Harwood Newsletter Oct 20-25 With Calendar

Download Harwood Two Week Calendar Oct 20-Nov 1

Important Upcoming Dates:

Senior Photo to be taken Monday morning, October 20.  All available seniors please meet in the lobby at 8:00am.

Winter sports will start November 17: Registration for WINTER SPORTS is now open. Sign up now!

HS Winter Sports Meeting is Nov 11 at 5:30

Paying for College Presentation: Harwood Union High School Auditorium, Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 6:30 p.m. HU Library

October 28: Middle School Winter Sports Meeting

Communicating School Redesign


Harwood Union is one of the six Vermont schools participating in the course, “Communicating School Redesign.  We have enrolled 3 adult participants – Amy Rex, Ellen Berrings and Marcus Grace and 4 student participants – Asah Whalen, Cole Lavoie, Sophia Minter, and Alexa Widschwenter.

The purpose of this course is to introduce an approach to communications called “strategic framing” that is grounded in research about how Americans—adults and youth—think about education.

Basic conceptual frameworks for 1) strategic framing, 2) responsive facilitation and 3) youth-adult partnerships will be explored through both didactic and experiential means. The primary content focus will be effectively communicating the Vermont Agency of Education’s Act 77 priority areas (personalized learning plans and flexible pathways), along with proficiency-based graduation requirements.

Our first assignment is to conduct research; that is to collect quantitative and qualitative data that will inform our strategic frame.  To this end, adult – student teams will be conducting interviews with a variety of stakeholders and giving a survey to all faculty/staff, students and members of the community over the next month.  Stay tuned for more information about how you can participate in the survey.


October is National Bullying

Awareness Prevention Month!

Please join the Harwood community in being “Champions Against Bullying” by wearing ORANGE on Unity Day, Wednesday, October 22nd. Make it ORANGE and make it end! Unite against bullying! To learn more, please visit: http://www.pacer.org/bullying/nbpm/unity-day.asp

Harwood Union is also listed as a 2014 Champion for supporting and promoting – National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month in our community. Please visit this link to see the list: http://www.pacer.org/bullying/nbpm/partners/champions.asp


Outstanding New Music Teacher of the Year


Harwood Union Middle and High School is very proud to announce that Stefanie Weigand has received the “Outstanding New Music Teacher of the Year” Award.  While attending the Vermont Music Teachers’ Conference at Lake Morey last weekend, Stefanie was surprised to hear her name called during the presentation of awards.  Stefanie is undoubtedly a most deserving candidate.  Her expertise and dedication to Harwood students as exemplified through her classroom instruction and the support she provides for those pursuing musical opportunities is unprecedented.  Congratulations Stefanie.


Host an Exchange Student

Being a host family is as rewarding for you as it is for the international student you bring into your home. You learn about another culture, you provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience for a teenager from across the globe, and you form a relationship that will stay with you and your family forever.


Contact us to learn about becoming a host family!

Fianna and Travis Verret

fverret@norwich.edu or tverret@uvm.edu


Paying for College Presentation

Harwood Union High School Auditorium, Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 6:30 p.m. HU Library

This presentation, which normally runs 1 ½ to 2 hours, provides students and their parents with information on financial aid and other resources available to pay for college.

This presentation is geared towards seniors and their parents, but may also be useful for juniors and their parents.

VSAC representative, Clark Amadon, will be presenting information on the topics listed below.

  • Types of financial aid
  • Ways to apply
  • How family contribution is calculated
  • How financial aid is awarded
  • Student and parent loans
  • Alternative payment options

Any questions can be directed to the School Counseling Office at Harwood Union High School (802) 882-1115.

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Coaches Wanted!

Harwood is still looking for:

HS Alpine Coach and Assistant

MS Boys Basketball Coach

MS Nordic Coach

Please email suedu at sduprat@wwsu.org if interested

Student Notices

MS Girls Basketball:

Any MS Girls interested in playing basketball this winter should register online as soon as possible.  We are trying to determine if we will have enough girls to field a team this year!

Voice of Democracy Competition

VFW – Voice of Democracy Competition Why Veterans are Important to our Nation’s History and Future
 DEADLINE: November 1, 2014 All students in grades 9-12 can apply. We want to reach as many patriotic students as possible to compete for the grand prize: $30,000 paid directly to the American college, university or vocational/technical school of their choice! If interested, applications are available in the School Counseling Office. Or visit their website at: www.vfw.org.


MS Basketball Skills and Drills:

Starting on Oct 20, Varsity Coach Mike Woods will offer a Basketball skills and Drills “open Gym” for MS students.

Sessions will run 3:00-4:15 Mondays and Wednesdays until the season starts.

Spring 2015 Lacrosse Registration

Registration for Spring Mad River Lacrosse and Waterbury Lacrosse is now open and closes on November 30, 2014.   Space permitting, registration thereafter includes late fees!

The lacrosse program includes Mad River Valley, Waterbury and Duxbury boys and girls in grades 3-8 (2nd graders if space permits).  There are free full sets of loaner equipment available for the season 3rd and 4th grade boys and all girls for no charge (security deposit required), first come, first served.

Registration is $75 for grade 3/4’s, $100 for all others (there is also a $25 US Lacrosse membership fee). Register online at www.MadRiverLax.org.  You will also receive a cool reversible pinnie with your registration, which is yours to keep after the season!

For more information and registration, please visit the website at www.MadRiverLax.org or email Denise Russo  at denisebrusso@gmail.com or David Lyons at dlyons@cssu.org