Announcement Archives


This page is archival information for special activities, awards and honors that happen at HMS


Latest and Greatest at HMS during 2006-2007
2004-2005
2005-2006

 

Join in the fun! Watch our video of Mr. Dixon being "pied." Thank you, Mr. Dixon, for being such a great sport.

The men's track team kicked off a tremendous opening season performance against rival Chamblee middle school. John Ewing broke the mile record with a time of 5 minutes 14 seconds. Quentin Turner broke the shot put record with a throw of 44 feet 4 inches. The whole track team performed very well and defeated Chamblee Middle 44-29.

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The men's track team had an over-all outstanding team performance saturday at the county track meet. 9 boy's in all placed at the meet. Outstanding performances were John Ewing setting a new record in the mile and finishing second with a time of 5:02.08. Brent Reynolds took 4th in the county in the 800. Michael Dart took 8th in the 800 in-spite of a pulled hamstring. Rajaiya Smith took 7th in the long jump. Quentin Turner took 6th in the shot-Put. Brandon Rhodes took 7th in the shot put. The Men's Mile relay team consisting of Josh Jamiah, Brent Reynolds, Blake Brown and Kahli Holland took 5th in the county. Over all the team placed 5th in the county out of 20 teams.

Medieval times held a statewide contest looking for a creative person to design a medieval battle shield. Hundreds of designs were received, but the grand prize winner was our very own 8th grader......Zachary Thurman. His design was pictured in the Atlanta Journal newspaper on April 3. Congratulations Zac Thurman!

HMS Choirs did a fantastic job at the Music Showcase Awards at Six Flags. Choirs from Ohio to Alabama were there.

Here is a summary of the awards the Henderson Chorus groups received:

Men's Choir- First Place Middle School Men's Choir
Mixed Choir- First Place Middle School Mixed Choir
Treble Choir- First Place Middle School Treble Choir

Treble Choir- Best Overall Middle School Choir with a score of 96 out of 100.

All Henderson Choirs were awarded the final and most important award of the day: Esprit de Chors. This award goes to the choir who showed the most sportsmanship by supporting other choirs in the competition. This was the first time our choirs have been awarded with this important recognition.

Board Scholars. These countywide ceremonies honor elementary and high school students who excel academically in their schools. This year, Dekalb County decided to also hold a middle school Board Scholars ceremony. Henderson's first ever winners were Abby Amato, Dana Haddad and Katie Yeager. Congratulations to these fine students.

Congratulations to Jacob Benveniste - Nancy Burch
Farina Shafqat, Mhassaan Shafqat - Barbara Heller for winning 2nd place at the State Technology Fair.

Congratulations to Logan Shirah, the winner of the Portfolio cover contest. Short Story winners will be announced next week.

Congratulations students as they represent HMS at the State Science Fair and were first place winners. Aidan Bevacqua- "What is the Effect of Temperature on the Voltage Ouput of a Fuel Cell?; and Peter Steiner-Reservoir Water: What Factors Affect its Quality?

Coby Beneveniste and Lizzie Pratt were second place winners.

The 6th grade orchestra received a Superior rating (highest possible) at the orchestra festival last week at Druid Hills H.S.

The 6th and 7th Grade Treble Choir received all Superior Ratings at the Georgia Music Educator's Festival at Miller Grove High School . 

Both the Mixed Choir and the Men's Choir received Superiors as well

 

 

Science Olympiad was held at Georgia State University this past Saturday. Out of 23 teams from around the Atlanta Metropolitan area, Henderson Middle School placed 13th overall.
Congratulations to:
Abaho Katabarwa and Scott Summers who placed 3rd in "Don't Bug Me".
Matthew Clark and Aziz Somani who placed 4th in "Balloon Race".
Kevin Bai and Bonnie Bailey who placed 5th in "Science Word".
Aliya Khan and Matthew Clark who placed 6th in "Disease Detective".
Bangseh Akuchu and Abaho Katabarwa who placed 7th in "Simple Machines".
Alana Alfonso and Bonnie Bailey who placed 9th in "Food Science".
Sumair Somani and Abaho Katabarwa who placed 9th in "Meteorology".
Bangseh Akuchu and Aliya Khan who placed 9th in "Oceanography".

Again, Congratulations Science Olympiad members. Please stop by room 219 Friday morning to receive your medals, ribbons, and certificates.

Congratulations to Anne Grosse, Valeria Papova, Hasaan Shafqat, Farina Shafqat, Caitlin Hewel, Jessica Southwell and Kevin Bai. These student did a wonderful job competing against schools from around the county at this year's Chapter MathCounts competition held at Georgia Tech. Congratulations again!

Algie Key was named a starter for the Dekalb Middle All Star Basketball Team and Hederson coaches , Coach Sherman and Moise wre selected to coach the north All Star team. Destinee Smith was selected for the girls All Star.

Congratulations to all the district science fair winners.
1st place winners are:
Coby Benveniste...Computer Science
Elizabeth Pratt.....Engineering
Peter Steiner.........Environmental Science
Aiden Bevague.......Physics

2nd Place winners
John Ewing....Physics
Pablo Faundez...Chemistry
Sarah Williams....Zoology

3rd Place winner
Will Small
The 1st place winners will represent Henderson Middle at the state fair in Athens on March 29. Congratulations again and goodluck! Henderson is very proud of you.

Charles Pennell of team 8B has advanced to the state level of the Nation Geographic Bee. On March 30th he, his GA studies Teacher, Ms. Alexander and his parents will be in Milledgeville GA so that he can compete. We are very proud of him and are confident that he will advance to the next level. If he advances there he will go to Washington DC to be filmed for a television competition with Alex Trebex.

Science Olympiad was held at Georgia State University. Out of 23 teams from around the Atlanta Metropolitan area, Henderson Middle School placed 13th overall.
Congratulations to:
Abaho Katabarwa and Scott Summers who placed 3rd in "Don't Bug Me".
Matthew Clark and Aziz Somani who placed 4th in "Balloon Race".
Kevin Bai and Bonnie Bailey who placed 5th in "Science Word".
Aliya Khan and Matthew Clark who placed 6th in "Disease Detective".
Bangseh Akuchu and Abaho Katabarwa who placed 7th in "Simple Machines".
Alana Alfonso and Bonnie Bailey who placed 9th in "Food Science".
Sumair Somani and Abaho Katabarwa who placed 9th in "Meteorology".
Bangseh Akuchu and Aliya Khan who placed 9th in "Oceanography".

Again, Congratulations Science Olympiad members. Please stop by room 219 Friday morning to receive your medals, ribbons, and certificates.

Congratulations to Algie Key for being named to the 2006-2007 DeKalb County Middle School All-Star Team.

Science Fair Winners-Congratulations to all of these students who will be competing at the Georgia Science & Engineering Fair at the University of Georgia in Athens, March 28-31, 2007.
1st Place Winners
Coby Benveniste……..Computer Science
Elizabeth Pratt…… Engineering
Peter Steiner…….Environmental Science
Aiden Bevacqua……. Physics

2nd Place Winners
John Ewing……Physics
Pablo Faundez…….Chemistry
Sarah Williams…….Zoology

3rd Place Winner
Will Small

 

Our students had an impressive showing at the DeKalb County Technology Fair. We sent well over half of the entries and our students took 13 of the 19 middle school winner places. If you wish to see who won, click here. Good luck to them as they participate in the State Fair this weekend in Forsyth county.

Congratulations are in order: Sarah Williams and Amelia Libman (Team 8 B) were "Pages" yesterday at the Georgia State Capitol for our District Representative, Kevin Levitas.

Final listing for the men's 2007 track season .  
Mid-Long Distance
John Ewing
Michael Dart
Brent Reynolds
Jason Arne
Matthew Lipscomb
Brian Johnson
Michael Pearce

Sprints
Juan Whetsel
Nikko Perez
Rajaiha Smith
Gabrielle Baygar
Craig Mosely
Kahli Holland
Michael Pennix
Quentarious Figures

400
Josh Jamiah
Blake Brown
Langston Williams
Brian Xu
Hassan Shafqat
Katari Fannin

Shot Put
Quentin Turner
Brandon Rhodes
Giovanni Ventura

Long Jumpers
Derek Harper

Congratulations to the 8th grade girls that made the Lakeside JV Girls Soccer Team:
Maggie Amerson
Carlin Brannon
Chelsae Gill-James
Raleigh Knight
Lizzie Pratt
Sarah Frances Tomlinson
*Please come out and support the Vikings. Go to www.lakesidesoccer.com for details.

Bridge Players in several schools in Florida and Georgia competed in a special League Competition on Feb. 14th. Two of our students placed 6th out of 56 pairs. Congratulations to Emily Mikan and Anastyia Patrusheva.

Congratulations to Anne Grosse, Valeria Papova, Hasaan Shafqat, Farina Shafqat, Caitlin Hewel, Jessica Southwell and Kevin Bai. These student did a wonderful job competing against schools from around the county at this year's Chapter MathCounts competition held at Georgia Tech. Congratulations again!

Peter Steiner, Jacob Benveniste, and Aidan Bevacqua have been nominated for the Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge Award in recognition of their outstanding ability to communicate science. This award is based on their science fair projects.

Congratulations to Courtney Parsons. Courtney participated in the National Young Leaders State Conference (NYLC) because she was recognized as a leader, achiever, and respected member of our school, our community and the nation. To learn more about this prestigious honor visit the Congressional Youth Leadership Council website. This conference was held February 15-18, 2007 at the Sheraton in downtown Atlanta and about 100 students were recognized from Georgia.

Algie Key was named a starter for the Dekalb Middle All Star Basketball Team. Henderson coaches, Coach Sherman and Moise, were selected to coach the north All Star team. Destinee Smith was selected for the girls All Star.
Congratulations to Destinee Smith for being named to the DeKalb County Middle School All-Star team.

 

2007 HMS SCIENCE FAIR WINNERS

BOTANY (PLANT SCIENCE)

•  1 st Elizabeth Parr

•  2 nd Scott Summers, 2 nd Carlin Brannon (a tie)

•  3 rd Michelle Vu
CHEMISTRY

•  1st Pablo Faundez

•  2nd Josh Rafshoon

•  3rd Rebecca Chambers AND Meghen Wetterhall
COMPUTER SCIENCE

•  1st Coby Benveniste

•  2nd Trey Mitchell and Nathan Brown

•  3rd Kevin Ferri
CONSUMER SCIENCE

•  1st Zack Nappier and Michael Quist

•  2nd Laura James

•  3 rd Kevin Fan and Rahim Dhamini
ENGINEERING

•  1st Elizabeth Pratt

•  2nd Richard Hardeman and Trey Smith-Purcell

•  3rd Courtney Parsons
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

•  1st Peter Steiner

•  2nd Michael Seligman

•  3rd Kristofer Russel
MEDICINE & HEALTH

•  1st Ana Drobeniuc

•  2nd Amelia Libman
MICROBIOLOGY

•  1st Amit Eichenbaum

•  2nd Sara Guasch

•  3rd Demarcus and Marcus Jenkins
PHYSICS

•  1st John Ewing

•  2nd Will Small, and 2nd Josh Cleveland, Aidan Bevacqua (3 way tie)

•  3rd Ben Katz, Everett Newcomer and Akash Shah
ZOOLOGY

•  1 st Sarah Williams  

Congratulations to John Reimer for being selected to represent HMS at All State Band that will be held in Savannah, GA March 1 - 3. He placed 3rd in a section where 129 alto saxes from around the state came and competed against each other. The band is very proud of John and all of his longs hours of practice to make the 2007 All State Band.

 

The Academic Quiz Team played 5 tough rounds at PAGE Regionals on January 7 in our last buzzer tournament of the season.  There will be no more early-morning team practices, but we have several Knowledgemaster tournaments coming up.  The team would like to invite all interested sixth graders to participate in this national computerized tournament on Wednesday, January 24, after school.  Cost will be $5.  Talk to a club member for more information.

Congratulations:

CONGRATULATIONS TO HENDERSON 'S

GEOGRAPHY BEE WINNERS AND PARTICIPANTS! 

1 ST PLACE - CHARLES PENNELL – 8B

2 ND PLACE - GREG JOHNSON – 6C 

3 RD PLACE – THOMAS SHEESLEY – 7A

Congratulations to these participants:  AADIL ADATIA – 6B DAVID MCKELLAR – 7D LUIS ANDINO – 8C

EMMA FICK – 6A BEN NEWCOMER – 7B KELLY MORALES – 8A--COBY BENVENISTE – 6D

Social Studies Fair Winners

HMS Representatives at the DeKalb County Fair

Sean Hutton will be going on to the next level. Good Luck Sean! And congratulations to all our projects for their great showing at the county level. We sent 6 and they all placed in the county!

Henderson MS

Sean Hutton

History

Who Are the Children of the Stolen Generation?

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1

Henderson MS

Prinka Bose

Sociology

How Have Immigrants' Contributions Changed Our Society?

 

2

Henderson MS

Rebecca Hu

Economics

What is Crude Oil?

 

2

Henderson MS

Sara Blough

History

How Did Some Jewish Children Survive the Holocaust?

 

2

Henderson MS

Corey Grober

History

What Are Siege Weapons and How Do They Work?

 

2

Henderson MS

Suzanne Boden/ Mava Abel

Political Science

Title IX: Where Are We Now?

 

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To our Spelling Bee Winners: First Place: Ramana Lakshmanan, Team 7 B and Second Place: Anne Grosse, Team 7D-They will be representing Henderson at the County Spelling Bee. A special congratulations to each student who represented their teams in this event. Everyone did a great job.

Congratulations to Courtney Parsons who has been selected for the Congressional Youth Leadership Conference. She will be attending a special leadership conference with other students throughout the country in February.

The People to People Eisenhower Distinguished School award honors top schools and its educators for their accomplishments in educating from a holistic perspective in developing students' minds and character. A select few schools across the nation have been selected to receive this award in 2006. Henderson Middle School Chamblee Georgia is named for its continuous commitment to the People to People mission.

People to People Eisenhower Distinguished Educator award will also be awarded to Dawn Alexander, Lori Cristol, Ego Okafor, Rose Thompson and Thelma Stokes at Henderson . This award honors top educators for their accomplishments in educating from a holistic perspective in developing student's minds and character. These educators are named for their continuous commitment to the People to People mission as well.

We are pleased to partner with outstanding schools such Henderson Middle School in developing the leaders of tomorrow. Congratulations to Dawn Alexander, Lori Cristol, Ego Okafor, Rose Thompson and Thelma Stokes for recieving this reward. Attached is the word announcement that came to our prinicipal.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower founded People to People in 1956 with the intent that its members would work to promote peace through understanding. People to People Student Leader Programs select top students for participation based on educator nominations. The programs seek motivated students with academic promise, leadership potential and a desire to serve their communities. Nominated students are invited to attend programs that allow them to pursue their interests in leadership or a desired career field and give them an edge in the college admissions process.

Website: www.flsleaders.org ; www.lsleaders.org ; www.wlfleaders.org

 

 

 

The Henderson quiz team competed in the nationwide KnowledgeMaster Open tournament. We placed 156th out of 720 teams. We beat 78% of all participants. This is a very impressive improvement over our ranking in KnowledgeMaster last year. Kudos to our smart and hardworking team: Suprotik Paul, Stephen Woolfitt, Coby Benveniste, Ramana Lakshmanan,
Yooha Park, Akash Shah, Chris Honein, David Sidlow, Anne Grosse, Krishna Inmula, and Albert Tanubrata.

Isabelle McCoy on being named the DCSS Social Studies Teacher of The Year!

The Academic Quiz Team placed 4th at the Dekalb county bowl, qualifying them
for a spot at the regional tournament in January. The quiz team's next
tournament is the national Knowledgemaster Open on December 6. Good luck and congratulations.

The Canned Food Drive sponsored by the Student Council raised enough food to feed 10 families and over $400 cash for the project as well.

Congratulations to the Henderson quiz club for their good showing at the Westminster tournament last Saturday.  Both our quiz teams made the cut for the afternoon rounds.  The seventh/eighth grade team was ranked 11th out of 42 in their division at lunchtime, and the sixth grade team was rated 6th in theirs, but after lunch both teams were eliminated.  We had a lot of fun and were very energized by playing teams from as far away as Macon.  We are on a roll as we head for the DeKalb county tournament next Saturday.

Reflections Contest-Winners-117 entries-Click here for a list of winners. Thank you for Cathy Shirah and her committee for this great event.

PTSA Parents: Ms. Patillo is seeking comments the following Press Release:

Design Teams Help Move DeKalb Towards Improving Student Achievement

In five years or less, DeKalb County School System may be the home of over 20 new School Choice programs. The recent formation of school choice ‘Design Teams' brings DeKalb County School System another step closer to providing academic program options that support and develop students' educational interests, talents, abilities and social needs.

The Ballot is in Microsoft Word format Please submit all of your comments by emailing Ms. Patillo

 

Isabelle McCoy on being named the DCSS Social Studies Teacher of The Year!

Sarah Williams, one of our 8th grade students on Team 8B, is tapdancing in the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade on NBC at 9 am Thanksgiving. Good luck, Sarah! She head to audition to make the squad. There were citywide auditions held throughout large cities in the United States. Over 600 dancers showed up in Atlanta. Sarah was chosen to be one of the 100 tap dancers that will be featured in New York. Sarah-best of luck as she journeys to New York to begin practice. We will all be watching. Ms. Alexander will be there watching her. look for them on tv.

Congratulations to the Henderson quiz club for their good showing at the Westminster tournament last Saturday.  Both our quiz teams made the cut for the afternoon rounds.  The seventh/eighth grade team was ranked 11th out of 42 in their division at lunchtime, and the sixth grade team was rated 6th in theirs, but after lunch both teams were eliminated.  We had a lot of fun and were very energized by playing teams from as far away as Macon.  We are on a roll as we head for the DeKalb county tournament next Saturday.

 

Enjoy our May 2006 International Night. Part One and Part Two from May 2006

Enjoy our May 2006 band concert. Part One and Part Two .

Congratulations to Henderson Middle School finalist for the Essay & Art Contest. Those students are:
6th Grade - Rinezia Davis
7th Grade - Meghan Wetterhall
8th Grade - Rahim Dhanmi
Michael Seligman