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Family Newsletter 9.15.23

At Harwood Union we are:

  1. Cultivating and maintaining a Harwood community where ALL students, staff, and families feel a sense of belonging, pride, and purpose.

  2. Strengthening and sustaining a rigorous and robust academic program that provides exploration and prepares students with knowledge, understanding, and skills for their next steps.

Harwood Families -

Students across Harwood grades 7-12 have been digging into learning since we arrived back to school. Despite the unbearable heat last week students persevered and the result included powerful dialogue and collaborative problem solving.

While current Harwood students engaged on campus, alumni applied skills fostered at Harwood

in their next steps. Owen Duffy, former Student Plaid, began his work as a Paraeducator at another HUUSD school - Brookside Elementary. He is loving the work and the opportunity to continue fostering skills as he moves towards course work in Special Education.

Harwood offers a diverse selection of courses and learning opportunities for our students. We look forward to welcoming our larger community back to building and sharing more about our programming during Open House on September 28th 5-7p.m.

If you are eager to learn more about what your child is doing in their classes before Open House - please see our Harwood Union course syllabi - high school and middle school.

Creating a Harwood we all feel proud to be a part of includes time to connect. Thanks to Liz Hepp, our Middle School Administrative Assistant and our Student Support team - snow cones were enjoyed by all after we made it through the heat of last week.

We are hopeful you’ll be able to join us on September 28th for Open House.


Meg, Laurie and Bethany



  • 9/18-9/20 - Fall MAP reading test grades 7-10

  • 9/22 - 9-10:30 a.m. College Fair

  • 9/27-9/29 - Fall MAP math test grades 7-10

  • 9/25 - Q1 midpoint

  • 9/28 - 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. - HU Open House

  • 10/06 - NO school for students (Faculty Inservice)

  • *Week of 10/23-10/27 - change in week schedule to gold-black-gold-black-7block due to visit above

  • Here is an updated yearlong calendar that reflects the week change above


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




​Greeting Harwood Community. Fall sports are in full swing, come on out and support these student-athletes. For up to date schedules please visit our calendar. Thank you and hope to see you all out at our events.

HUMHS Detention Procedures:

In an effort to continue to assess and refine our systems, we continue to reinforce our procedures to support students including progressive responses to continuation of behaviors, opportunity for restorative and community service, and follow up to teach skills and strategies to change behavior.

For Behaviors, Class Cuts, or 3+ tardies in a week, expect the following procedures:

  1. Class cuts, 3+ tardies in one week; behavior: First level = After School Detention

    1. Review why and acknowledgement of expectations

  2. Continuation of Behavior/Cuts/Tardies: Second Level = 2nd After School Detention

  3. Continuation of Behaviors: Third level = Half Day In School Suspension

    1. Focus - Community Service

  4. Continuation of Behaviors: Fourth level = Full Day In-School Suspension

    1. Focus: Educational Component and Project

    2. Community Service

  5. Continuation of Behaviors: Fifth level = Administrative Meeting and Plan of Action

Detentions are held after school from 3:30-4:40pm in Room 119. Students can be picked up at 4:45pm by caregivers, or they may ride the late afternoon bus. Please note, late afternoon buses have a specific stop route. Please connect with the bus barn (802) 244-6422 or review this link to bus routes to determine where your student should get off the bus.

If you have questions, students and caregivers should email:

**Please note that detentions have started this week, September 11th & September 12th

​One of the important purposes of Advisory is to support community conversations. This year we are focusing on holding Circle Dialogues every Tuesday. The Circle process provides an opportunity to discuss important topics in a supportive environment where every voice is encouraged. The year began with a Circle about the Harwood Way followed up this week with a Circle focused on future planning (with an eye toward preparing for the College and Training fair). Next week we will be exploring our values. Our goal is to create an advisory community that can openly discuss a variety of important topics with equity and respect!

​We still have yearbooks available to purchase from the ‘22-’23 school year. Please contact April Rule in the main office. Cost is $60. (

We want your photos!

Senior Photos are due DECEMBER 15th! Please upload your photos here:

Questions? Please reach out to our high school yearbook coordinator, Laura Ladieu (

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: If you want to be part of the Yearbook Committee, you can contact She will be having a Yearbook Committee ELO on Fridays during ELO 1!

​The Harwood chapter of She's the First, an organization of grassroots leaders that work to make sure girls worldwide are educated, respected, and heard, was recognized for their donation and fundraising efforts in the STF Annual Report!

Strengthening and sustaining a rigorous and robust academic program:



All students and families received JumpRope login information this week so that you can track students’ progress in their courses throughout the year. It is important to note that, as courses ramp up at the beginning of the school year, a course will not appear on your dashboard in JumpRope until the first score has been entered by a teacher.

Throughout the year, we will email JumpRope progress reports home that show more detailed information about student progress on our Learning Expectations (the transferable skills that students are practicing in their courses). These progress reports will be emailed home at the midpoint and end of each quarter, and will also prompt conferencing between students and their TA teacher.

Here is a brief overview of what to look for in the JumpRope portal and on the progress reports. If you are looking at JumpRope and have course-specific questions, please email the teacher. If you have general JumpRope questions, reach out to Jessica Deane, teaching and learning coordinator, at

Vermont Pitch Challenge

Do you dream of starting a business or making a positive impact on the world? Or maybe you already have! The Vermont Pitch Challenge gives high school entrepreneurs from across the globe the change to pitch innovative businesses that make a difference in their communities. Along the way, you’ll learn from top experts about how to write a business plan, create a compelling pitch and achieve your goals - all while competing for cash prizes and scholarships to the University of Vermont.

Open Houses at the University of Vermont

UVM Open House events will be held on Sunday, October 8 and Saturday, November 11 for prospective students and families. Registration is now open.

College and Training Fairs

  • On Friday, September 22nd Harwood will be hosting 52 college and training programs for students in grades 10 - 12 to visit in our library. The list of programs attending can be found here.

  • There will be a college fair hosted by NEACAC at St. Michael’s College on Thursday, September 21st from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. If you’d like to attend this opportunity please register here.

There are numerous Virtual College Fair opportunities coming up that students can take advantage of. Check out the fairs offered by NACAC here.

​Hello Community Members,

My name is Katie Kenney, and I work at Crossett Brook and Harwood Middle Schools as the Extended Learning Coordinator. The position's purpose(s) is to provide students with experiences to help them learn about their identity and get their minds thinking about what type of person they want to be when they grow up. I plan to break down barriers to deepen and extend learning through career awareness and exploration. Because of these real-world experiences, students will connect with community members and create meaningful learning opportunities.

The Extended Learning Program exposes middle school students to an educational program or experience emphasizing academic principles and real-world applications. These learning opportunities have initiated high school, college, and career readiness skills. The position has facilitated guest speakers, worksite tours, a career fair, and connected classroom activities at both HUUSD middle schools. During an experience, I often hear students say, "Oh, that's why we are learning this."

As a professional, you have a unique skill set with values to shape young minds. Please let me know if you would like to come in as a guest speaker or are open to a small group of students visiting you for a worksite tour. The purpose is to discuss with students how you got where you are career-wise, your passions, and any other wisdom about you that you feel is valuable to share.

-You would be a superhero in the eyes of middle schoolers:)

The middle school community appreciates your support and could not do this without you.

It takes a village,

Katie Kenney


​The fall window for MAP testing begins next week for all students in grades 7-10. Over the next few weeks, students will take the reading and math MAP tests in their math and English classes.

MAP stands for Measure of Academic Progress. These tests are given in the fall and spring (and sometimes winter), and the results are used internally to help us identify students who may benefit from additional support in specific skills, as well as identify possible gaps across groups of students that could be addressed through learning in classes. While we don’t want students to stress over these tests (the results do not affect their course scores, and are not reported externally at all), we do want them to take them seriously so that we can have an accurate picture of their skills as individuals, and where we are at as a school and district.

After MAP testing is complete, students will see their results and reflect on them in their English and math classes. Here is an example of what they will see.

It will be very helpful if over the next two weeks (and every day!), students come to school with charged Chromebooks, ready to go. Thanks!

Community Announcements:



GREAT NEWS! Harwood Union Middle & High School is participating in the

802 Smiles Network!

Dear parent or guardian,

Harwood Union Middle & High School is participating in the 802 Smiles Network, which promotes dental health programs in schools throughout Vermont. This means your child is eligible for a free dental screening and may be eligible to receive preventive dental services at no cost to you. All you have to do is complete the consent forms by October 1st, 2023 by scanning the QR code below.

Harwood Union Middle & High School’s registered dental hygienist can provide the following free services:

  • Dental Screening (simplified dental check-up)

  • Fluoride Varnish (brush-on liquid that can help prevent cavities)

  • Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) (brush-on combination of silver and fluoride that can help stop cavities from getting bigger)

  • Dental Cleanings (helps keep the mouth healthy and clean!)

  • Oral Health Education (teaches students how to brush, floss, maintain good oral health)

  • Dental Sealants (a thin layer of material placed on back teeth to prevent decay)

If you choose to participate, after your child is screened, our dental hygienist will send you a follow-up letter explaining the services provided to your child and whether additional treatment is recommended. The hygienist can also help connect you to a dental professional who can provide the recommended treatment for your child, if needed.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the school’s dental hygienist, Michael Messina at or the school nurse, Magge Stone at

The 802 Smiles Network is a partnership between the school community, dental professionals, the Agency of Education, and the Vermont Department of Health. The goal is to improve the oral health of all Vermont kids.

Pizza & PG-13 Movie Night at Moretown Library

6:30-9pm, Sat 9/23

Join us for our first movie night of the Fall geared towards anyone who watches PG-13 rated titles and featuring free pizza! Bring any other snacks or beverages and a cozy chair (or use one of ours). Visit our website for this month's title and the other dates in our series:

Questions? Contact:

Cory Stephenson (she/her)

Library Director

Moretown Memorial Library



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