Sunday, August 11, 2019

2019-2020 Supply List

Team Phoenix Supply List

We are excited to have you on Team Phoenix!
Here is a list if you wish to shop early for back-to-school supplies.
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For Math:
  • 3-ring binder (2-inch) with the following inside:
    • Pencil pouch w/personal pencil sharpener w/ reservoir for shavings
    • basic 4-function calculator 
    • pencils (NOT mechanical) 
    • erasers or cap erasers 
    • 3-hole punched loose paper (clipped into the binder) 
  • Note: Please label the binder “MATH.”
For Science:
  • A 1” binder (or a section for science in a larger binder.)

For Language Arts:
  • Three-subject notebook to be left in class
For Social Studies:
  • A steady supply of pencils and white-lined paper.
  • Students will have a hanging file in the classroom to store classwork.
In general:
  • Supplies such as pencils, cap erasers, and notebook paper will be needed throughout the year. Please consider buying a large supply and sending in just what is needed as the year goes on.
  • If you are able to buy any extra of the above supplies, we will gratefully share them with new students.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Get Informed - Marijuana Myths

From our fabulous Student Assistance Program Coordinator:

**Please help us spread the word about this free event!**

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Who: Parents, caregivers, people who work with or care about youth in our community...YOU!
What: Workshop featuring world-renowned speaker Ty Sells, addressing Marijuana Myths & Connecting with Your Teen. Plus q&a panel discussion with local experts.
When: November 14 from 6-8 pm (dinner served at 5:30 pm)
Where: Burlington High School library
Need we say more?: Free delicious dinner (momos, chow mein, samosas, vegan-friendly options) AND $30 gift certificate for the first 30 attendees (1 per household). 

Join us for an evening with world-renowned speaker Ty Sells. Ty will engage us in a thoughtful, inclusive workshop that focuses on making a positive connection with our teens. 
As a long time youth substance use prevention advocate, Ty will also help us address the risks of increasing marijuana use among Burlington students. We'll examine strategies to engage our kids in a fact-filled conversation to assist them in making their own healthier decisions.  

We hope to see YOU there!

Supporting Students (and ourselves) to Make Healthy Choices

Thanks to the School Services Clinicians for these resources:

10 tips for kids to keep cool, calm, and collected

Quick in-school activity breaks for all ages 

Tips for Teachers; Promoting Healthy Eating and Physical Activity

Facts, Statistics, and Studies that Link Nutrition and Achievement

Sunday, October 28, 2018

"The Mask You Live In" Viewing at HMS

BHS Seahorse Pride is sponsoring this important documentary & discussion which explores how our culture's narrow definition of masculinity is harming boys, men and society and unveils what we can do about it. - all are invited and encouraged to join this FREE event:

Explores how our culture's narrow definition of masculinity is harming our boys, men and society at large and unveils what we can do about it. 

Watch the trailer here: 

Monday, September 24, 2018

Open House

Hello Team Phoenix Families,

The year is up and running and we have lots to share with you. We hope to see you all at Open House on Tuesday 9/25. Come early for the PTO sponsored Community Dinner!
  • 5:30 - 6:30 - Dinner in cafeteria
  • 6:30 - 8:30 - Open House – various locations – everyone will start in the auditorium and then visit classrooms to meet teachers. More details will be provided - and information from each team will be handed out that evening to parents/guardians.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Supply List

Here is a reminder of the supplies that a Team Phoenix student should have by the 2nd week of school.

Supply letter

Thanks for your support!

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Informal Open House

Welcome back, Phoenix Families!

We invite you to swing by the school on Tuesday from 12:30-1:30pm for an informal open house. Keep in mind, we'll still be in the process of getting things ready to welcome back students on Wednesday, but we would love to take some time to greet you all. Rumor has it that the PTO is going to be giving out popsicles, bonus!

Here's to a fabulous school year!

~Team Phoenix

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Team Phoenix and HMS Updates

Hello families!

There are lots of important reminders below. Check them out!
  • Just a reminder that we'll (PTO) be meeting tonight at 6:30pm at Smitty's Pub on North Ave for an 8th Grade end of year planning session! We'll need volunteers to help support upcoming activities and celebrations for our HMS 8th graders! Keep an eye out for ways you can join!
  • To all 8th Grade Parents & Guardians & their students, this is a message from BHS for you!!
    All incoming 9th graders and their families are invited to Burlington High School for a welcome night!
    Wednesday, May 30, 6:30 pm

    You will hear a little bit about the way we do things at BHS, and also have a chance to ask questions, tour the building, and meet many staff members who work with 9th graders. We will have light snacks and drinks.
    Where: BHS Auditorium and Cafeteria
    When: Wednesday, May 30, 6:30
    Who: Incoming 9th Graders & Parents/Guardians

    Questions? Call: 802-864-8581
    Need help with Transportation? Email:
    Need interpretation? Call: 288-6048
  • Please help spread the word about an exciting and time-sensitive opportunity for 5th and 6th grade girls. Unexpectedly, Burlington Youth Lacrosse ( has 5 openings left on its 5/6 girls team. If you have girls who join right away, it will be free of charge and they will receive a free lacrosse stick and other all the other equipment they will need. Interested kids/parents should email me directly ASAP: This is for beginner and experienced players; we stress fun, being a great teammate, and learning the game. Practices are Monday and Wednesday, 5:30-7 pm at Leddy Park with games on Sundays from now until June 10th.
Hunt Middle School End of the Year Dates:

May 16 - Band Concert, 7:00 Hunt Auditorium (students arrive at 6pm)
May 21 - 8th Science test
May 23 - Orchestra Concert, 7:00 Hunt Auditorium (students arrive 6pm)
May 24 - 5th grade parent/guardian orientation in the evening
May 25 - Early release (half day) for HMS, all students dismissed at 12:00
May 30 - Choral Concert, 7:00 Hunt Auditorium (students arrive 6pm)
June 7- 8th grade end of the year trip
June 13 - Early Release from School (half day) for 6th and 7th graders only, dismissal at 12:00
June 13 - 8th graders practice for Promotion Ceremony in the morning/
June 13 - 8th grade Promotion Ceremony at 1:00 pm Hunt Auditorium w/reception following
June 13 - 8th grade dance 7:00 - 9:00 pm at HMS
June 14 - Last day of school (8th graders have no school) - 6th and 7th graders dismissed at 12:00

PTO Activities & Volunteer needs:

Wed, May 9th - 8th grade end of year activities planning meeting - assess volunteer needs to lend support. All welcome - 6:30 - 8:00pm at Smitty's Pub, North Ave.

Teacher & Staff Appreciation - stay tuned for details! Time to show how thankful we are for our amazing teachers & staff at Hunt!

The PTO is hosting bake sales at the Band & Choral concerts, May 16 & 23rd. Please donate baked goods & treats to fill the tables! - drop off the night of the concert, or day of!

Parent / Guardian volunteers needed at the 5th Grade Parent Orientation night on May 24th! Greet incoming families, answer questions, help with email sign-up. Time: TBD

6th & 7th Grade Parents / Guardians - volunteers needed to help with the 8th grade Promotion Ceremony prep and reception! (This allows 8th grade families to enjoy the activities.)

Front Garden Clean up - beautiful front garden landscaping at Hunt needs spring spruce up! Volunteers needed for 30 minute/1 hour or any time you can give!

Email Helen Rock at if you can lend a hand for any or all!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Math News

Hello families,

Please see the attached letter detailing important math information for next year. In addition, letters about algebra seminar went home with 7th graders today.


Friday, April 6, 2018

Team and HMS Updates

Hi folks,

We'd like to pass along some important announcements and reminders:
  • Today (4/6) is Peggy Weaver's last day at HMS. Be sure to pass along your appreciate and well wishes to this fixture of the Hunt community.
  • Today is also the last day of the third quarter. You should expect to see your child's report card next Friday 4/13.
  • Many students on Team Phoenix have been busily working on the HMS production of The Lion King. Check out a performance either Friday or Saturday night at 7:00pm!
  • Your child should have brought home a letter this week discussing the upcoming SBAC testing. Please take a look and let us know if you have any questions. Thank you for supporting your child with this.
  • Here is the latest HMS newsletter
That will do it for now. 
Have a fabulous weekend!

Friday, February 9, 2018

Lots of opportunities for Hunt students and families!

Hi all,

We've been getting lots of great info regarding opportunities for Hunt students and families. Many have come from our hardworking PTO. At the risk of being repetitive, I'd like to include them below. Follow up if you'd like more info.


1 - Sharing this free workshop being coordinated by ParentIn taking place Feb.17th at Fletcher Free Library - 11am - 1pm. Registration / RSVP information below. Child Care is available.

ParentIN is hosting a free educational event for parents in Burlington, featuring a presentation about trends and risks associated with today's marijuana, including a panel of local experts for audience Q&A. All Hunt Middle School parents & guardians are invited to join!

As of July 1, it will be legal for adults 21 and over in Vermont to possess up to an ounce of marijuana, and grow marijuana in their homes. With increased access to marijuana comes increased challenges for keeping kids safe. It is more important than ever for parents to be informed.

Parents: Be IN the Know About Marijuana
When: Saturday February 17th, 2018 from 11 am to 1 pm
Where: Fletcher Free Library, Fletcher Room

Please register for this free event:
Bring the whole family! Childcare for young children and activities for children 10-14 are available upon request.

Event Panelists:

Education & Prevention: Mariah Sanderson, Director of Burlington Partnership for a Healthy Community

Intervention & Treatment: Danielle Jatlow, LICSW LADC Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Director, Centerpiont Adolescent Treatment Services

Pediatrics: Dr. Jill Rinehart, MD - Pediatrian at Hagen, Rinehart, Connelly Pediatrics in Burlington, President of the Vermont chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics

Secondary Education & Academic Success: Tom Fontana, LCMHC, LADC, UVM Basics Coordinator, BASICS is designed to assist students in exploring their relationship with substance use in a judgement free environment. Goals are formed by the student with the aim of increasing authentic connections.
To learn more about the panelists and follow the event updates follow the event on Facebook here:

Emily Hecker - she/her
Communications & Marketing Coordinator - Burlington Partnership for a Healthy Community
Phone: (323) 203-4110
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1353 Burlington, VT 05402
Office location: 236 Riverside Avenue, Suite F, Burlington

2 -Here is a delicious way to support 8th graders who are fundraising for their end of year trip!

Have dinner at Chipotle on Tuesday, Feb. 20th from 4:00 - 8:00pm to raise funds for the Hunt Middle School 8th grade class trip!
Chipotle will donate 50% of their proceeds between 4-8pm if you show them the attached flyer or mention this event!
In-store "to go" meals also count - on-line orders do not.

*** Make dinner easy and support the Hunt 8th graders! ***

Chipoltle is located at 580 Shelburne Rd, Ste 14B (in the "Shaw's Plaza")

Please help us spread the word!

3 - The Burlington School District’s priorities are to work on “reducing the disparities and closing the achievement gap, while raising the Bar.” But just what exactly does that mean? What is the achievement gap anyway?

Burlington School District’s “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion” Board Committee is hosting a community workshop, “Achievement Gap 101,” to help answer that question. Join district staff, educators, and school board members on February 20th from 6:00 – 7:30 for this free workshop designed to help community members gain a foundational understanding of the achievement gap and the district’s strategies for closing it. Come learn more and connect with others in your community who are interested in helping all of our community’s children succeed!

Space for this event is limited to 50 participants and will be on a first come, first served basis. If you’re interested, please RSVP via email to Mary Hewitt by February 12.

RSVP’s will receive an email confirming attendance and additional event details, including location.

In the event that there is a large amount of community interest, we will work to hold another session.

Russ Elek
Communication Specialist
Burlington School District
(802) 540-5347

4 - A film making opportunity for Hunt students
5 - Burlington City Arts on Pine Street does neat programs. Check out their classes.

Students will work with pencil, pastels, pen and ink, watercolor, acrylic and more to explore the elements of drawing and painting in new and exciting ways! Students will be encouraged to create 2-D artwork of what they observe as well as what they imagine.

Students never get bored throwing on the wheel! Students will learn how to use the pottery wheel and handbuilding techniques to create cups and bowls. Glazing and firing techniques will be demonstrated to show the finishing steps of the ceramic process. All glazed items are dishwasher safe and lead free.Limit: 12

Learn all about printmaking! At BCA’s professional print studio, students will learn different techniques such as carving stamps on Styrofoam or linoleum and monoprinting. Students will create a variety of one-of-a-kind prints they will be excited to show off. Limit: 8

Students will learn how to design and print their own unique t-shirts using fabric inks and silkscreens. T-shirts will be decorated with students’ hand-drawn images or digital images they create using Photoshop on the studio computer. Limit: 6

Using our manual 35mm cameras, students will go on group photo shoots and will learn how to make black and white negatives and prints in our traditional analog darkroom. Limit: 6

After learning basic photography principles, students will go on photo shoots and learn how to make color prints in our digital media lab.Limit: 6

Please let me know if you are interested in these activities and which ones so I can book the studio starting March 12th.

Elizabeth Pelkey

Site Director
Hunt Middle School After School Program
in collaboration with the Sara Holbrook Community Center

The end - phew!

Friday, February 2, 2018

Latest HMS Newsletter

Here is a link to the latest Hunt Middle School newsletter. We want to remind you all that you can get ongoing information for our team from the blog, the Twitter feed, and from each class' Canvas page (talk with your child about logging in for the first time.)

Happy Reading!