Saturday, March 15, 2014

Hunt PTO Update, 3/15/14

Hunt PTO Update

March PTO Meeting
3/20/14, 6:30 pm
Please find agenda at end of Blog

Two updates from the Superintendent's office:

Hunt Middle School Principal Announcement
March 11, 2014
Jeanné Collins

It is with great pleasure that I announce my recommendation for the principal of Hunt Middle School, Leonard Phelan. Currently serving as middle school principal in Harwich, MA, Phelan is an experienced administrator whose middle school experience, work with Common Core and STEM and his building of community will add value to our work in Hunt Middle School and Burlington School District.

Phelan’s background includes degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Providence College and Salem State College, all in the field of education. He brings experience in instructional leadership and curriculum, fostering positive change, improving school culture, creating and providing enriching opportunities and programs for students, and building high performing teams of educators. Phelan was chosen after an extensive search with input from teachers and parents/ community members and students.  . 

Phelan commented, “It is with great enthusiasm that I accept your offer to join your leadership team as principal of the Lyman C. Hunt Middle School in Burlington, Vermont. During my visit to Hunt and my meetings with students, faculty, your search committee and community members in Burlington it became apparent to me that this was a special place with a group of very dedicated and talented professionals that I would very much like to join. I believe that my experience working with diverse groups of students, educators and community members will serve me well as I endeavor to work with existent community groups and resources to build upon the great work done at the Hunt Middle School to date, and to help further prepare students for high school, college and careers. I will work tirelessly to build a sense of purpose at Hunt to help students progress toward mastery of important 21st century skills through a rich and well-rounded middle school curriculum that focuses on strength of mind, body and spirit.”

As we welcome Leonard Phelan to Burlington Schools, I need to pause and thank Richard Amato for stepping into the interim position for the past two years. Under Rich's leadership, Hunt has begun a 1:1 technology initiative, undergone restructuring for the state, and has deepened its work in the area of diversity and equity. Rich's commitment to the community of Hunt Middle, for students, faculty and families, continues to impact the school as it moves forward. I also wish to thank Lashawn Sells, who worked closely with Rich and the Faculty over the last 18 months as interim assistant principal  to assist in these changes. 

Upon approval by the Board, Len will begin his duties on July 1, 2014. 

CCTA Alert: Due to Driver Strike, No Bus Service Beginning March 17

CCTA was formally notified by the drivers’ Union, the Teamsters Local No. 597, in the afternoon on Friday, March 14, 2014 of the drivers’ intent to strike beginning Monday, March 17, 2014.
Service Impact:
Beginning Monday, March 17, CCTA will not operate any bus service until further notice. Some Montpelier LINK Express trips are operated by CCTA drivers and some are operated by GMTA drivers. Starting March 17, 2014, the Montpelier LINK Express trips operated by GMTA will continue to operate. Additionally, some 116 Commuter trips are operated by ACTR and will continue to operate. For information on the services that will be operating, go to Please check for updates.
Frequently Asked Questions:
CCTA has posted answers to frequently asked questions about the contract negotiations on its website. To review the FAQ, please go to
Additional Information:
Because no service will be operating and the potential for picketing, both the CCTA Administrative Office and the Cherry Street kiosk will be closed to the public beginning Monday, March 17, 2014. However, CCTA staff will available to answer questions from passengers and the public by phone and email. Please email CCTA at or call (802) 864-2282.
To view other documents related to contract negotiations, including the independent Fact-finders Report and CCTA’s most recent contract offer, go to

Informational Meeting for Spring Athletics -- 
Monday, March 17th @ 6:30 pm

Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for 3/27 and 3/28.  

While you are always welcome to schedule a conference with one or more of your child's teachers, these days are set aside by the District to free teachers up to meet with families.  This is your opportunity to connect with your child's teachers, ask questions about their progress and help your child chart a course for academic success.  Parents are encouraged to bring their child along to participate in conferences.  Parents can contact These Barcomb in the guidance dept to schedule a time to come in. 864-8470 or

Are you interested in learning what Hunt Middle School students think?

Come to: “Dinner and Conversation”
on Tuesday March 18th at 6:00pm in the Hunt School Library

All Hunt students and their parents and guardians are welcome!

The night will consist of:
A free dinner featuring Asian food
Conversation between groups of students and parents about issues important to Hunt students

* Child care will be provided

You can find out what Hunt students think about issues such as:

homework, drugs/alcohol and school life.

Every student who brings a parent/guardian will win a prize!!

Sponsored by STOP and VKAT &

Hunt Family /School Partnership

An invite from the Hunt administration to YOU...

Parent Coffee

Principal/Parent Coffee

Friday, March 21st, 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. March 21st, morning at 8:10am.

Hunt Silent Auction & Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, 3/22, 8:30-11:30am

Hello Hunt families and community,
Save the date for the 3rd Annual Hunt PTO:

Silent Auction & Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, 3/22, 8:30-11:30am

A delicious pancake breakfast will feature mostly VT products, includes pancakes, VT maple syrup, pork, turkey, or veggie bacon or sausage, fresh fruit, coffee, tea and juices. All this for the great price of $6 for adults & $4 for kids. 

This huge silent auction features over 100 items donated by local businesses and individuals including gift certificates from Skirack for a total of $290 and 2 Burton bags.  Other items donated include a bash badge to Smugglers’ Notch, bread coupons from August 1st and Great Harvest, gift certificates to dozens of local restaurants, memberships from Marketplace Fitness, Snap Fitness, Artemis Fitness , Jazzercise and The Edge, a bowling party at Spare Time, a turkey deep fryer from Home Depot, gift certificates from Burlington City Arts and Davis Studio, tickets to museums and so much more. 

As you may already know, this is the PTO's biggest fundraiser of the year, having raised over $7000 each year for OUR valuable and important organization. What are the great things we have been able to do with this money? 

**Break ground on Hunt's first ever electronic sign to advertise our school and our events.
**Grants to teachers and staff for educational classroom equipment
**Funding for Jr. Iron Chef teams, the upcoming locker beautification project, the new Hunt Student Council school store
** Hunt's free Community Dinner, International week taste tests, & Hunt's Farm to School program
**Beautify our school's front entrance with a rock garden, perennial garden, herb spiral, and new trash cans

How can you help to continue the great work? 
In order to ensure the PTO can offer grants again in the 2014-15 schoolyear we need the assistance of volunteers like you. An event like this can only happen when we all pitch in.

Please contact Tammy Kuypers at today. 
We are still in need of volunteers to work in 2 hour shifts at the silent auction and in the kitchen for the pancake breakfast. Before or after your shift, there will be plenty of time for you to purchase breakfast and browse the silent auction items. 

Do you have teens at BHS? Please encourage them to contact Tammy to sign them up for community service hours at the event.

Thanks in advance for your support. Let's all help make Hunt a great place to work and learn. See you on the 22nd!


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 MARCH 26th from 6-7:30 PM.

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

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. 

* 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!
  • March 17th - Hunt Spring Athletics Sign-up and Informational Meeting @ 6:30 pm 
  • March 18th - Dinner & Conversation, 6 pm
  • March 20th - PTO Meeting, 6:30 pm
  • March 21st - Parent Coffee with the Principals, 8:10 am
  • March 22nd - Hunt Pancake Breakfast & Silent Auction
  • March 26 - Electronics Communications talk - 6pm
  • March 27th - Early Release Day - Students are dismissed at NOON.  Parent Teacher Conferences
  • March 28 - No school - Parent Teacher Conferences
  • April 3-5 - West Side Story at HMS
March PTO Meeting
3/20/14, 6:30 pm
  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Volunteer secretary for March meeting
What’s on your mind?  Questions?  Comments?  Concerns?
  • Treasurer’s report - 5 min –Brian Pine
  • Principal’s Corner – 10 min - Rich Amato
  • Fundraising Update  - 10 minutes – Gabi Baumann
  • Team/UA Grant Update – 5 min- Kate Belluche
  • Misc Issues
-Rich – info for parents/parent teacher conferences about proficiencies
-Blog –Possible Improvements – Susan Rutherford
-Locker improvement project? (vote on paint reimb $188)
-Leadership for next year…(Brian, Susan off to BHS, Gabi? Kate? Siobhan?)
Next Meeting:  Thursday, 5/15/14,  6:30-8pm
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