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Family Newsletter - 2.24.23


Harwood Families -

What an amazing week - from opening our new gym for the Girls varsity basketball team’s first playoff game to this week’s Poetry reading and the 6-12 grade Band night in our auditorium.


With new snow on the ground we hope you all enjoy a restful and fun break!

Meg, Laurie and Duane




Calendar:

  • 02/27 - 03/07 - No School - February Vacation

  • 02/25 - Playoff games

    • Girls Varsity Basketball - 2 p.m.

    • Boys Varsity Basketball - 7 p.m

    • *there is also a 5:30 JV boys game!

  • 3/15 - She’s the First Fundraiser

  • 03/16 - 7-9 p.m. Choral Night grades 5-12

  • 03/20 - 3/23 - Winter Carnival

  • 03/24 - No School

  • 04/06 - 04/08 - 7:30 - 9:30 pm Sound of Music Performances

  • 04/13 & 4/19 - Family/TA Conferences

 

Safe - seen, heard, respected & understood:

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Health Office Updates




HUUSD Annual Report

Annual Meeting 3/6/23


Voting 3/7/23




In accordance with Article 9 of the Harwood Unified Union School District (HUUSD) organizational meeting held on August 31, 2016, we are notifying you that the HUUSD Annual Report, which includes the proposed 2023-2024 school budget, will be available February 17, 2023.


The report will be available online at huusd.org. You may also request a copy by calling 802-583-7953. We can mail the copy or you may arrange pickup at the HUUSD Central Office.


The board will hold an annual meeting and informational budget meeting at Harwood Union High School and via Zoom on March 6, 2023 at 6PM. See the HUUSD website for instructions on joining the meeting.


On March 7, 2023 the budget vote will be by Australian ballot in all six towns. Voters can obtain absentee and early ballots from their respective town clerks.



Rigorous & Robust Academic Program:

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Dual Enrollment Open for Summer


​Are you a rising 10th or 11th grade student who wants to take a college class this summer? Dual Enrollment vouchers for the summer are now open! If you are interested and would like to take a class this summer, please reach out to your school counselor to schedule a time to meet with us about this opportunity.


For More Information about Dual Enrollment at Specific Colleges:

University of Vermont Summer Academy / UVM Course Search

Community College of Vermont/CCV Course Search

Saint Michael's College

Vermont State University (including Vermont Tech)

Norwich University

Champlain College


Not sure what a dual enrollment voucher is? After completing 10th grade, each Vermont student has access to two dual enrollment vouchers that covers the cost of tuition to take two college classes. This unique opportunity allows you to earn high school and college credit simultaneously.

Mid-Quarter 3 Progress Reports


​Thursday 2/16 was the midpoint of Quarter 3, and JumpRope progress reports were emailed to students and families this past Monday 2/20. 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.

Positive school climate and culture:


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A message from our Athletic Director



For those who may not know me, my name is Sue Duprat and I am the interim AD here at Harwood until the end of the school year.

(Well, actually, I am still Sue Duprat even if you already know me...)

We've seen the headlines.

Yes, we are all appalled.

And we swear it will never happen at our events.

But we need to understand and accept our role in all of this.

I fear that far more schools will prohibit fans at events.

I fear that our kids, our families, and our communities will continue to feel the impact of the anger and ill will that seems to be a balm to some individuals.

So, please, check yourself. Check that we aren't adding fuel to the fire by our actions.

But also, and MORE IMPORTANTLY, feel empowered, and, in turn, empower the folks you deal with to just say:

"Nope, that's not how we do it here"; "Let's just cheer for our kids, and not worry about the refs".

Or whatever.

A fellow parent/fan who calls on a misbehaving individual early in the engagement, has far more impact than any school admin walking through a crowd could have.


No one goes from 0-10 in the anger/aggression world.

Folks go from 0-1, 1-3, etc.


The goal is to curb the behavior at 2-3, while it is still manageable.

If you were during my first tour of duty at HU, you likely heard me say at every sports meeting that when you go to an event, you can have only one of 4 roles:

  • Coach

  • Player

  • Fan

  • Official

It's when folks try to take on more than one role, fan + Coach, Fan + Ref; etc, that trouble can brew.


So, families - please remind the humans around you that we firmly believe that this is "about the kids", so let's make that happen.

We want our student-athletes to have the visible, vocal support of their friends and family, as long as we keep it all student focused, and positive.


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