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Hartford Memorial Middle School Newsletter
Week of May 26, 2017


Well, we knew our luck couldn’t really hold with beautiful weather every Thursday afternoon, particularly given the rainy weather of the last few weeks.  Yesterday we had our first indoor earned recess and while most kids were considerably less sweaty at the end, students still enjoyed themselves.  Kids could choose from a variety of activities including dancing, coloring, basketball, indoor sports, personal fitness workout, hands-on projects, computer games, and karaoke, so there really was something for everyone.  I am so appreciative that we have a staff here that jumps in to share their own passions with students in circumstances like these, and students who embrace the new opportunities.

This week really begins the final push to the end of the year as our annual Quebec trip headed out on Wednesday.  We have final presentations, team trips, grad dance, and more coming in the next few weeks.  It is a busy and exciting time, so I hope you all have a wonderful, restful three day weekend.  I’m looking forward to finishing this school year strong!    

Tristan Upson, upsont@hartfordschools.net, 802-295-8640 ext 3304



Spring Events for 8th Graders

It is May already, and the 8th grade is abuzz about the upcoming 8th grade events in June.  Below is an outline of the events.  

  • 8th grade Grad Dance: Saturday June 10th from 7-9:30pm in the HMMS gym.  The dance is a semi-formal dance.  Students are encouraged to come with friends--dates are unnecessary.  The purpose of the dance is for 8th graders to get a fun, special evening with their classmates before moving on to the high school.  

  • 8th grade graduation: Wednesday June 14th at 7pm.  Weather permitting, it is hosted on the side lawn of the middle school next to the softball field.  It is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the conclusion of three years in middle school and the ceremonial beginning of the next four in high school.

  • 8th Grade Trip: Thursday June 15th at Storr’s Pond.  The day after graduation, while 6th and 7th graders are celebrating field day at the middle school, the 8th graders head to Storr’s Pond for a final day of fun together as HMMS students.  There is swimming, fishing, basketball, tennis, and other outdoor games and activities--a great send off for the summer.

Important Sports News!

We are ready to take registrations for Fall Sports for both middle school and high school teams.  Both programs will be using the online registration system, and you can sign up now for all three seasons.  As a minimum, you are asked to sign up for your fall sport.  You should do so even if you are not 100% certain that you are going to play the sport...we can remove you at a later date. Please go to the school's Athletics webpage and click on the Register Online icon then just follow the instructions.  If you registered for a previous season, you will need to update your insurance information.  Also please note the status of your Well Exam and Concussion test while you are in there.  Deadline for registration is June 2.  Thanks for your assistance!

ImPACT Concussion test dates with HMMS Athletic Director Mr. Joe James will be held on the following dates: May 18, 25, 31, June 5, 8. There will be a sign-up outside the main office.

Hartford Community Coalition Lunch Program Returns to HMMS

We are thrilled to be hosting the HCC Take a Bite Out of Hunger program for the second year!  Last year the program was able to provide more than 12,000 meals to children and adults in the Hartford community.  Please see this flier for more information and we look forward to seeing you this summer!

HACTC Summer Tech 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 Ms. Greene or visit www.HACTC.com for an application.  When: June 26-30, from 8:45am-12:30pm. Fee: $30.



Students of the Week features students for both big and small acts that show how great our middle school students can be!  Names are submitted each week by teachers throughout the building.  We have many students that show up and consistently give their best effort in everything that they do, and we want an outlet to recognize those students.  We also have students for whom school and meeting expectations can be more of a struggle and we want to highlight when those students demonstrate how awesome they are, too.  

This week’s students of the week include:

Laura Belmont- for being kind to classmates

Cole Miller- for showing maturity and responsibility when he chose to do the right thing, and even encouraged his classmates to do the same.  He chose to be an upstander.

Nina Patriquin- for being positive and engaged in her learning.

Gavin Provost- for showing enthusiasm in his video group, connecting with tons of kids positively, treating teachers with respect, and always greeting everyone with a huge smile.

Justin Woodward- for working really hard on his Renaissance project, and being a great resource for his classmates with our veterans’ remembrance paper in English.

Allie Cimis- for being kind, sharing positive energy, being willing to take appropriate risks like in the performance poetry, and always doing her best.