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Family Newsletter - 11.11.22

Updated: Nov 16, 2022

Harwood Families -

Even during stick season there is much going on at Harwood - including Harwood’s Fall performance of Romeo and Juliet - the classic tale of two star-crossed lovers will grace the stage at Harwood from Thursday, November 10 through Saturday, November 12. Shakespeare's tragic love story gets a modern take, with political undertones, as Director Scott Weigand returns for another year of guiding students in the theatrical arts. The cast of 8th-12th graders is led by Junior Ben Robinson and Sophomore Zoe Blackman as Romeo and Juliet. Seniors Lucie Ruggiero, Maddie Thibault, Sage Haddock, and Ariana Clark support as the Nurse, the Friar, The Prince, and Mercutio. The cast also includes 8th graders Tarin Askew, Camille Edgecomb, Marley Green, Emma Aither, and Eireann McDonough; Freshmen Max Maylin, Daisy Proof, and Casey Klus; Sophomores Theo Ritter, Kai Haddock, and Seneca Whittingham. Freshman Grady Hagenbach serves as Stage manager. The shows are at 7:30 pm, and tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. The show is family-friendly. Come have a nice night out hosted by HUHS Theater!

Check out the 1st edition of the 2022-2023 Common Ground - Harwood’s Newspaper.

On October 28th Harwood’s Music department hosted a Battle of the Bands that several students participated in including:

•Jeswin Antony •Zoe Blackman •Ellie Buckingham. •Nate Conyers •Gace Frankel

•Jonah Halter •Abby Holter •Astrid Kahn •Mia Lapointe. •Emmett Lisai. •Josh McHugh

•Otis Neville •Elsie Pawul

Here's the link to the recording - if you weren’t able to make it and wanted to enjoy the incredible show of talent and support by all. Congratulations to Harwood’s Graphite Zeppelin who won First Place!

Harwood Union High School's exchange students from Spain, Germany, Switzerland and Denmark recently were able to sign their country's flags, a long standing tradition, which are proudly displayed in our school's cafeteria.

With gratitude,

Laurie, Meg and Duane



  • 11/11 & 11/12 - Romeo & Juliet performance 7:30 p.m. (Harwood Auditorium)

  • 11/15 - College & Training Fair

  • 11/20 - National Honor Society Induction ceremony

  • 11/21 - Blood Drive

  • 11/23 - 11/25 - NO School Thanksgiving Break

  • 12/01 - High School Winter Concert 7:00 p.m. (Harwood Auditorium)

  • 12/6 - Socrates Cafe 6 p.m. (led by Harkness leaders)

  • 12/08 - Middle School Winter Concert 7:00 p.m. (Harwood Auditorium)

  • 12/15 - Interdistrict Choice HUUSD presentation 7:00 p.m. (Harwood Auditorium)


Safe - seen, heard, respected & understood:



New ELO Series Offerings: Check out the Menu of Options beginning next week. Offerings this quarter will be provided by Christina Ehrenreich, School Based Clinician; Jen Dreimiller, School Counselor/Wellness Counselor; Tara Cariano, Teacher, Licensed Yoga Instructor/Licensed School Counselor; and Korie Born, Teacher/Intuitive Eating Counselor. Please talk to your student to learn about what they have done or interests they may have.

There are both individual drop-in ELO options that anyone can sign up for that one time. There are SERIES, which students sign up and commit to several weeks for more in-depth exploration, learning, and skill building!

Services Staff Highlights: Christina Ehrenreich! Please select this LINK to learn more about our School Based Mental Health program, and learn more about Christina.

REMINDER: Tardies & Detentions: It is important for students to be present and on time for school and class. This helps with preparation and successful engagement and learning. It also can impact others’ student learning and engagement. A reminder that any student with 3+ cumulative unexcused tardies (TU) per week will be expected to serve a detention. Thank YOU for your continued partnership in attendance and supporting our students' school experience.

We continue to hold detentions Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:30-4:40pm for behaviors, class cuts, and accrued tardies for 7th-12th graders. Tardies include TA as well as all classes and ELOs.

Coming Soon: November Belonging Calendar (Be on the lookout for the next community newsletter and Instagram before that!!!

Health Office Updates

​National Life Group and Sodexo are proud to continue to serve the community in collaboration with area organizations and volunteers with a FreeThanksgiving Meal to Washington County residents. The meal will be available as either a pick-up or delivery option only. Pick-up will be between 11:00 and 3:00 pm on Wednesday, November 23 outside the Bethany Church (115 Main St., Montpelier) or outside the National Life Group main entrance (1 National Life Drive, Montpelier).

Delivery will be offered on Wednesday, November 23 between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. In order to ensure this is a safe event, please note: The National Life pick-up is DRIVE THRU ONLY.

Please remain in your car and our volunteers will bring your meal(s) to you. Bethany Church pick-up will be walk-up for those who already reserved a meal(s). Home deliveries will be a doorstop drop. When you sign up, please be sure you leave any specific instructions for our delivery drivers to know where to leave the meal.

To reserve a free meal,

please call 802-229-7300

or e-mail

by end of day on November 17.

Youth Leadership

Stepping Stones to Leadership

This leadership program developed and facilitated by students with the partnership of adults from UP for Learning and Harwood had the first retreat/training day on October 19. This was followed by our second in-school retreat on November 4th. The student participants were nominated by a peer, teacher or could self nominate to participate. The group learned about group dynamics, leadership styles, facilitation strategies, public speaking and practiced facilitating short conversations. During the second half of the last retreat, students brainstormed current leadership opportunities at Harwood as well as developed a list of the needs that they perceive for additional opportunities for growth at our school.

This event series and the continued follow up work during ELO blocks have been masterfully led by Maisie Franke, Ella Dice, Adam Porterfield, Jeswin Antony and Damien Garcia. Their two year training through Up for Learning provided skilled leadership to plan for and deliver a highly personalized and professional experience for Harwood students. The goal from here is to continue to grow pathways for leadership and to work with the school community to make Harwood the best learning community it can be!

Rigorous & Robust Academic Program:



Although it may seem like this school year is still newly underway, it is already time to begin gathering some feedback to build the 2023-24 master schedule. As we all continue to regain some stability in a (mostly) post-Covid environment, we will be approaching master scheduling with that same lens of stability. The survey below focuses on some areas within the schedule that may be flexible as we continue to work toward meeting the specific goals of TA, ELO, and a predictable schedule.

Please complete this survey by Tuesday, November 22. We appreciate your input!

Complete the SURVEY here.

Positive school climate and culture:



​The Sign Ups for the Winter Sports Season are now OPEN!!

If you have a student-athlete in grades 7-12, you can register them for the Winter Sports Season at this link:! We need both their registration and a valid physical exam on file for your student to participate in Day 1 of Tryouts/Practices.

The preseason "Meet the Coaches" night is scheduled for both MS and HS on November 16th at 6pm in the Harwood Auditorium. We hope to see you there!

Mt. Rose opportunity

Tarot is a centuries old set of 78 archetypal images used for divination and insight. Each card holds a wealth of symbolism that can be interpreted in myriad ways depending on the adjacent cards. Tarot takes infinity and breaks it into 78 pieces. In class we will break the deck down into its component parts to explore the meanings of the cards. We will practice laying out cards and conducting a reading. There will be ample decks available to use during class, and there will be decks available for purchase as well. If you already have a deck, feel free to bring it with you! Teen Tarot with Melissa Hadder Friday, October 14th 7 - 9pm Friday, November 12th 7 - 9pm Friday, December 16th 7 - 9pm Friday, February 10th 7 - 9pm Friday, March 10th 7 -9pm Friday, April 14th 7 - 9pm $40/class


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