|Weekly Update: September 29, 2014||09/27/14|
Important upcoming dates:
Here’s a note from our friends at GMVS, regarding games there this weekend!
Dear Harwood soccer parents- We are looking forward to once again hosting all of our upcoming soccer games on the GMVS campus, and we are very happy to have added the JV girls’ game on Friday. As many of you know, we are completing a new athletic facility construction project, and as a result, our main (upper) field has been out of commission. All games will be played on our lower field, in the middle of campus. This is also our Parents’ Weekend, so there will be many more vehicles on Bragg Hill than on a typical game day. As a result, parking will be very difficult, and we ask for your help and patience to make things go more smoothly. There will likely be no spaces on campus itself, so you will have to park along Moulton and Glen View Roads. In some cases, you may have to walk a bit to get to the field. Please only park on the south side of the road. We would like to also ask that you arrive just before the game you are attending, and leave shortly after it ends, as we will have many ‘shifts’ of cars coming and going with the game changes and the activities of Parents’ Weekend. Please carpool if possible. Please: No dogs. There is just too much going on to have dogs part of the picture. Buildings will be open with restroom facilities. Thanks, and I look forward to a great weekend of soccer!
League of Innovative School Update
As a member of the League of Innovative Schools, Harwood Union is eligible to apply for the NextGen Personalized Learning Initiative sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in partnership with the New England Secondary School Consortium (NESSC). Last week we were notified by NESSC that Harwood successfully completed Phase I of a very comprehensive application process. Subsequently, an invitation was extended for us to pursue Phase II. Phase I of the application included a Vision for Personalized Learning at Harwood Union along with an initial brainstorm of anticipated actions, possible barriers and strategies to overcome those barriers in order to achieve this vision. The vision was shared with the faculty for feedback. The updated version is posted here. The vision for personalized learning is still in development and a process for receiving feedback from students and members of the community is in the works. The second portion of the application process includes a site visit from NESSC and the submission an approved ‘Action Plan’. Members of the Harwood Union Leadership Team, the Harwood League of Innovative Schools Design Team, the Harwood Academic and Policy Committee, and members of the “Communicating School Redesign” course will draft the Action Plan. The final submission is due December 12, 2014.
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Trip to Greece and Italy
To all students who are considering participating in the Trip to Greece and Italy this April! IF YOU SIGN UP BEFORE SEPT 30 there will be a substantial discount in the price of the trip. The final deadline for sign-ups is December 15, but in order to save some money, we urge you to sign up this week! If you have questions, please contact Kathy Cadwell or Tami Munford
Yearbook Staff Needed:
Please sign up on Family ID and/or see Nancy Myrto in the front office if you are willing to assist with the yearbook. Representatives from all grades, including middle school, are encouraged to help. Remember, many hands make light work! The first meeting will not be held until the week of October 6 – time and date to follow – to give students a chance to join.
MRV TV is looking for students to film Harwood home games, both soccer and field hockey. We pay approx. $12 hr., and will train, but kids need to have transportation to games and the studio here in Waitsfield for equipment pick-up. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
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.
Freedom Unity is sponsoring a YOUth are the voices of today film contest. Create and share your Vermont story in a short 2-15 minute film. Example topics include: Challenges of Growing Up in Vermont Story of a Local Artist, Musician, Historian… Current Issues in VT – Health Care, Environment, Class, or GLBT Vermont Historical Story Dreams for the Future of Vermont Judges: Professional Vermont Filmmakers Deadline: April 10, 2015 Ages: 14-18 (high school) or 18-25 (college and young adult) More Information or to Enter: FreedomAndUnityTV.net or contact email@example.com