Thursday, May 1, 2014

Hunt PTO Update 4.28.14

Welcome Back from April Break!  
Now to get ready for the home stretch to SUMMER!

Spring sports schedules are posted on the Hunt website under the Hunt Athletics tab here:

Go Panthers!

Mark your calendars for the 5th Annual Plant and Yard Sale, held at Hunt Middle School on Saturday, May 24th, from 8:30a.m.-2:00p.m.

In order to have a successful plant sale, we will need donations of perennial plants and divisions. Please consider donating your extra garden plants starting this week. Be sure to water your plants well and leave them in a box, bag or container in the grassy area between the parking lots at Hunt. Please contact or 777-2076, to let her know you have dropped off your plants so that she can be sure a volunteer re-pots your donation right away.

On Friday, May 23rd, we will be accepting yard sale donations after school in the Hunt Cafeteria. We will gratefully accept all household items, games, sporting goods, kids and teen books, clothing, kitchen items, and holiday trinkets but please be sure the all donations are in good working condition. The generosity and support of the community last year made this a very successful and fun event, even in the rain! Please contact the Hunt PTO with any questions about donations or volunteer opportunities or contact Gabi at

Close Up Washington Prepares for their 2015 Trip

First meeting May 27th

For the third year, Hunt is bringing students to our nation’s capital through the Close Up Washington program.  During this five day/four night trip, students will participate in educational workshops while visiting an array of historic and political sites in Washington D.C.  This complements the middle school civics curriculum and helps develop leadership skills among our students. 

Spring Break of 2015

Informational Meeting:
Now is the time to start planning and fundraising for this trip.  An informational meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 27th at 6 pm in the Hunt Library.

 Mr. Gagnon at

More wisdom from Vicki Hoefle's Blog,  
Parenting On Track™ 

If you think I am a competent young adult, stop treating me like an immature child

Growing into competent young adults

Sitting in the doctor’s office last week, I overheard a mother and her sixteen-year-old daughter chatting. How do I know she was sixteen-years-old? Because she was talking about the rules that go along with being a new driver, mainly, that she is not allowed to drive anyone under 22-years-old for 6 months. Totally lame in her words.

The topic of their conversation suddenly shifted and before I knew what was happening, their exchange went from casual disdain, to blatant hostility, to full on, clenched teeth verbal warfare about whether or not mom would be going into the exam room with the same sixteen-year-old young woman who was just moments before talking about driving a vehicle.

Question: What might this mom believe about the relationship she has with her daughter that makes it possible for her to see her as a competent adult ready to get behind the wheel of a car, but not mature enough to go into the exam room on her own?

Question: Is this a common phenomenon? Accepting our kids are growing up and becoming competent young adults in some ways – dating, cars, college – and yet refusing to accept that they are growing up in other ways – exam rooms, using manners, choosing friends.

Question: Is needing to be needed as a parent making it difficult to identify these “markers” in our teens’ lives and if so, does that explain the “pushback” we feel as they become more competent young adults?

Question: Does a sixteen-year-old who is old enough to drive and probably date, have the right to decide whether her mother joins her in the exam room?

Question: Do we, as parents who changed diapers, wiped tears away, giggled under covers get confused because our kids will always remain MY child, but not always be A child?
This is just one example of how as parents, in our desire to stay connected to our kids, inadvertently enter into power struggles that push our children further from us. Take a moment and consider all the ways your pre-teen may be showing you that she is ready to be treated more like a competent young adult, than a school-aged-child.

Consider that by letting go just a bit more each day, you are sending the message to your child that you trust her and have faith in her ability to handle her life. Kids who know their parents have faith in their ability to handle the ups and downs of life along with making the daily decisions that go along with being an adult, feel more connected to them. While kids who have hovering parents who continue to hound them with questions, offering opinions and advice, want to run as far away from their parents as possible.

Let’s keep our kids close, by giving them space and supporting their march towards independence.

Burlington Schools Update


Jeanne Collins – Superintendent of Schools, Burlington School District

*Burlington Board of School Commissioners Special Budget Hearing

*Partnership for Change - Implementation Team Meeting

Calling all past, current, and future I-Team members...Join us on Thursday, May 1st from 6-7:30 p.m. in the BHS Cafeteria for our final Implementation Team Meeting. Come reflect on our past year and give input on how you would like to stay engaged in the work being done to make our schools more student-centered.

In the Partnership's first year supporting Winooski and Burlington Schools, our five I-Teams helped lay the groundwork for school change through research, conversation, and shared learning. In the second year, we explored new approaches to teaching and learning, resulting in numerous pockets of innovation. Looking ahead to our third year, the Partnership is ready to reflect on what worked well on the I-Teams, what was challenging, and what you envision your role might be in this work going forward. See you Thursday! 

Free 2014 Summer Camp Fair - 
Tuesday, May 6th, 
Sustainability Academy, 5 - 7 p.m. 

Join representatives from local organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club of Burlington, Sara Holbrook Community Center, the YMCA, King Street Center, Burlington School District Summer School and Burlington Parks and Recreation for detailed information for parents and kids about upcoming summer programs.

Child Care Resource and interpreters will be available to help answer any questions. Refreshments, snacks and youth activities including face painting and kids games will be provided.

Come learn about these exciting summer programs and register your student on the spot!

An invite from the Hunt administration to YOU...

Parent Coffee

Principal/Parent Coffee

Friday, May 30th, 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, May 30th, 8:10am.

Save the Date!
  • May 6th - Free 2014 Summer Camp Fair at the SA, 5-7 pm
  • May 9th - 4th Quarter Progress Report grades close
  • May 9 - Hunt Dance - 7pm-9pm
  • May 15 - PTO Meeting - Library at 6:30pm - Please join us!!!
  • May 16th - 4th Quarter Progress Reports go home
  • May 24th - Perennial Plant Sale and School Wide Yard Sale, 8:30 am - 2 pm
  • May 26th - Memorial Day - No School
  • May 27th - Close Up Informational meeting on trip to Washington, 6 pm
  • May 30th - Coffee with the Principals

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