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Family Newsletter- 12.1.23

Harwood Families -

OUR High School - the Future… Let’s ALL talk options!

We encourage all community members to join, engage and provide feedback & suggestions for what is put forward for a vote.



  • 12/04 - Quarter 2 midpoint (progress reports emailed home 12/05)

  • 12/07 - 5:30 - 7:00 Socrates Cafe

  • 12/08 & 12/09 - Middle School Musical

  • 12/12 - 7-9 p.m. Middle School Music Concert

  • 12/14 - 1:25 -2:05 p.m. - Assembly

  • 12/22 - 12:30 p.m. dismissal *schedule linked

  • 12/25 - 1/1 - NO School - VACATION


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



All students arriving after 8:40 or being dismissed before 3:20 should enter and leave the Harwood Building through the Front Main Office - this includes all Middle and High School students.


​To stay current on what is happening with our practices, games and events please visit our schedule here.

Update P.A.R information: We have updated our Plan for Academic Recovery, please click here to read all about the updated process.

​MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS: OUTDOOR RECESS: Starting this coming Monday December 4th, Middle Schoolers will be going outside for recess. Please send your student in with a coat, hat, boots, and mittens - so that they can be comfortable and warm in the outdoors. If you need assistance with outdoor gear, please don’t hesitate to contact the Health Office Magge Stone or; or Dr. Melody ( and we can support students in need.

Mentor Program Update: We are excited to share that we have 32 mentors (11th and 12th grade) matched with 32 mentees (from 7th and 8th grade). On Friday, November 17th (right before break), our mentors met with their mentees for the first time this year. High school mentors completed a mental health first aid training course brought to Harwood through Washington county mental health and will continue to participate in weekly supervision groups. We love supporting this program that brings young people together with caring mentors who offer guidance, support, and encouragement to developing mentees during their middle school years.

The Buddy Program: We are also excited to announce the development of The Buddy Program, coming second semester, that brings high schoolers who are budding mentors the opportunity to offer enrichment and connection activities with any middle school student. This program will be aimed at developing strong, healthy relationships led by excellent high school role models; and will continue to enhance our whole school community and culture.

If you have any questions about either the Mentor or Buddy program, please contact Dr. Melody Frank ( or Jen Dreimiller (, our adult leaders.

Health Office Updates

​Family Program offerings!

Prevent Child Abuse Vermont Programs

Parenting can be stressful. If you are a parent who could use extra support by learning more about how to support your child’s social and emotional needs, Prevent Child Abuse Vermont is offering three fantastic programs to support your needs. All programs are FREE and are offered virtually.

  • Learn about regulating emotions through positive discipline

  • Connect with other families to reduce isolation

  • Add some new tools to your parenting toolbox

Come and Grow as a Family!

Strengthening Families Programs, Nurturing Parenting Programs, and ongoing weekly Circle of Parenting Support Groups

Call 802-498-0607 or email to learn more or join.

​Were you unavailable on Tuesday, November 28th for the Financial Aid and Managing College Costs presentation at Harwood, but still

interested in learning about this topic? Visit the VSAC website here to view a recorded version of the presentation. Spring College Fairs The National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC) has announced their spring line up of college fairs. They have both in-person and virtual options for students who are interested in jumping in to explore colleges around the country. The link to register is here. CVCC Applications Available Now Applications for the Central Vermont Career Center for the 2024-2025 school year are open. Please encourage your students who are hoping to attend CVCC next year to apply as soon as possible. The deadline for the first round (when most programs fill) is December 22nd. Students can apply here. If your student needs help please send them to see their school counselor. Dual Enrollment for Spring Students in grades 11 & 12 are eligible for two free vouchers to pay for college courses at Vermont colleges. Registration is open now for spring semester offerings. Courses can count towards your student’s Harwood graduation requirements and college credit. School counselors are happy to help your student navigate this process if they are interested.


During the month of November and in partnership with Washington County Mental Health Services (WCMHS) Harwood became the first school to conduct a teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA) training for 30 juniors and seniors, who will be certified teen mental health first aiders.

Teen MHFA is an

evidence-based training that teaches teens in grades 10-12, or ages 15- 18, how to identify,

understand and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges in their friends and peers.

The training gives teens the skills they need to have supportive conversations with their friends and

emphasizes the importance of getting help from a responsible and trusted adult.

This training will be offered again at Harwood in January and open to interested students during a three week double ELO series. Please reach out to Jen Dreimiller with interest or questions at

Strengthening and sustaining a rigorous and robust academic program:



Join us for the next Community Socrates Café

December 7th, 5:30 to 7:00 PM

Discussion Question: How do we live with regret?

A Socrates Café is an opportunity for dialogue about timeless and timely questions that all human beings deal with in their lives. Rather than being a debate or a discussion, a Socrates Café is a dialogue where participants are encouraged to listen to each other and to learn from one another. This form of discourse- and its focus on the search for knowledge- comes from Socrates, who observed that, "Wisdom Begins in Wonder." These gatherings are open to all members of the community, regardless of age, experience or background. Harwood students who are experienced in leading Socratic Dialogues will facilitate the discussions.

Community members of all ages are invited, and refreshments will be provided. For questions and more information, please contact Adam Sargent at .

JumpRope Progress Reports

​Monday December 4th is the midpoint of Quarter 2 and a good time to check in on academic progress. Progress reports will be emailed to students and families from Jennifer Shaub through JumpRope on Tuesday December 5th. This guide includes some guidelines and graphics to help interpret the report. Make sure to look at both sections of the report, and keep in mind that for high schoolers:

  • In order for a course to count toward graduation, the course score must fall in the Proficient range or above (2.6 or greater). These are seen in the first section of the progress report.

  • In order for Learning Expectations to be on track for graduation, the scores must fall in the Proficient range or above (2.6 or greater). These are seen in the section section of the progress report.

Course scores and Learning Expectation scores will keep changing as assessments are added throughout the semester or year (depending on the course) and scores are not final until that time. Feel free to reach out to Jess Deane (Teaching and Learning Coordinator) at with general questions, or email teachers for course-specific details

​ELO Opportunity!

​Come join the Programming and Cybersecurity Club (PAC)! We will be working on group hardware & software projects as well as some cybersecurity-related content. Prior coding experience is a bonus, but not needed! We meet during ELO on Thursdays in room 303, and you book to Mrs. Matheson.

visits Harwood Middle School

Vermont Folklife visited with the middle school teams last week to support the current ethnography unit. As part of the two-day interactive workshop, students watched a demo interview by Mary Wesley and Kate Haughey. Students explored interview techniques, such as asking open-ended questions and listening carefully to invite thoughtful follow-up questions. Macauley Lerman, cinematographer and photographer, provided tips for capturing audio and video footage with simple tools. We feel fortunate to have had this opportunity to partner with Vermont Folklife.

Senior photos are due December 15th for the Yearbook!!

Please upload your portraits, baby photos, and candid photos from this school year ( school appropriate please!) to this link: You should not need a school ID to submit the photos to this link.

*If you got your photo taken at school on photo day and want to use that photo for the yearbook, there is nothing you need to do. Jostens’ will use the photo they have on file.

Any questions, email our Yearbook Coordinator, Laura Ladieu (

Community Announcements:




TONIGHT!!! Friday, December 1st.

​Join us for a special event - a silent auction dinner to support financial aid for the Harwood Union 2024 Denmark & Vermont Exchange. The event will take place on Friday, December 15th from 5-8pm.

At the auction, you'll have the opportunity to bid on items generously donated by local businesses and artisans. This is a great chance to support the community and find unique gifts for the holiday season.

In addition to the auction, there will be a delicious dinner available. Tickets for the dinner are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. It's a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a meal with friends and family while supporting a good cause.

Don't miss out on this fantastic event. Mark your calendars for Friday, December 15th and join us in the Harwood Cafeteria for a night of great food and community spirit.


Community Giving Program

​HUMHS is launching a community giving program in the form of a gift card drive for the 2023 holiday season. This program will provide some financial support to families during the holidays and winter months. If you need help purchasing holiday gifts for your family, please fill out this Google form HUMHS Community Giving 2023 by Tuesday, December 12, 2023.

Please know that all personally identifiable information will be kept confidential to only key school staff who are organizing this effort.

We recognize that these are trying times for many. If it is within your means, we invite you to consider supporting this program. Gift cards to stores that offer a variety of goods, from clothing to food, such as Wal-Mart, Target, or Amazon are preferred, but any donation is welcome and appreciated.

Gift cards can be dropped off in the High School Main Office or sent by mail to Harwood Union High School ATTN: Sam Baird, 458 VT Route 100 Moretown, VT 05660. Donations will be collected through the end of the school day on Friday, December 15, 2023.


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