Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Hunt PTO Update, Jan. 30th, 2014

Hunt PTO Update
January 30th, 2014

Lyman C. Hunt Middle School 


"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
  Nelson Mandela
Did you know...
The Hunt Library has a brand new website?

Be sure to check it out to learn more about the vast array of educational services your HMS Library offers:           

9th Grade Parent Orientation is at 7 pm, January 30th at BHS. Amy Mellencamp spoke to parents several weeks ago to inform them about changes in the high school that would affect incoming 9th graders. An overview is below and there is a link to the BHS website.

The Ninth Grade Experience is designed to support Burlington High School’s commitment to high standards and equitable outcomes.  Guided by teachers, and in collaboration with parents, students:

  • gain strong foundational academic skills and content knowledge,
  • apply this learning in creative and interdisciplinary high school-level projects,  
  • interact with students from a variety of backgrounds and middle schools,
  • develop and practice organizational, study, technology, and social skills
  • develop and practice the habits of mind essential for 21st century learners, including perseverance, risk-taking, and responsibility
  • receive academic support, and
  • are known well by a core group of teachers

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.


An Invitation to Hunt Parents and Guardians

Please join us for our

International Week Assembly

Tuesday, February 4th

1:30 - 3:00 pm

Hunt Middle School Auditorium


  • Parade of Flags
  • International Performances by Hunt Students
  • Fashion Show of Native Clothing
  • Special Performance by Jeh Kulu

Please call the Hunt Main Office at 864-8469 to reserve a seat.


Note:  To help students with International Cooking Activities anytime from 8 to 11 am, or to help with serving International taste tests during the lunch modes, any day February 3 - 7, please contact Jennifer below.

Jennifer is also in need of parents to help with cooking and serving during International week Feb 3 -7.   No cooking experience needed and it is A LOT of fun!

Contact:  Jennifer Sutton at or 310-4998  

~Attention all Hunt Families & Staff~
You are invited to the Hunt Drama Fundraising Committee's:

Annual Winter Dance at the St. John's Club
Saturday, Feb. 15th~7-11pm

Price of ticket includes entrance to the St. John’s Club, appetizers, desserts, 50/50 raffle, silent auction, and cash bar.
Ticket Prices: $20 per person/$30 per couple
Great prices on beer, wine, and mixed drinks~but don't forget a designated driver!!

Contact for tickets or call 951-2571
St. John’s Club, 9 Central Ave., Burlington, VT
Take Pine St. Make a right onto Lakeside Ave.(at Cumberland Farms Gas station),
 left onto Central Ave.  St. .John’s Club is on the right. Street and lot parking.
~This evening is for Adults Only. Invite friends~

Hunt Pancake Breakfast & Silent Auction Coming Soon!

Are you a housepainter, gardener, knitter, electrician or child care provider? Do you own a vacation property, work for a restaurant, clean houses, or decorate birthday cakes that your family just loves? Do you have a closet full of holiday gifts you couldn't use, but just know someone will love? Then we want you and your goods and services for the PTO's silent auction!

On March 22nd from 8:30-11:30a.m., in the Hunt Gymnasium, there will be a delicious pancake breakfast and Silent Auction.

Save the date and plan to bring the whole family to this grand event! 100% of the proceeds from the breakfast and auction will cover expenses for programs and activities your Hunt PTO provides. This year's 8th grade graduation, next year's 6th grade orientation picnic, field trips, and many other valuable enrichment activities can only happen with your support!

The PTO fundraising team and others have already secured dozens of gift certificates to local restaurants, salons, jewelers, and galleries for this fantastic event! We want this auction to be spectacular and with your help, it will be!

To offer your goods or services, or to be a part of the team of parents who are contacting local businesses, please contact Gabi Baumann at 660-9189 or Eager to get started asking local businesses for donations? Great, but please contact Gabi first so all donations can be coordinated. Your kids and the parents on the fundraising team thank you in advance for your support!

The Latest information about the 2014-15 School Budget: Burlington School District Budget Process FY 2014-2015

BSD is presenting a budget that increases local spending by 3.9%. With our growing enrollment, the increase is only 3.1% per equalized pupil, which is a better measure of the increase that directly affects the homestead tax rate. These numbers are directly in line or even below our understanding of what is happening across the State with local budgets.  This is a budget that meets the goal of a long-term locally sustainable District.

The proposed budget keeps us at a spending level that remains near the middle of spending for the entire State of Vermont, even though Burlington has unique characteristics that most districts and supervisory unions across the State don't have, such as increasing enrollment, a multi-lingual and multi-cultural student body, and a multiple number of aging school buildings.

The State is proposing a 5 cent tax increase and our Grand List changes add 2 cents regardless of what we spend. With the State portion and our local school portion of education taxes, we anticipate a 9.9% tax increase. This exact increase cannot be known until the legislature takes action later this spring.
The budget presented maintains the priorities as identified by the Board and community: 

academic excellence; music, art, athletics and drama;
comprehensive technology learning environments through 1:1 devices grades 6-12; commitment to diversity and equity with opportunities for all students; facilities planning and upkeep;
continued innovation through magnet schools and middle/high school focus on real world, student-centered learning; and
differentiated instruction and interventions for students not meeting the standard.

This budget is redesigned to meet priorities within resources available and does require some programs being eliminated or done differently. Details on what programs are changed or eliminated will be provided shortly and will be amended as revenue sources change.

We encourage you to share this information with anyone who has questions leading up to the vote on March 4th.

Supporting Documents:

(January 14 Full Board Meeting)

FY15 Budget Draft 4.0

FY15 Budget Summary Draft 4.0FY15 Budget Revenue Draft 4.0FY15 Budget Program Goals Draft 4.0FY15 Tax Impact Draft 4.0

West Side Story Auditions started on Tuesday, January 28th and will finish on the 30th.  Questions? Contact

Next Tuesday the cast list will be released and participants will run through the script at the afterschool rehearsal.  Please talk to your child about their plans between the end of school and play rehearsals.  Hunt requires that play rehearsal does not start until 30 minutes after the end of school - students are not permitted to hang out in the lobby or out front.  They must either leave the school campus for those thirty minutes or go to homework help in the library or go to the cafeteria for a snack and then to homework help.  

Coming Soon to Lyman C. Hunt Middle School

Family Book Discussion Evening -

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Note:  It is not too late to sign up!!!!  Ms. Pawlusiak can be flexible!  Actively recruiting families to sign up for The Book Thief - we need a few more families to round out this discussion group! 

 The Hunt Family School Partnership invites you and your

middle-schooler to choose a free book

and gather for an evening of discussion and dinner. (siblings that have read the book are also invited!)

The registration deadline has
 been extended until February 7th!

1.     January 6 - Feb. 7 – select a book and register on the Hunt Homepage Registration forms may also be picked up in the main office or the library. Child care will be provided, please note this on the registration.

2.     January 26 – 31 - Hunt students can pick up the books and discussion questions during the school day or after school until 4:00 in the library.

3.     February – March 10 – read the book of your choice together or separately and discuss it at home prior to 3/11.

4.     March 11 – come to the Hunt Library for an evening of pizza and small group discussion with other families who have read the same book. Hunt staff will facilitate the discussions

The books we have chosen for discussion are the following:
The Golden-Threaded Dress

The Gold Threaded Dress by Carolyn Marsden – 73 pages.  When Oy and her Thai American family move to a new neighborhood, her third-grade classmates tease and exclude her because she is different. Oy, has to decide what she will give up to fit in. What would you do if the most popular girl demanded that you bring your special dress to school, or else?

Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper – 295 pages. Eleven year – old Melody has a photographic memory. Her head is like a video camera that is always recording. Always. And there’s no delete button. She’s the smartest kid in her whole school – but NO ONE knows it.
Most people – her teachers and doctors included don’t think she’s capable of learning, and up until recently her school days consisted of listening to the same preschool-level alphabet lessons again and again and again. If only she could speak up, if only she could tell people what she thinks and knows. But she can’t. She can’t talk. She can’t walk. She can’t write.

Being stuck inside her head is making Melody go out of her mind – that is, until she discovers something that will allow her to speak for the first time ever. At last Melody has a voice…but not everyone around her is ready to hear it.
The Book Thief
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – 552 pages. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist, books. With the help of her accordion–playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau. This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call the library 865-4164 or email me at:

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


How do we keep ourselves and our children safe in the emerging world of electronic communication and social media?

Join Detective Nash of the Burlington Police Department for an evening of discussion in the Hunt Library on February 26th from 6-7:30 PM.

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This year the Hunt Student Council is collecting Box Top coupons to raise money for our school.  Did you know that some local schools raise hundreds of dollars for their schools each year, just from clipping and submitting Box Tops?  

Box Top coupons are on the packaging of hundreds of participating products that you probably use every day.  All you need to do is cut them off of the box they are on, stick them in a baggie, and send them to school with your child. 

We will be collecting Box Tops all year long, so start saving and sending in your Box Tops today! The collection box will be located in the main office.

Thanks for choosing to support our school by collecting Box Tops!

Susan Rutherford
Volunteer Coordinator for Box Tops for Education
Hunt Middle School

The Hunt Student Council is partnering with Shoe Box Recycling to recycle paired, wearable shoes. The shoes will be reused for individuals here in the U.S. and throughout the world.
This program provides affordable shoes to those in need such as those suffering from Hurricane Sandy and many others. This will keep used shoes out of the landfill, creating a cleaner and greener planet. Recycling shoes also creates micro-enterprises for individuals throughout the world, fueling local economies here and abroad. 

Shoes We Accept:

* All paired men’s, women’s and kids shoes that are still usable. That means no holes in the soles and no wet or mildewed pairs. This includes athletic shoes, dress shoes, timberland type work boots, sandals, heels, flats

Shoes We Don’t Accept:

* Heavy Winter Boots, Skates, Blades, Flip-Flops, Slippers, Singles, Unusable, and Thrift Store Shoes.

Where to bring your reused shoes?

Place your reused shoes in the specially marked box ShoeBox Recycling found in the main lobby of Hunt School.

Questions or for larger pick-ups, contact Susan Rutherford at 951-2571 or

 “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”

Save the Date!
  • January 26st - February 7th - HMS students pick up books and discussion questions for FBDE
  • January 30th - 8th Grade Orientation @ BHS - 7pm
  • January 31st - Coffee with the Principal, 8:10 am
  • January 31, February 1 - District Music Festival at BHS
  • February 4th - International Week Assembly 1:30-3
  • February - March 10th - Read the FBDE book of your choice and discuss at home prior to March 11th
  • February 14 - Hunt Dance
  • February 15th - Annual Dance Party @ St. John's Club (adults only)
  • February 24th through March 4th - NO SCHOOL.  Classes resume on Wednesday, March 5th.
  • February 26 - Electronics Communications talk
  • Tuesday, March 11th - Family Book Discussion Evening
  • March 22nd - Hunt Pancake Breakfast & Silent Auction
  • April 3-5 - West Side Story at HMS

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