W. Hartnett Middle School District Musicians

Blackstone - On Saturday, February 1, 2014, 35 of our students auditioned at Districts against 1200 other students; 21 of our students were accepted to the District Band! In the last 12 years this is the most student acceptances, and not by a little bit -- the previous high was 13!

Included in the 21, we have four chorus members:
Ben Austin
Rachel Santagate
Amanda Antetamaso
Mackenzie Gill

And 17 band members:
Maddy Hreczuch
Sarah Ducharme
Joscelynn Leavitt
Abigail Gillihan
Andrew Lodge
Elizabeth Strycharz
Cameron Cerundolo
Hayley Gervais
Matthew Maille
Ashley Dumas
Avary Deragon
Lauren Rainone
Rebecca St. Amant
Arthur Knust Graichen
Anita Lahue
Lily Jolicoeur
Brian Turcotte

Beyond that, we have 2 students who received the highest score for the District on their instrument: Elizabeth Strycharz on French horn, Matthew Maille on trombone.

From here these students have two rehearsals at Milford High School on April 14th and Wednesday, April 30th. They will cap off their experience with a concert at Oak Middle School in Shrewsbury on Saturday, May 3rd!

We congratulate these students for "finding their stage" and representing the middle school and district so well!




BLACKSTONE — On Friday, February 28 from 7am to 7pm students at Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School participated in a 12 hour volleyball marathon that raised close to 7K which will benefit the middle school PTO. Over 350 students participated by securing pledges and playing 12 hours of volleyball. Some students played over 100 games to raise money for field trips, assemblies, honor roll breakfasts, special guests, classroom donations, and most of the after school programming that happens at the middle school


Middle School PTO Volleyball Marathon raises close to 7K for their school

BLACKSTONE — On Friday, February 28 from 7am to 7pm students at Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School participated in a 12 hour volleyball marathon that raised close to 7K which will benefit the middle school PTO. Over 350 students participated by securing pledges and playing 12 hours of volleyball. Some students played over 100 games to raise money for field trips, assemblies, honor roll breakfasts, special guests, classroom donations, and most of the after school programming that happens at the middle school


Governor's day of community outreach and service learning

FWHMS 8th grader Sarah Douglas pauses at the State House in Boston with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick during a day of service learning in Boston on January 20th. Sarah Douglas represented Blackstone and Dylan Gregoire represented Millville in Governor Patrick's annual day of community outreach and service learning, Project 351. Project 351 is a call to action of all the 8th graders across the Commonwealth's 351 cities and towns to come together in a day of community service, leadership development, and enrichment. The governor seeks to empower a young generation of service leaders. After this one day conference and service project, Sarah and Dylan were given the task to propose to Superintendent Dr. Davis and Mr. Cameron a service leadership project for the middle school and district. Stay tuned to the details of Sarah's and Dylan's project!


Millville Elementary School - Colonial Feast

Each year for over 20 years, the Millville Elementary School fifth graders host the Millville Senior Citizens for a Colonial Feast. This year, the event took place on November 21, 2013 in the Millville Elementary School cafeteria. There were 46 seniors in attendance. The grade 5 students and their families help prepare the food. In addition, many of the students stayed after school to help decorate, set the tables, etc. for the feast. At 5:30 p.m., a group of students returned to school to serve the food. Each year, both students and seniors have a fantastic time and look forward to the event the following year. The class this year received a letter of appreciation from the Millville Senior Citizens Club stating, "It seems that in this age of smart phones, tablets, computers and television, there is little time for communication between generations, and we all look forward to this dinner as an opportunity to socially converse and listen to what the students have to say." This Colonial Feast is made possible each year with donations from local supermarkets. This year, we would like to thank the companies from which we received donations: Brigido's, Market Basket, Park 'n Shop and Stop & Shop.


For Immediate PRESS RELEASE: Dr. Kathy Boisvert presents at the Hope Foundation for Autism conference in Providenciales

The Hope Foundation hosted a free teachers, parents & community workshop at the Atrium in Leeward Gates, Providenciales on November 15 and 16. Dr. Kathy Boisvert was one of the featured presenters. READ MORE


For Immediate PRESS RELEASE: Middle School partners with dentist's office to buy back Halloween Candy for the Troops and local Food Pantry

The Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School of Blackstone, MA participated in the National Guard's Operation Gratitude (http://www.halloweencandybuyback.com/) and their Halloween Candy Buy Back Program. Blackstone and Millville middle school students and staff placed some or all of their Halloween candy on a digital scale in the middle school's main lobby. Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School partnered with Dr. Sanjiv Nehra of Dental Associates of Marlborough, one of many dentist's in the Commonwealth participating in Operation Gratitude. 309 total pounds of candy was donated to Dental Associates of Marlborough The candy will then will be donated to Operation Gratitude and placed in care packages for the troops. With the help of National Junior Honor Society, 8th grade at Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School will work to donate 309 pounds of healthy food to the Blackstone Millville Food Pantry before Thanksgiving.

Above is a picture of 8th grader Faye Lucas, 8th grader Amanda Antetomaso buried in the over 300 pounds of Halloween candy.

Students, left to right, in the attached picture: 8th grader Sarah Mendes, 8th grader Faye Lucas, 8th grader Amanda Antetomaso, and 8th grader Eva Cann.


On June 20th, Students and teachers at MES participated in a whole school reading day! Students listened to read-alouds, partnered with different grade levels for a buddy read and even swapped teachers! The day ended with a whole school assembly centered on two guest readers! Special thanks goes to Mrs. Allard for organizing this wonderful event

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The Millville Elementary School AOK Club sponsored the Hawaiian Day today. Students and staff arrived to the sound of soothing Hawaiian music. This spirit day was celebrated from our youngest preschool members to the outgoing 5th graders!

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Millville Elementary School hosted a parent volunteer breakfast to thank all parents for their support throughout the year.


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May 3rd, 2013, Blackstone, MA: Senator Richard Moore from the Massachusetts Senate visited the Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School to issue official citations from the President of the Massachusetts Senate, Therese Murray, honoring the middle school for their recent awards from the Massachusetts Association of Student Councils. The Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School recently was honored as having the best middle school student council in the state, the top service project in the Superintendent’s Holiday Lunch, and honoring Mr. Kevin McCourt, the Student Council Advisor, as the 2012/2013 MA Student Council Advisor of the year.

Picture 1: Senator Richard Moore issuing a State Senate Citation to Superintendent Ms. Kimberly B. Shaver-Hood for hosting the Holiday Luncheon Giveback for all middle school students and who was awarded a Top Five project by the Massachusetts Association of Student Councils.

Picture 2: The entire Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School Student Council (6th, 7th, and 8th graders) with three Massachusetts State Senate Citations and Massachusetts Senator Richard Moore.

Picture 3: Senator Richard Moore issuing a State Senate Citation to Mr. Kevin McCourt who was named Advisor of the Year by the Massachusetts Association of Student Councils.


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Congratulations to the Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School 7th Grade Band. They received a Gold Medal at the MICCA Competition in Hopkinton, MA on Saturday, April 6. Part of the honor included playing at Boston's Symphony Hall. Attached are pictures of 7th Grade Band Director Todd Shafer leading the band on Saturday, April 13th at Boston's most historic and famous of musical venue's -- Symphony Hall.

Please contact Mr. Justin Cameron, principal, at 508-876-0190 for more information.


Blackstone-Millville Students Take Part in Annual Career Awareness Day

Students at the Blackstone-Millville Regional High School recently participated in the 16th annual Career Awareness Day. The school’s cafeteria was filled with close to fifty career presenters. The day began for the junior class as they listened to keynote speaker, Hannah Moriggi, former BMR student presently working at Babson College as an admissions counselor. She urged the students to find something that they love to do and pursue it as a career. She added that her own journey to become an admission counselor came after other considerations and majors at Providence College.

The sophomore class had an opportunity to visit the various booths in the cafeteria while the juniors were listening to Moriggi in the auditorium. The juniors later joined them in the cafeteria and spent some quality time with presenters.

The School to Career Program, coordinated by faculty member Mark Campopiano, is aimed at providing students in grades nine through twelve the opportunity to do extensive career exploration in order to enable them to be better informed when making decisions regarding their post-graduation plans. In addition to coordinating a Career Awareness Day in the spring each year, Campopiano also provides students in the sophomore class the opportunity to shadow in a career of their choice in the fall and also provides opportunities for juniors and seniors to participate in semester-long internships on and off campus.

Careers and organizations represented at the BMR Career Fair also included: Kate Flanders, admissions advisor; Brian Wye, architect; Stacy Juba, author; Ellen Puccetti, baker, Wright’s Dairy Farm; Christopher Currie, UniBank; Paul Jacobs, TV cable operator; Jonathan Steele*, CCRI career placement coordinator; Adam Thibault*, carpenter; Customs and Border Patrol, Brian Levitre*; Kim Czerkowicz*, dental hygienist; Ali Porter, dietitian; Lisa Trottier*, elementary teacher; Mark Davis, engineering manager; Michael Harpin*, facility operations manager; eye doctor, Dr. Eric Dingley; Michael Sweeney*, Fire Chief; Christine Sweeney* and Ramsey Johnson, paramedics; Audra Lefevbre and Lauren Trevisone, hair stylists; Eric Atstupenas* and Michael Swain*, lawyers; Tressy Collier*, librarian; Kathleen Lindvall, Lincoln Tech.; Joseph Martin, marketing and sales; Chelsea Force, martial arts; Tina Broulliette*, mental health counseling; Staff Sergeant Aaron Phillips, National Guard; Sergeant Devario Graham, Marines; Officer Joshua Salvail, Navy; Melissa Toupin, ABC6 News; Michael Gittleson RN*, nurse; Lori Cillino, occupational therapy; Rick Pace, photography; Jen Zagaglia*, physical therapy; Kacia Yasback Toussaint, physician’s assistant; Jason Berthelette, police officer; Kristie Aicardi*, quality control analyst; Linn Butler, Realtor; John Hatjopolous, restaurant owner; Denise Lamoureux, Southwick’s Animal Farm and Zoo; Susan Chase*, vocational consultant; Debra Gibbs, veterinarian radiology tech.
*denotes BMR alumni


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Congratulations to the Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School Student Council for their participation in this past Friday's Massachusetts Association of Student Councils State Conference at Murdock Middle School in Winchendon, MA and for receiving the Gold Council of Excellence. This award was based on what the Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School Student Council has done as a council from February 2012 to February 2013. They were awarded 23 out of a possible 25 points; the highest rating in the history of the middle school.

The Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School Student Council was also honored as having one of the top five projects of all MA middle schools. That top project was the Holiday Luncheon Giveback hosted by Superintendent Ms. Kimberly B. Shaver-Hood. Finally, Mr. Kevin McCourt, the Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School Student Council Advisor was awarded the Advisor of the Year by the Massachusetts Association of Student Councils. A remarkable honor!

Attached is a picture of (from left to right) Superintendent Ms. Kimberly B. Shaver-Hood, who hosted a Holiday Luncheon Giveback for all middle school students and who was awarded a Top Five project by the Massachusetts Association of Student Councils; 8th grade Student Council member Hannah Favaloro; 8th grade Student Council President Jocelyn Spas, and Mr. Kevin McCourt, who was named Advisor of the Year by the Massachusetts Association of Student Councils.

Please contact Mr. Justin Cameron, principal, at 508-876-0190 for more information.


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The BMR Varsity Basketball team received the 2013 Frabotta-Sayles Sportsmanship Award at the Board 208 Officials banquet on March 21, 2013. Congratulations and job well done.

Pictured from left to right are: JV Coach Tim Sullivan, Head Coach Ethan Roe, players Kevin Gautreau and Chris Dill, and Board 208 President Dale Hava with the 2013 Frabotta- Sayles Sportsmanship Award.


Guys and Boys Rocket Launch Event

Many thanks to the Blackstone Elementary Parent Organization as they continue to go above and beyond to offer exciting and meaningful educational experiences for our students. Recently, all students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade attended an assembly, The Historic Missions of Apollo. Students saw a replica of a moon suit, complete with helmet, boots, gloves and backpack. They were treated to detailed rocket models and spaceships.

On Saturday, March 16th, BEPO sponsored a “Guys and boys Rocket Launch Event. After learning about how rockets work and fly, rockets were built leading up to a successful launch! Rockets soared through the clouds and landed on the grounds of AFM. Many thanks to BEPO and Mr. David Heshion, Rocket Man!


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“Empty Bowl Project” Dinner a Big Success

The Blackstone-Millville Chapter of the National Honor Society, under the supervision of co-advisors, Mark Campopiano and Marianne McLean along with the membership, held its seventh annual “Empty Bowls Project” dinner recently in the high school cafeteria. The room was set to look like a soup kitchen where soup, bread, and deserts were served. Each of the 33 NHS members were required to sell tickets to community members, while faculty and staff members from the five schools in Blackstone and Millville bought tickets from designated faculty. Many donations beyond the sale of tickets were also given toward the event.

“In 1990 a high school art teacher in Michigan helped his students solve a problem. They were searching for a way to raise funds to support a food drive. What evolved was a class project to make ceramic bowls for a fund raising meal. Guests were served a simple meal of soup and bread, and were invited to keep the bowl as a reminder of hunger in the world.” (Source: www.emptybowls.net ).

The kitchen at BMR served over 150 patrons in a two hour span of time. Lea Wolfgang, a BMR cafeteria staff member, along with others in the kitchen, made the soups and served the patrons that night. Christine Robertson, the art teacher, guided the NHS members, along with her own ceramics classes, in creating ceramic bowls which were then raffled at the dinner. Under the direction of music teachers, Ron Bibeault and Russ Arnold, the school’s chorus and jazz band entertained the patrons.

The National Honor Society has donated $1,000 of the proceeds to the Blackstone-Millville Food Pantry. The students also donate their time at the pantry each Tuesday and Saturday as part of their community service commitments.

Campopiano and McLean were elated, as were the students, at the success of the event. McLean stated, “I’m overwhelmed with the outcome and of the generosity of the two communities along with the staff of the school district.” Campopiano added, “An event like this one brings people together for a great cause. This has become an annual event that the school community looks forward to.” Local sponsors who donated supplies include ‘Ye Old English Fish and Chips, and Park and Shop Supermarket.


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Blackstone, MA - Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School 6th Graders and Teachers hosted a Family Memory Wax Museum at the Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School. Over 160 6th graders participated in a Family Memory Project which involved having students interview a relative and write a personal narrative based on their interview. Interviews were completed by phone, in person, through Skype, or by email. Then, the subject of the interview were invited to the Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School to be part of the wax museum and act as a still wax figure while the 6th grade student shared information about their family member.

Any additional information or questions can be shared or asked by calling 508-876-0190


Picture 1 is of 6th grade student Maegan Williams-Beroth with her father, Michael Beroth of the Rhode Island National Guard, Specialist, 1st of 126th Aviation

Picture 2 is of 6th grader Cameron Werning with his grandfather, Francis Doyle United States Marine, 1st Lieutenant (Served 10 months in the Korean War)


On February 4 and 5, all 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students participated in “Jump Rope for Heart”. The goal was to raise funds for the American Heart Association. Students enthusiastically participated and raised a total of $3,542. A special congratulation goes out to our top fundraiser from MES, Shannon Sacco, who raised $1,300 in memory of her grandfather, Norman Sacco.

Thank you to all parent and teacher volunteers for assisting us during this important event. Parents donated healthy snacks and water to help students replenish themselves post work out. We appreciate your support to make this a very successful event!


Friday February 15, 2013 Carole Smith, author of The Magic Castle, will be conducting a presentation for the Psychology students at Blackstone Millville Regional High School from 8:40 AM until 10:00 AM. Mrs. Smith wrote her biography/autobiography about raising her adoptive son who had Dissociative Identity Disorder. She took in her son, Alex, as a foster child when he was eight years old and she and her husband adopted him when he was ten. Her book is about their struggles to deal with his disorder and the traumas that caused him to develop Multiple Personalities. We are very excited to have the chance to meet and talk with her about her unique experiences.


For immediate release: Blackstone, MA:

The February Hartnett Students of the Month hold up an art project made by 1st and 7th graders during the 7th Grade Day in the Middle District Celebration on Monday, January 28. Pictured are: 6th Graders: Alexandra Patterson, Nicholas Donahue, Lauren Rainone and Andrew Goyette; 7th Graders: Anita Lahue, Sarah Ducharme, Heather Milliken and Ashley Dumas; 8th Graders: Kristina Richardson, and Joelle Lachance. Also pictured is the honorary Hartnett Student of the Month and Patriots' kicker Stephen Gostkowski A donation to the NJHS Soup-A-Bowl drive has been made in these students' names.

(Jacob Platt, Andrew Goyette, and Harrison Diehl are not pictured.)


For immediate release: Blackstone, MA:

Blackstone, MA: The attached picture is of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders from Blackstone and Millville, MA attending a Super Bowl Viewing Party at the Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School in Blackstone, MA Sunday, February 3rd, 2013. 8th Grader and Blackstone resident Stephanie Konicki is on the screen in the backdrop. The picture is of Stephanie arriving at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana just an hour before the viewing party began in Blackstone, MA. Stephanie Konicki and the Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School won the Fuel Up to Play 60 Super Bowl Challenge and two tickets to the 2013 Super Bowl. Students at the Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School were invited to the middle school to watch the Super Bowl, play games in the gym, and enjoy time with their friends.

Any questions please reply or contact Principal Cameron at 508-479-9981


For immediate release: Blackstone, MA:

Blackstone MA: 8th Grade Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School and Blackstone resident James Martinelli wrote a poem for his English teacher entitled, "It Doesn't Matter." While James thought the audience for his verse was that of just his English teacher, Mr. Healy and maybe the students in his class, he was surprised to learn that he won first prize in the World Unity and WROR co-sponsored, 8th Annual Statewide Poetry Contest on “Equality and Diversity" and on Monday, January 28th James recited his poem for the thousands of listeners on Boston's WROR 105.7FM. James' poem "It Doesn't Matter" took on a theme focused around equality, and how we often let our eyes interpret who people are. The piece will be replayed during Public Service Announcements on WROR and sister stations all across the country for the next few months.


For immediate release: Blackstone, MA:

Blackstone MA: On Monday, January 28th 2013, every Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School 7th grade student (142 total) were treated to a special day marking the mid-point of the school year, or the middle of the school year, by celebrating their status of being the "middle child." The day started with a commitment to service as 7th grade students and staff volunteered their time at the elementary school where they started in District 6 years ago. (Students either attended John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Blackstone, MA or Millville Elementary in Millville, MA.) The second half of the day saw seventh grade students spend the day learning about the high school and spending time with Blackstone Millville Regional High School juniors and seniors. The 7th graders were treated to lunch with the Superintendent of Schools, Ms. Kimberly B. Shaver-Hood.


For immediate release: Blackstone, MA:

Students at the Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School had the goal to fill or stuff the principal's office full of toys for families who might be in need this holiday season.


From left to right, is 8th grader Emma Myers, 8th grader Matthew Papineau, 8th grader Daisy Leclair, 8th grader Gabby Cochrane, and 7th grader Lucas Laliberte in the principal's office surrounded by 412 Toys that students from Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School donated to the Toys for Kids & Teens program run by the Blackstone Valley Marine Detachment 911 in Uxbridge, MA.


Blackstone MA, for immediate release:

In commemoration of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day today, December 7, Hartnett Middle School Students build a tower of toys donated by students for the Toys for Tots Program in front of Veterans of the United States Marines. The student body participated in an all school team building exercise during an all school assembly in trying to build a wall of toys higher and wider than the two shortest United States Marines Veterans who visited the school and were honored as Hartnett Heroes.

For further information, please contact Justin Cameron at 508-479-9981.


For immediate release: Blackstone, MA:

Mother Tracie Robeau, young daughter Adrianna Robeau, Hartnett Middle School 7th Grader, Caleb Robeau, Hartnett Middle School 8th Grader, Alex Robeau, and Hartnett Middle 8th Grade National Junior Honor Society Member, Saralynn Spear. The family won four EReaders, Nooks and four Barnes and Noble Gift Cards from the Bellingham Barnes and Noble for participating in the NJHS Hartnett Middle School Family Literacy Night.

Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School and their NJHS (National Junior Honor Society) in conjunction with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and Governor Patrick, participated in a Family Literacy Night for families Blackstone and Millville during MA Family Literacy Month in late November.

Here are some of the numbers:

One 8th grade NJHS student sent a DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) message to 555 middle school families through reverse 911.

7:02pm - The first family began their 30 mins of Drop Everything and Read.

8:47pm - The last family began their 30 mins of Drop Everything and Read.

Eighty-four Hartnett families participated in this, the first ever NJHS DEAR Family Literacy Night. Three hundred and thirty-six children and adults from the BMRSD District participated and read for thirty (30) silent minutes. Three hundred and eight different reading titles, across all genres read. A mother read to a four month-old baby. An eighty-seven year-old Grandfather read The Bible.

Please call Mr. Justin Cameron, FWHMS Principal, for any additional information and/or quotes from the NJHS student who issues the DEAR proclamation to the towns of Blackstone and Millville using the school's reverse 911 system, or a family who participated, or data for those families who participate.



COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS

A PROCLAMATION
HIS EXCELLENCY GOVERNOR DEVAL L. PATRICK

Whereas Parents are their children’s earliest and most continuous teachers, and play a critical role in their children’s school success from birth through career and college readiness; and

Whereas Along with schools and local communities, parents are critical to the success of education reform and responsible for the future of education in the Bay State; and

Whereas Families benefit from learning together and being involved in literacy and educational activities at home, school, and in the community; and

Whereas Communities, libraries and schools provide family engagement opportunities that support children’s language and literacy development; and

Whereas The Massachusetts Family Literacy Consortium brings state agencies and family serving organizations together to support community efforts that promote early literacy and reading proficiency by the end of third grade to give children a foundation for success in school; and

Whereas The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has a tradition of commitment to universal literacy and family literacy,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim November 2012, to be

FAMILY LITERACY MONTH

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this twenty-fifth day of September, in the year two thousand and twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-sixth.

By His Excellency

DEVAL L. PATRICK
Governor of the Commonwealth

WILLIAM FRANCIS GALVIN
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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For immediate release: 6th Graders host Community Auction and raise over 6K to benefit After School and Special Programs.

Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School 6th Graders and Teachers and the Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School PTO hosted a community auction on Friday night, November 16 at the Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School. Over 30 six graders read descriptive and persuasive paragraphs for 30 auction items that were donated to the Hartnett Middle School PTO. After the 6th graders shared their work done in their ELA classes, certified auctioneer Rich Merrill auctioned the items to over 200 Blackstone and Millville residents. Some items receiving winning bids were an iPad for over 450.00, Red Sox tickets for the 2013 season for close to 300.00, a reserved parking spot at the Frederick W. Hartnett Middle for close to 200.00.

Total profits before costs for this Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School 8th Grade/PTO Community Auction was $6,156 . This will fund, in the winter and spring months, after school clubs and activities for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students at the Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School.

Any additional information or questions can be shared or asked by calling 508-876-0190


Contact: Paul S. Haughey, Ed.D. Director of Student Services BMRSD 508-876-0104

BMR High School's Dollars for Food Program Helps Local Communities.

Dollars for Food is a program that was started by Jeanne Laliberte, a Teaching Assistant in the Life Skills classroom at the Blackstone-Millville Regional High School. The Life Skills class consists of a small group of students with disabilities who focus on such daily living skills as household chores, money management and working in the community. The students in this classroom collect monetary donations from staff throughout the school district. Each week the students shop for toiletries, fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs and meat. The last Thursday of each month the students finish last-minute shopping for perishable items, then head to the Food Pantry, located at St. Paul’s Church in Blackstone. Once there, the students deliver the items, stock shelves and fill the refrigerator. Back at the school, the students help send out an email to staff informing them exactly how their donation was spent and also thanking them for their generosity.

The Dollars for Food program, which would not be possible without the contribution of the school staff, has allowed the Life Skills students to enhance their skills of counting money, purchasing items and budgeting within a variety of stores. Most importantly, it has helped these students that helping others is a very valuable life skills lesson.


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Contact: Justin Cameron, Principal 508-876-0190

Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School honors Boston Police Officer and his hero pit bull on students first day of school.

BLACKSTONE — On Wednesday, September 5, 2012, the first day of school for students, the Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School honors Boston Police Officer David Lanteigne and his hero pit bull at the middle school for an opening day assembly. Officer David Lanteigne and his pit bull Lilly received local and national news coverage this past May when Lilly pulled Officer Lanteigne’s mother off of train tracks before a freight train came through. Officer Lanteigne’s mother was uninjured; Lilly was not as fortunate as the conductor was unable to stop the locomotive in time, and the wheels wound up slicing through the dog’s right foot, fracturing her pelvis and causing other internal injuries. Almost four months later, Officer David Lanteigne and Lilly the hero pit bull (fully recovered from a leg amputation) will share a story of animal rescue, unfair stereotyping, physical handicaps, while answering the question: Who rescued who? Both Officer David Lanteigne and Lilly will be present at 1:15pm assembly and both will be recipients of Hartnett Hero Awards in celebration of the 2012/2013 school year theme: We are the Hero of our own stories.