Monday, February 27, 2017

Hunt Middle School PTO Blog -February 26, 2017

Message from the BSDVT Superintendent, Dr. Yaw Obeng

On Town Meeting Day, March 7, the Burlington School District will seek voter approval on two separate articles: 

1) a $85.5 million FY '18 general fund budget; 
2) a $19 million bond to address deferred building maintenance. 

Included in the proposed $85.5 million FY '18 general fund budget is $100,000 in debt service repayment for the new $19 million bond. The authority to bond must be approved separately from the budget. In developing the budget, District leadership included the debt service payment for FY '18 so the funds would be available for that expense if the bond was approved. Therefore, the approval of the bond will not add any additional expense to the FY '18 budget. 

Additional questions about the budget or bond article before Town Meeting Day? 


Links to Informative Resources About the FY '18 School Budget and Bond Article:


Burlington School District's Annual Report and FY'18 Comprehensive Budget Document Available Now.

Burlington residents can review these documents: 
  • On the BSDVT website at, (click the "Budget" tab on left side of page 2
  • via hard copy mailed to you by calling 324-7872 
  • via hard copy available at local public schools, City Hall and Fletcher Free Library.

Show Your Support! Grab a Sign!

The  Burlington Friends of Education met on Feb 22 to assemble signs in support of the upcoming school budget vote.  

There are approximately 80 signs remaining.  Parents interested in putting a sign in their front yard can pick one up from the front porch at 44 Caroline Street.  The group will be making more over February break in the event all the signs are taken. The ground has softened enough for people to get them in the ground before it freezes again...Don't delay!



Hunt Middle School PTO 
Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction


Dear Hunt students, families, teachers & staff:

You are invited to the Hunt Middle School PTO Pancake Breakfast & Silent Auction on Saturday, March 25th from 8:30am - 11:30am.  

All welcome!!
Mark your calendars now! Prices for admission still to be determined, but will be reasonable & no one will be turned away due to ability to pay.

We'd welcome help! If you are interested in helping with cooking, welcoming guests, set-up, clean-up, serving, communications, or silent auction, please email Helen Rock at or call/text 802-999-7574.
If you have items to donate to the silent auction, please email Rebecca Padnos at  

Thank you for your support!
Helen Rock, Event Chair




The Smithsonian has brought an awesome exhibit to the Fletcher Free Library.  Some HMS students will be touring the exhibit with their class.  Other students not going on the formal tour may wish to visit the exhibit with their families.  The “Paleolithic”-themed opening reception on February 22 at 5:30pm is followed by a talk with Dr. Rick Potts, who is Director of the Smithsonian’s Human Origins Program. 


Burlington, VT — Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean to Be Human?, a national traveling exhibition of the Smithsonian Institution, will be on display at the Fletcher Free Library from 18 February 2017 to 17 March 2017.

Through panels, interactive kiosks, hands-on displays and videos, Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean to Be Human? invites audiences to explore milestones in the evolutionary journey of becoming human — from walking upright, creating technology and eating new foods, to brain enlargement and the development of symbolic language and complex societies — advancements that define the unique position of humans in the history of life.

Based on the Smithsonian’s What Does It Mean to Be Human? permanent exhibition hall at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean to Be Human? seeks to shed light on what we know about human origins and how we know it. The exhibition welcomes different cultural perspectives on evolution and seeks to foster positive dialogue and a respectful exploration of the science.

“The topic of human evolution is fascinating, we are proud that the Fletcher Free Library can help encourage a constructive, informative discussion on the subject,” said Mary Danko, Fletcher Free’s Library Director. “We encourage people of all beliefs to explore the exhibition and participate in associated programming, and delve into human origins in a way that is captivating and relevant.”

 Please visit the exhibit website for a complete calendar of programming and events. Core partners in this initiative are the University of Vermont (UVM) and the University of Vermont Medical Center, St. Michael’s College, Champlain College, RETN, and the Friends of the Fletcher Free Library. 


Get Your Hunt Tee Shirts!

Hey HMS families!  Have you purchased your Hunt Tee Shirt yet?  We have Men's and Women's cuts,in grey, with the cool HMS panther logo. At only $13 each it's a great way to show off your panther pride while supporting student activities at the school. 

You can purchase anytime by contacting the PTO at 

All proceeds go toward funding student activities.  

Thank you for supporting HMS!