Hull Freshman Earns Seat in State Senior District Band

Hull Public Schools
Michael F. Devine, Superintendent
180 Harborview Road
Hull, MA 02045

For Immediate Release

Friday, Dec. 22, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Hull Freshman Earns Seat in State Senior District Band

Hull High School Freshman Maeve Donohue, a trumpet player, earned a spot in the Southeastern Massachusetts Music Educators Association’s Senior District Band and will play in a music festival next month. (Courtesy Photo Hull Public Schools)

HULL – Principal Paula Girouard McCann is pleased to announce that Hull High School freshman Maeve Donohue earned a seat in the Southeastern Massachusetts Music Educators Association’s Senior District Band and will play in an upcoming festival in January.

The Massachusetts Music Educators Association is a statewide nonprofit organization that supports music education for all students throughout the Commonwealth. The Senior District Band’s festival of events will take place Jan. 5-6 at Bourne High School. Donahue will participate in two intensive rehearsal sessions before the final concert on Jan. 6.

This year, thousands of students across public and private schools in Massachusetts auditioned for the musical event, including three of Hull High School’s top musicians.

On Nov. 18, junior trumpet and French horn player, Sean Healey, junior trumpet player Jimmy Barone and Donahue, also a trumpet player, auditioned at King Philip Regional High School in Wrentham.

All three students scored very well in their auditions, especially Donahue, whose skills landed her a seat in the Senior District Band — making her the first student from Hull High School to participate in the Senior District music festival since the 1980s.

“We’re extremely proud of Maeve for earning this opportunity to play with the Senior District Band,” Principal McCann said. “This is a huge accomplishment for a freshman and we’re excited to have a Hull High School representative at the music festival!”

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Gallery: Hull Elementary School Students Explore the Power of Curiosity During Monthly Assembly

Hull Public Schools
Michael F. Devine, Superintendent
180 Harborview Road
Hull, MA 02045

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Hull Elementary School Students Explore the Power of Curiosity During Monthly Assembly

Giant Donated Pumpkin Sparks Interest, Questions

HULL — Principal Christine Cappadona is pleased to announce that the students of Lillian M. Jacobs Elementary School recently participated in the school’s “Power of Curiosity” assembly, which was inspired by the donation of a very large pumpkin.

Students gathered on Dec. 1 as part of an ongoing series of school assemblies held on the first Friday of each month, which celebrate school spirit and give students the opportunity discuss topics relevant to what’s going on in the building. This month’s assembly was the “Power of Curiosity,” which Assistant Principal Kyle Shaw described as an eagerness to explore, discover and learn new things.

“Curiosity is like a muscle, it weakens without use. To keep it strong, we need not focus on what we know, but focus on what we don’t know,” Assistant Principal Shaw said. “We encourage our students to ask questions, wonder, try new things and always be curious.”

The topic of curiosity was chosen after a 138 pound pumpkin was donated to the school during Halloween and quickly became a point of conversation. Every day, students and staff would congregate around the pumpkin, staring at its size, asking questions or making comments.

Principal Cappadona and Assistant Principal Shaw realized that the pumpkin symbolized the curiosity within everyone at the Jacobs School, and so the assembly idea was born.

“It seemed as if every student that walked by the pumpkin had a question or comment,” Principal Cappadona said. “We felt obligated to answer them.”

Ahead of the gathering, Principal Cappadona compiled student questions and assigned them to classrooms to research and report on. While each class worked on their question, Principal Cappadona and Assistant Principal Shaw performed several experiments on the pumpkin, as requested by students.

Collectively, Principal Cappadona and Assistant Principal Shaw demonstrated that the pumpkin could float by dropping it in the ocean and that it could roll by being pushed down the ramp outside the building. They also compared the large pumpkin’s seeds to an average sized pumpkin, unsuccessfully attempted to make the pumpkin into a volcano and tested if a smaller pumpkin would travel farther than the large pumpkin by launching both from a catapult constructed by Memorial Middle School.

The results of the experiments and the answers to each classroom’s assigned questions (like where does the word pumpkin come from and do bigger pumpkins take longer to grow?) were compiled and presented in the form of a short movie during the assembly, which students watched while snacking on pumpkin bread.

“When I’m curious, I start asking questions and when I ask questions I get answers,” second grade student Colin English said after the assembly. “This strengthens my brain!”

While next month’s assembly theme has yet to be announced, the Jacobs School will continue to promote the power of curiosity to its students.

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*Media Advisory* Hull Public Schools Announce Upcoming Winter Concerts

Hull Public Schools
Michael F. Devine, Superintendent
180 Harborview Road
Hull, MA 02045

For Immediate Release

Friday, Dec. 8, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

*Media Advisory*

Hull Public Schools Announce Upcoming Winter Concerts

Students at Memorial Middle School in Hull perform at last year’s Winter Chorus Concert. (Courtesy photo)

HULL — Superintendent Michael F. Devine is pleased to announce the upcoming winter concerts that will take place at the Hull elementary, middle and high schools this month.

“Our students have been working really hard on their songs this year and we invite loved ones and the public to come see and hear the great performances they will be putting on,” Superintendent Devine said. “This annual tradition is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season.”

Lillian M. Jacobs Elementary School, 180 Harborview Road

Thursday, Dec. 14:

  • 9 a.m. – Preschoolers, kindergartners, first graders and second graders will be performing. As is the annual tradition, kindergartners will don red reindeer noses and sing “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”
  • 1:30 p.m. – Students in grades three through five will each sing two songs, including “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Frosty the Snowman” and “Feliz Navidad.”

Due to space and parking limitations, attendance will be limited limited to family members of students.

Memorial Middle School, 81 Central Ave.

Thursday, Dec. 14:

  • 7 p.m. – The Winter Band Concert features the sixth grade band, jazz band and concert band. The jazz band will play “Groovin’ Hard,” a hard-swinging shuffle made popular by legendary drummer Buddy Rich. The sixth grade band will be playing holiday favorites like “Up on the Housetop” and “Jingle Bells.” The concert band will be performing a selection titled “Windsor Overture” and also a lively medley of traditional Hanukkah music in the piece “A Celebration of Hanukkah.”

Tuesday, Dec. 19:

  • 7 p.m. – The Winter Chorus Concert will be put on by the sixth grade chorus and concert choir. The chorus will singing the songs “Snowflake Carol” and “Colors of Winter.” The concert choir will open their portion of the concert with “Winter Pathetique,” with lyrics set to one of Beethoven’s most popular piano sonatas. They will also be singing “All I Want for Christmas Is You.”  The concert will conclude with the annual tradition of a “Winter Wonderland” sing-along with both choirs and the audience.

Both concerts are open to the public and admission is free.

Hull High School, 180 Main St.

Wednesday, Dec. 20

  • 7 p.m. – The Hull High School band will be performing their annual Holiday Concert in the Joseph C. Doniger Auditorium. Students from Piano and Music Technology classes will be spotlighted during the concert.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Students at Memorial Middle School in Hull perform at last year’s Winter Chorus Concert. (Courtesy photo)

Students at Memorial Middle School in Hull perform at last year’s Winter Chorus Concert. (Courtesy photo)

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Hull High School Celebrates Student Athletes’ Accomplishments

Hull Public Schools
Michael F. Devine, Superintendent
180 Harborview Road
Hull, MA 02045

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Hull High School Celebrates Student Athletes’ Accomplishments

HULL — Superintendent Michael Devine would like to praise student athletes and coaches for their work this season.

The girls soccer team won the South Shore League Tobin Division Championship, qualified for the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association tournament and reached the south sectional semi-finals.

Sophomore Lauren Anastos, forward, earned the title of South Shore League Player of the Year for soccer, became an Eastern Massachusetts Soccer Coaches Association All-Star and was recently selected to the 2017 Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic team.

Additionally, girls soccer players senior Hannah Diemer, defense, sophomore Christina Murphy, midfield, sophomore Shelby Craig, defense, sophomore Hannah Duran, forward, and senior Hannah Diemer, defense, were named South Shore League All-Stars. Freshman Max Iorio, forward, from the boys soccer team also took home a South Shore League All-Star title.

Stew Bell, who has been teaching at Hull High School for 19 years and coaching soccer for 18 years (17 as the varsity coach), was named the South Shore League Girls Soccer Coach of the Year.

The football team qualified for the MIAA play-offs and the cheerleading team made it to their regional competition. Seniors and running backs Christian Olivieri and Jake Peters were the South Shore League Football All-Stars, while seniors Olivia Smith and Shea Burke were the South Shore League Cheerleading All-Stars.

Mike O’Donnell was named South Shore League Football Coach of the Year. O’Donnell has been teaching at Hull High School for 17 years and coaching a sport 26 years — this year marking his first as the head varsity football coach.

To close out their season, the boys cross country team won the South Shore League Tobin Division Championship.

“I want to congratulate all teams for their accomplishments thus far in the school year, especially to our players and coaches who earned All-Star recognition!,” Superintendent Devine said.

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