Wishing you all a restful and joy filled weekend!
The last day of school is tentatively June 14 (assuming there are no more snow days). That would be a half day.
No School Friday March 22- Family Conferences
Speaking of conferences, looking forward to seeing families this week!
While you are here, take a minute to check Lost & Found for any missing mittens, hats, sweatshirts or other items.
5th and 6th graders held their Ancient Greek Olympics this week:
|City state team chant|
|Olympic sport pictionary|
|Olympic basketball competition|
The sap is going to run soon and Zac and I are wondering if any parents might have 3 to 5 buckets and spiles to donate for us to use during ECO in the coming weeks.
We also will need a brace and a bit. I have one, but it would be good to have another one!
Director of Education
North Branch Nature Center
Winter Sports program will return this Tuesday. Should be some amazing 'spring' skiing.
We are still collecting Box Tops for Education. The box is near the mail office. Thanks for all who have clipped and sent in.
Helping Children Develop Healthy Sleep Patterns. A presentation/workshop for parents, providers and teachers
By Scott Noyes
The results of children not getting enough sleep are astonishing. Sleep deprivation can have serious effects on physical health and mental impairments. Inadequate rest impairs our ability to think, handle stress, maintain a healthy immune system and moderate our emotions. The loss of one hour of sleep for a child each night is equivalent to two years of cognitive maturation and development. In addition, sleep-deprived people fail to recall pleasant memories yet recall gloomy memories just fine. This presentation will review the facts about the importance of sleep and how to help children establish and maintain healthy sleep habits.
Tuesday March 19th
Steele Community Room, Waterbury Municipal Building , 28 N. Main St, Waterbury
$5.00 per person, Please RSVP 244-5980 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Socrates Cafe!
On Thursday, March 28th from 6-8, Harwood Union HS and the Waterbury Libraries will be sponsoring another Socrates Café in the HUHS Library. All members of the community are welcome to join in the dialogue on the question: “What is the relationship between success and happiness?” Rather than being a debate or a discussion, a Socrates Café is a dialogue where participants are encouraged to listen to each other and to learn from one another.
This form of discourse and its focus on the search for knowledge, comes from Socrates, who observed that, "Wisdom Begins in Wonder." These gatherings are open to all members of the community, regardless of age, experience or background. Harwood students who are experienced in leading Socratic Dialogues will facilitate the discussions. Refreshments will be served!
For more information contact Kathy Cadwell at email@example.com or Judi Byron, firstname.lastname@example.org or Megan Reed, HUHS librarian at email@example.com
Registration is now open for the 2019 Mad River Lacrosse Season!
Mad River Valley Youth Lacrosse offers a fun opportunity for boys and girls from kindergarten to eighth grade to play lacrosse. First timers are welcome at any level! The teams are divided up by boys and girls in grades 3-4,5-6, and 7-8. We offer a Sunday morning program called "Chill Lax" for boys and girls in grades K, 1 and 2.
Before registering your son or daughter to play 2019 spring lacrosse, all players must first register with the U.S. Lacrosse Association (www.uslacrosse.org) and obtain a U.S. Lacrosse Membership number.
Once you get the lacrosse number, please go to the Mad River Lacrosse (www.madriverlax.com) website and register your child.
Players are required to provide their own equipment, which includes a stick and protective gear. Boys protective gear: mouth guard, gloves, arm pads, shoulder pads, cup, and helmet. Girls protective gear: goggles and mouth guard. Equipment will be provided for the 3-4 grade players as supplies allow.
Practices and Games
Official outdoor practices are held at Mad River Park, beginning in late April, while specific team coaches may schedule pre-season indoor sessions. Games are conducted from the first week of May through mid-June.
Please send any and all questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: HUUSD School Board Meeting Recap March 13th
Dear members of our six town community,
At our last meeting on March 13, 2019, the Harwood Unified Union School District (HUUSD) Board took action on the eight (8) items below (listed in order of the time in the meeting when the vote occurred):
Board Reorganization/Appointments/Newspapers of Record
Elected Caitlin Hollister as Chair, Torrey Smith as Vice Chair; Rosemarie White as Finance Officer; Gabe Gilman as Assistant Finance Officer; Maureen McCracken as Recording Secretary; and Christine Sullivan as HUUSD voting delegate for statewide health insurance.
Designated building administrators as truant officers for their building.
Designated the Valley Reporter, Waterbury Record, and Times Argus as the newspapers of record.
Confirmed board meeting schedule as 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of month.
Appointed our minutes-taker as the recording secretary for purpose of creating meeting updates.
Approved the following items as part of the consent agenda: Minutes of 2/20/19, 3/4/19 (as corrected)
Recognized and affirmed that:(a) That Harwood Union is in need of repairs and renovation and that a bond vote will be necessary in order to authorize that work; (b) That in order to make a decision on the content of the bond for Harwood Union, a decision must first be made with respect to which students will attend the school following the renovations; and (c) That although the board has previously voted on and rejected a motion to move grade 7 and 8 students currently attending Harwood to Crossett Brook, the question remains open and requires further study.
After discussion and amendment, confirmed Board consensus that: (a) the pre K-6 and/or Middle School questions cannot be decoupled from the Harwood Bond; (b) any plan we put before the voters for the amount to be bonded must be for pre-K through 12; and (3) the board will endeavor to get such bond by town meeting day 2020.
Discussed the motion below (as amended) and tabled further discussion until March 27th:
That the Board direct the Asset Management Work Group to study the feasibility of having a middle school on the southern end of the district and that the board acknowledge that the Asset Management Work Group may may need to consider impacts to PK-4 as part of this effort, and that the board authorize the committee to spend no more than $5000 in the completion of this study,and that the board request a report from the Asset Management Work Group no later than April 24th describing the alternatives considered and their costs.
Adopted the visioning engagement process as outlined in the timeline document
Authorized the Visioning Committee to act on the feedback articulated at the March 13th board meeting and to activate the survey when they feel ready.
Made new committee assignments as listed below.
Policy - Torrey
EPC/EFC - Tim, James
Asset mgmt - James, Maureen
Monitoring District Performance - Garett, Jeremy
Visioning - Jonathan, Kristen
Our next meeting is Wednesday, March 27th at 7:00 pm and will be held in the Harwood Union High School library. Starting at 6:00 pm, the Visioning, District Monitoring and Executive Project committees will meet, also in the library. Committees generally alternate meeting times and meet every other board meeting. For more information on the SMART goals that drive these committees, check the HUUSD board web page.
Please visit www.wwsu.org/huusd-board for board agendas and packets (including committees that are meeting), detailed minutes, HUUSD Smart Goals for the 2018-2019 school year, and to find the link to watch board meetings. The direct link to watch this and past recent meetings is: https://mrvtv.com/category/school-board-meetings/. There is also an archive of older meetings can be found here: https://archive.org/search.php?query=mrvtv
Thank you for your continued support and engagement.
The HUUSD Board
Caitlin Hollister (Waterbury) *Chair
Torrey Smith (Duxbury) *Vice Chair
Hannah Clark (student rep, class of 2019)
Jonathan Clough (Warren)
Carlton Cummisky (student rep, class of 2021)
Gabriel Gilman (Moretown)
Tim Jones (Fayston)
Jake Lynn (student rep, class of 2020)
Garett MacCurtain (Duxbury)
Maureen McCracken (Waterbury)
Theresa Membrino (Fayston)
Kristen Rodgers (Moretown)
Christine Sullivan (Waitsfield)
Alexandra Thomsen (Waterbury)
Jeremy Tretiak (Waitsfield)
Rosemarie White (Warren)