Monday, November 17, 2014

Hunt PTO Update, 11/16/14

Hunt PTO Update 
November 16, 2014

Be sure to check out the November Hunt newsletter available here:

Open UP to make the following discoveries...

What is VKAT?
When is Shrek the Musical?
What is the Lincoln Essay Contest all about?
What is happening in World Languages and Music this fall?
What is my child's team working on?

Want to follow Hunt Middle School on Facebook or Twitter?

copy and paste the Hunt web site and scroll down about halfway....      

Pay it forward fundraiser Keep it coming!  The Pay it Forward fundraiser has netted $360 so far.  As money comes in, we will be able to start adding back planned expenditures that have been put on hold.  Come to the next PTO meeting on November 20th and help us decide which items can be funded.

Haven't donated yet?  Checks can be sent into the office in an envelope marked for the PTO.   Thanks for your generosity!

District Announcements:

Burlington School Board Selects Dr. Howard Smith to Lead City Schools
November 12, 2014

The Burlington School Board of Commissioners announced today that it has selected Dr. Howard Smith to be the Interim Superintendent of Burlington Schools.

Recently retired as Superintendent of the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns in New York, Dr. Smith brings to Burlington a record of strong instructional leadership around student-centered learning, demonstrated results in improving student achievement, a passionate commitment to equity and closing the achievement gap, and a deep focus on building partnerships between communities and schools — a body of work that solidly aligns with Burlington School District’s priorities and current major initiatives.

To read the full press release, click here.
To view Dr. Smith's resume, click here.

Superintendent Search Forum
November 11, 2014

The Burlington School District and the Superintendent Search Advisory Committee (SSAC) of the Burlington School
Board are convening three public forums as part of a collaborative effort to recruit and hire a new Superintendent by the end of the current school year. 

To facilitate the forums, the Burlington‐based Partnership for Change, a grant‐funded effort that supports innovation in the Burlington and Winooski Schools, has retained the Center for
Secondary School Redesign (CSSR), a nationally known educational consulting firm.

Parents and community members are invited to public forums that will engage school faculty and citizens in a process known as “position analysis", whereby community stakeholders come together to look at a set of documents that describe the array of skills needed in a 21st Century school leader, and prioritize what they think

are the most important for Burlington’s success. Feedback from all of the forums will be incorporated into the final job description that will be given to the School Board.

Upcoming forums include:

  • November 17th, Burlington High School Cafeteria, 3:30‐5:30PM (For BSD Faculty and Staff)
  • November 17th, Sustainability Academy, 6:30‐ 8:30PM (Open to the public, child care and interpreters for the following languages will be provided: Maay Maay, Somali, French, Nepali, Burmese and Karen)
  • November 17th, Hunt Middle School, 6:30‐8:30PM (Open to the public, child care and interpreters for the following languages will be provided: Maay Maay, Somali, French, Nepali, Burmese and Karen.)

November PTO Meeting
11/20/14, 6:30 pm
  • Welcome, Introductions – Kacey Boone
What’s on your mind?  Questions?  Comments?  Concerns?
-Homework update?
- Collective Punishment?
-Newsletters – translated?  If not, could Hunt select most imp info and have liaisons use alert now to read condensed message to families?
  • Hunt Math Website – 5 minutes – Kim Hunt
  • Harvest Dinner – Alternatives? – 15 minutes – Doug Davis
  • PTO Leadership  - 5 minutes – Kate Belluche
  • Treasurer’s report - 5 min –Dasha Zentrichova
  • Principal’s Corner – 10 min – Len Phelan
  • Fundraising Update/Annual Appeal  - 10 minutes – Tammy Kuypers
  • Gardening /Grounds Update – Bella Nadworney/Kacey Boone  Campus Clean-up?
  • Digital Sign Update/skirting – Gabi Baumann

Shrek Is Coming! The BHS Musical is next week, Thursday through Saturday, November 20‐22 at 7:00 p.m. with a matinee at 1:00 on Saturday the 22nd.  Tickets are $8 for students and senior citizens; $12 for adults.  Please come and see this Broadway‐level production featuring the work of about 100 students in the cast and crew!

C.P. Smith PTO is selling wreaths from Mark’s VT Christmas Wreath Company. Wreaths will be delivered the first week of December.

Go to and you will find a link to purchase a wreath. Or contact Sue Chayer at and we'll email an order form to you. Payment and orders are due by Tuesday, 11/18. You may drop off or mail your payment and order to: C.P, Smith PTO, ATTN: Wreath Sale, 332 Ethan Allen Parkway, Burl. VT 05408

22" Fully decorated, door size Balsam wreath $41

22" Balsam wreath with velvet ribbon only $38

26" Fully decorated Balsam wreath $50

26" Balsam wreath with velvet ribbon only $44

30" Fully decorated Balsam wreath $72

30" Balsam wreath with velvet ribbon only $66

Specialty Items

3 Candle, Balsam and Pine Centerpiece (red ribbon & candles) $39

Fully decorated kissing ball - approx. 18" in diameter & your choice of ribbon color $43


Thank you - C.P. Smith PTO

HAIRSPRAY, the musical, coming to Hunt!
 Auditions for the musical Hairspray start in January and the performance is in March.  

Would YOU be interested in joining the planning committee for the production or getting involved in other ways?  We will be recruiting volunteers to spearhead different tasks related to putting on the production.  

If you are interested in attending a planning meeting or willing to assist with other aspects of the production please contact Colby at the address below.  

Some of the work that is involved: helping with costumes, set construction, lights, sound, supporting after school rehearsals, fundraising, selling ads for the playbill, helping with front of the house during the performance, hair/makeup, helping provide transportation access to students who want to participate but may need rides home from rehearsals etc., playing an instrument in the pit orchestra etc.

Interesting in getting involved?  
Contact Colby at

Click on the Doodle Poll below to help us choose a meeting date for early December.  Also, email to be put on our play email list.

...and if you want to get a jumpstart on viewing the Hairspray musical:

Movies at Main Street Landing is presenting Hairspray on Tuesday, Nov.  25 at 7pm.  It FREE to the public and kids do not have school next day. 

Hairspray   (click for more details)
    • Date: 11/25 | Starts at: 7pm

      Director: John Waters | Cast: Divine, Ricki Lake, Deborah Harry, Sonny Bono

      Plot: Forever interested in the kitsch built into past eras, director John Waters chooses the TV dance show craze of the early '60s for his playful focus in his most popular and iconic film Hairspray.



  • November 17 - Superintendent Search Forums at both Hunt and SA, 6:30-8:30 pm.
  • November 17 - Bus Riders need a Bus Pass or pay per ride
  • November 18 - Deadline to order wreath from CP Smith PTO
  • November 20 - PTO Meeting 6:30-8pm
  • November 22 - Shrek the Musical, 1 pm and 7pm (fundraiser before 1 pm)
  • November 25th - Hairspray movie at Main Street Landing
  • November 26-28 - Thanksgiving Break - No School

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