Newsletter - 4/5/19

Hartford Memorial Middle School Newsletter

Week of April 5, 2019



  • April 1-12: STAR Testing

  • April 12: Report Cards Posted to Portal

  • April 15-19: April Break--No School

  • April 30: Altitude Tree Planting Trip 11-2:30

  • May 1: Equinox Tree Planting Trip 8-12:30

  • May 7: Musical ½ day rehearsal

  • May 8: Musical Matinee Dress Rehearsals

  • May 9-11: Once on This Island, Jr Performances

  • May 10: HMMS Annual Author Visit



Dare I say it? This week has actually felt a little bit like spring is coming! Our sports M blocks moved outside this week with the new quarter and the snow is quickly retreating from the softball field. And the vitamin D has done us all some good!

With the spring weather also comes more talk about pending transitions. Our 8th graders have brought home green elective sheets (or should if you haven’t seen them, please check in with your child!) to start selecting high school courses. Last night, I had the pleasure of visiting the DBS PTO meeting to talk to incoming 6th grade parents about the transition. It is a super exciting time of year, as we work on scheduling visits, meeting new students, connecting our 8th graders with the folks at the high school who will become “their people” next year. But it is also a little bittersweet as the reality that our 8th graders will be moving on from us starts to set in.

One of the things that I love about middle school is our teams, which allow students and teachers to develop deep relationships over three years. We get to know each other’s strengths...and pet peeves. We see kids through some of the greatest change and development in their young lives during these three years. And we are thrilled when they are ready to move on--but it is also really hard to think about saying goodbye. Over the next two months, as we busily prepare for the end of the school year and work on transitioning both in and out, we need to remember to take a few minutes and appreciate how much each child has grown, appreciate all of the time and energy that has been poured into each kid, and appreciate the relationships that have been built that will persist far after our 8th graders become high schoolers. Because even when they are no longer students at HMMS, the relationships we’ve built during their time here, still make them “ours.”

Tristan Upson
802-295-8640 ext 3304


Model UN
During the last weekend in March, 11 HMMS students representing grades 6-8 attended the world's largest middle school Model United Nations conference in New York City! The conference was organized by the Lebanese American University, which brought together students from all over the world to simulate diplomacy and problem solve real issues facing the United Nations. The delegates from Hartford represented the country of Afghanistan and assisted in passing resolutions that, for the first time ever, will be published in a book of resolutions written by middle school students and disseminated to actual UN delegates. This was an amazing opportunity for our students to meet delegates from every continent, practice collaborating, and put their problem solving skills to use!

Middle School Yearbooks Coming Soon!
It is time to get your order in for this year’s middle school yearbook! To do so, log in to and enter the code for HMMS: 1014495117742931. Yearbooks are $15 each and the deadline for ordering is May 1st, so act soon!

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!