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Family Newsletter- 1.5.24

Harwood provides many opportunities for students to engage in learning both inside our walls and through other experiences offsite. The Valley Reporter highlighted some of these in December (see below) - but learn even more at the upcoming course fair.



  • 01/09 - 5:30 - 7:30 - Semester 1 Art Show 

  • 01/12 - End of Semester 1

  • 01/15 - NO school - Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance Day

  • 01/16 - NO school - Staff Professional Development 

  • 01/17 - Start of Semester 2

  • 01/25 - 5:15 - 7:00 Course Fair *see details here 

  • 01/29 - 02/02 - Winter Carnival


Cultivating and maintaining a sense of belonging, pride and purpose:




To stay up to date on all of the happenings please see our calendar, by team click here, by date click here.

Hello from the Health Office!

Please encourage your students to take advantage of the fantastic breakfast and lunch options provided by our Food & Nutrition team.  We are seeing a dramatic increase in students coming to the health office stating they are hungry and didn’t eat what was offered. As an alternative, send them in with the snacks from home they prefer. Even if they take a piece of fruit or dinner roll they would be better off than not eating at all. Thank you for your support in helping our students be prepared to learn.

Magge, Becca and Teal

This week we held our rescheduled lantern parade in the high school. TA groups created a lantern for the parade and displayed them in the library at the close of the parade. The parade was designed to build community by celebrating the return of light following the winter solstice. 

In the upcoming weeks grades 9-11 will begin the process of looking toward course selection for next year. This process is guided by our amazing school counselors. The intent is to support students to create a path through Harwood that leads to a plan for their future.

VSAC Forms Night: January 23, 2024 at 6pm

Join us for a free Financial Aid Forms workshop. At this informal workshop, VSAC will assist you as you file your FAFSA and Vermont State Grant application. 

To register for the VSAC Forms Night, complete this google form

To fill out the FAFSA at the workshop, you will need to do the following:

Strengthening and sustaining a rigorous and robust academic program:



End of Semester 1

Next Friday 1/12 is officially the end of Semester 1, and the midpoint of the school year! Here’s what that means:

  • Semester courses end Friday 1/12, and the new semester classes will begin on Wednesday 1/17.

  • Year-long classes continue, but now is a great time to check progress and reflect on what is working well, and what courses could use more attention.

  • Mid-year JumpRope reports will be emailed to students and families on Friday 1/19. Here is a detailed guide that can be helpful in interpreting the JumpRope reports.

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.

Could Wednesday get ANY wackier?!

Wednesday schedule change - effective immediately after break through the end of the year

Beginning immediately when we get back after vacation, there will be a small change in the order of blocks on 7-block days (Wacky Wednesdays). The new order will be 1, 5, 2, 6, 3, 7, 4. This change is necessary to accommodate logistics for the Middle School Ski & Ride Program.

This change is reflected in the bell schedule document, and will remain for the rest of the year.

In December, ninth graders in Jane Regan and Phil Stetson's global studies and social studies classes set out on a quest to discover how the hunting-and-gathering homo sapiens of 200,000 (or more!?) years ago in Africa became the pyramid-, irrigation canal- and grain silo-builders of the early civilizations in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Why and how did they migrate? Who did they meet along the way? Where did farming come from and - crucially - our beloved cats and dogs?   Rather than memorize facts or write term papers, students created games that had to include all of the essential facts and lots of fun, too. They were based on games like Candyland, Jeopardy, Monopoly, Exploding Kittens and other standards. Ask your student to bring theirs home or stop by Room 304 some time to take a look!

Community Announcements:




 MIDDLE SCHOOL: Place your order here:

 HIGH SCHOOL: Place your order here:, call 1-877-767-5217, or scan the QR code: (High School Only)

It's that time of year again! Harwood Rotary Interact is hosting our 8th annual bottle drive! Partnered with the Waterbury and Mad River Valley Rotary clubs, we are looking for bottles and cans, anything that says it’s redeemable.

The money from this year’s bottle drive will support flood relief for our communities. 

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 2/24/23

Please designate that they are a donation for Harwood Rotary Interact

Option 2:

Come to Hannon Home Center 

When: Saturday, February 24th between 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM

Option 3:

 Request a pickup with Ron Gulyas by emailing 

When: Any time before 2/18/23                          

Questions? Contact Ellen Berrings (

Governor’s Institute of Vermont

Applications for summer open now.

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