February 18, 2019
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Hartford Memorial Middle School Newsletter
Week of January 18, 2018


There are so many exciting things happening at school right now.  On Nova, kids are engaged in a project-based learning unit. Last week, Equinox hosted a special guest speaker sponsored by the High Fives Foundation to learn about the importance of safety in sports, but also about perseverance and goal setting.  On Zapatera, kids are learning about the WWII Navajo Code Talkers while reading a novel by Joseph Bruchac in anticipation of our yearly author visit in the spring. Altitude students wrapped up their Rube Goldberg machines today as part of their science theme.  Related arts classes were all new this week, as students move into their third rotation of the year, so new projects and learning is just beginning!

While the quarter officially changed last Friday, this weekend marks the mid-year break.  Final grades for the quarter were due from teachers today, and next Monday and Tuesday teachers will be in-service, working on professional development in proficiency based learning and restorative practices, as well as spending time planning and thinking about the second half of the year--which will, undoubtedly, fly by just as quickly as the first half has!  I hope all of our students enjoy the well-earned four day weekend!

Tristan Upson                                                                          upsont@hartfordschools.net



Team Equinox Hosts Special Guest

On Friday, Team Equinox had a powerful guest speaker come share his story. The team met Mike Schwarz, who had experienced a traumatic brain injury while competing in a snowboard competition while at UVM. He is supported by the High Fives Foundation and came to share the importance not only of wearing a "brain bucket" but also of perseverance, humor, and having goals.  The High Fives Foundation is a non-profit organization that works to raise injury prevention awareness, support the dreams of outdoor action sport athletes, and provide resources and inspiration for those who experience life-altering injuries. Check out the High Fives facebook page to see our kids highlighted!


School Geo Bee Finals

HMMS hosted our School Geo Bee Finals on Friday afternoon.  We had three finalist contestants from each team, one per grade.  The finalists had been determined by team-wide competitions in December.  Our finalists this year were: Finn Walther, Nicholas Tsouknakis, Ava Thorburn, Franklin George, Maddie Moore, Gavin Brown, Joey Knapp, David Kasten, Bennett Moreno, Solly Flores, Lily Gordon, and Kayden Wescott.  After many rounds of intense competition, and using every championship tiebreaker question given, we are pleased to announce that the winner of this year’s HMMS School Geo Bee is Solly Flores! Congratulations to all of our finalists!

Infinite Campus Text Alerts

In order to receive text alerts and messages, your number must be listed in the cell phone field in Infinite Campus.  If the Hartford School District delays or closes school the Emergency Messenger will contact everyone in our student information system according to their indicated preferences. This may include any combination of or all of the following methods: home phone, cell phone, email, or text message. This information is also available as a prerecorded message at 802-359-1005. If you do not get a notification it is likely that your information or preferences are incorrect or need to be updated. Please visit Infinite Campus to make the necessary changes or call Betty Hathorn at HMMS as soon as possible.

Spring Sports Sign Up

We are midway through the winter sports season, and our teams are doing well.  We are now asking that you take a few minutes to sign your son/daughter up for spring sports so we can get a sense of the number of teams we need to plan for.  Please sign up your 7th or 8th grader for baseball or softball, and 6th, 7th or 8th grader for spring track. Please contact our Athletic Director, Joe James, if you have any questions.


NAEP Letters for 8th graders

On March 7, 2019, 8th grade students at HMMS will participate in the NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress) test.  Students will be randomly assigned either a math or reading test. 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.  This letter went home with your child about the NAEP test on Thursday.  Below are a couple of important things for you to know about NAEP:


  • 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 Ms. Upson in writing by Monday, March 4, 2019.


Our two finalists from the Geo Bee went head to head in 9 questions before a winner was determined!