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October 26 Newsletter


School officially begins at 7:45 AM (students should be in class at 7:45) and should be dropped off no later than 7:40 AM.

Please notify the office by 8:30 AM if your child is going to be absent.

Substitute Teachers Needed! Anyone interested please contact Myriem Moody in our superintendent's office at (802) 295-8600 for an application.


October 26, 2012


November 7th – HMMS Parent Group Meeting 6:00 PM

November 8th – Photo Retakes

November 8th – Early-Release Day 12:30 PM

November 9th – Parent/Student Conferences – No School

November 12th – Veteran's Day No School

November 14th – Choral Concert – 7:00 PM

November 20th – HMMS Annual Turkey Race

November 21-23 Thanksgiving Recess

HMMS Eighth Graders Study the Election

This week 8th graders on Teams Equinox and Zapatera had the opportunity to listen and speak with two local political candidates, Kevin Christie and Alex DeFelice. The candidates talked about how they came to run for office and students asked a variety of excellent questions including, "Why should you be elected?", "What do you hope to accomplish?", "How will your work help students?", and "How do you feel about President Obama's healthcare program?" This was a great opportunity for kids to hear directly from community members and learn more about the upcoming election from a different perspective than the national Presidential contest.

HMMS will also be conducting a mock election. In the upcoming days, all HMMS students will be registering to vote and voting (using the same forms that Hartford adults use). Teachers are working on getting voting booths and ballots so that students will have a realistic experience. It should be an exciting election for the students to be a part of.

HMMS Parent Group News

Volunteer Wish List Requests – The HMMS Parent group maintains a volunteer wish list for teachers to request help in the form of items they might need, helping out in class, and offering their services around a specialty or expertise. We currently have a request for someone to help search and preview appropriate materials on storytelling around the Middle Ages. If this is something you are interested in, or have some knowledge in please contact HMMS teacher Bev Barton at or call (802) 295-8662 ext. 206. We also have a request for band chaperones for the annual holiday band tour (see below – under music news).

The next meeting of the HMMS Parent Group will be from 6 to 7 PM on Wednesday, November 7, 2012. We will have a demonstration on how to use the parent portal on Infinite Campus to check on student progress and grades, hear about additional assessment tools used by the school, (such as MAPs or measures of Academic Progress), and plan out the first quarter honor roll breakfast.

Parent Conferences a First for HMMS

On Friday, November 9th, we will be holding school-wide student/parent conferences for the first time in many years. Each team is scheduling their own conferences and you should be hearing from your child's team teachers on how they are being arranged. Given the limited time and number of students on each team, the teams have been given the flexibility to structure and run their conferences in a way that best meets their needs. Some conferences will be more in the form of student presentations, some in the form of reviewing student work, and others may be more of teacher and parent conversations. We will be assessing the effectiveness of the various models to make improvements and adjustments as necessary.

Rising Above the Risks with Robert Bryant of Second Growth

(Robert and Second Growth are the SAP providers for the HSD)

There will be a series of Sunday evening conversations for parents, teachers, coaches, community members, and other caregivers on the prevention of adolescent risk behaviors. Open to all, no sign up, just show up. Free.

Sunday, October 28, 2012 7:00-8:30pm

"WHAT DO YOU LOSE WHEN YOU CHOOSE TO USE? Talking with Teens about Substance Abuse"

Sunday, November 11, 2012 7:00-8:30pm

"COMMUNICATION SAVES LIVES: Preventing Teen Suicide"

(These talks are sponsored by the Norwich Women's Club and Norwich Congregational Church, UCC)

New from our Tech Department

Good resource for families from Edutopia:

Pico Ski Pass Program Change

For the past several years, Pico Ski Area has offered honor roll students a substantial discount on their ski passes. They are no longer running this program and have started a new program as described below.

Greetings from Pico Ski Area......

We have put together very special lift rates for the upcoming ski season for school groups........$32 for an ALL DAY SUNDAY lift ticket.........$39 for adult chaperones........

By lowering the rates substantially we are trying to encourage more local participation in our sport..........

Also, we are offering a fantastic LEARN to SKI / RIDE PROGRAM for only $49....this includes lift / lesson / rentals...........

These offers are good for ALL Hartford students from elementary school to seniors in high school.......

Jack Simonds
Pico Ski Tours

Team Altitude Project

After a time-consuming and impressive three weeks of curriculum development, Altitude students hit the ground running with their first student-developed unit: Let's Travel Through Economic Times-America's Effect on the Economy. Students chose to learn the basics of economics through the lens of a small business. For the past five weeks, students have been working in groups to develop their own small businesses. Throughout the construction of these businesses, students have been in touch with "Business Buddies" throughout the UpperValley via formal letters and email. These UV businesses are graciously answering questions and giving advice about starting-up. Such businesses include: The Wilder Sandwich Shop, AlicePeckDayHospital, Hypertherm, and many more.

Altitude has hosted multiple expert guests this fall to help students develop a business plan and understand concepts such as: borrowing money, differentiating wants from needs, how economics affect the environment, and how to build socially responsible businesses. Guests include: Spencer Putnam - our school librarian's father who teaches in the online program at Green Mountain College in Sustainable Business, Brandy Blackinton & Jayne Rayno - bankers at Lake Sunapee Bank, Crystal Rogers - mother of Jasymn Rogers (8th grade Altitude) and banker at TDBank, and Michelle Kainen - mother of Brittany Kainen (8th grade Altitude) and a bankruptcy lawyer at Kainen Law. All guests were generous with their time and informative in their practice. Altitude truly appreciates their contribution to this unit. The students will complete their unit on Monday, November 5 from 5:30-6:30 in the HMMS Gymnasium with their culminating event, AltitudeVillage. They look forward to showcasing their small businesses and economic knowledge with family and friends of the HMMS community!

Lost and Found

Lost and Found is growing daily with an expanding collection of footwear, pants, shirts, coats, hats, and more! Anything not claimed will be taken to the Haven and Listen Center at the end of each term one week after report cards are sent out.

Sports Shorts

Basketball Information

Basketball signups will start on Wednesday, October 17, 2012Basketball paperwork deadline is October 26, 2012Basketball Tryouts are November 28 through November 30, 2012Individual Team Practices Begin December 3, 2012

Field Hockey Season Wrap Up

The field hockey team ended their season with a 5-2-1 record, and avenged their loss to Lebanon by beating them in overtime 2-1. We especially want to thank all the 8th graders: Becky (from Hartland), Breanna, Thea, Karen, Brooke (from Windsor), Charlotte, Rachel, Natasha, and Stefani for all their hard work this year. We are very excited to have our 7th graders back for another great season next year.

Clubs and Activities at HMMS

Student Council – in the process of starting up and is open to all students

Art Club - in the process of starting up and is open to all students

Technology Student Association (TSA) - started up and is open to 7th and 8th graders

Rabid Readers Club – for book worms and lovers of Young Adult literature (not yet started)

Yearbook - in the process of starting up and is open to all students

Glee Club – open to all students who like to start their day singing

Jazz Band – meets every Monday morning before school

Rock Climbers' Club – See Below

The HMMS rock climbing team is looking for climbers! The team practices once a week at the Quechee rock climbing gym in Quechee, Vt. Competitions are against other middle schools in the area and occur once a month. Please contact Sarah Grosvenor for more information!

Music Department News

The grade 6-8 annual holiday band tour to our elementary schools is on Friday, December 21st. If you have ever wanted to be a 'roadie' for a band now is your chance! We are looking for some parent chaperones to join us. If you are interested please or Thanks!

Choral Music District Festival

There are 11 students that will attend the Annual District VI music festival this November 16-17, 2012. This festival is a select choir chosen by their ability to match pitch and sing independently. The following students have been selected: Ali Davis, Madison Druge, Carter Farnsworth, Kyle Mason, Lauren Miller, Kristin Burlew, Kenna Hausler, Brittany Kainen, Erin Plante, Maeve Sneddon, and David York. Congratulations!

Turkey Race 2012

On Tuesday, November 20, 2012, we will hold our annual HMMS Turkey Race. Students will run in groups according to grade and gender. The first place finishers win a frozen turkey, second place a pie, third place a jug of cider. We also raffle off a fourth turkey for the remainder of the runners in each race. The race is approximately a quarter mile and starts in front of the football bleachers, goes up into the woods around the BOR skating rink, comes out of the woods on the far side of the rink, and follows the perimeter of the field hockey and baseball fields back to the football bleachers. Students will get a

chance to walk the route in PE classes before the day of the race.

Middle School Fun Nights at Upper Valley Aquatic Center

Drop in for a themed night of music, food, games, and fun in the pool.

Supervisors: Catherine Pearson, UpperValleyAquaticCenter

Jay McDonough, HartfordParks and Recreation Dept.

Grades: 5-8

Friday Nights:

October 26th-Costume Party

November 30th-Country Night

December 21st-Happy Holidays

January 25th-Winter Fiesta

Fee: $3.00

For more information, call the Hartford Recreation Department at 802-295-5036

Infinite Campus and the Parent Portal

Infinite Campus is our electronic web-based student data base system we use for recording all student information including attendance, schedules, and report cards. Teachers maintain their class grades in an electronic grade book that is linked into the system and has a feature for parents to go online and look at their child's assignments and grades. Parents who need directions on how to use the portal and set up their own access key and password should email HMMS Office Manager, Betty Hathorn and she will process your request.

Office Contact Information

Our office staff includes: Betty Hathorn, Administrative Secretary; Kathy Slayton, office receptionist/secretary; and Gail Seaver, receptionist/bookkeeper. Important office notes:

School Office Hours are from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.School Phone Number: 295-8640School Auto Attendant: 295-8662School Fax: 295-8641School Web site: www.hmmsvt.comSchool Email: grantj@hartfordschools.netFacebook Page: HartfordMemorialMiddle School