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Hartford Memorial Middle School Newsletter
Week of January 19, 2017


Happy Second Semester!  It is hard to believe that we are halfway through the year, but it is true.  This week, after having two in-service days for teachers to start the week, kids came back to new related arts classes, new M Blocks, and a new start with grades in all of their classes.  

With the second half of the year, we start to see a shift in our kids.  Our 6th graders are no longer elementary school kids, but fully middle schoolers now.  Our 8th graders have started to dip their toe into thinking about high school.  Over the coming months, the growth in kids becomes more apparent--they look older, they sound older, (hopefully) they feel a little more mature.  It doesn’t happen all at once, and sometimes it sneaks up on us, but as teachers and parents, second semester brings those moments when we see a photograph from earlier in the year and are hit by how quickly time has passed.

We can’t stop time, and most often wouldn’t want to.  But there are moments when everything seems to be going too fast.  As second semester brings those moments to you, I would encourage us all to appreciate the growth and savor the time remaining--because June will be here before we know it.  


Tristan Upson                                                                          upsont@hartfordschools.net


Dance Expectations

We have a student council dance coming up next week and as always, the students are excited.  It seems like a good time to do a general update on the expectations for dances.  We love that students come to socialize and not just dance, but our expectations are that students are appropriate when they are at the dance.  A few reminders: students are expected to stay for the whole dance.  If they plan to leave early, a parent must come in and sign the student out.  Students may be in the cafeteria or the gym during the dance.  The expectation is that students are following the school rules while at the dance and remain in control.  If they cannot do so, they will be invited to leave and will not be invited to the next dance.  Dances are from 7-9pm and students should be picked up promptly at 9pm--they cannot walk home.  Students being picked up after 9:30pm will not be allowed to attend the next dance unless a parent attends as a chaperone.  We will remind students of these expectations prior to next week’s dance, and we appreciate you reinforcing them with students at home.

Time to Order Your Yearbook

It is time to order your 2017-2018 HMMS Yearbook!  Yearbooks are $15 each and can include up to two personalized pages of pictures to commemorate your child’s year in middle school.  The deadline to order a yearbook is April 20th.  Yearbooks can be ordered by hard copy sent to school with your child or online.  Please see this flier for details.

8th Grade Spanish Update from Mrs. Rice

Once students are done with their midterm exam we will be moving into a review period to prepare for their placement exam.  The high school placement exam will be the last week in March.  There will have two days of written exams and a day with individual oral questions in Spanish.  We will not be introducing any new information b​​etween now and then, but will be concentrating on reviewing all lessons from Spanish 1. We will go over everything we have learned, but will send more time on the lessons that are major components of the exam.  We will be doing a large written review in early March that will have the same set up and length as the exam (but questions will vary).  We will go over this review so that everyone knows what they will need to do to be successful on the exam.  I am attaching a list of everything that they will need to review. This exam is still worth 20% of the quarter grade, which is the same as the midterm was for quarter 2.  They will know there exam scores before they need to sign up for high school classes.  This generally happens in early April.  If they score an 80, or higher, they automatically can choose to take Spanish 2.  If they score between a 70 and 80 the determination will be made on an individual basis.  Students scoring below a 70 will need to retake Spanish 1 if they would like to continue with the language.  Classes at the high school go much more quickly and meet daily for 75 minutes so if they struggled with Spanish 1 over three years they will most likely struggle even more with the quicker pace.  If you have any questions, or concerns, about placement please let me know.  If they have a similar proficiency level as the report I sent home in November you have not gotten an email about it, but if they have changed (either way) you should have already gotten an email explaining why.  Once we are done the exam we will be reading a book together as a class and doing a large writing project in Spanish about it.