October 19, 2018
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Hartford Memorial Middle School Newsletter
Week of October 12, 2018


Honor Yourself and Others

Make HMMS a Loving and Safe Environment

Motivate Others to be their Best

Show Kindness and Respect

Above are our HMMS Guideposts that were developed several years ago by students at HMMS.  This year we realized that a revisiting and revitalization of these guideposts was necessary, as with time they had faded from the conversation.  So over the past week students across the school have engaged in some work around what expectations support these guideposts. Today, representatives from each grade and each team came together to work on developing common expectations for each of these guideposts and then creating a way to share these expectations with the student body as a whole.  The representatives decided to create a video to teach their peers more about the guideposts.

The three and a half hours we spent with these representatives today was the highlight of my week.  At times today, as we discussed, debated, and wordsmithed the expectations, the work was tedious. At times, like when we finally made it to video making, it was fun and funny.  But throughout the entire time it was inspiring. Our student representatives were chosen by teams in order to create a thoroughly varied group--all grades, all teams, all ability levels, all behavioral support levels, all different interests--in our small representative group we attempted to have as close to a microcosm of our school as possible.  Watching this varied group share their different experiences, reflect on each other’s statements, and work collaboratively for the best interest of the entire student body was a wonderful way to end the week.

We are fortunate to have so many people at HMMS who truly care about our community--teachers, support staff, parents, and especially students.  Today was a shining example of students coming together to make HMMS a great place to be, and I feel honored to have had the opportunity to be part of it.

Tristan Upson                                                                          upsont@hartfordschools.net


Art Room Supplies Needed!

The art room is looking for the following recyclable materials:

Egg Cartons (of any kind, styrofoam, cardboard, plastic, etc).

Yogurt cups (the large Noosa kinda especially)

Toilet paper rolls

Paper Towel rolls

If you are able to provide any, please send them in with your child and ask them to drop them off with Ms. K!  Thank you in advance for the help!

Basketball Sign Ups

It is that time again!  If your child is planning to play basketball this year, please make sure to sign up by October 17th.  You can visit hmmsvt.com’s Athletics tab to get the link to sign up.

Calling Girls 12 and Under!

Are you interested in learning more about ice hockey?  Join the Hartford Women’s Ice Hockey and Upper Valley Hockey Association to celebrate National Women’s Hockey Weekend on October 20th from 1-3pm on the Hartford Schools tennis courts.  See the flier for details and to register.

Dothan Brook Hosting Social Media Presentation for Parents

The Windsor Country Special Investigations and Child Advocacy Team will be presenting on Thursday October 11th from 6:30-7:30pm in the DBS library.  This presentation focuses on what parents should know about social media, current trends and issues facing children today, and how to keep kids safe online.  For more information, check out this flier.