March 25, 2017
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Hartford Memorial Middle School Newsletter
Week of March 24, 2017
 
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PRINCIPAL’S CORNER

Short weeks are tough, and short weeks when students are preparing for portfolio presentations and the beginning of the week feels a little like spring, can be particularly challenging.  But all of the challenges are worth it when students sit down with all of you to present their portfolios.  I know that as parents, particularly 8th grade parents, portfolio presentations can be a mixed bag given that it is the sixth time you are sitting down with your kid in a similar format, but I cannot thank you enough for the time that you devote to come in and listen in that formal setting to your child talk about their learning and their goals.  You may not always see it, but we see, during the preparation, the seriousness and even nervousness that comes along with preparing to talk about themselves to a caring adult.  We know that they sometimes roll their eyes about the presentations, but it is an important opportunity, in and of itself, to practice the transferable skills that we are focusing on.  Just preparing and presenting requires them to think critically, access and analyze information, and communicate effectively.  It is practice for their futures and one we believe is critical to our students’ learning experiences.

The highlight of my week was a student who popped into my office on Thursday afternoon.  It was not his first visit to my office, but he was there because he wanted to talk to me about his portfolio presentation.  He was nervous.  He wanted to make sure he did a good job and had something he was proud to show his father.  His teachers were all working hard with the other kids on the team, so he asked if he could see if I could help.  We practiced going through and he left feeling more secure and ready--demonstrating a thoughtfulness and confidence about his own learning that isn’t something that comes naturally to many students.  When he left, I was left with the reminder of why this is such an important part of what we do at HMMS--it isn’t just about creating the portfolio--it is about building the skills and the confidence to help students succeed in the future.

Tristan Upson, upsont@hartfordschools.net, 802-295-8640 ext 3304

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WHAT’S NEW AT HMMS?

SBAC Testing Starting

Starting on March 27th, the middle school will be starting this year’s round of SBAC testing.  We will be starting with the ELA tests by team.  Teams Equinox and Zapatera will be testing the week of 3/27, Team Nova will be testing the week of April 3rd, and Team Altitude will be testing the week of April 10th.  Following April break, the week of 4/25, students will be testing in math classes, with the exception of Team Altitude, who will test in math the following week.  We have purposely spread out the testing schedule so that no student is testing in consecutive weeks.  This way students can avoid test fatigue and approach each test fresh and able to do their best.  Our goal with SBAC testing is for students to work hard to show us their growth over the year.  We want to celebrate the learning of each individual student as they work to master new concepts and ideas and demonstrate their understanding to the best of their individual ability.  As parents, you can help support our efforts by ensuring that in the testing weeks, your child gets enough sleep, has a good breakfast, and is encouraged to do his or her best!  Thank you for all your support!

HMMS Yearbook

This year, Hartford Memorial Middle is providing a TreeRing yearbook! Here are three reasons we chose TreeRing:

  • Custom Yearbooks:  Every student gets a one of a kind printed copy containing two free pages to customize with personal photos.

  • Green Yearbooks:  TreeRing plants a tree in our school’s name when you purchase a book and prints on recycled paper.

  • Beautiful Yearbooks:  All yearbooks are gorgeously printed in full color using the highest end print production available.

YOU CAN PURCHASE AND PERSONALIZE YOUR Hartford Memorial Middle YEARBOOK BY CLICKING HERE:

http://www.treering.com/purchase?Passcode=1014495117742931

A few important facts:

* Your personalized yearbook only costs $11.99.

* You’ll need to purchase your copy and complete your free personal pages by April 22.

* Your 2 free custom pages are optional, if you don’t customize you’ll receive a standard yearbook.

Get started by clicking on this link:

http://www.treering.com/purchase?Passcode=1014495117742931

Thanks,

Tracy Thompson

P.S. If you need help, please contact support@treering.com

Easter Egg Hunt

The Hartford High School will be holding an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday April 8th at 10:30am for students ages 12 and under.  Along with the egg hunt will be games, face painting, and goodies to eat.  Cost is by donation, and all proceeds go to the Class of 2020.  See this flier for more information.

STUDENTS OF THE WEEK

Students of the Week features students for both big and small acts that show how great our middle school students can be!  Names are submitted each week by teachers throughout the building.  We have many students that show up and consistently give their best effort in everything that they do, and we want an outlet to recognize those students.  We also have students for whom school and meeting expectations can be more of a struggle and we want to highlight when those students demonstrate how awesome they are, too.  

This week’s students of the week include:

Grace Gardner, Evan Berman, and Audrey Berman- for challenging themselves to memorize many, many digits of Pi, and winning the honor of putting a pie in their teacher’s face.

Hailey Clough and Elsie Davis- for making their M Block a complete success this quarter, with their thorough direction and kind ways.  They are a dynamic professional duo and a pleasure to have in class.

Alex Bushway- for his laughter and good natured intent every morning.

Paul Thibault- for always being on task in math and his good nature.