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Hartford Memorial Middle School Newsletter
Week of June 1, 2018


Last night, on the eve of the first day of June, we celebrated the end of the year in the hot, sticky gym as our 6th, 7th, and 8th graders performed together in the end of the year concert.  All of our concerts each year are awe-inspiring to me, but this is my favorite. This year was particularly memorable as our 6th graders took the stage for the first time at middle school after a horrendous concert weather nightmare this winter.  As all grades come together we see both the incredible growth by our 6th grade students, who not long ago were just acclimating to middle school and were still new to the chorus and band experience, and our 8th graders who have come to the end of their middle school music experience and are performing for their last time with the middle school, at the high school where they will share their music for the next four years. It is bittersweet and beautiful.

This week was also the week for incoming 6th grade tours. Each elementary school brought their 5th graders to tour the middle school and meet with current students to learn more about HMMS.  It is exciting and fun to see our new students and hear the flurry of questions about lockers, lunch room, and learning. We will welcome students back again with their families on June 7th to meet their new team teachers and kick off their middle school experience (so any vibes that the evening is not 100 degrees would be much appreciated)!  

As we come to the final days of school, we are stuck in that perpetual place of excitement for new beginnings and sadness over endings.  It is, like our concert, both bittersweet and beautiful.

Tristan Upson                                                                




Yearbooks have arrived!  If your son/daughter ordered a yearbook they may pick them during Block 3 from Mrs. Thompson.  A few extra copies were ordered so if you missed out on ordering, bring in the $15 quickly. There is a very limited supply left for sale.

HCC Block Party is Coming!

Join the Hartford Community Coalition at Lyman Point Park on Wednesday, June 6th from 5-8pm for free food, music, community resources, and fun activities for all ages at the Annual Block Party!  All are welcome! See this flier for more information.

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.