Friday, March 24, 2017

Moretown School Update, March 24, 2017



Students, Mr. Wagner, Green Mountain Coffee Roaster Engineers and Mr. Pierson
working on the Living Cafe Project
We are hoping to be finished by May 5th.


Working on the STEM
gear/fan system




The Beginnings of our
Walled Pallet Garden 
MORETOWN APPARELL AVAILABLE

Moretown T-Shirts and Sweatshirts are now available to purchase on line.
We want to thank Deerfield Designs for their help in creating our link that is now open 24/7 with delivery options.   Proceeds will support the 6th grade class trip fund.




Student led conferences continued
on Friday














CALENDAR UPDATE
March 2017

March 27
No School
School Inservice
March 28
PTN meeting 6:30
March 30
6th grade parent meeting at the school
6:30 - multi purpose room
April 4
Student SBAC assessments begin for grade 3 - 6
April 6
Moretown School Board Meeting
Library

















Community Announcements
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.

Running Team Invitation/Clarification Please note that the Mad Valley Runners and The Mini Milers are two distinct running groups that are offering great running opportunities to kids in our area.  This post is for The  Mad Valley Runners.
We  are pleased to invite boys and girls in grades 3-6 to join us for our spring running program at Waitsfield School during April and May 2017. With the addition of the Waits Way in our backyard we now have a great opportunity for kids who are very new to running to have a fun safe place to run that is close to restrooms and drinking water and the pick up spot for parents!
          For kids who demonstrate they can handle longer runs, the path by Small Dog is perfect but it requires transportation. If we have enough adult runners and drivers we could use both locations simultaneously.  Clayton and I ask the kids to follow the "We Rock" expectations.  We expect that they will stay on the trail and always be visible to the adult runners. This is for their safety. We expect them to stay away from the river unless we all go as a group.
            We don't charge a fee for participation but we do encourage runners to buy a "Team" shirt at cost.  Last year it was $14. Our supplier just informed us the price will drop to under $11 this year!  The PTO has offered funding for families that can't afford that cost.
Our program starts in April as soon as weather permits, tentatively on April 3. We run on Mondays and Wednesdays through the end of  May, culminating with a 2 mile run and pizza / ice cream party at Blueberry Lake. Families are encouraged to join in the fun and contribute what they can to cover the cost of food and drink.  Everyone is invited to bring what they like for a day at the beach...canoes, kayaks, paddle boards etc. Parents are reminded that they are responsible to supervise their kids at the lake.
           Handmade awards (the woodal) are given to each Mad Valley Runner. Sign up sheets will be available when we get back from our February break. Adults who would like to run with us and and help with the kids should let Clayton or myself know as soon as possible since enrollment for the kids will be limited by the number of adult volunteers.
Registration forms are available at the front desk from Kathi. Please return the signed forms by next Tuesday 3/28/17.  Our first run is April 3, weather permitting.
Thanks,  Joe Robinson  jrobinson@wwsu.org and Clayton Wetzel   cwetzel@wwsu.org

The TRIP Dance Companyfeaturing many local dancers, will be performing at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, 122 Hourglass Drive, Stowe on March 24-25 at 7 pm, with general admission seating $25 for adults and $20 for students.  Tickets for this fundraising performance can be purchased in advance directly through the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center atWWW.SPRUCEPEAKARTS.ORG or802-760-4634. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

2017 Vermont State Scholastic Chess Championships, Kindergarten - Grade 12,  April 8, Berlin Elementary School, Registration at 8:30-9:30am. For details and registration information visit http://vtchess.info or contact Mike Stridsberg at 802-223-1948.

Technology and Behavior: Benefits and Detriments of the Online World   Harwood Union is pleased to host a presentation by Andrew Donofrio designed to support parents in understanding popular technology and social media usage by today's youth and potential benefits and detriments.  The presentation will share actionable steps that help parents and their children avoid many of the missteps and mistakes made by students in the world of technology.  The presentation will take place March 30, 7:00pm, at Harwood Union High School Auditorium. Mr. Donofrio was a leading computer forensics examiner particularly examining the exploitation of children through technology. Some of the presentation topics include bullying online, unhealthy online social connections and risky behavior, texting while driving, and other current issues.

Pajama Party at the Collection  SAT, APRIL 1st TO CELEBRATE THE RELEASE OF THE SHEEPOVER BOARD BOOK    Parents and Grandparents with kids of all ages are invited to join us at The Collection dressed in their jammies SAT, APRIL 1st at 11:00 a.m. for story time with Farmer John Churchman.  Farmer John, co-author and illustrator will be reading Sweet Pea and Friends’ Brave Little Finn accompanied by Laddie the border collie.  Story time will begin at 11:15 a.m. followed by a question and answer session after which John will be signing books until 1:00 p.m.
Contact Info: Yvonne Fugate * 496-6055 * collection@madriver.com


Dr. Paul Foxman – “The Worried Child, Recognizing Anxiety in Kids and Teens and Helping them Cope”     Hannah’s House is pleased to welcome Dr. Paul Foxman, founder and Director of the Center for Anxiety Disorder for a two hour presentation  “The Worried Child, Recognizing Anxiety in Kids and Teens and Helping Them Cope”, on April 126-8pm at the Big Picture Theater in Waitsfield.  Dr. Foxman specializes in anxiety disorders in children and adults and presents around the country on this topic.  He frequently appears at conferences and on television and radio shows to address anxiety and stress-related issues and is well known among mental health professionals.  He is the author of several books on of anxiety in children and adults, including The Worried Child, Dancing with Fear, Anxiety Disorders in Kids and Teens, which will be available for sale that evening.This free event is made possible through a grant from The National Life Foundation and the Big Picture Theater for the event venue. For more information contact Barbara@hannahshousevt.org or call 496-9715 

Host Families Needed      Host families are needed in August for high school exchange students. By opening their homes, host families make it possible for members of their community to meet, interact, and learn from someone from a different culture.  Exchange students bring new perspectives that can open minds, creating opportunities for engagement and understanding that strengthen schools and communities alike. Many host families develop a relationship that lasts a lifetime with the student they host.  Families can learn more about CIEE and the exchange program by visiting www.ciee.org/highschool.  For more information contact Susan at susankuegel10@gmail.com

 

The Mad River Valley Libraries are excited to bring the Vermont Humanities Council Vermont Reads program to the Valley. Each year the Humanities Council selects a book with multi-generational appeal, with themes that inspire and challenge and that lend themselves well toward building community connection through related programming. This year’s book is Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson, a beautiful memoir written in verse about coming of age during the civil rights movement. For more information, please call or visit the libraries' websites.
Muslim Girls Making Change     Wednesday, March 29th, 6:30pm      Valley Players Theater, Waitsfield      Muslim Girls Making Change is a youth-led poetry slam team dedicated to social justice through poetry, and will perform original works based on their unique life experiences. . Members are Hawa Adam, Kiran Waqar, Lena Ginawi, and Balkisa Abdikadir, who are currently high school students in Burlington.

Memoir Writing Workshop      Monday, April 10th, 6:30pm     Joslin Memorial Library   Join author Jessica Hendry Nelson (“If Only You People Could Follow Directions”) as she guides participants in the art of memoir writing.

Intergenerational Community Book Discussion      Thursday, April 27th, 6:30pm     Moretown Elementary School       Join your friends and neighbors for a community book discussion on "Brown Girl Dreaming" by Jacqueline Woodson.

Talking about Racism with our Neighbors      Monday, May 8th, 6:30pm      Warren Public Library      Standing Up for Racial Justice Central Vermont will lead this interactive workshop on the hows and whys of talking about racism with our neighbors.

Mad River Valley Easter Egg Hunt – Saturday, April 8th      Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 8th, when rain, shine (or snow), it’s time for the annual Mad River Valley Easter Egg Hunt. The egg hunt will start promptly at 10:00 a.m.Refreshments will be available beginning at 9:30 a.m. The event will be held at the Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom business office located at 3898 Main Street in Waitsfield (across from the elementary school). The egg hunt is open to children of all ages and is free of charge. For more information, contact Lorraine Keener at 496.3391 or lkeener@corp.wcvt.com.  

Friday, March 17, 2017

Moretown School Update, March 17, 2017

Two proud students with their
Leprechaun catcher.  Wonder what they
will do once they catch one...
Happy St. Patrick's Day
Driveway/Parking Area Update
The Moretown School and the Moretown Town are working together to develop a plan to to address our parking lot, driveway and drainage issues. You may notice engineering crews, surveying crews and orange marking tape around the school over the next few weeks. Once the engineering plan is completed and approved a construction plan will be developed and implemented over the next few months. We will keep our school community updated on this important project.

School Conferences Information
- here is how to schedule a conference

Parent/Teacher Conferences scheduler information...  
Step-By-Step Parent/Guardian Instructions
Moretown School
Spring Conferences 2017
Beginning March 20 - Ending March 24 (AM)
OR - Select the Online Scheduler icon/link on the school's blog (under the family conference scheduler link) at:  http://moretownschoolblog.blogspot.com/
      2.  From the Online Scheduler Home Page
  1. Choose your student’s school from the drop down list and click “GO”
  2. Enter the school password 3742
  3. Enter your student’s “Student ID”.  If you do not know their Student ID, use the LOOKUP STUDENT ID button to access the system.
  4. Verify the student’s birth date  
  5. A list of your student’s teachers will be displayed.  Check the box next to the name of each teacher(s) you would like to meet with.
  6. If you have more than one student in the school you can see all of your students’ teachers’ schedules at one time by answering YES to this question “Do you want to schedule conferences for another student?” then repeat the steps above for your other students.  If you only have one student, answer NO to that question.
  7. You will then see the available time slots for each teacher you selected.
  8. Select the times that work best for your schedule.  
  9. Enter your email address (recommended) if you would like an email reminder sent to you. (your email address is kept private.)
  10. Once you have finished you can confirm your appointment details and print your conference schedule.
Write down the Confirmation Number (you will need this number to cancel your appointment)
CALENDAR UPDATE
March 2017
March 20 - 24
School Conferences Window

*The online scheduler will be available  to schedule conferences on March 15, 2017.  
March 24
No school
AM Conferences
March 27
No School
School Inservice
March 28
PTN meeting 6:30
March 30
6th grade parent meeting at the school
6:30 - multi purpose room
April 4
Student SBAC assessments begin for grade 3 - 6

*A 2017-2018 School Calendar will be ready for distribution soon.  We will send out a copy for your review.  
*Due to our recent snow days, the last school day for the 2016-17 school year is projected to be on June 20, 2017.  We will keep everyone updated on this date.  



Community Announcements
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.

Programs being offered at the Moretown Community Library 
The Big Bang with Dan Zucker
Sunday, March 19th 4pm
Moretown Elementary School
Direct observation of the universe shows us a moving apart of all things on enormous distance and time scales.  For almost 100 years the question of appearances vs. reality drove the investigation of just why things would look this way.  The result is a set of mathematical models known collectively as The Big Bang. This talk covers, in lay terms, what the universe looks like now, what that suggests about what it looked like in the past, and what it was that changed over time.  Topics will include both the mundane (temperature, particles, energy, space and time) and the exotic (temperature, particles, energy, space and time). 

Cooking with Kids
Sunday, April 9th
3-4:30pm
Moretown Elementary School
Come join Lisa Mason from Fiddleheads Cuisine for this hands-on class. We will start with a short story time and then move into the kitchen where parents and kids can both join in as we prepare a few simple dishes that please the taste buds while optimizing nutrition. Allergy-friendly and all ages welcome. Class is free with suggested donation, however you must call 496-9728 or email moretownlibrary@gmail.com to register.
Vermont Reads comes to the Valley!
The Mad River Valley Libraries are excited to bring the Vermont Humanities Council Vermont Reads program to the Valley. Each year the Humanities Council selects a book with multi-generational appeal, with themes that inspire and challenge and that lend themselves well toward building community connection through related programming. This year’s book is Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson, a beautiful memoir written in verse about coming of age during the civil rights movement. Please call or visit the libraries' websites to learn more about all of the programs happening next month.
Muslim Girls Making Change
Wednesday, March 29th, 6:30pm
Valley Players Theater, Waitsfield
Muslim Girls Making Change is a youth-led poetry slam team dedicated to social justice through poetry, and will perform original works based on their unique life experiences. . Members are Hawa Adam, Kiran Waqar, Lena Ginawi, and Balkisa Abdikadir, who are currently high school students in Burlington. 

Other community events

The TRIP Dance Companyfeaturing many local dancers, will be performing at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, 122 Hourglass Drive, Stowe on March 24-25 at 7 pm, with general admission seating $25 for adults and $20 for students.  Tickets for this fundraising performance can be purchased in advance directly through the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center atWWW.SPRUCEPEAKARTS.ORG or802-760-4634. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.
2017 Vermont State Scholastic Chess Championships, Kindergarten - Grade 12,  April 8, Berlin Elementary School, Registration at 8:30-9:30am. For details and registration information visit http://vtchess.info or contact Mike Stridsberg at 802-223-1948.

Mad River Mini Milers  Registration for Mad River Valley Mini Milers youth running program opened online on Monday, Feb. 27th and slots are filled on a first come first serve basis at https://www.runvermont.org/youth/ready-set-run/. The program will begin in the Valley on April 24th (last year we started in SNOW so starting it later this year) and run every Monday for an hour. (or Wednesdaydepending on what the group wants) Session runs 5 weeks and ends May 22nd. It is a volunteer ONLY program, so I would welcome any parents who can help out once in awhile. If your child is in Girls on the Run, this program will not interfere, and I have my own child doing both.
The program is state-wide - brought it to the Valley last year- that allows both girls and boys in grades K-5. Children meet weekly with Mini Milers leaders to get motivated, educated and keep track of their progress. In addition to mileage incentives, t-shirt and medal, participants receive monthly e-letters filled with ideas, citizen challenges and tasty recipes. At the end of the season, I encourage all runners to sign up for the MVP Health Care Kids 1/2 mile, 1 mile or 2 mile run held May, 27th at Waterfront Park in Burlington as a part of the Vermont City Marathon.
The cost per participant in the Mini Miler program is $35.00. Please contact Kim at Kim.Canarecci@vermont.gov for more information.


Technology and Behavior: Benefits and Detriments of the Online World   Harwood Union is pleased to host a presentation by Andrew Donofrio designed to support parents in understanding popular technology and social media usage by today's youth and potential benefits and detriments.  The presentation will share actionable steps that help parents and their children avoid many of the missteps and mistakes made by students in the world of technology.  The presentation will take place March 30, 7:00pm, at Harwood Union High School Auditorium. Mr. Donofrio was a leading computer forensics examiner particularly examining the exploitation of children through technology. Some of the presentation topics include bullying online, unhealthy online social connections and risky behavior, texting while driving, and other current issues.

PAJAMA PARTY at THE COLLECTION SAT, APRIL 1st TO CELEBRATE THE RELEASE OF THE SHEEPOVER BOARD BOOK    Parents and Grandparents with kids of all ages are invited to join us at The Collection dressed in their jammies SAT, APRIL 1st at 11:00 a.m. for story time with Farmer John Churchman.  Farmer John, co-author and illustrator will be reading Sweet Pea and Friends’ Brave Little Finn accompanied by Laddie the border collie.  Story time will begin at 11:15 a.m. followed by a question and answer session after which John will be signing books until 1:00 p.m.
Contact Info: Yvonne Fugate * 496-6055 * collection@madriver.com
Dr. Paul Foxman – “The Worried Child, Recognizing Anxiety in Kids and Teens and Helping them Cope”     Hannah’s House is pleased to welcome Dr. Paul Foxman, founder and Director of the Center for Anxiety Disorder for a two hour presentation  “The Worried Child, Recognizing Anxiety in Kids and Teens and Helping Them Cope”, on April 126-8pm at the Big Picture Theater in Waitsfield.  Dr. Foxman specializes in anxiety disorders in children and adults and presents around the country on this topic.  He frequently appears at conferences and on television and radio shows to address anxiety and stress-related issues and is well known among mental health professionals.  He is the author of several books on of anxiety in children and adults, including The Worried Child, Dancing with Fear, Anxiety Disorders in Kids and Teens, which will be available for sale that evening.This free event is made possible through a grant from The National Life Foundation and the Big Picture Theater for the event venue. For more information contact Barbara@hannahshousevt.org or call 496-9715 

Host Families Needed      Host families are needed in August for high school exchange students. By opening their homes, host families make it possible for members of their community to meet, interact, and learn from someone from a different culture.  Exchange students bring new perspectives that can open minds, creating opportunities for engagement and understanding that strengthen schools and communities alike. Many host families develop a relationship that lasts a lifetime with the student they host.  Families can learn more about CIEE and the exchange program by visiting www.ciee.org/highschool.  For more information contact Susan at susankuegel10@gmail.com

2017 Harwood Boys and Girls Basketball Camps
Date           Grades                                    Time
6/26-6/30    Grades 2-4 Boys and Girls   8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
6/26-6/30     Grades 5-9 Girls                   11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
6/26-6/30     Grades 5-9 Boys                   2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

***Please attend the camp for the grade entering in August, 2017***
Each camp will be capped at 30 participants. Camps are located in the Harwood Union High School Main Gym.
The Coaches: Mike Woods is the Harwood Union Boys Varsity Basketball Coach. Tom Young is the Harwood Girls Varsity Basketball Coach and a teacher at the Waitsfield Elementary School.
Philosophy: Each camp will focus on a combination of team and individual skills for boys and girls of all levels and abilities. The coaches will concentrate on building a strong foundation in the basic skills of dribbling, passing and shooting. Every camper will get a better appreciation for the game, sportsmanship, and learn fundamentals to take them to the next level of performance & most of all Have Fun! The camp stresses hands-on learning through a variety of drills and competitions.
Special Features: Each camper will receive a Hoop Camp T-Shirt. All campers will receive individual instruction and feedback throughout the week.
Registration & Fees: The fee is $125.00 per camper/per camp week. To reserve your spot, please fill out the form below and mail it in. The early registration period ends May 30th, 2017. The fee after May 30th is $150.00. Sorry, no refunds are available. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Child’s Name:________________________________________ Camp Attending:_______________________________________
Address:___________________________________________________________________ Phone:______________________________
Grade as of August, 2017_____________ E-Mail:________________________________________________________________
T-Shirt Size:___________Adult or Child Size Parent(s) Name(s):_____________________________________________
Emergency Contact Name & Number:________________________________________________________________________
*Please make Checks Payable to Harwood Basketball Camp (No checks will be deposited before May 15th). Mail application and check to Mike Woods, PO Box 509, Moretown, VT 05660
*Questions: Contact Mike Woods @ vtbigbird@aol.com or (c) 233-3247 or Tom Young @ tyoung1974@gmail.com or 224-6693(c) or 496-3643(w)



Tuesday, March 14, 2017

No school for March 15 due to continued weather issues....

We continue to be effected by Winter Storm Stella
Enjoy the snow - it is truly amazing
  No school tomorrow
Be Safe and Be Well

See everyone on Thursday 

Snow Day - stay tuned for updates regarding Wednesday, March 15

No School - Tuesday March 14
More Updates Wednesday, March 15 coming later..

The link for Parent Conferences will be sent out tomorrow, regardless of
weather delays or cancellation.

Have an excellent snow day!
 

Friday, March 10, 2017

Moretown School Update, March 10, 2017



Amazing jump rope work by a student
with an amazing shirt about our Sun.. 
















Spring Conferences coming soon


The Moretown School will host our spring student/parent conferences beginning March 20th ending the morning of the 24th.   The online conference scheduler will be ready for your use beginning Wednesday, March 15.  Instructions and the link to the scheduler will be sent on the Morning of March 15.  Please let us know if you have any questions.  

Thank you for your support!  

We are very lucky to work in a community that continues to support the excellent work that our school continues to provide to our kids.  As you are aware, our school local school district has merged into a larger WWSU district that is titled, " Harwood Unified Union School District (HUUSD)".  As of July 1st, 2017, this larger entity will be the financial and educational governance body that will direct our local schools.  

Here are the results for the combined school vote.  Please note that votes are no longer sorted by town. 


Article VII: Should Harwood Unified Union School District establish a capital repair, replacement and maintenance reserve fund under the provisions of 24 VSA Section 2804, and to appropriate thereto the aggregate balance of all forming district fund balances as of June 30, 2016, received on July 1, 2017?
Yes - 1,642
No - 508
Blank - 31
Spoiled - 0
ARTICLE PASSED


Article VIII:  Shall Harwood Unified Union School District adopt a budget of $35,294,313 for the school year commencing July 1, 2017?
Yes - 1,381
No - 772
Blank - 28
Spoiled - 0
ARTICLE PASSED

2,181 votes cast.




MORETOWN APPARELL AVAILABLE

Moretown T-Shirts and Sweatshirts are now available to purchase on line.
We want to thank Deerfield Designs for their help in creating our link that is now open 24/7 with delivery options.   Proceeds will support the 6th grade class trip fund.




Moretown Store Link:  https://cart.deerfielddesigns.com/moretown_elementary_school


Trout in the Classroom 
Our Trout in the Classroom Project 
is coming along, however 
we are noticing some concerning issues. 
While we  have some strong
Fry Swimmers, others seem to be floating
(not dead) near the bottom quarter of the 
tank.  Everything else looks fine.  We are working
with out TIC biologist to see what is going on.  






















CALENDAR UPDATE
March 2017

March 15
On-line scheduler open to parents.

A email will be sent to all families providing the link and instructions to make a conference day and time.
March 20 - 24
School Conferences Window

*The online scheduler will be available  to schedule conferences on March 15, 2017.  
March 24
No school
AM Conferences
March 27
No School
School Inservice
March 28
PTN meeting 6:30
March 28
SBAC testing for grades 3 - 6 window opens  
March 30
6th grade parent meeting at the school
6:30 - multi purpose room


Jump Roper Extraordinaire 




Community Announcements
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.


Mad River Park Fields      The Mad River Valley Recreation District would like to thank all those who voted in favor of the Mad River Park field purchase on Town Meeting Day.  We are well on our way to securing these fields for youth sports for years to come.  Our private fundraising is underway to secure remaining funds needed for the purchase of the park and we are seeking volunteers to help with fundraising activities.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact Mike Nucci at nucci45@yahoo.com.
More information about the Mad River Park Field purchase can be found here:
http://www.mrvrd.org/2017/03/03/save-mad-river-park/
https://www.facebook.com/MRVRD1/

Parenting Class-"Guiding Good Choices", focusing on children ages 9-14, 5 week workshop series, March 15 - April 126:00-8:00pm, at Waitsfield School.  This parenting class is free and will cover topics such as: understanding the adolescent brain, risk factors; setting clear guidelines and following through with positive and negative consequences; preparing kids to respond to peer influence, refusal skills; conflict management, controlling and expressing anger constructively; and strengthening family bonds and increasing children's participation. Space is limited, pre-registration is required.  Childcare will be provided with reservations by February 20th.  For more information and to reserve a spot, call Ann Gilbert at802-223-4949 or email info@cvndc.org.

Mad River Watershed Photo Contest Raffle  Friends of the Mad River announce a Photo Contest with a spin: contest meets raffle! Rather than judging entries, we'll draw for prizes from photo entries. One photo equals one entry.  Whether it's your favorite swim hole on a summer day or the view from your favorite vista on an icy February morning, we want to see and showcase your favorite moments on the river and across the watershed. Submit photos at "Friends of the Mad River" on Facebook.

2017 Vermont State Scholastic Chess Championships, Kindergarten - Grade 12,  April 8, Berlin Elementary School, Registration at 8:30-9:30am. For details and registration information visit http://vtchess.info or contact Mike Stridsberg at 802-223-1948.

Mad River Mini Milers  Registration for Mad River Valley Mini Milers youth running program opened online on Monday, Feb. 27th and slots are filled on a first come first serve basis at https://www.runvermont.org/youth/ready-set-run/. The program will begin in the Valley on April 24th (last year we started in SNOW so starting it later this year) and run every Monday for an hour. (or Wednesdaydepending on what the group wants) Session runs 5 weeks and ends May 22nd. It is a volunteer ONLY program, so I would welcome any parents who can help out once in awhile. If your child is in Girls on the Run, this program will not interfere, and I have my own child doing both.
The program is state-wide - brought it to the Valley last year- that allows both girls and boys in grades K-5. Children meet weekly with Mini Milers leaders to get motivated, educated and keep track of their progress. In addition to mileage incentives, t-shirt and medal, participants receive monthly e-letters filled with ideas, citizen challenges and tasty recipes. At the end of the season, I encourage all runners to sign up for the MVP Health Care Kids 1/2 mile, 1 mile or 2 mile run held May, 27th at Waterfront Park in Burlington as a part of the Vermont City Marathon.
The cost per participant in the Mini Miler program is $35.00. Please contact Kim at Kim.Canarecci@vermont.gov for more information.


Technology and Behavior: Benefits and Detriments of the Online World

Harwood Union is pleased to host a presentation designed to support parents in understanding  popular technology and social media usage by today’s youth and potential benefits and detriments. This presentation will share actionable steps that help  parents and their children avoid many of the missteps and mistakes made by students in the world of technology.

Program Details

Date:       March 30, 2017
Time:       7:00 PM
Location: Harwood Union High School Auditorium

Program Specifics
Topics will include the following:

  • Computer, Tablet, Cell Phone Usage: Benefits and Detriments
  • Unhealthy Online Social Connections and Risky Behavior
  • Sexting: Awareness, Prevention, Response
  • Sexual Predators Online
  • Bullying: Awareness, Prevention, Response
  • Recognizing Violent Risk Taking Behavior
  • Impaired Driving: Texting/Under the Influence
  • Speaking to Our Kids about the Potential Fallout
  • Monitoring Our Children’s Technology Usage

About Our Speaker
Andrew W. Donofrio was a leading computer forensics examiner with 25 years of Law Enforcement experience and 17 years in the field of computer investigations, forensics, IT security and penetration testing.  He has conducted countless computer and cyber investigations, particularly the exploitation of children through technology.

Mr. Donofrio graduated Summa Cum Laude from John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a BA in Forensic Psychology and Magna Cum Laude with a Master’s degree in Protection/Infrastructure Management.  He is the founder and president of Cyberology Consultants.