Friday, September 20, 2019

Bobcat Bulletin 9/20/19


School News:

Open House and Spaghetti Dinner:
Our whole school Open House will be on Thursday October 3, from 5:30-6:30, with our Spaghetti Dinner fund raiser for the 6th grade trip, running from 5:00-6:00...  So join us for a delicious dinner and then stroll around and see the amazing things that happen here at Moretown School.  We can't wait to see you

Lunch:
Lunch funding is on the huusd.org website, top right menu under "how do I". It gives the choice for "access food and nutrition website".  This is how parents can access their accounting with the food service department. The direct link is below.


Preschool parents- use the number when signing kids up for lunch


Notes from the Health Office 

If you have not already please fill out this Health Questionnaire .  
Many thanks!



PTO


Mark your Calendars! October 4th is our first COFFEE CONNECTION of the year! Coffee connection is a time for adults to grab a FREE cup of coffee and a danish and chat with others prior to starting your day. We will start serving coffee around 715 AM and will be around until 8 AM. Bring your mug and see you there!

Community News


Event: Sep 22, 2019, 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
The Children's Room is hosting it's 29th annual Barn Dance this Sunday from 2-5 at the picturesque Beard's Barn in Waterbury Center! This event is geared toward our youngest community members (ages 0-8) and is great way to welcome the fall harvest season. We'll have hayrides, live music, dancing, lawn games, corn play, pumpkins, mums, a pie contest and more in store!
Admission is $20 per family (cash/check only)
1601 Barnes Hill Road, Waterbury Center
2-5 p.m.
Weather looks dreamy for Sunday!
Thank you to our generous supporters: Stowe Cider, Alchemist, Bourne's Energy, Fairfield Marriott, Stowe Beverage, Walker Construction, Java Joe's Coffee Equipment Sales & Services, Billings Mobil, Woodstock Farmers' Market, Cabot Cheese, Artisan Coffee, La Strada Bakery, Cold Hollow, Red Hen Bakery and Waterbury Pack and Ship.



Bolton Valley’s Ride for Children's Mental Health will support WCMHS's ongoing work to support families and their children in our community. Children, Youth & Family Services division (CFYS) of WCMHS is committed to serving all families in need across Washington county. CYFS works collaboratively with area school, pediatricians, daycares, DCF, and others to best support the wellbeing of our young people. CYFS offers wrap around supports, counseling, one-on-one providers, medication management and residential supports regardless of a family's ability to pay. With ever present funding uncertainties, CFYS is taking active steps to diversify funding for this critical work to ensure no one will be turned away, and that every child will have the opportunity to grow up healthy and safe. Bolton Valley immediately understood the importance of this story when we first met with them, and we are so excited to partner with Bolton Valley and all riders to make this event a great success!


See the flyer below for more details... Thank you for your support.




School Board


HUUSD Community Events Oct 1 and 7 on PreK - 12 Plans

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The Harwood Unified Union School Board invites you to join us Oct 1 or Oct 7 for one of our Community Forums. Open to staff, students, parents, taxpayers, residents...if you’re part of the HUUSD, you’re invited!  We'll be discussing possible scenarios to reconfigure our school district and meet the needs of our students, PreK - 12th grade.
Come to either or both meetings: Tuesday, Oct 1 from 7-9PM @ the Harwood Union Library OR Monday, Oct 7 from 7-9PM @ the Crossett Brook Cafeteria.
Each session will include:
1. A presentation of change models being considered
2. Q & A for clarifying questions about data, models, and process
3. Small group conversations facilitated by Board members
We will be providing LOTS of information at the meeting, so everyone can participate in the discussion, even if this is all new to you.  If you also want more background before you come, please visit the HUUSD.org website and click on PreK-12/Bond Plan tab.   
Childcare will be provided.  We ask that those planning to use babysitting on site to please RSVP to Torrey by 9/29 at tcsmith@huusd.org 


Friday, September 13, 2019

Bobcat Bulletin 9/13/19




School News:

We had our fall bus evacuation drill this morning.  The students did very well listening to the drivers and were great helpers to one another!

School Pictures went super well, expecting them to be dynamite from what I saw. 
I'll let you know about prints and possible retakes as soon as I have the details.

I Heart Art:

Some self portraits from 6th graders....




...and some exploration of textures from kindergarteners:





Notes from the Health Office 


  • Nurse Jean Andreson has finalized her schedule for the health office this year;
    • Mondays and Fridays 7:30-12:30
    • Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10:30-2:30
    • and Thursdays Mrs. Butler will be here 

PTO

The Moretown School PTO will be meeting on the first Tuesday of the month.  Join us!

Community News

For Families:
Bake A Difference - Its Childhood Cancer Awareness Month!

The 7th Annual Vermont Cookies for Kids' Cancer Bake Sale will be held on Saturday, September 21st, at the Alchemist Brewery in Stowe, from 10am until we sell out. Last year, we raised over $3,000! You can help by baking cookies, coming to the sale, or making a tax-deductible donation. All funds go towards research to end this leading cause of death by disease of children.

To donate cookies, please drop your labeled cookies, in a container you don’t need returned, at one of our Cookie Donation Stations on Friday, September 20th: Office at Thatcher Brook Primary School or Crossett Brook Middle School, Drake home front porch on 5 Randall Street, or Flaherty home front porch on 414 Lonesome Trail. Sale favorites are Sugar Cookies, Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Raisin/Chocolate Chip or Chocolate with Chocolate Chip. If your cookies contain nuts, please also clearly add this to the label.  ?s- call Madeline at 760-0611.



Click here for more details



For Students:
Harwood Youth Hockey Registration is now Open!
Come check out our programs! Our Learn to Skate program, for youth 3yo and up, skates on Sunday evenings from 5-6pm at the Ice Center in Waterbury, beginning of December through the end of January. Come have fun learning to skate and participating in fun on ice activities with our coaches and experienced players to help out!! 
Already know how to skate? Come check out our House Mites team for players 4-7yo. Practices are tuesday nights from 5:45-6:45pm and Sundays from 5:00-6:00pm. Learn the basics of the game with beginner stick work and opportunities to play against some of the areas teams.
Gear is available to use for the season with an opportunity to purchase at the end of the season. 
Visit our website at Harwoodhockey.org for more information or email Liza Sikora, LTS/House coordinator, at lsikora0730@gmail.com for questions about the program.

Musical Munchkins After School Program:
You can now extend the day of your 4 & 5-year-olds.
Offered now at Green Mountain Performing Arts, 37 Commercial Drive, Waterbury, VT.
3:15-4:15 p.m on Thursdays, beginning September 19th-  two 8-week sessions fall & winter, $132.
Children can ride Bus 11 from TBPS to Musical Munchkins at GMPA. Children at this age are very social and learning takes place with fun musical activities with their peers to develop music skills, coordination, self- concept and creativity, listening skills, as well as to promote self-esteem and leadership skills. Children will explore solo and echo singing, dances, acting out song stories, creative movement with scarves, streamers, puppets and props, orchestrating songs with varied instruments- drums, glockenspiels, percussion, and ethnic instruments. We will have a mini-performance at the end of each session.

School Board




Dear members of our six town community,
First - upcoming events:
  • Community engagement and conversation around PreK-12 redesign. Hear a presentation about the change models being considered and then share your thoughts in small group conversations led by school board members.  
    • Tuesday, October 1st, 7-9pm at Harwood Union
    • Monday, October 7th, 7-9pm at Crossett Brook

At our last meeting on September 11, 2019, the Harwood Unified Union School District (HUUSD) Board took action on the four (4) items below (listed in order of the time in the meeting when the vote occurred):
  1. Adopted: Approved the new HUUSD vision statement
  2. Adopted: Approved the SY2019-20 Board Goals as amended
  3. Approved the following items as part of the consent agenda:  Approved: Minutes of 6/26/19 and 8/28/19; Accepted: Vouchers 1295, 1302, 1303, 1304 and 1306 for FY 2018-19 equaling $677,653.26; Accepted: Vouchers 1018, 1022, 1023, 1024, 1036, 1037, 1046, 1048 and 1056 for FY 2019-20 1009 equaling $2,045,144.60; Approved: HUHS overnight field trip to Burlington, VT on November 4th; Approved: Waitsfield Elementary School overnight field trip to Hosmer Point in Craftsbury, VT on September 25th
  4. Adopted: A motion that James draft an Op Ed to communicate why we are doing this PreK-12 work at this time and use the Board’s communications process to finalize and share was seconded and adopted.

Additionally, the Board discussed possible Board Operating Protocols; our fall community engagement schedule; reflections on the process used thus far in preK-12 decision-making; and our evolving process for agenda requests.

Our next meeting is Wednesday, September 25th at 6:00 pm in the Harwood Union School library. 

Please visit https://huusd.org/huusd-board to confirm time and place of meetings. You’ll also find all board and committee agendas, packets and minutes, and the link to board meeting videos. The direct link to watch this and other recent meetings is: https://mrvtv.com/category/school-board-meetings/. An archive of older meetings can be found here: https://archive.org/search.php?query=Harwood+Unified+Union+School+Board&sort=-date 

Thank you for your continued support and engagement.

Respectfully,
The HUUSD Board


Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Bobcat Bulletin 9/6/19



School News:


  • MES School Photo Day(s) 
    • Picture Days are Tuesday and Thursday this week.
    • We will have an all-school picture on Tuesday morning, and then Ms. Jenny's Maples, Ms. Heather's Willows, Kindergarten and Grades 3-6 will all have class and individual pictures on Tuesday as well.
    • Ms. Jenny's Pines, and grades 1 and 2 will have class and individual pictures on Thursday.
    • Here is an electronic order form if you need one




Musical Notes:

  • A reminder for 5/6 graders to return their paperwork to Ms. Adams if they are interested in playing an instrument

Notes from the Health Office: 

  • Nurse Jean Andreson has finalized her hours for the year.  She will be in the health office first thing in the morning on Mondays and Fridays, and later in the day Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  Mrs. Amy Butler will join us on Thursdays to help with health needs.

PTO:

  • Join us for the first PTO meeting of the year Tuesday Sept 10, at 5:30 PM.

Community News: 

Please note that the opportunities/events listed below are not specifically endorsed or screened by school staff. As always, families should use their own standards and review processes to determine appropriate activities.

Middle School Volleyball Club Fall Open Gym   Sunday Nights, September 8th through October (possibly November), 5pm-7pm.This will be a great time for middle schoolers to try volleyball for the first time and for existing players to continue practicing. The club is beginner-level and co-ed. All boys and girls entering grade 5-8 in the HUUSD are eligible. We will focus on basic rules of the game, skill building, and match-like games. In March we will participate in the Middle School March Madness League/Tournament. For more information and to sign up go to https://tinyurl.com/cbmsfallvb2019

Fencing Lessons!
Adult and Teen Classes

Stowe, VT

(Adults and Teens)
When:  Tuesdays and Thursdays September 17 - October 17
6:30 PM-8:00 PM
Where:  Stowe Elementary School Gym

All classes start promptly at 6:30 PM and go until 8:00 PM.  Adult cost is $125.00, Student/teen, cost is $50.00 - $10 additional for non-Stowe residents.  (EACH Fencer must complete a USFA $10 membership (https://www.usafencing.org/membership) and bring proof of registration to class - or email Digger - this is a one time/yearly national organization fee).   You may use your own equipment, if I feel it passes a brief safety check. 
Pre-Registration is REQUIRED for Stowe Fencing.  Please visit the Stowe Rec Department’s Stowe FALL/WINTER PROGRAM GUIDE at: https://www.stowerec.org/program-guide/fallwinter-program-guide/ to pre-register.  Teen class participation is limited to 6-10 Fencers and Adult class participation is limited to 4-8 Fencers. 
Contact Digger at midvtfencing@gmail.com

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Bobcat Bulletin: 8/30/19




School News:

Bataille Bulletin:

  • The right footwear is an important part of the PE class experience.  Please note which days are PE days for your child(ren) and have them wear or pack their sneakers.


Musical Notes:

  • MES welcomes Ms. Carolyn Adams to our music room.  Ms. Adams will join us on Wednesdays and Fridays for Band and Instrumental lessons, as well as, 5/6 general music class.
  • Mr. Hill will be here at MES on Tuesdays for prek-grade 4 music classes!



Notes from the Health Office

  • Please be sure to return pink Health Forms to your child's teacher!  Thank you.

PTO

We are continuing to collect Box Tops for Education.  Last year we were able to raise over $200 for the PTO!  Please snip, clip and drop themby the collection box at the main office.

Vermont- Morefest is excited to announce that this year will be another great local
community event. Touch-a-Truck will replace the car show from last year and other incredible
old fashioned games for kids of all ages will be running all afternoon. Live Music, food trucks
and local artisan vendors round out the exciting offerings to spend an entire afternoon
beginning at 3:00 p.m.  The PTO will once again sponsor a beverage tent.

Community News

Please note that the opportunities/events listed below are not specifically endorsed or screened by school staff. As always, families should use their own standards and review processes to determine appropriate activities.

Middle School Volleyball Club Fall Open Gym Sunday Nights, September 8th through October (possibly November), 5pm-7pm.This will be a great time for middle schoolers to try volleyball for the first time and for existing players to continue practicing. The club is beginner-level and co-ed. All boys and girls entering grade 5-8 in the HUUSD are eligible. We will focus on basic rules of the game, skill building, and match-like games. In March we will participate in the Middle School March Madness League/Tournament. For more information and to sign up go to https://tinyurl.com/cbmsfallvb2019

School Board


Subject:  HUUSD Board Kicks off School Year


Dear HUUSD Community, 

As we prepare for the start of the 2019-20 school year, I want to offer an update from the HUUSD board and share with you what we expect in the coming months. 

The HUUSD board is in the midst of developing a long-term PreK - 12 plan for our district to address our schools’ current and future needs. In establishing this plan, we are fulfilling our promise from the Act 46 merger to provide expanded and equitable educational opportunities while operating more efficiently. We expect to finalize the plan in mid-November and then finalize a bond proposal for the community’s consideration at Town Meeting in March of 2020.

I invite you to follow our progress and offer your input along the way. Here are a few ways to learn more about our current work:

  1. Visit https://huusd.org/prek-12-bond-plan. This page of our website is a great place to get oriented and see the data the board has been working with. It includes the history of our work on this over the last 6 months, links to relevant documents and data, as well as a detailed FAQ.  

  1. We expect to finalize our plan for this fall’s community engagement and feedback about the PreK-12 planning by early September. We’ll be sharing that information on FPF, through the schools and in the papers, and hope that you’ll help us to spread the word. Stay tuned! 

  1. At our September 25th meeting, the administrative team will present the models we asked for last spring. So, if you’re wondering what happened to all that talk of models and scenarios, know that it’s coming!

We are tremendously excited about the opportunities that a comprehensive PreK - 12 plan could offer us, as well as keenly aware that times of change are challenging. Our HUUSD board remains committed to the challenging but vital task of providing the best possible PreK-12 education for all of our students with the most prudent use of our public tax dollars.

I want to thank our incredible school leaders, faculty and staff as they prepare to welcome our students on August 26th for the first day of school and another great year of learning and growth. Thank you to all of our community members for your ongoing support of our incredible schools.  

With appreciation,
Caitlin Hollister, Chair
Harwood Unified Union School Board

Friday, August 23, 2019

Welcome back!!

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! 

August 22, 2019

Dear Moretown Elementary School Families,



We are excited for another great year beginning Monday, August 26th!


So much exciting stuff this year, but first and foremost, we will continue our commitment to our core values of Joy, Community and Kindness!


Speaking of joy, our building looks amazing. It has been repaired and painted on the outside, cleaned and prepped on the inside. Our new/improved building is thanks to the hard work of Matt and his crew at Cutting Edge Contracting and our very own maintenance crew here at MES. We are appreciative of all the work that went into making our school student-ready!


We are also thrilled to share about some new staff joining the Moretown School Community. Nancy Willard joins us as our new Librarian/Tech Integrationist. Nancy is moving back home from Texas with her family. We are glad to have Jan Gillen rejoin MES as the Kindergarten classroom aide. Laura Caffry will also be in Kindergarten as a paraprofessional. Laura lives in the valley, most recently having worked at the Fayston School. Jeannie Randall joins us our new food service person. Join me in welcoming these folks to the Moretown Community.


There are so many things to be excited about for the upcoming school year. We will continue to appreciate and explore our environment and all that surrounds us. MES looks forward to the continuation of our successful and community supported Educating Children Outdoors program (A North Branch Nature Center partnered curriculum) for grades Pre K – 2. The students will spend time learning in the outdoors and about the outdoors on the beautiful land that surrounds the school. This is our 9th year in our partnership with North Branch, and it seems to just keep getting better. The 3rd/4th graders are participating in an awesome project with the Bird Diva Bridget Butler. We were fortunate to receive a grant through North Country Federal Credit Union that will fund this winged adventure.


In the world of technology, we have many new Chromebooks in the building for the continuation of our 1:1 device program for grades 3 – 6. Our Kindergarten and 1st/2nd grade classrooms will have 1:2 ratio with iPads. These tools are great for many learning apps including SeeSaw, which is being used in all of our classrooms to document, record and share important learning. Most classrooms are also now equipped with iPod touches to capture the amazing work going on. We are fortunate to have all these tools for learning .


We will be expanding our intervention model this coming school year. Our interventionist Kathy Haskell did an amazing job last year to set up systems and supports for the MTSS (Multi Tiered System of Supports) model here at Moretown School. Now we’re ready to reach all kids with the literacy intervention blocks (K-6). This will look like all students getting what they need based on assessment data. The intervention block will be a sacred time for all students to work on skills at their level. Through regular check-ins the adults will be assessing and adjusting to help every student progress and feel successful.



Our MECA program continues to be an integral part of MES. We boasted over 140 students in attendance for our summer program. The program, led by Moie Moulton, Kaitlin McDonaugh and their excellent staff, continues to expand and improve its offerings. MECA provides our youngest learners the opportunity to spend the whole day learning with us, and our school-age students the awesome afterschool experience they all love. Follow us on Facebook @MECAprogram.


In our continued dedication to kindness, we will be using Responsive Classroom, restorative practices, and a commitment to relationships to build classroom communities. These approaches will be used proactively to build trust and connections, and will also be used in reaction to when things are more difficult. These relationships build a strong foundation, even when things get a little shaky.


Additionally, you will see a continuation of our progress report system guided by ACT 77 (personalized learning plans and proficiency based learning http://education.vermont.gov/flexible-pathways) which includes:


Family conferences that are built into the school calendar two times within the school year; once in late October/early November and once in March (see the school calendar for specific dates). These conferences focus on goal-setting. School staff works with students and their families to establish focused goals, based upon strengths, challenges and interests students have demonstrated. Academic, as well as social-emotional proficiencies play an important role when establishing focused goals.


Progress on these goals, as well as general growth monitoring, is shared in report cards sent home in January and June. Teachers may share information regarding student strengths and challenges outside of these established communication cycles and families are encouraged to reach out to teachers if they have questions regarding their child’s progress.


As you and your family prepare for the new school year consider these steps that can be taken to insure a smooth transition at the beginning of the year:

  • Talk with your child about the school year to come. What is he/she looking forward to? Is there anything he/she is nervous about? What does he/she hope for in the coming year? The way you talk about school does much to shape your child’s perceptions. If you share excitement and positive thinking, it is likely that they will feel that as well. When we joke about “dreading” returning to school, we are passing along a belief to our children!
  • Build your child’s confidence by revisiting all that your child accomplished last year, as well as growth and accomplishments from the summer. From learning to ride a bike, to reading, to public speaking, to understanding division, our children accomplish such growth that we sometimes take it for granted. It’s good to celebrate the accomplishments while we simultaneously offer even more challenges.
  • Help your child prepare by organizing a backpack for school, looking over the lunch menu for the first week, going through before and after school plans and identifying a spot and time where reading or homework can be done. Also help your child acclimate to the school schedule with earlier bedtimes and wake up times. And practice going to the bus stop to make sure you leave yourself enough time.
  • Label all of your child’s belongings. Many kids will have the same backpacks, lunch boxes, etc. Print your child’s name, use stickers, or even use a luggage tag to help them identify their stuff. Help your child to learn emergency information. This will help both you and your child feel secure.

The main office at MES is open beginning at 7:15 on school days. Our main contact number is 496-3742 if you need to reach us in the morning. The school will be open beginning at 7:15 for early morning drop off of students, students will meet in the multi-purpose room. School begins everyday at 7:30 a.m. and dismissal is at 2:30 p.m. If your child arrives after 7:40 a.m. they are considered tardy and are required to check in at the office upon arrival to obtain a slip that will notify their teacher that they have checked in. Classrooms start their day promptly at 7:45 with most classes holding morning meetings to promote and reinforce the social curriculum. It is extremely important that each child be here on time so that he/she can participate in these activities. If your child will be absent or arriving after 8:15 a.m, we ask that you call us to let us know.


MES continues to be committed to safety and security, using the tools we have in place. Our main entrance doors will be locked everyday between 8:00-2:15. Please use the buzzer at the front door and smile for the camera. Loretta will greet you into the building if arrive during the school day. Please proceed directly to the office to sign in and receive a VISITOR sticker. All visitors will be required to wear their sticker while they are in the building. Just dropping off a student or picking one up?  No sticker necessary.

Our overall school schedule will shift a bit to allow for recess before lunch, but lunch times will remain the same as last year: 
  • Pre-school and MECA Lunches will occur at 11:00
  • Lunch for grades K - 2 begins at 11:30 and ends at 12:00
  • Lunch for grades 3 -4 begins at 12:00 and ends at 12:30
  • Lunch for grades 5 - 6 begins at 12:30 and ends at 1:00

Meal prices for students are $3.50 for lunch and $2.00 for breakfast. Checks should be made out to the Harwood Food Service. Our food service programs have merged across the district, bringing the best of all the schools/menus to one program. Check out the new website food.huusd.org to find out more about local ingredients, payment options and, of course, the awesome Bobat Cafe menu.


I will continue to send out information to parents via Swift Reach every Friday night, just like you are used to. This information will also be posted online in the weekly Moretown School blog (linked here). These emails contain important news and or other community information relevant to Moretown families. You will need to subscribe to the blog using your email address. In addition to the blog, you can now follow Moretown School on Twitter @MoretownSchool and Instagram @moretownschoolvt. For families without internet access we are happy to send out these communications in an alternate format upon request.


An important first day packet will go home the first day of school. This packet will include Health forms, a field trip form and a Photo Release form, as well as the Free and Reduced Lunch Application . Please take the time to review the information contained in the packet and send back the required forms to school as soon as possible. When the links are live and ready, you will receive an email form HUUSD with directions to update your child’s registration information. All other information will be sent via Swift Reach and found on the Moretown School website and/or blog.


Our handbook provides additional information regarding our school procedures and expectations. It is accessible via our school’s website www.moretownschool.com or by clicking here. Speaking of our website, we should have a new and improved website up and running sometime in September… stay tuned.


I am excited to have the kids walk in that first day. I look forward to working with students, staff and families to ensure success for every MES student.


Sincerely,


Mandy Couturier
Principal
Moretown Elementary School







8/23/19







Middle School Volleyball Club Fall Open Gyms
Sunday Nights
September 8th through October (possibly November)
5pm-7pm
This will be a great time for middle schoolers to try volleyball for the first time and for existing players to continue practicing. The club is beginner-level and co-ed. All boys and girls entering grade 5-8 in the HUUSD are eligible. We will focus on basic rules of the game, skill building, and match-like games. In March we will participate in the Middle School March Madness League/Tournament.
For more information and to sign up go to https://tinyurl.com/cbmsfallvb2019


HOLIDAY TASTE OF THE VALLEY 2019! 

Last year was such a success that people are already asking about it for this year. 
1) TIMING: Thanksgiving is late this year (November 28th). Would SATURDAY NOVEMBER 23rd work for everyone? 1-3 PM. 

2) PARTICIPANTS INVITED! Please let me know if you can do it so we know how many spaces we will need to host the teams. 
Schools: we'd like more schools to participate now that there's more time to plan. Waitsfield won last year so they will have to defend their "apron trophy". 
Scouts: we loved having so many Scouts participate last year. 
Other youth groups: Constancia's team did great and we hope they and other (4H?) groups join in the fun 
If there is anyone else who should be on this list please forward and let me know. 

3) Same concept as last year: 
a - teams decide on a "holiday" taste and submit a recipe which is hosted on the Chamber website for all to visit if they want to be able to make it themselves. 
b - the public has to taste at least x number of samples in different locations in order to vote (will be determined once we know how many participants). 
c - Judge and public voting is done day of the event. 
d - winner's name gets embroidered on the trophy apron and recognition in the Valley Reporter. 

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Moretown School Update 6/7/19

June 7, 2019

School News:

We had a great time at ECHO on Monday:





Bataille Bulletin:







  • a big thanks to Ms.Ally for, what I heard a couple students say, the best field day yet!


Monster Mash

  • A reminder to families to search high and low for those missing books.

PTO

Last call for your worn out markers!  Bring them to school next week and we will gather them up and send them off!

Community News

Summer at the Library:
Blast Off to Summer Reading with the MRV Libraries!
Join us at the Joslin, Moretown and Warren libraries for "A Universe of Stories" this summer featuring an exciting lineup of programs exploring outer space and all it contains. Blasting off with "Alien Earth" from the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum on Sunday June 29th at 10:30am at the Moretown Town Hall, and landing on August 3rd from 2-4pm at the Waitsfield Elementary fields with a family make-believe rocket ship building event, there are a variety of programs for all ages and interests. Visit our websites for more information, or access the online summer learning program brochure by clicking here



Fishing Derby:
the Warren Volunteer Fire Departments 2019 Fishing Derby this Sunday. We will also be posting the event in the Valley Reporter and Front Porch Forum over the next few days. The information on the event is listed below. 

What: 2019 Warren Fire Department Annual Fishing Derby
When: Sunday June 9th, 12:00-3:00 p.m
Where: Warren Volunteer Fire Station, Warren Village
Who: Open to kids 14 and under; prizes and snacks will follow Fishing Derby

School Board

Dear members of our six town community,
At our last meeting on June 5, 2019, the Harwood Unified Union School District (HUUSD) board reviewed 27 PreK - 12 Scenarios with the goal of having 3-5 models by the end of the June 12th meeting.  The board will then ask the admin team to populate these models over the summer using our approved criteria. To assist with this effort, Ray Daigle, Director of Facilities, presented on the current state of all 7 school buildings and campuses; and Michelle Baker, Chief Financial Officer, presented on the expenses of all 7 schools. The board narrowed the list of scenarios down from 27 to 10. (see action #2 below).
The Board took action on the three (3) items below (listed in order of the time in the meeting when the vote occurred):
  1. Approved the following items as part of the consent agenda:  Approve past meeting Minutes; Accept: Vouchers 1259, 1269 and 1270 equaling $322,546.07; Approve proposal for the Fayston Elementary School Siding Project from Cutting Edge contracting in the amount of $54,387 to be funding by the Maintenance Reserve Fund; Approve proposal from Sunwood Systems for the Warren Boiler Replacement project in the amount of $123,470 to be funded by the Maintenance Reserve Fund, along with associated engineering costs of $9,450 provided by Engineering Services of VT; Approve proposal from Temperature Controls of VT for the CBMS controls update for $28,500 which provides an upgrade to the existing automated logic HVAC controls, to be funded by the Maintenance Reserve Fund.

  1. Adopted: That the board removed from further consideration any scenario that does not have at least one orange dot (which indicates a vote for keeping the scenario alive). Seconded. Carried. [This resulted in removing all scenarios but the following: a, b,c, d, e, g, p r, s, v].

  1. Adopted: That the board formally warn the policy packet for adoption on June 26th, 2019. Seconded. Carried.

Our next meeting is Wednesday, June 12th at 6:00 pm in the Harwood Union School library.
Please visit www.wwsu.org/huusd-board to confirm time and place of meetings as start times and locations are subject to change. You’ll also find all board and committee agendas, packets and minutes, HUUSD Smart Goals for the 2018-2019 school year, and the link to board meeting videos. The direct link to watch this and other recent meetings is: https://mrvtv.com/category/school-board-meetings/. An archive of older meetings can be found here: https://archive.org/search.php?query=Harwood+Unified+Union+School+Board&sort=-date
Thank you for your continued support and engagement.

Respectfully,

The HUUSD Board