Newsletter - 5/17/19


Hartford Memorial Middle School Newsletter

Week of May 17, 2019

     

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • May 24: Equinox 8th graders to Jay Peak

  • May 27: No School: Memorial Day

  • May 28: Zapatera 8th graders to Boston

  • May 29: 6-8th grade Band and Chorus Concert at HHS

  • May 30-31: Altitude Camping Trip

  • May 31: Nova End of the Year Trip

  • June 3: Meet Your Teacher Night for Incoming 6th graders- 6-7pm

  • June 4: Honors Night- 7pm at HHS Gym

  • June 6: 8th grade Graduation at 7pm (softball field in good weather, HHS gym if raining)

  • June 7: Last Day of School: Field Day for grades 6-7; Storr’s Pond trip for 8th grade

     

PRINCIPAL’S CORNER

It is a lovely November that we are having.  Except that it is May… At least it has warmed up a bit for the end of the week, but the snow on Tuesday in addition to all the rain makes it hard to remember that we are now only three weeks away from the end of the school year.  


Despite the dreary spring, next week does, in fact, kick off the start of our end of the year field trips, along with our visits from incoming 6th graders from the elementary schools.  This week always feels like the turning point in the year. Our SBAC testing wraps up, team and class projects start to come to culmination, and, as the reality of the end of the year settles over us, we all become just a bit more nostalgic and kinder to each other.  


One of the benefits of having a team in middle school is that we all come to know each other very well--like a family.  And, like a family, we also learn what makes each other tick. So the beginning of May can sometimes feel a bit like the final hours on a family road trip--there is poking and bickering and Mom or Dad is in the front seat ready to pull the car over at any moment.  But the last few weeks of school are the end of the family vacation--that final sunset when the car sickness, fighting, and missed turns melt away and all that is left are the great moments and memories that we shared together. Now is when we look around and think how fast they have grown and how tight we want to hold on to the final days before they set out into the world without us.  Like that final day of the family vacation, these last few weeks of school are bittersweet--we enjoy it while it lasts, it slips by way too fast, (and despite the fun, everyone is tired and ready to be back in their own beds!)


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

WHAT’S NEW AT HMMS?

Hartford Performing Arts Camp

Calling all performers!!! Registration is open for Hartford Performing Arts Camp 2019!

HPAC is during the week of August 5-9 at Hartford High School. Students entering grades 6-9 are eligible to be campers. Campers can play an instrument in the band, sing and dance in the musical theater, or do both! Campers also learn a new skill such as dance, ukulele, a capella singing, world drumming, and more.

Don't miss this fabulous opportunity to engage in the performing arts with our awesome community of students. This camp is open to both Hartford residents and non-residents. Apply at the Hartford Town Parks and Rec Department.

See the attached FLYER for more information!

The week ends with a public performance (everyone is welcome) on Friday, August 9 at 3:00 in the HHS Gym (ice cream social to follow!).

Young Hacks Academy This Summer
Young Hacks Academy is a great camp for kids in grades 5-9 that introduces them to programming skills with a focus on developing real-world leadership skills. You can check it out at https://younghacks.com/. This summer, district teachers Tessa Johnson and Becca McKinney will be teaching a week of YHA. They are hosting a family night at DBS on May 14th for interested families from 6-8pm. Check out the flier for more information!

HACTC Summer Tech Camp Registration Open!
The HACTC has finalized the dates and info for the 2019 HACTC Summer Tech Camp. It will be held June 17-21, 2019. We hope to see a lot of HMMS students here at the HACTC for camp again this year! Please see this flier for details and registration information!