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: seahorsepride@gmail.com
    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 (https://www.btvlax.com/) 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: lauriebrown6@gmail.com 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 rockjonesvt@gmail.com 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.

Thanks!

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.

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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: www.parentin.eventbrite.com
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: https://www.facebook.com/events/167181130724186/

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

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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!

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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. mhewitt@bsdvt.org

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
relek@bsdvt.org

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

DRAWING & PAINTING
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.

WHEEL THROWING
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

PRINTMAKING
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

SILKSCREEN T-SHRIT DESIGN
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

DARKROOM PHOTOGRAPHY
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

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
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
epelkey@bsdvt.org
802.316.1454

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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!

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Report Cards - CHANGE

Hi folks,

Report cards will be sent home with students tomorrow - Friday 1/26. This represents a change from the calendar.

Please review the report card with your child then sign and return the bottom half on Monday.

Thank you.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

8th Grade Information Night

A word from your PTO:

Hello Hunt Families,
This is a message for parents/guardians of 8th grade students:

Wed, January 24th, 6:30 pm - Parent Information Night at BHS for 8th Grade Parents & Students

Dinner and Child Care provided!

All Hunt and Edmunds 8th grade students and families are invited to 8th Grade Information Night at Burlington High School! Attend this introductory event at BHS to learn about the math and science sequences. Administrators and faculty will be on hand to provide information about clubs, events, schedules and classes offered at the high school.  At the event, dinner is served and child care is provided. The school is located at 52 Institute Road, Burlington, VT 05408.
Here is the schedule, Wed, 1/24 at BHS:
6:30 - 7:00  Dinner (cafeteria)
7:00 - 8:15  Meeting for 8th grade parents/guardians (auditorium and cafeteria)

Please contact the high school with any questions: 802-864-8411

March for Our Future

A word from your PTO:

Hello Hunt Families!
Here is an upcoming Community Event!
Do you know about March for our Future On January 20th at 1:00pm in Montpelier?

Here is a message from a Youth Team that includes some Hunt students who are marching in the event:

 On behalf of the upcoming March For Our Future rally, we are reaching out for your involvement and presence. On Saturday, January 20th, at 1:00, we will march from Montpelier City Hall to the Statehouse for a rally. Here is a link to our facebook event and one to the website.

    Although it’s been a tough past year politically, to say the least, this march is not a political one. It is simply -- yet complexly -- a march that will highlight human rights, dignity, and equality for all. The wide array of issues that are faced today (climate disruption, racism, corruption, net neutrality) affect youth in a completely different way due to our lack of representation in polls and in general.

    Therefore, the goal of this youth-centered event is to elevate our voices and allow a platform for us to be heard. It’s obvious to us that youth are not just our future but who we should be looking to now.

    Your attendance would offer great support to not only the rally, but to all the youth of Vermont. There are multiple ways to be involved including turning people out, helping with promotion, poster-making, and sponsoring the event. We are offering tabling opportunities outside of the statehouse to event sponsors. Tabling fees will be determined based on the annual budget of the group/organization. Here is a 
M4OF Participation Form. Please fill it out if you can help in any way!

Monday, January 8, 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!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

iPads are Back!

Hi folks,

Your child will be getting back his/her/their iPad this afternoon with instructions to charge it overnight. That is not a different expectation than every other night of the school year, but we imagine students will be excited to get their iPads back and may need a reminder to log off and plug it in at some point this evening. We will be checking during Mod 2 tomorrow to ensure they are charged. Those that are not will be marked on the iPad infraction rubric, per procedure. Thank you so much for your support.

Happy New Year!