Family Newsletter- 1.13.23
Harwood Families -
Harwood’s incredible Art Department hosted a beautiful end of the Semester evening this week that showcased work from grades 7-12 including Nathaniel’s Graphic Design, Photo 1 and 2 courses, Wendy’s 7th grade Art, Intro to Crafts, Jewelry Design, Pottery1 and 2 students and Krista’s Art 1 and 2 and Individualized Art courses.
Families, community members, staff and board members were able to enjoy the talents of Harwood students eating treats and connecting with each other while viewing all of the artwork created this semester.
Thank you to our community for the value you put on creativity, individual expression and appreciation of the natural landscape that surrounds us.
With ongoing gratitude,
Laurie, Duane, Meg
01/16 - No School for students (Staff inservice)
01/17 - End of Semester 1 *please note the change given the “Ice day”
01/18 - First day of Semester 2 (new semester classes begin, full-year courses continue) *please note the change given the “Ice day”
01/19 - Assembly
01/20 - Mid-year JumpRope reports emailed
02/03 - No School for students (Staff inservice)
02/16 - Rising 9th grade Family Transition Night
02/27 - 03/07 - No School - February Vacation
*Please note the change to next week's schedule due to today's "Ice Day"
Save the Date!! Thursday, February 16th, 2023 Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians of current 8th-grade students should plan to save the date for a Rising 9th grade Family Transition Night. This evening will include tours of the high school from current HUHS students, a presentation from the school counseling team regarding the program of studies, graduation requirements, and 9th-grade course selection, and other general information about your child’s transition to high school. More details to follow at the end of January including time of event. If you have questions now, about your child’s transition, please contact your child’s current school counselor. Jen Dreimiller @ HUMS - email@example.com Jen Hempey @ CBMS - Students with Last Names starting A-L - firstname.lastname@example.org Emily Scharff @ CBMS - Students with Last Names starting M-Z - email@example.com
Safe - seen, heard, respected & understood:
Seeking Community members to serve on hiring committee
Students from ROC Racial Justice read Mama’s Nightingale by Edwidge Danticat to 3rd and 4th grade students at Moretown Elementary. They had great discussions about immigration and family separation and concluded with a letter writing activity
Students from a social-justice club at Harwood called ROC (Rooted Organized Collective) have begun an equity audit by conducting observations of classrooms and other HUUSD school spaces using this document based on Rebecca Haslam’s work. Some of the students involved had these comments to share about the process so far:
Rigorous & Robust Academic Program:
From the School Counseling and Next Step Offices:
On Thursday, March 16 we will be taking any interested Juniors to the Vermont Student Assistance Corp. (VSAC) event: College & Career Pathways 2023 at St. Michael's College. This event offers live workshops, free resources and connections with local experts that will help prepare students for education or training after high school. Students will also participate in a tour and information session of St. Michael's College. If your student is interested in attending please complete this google form for more information and notification to pick up the field trip form.
If your student is unable to attend on this date (or you have an interest in the topic) VSAC is offering this event on alternate dates and locations. You can find more information here.
This spring Harwood will be offering opportunities for all Juniors to visit local colleges and training schools. Dates and locations coming soon!
Federal funds from Senator Sanders Office will provide an opportunity to expand current travel studies and create more exchange opportunities at HUHS. We plan to partner with public schools around the country and around the world with a focus on collaborative storytelling projects. Initially, funds will be used to identify and establish new relationships, plus we'll be hiring ethnographers and filmmakers to train staff and students and design collaborative storytelling projects at Harwood and elsewhere. We plan to use the Rwanda Program as a model for immersion experiences at home and abroad.
And, yes, one of the first international exchanges we will offer is for Rwandan students to travel to Vermont for several weeks.
This is an opportunity for all students to participate and have cultural exchange experiences, not just the adventurous souls who travel abroad. Essentially, this funding is meant to jumpstart this new program. Ideally, we would like to introduce new partnerships each year over the next several years.
End of Semester 1
Tuesday 1/16 is officially the end of Semester 1, and the midpoint of the school year! Here’s what that means:
If you have any questions about a particular course, please reach out to the teacher. If you have questions about your student’s overall schedule, reach out to their school counselor.
The Governor's Institute of Vermont 2023 Summer Applications are open!
This summer, high school students in 9th-11th grade are invited to join a community of young Vermonters as passionate as they are at one of GIV's nine residential Institutes! Topics include Art, Astronomy, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Science & Technology, Global Issues & Youth Action, Health & Medicine, Mathematical Sciences, and Technology & Design.
At GIV, students will spend 1-2 weeks living on a college campus, totally immersed in a topic of their choosing. They'll learn from industry professionals, participate in hands-on projects and research, explore career options, and make new friends!
Applications are open until April 3rd, and tuition starts at just $20. For information and to apply visit their website at GIV.org/summer
Early College Applications Open
Are you a junior looking for a different school experience for your senior year?
The Early College Program provides an opportunity for high school students in Vermont to earn a full year of college credits during your senior year that will also count towards your Harwood high school graduation requirements. The Early College program is offered at six different Vermont colleges, CCV, Norwich, VAST, Castleton, Northern Vermont University and Goddard College.
If you are interested in taking part there are a few next steps to take:
Positive school climate and culture:
Middle School Winter Program begins
Amazing First Day on the Mountain!
Thanks to Meghan McCarthy (organizer/point person), Sugarbush’s school
program, HUMS staff and our amazing parent volunteers, we enjoyed our first ever day on the slopes. We look
forward to seven more Wednesdays this year and years of skiing, riding and snowshoeing in the future!
The Round Barn generously hosted Harwood’s first Winter Ball sponsored by the Mentor Program last Friday night.
250 students across grades 9-12 turned out to dance and play. The Mentor Program raised over $2,000 between the dance and bake sale! Thank you to the amazing members of the program for making this such a large success! We are looking forward to putting forth more fun activities to help build school spirit and grow the Mentor Program at Harwood!
On the photo above of the Mentor Program with their advisor Mr. B.
Student Services Clubs, ELO Series, and Offerings
Happy New Year! As the student services department continues to collaborate and partner with each other and students, we’d like to share what has been happening this year at Harwood Middle/High School. Please know that students have been invited to complete a Student Services ELO Survey to gather their input on what additional offerings they would like for Semester 2. It will be located in your TA announcements starting Tuesday, Jan 14th!
Below is a compiled list of all our Clubs and ELO (Extended Learning Opportunities that occur during the school day) offerings. Students are able to sign up for these offerings during TA. We encourage you to take a look at the offerings with your child as an opportunity to have a dialogue about what they may already be involved in, or may want to look into further. Please reach out to Dr. Melody (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions, and for information on how to connect with club and ELO series leaders.
Restorative & Wellness Clubs
ELO Wellness & Restorative Series
ELO Series: Mental Health
ELO Series: School Counseling
*Upcoming Sessions for Seniors and Rising Seniors (current juniors):