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Family Newsletter 1.27.23

Harwood Families -

We are continuously seeking to strengthen our communication and provide clarity and transparency to the Harwood community. As we move forward through the winter season please anticipate an email, post on our website and an Instagram post that will clarify our schedule for the day after any inclement weather day.

Please find our Instagram here and our website here for future reference.


Laurie, Meg and Duane



  • 02/03 - No School for students (Staff inservice)

  • 02/16 - Rising 9th grade Family Transition Night

  • 02/20 - 03/10 - Rwanda travel study

  • 02/27 - 03/07 - No School - February Vacation

  • 03/24 - No School

  • 04/13 & 4/19 - Family/TA Conferences

* Please note next week’s schedule due to Friday’s Staff inservice 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 -

Jen Hempey @ CBMS - Students with Last Names starting A-L -

Emily Scharff @ CBMS - Students with Last Names starting M-Z -


Safe - seen, heard, respected & understood:



Health Office Updates

Whether it's winter sports, snowy roadways, or icy & wet walkways, it’s slippery out there! Despite all our best efforts with preventative measures, we are seeing kids come in with winter-related injuries. Here is a brief fact sheet from the CDC about concussions. If you are concerned your student may have suffered a head injury, please reach out to the health office and we can guide you to some resources. Stay safe!

Magge, Becca & Linda


TA Update

The theme for January is Reflection and Renewal. Students in all grades have been taking time to reflect on the first half of the year and consider what have been the bright spots and are worthy of continuing and what might be some things they might like to change in order to make the second half of the year the best possible experience. This has been accomplished through circle conversations and individual check in meetings. Reflection is an essential component of the learning process!

Registration! Our amazing School Counseling Department has begun the busy process of supporting registration for the ‘23-’24 year. The process is initiated in advisory with important informational sessions. Juniors are beginning individual meetings with their school counselors this week. Students in grades 9 and 10 will be spending the next few weeks engaged in activities in TA to prepare for their meeting times with school counselors. It is exciting to see our TA students consider options for next year and beyond!

Rigorous & Robust Academic Program:

The 2nd round of Central Vermont Career Center (CVCC) applications are now open. You can access the application and get more information about CVCC here. Applications are due on March 17.

There will be a shadow day at CVCC in April for students applying in this round which will give you a chance to see all of the programs.

Please reach out to your school counselor if you have any questions!

Positive school climate and culture:



Student Board Representatives - Maise Frankie, Jeswin Antony Naomi Myers and Dylon Mauro shared a great report last night about student perspective at Harwood - including on budget. See the link here.

GYM renovation

GREAT news - by next week the bleachers will be fully installed at Harwood Union. The final work on the gym floor will then take place! We anticipate the gym being ready to use again when we return from break in March!

Equity Intern

Janelle Hoskins will be our Equity Intern for the spring semester! Janelle is currently taking Mr. Ibson’s Race and Power class and is looking forward to using some of her new learning in her internship. She will be looking at data from various equity audits, using social media to communicate the equity work being done across the district and collaborating with TFAR.

“The Most Costly Journey”: Latin American Migrant Workers, Health Care, and Collaborative Non-Fiction Comics

When: Thursday, February 9th, 6 pm

Where: Warren Public Library

In 2021 the Vermont Folklife Center published The Most Costly Journey: Stories of Migrant Farmworkers in Vermont Drawn by New England Cartoonists, the Vermont Reads choice for 2022. The book consists of English language comics created by the El Viaje Más Caro Project, a health care outreach effort of the Open Door Clinic and University of Vermont Extension Bridges to Health that uses comics as a tool to address the overlooked mental health needs of Latin American migrant workers in Vermont.

In this presentation, Andy Kolovos from the Vermont Folklife Center and/ Julia Grand Doucet from the Open Door Clinic provide an overview of the goals of the El Viaje Más Caro Project, the collaborative methods that define its approach, and insight into the lives and experiences of the workers whose labor supports the continued viability of dairy farming in Vermont.

Sponsored by the MRV Libraries with assistance from Vermont Humanities. Part of the Vermont Reads Program.


Rwanda Trip

Harwood has sent a cohort of students and chaperones over to Rwanda for the last 15 years as a cultural immersion. While we are in Rwanda, students practice ethnography by interviewing community members who work with local nonprofits. In return, we bring supplies that our partner organizations have requested. This year, A Friend Indeed is looking for SOAP. A Friend Indeed works to improve living conditions for single mothers, who are typically stigmatized in Rwandan society. We are looking to collect around 1,250 bars of unused soap for A Friend Indeed by Friday, February 10th.

Please drop off any donations at Brookside Primary, Crossett Brook Middle School, Moretown Elementary, Fayston Elementary, Harwood Union MS/HS, or Waterbury Public Library in the designated collection boxes. If you have any questions, please contact Tara Cariano at

Harwood Rotary Interact Happenings

The Harwood Rotary Interact Club is currently holding their 7th annual bottle drive! This year’s recipient of the funds is Planned Parenthood of Northern New England. Here are the details if you would like to support this important fundraiser:

Please drop off your bottles and cans at one of the locations below, or request a pickup for your donation.

Option 1:

Where: Rodney’s Transfer Station (on the road to the Waterbury Ice Rink)

When: Anytime between now and 2/18/23

Please designate that they are a donation for Harwood Rotary Interact

OR: Come to Hannon Home Center

When: Saturday, February 18th between 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM

OR: Request a pickup with Ron Gulyas by emailing

When: Any time before 2/18/23

Questions? Contact Ellen Berrings (

The Waterbury Rotary is also holding their annual Pie for Breakfast. The funds raised help to support Harwood scholarships and other community activities. Savory, sweet and pizza pies will be available for your dining pleasure!

When? February 4th from 9-12:00

Where? Waterbury American Legion

Cost? $10 (all you can eat!)


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