October 19, 2018
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Hartford Memorial Middle School Newsletter
Week of October 19, 2018


See that picnic table pictured below?  Two of our 8th graders MADE that this quarter!  How awesome is that? And how representative of what we want student learning to look like?  They identified a need--we need a picnic table in the school garden so students and teachers can use that outdoor learning space more often--and then they planned, sought resources, and executed.  They solved a real world problem and learned a whole bunch of new skills in the process.

More and more teachers are trying to help students use real world contexts to apply their learning, both in the content areas and in the transferable skills.  The research on learning, the brain, and future success all indicate that this leads to deeper understanding, better ability to transfer skills from one context to another, and greater engagement from students.  But this is also challenging. It is challenging for teachers who were not necessarily trained in instructing this way. It is challenging for students who have become accustomed to being told exactly what they were supposed to do and are now being asked to collaborate in that process.  And it is challenging for families because school is starting to look much different from what they experienced themselves.

We are learning as we go and this change process takes time and some trial and error.  But always the goal remains of trying to better prepare students for the world in which they reside and the future that they will face when they leave our doors, one picnic table at a time.

Tristan Upson                                                                          upsont@hartfordschools.net


Mr. Conerty Named Vermont’s Outstanding New Music Educator 2018

We are very proud to announce that Mr. Michael Conerty was recently named Vermont's Outstanding New Music Educator for 2018.  This award is given to one teacher annually from VT who positively impacts music education and children within his/her first 5 years of teaching.  He was recognized at the Vermont Music Educators Association Fall Conference at Castleton University on Friday, October 5 and received a plaque and a large trophy (he keeps the plaque, but only keeps the trophy for 1 year  before it gets passed onto the next recipient!). Way to go Mr. C!!

Upcoming Lacrosse Clinic Offered

Hartford Youth Lacrosse is offering a three day clinic November 6-8th from 4-5:30pm at Maxfield Sports Complex for students in grades K-8.  The cost is $75. The clinic will be run by HHS Lacrosse coach, Grant Whiteway, and HHS lacrosse players. Please see this flier for more details and to register.  

Art Room Supplies Needed!

The art room is looking for the following recyclable materials:

Egg Cartons (of any kind, styrofoam, cardboard, plastic, etc).

Yogurt cups (the large Noosa kinda especially)

Toilet paper rolls

Paper Towel rolls

If you are able to provide any, please send them in with your child and ask them to drop them off with Ms. K!  Thank you in advance for the help!

Calling Girls 12 and Under!

Are you interested in learning more about ice hockey?  Join the Hartford Women’s Ice Hockey and Upper Valley Hockey Association to celebrate National Women’s Hockey Weekend on October 20th from 1-3pm on the Hartford Schools tennis courts.  See the flier for details and to register.