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Family Newsletter 2.5.21

Harwood Families -

We want to start this week’s newsletter by thanking you for the partnership that has successfully allowed us to remain in a hybrid schedule to date. Due to the incredible efforts and vigilance of our community we have been able to provide onsite learning during a year when many other districts across the country have had to remain fully remote.

As we begin February, and with the 2nd Semester officially underway, let’s continue to commit ourselves to a strong community between home and school. Please remain home when symptomatic and adhere to the Governor’s guidelines.

This time of year also begins the planning for the forthcoming year. To that end, we’re excited to kick off the Registration Process for the 2021-2022 school year. Please see details and the timeline below.

Class of 2022

Registration is underway - students have received a Program of Studies and have been scheduled for a registration appointment with their school counselor during the weeks of 2/1-2/19. Please contact Susan Laskasirs if you did not receive a registration letter. or 802-583-8175.

Class of 2023 & Class of 2024

Families - please SAVE THE DATE: Save The Date Announcement

Thursday, February 18th, 6pm. Program of Studies & Course Registration Presentation.

Here is a link to the digital copy of the Program of Studies POS-Program of Studies

Class of 2023

Students will receive & review the Program of Studies in TA the week of 2/15/2021

Additionally, School Counselors will meet with students in TA to select courses the week of 3/8/2021

Families - We encourage you to connect with your child and set aside time to review and discuss the Program of Studies at home. As you look through the program of students and consider courses for next year ask your child to consider their Four year plan.

Class of 2024

Students will receive & review the Program of Studies in TA the week of 3/8/2021 Additionally, School Counselors will meet with students in Global Studies class to select courses the week of 3/15/2021

Families - We encourage you to connect with your child and set aside time to review and discuss the Program of Studies at home. As you look through the program of students and consider courses for next year ask your child to consider their Four year plan.

Please contact Susan Laskaris should you want an appointment with your student’s school counselor. or 802-583-8175.

In partnership,

Meg, Laurie and Duane



  • Student drivers

    • Now that our screening system is fully underway we invite student drivers to use the South entrance instead of the back entrance for screening.

  • Semester 1/Quarter 2 Progress Reports

    • Look for JumpRope reports emailed to students and families today, 2/5.



  • Calendar Updates:

  • 02/08 - Transcripts from Semester 1 are sent to colleges

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

    • 03/04 - Black cohort day

    • 03/05 - Gold cohort day

Please note the cohort day switch when we return from February break!.

  • 03/23 - 9th grade virtual Transition night - more details forthcoming

  • 03/30 - 7th grade virtualTransition night - more details forthcoming

  • IMPORTANT Please review the following School Bus Information

NOTICE: 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:



Free Meals for Children 18 & Younger

  • Did you know you can get free breakfasts and lunches for your children 18 and under? That includes littles not yet enrolled in school! Sign up for meals here. Free meals are not only for families in need, and you won’t be “taking away” a meal from someone in need if you decide to get a meal for your child(ren). Please take advantage of this wonderful benefit, the more meals served, the better it is for the HUUSD Food & Nutrition Program.

Updates from our Health Office:

Community Gratitude and Upcoming Bottle Drive

  • Thank you to everyone who sent in the gift cards, we raised over $400. The club fundraising activities don’t stop there. Our next project is the annual Bottle Drive! The Rotary Interact Club fundraisers are always for an organization we believe is important to our community or that we are passionate about. Everyone has a vote on who we should help out or support. This year’s Bottle Drive is fundraising for the Waterbury Area Senior Center!

  • The Bottle Drive will be held during the week of February 8th. There will be a dropbox at Harwood Union High School from 7:30 AM-8:00 AM on Tuesday, February 9th and Friday February 12th. On February 13th there will be a collection at Hannon Home Center from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM. You can also bring them to Rodney’s Rubbish at any time before the 13th. Please let them know that you are donating to Harwood’s Rotary Interact Club.


  • FEBRUARY 10 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Free

Join us for an interactive session with Lakeside Pediatrics’ Dr. Greg Connolly, M.D., F.A.A.P., where he will help interpret the most recent news around COVID 19 and the vaccine with a focus on questions posed by families who have children with disabilities.

Presenter: Dr Greg Connolly, M.D., F.A.A.P. Lakeside Pediatrics

Harwood High School Students Partner with Tree-Plenish to Offset Their School’s Paper Usage by Planting Trees

Calling Mad River Valley & Waterbury residents to action

MORETOWN, VT (January 19th, 2020) -- As of the week of 12/7/20, Tree-Plenish partnered with over 85 schools, including Harwood Union, to help build sustainable communities through youth engagement. Harwood students plan to plant 100+ trees on April 24th, 2021 to offset its school’s paper usage during one academic year.

Tree-Plenish mentors students through a step-by-step process to achieve their ultimate goal: hosting their own tree-planting event. With the help of Tree-Plenish, students calculate their school’s paper usage. In order to reach their goal number of trees, students rely on residents of the community to request trees to be planted by volunteers in their yard.

Throughout the winter and early spring, students and schools plan their tree-planting events. Students start in December to market their event to the community, with the goal of getting residents to request a tree to be planted in their yard on the day of the event. This tree request process continues until about one month before the event is to take place to allow time for the trees to be ordered and delivered. Students also reach out to their community to recruit volunteers to help plant trees on the day of the event. These events are a perfect opportunity for members of the community to stay connected and involved during the Covid-19 pandemic. Tree-Plenish has created specific guidelines to protect both the residents of the community as well as the volunteers for the event.

Residents of the community are able to help support the event starting now! If they live in the Mad River Valley, Waterbury, or Duxbury, they can request a tree to be planted in their yard or sign up to volunteer to plant trees on the day of the event. Homeowners can also arrange to pick up the saplings and plant them themselves if they prefer. The more homeowners that request trees, the faster the students are able to reach their goals. If homeowners are unable to request a tree or volunteer their time, they can also make a monetary contribution on the Tree-Plenish website.

Catalina, the public relations lead at Tree-Plenish, explains why she joined the Tree-Plenish team: “Throughout my high school career, I noticed the excessive amount of paper teachers, students, and administrators used. As a youth passionate about affecting change, I thought there must be a way we could give back to the community the resources we had taken. Tree-Plenish does this by empowering the youth in each community to stand up and make a difference.”

Tree-Plenish is a student-led 501(c)(3) non profit organization striving to build sustainable communities through youth engagement. Together with students from Harwood, Tree-Plenish hopes to drive the Mad River Valley and Waterbury towards a sustainable future.


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