Family Newsletter- 2.10.23
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Jen Hempey @ CBMS - Students with Last Names starting A-L - email@example.com
Emily Scharff @ CBMS - Students with Last Names starting M-Z - firstname.lastname@example.org
02/10 - 3:30 - 6 p.m. Student Recital Series
02/16 - Rising 9th grade Family Transition Night
02/20 - 03/10 - Rwanda travel study
02/22 - 7-9 p.m Band Night grades 5-12
02/27 - 03/07 - No School - February Vacation
03/16 - 7-9 p.m. Choral Night grades 5-12
03/24 - No School
04/13 & 4/19 - Family/TA Conferences
Safe - seen, heard, respected & understood:
Hello again from the HUUSD Social Emotional Learning Task Force.
social awareness, this month we are learning about the action of interacting.
As caregivers, we know that relationships are everywhere. Relationships
are cornerstones in our home, in our schools and workplaces and in our community. Children have many different relationships in their lives. Whether it's being a lab partner in science, a member of a team, club, cast or band, a friendship group, or a member of a family, developing healthy relationship skills is critical. Having healthy relationships is not always easy and takes skill and practice (even for adults!).
Relationship skills is the ability to establish new relationships, to maintain positive relationships and friendships, to avoid social isolation, to resolve conflicts, to accept differences, to be a contributing member of the classroom and community in which one lives, works, learns, and plays, and to work productively and collaboratively with others. Children are learning to:
Here are a couple ideas about how to help your child at home:
For younger students:
For all students:
We hope that some of these may be helpful and assist your children in growing in their Relationship Skills. We appreciate partnering with you in this important work!
Characteristics of Healthy Relationships
Rigorous & Robust Academic Program:
Did you know….
Congratulations to our 2023 HUMS Math Counts Team! They will be competing Saturday, February 11th at Northern Vermont University, Lyndon Campus.
Good luck representing Harwood Middle School: Tarin Askew, William Clark, Jane Schaefer, Lev Ibson, Rowan Sexton, Caroline Cox, Cora Potts, Dahlia Jordan, Emily Hill, Harmony Devoe, Lena Tautfest and Sydney Schaller!! And our team alternates Trinity Mazzilli and Warren Rayburn!!
We’re excited to formally announce Brian Boye’s acceptance of the Music position at Harwood starting in July of 2023.
As a trumpeter, composer, arranger and band leader, multi-instrumentalist Brian Boyes has worked in Vermont for over 20 years. As a member of a variety of award wining ensembles including the national touring jazz-funk act, viperHouse, he has been recognized for his soulful and intense approach to his trumpet.
Most recently, Brian Boyes has been celebrated and recognized for his work as the composer and conductor of the 18-piece post-rock, big band, The Saturn People’s Sound Collective. As a recipient of a Vermont Community Foundation Arts Endowment grant and a Goddard College Concerts commission, Boyes and the Saturn Collective have sent shockwaves throughout the VT musical community leaving an indelible imprint amongst Vermont’s tastemakers and diverse music lovers alike. Says Seven Days of the group’s 2013 headlining Discover Jazz Festival performance, “Mind blowing radness . . . The Saturn People’s set at The FlynnSpace on Tuesday was simply transcendent, not merely a local highlight, but a festival topper, period.”
Brian Boyes is no stranger when it comes to working with large ensemble; including The Big Bang Bhangra Brass Band and Movement of the People: The Fela Kuti Project - both projects exploring the intersection of global music and jazz improvisation.
As an educator Brian Boyes has twice received special recognition from the Vermont Arts Alliance for his unique and creative approach to music education at Cabot School and is a three-time recipient of Cabot School’s Teacher of the Year award. In 2014, Brian was awarded a Rowland Foundation Fellowship to develop and implement a significant project of educational transformation in Vermont.
Brian is the founder and creative director of SoundCheck - a band of select VT high school musicians writing and performing original music to fight for social justice. SoundCheck students work with music educators, prominent singer-songwriters and anti-racist educators to develop original material that tackles racism, injustice and hate. The band regularly performs and facilitates workshops at New England high schools using art and music as a catalyst to spark dialogue, action and awareness.
Brian holds two degrees from Goddard College; BA Music Performance & Composition (with a minor in Ethnomusicology); MA Education (Infusing Performing Arts into Project Based Learning).
Positive school climate and culture:
Harwood Union High School Driver’s Education Program
Harwood Union High School will continue to provide Driver’s Education opportunities to our students eligible with a valid permit through private driving schools during the 2023-2024 school year. Jerry Cassel and Paul Dudley will each be providing 2 different courses - for a total of 4 - summer, fall, winter and spring.
Please note -
Registration information will be forthcoming in the next month.
Learn How to Save Energy and Money at 2023 LEAP Energy Fair
Is it time to weatherize your drafty house? Are you interested in energy efficient heat pumps, electric vehicles, or solar power for your home or business? Find the information you need at the 2023 LEAP Energy Fair, Saturday, April 15 from 9 AM to 3 PM at Crossett Brook Middle School.
The LEAP Energy Fair is the largest in Vermont, and it’s completely free. Tour 75 exhibits and talk to experts about heat pumps, weatherization, solar power, energy audits, electric vehicles, efficient wood heat, and much more. Attend breakout sessions on topics of special interest.
This family-friendly event includes a free show by Marko the Magician, free ice cream, free electronics recycling, children’s activities, and local food and refreshments while you learn how to shrink energy bills and save money.