September 25, 2018
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Hartford Memorial Middle School Newsletter
Week of September 14, 2018


It has been a deary first five day week of school, but that has done little to dampen spirits around here.  Instead, students and teachers are already diving deep into curriculum. One of the most exciting parts of the last couple of weeks has been hearing the discussions in classes around our Proficiency Based Learning Outcomes (PBLOs) that are at the heart of our instruction and student learning.

Over the summer teachers from K-12 came together to continue to develop our district move to proficiency based learning.  As part of their work, they took our Proficiency Based Learning Outcomes, the three to five big ideas in each content area that had been determined by teachers last year (for example, the PBLOs for English/Language Arts are Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening), and, working with their content area national standards and samples from the Vermont Agency of Education, created the performance indicators for each of these PBLOs.  The performance indicators are a smaller grain size that indicate more specifically what students should know and be able to do at various grade levels--in our case by the time they leave HMMS for the high school. It was important and exciting work.

But even more exciting than the work that was done this summer is hearing students and teachers discussing the PBLOs and performance indicators in classes across the building.  As we work to create a learning environment in which students are active partners in their learning, it is essential that students know what it is they are working to learn and, alongside their teachers, monitor their growth in that progression.  And over the last few weeks, I have seen great evidence that we are laying more and more groundwork for students to take on that active role in their learning. As the world changes, we continually strive to ensure we are preparing students for a future in which they can thrive--and it starts with engaging students in their own education.

Tristan Upson                                                                



Hannaford Helps Schools

Looking for an easy way to help support HMMS?  We are excited to be partnering with Hannaford for the second year in their Hannaford Helps Schools program.  When you shop at the West Lebanon Hannaford and buy four of their qualifying school products, they will give you three dollars in “school dollars.”  Then all you need to do is add it to the Hartford Memorial Middle School slot in the collection tower near the checkout. It is as easy as that! Last year, the middle school received over $400 to support our students and programs--and all it takes is a normal trip to the grocery store!  Fliers that include qualifying items are available at the main office if you want to pick one up. This year’s program runs through December 1st, so you have lots of time to shop!

HSD Color-A-Thon is Coming

The third annual HSD Color-A-Thon is coming up!  Students will soon be bringing home packets with details about registration for the Color-A-Thon 5K.  One important note: The Color-A-Thon packets going home have the wrong date on them.  The date for the run/walk is October 21st (not the 14th which is printed on the hard copies going home).  Check out the event Facebook page for more updates!  Hope to see you there!

Hartford Spirit Wear

The Hartford High School is pleased to be offering a selection of Hartford Spirit Wear apparel for sale.  You can never have enough Hartford gear! If you want to show your Hurricane spirit, check out to place your order today!

Girls on the Run

Calling all middle school girls -- Girls on The Run is coming back to HMMS!!

Over a period of 10 weeks, girls in 6th through 8th grades can participate in an after-school program like no other. Designed to allow every girl to recognize her inner strength, the Girls on the Run curriculum inspires girls to define their lives on their own terms. Throughout the season, the girls make new friends, build their confidence, celebrate all that makes them unique, and train for and complete a 5K race. The program will run from the week of September 10th through November 17th and we will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30-4:00PM right on campus at HMMS. Program registration is open now and ends on September 16th.

The program is run by second year medical students at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and sponsored by Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, which reduces price of registration to $20 per student. Register online at:

For questions, please contact Nina Fleischer (415-823-7235; or Girls on the Run at 802-246-1476.  We are truly looking forward to a fantastic season!