Friday, January 18, 2019

Harwood Middle School Update, January 18, 2019

Harwood Middle School Update, January 18, 2019

Meet our runner up participant Eamon Knight
And HUMS School Champion 
GeoBee Geographer Beckett Kahn
Congratulations! 

Curious about the final question - see if you can answer it? 
Iceland's largest city is located on Faxafloi Bay, (Faxa Bay) and is heated by hot springsName the city..?  

Our 7th-grade Ethnographer's debuted their community interviews this past Tuesday for
the whole 7th grade, as well as some family members.  It was a powerful
presentation of voice and visuals to honor and connect with  the histories of
important community members 



HUMS Artists display their amazing works at the recent
Harwood Art Show.  Be amazed by their talents and efforts!   Pictured here is only a sample of their work.  Curious about what your students did - ask them how it went? 



CALENDAR UPDATE
January 2019
January 21
Martin Luther King Day
No School
January 22
School In-service
No School

          FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE: FLU VS. COLD
      Influenza (also known as flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Flu is different from a cold. Flu usually comes on suddenly.  There have been reported cases of flu in our area.
In addition to the treatments that your doctor will recommend for the flu, we encourage everyone to keep practicing the following protocols to help keep us all as healthy as possible: 
  1. While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  2. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. 
  3. Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  4. Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
  5. Stay home until you are better. If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever (>100F)  is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. Your fever should be gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
  References:    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (2018, September 18). Flu Symptoms and Complications. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/flu/consumer/symptoms.htm
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (2018, December 10). Treatment. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/flu/consumer/treatment.htm


Community Announcements
Please note that the opportunities/events listed below are not specifically endorsed or screened by school staff. As always, families should use their own standards and review processes to determine appropriate activities.

A Seventh and Eighth Grade Dance will be held next Friday, January 25th, at CBMS.  $10 admission at the door. Thanks in advance to parents for not dropping students off early and for picking them up promptly at 9:00!  CBMS/HUMS staff

The Hungry Heart   A screening and conversation about opioid addiction in our community, Sunday, January 29th, 6pm, at the Big Picture Theater. Join the Mad River Valley Libraries for a screening of "The Hungry Heart", a documentary by Bess O'Brien that shares the often hidden world of prescription drug addiction and recovery. Primarily shot in Franklin County, Vermont, the film takes an intimate and powerful look at those who have been swept into the downward spiral of addiction and highlights the struggles and hopes of recovering addicts and their quest for a better future. Matt Whalen from the Vermont Department of Health will also be on hand to help facilitate a discussion of the opioid crisis and how it manifests in our community. Light refreshments will be served, and the event is free and open to all. Generously sponsored by the Big Picture Theater, MRV Libraries, Capstone Community Action, and the MRV Community Fund. 

Friday, January 11, 2019

Harwood Middle School Update, January 11, 2019

Harwood Middle School Update,  January 11, 2018



This week, all HUMS musicians met with a local composer, Matt LaRocca, to make connections between what we feel and experience in our lives and the music we hear. Both Matt and another VT composer, Erik Nielsen, will be artists in residence in the music department this year to mentor students as they compose their own pieces of music.
HUMS connects with the importance of the environment through a hands-on opportunity. 
7th-grade HUMS scientist learn about the Trout in the Classroom Program
from Jeremy Whalen, a Vermont biologist, who delivered our school's Brook Trout eggs.  We hope to release the grown trout towards the end of the school year.  

NOTES FROM OUR MIDDLE SCHOOL COUNSELING OFFICE

Important Message for 8th Grade Families

We are just about at the mid-point of the school year and 9th-grade planning is right around the corner! I'm thrilled to hear that many students are thinking about high school and getting ready to take the next step. The transition committee is getting together and will share a timeline in the next few weeks of what to expect around course registration, opportunities and all of the other details associated with getting ready for 9th grade. Stay tuned!
Also, if any students are applying to private school for high school, please have them set up a meeting time with Jen at jdreimiller@wwsu.org.


Parent Career Fair Help: Wednesday, April 3
Part of planning for high school is getting students forward thinking. We would love your help in exposing students to a range of career opportunities. Here is the link to some details regarding this event Career Fair 2019
Sign up to participate here


Dear HUMS 8th grade  Parent or Guardian:

Harwood Union will participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) on January 28. NAEP is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students know and can do in various subjects. NAEP is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, within the U.S. Department of Education. NAEP is different from our state assessments because it is a common measure of achievement across the country. The results are released as The Nation’s Report Card, which provides information about student achievement to educators, parents, policymakers, and the public.

Your child may take an assessment in mathematics or reading. In addition to subject-area questions, NAEP survey questionnaires are voluntarily completed by students. The questionnaires provide valuable information about participating students’ educational experiences and opportunities to learn both in and out of the classroom. As part of the 2019 National Indian Education Study, American Indian and Alaska Native students may receive additional questions tailored to their educational experiences and their opportunities to learn about their culture and traditions. More information about NAEP survey questionnaires is available at https://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/parents under the section “What Questions Are on the Test?” The assessment takes about 120 minutes for most students, including transition time and directions. 

The information collected is used for statistical purposes only. 
  • Your child’s grades will not be affected. 
  • Students may be excused for any reason, are not required to complete the assessment, and may skip any question. 
  • While the assessment is voluntary, NAEP depends on student participation to help policymakers improve education. However, if you do not want your child to participate, please notify Liz Hepp in writing by January 10th.

There is no need to study in preparation for NAEP, but please encourage your child to do his or her best. A brochure that explains what participation in NAEP means for you and your child is available at http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/pdf/parents/2012469.pdf. Contact Liz Hepp at 882-1127 or at lhepp@wwsu.org if you have any questions.

We are excited that our school is participating in NAEP. We know that Harwood’s students will show what our nation’s students know and can do.

Sincerely,

Duane Pierson


CALENDAR UPDATE
January 2019

January 21
Martin Luther King Day
No School
January 22
School In-service
No School


Friday, January 4, 2019

Harwood Middle School Update, January 4, 2019

Harwood Middle School Update, January 4, 2019

Curious 8th Grade geographers preparing for the GEO Bee scheduled for
February 21st at Harwood Union Middle.
  

7th Grade Scientist participating in a classroom competition about
identifying ECO systems. Great to get them active after a long
Winter Break 

Nothing better than coming back from vacation to build a country. 
7th-grade Political Engineers creating a new world in 2019.  


Important Message for 8th Grade Families

We are just about at the mid-point of the school year and 9th-grade planning is right around the corner! I'm thrilled to hear that many students are thinking about high school and getting ready to take the next step. The transition committee is getting together and will share a timeline in the next few weeks of what to expect around course registration, opportunities and all of the other details associated with getting ready for 9th grade. Stay tuned!
Also, if any students are applying to private school for high school, please have them set up a meeting time with Jen at jdreimiller@wwsu.org.

SUBJECT: HUUSD School Board Meeting Update - Dec 19, 2018
Dear members of our six town community,
Below please find the votes and key agenda items from the HUUSD board meeting on December 19, 2018.
-Approved the following items as part of the consent agenda for December 19, 2018:  Approve past meeting minutes; Accept board warrants totaling $244,698.85.
-Approved updating the budget based on additional information received from our administrative team.- Approved amending the condition of our early retirement incentive from requiring 20 years of district teaching for retirement to requiring 15 years of teaching for retirement.- Approved directing the superintendent and administrative team to return to the original project budget after a discussion around 3 cent cut option fully explored.- Passed a resolution acknowledging the board’s strong desire to focus on our district’s asset management and all allocation in the next 12 months to more proactively engage in budget planning for next year.  - Approved the creation of “Board Buddies” for student council representatives. (Welcome, students!)-Approved distributing “Join the HUUSD board" FAQs for distribution.-Approved revised communications structure and process.-Approved Community Engagement/Creative Discourse report, including 1) accepting the report,2) approving distribution, and 3) sending policy through a process for fast-tracked adoption.
Our next HUUSD board meeting is scheduled for 6:00 pm on Wednesday, January 9th at the HUHS library.  
Please note this meeting follows our recently adopted HUUSD board agenda format, with the first hour spent with committees meeting individually from 6:00 - 7:00 pm.  The full board will come back together at 7:00 pm.
Please visit wwsu.org for board packets, agendas, and minutes - and to find the link to watch board meetings. The direct link to watch this and past meetings is: https://mrvtv.com/category/school-board-meetings/
Thank you for your continued support and engagement.
Respectfully,
The HUUSD Board
Christine Sullivan (Waitsfield)  *Chair, Caitlin Hollister (Waterbury)  *Vice Chair, Alycia Biondo (Warren), Jill Ellis (Fayston), Gabe Gilman (Moretown), Linda Hazard (Moretown), Garett MacCurtain (Duxbury), Maureen McCracken (Waterbury), Theresa Membrino (Fayston), Melissa Phillips (Waterbury), Torrey Smith (Duxbury), Alexandra Thomsen  (Waterbury), Rosemarie White (Warren), Rob Williams (Waitsfield)

Parents, Guardians, and Interview Subjects,
Join us at the Ethnography Celebration Tuesday, January 15th from 10am to Noon!
Students will be sharing their ethnographic project results, and you will learn a lot
about your home in the Vermont Community! We will have coffee and breakfast snacks
for adult visitors and you are welcome to join your child for lunch at noon.
Lunch is $4.50 for adults
If you plan to attend, please RSVP with Liz Hepp at 882-1127 or lhepp@wwsu.org
Or email questions to Nick Gordon (ngordon@wwsu.org) or Jon Potts
(jpotts@wwsu.org)


Parent Career Fair Help: Wednesday, April 3
Part of planning for high school is getting students forward thinking. We would love your help in exposing students to a range of career opportunities. Here is the link to some details regarding this event Career Fair 2019
Sign up to participate here

Friday, December 21, 2018

Harwood Middle School Update, December 21, 2018

Harwood Middle School Update
DECEMBER 21, 2018 








CONNECTING AS A SCHOOL COMMUNITY
FIRST STUDENT-LED MIDDLE SCHOOL ASSEMBLY!
Under the direction our student-led assembly crew, HUMS students held
their first Student-Led assembly this past Thursday.

Along with the Assembly Crew who has planned and will host the assembly,
an Assembly Band has been gathered
under the direction of Curtis Siegmann and Jacki McCarty,
modeled after the High School Assembly Band which is f
featured in bi-monthly high school assemblies.


Thursday's assembly included an introduction to the assembly format by the hosts,
a feature highlighting the HUMS Student Council and Student Newspaper Staff members
(who will be releasing their first issue of the Harwood Hard Copy this week),
a performance by the MS Assembly Band and a
TA Donut Eating Challenge in which TA representatives will compete for the TA Assembly
Challenge Title (trophy included).
In the future, the Assembly Crew hopes to include a variety of student acts showcasingHUMS talent. The feedback has been very positive!

MS ASSEMBLY CREW:  
Abby Holter, Amalia Iskandarova, Pacie McGrath
MS ASSEMBLY BAND:
Jonah Halter, Curtis Siegmann, Beckett Kahn, Tyler Gaidys, Duane Pierson
Tim Wilson, Kyla Allon, Jacki McCarty, Anlu Thamm, Piper Boudreau, Arianna Clark
Macie Whalen, Jaden Purdy-Greig, Chris Herring

Curious about Food? 
HUMS culinary students video chat with food scientist Maegan Olsen. Maegan answered questions about her work researching and developing new products at Cabot Cheese as well as the learning path she took to become a food scientist. 


Eva Sollberger, a videographer who has created well over five hundred short films about Vermonters, spoke to our curious 7th graders this week about her passion for telling peoples' stories, her challenges, her process, and even her favorite equipment. This was a great way to celebrate the end of work on our ethnographic research in Language Arts and Social Studies classes.



SUBJECT: HUUSD School Board Meeting Update - Dec 19, 2018
__________________________________________
Dear members of our six town community,

Below please find the votes and key agenda items from the HUUSD board meeting on December 19, 2018.

1. Approved the following items as part of the consent agenda for December 19, 2018:  Approve past meeting minutes; Accept board warrants totaling $244,698.85.
2. Approved updating the budget based on additional information received from our administrative team.
3. Approved amending the condition of our early retirement incentive from requiring 20 years of district teaching for retirement to requiring 15 years of teaching for retirement.
4. Approved directing the superintendent and administrative team to return to the original project budget after a discussion around 3 cent cut option fully explored.
5.  Passed a resolution acknowledging the board’s strong desire to focus on our district’s asset management and all allocation in the next 12 months to more proactively engage in budget planning for next year.  
6. Approved the creation of “Board Buddies” for student council representatives. (Welcome, students!)
7. Approved distributing “Join the HUUSD board" FAQs for distribution.
8. Approved revised communications structure and process.
9. Approved Community Engagement/Creative Discourse report, including 1) accepting the report, 2) approving distribution, and 3) sending policy through a process for fast-tracked adoption.
Our next HUUSD board meeting is scheduled for 6:00 pm on Wednesday, January 9th at the HUHS library.  

Please note this meeting follows our recently adopted HUUSD board agenda format, with the first hour spent with committees meeting individually from 6:00 - 7:00 pm.  The full board will come back together at 7:00 pm.

Please visit wwsu.org for board packets, agendas, and minutes - and to find the link to watch board meetings. The direct link to watch this and past meetings is: https://mrvtv.com/category/school-board-meetings/
Thank you for your continued support and engagement.
Respectfully,
The HUUSD Board, Christine Sullivan (Waitsfield)  *Chair, Caitlin Hollister (Waterbury) *Vice Chair, Alycia Biondo (Warren), Jill Ellis (Fayston), Gabe Gilman (Moretown), Linda Hazard (Moretown), Garett MacCurtain (Duxbury)   , Maureen McCracken (Waterbury)Theresa Membrino (Fayston), Melissa Phillips (Waterbury), Torrey Smith (Duxbury) , Alexandra Thomsen (Waterbury), Rosemarie White (Warren), Rob Williams (Waitsfield)

Dear Community Member, 

On Wednesday, April 3rd from 8:00am-12:00pm Crossett Brook and Harwood Union Middle Schools will be hosting our biennial career fair at Crossett Brook Middle School. The career fair will target middle school students who are just beginning to think about how their education relates to real life opportunities. We are gathering interested state and local business and industry leaders, service providers, artists, scientists, politicians, athletes, farmers, journalists, and others to present information about their fields and places of work. 

We would love to have you attend and share information about your particular career! Middle school students can sometimes feel disconnected from their education because they do not understand how it supports their future. We would like them to learn that the process of moving into the world of work begins now with their dreams, recreation, involvement, and volunteering. The more we can engage our youth in the community around them, the more successful we will be at transitioning them into prosperous contributing members of our society. 

This is where your support is crucial! If you are passionate about your career and love what you do, then you are the right presenter for us! If you or your business are interested in participating in the career fair, please complete the form linked here. If you are not the person within your place of business who could coordinate participation, please forward this letter on to the individual who could best fill this role. We will contact you as we draw closer to the event to confirm your participation and update you on specific details. If you know of others who would be interested in participating in our fair, please feel free to pass along this information and the link above.  Thank you in advance for considering this event. With your participation, we hope it will be a great success! 

Regards, Jennifer Hempey & Jen Dreimiller School Counselors, Crossett Brook and Harwood Union Middle Schools.  

Jennie Hempey Jen Dreimiller jhempey@wwsu.org jdreimiller@wwsu.org 802-244-6100 ext 2443 802-882-1144
Have a great December school vacation!  

Flying into 2019, HUMS pilots are ready for the new year!  



Friday, December 14, 2018

Harwood Middle School Update, December 14, 2018

Harwood Middle School Update, December 14, 2018 

HUMS students had an opportunity to speak with
Senator Leahy this past Wednesday,  Students were Curious about
his life story, why he became a Senator and what his hopes and dreams
are for the United States.  Way to go HUMS!   
7th Grade Ethnographers are collecting their interviews this week for the final project.
Curious as to what Ethnography is?  Ask your 7th grader.....
 
"The Quiet Force" Documentary Showing

Former HUMS Student  Hilary Byrne, has recently been celebrated for her documentary "The Quiet Force" Hilary's step-sister Anlu Thamm is an HUMS 8th grade student and initially shared the film trailer (and it's opening in Jackson Hole) during a Harwood Hardcopy student newspaper meeting.  The documentary seemed like an important one to show as it ties into our recent immigration unit and is timely; the film is also made by HUMS alumni.   The film shows how vital the South American Immigrant population is to the ski areas out west (Mammoth, Jackson Hole & Alta), and gives information about current immigration policy and the need for some policy revision.  Right now they are in the process of showing it at film festivals so it is pretty special that were able to enjoy a premiere viewing   Many thanks to Hilary, Anlu and Jack Byrne for making this special event happen.   

After the viewing of the film HUMS students had the opportunity to process and critique the documentary in their Language Arts classes.  Students also compiled a list of questions they had about the film and film production (as well as Hilary's time as an HUMS student!) which Hilary will respond to and will be shared with students next week..

HUUSD School Board Meeting Update - Nov 28, 2018
Dear members of our six town community,
      Below please find the votes and key agenda items from the HUUSD board meeting on November 28.
    1. Approved the following items as part of the consent agenda for November 28, 2018:  Approve past meeting Minutes; Accept Board warrants totaling $438,229.33; Accept Board Leadership Report; Accept Director of Finance report; Adopted Policy E1 Fiscal Management; Approve HUHS Field Trip; Approve Annual Financial Management Questionnaire; Approve First Amendment to Solar Services Energy Agreement for net metering credits allocated to Thatcher Brook Primary School.
   2. After discussion, approved an amended work plan that includes the formation of committees to do project-specific work related to the board’s goals, with first committee meetings to commence on December 12.
   3. Agreed to add a future agenda item (date TBD) for the board to discuss what role, if any, the board has with respect to the school profile and transcript; and to allocate some meeting time on Dec 12 to discuss agenda development and procedure.
       A considerable amount of time in the meeting was spent reviewing and discussing the first draft of the district budget as presented by the Director of Finance. The first draft was a “level service” scenario. Key metrics included: 3.59% increase in total expenditures, 2% decrease in number of equalized pupils, 5% increase in spending per equalized pupil. There were multiple questions and comments around what was going to happen at the state level, and around the fact that we will not get the specific numbers that we need from the state to calculate tax rates until January.
       Our next HUUSD board meeting is scheduled for 6:00 pm on Wednesday, December 12 at the HUHS library.  Please note this meeting will be the first to follow a new agenda format, with the first hour spent with committees meeting individually. The full board will come back together at 7:00 pm.
      For more information, please visit wwsu.org for board agendas and minutes and to find the link to watch board meetings. The direct link to watch this and past meetings is: https://mrvtv.com/category/school-board-meetings/
      Thank you for your continued support and engagement.
Respectfully,    The HUUSD Board:   Christine Sullivan (Waitsfield)  *Chair, Caitlin Hollister (Waterbury)  *Vice Chair, Alycia Biondo (Warren), Jill Ellis (Fayston), Gabe Gilman (Moretown). Linda Hazard (Moretown), Garett MacCurtain (Duxbury), Maureen McCracken (Waterbury),Theresa Membrino (Fayston), Melissa Phillips (Waterbury), Torrey Smith (Duxbury), Alexandra Thomsen  (Waterbury), Rosemarie White (Warren), Rob Williams (Waitsfield)

Community Announcements
Please note that the opportunities/events listed below are not specifically endorsed or screened by school staff. As always, families should use their own standards and review processes to determine appropriate activities.
 

Holiday Taste of the Valley Event Featuring Student Cooking Country Christmas has a new event for everyone to participate in. Teams of young cooks and bakers will be sampling their foods and treats at local shops from 12 -2 pm on Saturday 12/8.
There are 7 teams competing. In order to vote for your favorite “taste” you need to sample from at least 5 of the tables (2 from the Bridge Street area and 3 from the Mad River Green Shops). Each station will have voting papers available and stamps to indicate that you’ve sampled the “taste”. Votes can be dropped off at Whippletree Designs (where the People’s Choice Trophy will be on display) till 5 pm.
Locations for the tastes are: The Artisan’s Gallery, Mad River Valley Visitor Center, Mad River Taste Place, Product Think Tank, Opulent Design, The Collection, and Peanut and Mouse.
Ashley Woods and Mary Laulis will be judging all tastes so we can recognize what was done well by each team and those results will be shared in the Valley Reporter the week following the event. The People’s Choice Award will also be shared at that time. All recipes will be available on www.MadRiverValley.com.

Gifts of Kindness (donation box will be picked up 12/7/18)   Harwood Union Rotary Interact club is holding the Gifts of Kindness clothing and toy drive for our 15th year. This drive seeks to collect new and very gently used toys and clothing for families in Washington County experiencing homelessness. We plan to collect items between the dates of November 28th and December 7th. Interact works with the Good Samaritan House, the only homeless shelter in Central Vermont, and CIRCLE in Barre, who provide shelter for families experiencing domestic violence. Our goal is to brighten the holiday season for people in need. There is a box for donations in the school lobby.


Fencing Instruction    For adults and Students grade 5 and up. Students have priority and reduced cost. All non-students and adults are welcomed as well! Beginners and experienced Fencers. No experience is necessary.
When: 6:30-8:00 PM with open Fencing and individual instruction 8:00-9:00 PM. Mondays and Wednesdays Dec 10 - Jan 21, 6:30 PM-8:00 PM (no class Dec 24, 26, 31)
Where: Moretown Elementary School Gym
Why: Learn basic Fencing or refine your current skills.
Cost: $50 for Students grades 5-12. $125 for all others