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Hartford Memorial Middle School Newsletter
Week of May 25, 2018


I’ve started writing this principal’s corner at least half a dozen times this week, and struggled to find the words.  This is a scary time in our world right now. Last week in Texas we were again shaken by a school shooting. In our own state, we saw a school district cancelled because of concerns about threats, and even in our own building we have investigated a recent threat that fortunately was not a credible risk.  It hits too close to home.

Earlier this week, Chief Kasten from the Hartford Police contacted the middle and high school, knowing the concerns of the students, staff, and community after watching recent events unfold on the television.  We are incredibly fortunate to have a close relationship with the HPD. While we are used to having regular school visits by officers throughout the school day, in light of the current climate and the end of the school year, the Hartford Police have generously increased their presence at both the middle and high schools in these last few weeks at school, having officers on site during arrival, middle of the day, and dismissal in addition to their regular building visits.  

Every day we work to create a safe school for our students to come to and learn. In addition to our efforts to create positive relationships between students and staff on our teams and within our community, we also take specific steps such as regularly practicing clear the halls drills and keeping our doors locked.  We also have district and school safety teams that work with local law enforcement and emergency services to regularly improve our safety measures and proactively plan for how to keep students and staff safe. It is a continual process, and one we take very seriously.

In light of all that has happened in our world, we cannot turn a blind eye or live with a belief that tragedy could never strike here.  We also cannot let our lives be controlled by fear. As we approach the final weeks of school, we have increased our safety precautions through the additional presence of the HPD, and we will continue to learn, and grow, and celebrate our end of the year festivities--because it is through this learning, growth, and, perhaps most importantly, celebration, that we build a community that is stronger each day.

Tristan Upson                                                                



Hartford Performing Arts Camp

Registration is now open for HPAC, Hartford Performing Arts Camp.  Whether you like to dance, sing, act, or play an instrument, this camp is for you!  The weeklong day camp that culminates with a public performance will take place August 6-10 from 8:30-4 at the Hartford High School, with the final performance on August 10th at 3pm in the HHS Gymnasium.  Students entering grades 6-9 are welcome! You can register for HPAC through the Hartford Parks and Recreation Department at  The cost for Hartford residents is $150 for the week, and scholarships are available through the Town of Hartford Recreation Department.  

Fall Sports

The registration portal is now ready to take sign-ups for Middle School and High School Fall sports.  If you are planning to play a sport in the Fall please sign up as soon as possible. We need to have a reasonably accurate tally before the end of May so we can ensure we have enough coaches on hand, and so we can plan schedules for all of our teams.

Please note that you must update your health insurance information every year.  While you are in there, take note of the expiration date for your Well Exam and Concussion Test.  We will make an announcement for concussion testing in the next several days.

You can access the registration portal from the Athletics page of the middle school website (

Middle School football is tentatively set to begin on Aug 20, and soccer, field hockey, and cross country will begin on August 29.

Please e-mail Joe James ( if you have questions about next year's middle school sports programs. If your student is going to be at the high school next year, please contact the HS Athletic Dept for any questions you may have.  Thank you.

Summer Camp

The Hartford Area Career and Technology Center (HACTC) will be holding its Summer Tech Camp again this year. Camp is open to all rising 7th, 8th and 9th grade students. Students explore 10 hands-on programs in one week. Space is limited - register early! Call 802-295-8630 for more information. See attached flyer for more information and an application. When: June 18-22, 2018, from 8:45am-12:30pm. Fee: $30.

Lunch Accounts

As of June 1st no students will be able to purchase anything if they do not have money on their accounts.  Free and reduced lunch students will still get their lunches. All negative balances need to be paid off before June 8th.