Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Hunt PTO Update 5/7/13

Don't forget to check out Hunt's MAY online!

There are LOTS of springtime happenings YOU will want to know about!  Also remember you can link directly to Hunt's Facebook and Twitter accounts from this site.

Student Achievement Celebration

On Friday, May 10th Hunt will be having a school wide celebration honoring student achievement at Hunt Middle School. The festivities will get underway at 2PM in the auditorium and conclude at 3PM. Parents are invited and encouraged to come to the celebration!
Hunt Book Fair, May 13th - 17th

Volunteers needed for the Hunt Book Fair!

The Book Fair is happening during the week of Monday, May 13th through Friday, May 17th.

Volunteers are needed during the following  times:

Mon., Tues, Wed, Thurs. Fri. - 7:45 - 10:15 am
Tues., Wed., Thurs., Fri. - 10:15 am - 12:45 pm
Mon., Tues., Thurs. - 12:45 - 3:15 pm

Volunteers are especially needed on Wednesday and Thursday!   Thank you for lending a hand.  Please contact Ms. Pawlusiak at  if you can help out.

Diane Pawlusiak

Teacher Librarian
Lyman C. Hunt Middle School
1364 North Avenue
Burlington, Vermont 05408

Please volunteer for the Book Fair!!

The Stone Circle at Hunt

New at the Stone Circle

Beautiful new shrubs, plants and a tree have been planted around our stone circle recently, and as you can see, they look great. Be sure to stop and take a look at your fundraising dollars at work!  Thanks to Bella Nadworny, Gabi Baumann, and Susan Rutherford for purchasing and planting these new additions to our garden.

The Stone Circle at Hunt

May PTO Meeting next Thursday - 5/16/13, 6:30 pm in the library.  This is the final PTO meeting of the year - despite being the last one, it is never too late to get involved at Hunt (unless of course your only child is off to BHS and in that case - Happy trails...)  We would like to vote on PTO leadership for the coming school year.  Please feel free to nominate yourself or a friend to help guide the PTO in representing all Hunt parents and enriching the school experience for all students.  The draft agenda is included below:

  • Welcome and Introductions– Kate Belluche
  • Treasurer’s report - 5 min –Brian Pine
  • Principal’s Corner – 10 min - Rich Amato
  • Fundraising Update - 10 min - Gabi Baumann/Susan Rutherford
  • Hunt Sign –10 minutes- Brian Pine/Gabi Baumann
  • MISC – Graduation, Staff Appreciation, Garden Opening, Student Achievement
  • Officer Elections
  • Mindfulness Program Introduction – 7ish pm-  Lindsay Foreman

    Hey middle-schoolers! Register today to play the 1st annual middle school life-size "Sorry!" board game at University Mall. All you need is a team of 4 middle school friends (grades 5-8) and one parent captain.

    The 4 players of the winning team will each win a $100 gift card to any store in the Mall! Teams are chosen on a first come-first serve basis so hurry and download your application at Submit your application to Customer Service at University Mall immediately! For information, please call (802) 863-1066 x11.

    Come to the Hunt Perennial Plant and School-wide Yard Sale on May 25th!

    Hunt Middle School PTO is holding the
    4th Annual New North End Perennial Plant and School-wide Yard sale, on May 25th.

    Don't forget Hunt's annual Perennial Plant and Yard Sale will be held on May 25th from 8:30-2:00pm. You can't beat the prices anywhere and your money will help pay for a few, much needed and attractive, outside trash receptacles, in front of our school.

    Perennial plants can be dropped off at 50 Sunset Drive now, or next week in the grassy area between the parking lots at Hunt. Identifying your plants' names will help organizers a lot! Yard sale items will be collected only on May 24th, starting at 3pm, in the cafeteria. Questions about the sale and to volunteer, please contact or 951-2571. High School and scout volunteers welcome.

    Hunt Garden Committee is looking for a few people to help with watering the gardens this spring and summer. If you can help water for one week or if you can help water one day per week, anything you can do will help. High school students and scouts are welcome!! Contact Susan (also above) if you can help. 

    Hunt's Student Council collects used shoes, sandals and boots for Hunt's shoe recycling program!!

    The collection box went missing for a few days, but it's back in the front entrance of Hunt and ready for the collection of your pre-loved shoes, sneakers, boots, athletic foot wear, and sandals. Don't let those shoes fill our landfills! ShoeBox recycling will get them to people who need them, because most shoes still have some life left in them. Simply bring your old shoes to Hunt, place them in the specially marked box, in the front entrance of the school, and a member of the student council will send them to ShoeBox Recycling. Thanks for doing your part! Contact with any questions. The band, choir, and orchestra concerts are great times to bring them to Hunt!!

    A BHS summer course -

    perfect for rising 9th graders!

    For the first time ever, BHS is offering a credit-bearing course over the summer. The course runs for 6 weeks, and is focused on food: "Champlain Valley Food History and Production" will be a hands-on course where students will grow and cook local food. Multiple site-visits to local landscapes and farms will be included--as will engaging work at the BHS gardens. The course will be co-taught by Farm-to-School Coordinator, Sarah Heusner, and International Foods teacher Laura Allyn.

    The course offers some other benefits:

    - A 1/2-year elective credit towards graduation--freeing a student up to take another elective later, or to take an internship, etc. later in their BHS career

    - An introduction to BHS in a comfortable, small-scale group

    - An opportunity to do something innovative and fun! For more information, students can contact their Guidance Counselor, or BHS Guidance. The application form can be found HERE

    Hoping to see you this summer!

    Superintendent Jeanne Collins

    New post on BSD Superintendent's Blog 

    North Avenue News – May Superintendent’s Message

    As we enter the final weeks of school, we continue to focus on improving student achievement. Burlington High School is piloting a student-centered, end of the year studies program (YES Program) for all students that will involve internships, independent studies, and collaborative problem solving in areas of student interest. This pilot enters the concept of learning proficiencies, also known as graduate expectations, as the two communities have been discussing all year. If you are interested in weighing in on this discussion of graduate expectations, you can offer feedback electronically at, where you can see our first draft and add your voice to the discussion.

    *The Partnership for Change Announces Director

    The Partnership for Change is pleased to announce the hiring of Hal Colston as its Director. The Director is responsible for leading the Partnership’s efforts to help build a prosperous future for the Burlington and Winooski communities by remodeling our schools for the 21st Century. Hal will work closely with a broad and diverse group of stakeholders, including school administrators, students, teachers, parents, and community partners, to support school change. He will guide the Partnership as it enhances the capacity for new and innovative practices in our schools and advances our vision of an educational system in which every student graduates well prepared for success in today’s world. For more information about Hal and the Partnership for Change, visit

    *Summer Camps in Burlington!

    Representatives from six Burlington organizations (Boys & Girls Club, Sara Holbrook Community Center, YMCA, King Street Community Center, Burlington Parks & Recreation, Burlington School District Summer School) and Child Care Resource will gather to present detailed information for parents and kids about upcoming summer programs. Interpreters will be available to help answer any questions. You can sign your student up for any of these programs on the spot. Refreshments, snacks, and youth activities including face painting will be provided!

    Champlain Elementary: Tuesday, May 7th from 5 pm – 7 pm.
    Flynn Elementary: Monday, May 13th from 5 pm – 7 pm.

    Contact Ali Dieng with any questions: (802) 316-0731 or

    *Weekly Release Day Schedule Considered for 2013-14

    The Burlington School District is considering a weekly release Wednesday schedule for the 2013-14 school year for grades k-8, with a 1:45 p.m. dismissal on Wednesdays all year. This schedule would replace all other early release days except for two parent conferences. The change is being considered due to a state mandate for restructuring that includes identifying dedicated time for Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) intended to increase student achievement. We have posted information to the web at to explain PLCs and answer common questions about the changes being considered. The decision on the weekly release Wednesdays will be made by mid-May as we complete our restructuring mandate.

    As always, I welcome comments, suggestions and observations. Contact me at or call 802.862.8274. Also, like us on Facebook and follow us on twitter @BTVSchools to keep up with all that happening in the Burlington Schools!

    Save the Date...
    • May 10th - Student Achievement Day- 2pm in the Auditorium
    • May 15th - Early Release Day - students released at NOON
    • May 15th - 7-8 pm Guitar and Piano night with the Hunt Guitar Ensemble
    • May 15 - 7-8 pm Hunt Band Concert/bake sale
    • May 16 - May PTO meeting - 6:30-8 in the library
    • May 18th - Middle school SORRY! game at the U-Mall
    • May 21st - 5th Grade Step Up Day - 1-2 pm.  Early Release 6th Grade ONLY!
    • May 22nd - 7-8 pm Hunt Orchestra concert
    • May 25th - 8:30 am - 2 pm; 4th Annual New North End Perennial Plant and School-wide Yard Sale
    • May 27th - Memorial Day - No School
    • May 29 - 7-8pm Hunt chorus Concert/Bake Sale

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