October 25, 2016
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Hartford Memorial Middle School Newsletter
Week of October 21, 2016


I think the theme of this week has been leadership.  There have been so many ways this week that students have taken on leadership roles in the building, and it is inspiring to see the work that kids are doing to make HMMS a better place.  Our 8th grade QUEST students planned and put together a successful Unity Day on Wednesday, jumping right in after returning from Hulbert last week and applying what they learned on the trip.  On Tuesday, our student council attended their yearly retreat where they established a calendar of events, made speeches and elected officers, and set the stage for an exciting year leading our school.  We also have a group of students taking on a leadership project to hopefully bring a composting program to the middle school--and they spent time this week researching, including conducting a trash inventory to figure out what materials we are throwing away that could be recycled or composted.  

Having students take on leadership within the school is one of the most important aspects of middle school for me.  As young adolescents, they are beginning to establish their independence.  The more opportunities that we can give them to channel that independence into helping others in the school community, the better we set them up for being leaders in our community as they grow.  Providing them chances to make decisions and effect meaningful change in the school lets them test out boundaries within a setting that supports them while at the same time seeing the impact that they can have for good.  I love seeing new students step into leadership roles as they begin to find their passions.  We are constantly looking to find ways to engage as many students in possible in finding what is important to them and connecting it to their middle school experience.

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



Unity Day

This Wednesday was Unity Day.  Unity Day is celebrated nationwide on Wednesday October 19th in an effort to stand together against bullying and for inclusion, kindness, and acceptance.  Our QUEST 8th grade students returned from Hulbert last week with energy and drive to promote Unity Day throughout the school.  They planned a kick off assembly on Tuesday to introduce Unity  Day and tell students to wear orange on Wednesday.  At the assembly, they shared this video that they had made to get the word out.  For Wednesday, they wrote lesson plans for everyone in the school to participate in during advisory.  We were impressed by the leadership that the students took on and were excited to celebrate Unity Day Wednesday!

Hartford Community Coalition’s Fall Community Forum:


Hartford Above the Influence: A community discussion about the unintended consequences of alcohol.

When: Monday, October 24th from 6-8pm

Where: Hotel Coolidge in the Junction Room, White River Junction, VT

Empower yourself within a safe community. We’ll discuss reducing harm, preventing addiction, preventing underage drinking, promoting responsible legal drinking, and protecting our community. Learn how to start conversations with family and friends. Talk about the data & facts that empower the message, learn about the Parent Up Campaign and get your FREE copy of the Parent Handbook

HMMS Parent Group News

The new date of the HMMS Parent Group based on feedback from the parents who came to our September meeting is the fourth Monday of the month.  The next meeting will be THIS Monday October 24th from 6:30-7:30 in our library.  We hope to see you there!



Parents - get the latest update on games by calling the HMMS sports hotline.  Call (802) 359-1118 to find out the status of that day's games.  Cancellations will be posted by 1:00.  You can also see the most recent sports schedule by going to the school webpage and select Athletics...the master schedule is at the top right of the page.