November 14, 2018
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Hartford Memorial Middle School Newsletter
Week of November 1, 2018


We have the BEST staff and students around.  This was clearly evident on Wednesday during our Halloween assembly.  My rough, completely non-mathematically sound estimate is that about 70% of our school dressed up in some fashion for Halloween.  We had fish, m&ms, chickens, some very witty spice girls, and SO many more. On top of that, our teachers really pushed the envelope, from Southern ladies and gents, to Shark Week, to Greek gods and goddesses, grown-up Gretl, a penguin, and my personal favorite, the Transferable Skills (because, you know, it is portfolio presentation week!).

There is something about the days that we fully embrace play at the middle school.  Yes, the energy is high, but I doubt there exists a teacher who has ever said, “The school was so quiet and laid back on Halloween.”  And I would say that those days when we as adults join in the play with our kids will become the days most fondly remembered by students when they move on from us.  I know that they are the most fondly remembered by the teachers. So we will continue to embrace these days, leverage the energy, and join in with our kids to play, because it is in these moments when the relationships are formed and strengthened.  And it is through relationships that the deepest of learning occurs.

I hope everyone had a fun and festive Halloween.  We look forward to seeing you over the next couple of days at portfolio presentations!  Enjoy your weekend.

Tristan Upson                                                                


New Emergency Lights Installed in HSD

The district has added new safety equipment at each school. You may have noticed the amber caution light and sign warning of an emergency situation. The light will be used when the school is in an emergency situation or when the school is completing a drill. If you approach the school and the light is on you should return to your vehicle and wait for the light to go off.

If you have any concern about the schools emergency procedures please do not hesitate to contact the school administration or Tom DeBalsi at 295-8600.

Bus Lights

Butler’s Bus Company has reached out to the school district recently about several cars that have been passing them when they are stopped with their lights on.  Please remember that any time buses have their flashing red lights on, cars are not permitted to pass them. Thank you for helping to keep our students safe on their way to and from school!  

Upcoming Lacrosse Clinic Offered

Hartford Youth Lacrosse is offering a three day clinic November 6-8th from 4-5:30pm at Maxfield Sports Complex for students in grades K-8.  The cost is $75. The clinic will be run by HHS Lacrosse coach, Grant Whiteway, and HHS lacrosse players. Please see this flier for more details and to register.