Sunday, February 19, 2017

Hunt Middle School PTO Blog February 19, 2017



PTO Meeting Minutes - 2/16/17

President’s Report – Paula Henry

Jen L’Ecuyer has agreed to be the HMS representative to the District PTO group, to attend district level meetings concerning the budget and other financial issues.  Thank you Jen! The next meeting is March 16th @7:30 pm.

BHS announced that there will be a school community meeting on scheduling which will occur Monday February 20, 6-7:30pm @ BHS.  The District is considering starting school at 7:15 am for BHS.  If this affects your family for next year, you may want to attend.

The Hunt PTO will need a new President for 2017-2018.  Parents of 6th and 7th graders should be thinking about filling this role for next year.

Treasurer’s Report – Paula Henry
Treasurer’s report presented.  Checking account balance (eff 1/31/17) is $7,799 with $3,953 of this unrestricted/available for use.

Request made by Librarian Hughes for the PTO to contribute to the cost of bringing in Kwame Alexander, author of “The Playbook”, to Hunt on March 14. PTO approved the donation of $400 for this worthwhile event, if we are successful in scheduling an on-site visit.   

Request made by Josh Safran to cover some cost for HMS to have a team participate in the National Geographic GEO Bee. Clarifying information forthcoming from Len before a final decision is made.  PTO will donate an HMS logo tshirt for all students participating on the team.

We still have about 20 shirts to sell.  Len will connect with the Student Council to set up a time to sell at school.  Looking ahead to next year, an opportunity exists to have people order them directly online, with no investment by the PTO to carry inventory.  JJFlynn school was successful doing this.

New Business – Paula Henry
The play, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, will be performed April 6, 7, 8.  Anyone interested in helping with the play production, please contact huntdramaclub@gmail.com.  Any adult interested in playing in the pit orchestra as a non-paid volunteer, contact Ashley O’Brien at ashleyobrienmusic@gmail.com.  45 students are in the cast, and another 8-10 in the stage crew.  Fundraising continues with a chocolate promotion coming out soon!

New fundraiser just announced!  Pancake breakfast and silent auction, scheduled for Saturday morning, March 25!!  Mark your calendars now! All are welcome & encouraged to attend! Prices for admission still to be determined, but will be reasonable & no one will be turned away due to ability to pay. We'd welcome help! If you are interested in helping with cooking, welcoming guests, set-up, clean-up, serving, communications, or silent auction, please email Helen Rock at rockjonesvt@gmail.com or call/text 802-999-7574

If you have items to donate to the silent auction, please email Rebecca Padnos at rpadnos@gmail.com.

Principal’s Report – Len Phelan

Geography Bees:
HMS recently participated in the National Geographic Bee. This competition, held annually at over 10,000 schools across the United States, is designed to inspire and reward students’ interest in geography.

19 HMS students volunteered to participate in the preliminary round of our school bee. 8 students advanced to the final round. Our two finalists, sixth graders Julia Hondal and Robbie Safran answered several rounds of questions with Julia Hondal winning the competition. Julia then completed an online test and we are awaiting word on whether Julia will advance to the state level of competition.

Given the level of interest in the National Geographic Bee we are sending a Hunt Middle School Geography Team to the Vermont StateGeography Bee sponsored by the Vermont Principals’ Association and AAA. The state bee competitions will be held in May.

Algebra at HMS:
We will be continuing with our Algebra Seminar for HMS students in eighth grade. 2016-2017 marked the first year of an algebra seminar available to 8th grade students at both Edmunds and  Hunt Middle Schools.  The district elected to pilot the seminar model as a way to offer algebra in a stand alone course for middle school students who wanted the academic challenge and rigor in addition to 8th grade math. Based on feedback from teachers, students and community members the pilot is considered a success.  Students entering 8th grade will have the option to select the seminar for the 2017-2018 school year.

International Week at HMS:
Next week is International Week at HMS. Students will participate in cooking and taste testing of international foods, homeroom activities and our culminating International Week Assembly. The assembly will feature an international fashion show, dancing and a performance, funded by the PTO (Thank you!) by the performing group A2VT.

February Vacation is Approaching:
We will go on our annual February Vacation at the close of school next Friday, February 24. We return to school following vacation on Wednesday, March 8.

Respectfully Submitted,
Leonard H. Phelan, Principal


Next PTO meeting is Thursday March 16th at 6:30 pm.

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SAVE THE DATE!

Hunt Middle School PTO 
Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction

 

Dear Hunt students, families, teachers & staff:

You are invited to the Hunt Middle School PTO Pancake Breakfast & Silent Auction on Saturday, March 25th from 8:30am - 11:30am.  


All welcome!!
Mark your calendars now! Prices for admission still to be determined, but will be reasonable & no one will be turned away due to ability to pay.

We'd welcome help! If you are interested in helping with cooking, welcoming guests, set-up, clean-up, serving, communications, or silent auction, please email Helen Rock at rockjonesvt@gmail.com or call/text 802-999-7574.
If you have items to donate to the silent auction, please email Rebecca Padnos at rpadnos@hotmail.com.  


Thank you for your support!
Helen Rock, Event Chair

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FLETCHER FREE LIBRARY HOSTS A TRAVELING SMITHSONIAN EXHIBITION:

“EXPLORING HUMAN ORIGINS”


The Smithsonian has brought an awesome exhibit to the Fletcher Free Library.  Some HMS students will be touring the exhibit with their class.  Other students not going on the formal tour may wish to visit the exhibit with their families.  The “Paleolithic”-themed opening reception on February 22 at 5:30pm is followed by a talk with Dr. Rick Potts, who is Director of the Smithsonian’s Human Origins Program. 

FLETCHER FREE LIBRARY HOSTS A TRAVELING SMITHSONIAN EXHIBITION“EXPLORING HUMAN ORIGINS”


Burlington, VT — Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean to Be Human?, a national traveling exhibition of the Smithsonian Institution, will be on display at the Fletcher Free Library from 18 February 2017 to 17 March 2017.

Through panels, interactive kiosks, hands-on displays and videos, Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean to Be Human? invites audiences to explore milestones in the evolutionary journey of becoming human — from walking upright, creating technology and eating new foods, to brain enlargement and the development of symbolic language and complex societies — advancements that define the unique position of humans in the history of life.

Based on the Smithsonian’s What Does It Mean to Be Human? permanent exhibition hall at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean to Be Human? seeks to shed light on what we know about human origins and how we know it. The exhibition welcomes different cultural perspectives on evolution and seeks to foster positive dialogue and a respectful exploration of the science.

“The topic of human evolution is fascinating, we are proud that the Fletcher Free Library can help encourage a constructive, informative discussion on the subject,” said Mary Danko, Fletcher Free’s Library Director. “We encourage people of all beliefs to explore the exhibition and participate in associated programming, and delve into human origins in a way that is captivating and relevant.”

 Please visit the exhibit website for a complete calendar of programming and events. Core partners in this initiative are the University of Vermont (UVM) and the University of Vermont Medical Center, St. Michael’s College, Champlain College, RETN, and the Friends of the Fletcher Free Library. 


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Get Your Hunt Tee Shirts!

Hey HMS families!  Have you purchased your Hunt Tee Shirt yet?  We have Men's and Women's cuts,in grey, with the cool HMS panther logo. At only $13 each it's a great way to show off your panther pride while supporting student activities at the school. 

You can purchase anytime by contacting the PTO at huntmiddleschool@gmail.com. 


All proceeds go toward funding student activities.  

Thank you for supporting HMS!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Hunt Middle School PTO Blog - February 12, 2017


FREE FILM SCREENING!!

THIS WEDNESDAY, February 15th!


Hello HMS families:
Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw this with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well. 

In SCREENAGERS, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

Burlington's PTO Leaders are bringing this timely documentary to the Burlington High School Auditorium on Wednesday, February 15th at 5:30 pm.  

Hope to see you there!
--
Hunt Middle School PTO

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FLETCHER FREE LIBRARY HOSTS A TRAVELING SMITHSONIAN EXHIBITION:

“EXPLORING HUMAN ORIGINS”


The Smithsonian has brought an awesome exhibit to the Fletcher Free Library.  Some HMS students will be touring the exhibit with their class.  Other students not going on the formal tour may wish to visit the exhibit with their families.  The “Paleolithic”-themed opening reception on February 22 at 5:30pm is followed by a talk with Dr. Rick Potts, who is Director of the Smithsonian’s Human Origins Program. 

FLETCHER FREE LIBRARY HOSTS A TRAVELING SMITHSONIAN EXHIBITION: “EXPLORING HUMAN ORIGINS”


Burlington, VTExploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean to Be Human?, a national traveling exhibition of the Smithsonian Institution, will be on display at the Fletcher Free Library from 18 February 2017 to 17 March 2017.

Through panels, interactive kiosks, hands-on displays and videos, Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean to Be Human? invites audiences to explore milestones in the evolutionary journey of becoming human — from walking upright, creating technology and eating new foods, to brain enlargement and the development of symbolic language and complex societies — advancements that define the unique position of humans in the history of life.

Based on the Smithsonian’s What Does It Mean to Be Human? permanent exhibition hall at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean to Be Human? seeks to shed light on what we know about human origins and how we know it. The exhibition welcomes different cultural perspectives on evolution and seeks to foster positive dialogue and a respectful exploration of the science.

“The topic of human evolution is fascinating, we are proud that the Fletcher Free Library can help encourage a constructive, informative discussion on the subject,” said Mary Danko, Fletcher Free’s Library Director. “We encourage people of all beliefs to explore the exhibition and participate in associated programming, and delve into human origins in a way that is captivating and relevant.”

 Please visit the exhibit website for a complete calendar of programming and events. Core partners in this initiative are the University of Vermont (UVM) and the University of Vermont Medical Center, St. Michael’s College, Champlain College, RETN, and the Friends of the Fletcher Free Library. 


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Get Your Hunt Tee Shirts!

Hey HMS families!  Have you purchased your Hunt Tee Shirt yet?  We have Men's and Women's cuts,in grey, with the cool HMS panther logo. At only $13 each it's a great way to show off your panther pride while supporting student activities at the school. 


You can purchase anytime by contacting the PTO at huntmiddleschool@gmail.com. 


All proceeds go toward funding student activities.  

Thank you for supporting HMS!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Hunt Middle School PTO Blog - February 5, 2017


WANTED: ADULT MUSICIANS

Hello Hunt Families!  We are looking for adult musicians who are interested in joining the pit orchestra for Hunt's musical "Willy Wonka" being performed on April 6, 7, and 8. We are in need of folks who play the following instruments:
  • cello
  • bass 
  • drums 
  • horn
  • flute 
  • oboe 
  • clarinet
  • bassoon
If you would be interested in volunteering as a musician for the production please email our music director: Ashley O'Brien at: ashleyobrienmusic@gmail.com.


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IT'S BACK: 

ANNUAL HMS DANCE PARTY 



Don’t miss out! The annual dance party, sponsored by HMS’s Drama Club is back!! 

The dance party at the St. Johns Club is THIS Saturday, Feb. 11 from 7 pm - 11pm. The St. John's Club is located at 9 Central Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401

This is a great adult night out! For only $20 per person, you’ll enjoy dancing, great modern music (and some nostalgia too), tasty appetizers & scrumptious desserts. A Silent auction with great items and an affordable cash bar is offered as well!

This fundraiser will benefit this year's production of Willy Wonka and all adults from the community are welcome, not just parents of HMS students in the play!

We are still welcoming donations for the silent auction which will be held at the party. Maybe you bought that gift that you never got a chance to give, still with a tag and rapped in its original package? Art, gift cards to restaurants or classes, beauty products, jewelry. Or nicely packaged, non perishable edible goods. Anything that you can think would be great at a silent auction table.

For more information, visit the FB event page where you can find fun photos and up-dates!
https://www.facebook.com/events/1442618842439273/?active_tab=discussion

Limited tickets available, please pay in advance. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door. Send a check made out to Hunt Drama Club to the main office at Hunt Middle School, 1364 North Avenue.   Paypal option is also available at huntdrama@yahoo.com with a note “dance party”. (A list of names will be kept at the door)

For any questions, contact Bella at bella@bellabueno.com

Thanks so much for your consideration! 
Bella  Nadworny, Happy Vail & Missy Hellyer


Monday, January 30, 2017

Hunt Middle School PTO Blog - January 30, 2017

A Letter to VT State Legislators from the PTO leaders of the Burlington School District

As PTO leaders we are deeply involved in local schools. We have firsthand knowledge of the day to day operations and understand better than many what impact the governor’s proposal that schools freeze spending at FY 17 levels, will have on our students and our families. The only way to accomplish the governor’s request is through more cuts to our schools. Period.

Knowing the issues to which our new governor professes to be committed, we are frankly shocked that he would propose a course of action that focuses solely on reducing spending but is bound to exacerbate several other serious problems with which the state is grappling.

In his inaugural address, Governor Scott promised to take on the opiate epidemic in our state. The public school system is where the fallout of the opiate epidemic is experienced. It is not possible to overcome the problems created by this scourge without addressing and investing in the children affected by it. This will require adding more teachers and mental health professionals, not cutting them.

The Governor also promised to “revitalize our approach to economic development” in part by, “ attracting and retaining working age people,” and “provid(ing) our businesses with the talented workers they need to thrive.” The governor’s proposal, however, makes Vermont less attractive to newcomers by diminishing the school systems and realistically causing an increase to property taxes. It further jeopardizes the viability of the workforce Vermont has to offer to potential businesses.

The governor promised to “transform our education system.” We expected a more creative approach than defunding. Finally, the governor argued “we have to build sustainable budgets that enable us to achieve these goals.” This reduction in education is neither sustainable, it will create more social costs in the long run, nor does it enable us to achieve our other goals.

We believe the governor is putting the cart before the horse. He must examine the education system, call on “frontline employees…who have valuable knowledge about what’s working and what needs improvement,” as he proposed on inauguration day, and then make calculated and educated, cost saving improvements to the education system. To create a situation that indiscriminately demands cuts to school budgets, without a commitment to what is working and what is necessary, is woefully inadequate.

The cost of educating our children is a concern to all Vermonters, as is a failure to do so. The governor should not undermine the work of local school boards and dedicated legislators and should instead take the time to work with these bodies to create successful and sustainable improvements to the state’s education system. We expect no less from his administration.

The legislature should flatly reject this proposed budget and insist that the governor and his office take a more careful and thoughtful approach to budget development. As active and involved participants in our schools, we, PTO leadership, can attest that further cuts will severelydamage both the educational outcomes and the reputation of local schools and will in turn drive aspiring families out of the district and out of the state. The governor’s proposed changes are destructive and contradictory to his own goals of protecting vulnerable Vermonters and enhancing the state’s economic climate.

If the governor is to earn the respect of the electorate, he will have to demonstrate more understanding and creative ability than revealed in this budget proposal.


How Can I Advocate for Our Public Schools?

All Vermonters should speak to their elected officials.

1. Contact your legislators NOW: Here's the link by SU: legislators by Supervisory Union

2. Write to Governor Scott NOW: E-Mail To Governor Scott

3. Call The Sargeant at Arms Office at the Vermont Legislature at 1-802-828-2228 or 1-800-322-5616 NOW and leave a message asking your state senator and/or your representatives to call you. Here is where number of calls received matter. Each one will prompt a legislative page to bring a note to the legislator. Of course, when you do receive a call, be prepared to have a dialogue about what freezing your budget, greater contributions for health insurance, voting on May etc. will do for you and your school. 



Sunday, January 22, 2017

Hunt Middle School Blog - January 22, 2017


Hunt Middle School Blog 

Principal’s Report January 2017

Title I

At Hunt Middle School we utilize federal Title I funding to address multiple needs. This funding is used to support:

  • The purchase of instructional materials.
  • The licensing fee for IXL Math accounts for every HMS student so they may access this web-based mathematics skill-building resource.
  • Salary for our Literacy and Mathematics interventionists and some paraprofessionals.
  • Mathematics and reading assessments that we use to track student academic need and growth.
These efforts support the academic success of Title I students, but also every HMS student.

The purpose of Title I under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) is to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards and state academic assessments.

On Thursday, January 18, Hunt Middle School faculty and staff members participated in a day-long professional development session. The activities that the faculty and staff worked on included:

  • BSD Strategic Planning
  • Digital Storytelling with our partners from Digital Promise
  • An examination of student achievement data and SBAC English Language Arts tasks and achievement levels


HMS Makerspace


We are moving forward with the development of our Hunt Middle School Makerspace. This installation is being made possible by a $20,000 grant from the Verizon Charitable Foundation.

In addition to the Makerspace, which will be located in our Library-Media Center, we will have traveling carts which will enable our teachers to run maker activities in any location in our school building. The HMS Makerspace and materials will also be accessible to our after school and
summer programs.


MLK Observance

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Day students participated in a discussion of his “I Have a Dream” speech and created a reflection that they posted on a banner that was placed on display at the ECHO Center for their MLK Day celebration. This activity was developed in partnership with the Burlington Community and Economic Development Office. 

Three HMS students, Lani Keomanyvanh, Moneja Grant and Kelemua Summa read Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech at ECHO during the celebration following Mayor Weinberger’s greeting.

Respectfully Submitted,
Leonard H. Phelan, Principal

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Hunt Middle School Blog - January 17, 2017



Hunt Middle School Blog
January 17, 2017
 
 
 
Happy New Year!
 
 
 
Here is the link to the Hunt January Newsletter

 

 
 
 
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Here are some quick announcements for all!
 
 
  • A quick reminder to parents - No school Thursday, January 19, 2017
 
  • The next PTO meeting is this Thursday, January 19 at 6:30 PM in the library. We hope you can join us!
 
  • The marking period ends Friday, January 20.
 
  • Student report cards come home with students January 27
 

 
 
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DRAMA CLUB ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
 
Special Screening of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!
 
When: Afterschool January 20th 3:15-4:45
Where: Meet in the cafeteria after school and then we will walk down to the room as a group
Who:  All Hunt Middle school kids who are interested in being in the musical  
 
Sign-up packets for the play will also be available  (there will also be copies of the sign up forms for students to pick up in the office beginning the week of January 23rd).
 
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Willy Wonka Production Kick-off meeting!
 
When: January 24th 6:30-8:00pm 
Where: Hunt Middle School Library
 
Come find out how you can be involved with Hunt Middle School's spring production of Willy Wonka! 
We need all sorts of volunteers to help with all aspects of the production including, costumes, playbill, hair/makeup, set-building, fundraising and more. 

There's a job for everyone wishing to help bring this wonderful musical to life!
 
Auditions are January 31 and February 1 after school. 

Every child wishing to have a part will get one. 

Sign-up packets will be available at the January 24 production meeting and
then will be posted the next day outside the main office. 

All students who wish to participate need to complete a sign-up packet.
 
Questions?  Email: huntdramaclub@gmail.com
 
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DANCE PARTY Fundraiser for Willy Wonka Play

 

Saturday, February 11 at 7 PM - 11 PM

St. John's Club

9 Central Ave, Burlington, Vermont 05401

 

ADULTS only dance party to support Lyman C. Hunt Middle School Play - Willy Wonka!

 
- You don't just have to be a parent of a Hunt student to attend! We appreciate everyone's support!


- $20 a person (checks made payable to Hunt Drama club).


- CONTACT Bella at bella@bellabueno.com to reserve tickets or to the main office at Hunt Middle School.

- One way you can help is to attend the dance!

- We are also looking for donations for the silent auction which is held at the dance.

- Scrumptious appetizers and desserts will also be served and we are looking for help from drama parents in cooking up these goodies. 

- Payment in advance is much appreciated but tickets will also be available at the door.
- Amy King is organizing the food, contact her at amyraeking@hotmail.com if you can contribute with this task.

- Silent Auction, snacks and desserts, dancing, cash bar, and FUN included

- Bring your dancing shoes and your wallets

- All proceeds go towards the play!


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From Principal Len Phelan - Regarding French classes

 
Dear HMS Parent or Guardian:

I am writing to update you about the extended absence of our French teacher, Ms. Kimberly Chase. Unfortunately Ms. Chase has been out of school on leave for several weeks and therefore unable to meet with her students and classes. We currently are seeking a substitute teacher who is fluent in French and can continue to provide ínstruction to students so they do not miss out on the learning opportunities normally offered in this class. This has proven to be a difficult task, þut we are continuing our search. ln the meantime students have been working on building their knowledge of the French language through the online platform Duolingo and by working on various assignments with a daily substitute teacher.

While we know that this situation is not optimal, we are doing the best we can to identify a skilled teacher of French who is able to work with Ms. Chase's classes during her absence. ln the meantime please be assured that we are doing all we can to keep the learning going in our French class until Ms. Chase returns to school.

 
Thank you for your understanding.
Leonard H. Phelan
 



 
 
 

 



Monday, January 9, 2017

Hunt Middle School Blog - January 9, 2017



Hunt Middle School Blog
January 9, 2017
 
 
 
Welcome back to School!
 

We hope you had a great holiday break and are ready for winter!
 
This is a quick first blog of the year with some important information on our school play:

 
 
 
Willy Wonka Production Kick-off meeting!
 
When: January 24th 6:30-8:00pm 
Where: Hunt Middle School Library
 
Come find out how you can be involved with Hunt Middle School's spring production of Willy Wonka! 
 
We need all sorts of volunteers to help with all aspects of the production including, costumes, playbill, hair/makeup, set-building, fundraising and more. 
 
There's a job for everyone wishing to help bring this wonderful musical to life!
 
Auditions are January 31 and February 1 after school. 
 
Every child wishing to have a part will get one. 
 
Sign-up packets will be available at the January 24 production meeting and then will be posted the next day outside the main office. 
 
All students who wish to participate need to complete a sign-up packet.
Questions?  Email: huntdramaclub@gmail.com