Sunday, April 9, 2017

Hunt Middle School PTO Blog - April 9, 2017





Mediation Session to Take Place Next Week


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 4, 2017 
Media Contact: Stephanie Seguino Vice-Chairperson, Burlington School Board of Commissioners 
802-540-5347 

On Tuesday, April 11, the Burlington School Board will meet with the Burlington Education Association \(the teachers' union) and a mediator in an effort to resolve remaining issues that led to impasse in March. Among the core issues to be discussed are the different positions on operational changes, health care, and what constitutes a sustainable rate of growth in total compensation. 

A summary of the Board's and union's positions moving into mediation can be found on the District's website

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Message From Yaw Obeng, Superintendent

Greetings:

This time of year the Superintendent’s Office receives questions about the administrative hiring process and administrator placement for the next school year, like “can I be part of a hiring team?” and “who will my child’s Principal be?”

Hiring and developing leaders is both an art and a science. Investigating the previous process a year ago, parents, administrators, and media spoke about inequities that tookplace. The consensus was to do something different. So last year our District embarked on a new administrative hiring process based on research-based leadership competencies, comments and reflections received from staff and parents from previous hiring processes. Read more...


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The Link between Negotiations and Educating Children

Burlington School Board
April 4, 2017


In approaching contract negotiations with employee unions, the School Board is informed by its Mission Statement: “The mission of the Burlington School District is to graduate
students who: value different cultures; engage with the community; communicate effectively; think creatively; skillfully solve problems; and achieve at their highest
academic, intellectual and personal potential.” Read more...

Monday, March 27, 2017

Hunt Middle School PTO Blog - March 27, 2017

THIS WEDNESDAY!

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PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES
MAR 30 - 1:00 - 6:30 PM
MAR 31 -  7:30 - 11:30 PM

Hunt Middle school has Parent Conferences every day, year round. (Click here for scheduling information) If you can not find a conference time that works for you please contact our Guidance office to schedule another time.  Our Admin Assistant in guidance, Nikola Gorcikova, can assist you.  Please contact her at 802-864-8470 or by email at ngorciko@bsdvt.org.

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HUNT MIDDLE SCHOOL THEATRE PRESENTS

Hunt Middle School proudly presents it's annual spring musical: Willy Wonka!

Come see this musical version of Roald Dahl's timeless tale Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. 

Performances will be at the Hunt Middle School auditorium:
Thursday April 6 at 4pm
Friday April 7 and Saturday April 8 at 7pm


Admission is free! However, if you purchase a playbill at one of our evening shows, a few lucky winners may discover they've found a golden ticket and win a bag of Lake Champlain Chocolates! 

Come support youth theatre and see this wonderful production!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Hunt Middle School PTO Blog- March 19, 2017

Got Pancakes? (We Do!)

Join us this Saturday, for our all-ages Pancake Breakfast & Silent Auction! This fun, delicious community event offers pancakes (GF/vegan available), Vermont maple syrup, Cabot cheese, homemade applesauce & hot coffee! 

Check out our Silent Auction while you catch up with neighbors, friends and some elected officials! You’ll find local art, jewelry, gift certificates for massage, local restaurants, yoga and more! Pot up seeds at our garden table & browse our gently used books sale! 

Suggested donations are $6 Adults, $4 Kids ages 3-12. Groups of 4 or more, $20. Kids 2 & under are FREE! No one will be turned away for lack of funds. 

If you would like to donate an item to our silent auction, or have gently used books to include in the book sale, please email Rebecca Padnos at rpadnos@hotmail.com, OR drop off gently used books in the collection box at 21 LaFountain Street.

Proceeds from this event benefit Hunt Middle School students, including educational outings, 8th grade graduation, Hunt Drama, and the North End Food Pantry.



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Student Support Services Parent Forum

Substance Abuse and Addiction: Impact on Child Development and Education 


Thursday, March 23 
6:00-7:30 p.m.


Sustainability Academy

123 North Street, Burlington, VT


This parent forum will cover the impact substance abuse and addiction has on child development and education. Join Laura Nugent, District Student Support Director and Jackie Corbally, City of Burlington Opiate Policy Coordinator for this discussion.



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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 13, 2017Media Contact:Mark Porter, Chair,

Burlington School Board of Commissioners 878-6666 |mporter@bsdvt.org

School Board’s Request for Open and Public Negotiations Refused by Union

The Burlington School Board has been negotiating a new teachers’ contract with the Burlington Education Association (BEA) since last fall to replace the current contract that expires this August. The Board requested open negotiating sessions so the community could be well informed throughout the process. The Board’s negotiating team made these requests to the BEA at several closed-door bargaining sessions and in written communications between October 2016 and February 2017. The Union has, however, rejected these requests.

In an effort to understand the status of this issue across the State, the School Board checked with the Vermont School Boards Association (VSBA) and the Vermont Superintendents Association (VSA) and learned that nearly 60 percent of districts currently bargaining are doing so in open session.

“The people of Burlington want transparency,” said Mark Porter, Chair of the Burlington School Board of Commissioners. “We’ve made a concerted effort from the beginning to follow the same open negotiation process that many other school districts in Vermont have begun, but the BEA has not agreed to hold contract talks in public, in response to our many requests to do so.”
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Monday, March 13, 2017

Hunt Middle School PTO Blog - March 12. 2017

Approved Ballot Items Set Tone for the Future of the Burlington School District


The District’s Fiscal Year ‘18 budget and $19 million infrastructure improvement bond ballot items both passed by significant margins on Town Meeting Day.

Unofficial results released by the Burlington City Clerk’s Office show that the budget was approved by 3,905 - 2,717 votes and the bond passed by a 5,047 - 1,552 margin.

“The budget and bond were both thoughtfully developed by the School Board to meet the needs of students as we look to the future,” Superintendent Yaw Obeng said. “I want to thank the voters of Burlington for supporting the vision of the District, and I look forward to sharing our accomplishments in the coming year.”

The approved bond will be part of a new capital improvement fund to address deferred maintenance items in schools throughout the District. Implementation planning for this capital program will begin in the coming months.
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Student Support Services Parent Forum

Substance Abuse and Addiction: 
Impact on Child Development and Education 

Join Jackie Corbally, Opiate Policy Coordinator and Laura Nugent, Student Support Director for this discussion that will cover the impact substance abuse and addiction has on child development and education. 

Sustainability Academy
123 North Street, Burlington, VT
Thursday, March 23 6:00-7:30 p.m.
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Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction


ALL are invited to the Pancake Breakfast & Silent Auction
Saturday, March 25th from 
8:30 am to 11:30 am

This event is sponsored by the Hunt Middle School PTO. 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

Monday, March 6, 2017

Hunt Middle School PTO Blog - March 5, 2017


Remember to Vote on March 7th!

On Town Meeting Day, March 7, the Burlington School District will seek voter approval on two separate articles: 

1) a $85.5 million FY '18 general fund budget; 

2) a $19 million bond to address deferred building maintenance. 

Included in the proposed $85.5 million FY '18 general fund budget is $100,000 in debt service repayment for the new $19 million bond. The authority to bond must be approved separately from the budget. In developing the budget, District leadership included the debt service payment for FY '18 so the funds would be available for that expense if the bond was approved. Therefore, the approval of the bond will not add any additional expense to the FY '18 budget. 

Informative Resources About the FY '18 School Budget and Bond Article:


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Hunt School News

Please welcome Nicola Gorcikova as the new Administrative Assistant to Guidance. Therese Barcomb, our long time Guidance Administrative assistant, has retired. We wish her well.

JP Farineau
will be joining us on March 8th, as a long term French teacher. 

Coffee chat with the principal is on March 10th at 8:15 am.

Spring Sports
sign-ups are on March 20th after school in the gym.

Teacher conferences are March 30th and 31st.  These slots can fill up early; however, we hold conferences at any time during the year. If you are not able to schedule a slot on conferences days, please feel free to schedule at your convenience. Conference day sign-ups will be on-line on the Hunt web page later this month.

The Hunt March Newsletter is now posted on the website.
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SAVE THE DATE!

Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction


ALL are invited to the Pancake Breakfast & Silent Auction
Saturday, March 25th from 
8:30 am to 11:30 am

This event is sponsored by the Hunt Middle School PTO. 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”



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 through March 17, 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!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Hunt Middle School PTO Blog -February 26, 2017


Message from the BSDVT Superintendent, Dr. Yaw Obeng

On Town Meeting Day, March 7, the Burlington School District will seek voter approval on two separate articles: 

1) a $85.5 million FY '18 general fund budget; 
2) a $19 million bond to address deferred building maintenance. 


Included in the proposed $85.5 million FY '18 general fund budget is $100,000 in debt service repayment for the new $19 million bond. The authority to bond must be approved separately from the budget. In developing the budget, District leadership included the debt service payment for FY '18 so the funds would be available for that expense if the bond was approved. Therefore, the approval of the bond will not add any additional expense to the FY '18 budget. 

Additional questions about the budget or bond article before Town Meeting Day? 

Email: superintendent@bsdvt.org

Links to Informative Resources About the FY '18 School Budget and Bond Article:


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Burlington School District's Annual Report and FY'18 Comprehensive Budget Document Available Now.

Burlington residents can review these documents: 
  • On the BSDVT website at www.bsdvt.org, (click the "Budget" tab on left side of page 2
  • via hard copy mailed to you by calling 324-7872 
  • via hard copy available at local public schools, City Hall and Fletcher Free Library.
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Show Your Support! Grab a Sign!




The  Burlington Friends of Education met on Feb 22 to assemble signs in support of the upcoming school budget vote.  

There are approximately 80 signs remaining.  Parents interested in putting a sign in their front yard can pick one up from the front porch at 44 Caroline Street.  The group will be making more over February break in the event all the signs are taken. The ground has softened enough for people to get them in the ground before it freezes again...Don't delay!


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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 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

______________________________________

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!