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Hartford Memorial Middle School Newsletter
Week of April 14, 2017


Monday could not have been a more beautiful day to kick off our first school-wide recess.  At 1:57 (because we run on school time, which is almost never round numbers), all students returned to their advisories with their belongings for the end of the day, and then at 2:02, the entire school poured out onto the softball field.  Students and teachers spent the recess playing four square, basketball, football, lacrosse, duck duck goose, and more.  Kids got to mingle with friends from other teams and everyone had the chance to just play for a little bit.

The recess was the first in what we are introducing as weekly school recesses.  On Friday, during the annual faculty vs. 8th grade volleyball game, we rolled out the plan for these recesses for students.   On Thursdays this spring we will celebrate the positive contributions that students are making to the climate of our community.  While this first recess gave every student the opportunity to participate, going forward students will be earning these recesses through positive behaviors.  Students who receive two planning guides or one pink slip during the preceding week, or students who are asked to leave class for a break due to behavior three times over the course of the week, will remain inside during the recess and will spend that time working with a teacher to discuss a plan to be more successful the following week in order to go out with the rest of the school.  Our goal with this recess is to show appreciation for students who regularly do what is expected, and to create some positive behavior motivation for students who sometimes slip off track.  Embracing the spring weather and using it to help set the tone for the end of the year at the middle school is something we are all looking forward to!

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



SBAC Testing

We have completed the ELA SBAC testing for the year!  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!

Hartford School Lunch Charge Policy Enforcement

This time of year gets busy and sometimes details can get lost, like remembering to put money on school lunch accounts.  We want to remind everyone about the HSD school lunch charge policy, as there has been an increase across the district of students who currently have negative balances on their accounts.  According to the policy, “All meal and a la carte purchases should be paid for in advance or at the time of purchase.  In the event that a student doesn’t have money in their account or cash to purchase a qualified meal, they are allowed to charge up to $10.00.  Under no circumstances are adult or a la carte charges allowed.  After negative meal purchases have reached up to $10.00, a sandwich and milk will be provided by the school or a bagged lunch should be sent from home until the student’s account is completely paid in full.”  As always, we never want students to go without eating, so we will certainly provide sandwiches for students; however, the school district will be holding students and families to this policy as we return from break and move into spring.  Families who have negative account balances should receive a weekly email from Infinite Campus letting them know.  If you have any questions, please contact us and we are happy to help.

HACTC Summer Tech Camp

The Hartford Area Career and Technology Center (HACTC) will be holding its Summer Tech Camp again this year. Camp is open to all rising 7th, 8th and 9th grade students. Students explore 10 hands-on programs in one week. Space is limited - register early! Call 802-295-8630 for more information. See Ms. Greene or visit www.HACTC.com for an application.  When: June 26-30, from 8:45am-12:30pm. Fee: $30.

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.



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:



Tracy Thompson

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



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:

Brennen Marsh- for keeping the front lobby table of fliers looking neat and orderly every morning.

Danny Hunter- for working hard in math and being helpful this week in math when his teacher asked to help get students ready for the warm up. He was proactive in asking for help during work time.

Adean Bleeks- for giving great effort in Spanish class, especially coming in during 7th grade and not having had Spanish before.

Rocco Clough- for always being positive.  He is willing to try everything with a great attitude.  He works hard to complete his work to the best of his ability, and he is always kind to his peers.

All of Team Nova- for their outstanding Poetry Slam.  Each and every student really stepped up for their performance, and the team teachers could not be more proud of your efforts and for creating such a memorable day!

Cameron LeBlanc- for being especially helpful in advisory

Cayley North- for her exceptional leadership on her “climbing trip.”