October 21, 2017
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Hartford Memorial Middle School Newsletter
Week of October 20, 2017


For me, this week has been all about student leadership.  On Tuesday we had our first Leadership Team meeting with our student representatives and they brought a welcome and refreshing voice to our group.  In their first official decision as part of the team, they have decided that on Halloween we will invite students to wear costumes--costumes cannot be too revealing, violent, or gory, and face masks are not allowed.  Our student council is working on an incentive if a certain percentage of our student body participates.  We will also be holding a morning assembly with a costume “parade” and prizes will be awarded in different categories at the end of the day, including the ever popular “Best Teacher Costume”.  It should be fun for all!

Yesterday was also our annual Student Council retreat, where student council members spend the day setting norms, coming together as a group, electing officers, and planning the year.  Students reported that the day was both fun and productive, and we are looking forward to the leadership student council brings to our school each year.

This week we have also started to set up our student restorative justice committee.  This committee will be focused on creating scripts for our Tuesday morning circles in advisory, training students to eventually lead these circles, and working on adopting circles with students when harm has been done in our community as a way of joining together to work through it.  This committee was the idea of two of our 8th grade students who decided, through a circle process, that more student involvement would help generate greater buy-in from our student population.  I am excited to support this endeavor and encourage students who are interested to get involved--our first informational meeting is next Wednesday the 25th during WIN.

And then there was the mostly student-led little band rehearsal today.  Mostly student-led since I volunteered to sub for Mr. Conerty today, and band conductor is a bit outside my normal skill set.  Luckily we have awesome band students, so it was both educational (for me) and entertaining!

Tristan Upson                                                                          upsont@hartfordschools.net



Young Americans

Forty students from HMMS joined nearly 200 students from grades 3-12 from around the state in Chester, VT at Green Mountain Union High School to participate in a 2.5 day musical workshop series called Young Americans on September 28-30th.  Students did a great job representing HMMS, including featuring in some solo opportunities.  The event culminated in two awesome performances on the 30th--one at 3pm and one at 7pm.  It was a fast-paced, high energy, musically fun event for all that attended!

A Night of Music for Your Soul

Please join us on November 15th at 7pm for a Night of Music for Your Soul--a choral concert featuring 6-8th grade chorus, along with solos and small group ensembles.  The concert will take place in the middle school gym.  Please consider coming out and making a small donation--students have decided that all donations will go to benefit the Red Cross and their efforts to aid people impacted by the recent hurricanes.  It will be a wonderful evening with a peace-filled message--and who better to deliver that message than our kids and our future generations.

Student Representatives for School Leadership Team Chosen

As part of our action plan this year and in an effort to include greater student voice in driving the direction of our school, we invited students to apply this year to join our school Leadership Team.  We had eleven student applicants from various teams and grades who applied.  All of the applications were excellent, making the decision incredibly difficult.  Ultimately we selected four students, one from each team.  These students will join the eight adults on the committee in working each month to make HMMS a stronger school for everyone.  The four students selected to join are Georgia Winn from Team Zapatera, Olivia Merrill from Team Altitude, Kyla McCoy from Team Equinox, and Maxwell Portnoy from Team Nova.  Congratulations to them and a huge thank you and congratulations to all of the students who applied--we were greatly impressed!

Skatepark Grand Opening

Please see this flier about the grand opening this weekend of the Rusty Berrings Skatepark in West Lebanon from 1-5pm on Saturday.  If you or your kids enjoy skating, go check out this new opportunity in the Upper Valley!

Gory Daze 5K to Benefit Dismas House

Dothan Brook School is hosting a Gory Daze 5K on October 28th to benefit Dismas House.  Wear your costume, enjoy food, music, and painting, and get a little exercise, all for $20 to benefit a great local organization.  If you are interested, see this flier for more information!