Hunt PTO Update
May 14th, 2014
Hunt spring sports are now in full swing! Don't forget to check out the schedule here:
DIRECTIONS to away games can also be found here!
Superintendent Jeanne Collins to step down June 30 - see full Free Press article at the end of this post
Vote YES on June 3, 2014
Burlington’s children need your vote!TONIGHT!!! Hey Burlington Friends of Education! Please come to a working meeting at The Miller Center in the New North End on Wednesday, May 14, from 6-9 pm. We will have a short presentation on the budget and the rest of the time will be devoted to sign making, leaflet bagging, and other tasks in support our "Vote Yes" campaign.
The hope is that folks can find one hour or more during this time frame to come out and help. All we need is YOU! RSVP's are appreciated to email@example.com but are not required. Heck- Bring a friend or loved one...Child labor is tolerated and encouraged! Seriously- Many hands make for light labor, so if you can bring a friend, it will make it easier for everyone.
If you only have a short amount of time, stop by and grab a sign for your yard and a leaflet route.
FYI... You can start voting at City Hall starting the week of May 12!
Thank you for your support!
BFOE Steering Committee
Upcoming Hunt Spring Concerts
TONIGHT!!! Band concert - 7 pm, Wednesday, May 14th
Saturday, May 24th, from 8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.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 and herbs. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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( 3pm to ~7pm) 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 email@example.com
|Hunt students well represented|
in this year's May 25th VCM event!
Hunt Middle School will be fielding two relay teams whose 6th - 8th grade members have been training diligently with Ms. Chayer. If you are out on the course and catch a glimpse of these students racing by, be sure to show your Hunt PRIDE and let them know they are absolute ROCK STARS for running!
Lucas B. (9th grader running 1/2 marathon; Hunt grad)
5-person relay team members (two teams entered:)
Davis J. - incoming 6th grader
Wondu S. - current 6th grader
Seamus B - current 7th grader
Abdi B - 9th grader; Hunt grad
Patrick B - 9th grader; Hunt grad
Go 2014 Hunt runners! Have a GREAT race!
Prepares for their 2015 Trip Washington
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
This complements the middle school civics curriculum and helps develop leadership skills among our students. Washington D.C.
Spring Break of 2015
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
6th grade and 7th grade parents - Pay it Forward!
Set -up occurs before/during the graduation ceremony (12:30-1:30) Table set up, put out food, simple decorations
Serving consists of making sure foods are kept tidy on the dessert table, helping to clean up any spills, etc. Clean-up consists of breaking down food/tables/decorations, picking up misc garbage.
Can you help for one or all of these jobs? Contact Michelle Virun to inquire or volunteer - email@example.com
From VPR, May 6th 2014
To make matters worse, a school district audit found that the previous budget was based on projected, rather than actual, numbers. The school district was in the red for much more than it had estimated. And that made people really angry.
So we’ve been hard pressed to remember that when compared to similar sized school districts, Burlington spends less per student with below average administration costs. And this is while serving what is Vermont’s most diverse and most challenging student body. In fact, Burlington is the envy of many area educators for its new innovative practices at Burlington High School, nationally acclaimed Magnet Schools that replaced challenged inner city schools, and a commitment to equity and diversity far beyond what most other school in Vermont has achieved so far.
But people are so angry right now they’re not in the mood to support a new, revised, and more accurate school budget. At a local NPA meeting recently, a Burlington city counselor urged his constituents to “Bite the Bullet” and vote NO on the new school budget. I always thought biting the bullet implied pain and suffering. But the impact a NO vote has is clear: layoffs that threaten the Integrated Arts and Sustainability academies and other cuts that lay the suffering squarely on the meager shoulders of our young kids. I think we have to be careful that our resolve to clean up the mess doesn’t make Burlington’s children suffer for its administrators’ mistakes, its politicians’ ambitions and its adults' ire.
Certainly, it’s our responsibility, some might say our moral duty, to support and protect our kids, the smallest and most vulnerable members of our society, the ones who don’t pay taxes and can’t vote. And it’s unfortunate that this year, the school budget debate in Burlington seems to be all about the adults, because when it comes to education, that’s where things can go very wrong indeed.
As a community we talk a lot about the future of Vermont and the future of Burlington. But you can’t talk about the future without talking about kids. And you can’t talk about a future for kids without a plan for providing a public school education that allows our children a path to success in their lives and careers.
When it comes right down to it, the things that keep people moving to and staying in cities like Burlington aren’t the new flashy objects like renovating the old Moran plant on the waterfront, what attracts families to live here is the ability to provide a quality education to their kids.
Expiration Date for Box Tops for Education June 1st!!! Send in your Box Tops!!
Our own Hunt Student Council continues to collect Box Tops all through the year. Please send in the Box Tops you have been saving at home. The Student Council earns hundreds of dollars each year just for sending in these labels, on products you buy already. Please continued to cut Box Tops and send them in before they expire!!
Questions: Contact Susan Rutherford, Parent liaison to Hunt Student Council
**Attn: The Hunt Student Council will need a new Parent Liaison next year as Susan's kids will be moving on to BHS. The job involves helping the students to send away Box Tops and with the Recycle Shoe program, if the council chooses next year to continue both of these programs. Interested? Contact Susan at the above address and let her know!
An invite from the Hunt administration to YOU...
YOU ARE INVITED!
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.
Friday, May 30th, 8:10am.