Saturday, February 8, 2014

Hunt PTO Update, 2/8/14

Hunt PTO Update
February 7, 2014

Don't forget to check out the February Hunt newsletter HERE:

Hunt Principal Search Update:
To:      Hunt School Community
Date:   February 6, 2014
From:  Nikki Fuller
RE:     Hunt Principal Search

We regret that we have had to remove a member of the PSAC for multiple violations of the Search Advisory Committee Guidelines, and in particular the confidentiality requirements.
Confidentiality is a critical element of a successful search. This is particularly true when there is an internal candidate.  Even the appearance that an internal candidate has access into the search process or is being treated differently opens the process to challenge and the District to liability.
To attract highly qualified candidates, we must ensure their personal and professional information, including their names, remains confidential until final candidates are chosen and notified. Candidates need to trust that we will avoid jeopardizing their current employment by not sharing information about candidates until final candidates are chosen.  In addition, the PSAC needs to be able to know that they can fully and thoroughly engage in deliberations without the worry that their every word and thought will become public.
We understand that search processes cause significant anxiety for faculty, staff and parents. The best way to address those anxieties, however, is to remain true to our process, which includes providing accurate and appropriate information at the appropriate time.  To do otherwise only prolongs the process and anxieties.
Below you will find links to the Search Advisory Committee Guidelines, Charge to the PSAC and the PSAC Confidentiality Agreement.
Information about the process will continue to be posted on this page and also on the Hunt website at the bottom of the main page (please scroll down).
Interviews scheduled for February 10 have been canceled.  There will be interviews on February 17 & 19. As soon as we know the specific candidates and the dates of their interviews it will posted on the websites.


February 17, 2014

PSAC 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Faculty/Staff 3:15 PM – 5:15 PM
Parent/Comm. 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

February 18, 2014:

PSAC 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Faculty/Staff 3:15 PM – 5:15 PM
Parent/Comm. 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

You may attend any of the interview sessions. Established questions will only be asked by the moderator.
There is now an email for questions about the Hunt Principal Search. Your questions will be answered on the website’s FAQ page. Please note there are instances where we cannot answer questions for legal reasons or concerns about the impact on the hiring process. You will be informed of this by email.

The email address is

Attention Parents of 8th graders (and really, all middle school parents...) Things are changing at BHS and below is
some more detailed information about Ninth Grade Humanities and some upcoming meetings where you can meet with Amy Mellencamp and some BHS teachers to talk and ask questions about the upcoming changes.

9th Grade Academies to be replaced by Humanities teams

 This is the second year of a renewed school focus on ninth grade and on the experiences that students need to transition into high school and succeed. We continue to learn and grow in our work to get to know and serve a group of 275 or so students who come from many different schools and backgrounds and to cultivate strong reading, writing, and critical thinking skills and habits of mind such as perseverance, intellectual risk‐taking, and collaborating with others. 

Next year we begin a challenging new interdisciplinary Humanities Course incorporating English and Civics and World Societies for ninth graders. Teachers have been planning this work together for two years, meeting weekly, taking advantage of university learning, research and coaching resources, and review of the new national Common Core learning standards. 

The double‐block class will be team‐taught by an English and a History/Social Studies teacher. Students who need additional reading support to succeed in the challenging class will be assigned an additional reading/writing workshop class. All students who are motivated and ready to take on deeper learning honors challenges in humanities can earn honors credit. 

Students need to complete challenging assignments throughout the school year, demonstrate understanding of content more deeply, and exhibit habits of mind at higher levels consistently. Area high schools such as S. Burlington and Colchester have similar ninth grade humanities classes. Students who are motivated and ready to work and meet the standards of honors level work proficiently in 10‐12th grades will continue to have the option to select honors and Advanced Placement classes. 

The humanities teams will replace the academy structure, though all ninth grade teachers including math and biology
teachers will continue to meet weekly to plan common reading, writing, critical thinking, skill‐building, and interdisciplinary experiences across the ninth grade. The humanities class is an example of school’s new work on proficiency‐based learning which means students have to actively demonstrate they have learned content, knowledge and skills at a proficient level or higher and can apply that learning in relevant ways. Students receive credit not for sitting through a class all year and “getting by.” They earn credit only when they can show and explain what they have learned. 

 This shift in teaching and learning will be supported the next couple of years with training and time for teachers to work, thanks to the Partnership for Change. Personal learning plans for students beginning the fall of 2015 will also encourage student responsibility in tracking their own progress in meeting course and school expectations. 

 Incoming ninth grade parents are invited to three opportunities to talk more about the new humanities program:

February 11 at 5:00 p.m., 

February 17 at 7:00 p.m., 

or March 6 at 5:00 p.m. 

For more information, please consult the Ninth Grade page on our school web page. 

~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!

West Side Story to be performed April 3rd - 5th at Hunt!  Mark your calendars TODAY!

Capstone Project for Hunt 8th graders

Registration deadline extended until Wednesday, February 12th
Please see the Hunt Library Homepage for information

Coming Soon to Lyman C. Hunt Middle School

Family Book Discussion Evening -

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

 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.

Box Tops due before February break!!

March 1st is the last submission deadline for Box Tops for the 2013-14 school year. Please send you Box Tops 4 Education to the main office as soon as possible, so student council members have enough time to count, bag and mail the Box Tops by the March 1st deadline.

We earn .10 cents on each Box Top submitted and it really adds up, so send them in!! Box Tops labels can be found on hundreds of products including clothing, frozen foods, paper goods, snacks, school and office supplies, produce and so many more. 

All proceeds from the Box Tops 4 Education program at Hunt goes directly to the Hunt Student Council. Questions about the Box Tops program? Contact or visit 

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!
  • February 7th - Last day to register for Family Book Discussion Evening
  • February - March 10th - Read the FBDE book of your choice and discuss at home prior to March 11th
  • February 11th - 9th Grade Humanities Program Information, 5 pm
  • February 12th - Registration Deadline for Capstone Project
  • February 14 - Hunt Dance
  • February 15th - Annual Dance Party @ St. John's Club (adults only)
  • February 17th - 9th Grade Humanities Program Information, 7 pm
  • February 17 - Principal Interviews - see times above
  • February 19Principal Interviews - see times above
  • February 20 - Hunt PTO Meeting - 6:30pm in the library
  • February 24th through March 4th - NO SCHOOL.  Classes resume on Wednesday, March 5th.
  • February 26 - Electronics Communications talk - 6pm
  • March 6th - Meeting about 9th Grade Humanities Program Information, 5 pm
  • 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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