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Hartford Memorial Middle School Newsletter
Week of May 19, 2017


On Wednesday, three HMMS teachers and I spent the day visiting Harwood Union Middle/High School in Duxbury, Vermont.  We went to observe and talk with teachers there about their journey on the path to proficiency based learning.  By now you have all heard about the transferable skills that our students are collecting evidence on for their portfolio presentations.  These transferable skills are one step in the direction of proficiency and greater personalized learning at Hartford and across the state.  So our goal in the visit was to speak with others who were on a similar path about high points to try to replicate and roadblocks to try to avoid repeating here.  It is big, exciting work.

The day was amazing--we saw a lot, we learned a lot, we came back with more questions than we started with and lots of ideas.  But I also returned with a great sense of pride in where we are as a school.  Our students are incredibly fortunate to have strong teams of teachers, collaborating with each other to support students both academically and developmentally.  Our integration of curriculum across classes on every team, the way we involve students in collecting and reflecting on their own learning, and our three year looping of students on teams all provide our students with incredible opportunities to grow and excel.  We left our visit with a request from Harwood to send staff to us next year to share with them our strengths--and I am so proud to share what we are doing!  

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


(Special guest, Eli, starring in Altitude video project)


Spring Events for 8th Graders

It is May already, and the 8th grade is abuzz about the upcoming 8th grade events in June.  Below is an outline of the events.  

  • 8th grade Grad Dance: Saturday June 10th from 7-9:30pm in the HMMS gym.  The dance is a semi-formal dance.  Students are encouraged to come with friends--dates are unnecessary.  The purpose of the dance is for 8th graders to get a fun, special evening with their classmates before moving on to the high school.  

  • 8th grade graduation: Wednesday June 14th at 7pm.  Weather permitting, it is hosted on the side lawn of the middle school next to the softball field.  It is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the conclusion of three years in middle school and the ceremonial beginning of the next four in high school.

  • 8th Grade Trip: Thursday June 15th at Storr’s Pond.  The day after graduation, while 6th and 7th graders are celebrating field day at the middle school, the 8th graders head to Storr’s Pond for a final day of fun together as HMMS students.  There is swimming, fishing, basketball, tennis, and other outdoor games and activities--a great send off for the summer.

Important Sports News!

For 8th graders:

Dear Parents of Rising 9th grade students.  The Hartford Athletic Department is asking for students to begin the registration process for next fall.  Please visit the HHS athletic webpage (http://www.hhsvt.com/athletics-2) and click on the REGISTRATION link on the left hand side.  HHS is now using GoMyReg, which is the same program used at HMMS.  You do not need to create a new account...just add the sports your child is playing next year into your cart and you will be all set.  You are encouraged to register for all 3 seasons (fall, winter, spring) now as this helps our department with planning and resource allocation.  If you are new to GoMyReg it is user-friendly and the on-screen instructions will walk you through the process step-by-step.  HHS offers Golf, Football, Field Hockey, Cross-Country Running, and Soccer for fall sports.  The athletic staff and some fall coaches will meet with prospective student-athletes during advisory on Tuesday morning, May 23rd.  We will pass out basic team information, summer training opportunities, fitness center hours, and coach contact information during this meeting.  Don't delay...register today!  Students need a valid well child exam (good for one year), proof of insurance, and a valid ImPACT test (good for 2 years).  If you have any questions or would like to schedule a meeting to learn more about HHS Athletics please feel free to contact me at morenoj@hartfordschools.net.  On behalf of all of the coaches and athletic staff, welcome to HHS athletics!  We look forward to working with you next year.  Go 'Canes!

Jeff Moreno

Assistant Principal

Athletic Director

Hartford High School

For 6th and 7th graders:

Students interested in playing a fall sport will meet during advisory on Tuesday May 23rd to learn more about fall sports options and the requirements for participation.  Students need a valid well child exam (good for one year), proof of insurance, and a valid ImPACT test (good for 2 years).    

For all:

We are ready to take registrations for Fall Sports for both middle school and high school teams.  Both programs will be using the online registration system, and you can sign up now for all three seasons.  As a minimum, you are asked to sign up for your fall sport.  You should do so even if you are not 100% certain that you are going to play the sport...we can remove you at a later date. Please go to the school's Athletics webpage and click on the Register Online icon then just follow the instructions.  If you registered for a previous season, you will need to update your insurance information.  Also please note the status of your Well Exam and Concussion test while you are in there.  Deadline for registration is June 2.  Thanks for your assistance!

ImPACT Concussion test dates with HMMS Athletic Director Mr. Joe James will be held on the following dates: May 18, 25, 31, June 5, 8. There will be a sign-up outside the main office.

Dream, Girl Coming to Briggs Opera House

Next Tuesday the Vermont Women’s Fund is bringing a special screening to Briggs Opera House of the film, Dream, Girl.  The screening will begin at 5:30, tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.  See information below:

"We know the names of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerberg. But what about the female entrepreneurs? What’s their story?

"From brand new startups to million dollar industries, it’s time we stop telling girls they can be anything they want to be and show them what it means to be a leader."

The Vermont Women's Fund

Presents a special screening of

Dream, Girl

May 23, 2017 5:00-7:30 p.m.

Briggs Opera House, White River Junction

$10 General Admission | $5 Students


Hartford Community Coalition Lunch Program Returns to HMMS

We are thrilled to be hosting the HCC Take a Bite Out of Hunger program for the second year!  Last year the program was able to provide more than 12,000 meals to children and adults in the Hartford community.  Please see this flier for more information and we look forward to seeing you this summer!

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.


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:

Julian Richardson- for getting work in early so that he can be ahead on his assignments

Regan Mock- for showing kindness and leadership.  She is always someone her team can rely on.

Alix Speckert-Ring- for not giving up on a math problem and keeping his good attitude.

Nikhil Hematillake- for continuously being thoughtful and hardworking while keeping a sense of humor.

Nick Webster- for working hard and being respectful.

Jack Smith- for being very kind to another student who was having a bad day.