August 24, 2016
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Hartford Memorial Middle School Newsletter
Week of August 8, 2016


Welcome back and welcome to our new 6th grade parents if this is your first time around at the middle school.  We are happy you are here!  This is going to be an exciting year at HMMS!  We have some changes in staff, programs, and structures that we think are going to provide great new opportunities for students.

At HMMS, we are committed to providing the best education and support for all of our students.  We want to work in partnership with families, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s network of support if you have any questions.  You can contact his or her teachers, as well as counselor or administrator if you need anything.  This year, we are dividing up counselors and administrators by team so that your child will have the same point people over their three years at the middle school.  Brenda Greene and myself are responsible for students on Team Zapatera and Team Altitude, and Heather Cleveland and Heather Long are responsible for Team Equinox and Team Nova students.  

We are welcoming two new teachers to HMMS this year.  David Jopp is our new STEM teacher.  STEM is taking the place of our former Tech Ed class.  This class will take a project-based, hands on approach that brings in science, math, technology, and engineering practices.  David comes with lots of experience in math and science and a ton of energy and enthusiasm about the position.   One of the reasons that he cited for applying for the position in his cover letter is that it “looked like fun” and we have no doubt that this will be a fun, engaging, and enriching experience for students.  

We are also welcoming Kathy Mack as a new special educator to the middle school.  Kathy is coming to us from Hartford High School and is an exciting addition to our staff as she will be supporting students and teachers by focusing on math.  Kathy has a strong math background, along with her special education license, and her expertise will provide welcome support for our building.

This year we have implemented an intervention and enrichment block in the middle of day for students.  Every other day, all students in the middle school will have the opportunity to receive additional support in specific skill areas.  These skills will change each quarter and students will be grouped based on their needs.  The other days of the week, this block will give teams an opportunity to have all of their students together for various team building, goal and portfolio work.  

We are looking forward to a great year!  Thank you all in advance for your support and for sharing your kids with us.  We are committed to doing everything we can to make sure that they grow and learn from us and with us this year! 

Tristan Upson,, 802-295-8640 ext 3304                                     


6th Grade Orientation with QUEST Students

On Thursday, August 25th from 9:00-12:30pm, we invite all incoming 6th grade students to join us for orientation.  The orientation will be run by counselors, administrators, and our QUEST leadership students in 7th and 8th grade.  The purpose of the orientation is for incoming students to get a chance to visit the school again, meet up with their advisory teachers, and spend some time getting to know their classmates.  The orientation ends with a pizza lunch in the front of the school.  Information about bussing to and from the orientation will be mailed on postcards next week.  If you have any questions, please contact the main office.

School Meal Costs and New Infinite Campus Lunch Box

For the 2016-2017 school year, Infinite Campus now hosts Lunch Box, which is a way for parents to be able to see what their children are purchasing at lunch as well as pay electronically and track the balance in their account.  If you need to activate your IC account, please contact Betty Hathorn in the main office.

The costs for full student lunches this year is $3.00.  A full student breakfast is $1.60.  Please remember that free and reduced eligibility forms are sent home at the beginning of the year.  If your family qualifies, please return those forms as soon as possible so that we can help you ensure that all our students have the food they need to help them stay active and focused at school!

NEW HMMS Parent Group

We are looking for parents who are interested in being part of the HMMS Parent Group.  While HMMS does not have an official PTO/PTA the way the elementary schools do, we want to encourage more parent involvement in the school.  While middle school is often a time when parents want to provide a little more freedom and autonomy as their children start to grow and mature (hopefully!), we still want the middle school to be a community that includes not just teachers and students, but families as well.  The HMMS Parent Group will meet each month on the second Tuesday from 5:30-6:30.  We welcome any and all parents and would love to see a strong turnout.  A few of the projects that we are interested in looking at this year include helping the district bring the movie “Screenagers” to the community to educate students, families, and staff on the growing role of technology in the lives of our children, as well as a Friday Food Bag program for middle school students.  The first meeting of the HMMS Parent Group will be on Tuesday September 13th from 5:30-6:30.  Hope to see you there!