Hale H.A.L.F. Time Program 4th - 5th

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To the new  H.A.L.F. Time (Hale, Afterschool, Learning, and Fun) Program! This program is designed to meet the needs of our 4th and 5th-grade students and will reside in the Hale School Home Economics Room. This program will offer unique opportunities that are geared toward 4th and 5th-grade students. Please refer to this page for updates and information concerning the H.A.L.F. Time Program. This fall we have many exciting optional opportunities for our students to enjoy. Please carefully review our diverse opportunities as some may have a fee and/or a registration requirement. 

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Please take a moment to explore the many diverse enrichment opportunities that are available for the Center School K - 3 Extended Learning Program participants. These activities are organized by month and run in six, eight, or ten-week sessions. Please note that some of these activities require a registration and/or activity fee. You will be notified and billed via email once the activity is filled to its minimum requirement (the minimum will be listed for each activity as it varies). Once an activity is filled the activity will be CLOSED.  Visit the activity calendar for a complete listing of events.

In addition to the activities listed on our calendar, the dynamic Extended Learning Program staff also offer a variety of exciting daily activities that do not require registration. If you have questions, concerns or suggestions for an activity please email Laura Dwyer at ldwyer@nrsd or chat with your Site Coordinator. We are always looking for new ideas to share with our students. 

~JANUARY 2018~

CULMINATING MOCK TRIAL PRESENTATION!

Dear Parent(s) and Guardian(s),

The H.A.L.F. TIME Elementary Mock Trial team has been working very hard to prepare for the trial of Commonwealth of Massachusetts vs. Brown E. Locks. This is a criminal case and the standard of proof for these crimes is higher than for civil wrongs (torts) and, for major crimes such as a murder, guilt must be established beyond a reasonable doubt. Also called criminal suit. (Read more: http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/criminal-case.html).

The preparation has been grueling and only a jury will be able to decide if Brown E. Locks should be found guilty of burglary, theft and destruction of property! We would like for the entire Thursday H.A.L.F. TIME group to share in this unique legal learning experience.

The team will present their case at the Ayer Courthouse in Ayer Massachusetts (25 E. Main Street) on Thursday, FEBRUARY 1, 2018. Nine of the H.A.L.F. TIME participants makeup the legal teams, twelve will serve as jurors, and the remaining students will participate as spectators in the courthouse. All students should dress in courtroom attire. The H.A.L.F. Time group will leave the Hale Middle School at 2:00pm by bus and return by 5:00pm. The team and all other H.A.L.F. TIME students will travel with three staff members, Mr. Sack (the team’s lawyer coach) and of course me. If your student does not attend the Extended Learning Program on Thursday and would like to attend this extraordinary event there will be no additional charge for this day.

Parents, family members and friends are invited to attend the trial of the century! All extracurricular forms must be returned to Dorcas Sefton by January 26th. There is no cost for this trip. Students will be responsible for any academic work they miss during the last hour of the day. Thank you.

Mock Trial Presentation Schedule:
Date: February 1st
Departure Time: 2:00 from the Center School
Trial: 3:00 - 4:00
Return Time: 5:00 to the Hale School
Cost: No Cost

Respectfully,
Laura Dwyer (ldwyer@nrsd.net)
Steve Sacks

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TOW MUSIC PROGRAM - TRIMESTER TWO IS OPEN!                     
Music lessons for band, chorus, and general music will be offered this year to all interested elementary, middle and high school students. Music lessons will be held at Hale Middle School from September to June for Stow students in grades 4 - 8. We will offer three-trimester sessions. 

The trimester dates are listed below:
Trimester 1: October 2nd - December 21st
Trimester 2:  January 3rd - March 30th
Trimester 3:  April 2nd - June 15th

The cost of each lesson is $33/half hour per student once a week and parents/guardians will be billed once per trimester. The billing dates are as follows: October 1, 2017, January 1, 2018, and February 1, 2018. Parents/guardians will be billed for a minimum of 10 lessons per trimester, but students are encouraged to take more if their schedule permits.

To sign up for lessons, create an account on MySchoolBucks.com and go to the School Store to click Hale Music Lessons. After filling out the information, you will add the item to your cart. Click on the cart at the top right hand of the page to check out. Students who have not signed up and paid under MySchoolBucks.com will not be able to participate in lessons. 

All payments will be made via MySchoolbucks and parents will be billed for the first trimester 10 lessons the first week after each registration closes. Payments must be made in full and received by the above deadlines in order for your student to continue their lessons.

Once registered, the instructors will be contacted to set up dates and times for lessons. If your child is absent from school and therefore misses a lesson, they will be able to schedule a make-up lesson with the instructor. However, if your child is in school and does not attend his/her lesson, parents will still be billed for that lesson. General music questions or concerns, please contact Erin Morrill at emorrill@nrsd.net. Questions or concerns regarding payments, please contact Leah Kymalainen at lkymalainen@nrsd.net.

Lessons are available for the following instruments:
Flute, clarinet, alto/tenor/baritone saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone horn, tuba, percussion/drum set, guitar, bass guitar, piano, and vocals.    
Please click here for information about our instructors.
Please click here for more information about lessons.

SOPHIA FRIDAYS Sophia Lauer is a Nashoba High School Junior and a published author! Her book Venture Home is available on Amazon and is a moving collection of journal entries that encourage us all to believe in ourselves. Sophia will be joining the H.A.L.F. Time staff on Fridays! She will share her many talents with our students.

NEW! GUITAR BASICS WITH MR. RON 
Mr. Sorgman is an accomplished architect from California where he was one of the most sought-after architects in the Santa Barbara area. He is also a skilled guitar player who would like to share his musical talents with our students. Every Thursday Ron will work with small groups of students teaching basic guitar. Lesson sessions are 10 weeks. The sessions are in half-hour group segments. There will be two group sessions 4:00 - 4:30 and 4:30 - 5:00. The class is free and open to all interested students. Please complete the registration form to secure your students half hour place. Guitars are provided. However, participants may opt to bring their own instrument.
Instructor: Mr. Ron
Day: Thursday
Time: 4:00 - 5:00
Cost: NO COST
Date: 1/25 - 4/5 (NO CLASS 2/22)
REGISTRATION 

PROJECT CITIZEN Project Citizen is a program for middle, secondary, and post-secondary students, youth organizations, and adult groups that promotes competent and responsible participation in local and state government. The program helps participants learn how to monitor and influence public policy. In the process, they develop support for democratic values and principles, tolerance, and feelings of political efficacy.

Entire classes of students or members of youth or adult organizations work cooperatively to identify a public policy problem in their community. They then research the problem, evaluate alternative solutions, develop their own solution in the form of a public policy, and create a political action plan to enlist local or state authorities to adopt their proposed policy. Participants develop a portfolio of their work and present their project in a public hearing showcase before a panel of civic-minded community members.
Instructor:  Lawyer: Laura Dwyer
Day: Tuesday
Time: 4:00 - 5:00
Dates: 2/6 - 5/8 (NO CLASS FEBRUARY AND APRIL VACATION)
Cost: No Cost

INTERACTIVE PORTFOLIO
ONLINE REGISTRATION TBA

FALL 2018
FUTURE CITY ENGINEERING 
Interested H.A.L.F. Time students will have the unique opportunity to participate in Future City as a non-competitive team! What is Future City? Future City is a project-based learning program where students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future. Visit their website and be amazed!

Time: 4:00 - 5:00 
Grades: 4 - 5
Dates: TBA
Day: TBA
Cost: NO COST



~FEBRUARY 2018~


STOCK MARKET PROGRAM 
The Stock Market Game is an online simulation of the global capital markets and engages students in grades 4-12 in the world of economics, investing and personal finance with the goal of preparing them for financially independent futures. Participants are given a virtual $100,000 to invest in stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. Played as a team of 3-5 members, students develop and enhance skills in leadership, management, research, problem-solving, and team-building.
Instructor: Ms. Dwyer
Time: 3:30 - 4:30
Location: Hale Library
Grades: 4 - 5
Dates: 2/13 - 4/10
Cost: NO COST
ONLINE REGISTRATION 



Musical Notes.pngNEW! RON SORGMAN/ARCHITECT/MUSICIAN


Mr. Sorgman is an accomplished architect from California where he was one of the most sought after architects in the Santa Barbara area. He is also a skilled guitar player who would like to share his diversified talents with our students. Every Tuesday Mr. Sorgman will work with small groups of students drawing and teaching basic guitar. The class is free and open to all Extended Learning Program interested students, there is a 12 student limit per class. We have four loaner guitars for students that would like to take home a guitar to practice. Students may borrow a guitar for one month at a time with the option to extend this time. Please see Ms. Dorcas for information about a loaner guitar. Dates: Every Tuesday Time: 3:30 - 4:30 Grades: 3 - 5 Cost: Free Class Size: Limit to 12 per class

Musical Notes.pngNEW! RON SORGMAN/ARCHITECT/MUSICIAN


Mr. Sorgman is an accomplished architect from California where he was one of the most sought after architects in the Santa Barbara area. He is also a skilled guitar player who would like to share his diversified talents with our students. Every Tuesday Mr. Sorgman will work with small groups of students drawing and teaching basic guitar. The class is free and open to all Extended Learning Program interested students, there is a 12 student limit per class. We have four loaner guitars for students that would like to take home a guitar to practice. Students may borrow a guitar for one month at a time with the option to extend this time. Please see Ms. Dorcas for information about a loaner guitar. Dates: Every Tuesday Time: 3:30 - 4:30 Grades: 3 - 5 Cost: Free Class Size: Limit to 12 per class