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Hartford Memorial Middle School Newsletter
Week of September 22, 2017


I am not sure how I feel about the recent weather.  While we have certainly been lucky to be able to have PE, M blocks, and some fun team field trips outside, there is definitely a level of steam and certain unique scent of middle school permeating the air at the end of each day.  I give a lot of credit to our kids for continuing to work hard and try their best even as the temperatures try to distract them.  The beginning of next week is supposed to be just as warm--if not more so--so I would encourage families to send their child with extra water to stay hydrated during the day.  

As we approach the one month mark of being back at school (can you believe it?!), we are starting to settle in.  Kids are used to the building, the new schedule, and their teachers and classes now, and our routines are getting established.  This is the time where we start to see growth, and it is an exciting time!  Over the previous two weeks, our students all took their first round of STAR testing in reading and math.  This gives us a baseline for where students are starting the year.  We use this information to design instruction in classes, as well as form WIN groups for the end of the day to support kids in developing and enriching areas that strengthen their individual learning.  We take the STAR assessments three times a year.  This is just one way that we measure student progress, along with a wide variety of classroom assessments, state testing, and evidence students collect for their e-portfolios.   It is an ongoing process that we are continually refining and improving as we learn more about individual students and about how kids learn.  We are always happy to partner with you to best help your kids grow, so please do not hesitate to reach out if you have ideas that can help us support your child!

Tristan Upson                                                                



HSD Color Run on October 15th

The second annual HSD Color Run will be on October 15th!  Registration starts at 10am, with the 5K run/walk commencing at 11am.  Students were given packets of information about how to register and get sponsors this week.  Having participated last year, many can attest that it is a fun, exciting morning!  The proceeds from the race go to support HMMS’ student council.  If you have questions or want more information, contact student council advisors, Mike Conerty ( or Patrick Underhill (  We hope to see you there!

HMMS Action Plan Outline for the Year

As a school, we are constantly working to improve the educational experiences for all of our students.  As a part of the Hartford School District, we also strive to create continuity in the learning experiences of students from kindergarten to grade twelve.  In order to do both of these things, we develop an action plan with goals and specific yearly direction to help us continually progress.  This is an outline of our current HMMS Action Plan.  The goals and subgoals included are district-wide, while the bulleted points are the specific middle school action steps for this school year.  We welcome your questions and feedback around this plan.  If you have thoughts or questions, please email Tristan Upson at