Hommocks Happenings A quarterly Newsletter of all things happening at Hommocks middle school

Hommocks Happenings is a quarterly newsletter to provide you with a glimpse inside our classrooms.

This quarter we are featuring our Unified Arts department. Our coding, technology, art, design, health, physical education, music and family and consumer science curriculum is hands-on, invites curiosity and collaborative learning. Take a look at some of the highlights from our UA classes.

Our Hommocks Garden

Physical Education

Before students are able to climb the high elements in Project Adventure, we get them ready with cooperative games that focus on character education and problem solving strategies. Attached are pictures of a 6th grade class playing “Stepping Stones.” During this challenge, students must get their whole group across the swift moving river without touching the water. Fortunately they are supplied with 7 magical stepping stones that can float on the water and support the weight of as many people as they wish! Students need to be able to communicate effectively, analyze and resolve conflicts, as well as support and trust each in order to be successful. We practice on the ground before students face similar challenges 20 feet in the air!
Students working together during the Project Adventure Climbing Unit. After instruction students assist each other in their knot skills.
“Modigliani Style Self Portraits” - 6th grade

Sixth grade looked at the characteristics of portraits painted by Italian artist, Amedeo Modigliani. Students were then given a mirror and instructed by Mrs. Revich to draw a self-portrait in the same style. These portraits, like Modigliani’s, had long necks, elongated nose and faces, and empty eyes. Students were asked, “How can an artist portray the same subject in a new way?”

“Optical Cube” - 7th grade

Students in both Mr. Keene and Mrs. Revich’s seventh grade classes have been looking at optical illusions and discussing the Op Art movement that began in the 1960’s. They looked at the work of Op Art artists Bridget Riley and Victor Vasarely and discussed how their work tricked the viewer into seeing movement or a sense of depth. After creating six designs they turned their work into a three-dimensional cube.

3-D Cube Art

Half' n Half Face Drawings

Eighth graders are learning to draw realistic pencil portraits in Mr. Keene’s class. By drawing one half of the face to match the other photographic half they are working with composition, balance, value, line and texture. Varying the darks and lights accurately is a primary challenge of this assignment.

Face Drawings

Physical Education

Students are blindfolded and must retrieve the correct color ball and return it to their team. Blindfolded students must rely on the communication and directions from their teammates who are able to see, but not enter the space. Lesson focus is on communication and how precise directions are crucial to a teams' success.

Students are participating in a team challenge where they must keep their ball in the air without letting it hit the ground. Students set their own goal to determine how many touch passes they wanted to try and keep their ball in the air. If the ball hits the ground, they must start over. Lesson focus is on teamwork and problem solving to try and negotiate what the most effective strategy is to achieve the most touch passes to keep the ball in the air. The record is 163!

Electronic Music

7th Grade eMusic students continue develop their musical knowledge by exploring MIDI keyboards in class. During this unit, students will be applying their working knowledge of music theory to keyboards by recording and manipulating music electronically. A very special thank you to the Mamaroneck Schools Foundation for their significant contributions to the eMusic Lab and Program.


The Hommocks Chamber Orchestra practicing The Beatles' “Come Together” during lunch in preparation for the MLK Assembly.

Radio City Music Hall

Our 7th grade chorus performed on the grand stage.


Students are designing social awareness posters in their Principles of Design class. They are learning how words and images convey important messages through composition, size and color. Brainstorming with peers along with creating multiple prototypes is key to the design thinking process.

Students constructing cars prior to testing

Art and Design

The ability to translate a 2D image into 3D is not an easy task and requires incredible concentration, focus, intellect and mathematical skills.


Here are a few pictures from our engineering through 3D printing unit. The students have clients and have to work their way through the Engineering Design Process to create a prototype to solve their client's problem. They then present their product to the class. Last quarter students worked with Ms. Capparelli's and Ms. Linkowski's classes.
The final product was a stand for a tablet used by a student in Ms. Linkowski's class.

Family and Consumer Science

Family & Consumer Science students enjoying a tasting of 4 types of pickled kale stems: Dill; Bread & Butter; Asian; and Southwest. These were leftover after using the kale leaves to make kale chips and kale salad.
Family & Consumer Science students enjoying a cauliflower core and brussels sprouts stems slaw made from scraps leftover from roasting cauliflower florets and brussels sprouts.
Family & Consumer Science students feeding our composting worm bin scraps left from our sweet potato zoodles lab.
Family & Consumer Science students happily feasting on the roasted cauliflower and brussels sprouts. After several days of practicing knife skills, students used their new skills to cut cauliflower and brussels sprouts to roast.

These recipes are part of our unit about the environmental impact of food waste. Hommocks Students have been learning about using kitchen creativity to reduce waste in the kitchen. For the scraps that can't be used, we are feeding them to our classroom compost bin filled with red wiggler worms. The compost will then be placed into our garden this spring.

Health and Wellness

Our Wellness Library

Above is a picture of our Wellness Library including a variety of both fiction and non fiction YA books relating to health and wellness. Students in my classes have been reading books and encouraging others by writing wonderful book reviews.

As part of the 8th grade curriculum students learn how to set action based SMART goals. The best part of this assignment is that students choose a goal that is meaningful to them and then have the opportunity to make it happen throughout the quarter. Student examples include, I am going to reduce stress by organizing my accordion folder once a week and I am going to turn my phone off an hour before bed to get more sleep during the school week.

Students learn the importance of the process, reflecting on the question "What do you do when things feel challenging? Here students make the connection that goals are flexible, noticing when to pull back and when to stretch further. Here 8th grade students are hard at work writing in their Wellness Journals reflecting on their process.


Students working on construction of tower- phase 5 of engineering design process
Students create a video game in scratch Working on Variables and Conditionals

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