Monday, March 21, 2016

Hunt Middle School Blog - March 21, 2016

Happy Spring to all! Isn't it feeling like Spring out there? No, not yet, but soon. Keep thinking warm thoughts and check out all this great stuff for Hunt Middle School kids & parents.


Next PTO meeting is tomorrow, Tuesday night!

Please invite everyone to the March PTO meeting which will be Tuesday, March 22 at 6:30.
Come join us as we have lots to discuss. Your opinion and participation is greatly appreciated.
Math - Clarification

In our previous blog, we noted that "We will be offering a section of Algebra to 8th graders for ’16-17." This information is incorrect.

We will be offering an "Algebra Seminar" which will meet every other day and students can opt to take this in addition to their 8th grade Eureka math class.

Burlington School District Corner
Some important information from the Burlington School District about the budget.
A quick note from the front office
Parking in a Disabled Parking spot without proper tags or license plates, even for a couple minutes, will be reported to the police.  We have many disabled children who need to come and go during the school day.  When picking up or dropping off children, please park by the curb behind the SCHOOL BUS ONLY sign.  Thank-you!
Starlight Express News
Mark your calendars! 
Hunt Middle school's production of the musical Starlight Express is April 7, 8 and 9 in the Hunt auditorium.
Free show but donations welcome at the door!
Show times:
April 7: 4pm
April 8: 7pm
April 9: 7pm

If you are willing to donate any baked items or water/snacks for the concessions bake sale (evening shows only), please email us at:
Fundraiser for Hunt Drama Club
La Boca Wood Fired Pizzeria is having a benefit bake for the Hunt Drama Club! 
Dine in or take out on Tuesday March 29th and La Boca will donate 10% of all food purchased to the Hunt Drama Club! 
If you are planning on dining in that night, it is highly recommended you call ahead and make a reservation as seating will be limited. Take out is also available.

When: Tuesday March 29th from 4-9pm
Where: La Boca in the Hannaford Shopping Plaza
Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent-teacher conferences are starting this week.
Have you scheduled yours?
Contact your child's teachers right away to see how your child is doing.


Sunday, March 6, 2016

Hunt Middle School Blog - March 2016

Happy Spring?!

It's warming up out there and spring may finally be coming. Next weekend, we change our clocks and get some more sunshine at the end of the day. Have you kids get out and enjoy it, you too! Happy Spring! 
February 2016 PTO meeting minutes
Principal’s Report
International week this week, great events, 39 countries, 33 languages! 
Food, music, dancing. (Len to check on their original Fund request).
Film Festival on societal challenges by the Phoenix team, 
Ms. Hickey working with Breadloaf school in Middlebury. 
They will host a panel discussion, timing TBD. 
(Will try to coincide with half day parent conferences on March 24.
SBAC dates in May have been set: the T, W, Th of first and second weeks (6th and 7th/8th). 
Moving toward Professional Learning Plans.  
Professional Development scheduled for March 1 in-service day.  
Students will start developing their plans, after break, during extended homeroom, along with Second Step.
Play rehearsals going well, April 7-9 performances.  
There will be a matinee for students. Wall St Journal reporter coming to do a story on the play!
Budget: we stand to see staff reduced by 2 positions (1 each at HMS & EMS) in foreign language.  
7th & 8th graders currently have World Languages every other day, eliminating world culture class in 6th grade.  This would limit each class (French & Spanish) to 75 students each, at each school.
Math coach going to full time from .63 (Kim Hunt). More training for teachers with Eureka math.  
We will be offering a section of Algebra to 8th graders for ’16-17.  
Will be adding a Howard social worker to be shared across both schools.  
This year’s 8th grade not using Eureka, will roll out for 8th graders next year.
Treasurer’s report
Bal from Dec $12,623, before the wreaths and Innisbrook invoices. 
Those total $3,449 for these 2 events.  
Leaving us a $9,263 balance, with $5,699 in unrestricted funds.
Funds allocated in our budget for: 
Iron Chef - Paula will check with Rebecca in after school program.  Does she need the $400 funds we have allocated?
8th grade field trip - Kathy will check with Mr. Amato. 
Graduation - $400 allocated 
Assembly event-  $500 allocated, Len working on getting someone for Digital awareness/technology/  Tech night/fair. It’s in the works!
Paula will check on Doug Wilhelm, did we ever pay him?
Len to poll teams on their needs.  He will get back to us. Teachers will be asked to be specific.
Fundraising Update
The Silent auction and pancake breakfast will not be held this year.
Last year, we held a bake sale and plant sale the night of the May choral concert. 
The crowd was terrific, and sales were very good.  
We will try this again this year.  
We will hold a small silent auction, with a few big items.  
Kathy will oversee getting donations.
Jen has wrapped up the Innisbrook fundraiser.  
We will not use this vendor again.  She will bring information on Red Barn fundraising to the next meeting.  
They offer local Vermont products.  We will consider this for Fall 2016.
Paula will check with Ms. Virun on hosting a bake sale for the May concerts.
Paula will look into a Boca restaurant fundraiser night for HMS.  BHS held one in the Fall and it was successful. 
Other business 
Go Fund Me Projects to be reviewed for consideration:
1. Music program – Paula to check in with Mr. O for background and ballpark dollar request
2. Handicap accessible door – this is a District responsibility, will not be funded by the PTO
3. Drama program – Paula will provide update after 2/19 meeting with Skateland Manager.  
Will consider offering some funding.
4. Library E-books – we committed to this funding in January meeting.  
Paula will check with Shelly Waterman on the invoice.
5. Solstice team – Paula to check in with teachers to confirm if need still exists.
President’s Report
Paula is working on 501c3 application.
Paula will follow up on Brain Break survey to provide information to the team. 
Next meeting March 17th (Happy St. Patrick’s Day!)
Pancake Breakfast/Silent Auction
Unfortunately, we have had to cancel this years Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction. More information is coming however about another possible auction. Stay tuned.

Hunt Middle School Play News

Starlight families! 
Play practice continues.
Check with your production leaders for future schedules.




Future Events
Orchestra Night (for all orchestra students) is this Thursday, on March 10 - 7 PM - BHS