|Weekly Update: June 15, 2015||06/14/15|
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Report Card Mailing: June 26, 2015
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A Special Farewell …
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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Fall Sports Registration
Registration for all Harwood High School and Middle School fall sports is now open! All signups are online at FamilyID.com. Find sign up info at the end of this newsletter.
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: http://www.rokkitwear.com/school/8774-harwood-union-high-school
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 (www.familyid.com).
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:
INFORMATION NEEDED TO REGISTER
It will be helpful to have the following information handy to allow for accurate completion of your online registration.
A parent/guardian should register by clicking on this link:
https://www.familyid.com/harwood-union-middlehigh-school and following these steps:
You can always find our programs at www.familyid.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. FamilyID also offers online chat during business hours and a support center at https://familyid.desk.com. Support is available 7 days per week and messages will be returned promptly.
If you have any questions, please contact me!
Director of Athletics and Activities
Harwood Union Middle/High School