|Weekly Update: May 23, 2015||05/24/15|
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. In honor of our veterans and others who served and lost their lives, there will be no school.
Things to Know
From Harwood Art Teacher Krista Connolly
Hi Everyone! I just wanted to let everyone know that one of our students, Megan O’Shea, received a “judges choice” award at the Congressional Art Show in Montpelier earlier this week. This competition is open to all high schools in the state of Vermont and a handful get awards (first, second, third, honorable mention, judges choice, and peoples choice). Here she is with Peter Welch and her mother.
Fall Sports Registration
Registration for all Harwood High School and Middle School fall sports will be open beginning Friday May 29. All signups are online at FamilyID.com. Sign up info will be in next week’s newsletter.
Harwood’s Citizen Scientist
Nancy’s career in teaching began over 35 years ago. She taught health at Mount Abraham High School for 6 years before being hired at Harwood Union in 1985. Initially she was as a high school science teacher, and then, in 1987, she became the 7th grade Life Science teacher; this has been her niche for the last 28 years.
For Nancy, the Life Sciences are a means for humans to interpret the natural world and understand their sense of place in it. Her passion for the natural world has been expressed through teaching, and she has dedicated her energy and knowledge to providing students with experiences that require them to observe, question, and use empirical evidence. It has been her mission to inspire curiosity in every learner.
Nancy has strong roots in the Valley, and her love of the outdoors and the natural beauty of this area have significantly influenced her teaching. Not only does she want her students to know and appreciate their sense of place in the natural world, but to be citizen scientists; that is to have an understanding of the relationship between humans and the environment, how they impact each other, and the responsibility citizens have in protecting and caring for their surroundings.
To this end, Nancy has been involved in many local projects with her students including the Trout Project, Wildlife Habitat monitoring, and the Mad River Watershed Project. Through partnerships with the Agency of Natural Resources, Friends of the Mad River, and the University of Vermont, Nancy has connected her students to real world experiences – experiences that provide students with knowledge and skills that they will be able to apply in their local communities for the rest of their lives.
In thinking about her next phase of life, Nancy is excited to study “mindfulness: a contemplative study in education, do yoga and continue to make those small, everyday contributions that bring a better quality of life to her and those around her.
6K to Raise money for Water.org
Harwood’s Interact Club will be sponsoring the Water.org 6K Trail Run or Walk to raise money for Water.org. Water.org is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide water and a toilet for all. Many countries around the world are in need of a clean, safe water supply. Water.org goes into communities all over the world to help educate people about the necessity of sanitation, build wells with local community members, and teach the community how to maintain the wells. Come Join Us… When: Sunday May 31st 2015 at 10 a.m.- Rain or Shine Registration opens at 8:30 and closes at 9:45 Where: Harwood Union High School Trails Cost: $25 per adult, $15 per child (12-8), Free for children under 8 – Group discounts – 4+adults every adult runs for $20, 6+adults every adult runs for $15, 3+kids every kid runs for $10 Please bring cash or local checks to the event; we won’t be able to take credit cards Any Questions or Concerns feel free to contact: Chloe Emler at: email@example.com and/or Ellen Berrings at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Grand Point North Music Festival
As many of you know, Harwood alumna Grace Potter started a great music festival here in VT called Grand Point North. This year, Seven Days is holding a contest to see which local VT band will perform at the festival. Our very own Harwood Assembly Band has thrown their name in the hat and we hope to rack up some votes. Your vote means a lot! It would be amazing to have our students chosen to represent us (and VT) at this incredible festival. How you can help: Vote for the Harwood Assembly Band (link below)! And spread the word by sharing the link in an email or on social media. Here’s the link: http://sevendays.secondstreetapp.com/l/GPN-2015/Ballot
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Information and contracts will be available the week of May 4. Transportation will be provided by coach buses making it necessary to have the final number of participants attending no later than Friday, May 22. This year’s event will begin at HUHS at 7:15pm on Saturday, June 13, for bag checks and boarding; continue to Twin City Lanes for bowling, arcade, two-story laser tag, and munchies; travel to Burlington to board the Spirit of Ethan Allen for a 1:30am – 3:30am cruise with music and ice cream sundae bar; and ending with drop-offs at the Waterbury Train Station (4:45am) and HUHS (5:00am). All contracts must be signed by the student and a parent/guardian even if the student is 18 years of age or older. Students MAY NOT drive themselves to and from the event, but can carpool with another parent or guardian. Please direct any questions to Nancy Myrto at 882-1100.
Are you ready for some football? Harwood has a cooperative program with U-32, allowing Harwood MS and HS students the opportunity to play football. From U-32 Football Coach Brian Divelbliss: U32 Raider Football Family, The football season is here. Spring practice will run from June 8th -11th (4:00-6:00pm). Prospective players need to bring workout attire, cleats and indoor shoes. All players trying out for the football program are expected to make these practices. Any players participating in post season play are excused. Any player who is not able to make a practice needs to notify me, Coach Divelbliss, either in person, by phone 229-0321×3035, or email email@example.com . Sincerely, Brian Divelbliss U32, Head Football Coach