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Family Newsletter 1.8.21

Happy New Year Harwood Families -

It is the mission of Harwood Union High School to provide an educational and creative environment in which every person is valued as an individual, challenged as a learner, inspired to contribute to a democratic society, and provided a unique and personalized learning experience.

We actively seek to do this each day but in the midst of the news from our Capitol earlier this week the need to support our children in contributing as a democratic citizen is essential to prioritize.

Supporting our children in this growth also requires creating space and opportunities to understand themselves as both learners and human beings. To this end we are excited as a Harwood Staff to announce a unique offering for Semester 2 due to our COVID schedule - Flex Block.

Flex Block during the 2021 Spring Semester will provide a rich selection of opportunities for enrichment as well as time, space and resources for students who would benefit from additional support during the current pandemic.

In the next two weeks students will identify the Flex block offerings that interest them the most and prior to February 1st - the start of Semester 2 - they will be assigned. We will do our best to schedule students according to their choices.

Please find below details regarding Flex Block:

  • It will occur during Block 4 on the days students are onsite

  • There will be three different sessions that will run during the following dates:

    • February 1 - March 19

    • March 22 - April 30

    • May 3 - June 4

  • Flex Block will be reported on your transcript as a 1.0 Learning Experience (elective), assuming you have participated in all 3 Rounds.

    • All offerings will assess Actively engage in learning activities with focus and independence (10.02)

    • Some offerings will assess other Performance Indicators. These are listed in the master schedule.

    • All scores will contribute to your Learning Expectation scores for the 2020-21 school year.

We are excited to share with you the offerings for Flex Block as a reflection of our work to provide challenging and creative opportunities that meet the needs of ALL our students.

In partnership,

Meg, Laurie and Duane



  • AP information - Parents of AP students - please make payment ($95 each, check made out to Harwood Union) for any exam(s) your child wants to take by Jan. 25th. If anyone needs assistance in paying for this exam, please contact Liz Hepp, by Jan. 20th.

  • Updates from our Health OfficeInclude your mask with your regular laundry or hand wash.

  • Masks are a critical step to help prevent people from getting and spreading COVID-19.

  • A cloth mask offers some protection to you as well as protecting those around you.

  • Wear a mask and take everyday preventive actions in public settings, at events and gatherings, and anywhere you will be around other people.

  • Wash your cloth mask after each wear and dispose of surgical paper face masks at the end of the day.

  • How to Wash Masks

    • Use regular laundry detergent

    • Rinse thoroughly with clean water Dry mask completely in a warm or hot dryer or air dry it by hanging it until completely dry.

Cold Weather

  • Change your mask when it becomes wet.

  • A wet mask is harder to breathe through, is less efficient at filtering, and vents more around the edges of the mask.

  • Keep a spare mask to replace one that becomes wet from moisture in your breath, snow, or rain.

  • Store your wet reusable mask in a plastic bag until you get home and can put it in the laundry.

  • If you need to wear a scarf, ski mask, or balaclava, wear it over your mask.

  • If you wear glasses, find a mask that fits closely over your nose or has a nose wire to help reduce fogging. Consider using an anti fogging spray that is made for eyeglasses.

Students may visit the health office during the school day if they need a new mask. Here is a helpful link with more information and instructions for making your own face masks.



  • IMPORTANT Please review the following School Bus Information

Beginning Tuesday January 19, Harwood Union Middle/High School Bus riders will be asked to utilize the Harwood Transit cards (ZPass System) to assist school staff with identifying what students ride which bus each day regardless of any change in the bus they take to or from school. Students will be expected to swipe the card for both AM and PM bus routes - daily routes only. This is more important than ever given during this COVID school year. If students need a transit card please see Nancy Myrto. If you have questions contact Duane Pierson at

Click on the link below to learn more about the Harwood Transit card system:

ELO Information

Wednesday Extended Learning Opportunities (ELO) Reminder

  • Students are expected to attend a minimum of 2 ELO’s each Wednesday.

  • Students are able to sign up for ELO 1-4 if they are seeking support from a specific teacher.

  • Teachers also assign students to specific ELO’s.

  • ELO 5 & 6 provide community and club opportunities for all Harwood students and are a great way of connecting with peers.

Calendar reminders:

  • 1/18 - NO school for students (Inservice day for staff)

  • 1/29 - Last day of Semester 1/Quarter 2

  • 2/22 - 3/2 - No School - Winter Break

Expectations for students when absent

  • Students are responsible for:

    • sending an email to all their teachers when they are absent.

    • communicating if they know they will be out multiple days they will let the teacher know and update as needed

    • checking google classroom to see what they need to complete

    • completing asynchronous assignments signing up for an ELO to work with their teacher

    • communicating with teachers if absent for more than three days to discuss what they need to complete to keep up with classroom expectations.



  • Washington County Youth Service Bureau - we offer a range of services to support youth and families in the Washington County area. One of our programs, The Country Roads Program, serves youth, ages 12-22 who are having difficulty at home, making them at risk for involvement in the foster care system or the juvenile justice system. By connecting families with area resources, providing counseling to help families stay together, and offering voluntary, temporary, crisis shelter for youth at risk of running away or being displaced from their homes, we can be of assistance.

  • Everyone Eats! Everyone Eats is a program that engages local restaurants to make to-go meals for anyone who has been impacted by COVID 19. Pick up is at Sugar Fish VT (not Sugarbush) on Saturdays from 11-1:00, 168 Fiddlers Green by the laundromat. You will receive one individually packaged frozen dinner for each person in your household. Also, Farmers to Families Boxes are available first-come, first serve. Sign up using the following link: You will only need to enroll once. Please come each week to pick up meals. If you have questions, call Jess Tompkins at 802-793-1116 or email


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