Sunday, November 11, 2012

Hunt PTO Update 11/11/12

THANK YOU to the brave men and women  in our own 
school community who have served their country.  

Balsam Pine Vermont Wreaths 
order forms and payment now due!

Reminder that all holiday wreath orders and payment for  orders are due TOMORROW, 
Monday, November 12th. 

Additional order forms can be found in the main office at Hunt or can
be printed off from the Hunt website:

 (Look for "Click here for the order form.")

Hey There Hunt families - The link below takes you to a quick, 10 question survey.  The reason the PTO has put out this survey is to help identify how families are receiving information from Hunt Middle School and to help gather information about thefts and property destruction at school.  The PTO has been discussing these issues over the past few months and we are working hard to help find solutions and how we can better work with students, families and the school community. 
We need your input.  We hope you will take several minutes to complete the survey.  Many, many thanks. 
Have a great weekend,
Kate Belluche
HMS PTO President

The November Hunt newsletter is now online!  
Please check it out at 

Scroll down to "Check out our latest edition of the newsletter!"


        As part of the Partnership for Change, Voices for Vermont's Children and Vermont Interfaith Action have been supporting New American parents in Burlington to organize this event.  I hope that you will join us, and help spread the word throughout your networks.  

invite you to our

New American Action to Improve
the Student Placement Process
Monday, November 12th, 2012
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Cathedral Church of St. Paul
2 Cherry Street, Burlington

Special guests:
Jeanne Collins, Superintendent of Burlington Schools
Amy Mellencamp, Principal of Burlington High School
Henri Sparks, Equity Director, Burlington Schools
Linda Walsleban, English Language Learner Director
Join Parents for Change as we seek to enhance opportunities for
New American students in Burlington by improving the student placement process and communications with parents and multi-cultural liaisons.
By bus: The church is 2 blocks from the Cherry St. bus station.
By car: Parking on Cherry or Pearl St. (free after 6 pm), or 
Cherry St. garage 
(free for 2 hours).
Child care is available – please call to request.
For more information about the event, call (802) 318-5892.

Voices for Vermont’s Children and Vermont Interfaith Action support Parents for Change networks. We are part of theWinooski-Burlington Partnership for Change working to reshape our schools and strengthen our communities by better preparing all students for the future.  Voices independent community-organizing helps new parent leaders build relationships, develop leadership skills and identify solutions to improve educational opportunities.

November PTO Meeting
Thursday, 11/15/12, 7 pm

  • Welcome and Introductions– Kate Belluche
  • Guest Speaker – Henri Sparks, BSD Director of Equity – 20 minutes
  • Treasurer’s report - 5 min -Board
  • Principal’s Corner – 10 min - Rich Amato
  • Fundraising Update - 5 min - Gabi Baumann/Susan Rutherford
  • Play Update – 5 minutes – Kim Hunt/Sarah Smith
  • Thefts at HMS – 5 minutes – Gabi Baumann
Tabled Business
  • Magazines Sale
  • Sports Communication – Kate B.
  • Vacant Position: Secretary
December Agenda Items:
Next Meeting:  Thursday, 12/20/12,  7-8pm

BHS Drama presents "Legally Blonde", 
November 15-17 at 7:30 pm, at Burlington High School. 

 Elle Woods can handle anything. So when her boyfriend, Warner, dumps her she decides to follow him to Harvard Law School and win him back. With some help from new-found friends Paulette, Emmett and her chihuahua Bruiser, she learns that it’s so much better to be smart.

Hunt School students are invited to attend FREE of charge thanks to a generous support from the Burlington Students Foundation.

Ticket prices for others: Adults: $8, Students & Seniors: $5

New this year at BHS!!!  
(thought parents might want to see what amazing things 
are coming down the pike)

The BHS Year End Studies session concludes each school year by offering all students of the BHS community exciting alternatives for learning. These non-traditional courses expand student understanding and inspire new student interests. Intensive, interest-driven opportunities enhance enthusiasm for learning and strengthen relationships within BHS and the Burlington community.

Ten days of classes are followed by an 11th day for student Presentations of Learning.Take a peek at what is being offered this Spring:

Did you know that our District Superintendent, 
Jeanne Collins, has a blog?  

You can subscribe to her blog at   On the right hand side of the page is the sign-up.  Just FYI, part of the November Superintendant's Message is below

Greetings Burlington,
Have you hugged your computer today? At Burlington High School, our 9th graders do just that. The iPads that each 9th grader received in September are changing the way of learning and connecting with material in the classroom and beyond. Students can look up what they don’t know right on the spot, collaborate with peers creatively on projects, and organize their homework and notes without lugging a huge backpack. I even saw a student shoot video at a recent soccer game and have the parents around him ask for an instant replay. The iPads are changing the depth and breadth of curriculum. Check it out for yourselves at WCAX with the video “Bringing iPads to the Classroom”:

This summer, to get teachers ready to use the iPads productively in their classrooms, we offered a School Development Institute for a week in partnership with Winooski teachers. We had students attend and share their thoughts with teachers as well. To get a glimpse of that sharing, you can watch a short video at: called “Student Consultants Visit SDI”.

Hunt Middle School now has BOTH a Facebook and a Twitter account!  Interested Hunt community members or school supporters can go to the school website and link to either/both of these accounts:

If you "like" these pages, you will get notifications of events happening at the school, such as early closures, no school, sports cancellations, etc.  The Hunt middle school team is very excited to offer these new communication tools.  Their success depends upon families using them -- Please "like" these pages today to stay connected!  This is a GREAT way to get regular updates from your child's school.  

Save the Date.... 
  • November 12 - Deadline for getting wreath orders in
  • November 12 - New American Action to Improve Student Placement Process
  • November 15 - PTO meeting in the library, 7 pm
  • November 15-17 - Legally Blonde at BHS
  • November 16 - School Dance - 7-9pm
  • November 21, 22, and 23 - No School
  • November 29 - Dialog Night
  • February 2nd, 2013 - Jr. Iron Chef

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