Download Harwood Final Newsletter June 15 With Calendar

Harwood Community:

Relax, Read and Rejuvinate


For Summer

Report Card Mailing: June 26, 2015

Summer Office Hours:

  • 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Monday – Friday
  • Closed July 2nd – 6th for the Independence Day Holiday

  • Final Newsletter! Next one will be in August, prior to the school starting.


Exam Schedules can be found here.


A Special Farewell …

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Lisa Lemieux, Harwood Union High School Counselor, is retiring this June. Lisa, a native Vermonter, has dedicated 36 years to education. After graduating from Castleton State College, she returned to her Alma Mata, Williamstown High School, in order to “give back”, a theme that guided her career – demonstrated by both her own community contributions as well as by the manner in which she influenced others to do the same.

Lisa received her Master’s in Counseling from Johnson State College, and after serving two years as a school counselor at Spaulding High School, she was named the Director of Counseling – a tribute to her natural affinity for leadership and her commitment to service. She stayed in this position for 13 years where upon she was hired to be the Director of School Counseling here at Harwood Union.

In her 10 years at Harwood, Lisa transformed the School Counseling Department; she updated the systems and re-focused services to be student-centered and family friendly. Lisa put her energy to ensuring every student had access to an educational program that fit his/her needs, promoted the successful completion of high school and prepared students for entry into college or career.

Lisa was a scheduling wizard, who collaborated tirelessly with internal partners and outside agencies as necessary, to creatively schedule students and provide them, as needed, with opportunities to support both academic and personal development. In the words of one student, “Lisa inspired me to come to school at a time when I thought it had no purpose for me.”

Lisa looks forward to riding her bicycle – perhaps across the country, and then to continue her identity of “giving back” by becoming a certified mental health disaster counselor and volunteering for organizations like Habitat for Humanity.

Bon Voyage to Harwood’s Cultural Captain


Article Adapted from Kianna Haskin’s Common Ground Interview

Bonnie Westwater – Harwood’s Cultural Captain, lived in Spain until she was 8; her love for language and travel began at a very young age. She started her teaching career in Seattle, and then moved shortly thereafter to Flagstaff, Arizona, where she taught for fifteen years. Arizona was where she began to teach both French and Spanish at both the middle and the high school levels. Before Harwood, she taught at Montpelier Middle and High School. Bonnie has been teaching at Harwood for thirteen years.

Bonnie has enjoyed teaching a wide range of students; however, she has a special place in her heart for 7th graders. She states, “When they come in everything is so new to them and they’re so excited. Sometimes I tell my colleagues that it’s almost like having kindergarteners.” She also enjoys her seniors and advanced Spanish classes too, “I like the maturity and I like the advanced material of the upper level classes. I can communicate with them, and vice versa, and I get excited to see them graduate, where they are going to go and where life is going to take them, and if they are using language in their studies. Most of these students I have taught for four years, so there is a strong connection.”

Bonnie loves it when students get excited about language. “It is such a great feeling when students are able to communicate in a different language,” she adds, “Students are fortunate to have so many electives and core classes. I think they have wonderful opportunities here. Bonnie will miss her students and her colleagues the most, but is looking forward to her new life phase.

Over the last few years, Bonnie has extended her learning and shared her professional language expertise with others. She has traveled to Cuba and Costa Rica with educators from Vermont. “I would like to keep traveling and learning when I retire. Her plans expand a horizon of opportunities including working for a travel company, or an organization that sponsors travel for seniors or gap year students. She may also tutor at GMVSI, continue exploring her interest in the Comprehensible Input methodology (story telling) and teaching it to adults or teach English in a Spanish speaking country. For Bonnie, it is a world wide open.


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Student Notices

Fall Sports Registration

Registration for all Harwood High School and Middle School fall sports is now open! All signups are online at Find sign up info at the end of this newsletter.

Start dates:

  • High School Girls Soccer: Thursday August 13, 6:00-8:00 pm
  • High School Boys Soccer: Monday August 17, 7:30 -9:00 am; 5:30-7:00 pm
  • High School Field Hockey: Monday August 17, 4:30-6:30 pm
  • High School Cross Country: Monday August 17, time TBD

  • Middle School Sports: Wednesday August 26

Harwood Launches Online Gear Store


Harwood is teaming with Rokkitwear to provide an online store for students, friends, family, alumni and teams to order team and spirit gear. Items can be personalized, and there is no minimum order. As an added bonus, we will receive a percentage of all sales!

We will have a formal “Launch” later, and we will add more items/groups, but you can get a sneak peak here:

Let us know what you think!


Harwood Athletics & Activity Registration Info


We are excited to announce that we are now offering the convenience of online Athletics and Activity registration through our partner company, FamilyID (

FamilyID is a secure registration platform that provides you with an easy, user-friendly way to register for our programs, and helps us to be more administratively efficient and environmentally responsible. When you register through FamilyID, the system keeps track of your information in your FamilyID profile so you enter your information only once for multiple uses, multiple family members and multiple programs.

Before any student can participate in athletic programs (including tryouts) the following requirements must be met:

  • A copy of the student’s most recent physical, signed by a physician, must be on file prior to the first day of practice. Physicals expire 24 months from the date of the exam. Students with expired physicals will not be permitted to participate in practices or games until a new physical is turned in.
  • The parents/guardians are responsible for filling out the online form completely and ensuring that any and all medical information concerning your child’s health, medical concerns, injuries, medications and allergies are reported to the Athletic Department & coaches
  • ALL students participating in athletics or activities must provide proof of insurance. If you do not have insurance, contact Sue Duprat ( for information on how to obtain school insurance.


It will be helpful to have the following information handy to allow for accurate completion of your online registration.

  • Your insurance information (Carrier, Policy number/Group Number)
  • Names, phone number information for three (3) Emergency Contacts

A parent/guardian should register by clicking on this link:   and following these steps:

  1. Under the “Programs” title, click on the link for the program you want to sign up for. Scroll to bottom of page to either Sign Up as a Family or Individual if this is your first time using FamilyID, or Log In if you already have a FamilyID account.
  2. Sign Up for your secure FamilyID account by entering your family name, email address and password. You will receive an email with a link to confirm your new account. (If you don’t see the email, check your spam or junk folders.)
  3. Click on the link in your email confirmation, which will log you in to FamilyID, and then complete the information requested on the registration form. When you have completed the form, click the “Save & Continue” button.
  4. Review your registration summary and click “Confirm Registration” to submit. Once completed, you will receive an email receipt from You can also view your completed registration on your Dashboard. You can log into at any time to update your information and to check your registration(s).


You can always find our programs at by clicking “Find Programs” in the top blue banner and searching for our school name.

If you need assistance with your registration, you can call Family ID at 888-800-5583 X1 or email FamilyID also offers online chat during business hours and a support center at Support is available 7 days per week and messages will be returned promptly.

If you have any questions, please contact me!


Sue Duprat

Director of Athletics and Activities

Harwood Union Middle/High School