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To the parents/guardians of fifth grade students who will attend Hillside Middle School next year:
On behalf of the staff, I would like to welcome you to Hillside Middle School. We have an experienced and caring sixth grade staff that will assist you in making your child’s transition to middle school as smooth as possible. We are committed to the improvement of each child’s achievement. We will be asking for your support in these important efforts.
As an important part of the transition to sixth grade, Hillside will host an informational session for parents and guardians on Thursday, May 11 at 6:30 p.m. This will take place in the gymnasium. The program will include an overview of the school, a chance to ask questions and a tour of the building.
We at Hillside look forward to meeting the students and families of our incoming sixth graders. These students will also have the opportunity to visit Hillside for orientation sessions on the following days:
Flag Football is for boys and girls. Tryouts will be on Tuesday 4/18 and Thursday 4/20. After tryouts, athletes can plan on practice every Tuesday and Thursday with games on Sunday. Please register at the following link in order to tryout: https://www.familyid.com/organizations/hillside-middle-school
The hard copy of The Beak Speaks will be going home on April 11th with report cards.
Who’s Got The Talent?
By: James Garcia, Jacob Wong & Ethan Seya
Hillside is having a talent show. The auditions run through the beginning of April with the finals being Friday, April 21st during the Hillside week assembly. Acts could include: singing, dancing, playing a musical instrument, magic, comedy, martial arts, or gymnastics. Students can either be with a partner, in a group or perform as a solo act. Some previous performances have included raps, skits, singing, and dancing.
The person that won last year was Tikiyah Santiago and she sang a self composed song with electronic background music. It was awesome! Teachers volunteer to be judges for all rounds of the talent show. What kinds of talent make good acts? Any talent as long as the performer is confident. There are usually about 10 acts in the talent show. The assembly is a great time to celebrate the hard work and talent of our classmates. Stay tuned for an exclusive interview with the winner of this year’s talent competition in the next Beak Speaks.
Saving The Endangered
By: Da’Zya Horne, Faith Benson, Brooke Robert, and Nael Khenchil
Salmon are an endangered species, but how are they still in New Hampshire? Mr. Buteau conducts his own project to keep them alive. Some of you may know him as the teacher who wears funky ties every day. He is not recognized as much as he should be for all of the hard work he puts into this project. According to Brooke, “He’s a very nice and genuine man.”
Some interesting things to know about Mr. Buteau are that his favorite books are The Theory Of Chaos and One Flew The Cuckoo’s Nest. Aside from saving fish he also likes to eat it. His favorite fish is in fact salmon, but only the west coast variety! He also enjoys other seafood such as trout, haddock, clams, and scallops. His favorite tie is one that has children on it from many different cultures and backgrounds. His birthday is March 19th, and he just turned seventy-seven! When asked what his favorite thing to do at Hillside is he replied with, “Being in the classroom. I think that’s the best thing to do.”
Mr. Buteau is the teacher in charge of Hillside’s very own Salmon Project. This is something he is dedicated to doing annually. He has been raising salmon for over 18 years. The project is about raising and releasing salmon back into the river. It teaches students about endangered species and caring for something other than themselves.
It all begins when Mr. Buteau obtains the salmon eggs from the Nashua National Fish Hatchery. He raises the fish in a tank that has to be constantly monitored. He has to monitor the filter and the temperature to make sure the salmon stay healthy. When a fish dies, Mr. Buteau has to get rid of it right away. If he does not, fungus will grow inside of the fish and eventually break out, spreading the fungus throughout the whole tank. If the fungus were ever to get to the tank all of the fish would become sick and die. Water chemistry and invertebrate studies are also included as a part of the Salmon Project.
At the end of the year the students who raised the salmon go to a nearby river in Goffstown to release them back into the wild. While salmon have become endangered in New Hampshire, Mr. Buteau and his students are helping to revive the species. He is teaching his students to be more involved and caring for the environment as well as increasing the population of an endangered species.
Mr. Buteau has worked at Hillside for 15 years and has been teaching for over 54 years. He enjoys teaching and working with a diverse group of students. “Oh yeah, I love working at Hillside! The attraction here would have to be the diversity of students.” We thank Mr. Buteau for his dedication to the salmon and to all of the students of Hillside.
The PTO will be holding their monthly meeting on April 12th in the library. The meeting starts promptly at 7 and lasts for an hour. Come hear all about the great things going on here at Hillside.
H.A.M.S Volunteers Needed
If you would like to help this spring, please contact us: HAMS.email@example.com Volunteers are needed during the Spring Concerts, Memorial Day parade and 8th Grade Commencement ceremony. Please consider getting involved at Hillside! Thank you!!
Track tryouts for boys and girls will begin on Monday 3/27 and go until Thursday 3/30. They will begin right after school and go until 4:30. Athletes must have signed up through Family ID in order to participate. The coaches this year are Logan Falk and Kayleigh Campbell.