September 6th Newsletter

September 6th Newsletter
September 6, 2013

Upcoming Events
September 12 - 6th Grade Challenge Course Adventure to Storrs Pond
September 12 - Team Zapatera 7th Grade and Team Altitude Grades 7-8 Tunbridge Fair Trip
September 26 - Open House 6:30 - 8:00 PM
September 27 - Team Polaris Hikes Cardigan Mountain
September 27 - Team Equinox Hiking Trip
October 11 - Team Eclipse Corn Maze and Farm Trip
October 18 - School Closed In-Service Day for Teachers
October 25 - First Quarter Ends
November 1 - First Quarter Report Cards
November 7 - Early-Release Day for Student-Parent Conferences
November 8 - No Classes for Students for Student- Parent Conferences
November 11 - No School Veterans Day
November 13 - HMMS Chorus Concert
November 27-29 Thanksgiving Break

Week Two at HMMS

Staff and students are settling into their routines and we are off to a smooth start. The demolition work and construction of the gym wing is moving along as electricians, plumbers, and assorted other workers continue to clear out old materials and lay the groundwork for the new construction. You can visit our website and Facebook page for some recent photos. We are still adjusting to the new phone system and apologize in advance in you have any trouble or if you get disconnected when being transferred from one phone to another. The new food service seems to be making an inroad as students now have a daily choice of wraps, salads, or a yogurt parfait. Types of wraps include: ham, tuna, or turkey and there are several salad choices. There is also an assortment of fresh vegetables and fruits to accompany each meal or which can be purchased ala carte.

Team 6 has a new name and is now officially Team Polaris!

Library News

The library program is off to a great start this year! First of all, we got brand new beautiful carpeting in the library. The library looks better than ever. Students have been coming in and checking out books every day. Our most popular books so far are comic books, especially Pokemon. Also popular with students is the book Unwind by Neal Shusterman, a creepy dystopian novel. The Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award list has also been circulating very well this year. We have a wonderful list with all kinds of books for students to enjoy. Ask to see the book your student is reading. You'll be surprised by how many wonderful books are out for young adults nowadays!

Special Event

You are invited......
WeCare Hartford & MACC members invite you to our second of five evenings in supporting the Heart & Soul of our youth and families in the Town of Hartford and surrounding communities.

Date: Monday September 16, 2013 @ 6:30 p.m.
Location: Hartford High School Auditorium

A Presentation & Discussion for our families and community members:
Adolescent & Family Mental Health
a (very) brief tour of emotional & social growth through the life span
a wellness approach to mental health
questions & concerns
accessing mental health services & community supports
we invite students in the middle / high school to join this interactive discussion with parents and community members (childcare will be provided for younger children)

September Presenters include:
Cynthia Dale, Ph.D.
Dr. Dale is a licensed clinical psychologist and manager of the School Program for the Hartford office of Health Care & Rehabilitative Services (HCRS). This program collaborates with local schools to provide emotional, psychological, and behavioral support for students in school.

Robyn Carpenter, LCMC
Ms. Carpenter is a licensed clinical mental health counselor and HCRS school based clinician at Hartford High School. She provides assessment, counseling, and referral services to high school students and their families.

Jennifer Chambers, QMHP
Ms. Chambers is the Windsor County Crisis Team Leader with the Crisis Department at HCRS. She provides assessment and support for individuals and families experiencing a mental health crisis and works with community partners to support mental health.

Please mark your calendars for these fall evening presentations & interactive discussions:
Monday October 21, 2013: "Bullying"
Monday November 18, 2013: "Relationships & Resiliency"
Monday December 16, 2013: "Substance Use/Abuse"

These evenings are the result of over twenty agencies and school personnel addressing community concerns to strengthen our youth, broaden our resources, and assist families on topics relevant and critical to healthy & vibrant living. Please join us. If you have questions, please email: , find us on Facebook @ wecare.hartford, or call Scott Farnsworth, Director of Guidance & Counseling at Hartford High School @ (802) 295-8610.

Important Reminder from the Office - Get Your Infinite Campus Connection!

Parents are required to update their child(ren)'s information yearly. Please use the Infinite Campus Parent Portal to check your information (address, phone numbers, etc.) and make and submit any changes. If you do not have internet access, please call Betty Hathorn, 802-295-8662 X101 and a Student Update Form will be mailed to you.

Author Fundraiser Message from our Friendly Neighborhood Librarian!
Chris Putnam-Pouliot

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the HMMS Visiting Author program. We started way back in 1994 with Gail Gibbons and have had an author every year including such stars as Mary Downing Hahn, Avi, Jack Gantos, and David Lubar. This year, for the first time, we will have a visiting cartoonist from White River Junction's own Center for Cartoon Studies. Stay tuned for the announcement of who it's going to be!

We will be starting our fundraising effort on September 9th. This year we are using Red Barn and Genevieve's Fundraising, a Vermont company. I will be visiting each team to explain the fundraising program and all the great incentives. Fundraising will go until September 25th. Help us reach our goal of $3,000! While we love to have as much participation as possible, please remember that the fundraising is completely voluntary. All the money we raise directly benefits our students. We use the funds to pay for the visiting author and for books for all students in the school to read.

Thank you for supporting literacy at HMMS!

6th Grade Challenge Course Adventure Field Trip to Storrs Pond Information

Hartford's Class of 2020
Outdoor Leadership Team Building Event
Thursday, September 12, 2013

Each participant, students and adults, must have a completed permission slip and medical waiver.

Buses will leave school at 8:15 am and return to HMMS at 1:30pm

We will be going to the Dartmouth Team Challenge Course at Storrs Pond Recreation Area.

We ask that everyone wear a nametag so the facilitators know who we are and so we can learn other people's names too!

This event is RAIN or SHINE... so dress appropriately and bring extra clothes!

A BBQ picnic lunch will be provided by Maple Street Catering. A vegetarian option is available.

Students will be working in small pre-assigned groups to complete a team challenge course with problem-solving initiatives which require everyone's participation. Each group will be working with an experienced facilitator who will be your guide through the course. We expect the course will be fun for you, as well as challenging, and provide you with an opportunity to learn more about yourself and the people in your class.

The Outdoor Programs Office conducts all its events within the framework of "Challenge by Choice." There will be a variety of possible ways to participate in each activity such as helping to brainstorm solutions, facilitating from an observer's position, and helping to physically execute the challenge. You will not be required to do anything which makes you feel uncomfortable, but we ask for your full participation at whatever level of challenge you choose for yourself. Expect to be physically active and outside for the entire half-day in whatever weather we are having. A clothing/equipment list is included, to which everyone should pay close attention.

• Long pants–synthetic material is best to protect legs from scratches & sunburn
• Shirt and sweater for protection from sun, wind and cold
• Footwear–running shoes or hiking shoes NO OPEN TOED FOOTWEAR
• Windbreaker/raingear depending on the weather
• Hat and/or sunglasses for sun protection
• Water and Snacks

• Valuables, cell phones, wallet, money, any jewelry.

Parents interested in chaperoning please contact Gabrielle Lucke

For more information about the course go to:

This experience has been generously funded by The Byrne Foundation.

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: 295-8640
Middle School Sports Information/Cancellation line is : (802)359-1118

Facebook Page: Hartford Memorial Middle School

Please note our (802) 295-8662 auto attendant phone number is no longer in use!

Check it out! School and District Websites

The Hartford School District has a new website. The address is and the new website for the middle school is with lots of new features, photographs, and information.