Sunday, May 1, 2016

Hunt Middle School - April 30, 2016

Hunt Middle School - April 30, 2016 

Lots of great Hunt middle School events coming up. Check out the school website for all important information.


  April PTO Minutes 
New Business
Carol McCleary brought samples of newly designed HMS logos to be used for school apparel
  • PTO members voted on our top 3 choices.
  • Len will connect with Val Lodish to create an online survey for students to vote.
  • Apparel would be available to sell in the school store for Fall 2016.
  • Carol will check on sourcing t-shirts and sweatshirts.
  • We could also make euro car stickers and magnets.
Silent Auction fundraiser is back and redesigned for 2016!
  • It will be in the form of a Raffle to allow equitable participation.
  • We will auction off a smaller number of large ticket items, on the nights of all 3 May concerts, with drawings at the final Choral concert May 25 th .
  • Donations are coming in (7 th Gen, Bonnie Acker, Simplicity Spa, Burlington Park & Rec and others)!
  • We will use staggered priced/colored tickets for higher priced items, make fliers for local shops, restaurants, and senior homes, advertise on FPF and in North Ave News, and put on the Blog!
  • We discussed making a “concert bill” with names of all performers, and get donors to put in an ad.
  • Other fundraising along with the Auction are bake sales at each concert, and possibly the plant sale on the final night May 25 th .
  • Tammy K will check on getting plants from Dismas house.
  • If we cannot get their free ready-to- sell plants, we will not do the plant sale this year.
Treasurer’s Report
  • Current checkbook balance is $8,182 after checks written for African Drumming, Junior Iron Chef, e-books, and Team Galaxy!
  • Of this, $4,620 is in unrestricted funds. If remaining 10 teams use the $200 we have given them, we will have a balance of $2,620.
Principal’s Report
  • The Play last week was a huge success, VMT was awesome!
  • We are thankful for all of the student and parent support.
  • Spring sports have started.
  • There will be no baseball this year, due to lack of players, possibly the result of the growing interest in Lacrosse.
  • Available sports are Track & Field along with Softball.
  • Remedial summer school will be available this summer.
  • No formal summer school will be offered for the Middle schools again this summer due to a lack of funding.
  • SBAC testing will take place after Break: 6 th grade on May 3 rd &; 4 th (L/A), and May 5 th & 6 th (Math). The following week May 10-13, 7 th /8 th grades will follow the same schedule.
  • NECAP Science for 8 th graders May 17 th & 18 th , all testing is posted on school calendar.
  • Talent show was this week during the school day.
  • It’s a great fun school event.
  • Some parents expressed an interest in seeing the show, if we could offer it in the evening.
  • A discussion followed about the possibility.
  • Mr. Rock announced his retirement after 40+ years at HMS!
From VCAT:
  • Linda Crosby, whose son was killed by a drunk driver on the Heineburg Bridge some years ago, gave a very moving school-wide presentation on drunk driving and making good choices.
  • Mr. Dabritz, our school Librarian, has been awarded the National Geographic Educator of the week, for his work with Ms. Orlando’s class. Congratulations!!
  • May 3 rd is Teacher Appreciation Day.
  • We will set up a Sign-Up Genius for treats in the Staff room.
  • The faculty is planning a Digital Learning Day in the evening on May 26 th for parents and students.
  • It will be similar to an open house with students showcasing their work on their devices, a dialogue on the 1:1 program, and sharing plans for next year.
  • All ipads will be kept at school over the summer, and will be issued again in the Fall.
  • Parents would like to see more restrictions on personal use.
  • Can we see data on high usage of apps?
  • Just a reminder that parents have the authority to keep their child’s ipad at school each day.
Future Business
Agenda for May:
We need to start thinking of fundraising opportunities for next year, and put together our 2016-2017 budget.
Historically, budget target has been $8,000-$10,000, but heading into next year with $5,000 would be acceptable.
Ideas included:
Online projects!
Tshirt sales!
Getting parents more involved early in the year.
Being present at 6th grade open house/ice cream social.
Doing fundraisers by parent/grade.
Our next meeting is the final meeting of the 2015-2016 school year on May 19 th at 6:30.


Play Production Meeting

It's time to debrief this year's play production and start making plans for next year!  Anyone who is interested in working on Hunt middle school's annual play production with Very Merry Theatre is invited to attend this meeting.  We will be selecting next year's show and also recruiting volunteers to take on leadership roles on the production team.  

Date: Tuesday 5/31/16
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Hunt Library



Summer Programs
  • Reminder to parents about filling out Summer programs... spots go QUICKLY!
  • If you have questions, please contact Rebecca Reese (
Music Programs
Reminder also big month coming up for MUSIC Wednesdays! 
  • Wed May 11 BAND
  • Wed May 18 ORCHESTRA
  • Wed May 25 CHORUS
Auction Raffle
A sneak preview!!
Final drawings on May 25
Everyone will have an opportunity to win since this year it is in a raffle format.
Stay tuned for further details.

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