Friday, December 13, 2013

Hunt PTO Update 12/12/13

Hunt PTO Update,
December 12th, 2013

Check out the 
December Hunt Middle School Newsletter 

Lots of great team and school-wide updates -- not to be missed!

Please support the 2013 HMS Food Drive!

Hunt Winter Concerts, 2013

Please come out to support our talented HUNT musicians at the last winter concert coming up next Wednesday  
Band concert, 7 pm, December 18th

Please don't forget to bring your food donations for the Food Drive (above)  and a few dollars to spend at the bake sale in support of the Hunt Drama Program!


Meeting Minutes from 12/5/13

December (12/5/13) PTO Meeting Minutes

1. (Treasurer’s Report) Brian Pine reviewed the budget and highlighted some of the budgeted items/events that brought in more funds than anticipated. The profit from the Wreaths Sales, $4023., was similar to last year’s profit, however, twice the amount anticipated (budgeted) for this year. The donations for the Digital Sign, $4000, are double the budgeted amount. Only (1) team has requested funding for the Iron Chef Competition.

2. (Principal’s Corner) Rich Amato reported.

3. (Locker Update) The Gear Up Group (part of a group of 8th graders who attended a week-long Castleton College program last summer) presented their video (using the newly purchased video equipment) on how to improve the lockers. Afterwards they asked the PTO for ways to achieve their renovation goals of using a piece of linoleum to cover the rusted bottom of the locker and adding a wooden shelf. It was suggested that they write an article for the North Avenue News, advertise in Front Porch Forum, and ask local flooring companies for donations of linoleum.

4. (Fundraising Update) Gabi Baumann expressed her concern for the future of the Wreath Fundraiser, which she has spearheaded for three years and accounts for nearly half of the PTO income. Everyone agreed that it would be a big loss to the PTO if a new parent volunteer does not take it over.

5. (HMS/Community Connection) Jennifer Sutton, the Hunt Community Outreach Coordinator, gave a presentation on the Hunt Middle School Community Outreach Program, which is currently a half-time position but is in jeopardy of being cut from the FY15 BSD budget. Discussion followed on how this program dovetails with the Partnership for Change initiative at the high schools, it is currently implemented at the two magnet schools, SA and IAA, and to eliminate this community-based learning program at Hunt would create a gap in the curriculum and, in effect, remove the foundation of the Partnership for Change program. Ms. Hevey suggested that students make a video on the positive impact of the Hunt community garden to present to the School Board. It was agreed that such a video could be used to illustrate a learning experience by the students but that it should not be construed as a means to solicit the Board.

6. (Blog) Susan Rutherford prompted a discussion on what kind of events should be “advertised” on the Hunt blog, and how. Or is a bulletin board better? Due to time restraints, this discussion will continue next meeting.

7. (Parent/Teacher Conferences) Gabi Baumann expressed the frustration felt by many parents that P/T Conferences are not encouraged or made readily available for all students. The need to change this perception was acknowledged and different models for Parent/Teacher Conferences were discussed. Kate will talk with Rich Amato in February to check on the ideas, and progress that has been made, to improve the Parent/Teacher Conference experience at Hunt.

8. (Spanish at BHS) Due to time restraints, the topic of (lack of) language preparedness was tabled for the next meeting.

9. Jennifer Sutton passed out a hand-out entitled One-Year Action Plan for Partnerships and asked to be put on the agenda for the next meeting. Part of this Action Plan is a Family dinner and book discussion event to take place on March 11, 2014.

Meeting Adjourned.

Burlington Schools Update
Jeanne Collins – 
Superintendent of Schools, Burlington School District

*2014-2015 Budget Process

The Board created a budget proposal earlier this month and is seeking public input on the proposed budget on December 16th and 19th, both at 7 p.m. at Burlington High School. Per law, the budget will be finalized in early January for a March vote on Town Meeting Day. Additional budget information can be found at:

Don't forget to save those Box Tops for Education! You will find them on many specially marked packages of foods and products you buy everyday. All proceeds from Box Tops go directly to the Hunt School Student Council. 

Just take these 3 Easy Steps:

1. Cut Box Tops for Education from specially marked packages of products you purchase already.

2. Save these Box Tops in a bag or envelope.

3. Send these Box Tops to school. You or your student can place the Box Tops in the specially marked can in the Hunt main office. 

Can't find the can? Ask Ms. Virun, who can show you. 

Happy Holiday everyone and thanks for saving Box Tops for Education!! 

Making room for new shoes and boots for the holidays? Do you have shoes and boots that you won't wear anymore, but don't want to throw them into the landfills?

Well, have no fear! The Hunt Student Council collects pre-loved shoes and boots and sends them to "Shoe Box Recycling". Want to know what "Shoe Box Recycling" does with your shoes? or a Student Council member.

See the specially marked "Shoe Box" collection receptacle in Hunt's Main lobby and thanks for supporting the Hunt Student Council-who support your kids!!

  An invite from the Hunt administration to YOU...

Parent Coffee

Principal/Parent Coffee
Friday, January 31st, 2014, 8:10am to 8:55am

Have coffee or tea with our Principals. Tell us what's on your mind. Let us know what's working or what's not working. Ask questions or just chat and relax with us in our library. Friday. January 31st, morning at 8:10am.

is coming!  
Save the Date!
  • December 13th - School Dance, 7-9 pm
  • December 16 - School Budget Hearing - 7pm - BHS cafeteria
  • December 18th - Band concert, 7 pm (performers there by 6:30)
  • December 19 - School Budget Hearing - 7pm - BHS cafeteria
  • December 23rd - January 1st - No School; Winter Break
  • January 31st - Coffee with the Principal


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