Monday, March 6, 2017

Hunt Middle School PTO Blog - March 5, 2017

Remember to Vote on March 7th!

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. 

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


Hunt School News

Please welcome Nicola Gorcikova as the new Administrative Assistant to Guidance. Therese Barcomb, our long time Guidance Administrative assistant, has retired. We wish her well.

JP Farineau
will be joining us on March 8th, as a long term French teacher. 

Coffee chat with the principal is on March 10th at 8:15 am.

Spring Sports
sign-ups are on March 20th after school in the gym.

Teacher conferences are March 30th and 31st.  These slots can fill up early; however, we hold conferences at any time during the year. If you are not able to schedule a slot on conferences days, please feel free to schedule at your convenience. Conference day sign-ups will be on-line on the Hunt web page later this month.

The Hunt March Newsletter is now posted on the website.


Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction

ALL are invited to the Pancake Breakfast & Silent Auction
Saturday, March 25th from 
8:30 am to 11:30 am

This event is sponsored by the Hunt Middle School PTO. 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





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 through March 17, 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!