Newsletter - 6/7/19

Hartford Memorial Middle School Newsletter

Week of June 7, 2019




Happy Summer!! After a busy week and a busy year, students are officially on vacation! It doesn’t seem to matter how long I have been in school, the end of the year is always hard for me. This year I vowed not to cry at end of the year events. I made it 6 words into good-bye speeches at the retirement reception before that vow was abandoned. I did slightly better at graduation--and I am getting pretty good at reading speeches through tears. I think may just need to accept that I am terrible at good-byes.

Turns out though, I am quite good at the dunk here’s to having strengths! We ended the year with a beautiful field day and 8th grade trip. We couldn’t have asked for better weather, and are thrilled to have spent the day in the sun. We do apologize for any sun burnt children--I swear we tried to cover them in sunscreen. I would also recommend 8th grade parents do a tick check as Storr’s Pond has been reporting lots of ticks this spring.

As you head off to the summer, enjoy the downtime and the slower pace! We will be back before you know it!

Tristan Upson
802-295-8640 ext 3304     



IMPORTANT Time Change for Next School Year
Today next school year seems like it is a ways away, but the summer’s are short! Next year the middle school will be adjusting its start and end time. We will be adding ten instructional minutes to our day and aligning our schedule more closely with the high school start and end time in order to better share our buses. This means that the first bell next year will be at 7:50am (currently at 7:40am). Doors to the middle school will be opened upon the arrival of the first morning bus (as always), but next year the first morning bus will be at 7:30am, so students should not be dropped off earlier than that. Afternoon dismissal will be at 2:50, and all buses will leave at that time. There will not be a second run of buses or an afternoon bus room. This change will mean that students receive additional instructional time, middle and high school students will not share buses with elementary school students, and there will be less unused time for kids sitting in bus room in the mornings and afternoons.

IMPORTANT News from the Nurses Office

Please be aware that on Friday, June 7th, the school nurse will be sending home (with your child in his/her backpack) any medications that we have had here at school for your student. This will include Epipens, inhalers, emergency medications, your child's personal supply of Tylenol or ibuprofen, prescription medications, etc. For safety, PLEASE make sure to retrieve these medications from your child as soon as he/she gets home on the last day of school. If you prefer to come and pick the medications up on the last day of school rather than having them sent home with your child, please call our school nurse at 802-359-4889 to make those arrangements.

Hartford Community Coalition’s Take a Bite Out of Hunger is BACK!

The HCC is working hard to hire staff to coordinate “Take a Bite Out of Hunger” efforts that begin in a couple weeks; volunteers are signing up to pack hundreds of lunches, and businesses are coming together to provide "snack-packs" each week. Last summer's "Take a Bite Out of Hunger" summer program created 10,000 breakfasts and lunches for the Town of Hartford; we also collaborate with APD and its volunteers in Lebanon for an additional 8,000 meals/lunches. Summer lunches are available to all community members starting on Monday June 17th. You can pick up lunches from 11am-1pm Monday through Friday at the White River School. No sign ups are necessary--just show up! Additional Friday snack packs are available each week for pick up.
Also, don’t miss the Annual HCC Block Party Wednesday June 12th from 5-8pm at Lyman Point Park!

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!).

Upper Valley Swim Team

Did you know that Norwich and the Upper Valley have a brand new, outdoor, summer swim team? The Upper Valley Rapids is a multi-skill-level team for kids and teen ages six to 18. Join us at our Open House at Tracy Hall Sunday, June 2nd at 4pm. The team is run through the Norwich Recreation Department, and practice is at the pool at Storrs Pond in Hanover. If you can swim one-length of the pool without needing help, you can join the team! There are morning and evening practices, and you can pick the practice times and meets that work for you. Registration is LIMITED so sign up soon if you'd like to be part of this great, new team. Learn more and get registered at our website at