Newsletter - 3/29/19

Hartford Memorial Middle School Newsletter

Week of March 29, 2019



  • April 1-12: STAR Testing
  • April 12: Report Cards Posted to Portal
  • April 15-19: April Break--No School


Today is the last day of the 3rd quarter, which means we are officially 75% of the way through the school year.  We have also reached the end of March. From here, time speeds up. There is really no other way to describe it. I suppose that there are still as many hours in the day and as many days in the week as there are the rest of the year, but from this point forward it certainly seems like those hours and days get cut in half.  The reality is that they just become filled to bursting.

The best part of these bursting days and weeks is that what is bursting out is new learning.  If you walk through the middle school hallways right now, children are quite literally bursting out of classrooms as they use all available space in classes and hallways to work on culminating events across multiple teams.  Musical kids are bursting into song as we draw closer to the May performance dates. New art and STEM projects are bursting onto bulletin boards (and maintenance is quite literally bursting through cement to hang new murals).  And most importantly, brains are bursting with new learning across all content areas as we enter into our final quarter of the year.

Middle school is a roller coaster.  (This metaphor works on several levels…).  Spring in middle school is the roller coaster’s final descent.  We’ve had hills to climb and some smaller descents, and our fair share of twists and turns.  But we are about to crest that final hill--and it is a swift moving journey from here. Hold on to your hats and sunglasses.

Tristan Upson
802-295-8640 ext 3304


Dental Program at HMMS!
We are pleased to be offering for the first time at HMMS the APD Upper Valley Smiles School Dental Program.  Many of our students have participated in the program in the elementary schools, but this is our first time hosting at the middle level.  You may have received a permission slip for this program at your child’s portfolio presentation.  If not, you may follow the link above and return the slip to the school with your child.  The clinics include a screening, fluoride varnish and sealant as needed, and a brief cleaning.  The clinics are completely free and open to anyone who would like to participate. We will be hosting the clinics on Wednesday April 24th and Friday April 26th.  Permission forms are due back by Friday April 5th. If you have not received a form and cannot print from the link above, please call the school nurse and we will be happy to send a hard copy form home.  We are looking forward to bringing the program to HMMS!

Community Workshop on Racial Healing
Check out this flier for more information on a two day workshop, “Toward Racial Healing,” being offered April 6th and May 4th at the Kilton Public Library.  The workshops are free and open to the public--donations are appreciated. For information and to register, see the flier!

FREE: Spring Break Arts Camp!
I am thrilled to let you know that Second Growth has developed a new youth program for Middle School students who are interested in the Arts: Spring Break Arts Camp! For some time now, school administrators and teachers have asked Second Growth to expand our youth leadership development and prevention programs to a broader audience, and we have heard you!

Developed by Second Growth Youth Program staff, Nichole Gagnon and Sarah Little, Spring Break Arts Camp will provide participants with activities and experiential learning designed to foster communication skills, relationship building, encourage leadership, bring awareness and prevention techniques to bear on bullying, and address awareness and prevention of substance use. This curriculum will be offered within an arts-focused platform providing students a creative outlet for their work in whatever field of Arts that they have a passion - music, fine arts, video & film, theater, and creative writing. On day-one, the students will decide what kinds of creative projects they would like to accomplish during the week and make plans to achieve their goals by week’s end. We will culminate the week with an exhibition of their work at The Engine Room in White River Junction.

Registration is quick and easy, and the program is FREE!! Just follow this link SPRING BREAK ARTS CAMP REGISTRATION or visit and look for our Youth Programs page.

We are delighted to offer this program to local Middle School students FREE of charge!! And we are grateful to the following organizations for their gifts of funds, inkind donations, and venues to make Spring Break Arts Camp possible, as well as the other youth programs we run throughout the year:

Sponsored by: The Jack & Dorothy Byrne Foundation, The Couch Foundation, Mascoma Savings Bank, System of Care in Claremont, Ottauchee Health Foundation, Hanover Rotary Club, Claremont Savings Bank, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, HOPE Foundation, The Co-op Food Stores, Rotary Club of White River Junction, Claremont Saving Bank Community Center, Kilton Library, The Engine Room.

Would your children and teens enjoy the opportunity to improve their swimming and be part of a fun, summer, outdoor swim team? If so, please let us know! If there are enough families interested, Storrs Pond Recreation Area in cooperation with The Norwich Recreation Department would like to offer a swim team for area youth.

The team will be a multi-skill-level group serving ages 6-18.  We will practice at the lap pool at Storrs Pond in Hanover, and will be part of the Vermont Swim Association (VSA). The team will focus on safety, fun, teamwork, fitness, and building competitive swimming skills. The season will run for seven weeks from mid-June through the first weekend in August and practices will be most weekday mornings from 8:00am-9:00am and occasional evenings. It is ok to miss practices or part of the season due to camps, vacations or other summer plans.  Meets are at pools in the central and southern Vermont region.

The team will have beginner through advanced groups. This is not a "learn-to-swim" program. To be on the team, your swimmer must, at minimum, be able to enter the pool on his/her own without assistance from a parent, swim with his/her face in the water, and swim 25 yards (one length of the pool) unassisted, using a reasonable version of the Freestyle ("crawl") stroke. Swimmers new to competitive swimming as well as those with many years of experience are welcome.

If you think this team might be a good fit for your family and would like more information, please email Alexa Manning at  We can only offer swim team this summer if we have enough interest, so please let us know as soon as possible.  Thank you!