Family Newsletter- 8.25.23
Harwood Families -
As soon as families and students began filling the hallways and classrooms on Thursday night for conferences all felt right in the world of Harwood again. Much happens in the building over the summer but the joy our students bring each day is the reason why we’re here.
Please find a few reminders below to help you start the 2023-2024 school year feeling prepared.
Doors open at 8:15
Grades 7 & 8 can enter through the Middle School and go to the gallery
Grades 9-12 can enter through the South entrance or Front entrance and go to the cafeteria
Breakfast is served for all for free until 8:35
Classes start at 8:40
If you are dropping or picking your child up please do so at the South entrance in order to create a safe space for buses using the upper circle
School ends at 3:20
We are excited to see our 7th and 9th graders on Monday, August 28th and ALL our students on Tuesday, August 29th.
Meg, Laurie and Bethany
8/28 - SMART Start for Grades 7 & 9
8/29 - First day of school for ALL grades
9/04 - NO School/Labor Day
9/05 & 9/06 - 3:30 - 5:00 - Fall play auditions
9/08 - 10:30 - 1:15 - Middle School Regatta
9/15 - Photo day *details to come
9/28 - 5-7 p.m. - Open House
Cultivating and maintaining a sense of belonging and pride.
Greetings Middle School Parents. We are fast approaching the start of Middle School Sports, Wednesday August 30th after school. If you have a child who plans on playing soccer, field hockey or cross country and have not registered yet, please do as soon as possible here. For additional information please visit harwoodhighlanders.com/resources. The schedule of practices and games can be found at http://harwood.tandem.co/. We are still looking for a 7th grade boys soccer coach and an 8th grade girls soccer coach. If you are interested in helping please contact Ian Fraunfelder at email@example.com.
23-24’ Harwood Family Handbook
Welcome Back! We are excited to see you all!
We have some new members on our team. Be sure to say hello to our new Student Support Specialists - Mary Stridsberg and Yvette Boucher, our new Dean of Students, Andy Johnson; and our new Assistant Principal - Bethany Turnbaugh.
Returning team members include Mari Pratt - Hall Monitor, Dr. Melody Frank - Director of Student Support Services, and School-Based Mental Health Clinician - Christina Ehrenreich.
Mark Your Calendars - September 11th &12th: → We are excited to remind everyone about our fall speaker and incredible presentation by Cindy Pierce.
Cindy Pierce is an author, educational speaker, sexuality educator, comic storyteller, innkeeper and mom of three young adults. Combining years of research with her storytelling skills, she engages audiences with her message about making healthy choices and navigating cultural pressures, both online and off. It has become increasingly challenging for young people to feel at ease, worthy and relevant as they attempt to find balance in their busy lives.
Attendance: Being on time and prepared for school and class matters! Over the first couple weeks of school (and beyond), our team is available to help you navigate the building, learn the bells, and know your schedule so you can be where you need to be, on time, and ready to go!
***If your student is going to be absent, tardy, and/or dismissed early from any school day, remember to fill out our Attendance Form, also found on the front page of our Harwood Website.
Welcome back to school!
Here is the link to our website. From there, you can navigate to medication forms, allergy emergency forms, and asthma action plans as well as resources.
Current COVID guidance: We continue to follow VDH guidance. The Health Office website will be updated with new information as it becomes available.
Please feel free to reach out anytime! We are here as a resource for you and your student.
The HUUSD have published back-to-school bus routes here: huusd.org/bus-routes
Throughout the school year, that page will display the most up-to-date bus route information.
WHAT DO I DO IF I DON'T SEE MY STOP? Steps:
Free & Reduced Lunch application
n School Year 2023-2024, all students will receive free breakfast and lunch at school. The State of Vermont has provided money to do this for one year through the Universal School Meals Act. Please remind your student(s) that meals are limited to one meal per person.
We need your help to keep providing free meals to all students in future years, as well as making our school and community eligible for other benefits. Please review this application for free and reduced price school meals and complete it if you believe your family might be eligible. If all eligible families fill out and return this form, we will get more money from the federal government for free school meals now and in the future.
Please find the application on this site. Please print and return to Harwood. Applications will also be sent home at the start of the year.
Strengthening and sustaining a rigorous and robust academic program
The School Counselors have been working hard to answer all student schedule change requests that came in over the summer. If students would like to adjust their schedule once school begins they can stop by the School Counseling Office or fill out the course change request form here.
The period to Add or Drop a course will occur throughout the first two weeks of school. Talk to your school counselor prior to September 8th for all change requests.
On Monday and Tuesday morning school counselors will be in the lobby handing out paper copies of schedules with lunch assignments to students as they arrive for their first day. We look forward to seeing you all then!