Download Harwood Newsletter March 30- April 4 With Calendar

Harwood Two Week Calendar March 30-April 11

Harwood Community:

Regional Network Selects 20 New England Schools to Participate in New Personalized Learning Initiative:

Harwood Union is one of twenty schools in the League of Innovative Schools that have been selected by the New England Secondary School Consortium and the Great Schools Partnership to participate in the Personalized Learning Initiative grant.  After a lengthy application process that included attending a summer design institute, a comprehensive site visit, and two detailed submissions that outlined our current work along with our plan to address the distinct learning needs, interests, and aspirations of all students, we received notification of selection.  The initiative’s goal is to help the selected schools remodel their academic programs to ensure that every graduate is prepared to succeed in postsecondary education, modern workplaces, and adult life.

For the next two years, the Great Schools Partnership will provide Harwood Union with a team of school-improvement specialists—commonly called “school coaches” in the education community—who will help the Harwood Leadership Team, teachers and staff implement our plan.  Our plan includes how Harwood will successfully implement the components of ACT 77 – the Flexible Pathways Initiative and Vermont’s new Education Quality Standards for Proficiency-based Graduation.  Additionally, it includes the areas of community engagement and policy development.


Techincool Seminar: Promoting Positive & Safe Social Media


Dear Parents & Guardians,

The Harwood Coordinated School Health team will be hosting a Technicool Parent/Student Seminar on Tuesday, April 7th from 6:30-8pm in the Harwood Library.


  • A technology safety program designed by Prevent Child Abuse for Vermont youth in grades 4-12, their parents, guardians, caregivers, and educators
  • TECHNICOOL encourages digital citizenship and promotes healthy online relationships.
  • An interactive presentations-TECHNICOOL provides its participants with the resources and tools needed to create a positive social media presentation

Thanks, Mara and Linda


Host Families Needed!

Sergio is a 16 year old boy from Mexico with a passion for tennis.  He loves to participate in tournament and trains many hours (about 15) a week.  Tennis is a central part of his life.  Sergio is also very committed to his Catholic faith  and it is important to him to be able to attend church regularly while he is here in the US.  He regularly participates in volunteer work in his community.  He is an excellent student with a 3.90 GPA .  Sergio has specifically asked to spend his year in the Northeast.  He arrives in August and is here for the 2015-16 school year.  For more information about Sergio, please contact Susan Kuegel, Local Coordinator at 279-2158 or

Is your family passionate about soccer and willing to share your home with a great young man from Spain next school year??? Esteban is a 15 year old from Spain with a passion for soccer. He is a keeper who reports that he has been playing professionally since he was 7. He parents also report that he has had much success playing soccer and currently plays for an important club team. Soccer is very important to him, but he does love many sports. He is also an excellent student with a 4.0 GPA and very solid English skills. Esteban is a bit frightened of animals and would be best in a home without pets or one with pets that are very gentle. If you are a family who can support his soccer passion and are willing to provide him with a supportive and loving home please be in touch. Esteban is scheduled to arrive in the US in August and stay until June. Thank you. Susan Kuegel, Local Coordinator, CIEE or 279-2158


Round Robin “Mini” College Fair at U-32:

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

This event is open to the public.

List of colleges attending the Round Robin “Mini” College Fair is available in the School Counseling Office or e-mail Monique at


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@rexa_harwood for academic events, and general school related topics


Student Notices

HUHS Parking Reminder:

Senior and Junior students who have completed the parking information sheet, been approved for parking, and have a parking permit are the ONLY students eligible to park in the HUHS AND Dowsville Road parking areas.

We have a limited number of parking spaces available and it is appreciated if all respect these guidelines.  Students who obtain their license during the school year, and have a vehicle available to use, MUST speak with Nancy Myrto or Seth Marineau for parking availability before driving to school.

Sophomores SHOULD NOT drive to school and utilize either the HUHS or Dowsville Road parking areas AT ANY TIME as parking is a senior and junior student privilege ONLY.  Sophomores caught parking in these areas will be given a warning and, if persist in driving and parking at school, may forfeit their ability to park during their junior and senior years.  We understand having a student drive to school lessens the burden on parents/guardians, but due to limited parking there must be a definitive cut-off point.  Sophomore students have also been granted a parking privilege for a day if there are extenuating circumstances.  These exceptions need to be approved with Seth Marineau or Nancy Myrto prior to the day needed.  Seniors and juniors have waited their turn for this privilege and we ask sophomores to respectfully wait theirs.  We thank you for your cooperation in this matter.


Are You Interested in the Chinese Language & Culture?

The College of Education and Social Services at the University of Vermont invites motivated students to apply to the federally funded StarTalk Vermont Chinese Language Program. StarTalk Vermont is a one-week Chinese immersion residential summer program for high school students entering grades 10-12. The program will be held at the University of Vermont.

Program details:

  • Dates: August 1 to August 7, 2015
  • Location: The University of Vermont
  • Residential: Yes! Students stay on dorms, and eat on campus
  • Cost: The $250.00 tuition fee covers the cost of housing, meals, snacks, and learning materials.
  • Financial Aid is available to all students who qualify.
  • Deadline to apply: June 1, 2015
  • Application and more information:


Contact Jacqueline with more questions!

Jacqueline Drouin

Asian Studies Outreach Program

StarTalk Vermont

Mann Hall Room 201

208 Colchester Avenue

Burlington, VT 05405

Phone: (802) 656-7985

FAX: (802) 656-3173


NCAA Recruiting ~ Scholarships ~ Eligibility:


~ The Transition from High School to Intercollegiate Athletics ~

APRIL 7, 2015

7:00 p.m.

Rice High School Cafeteria

Damien DiGiulian, Head Men’s Ice Hockey Coach, SMC

Tacy Lincoln, NCAA Compliance Coordinator, UVM

Gino Riffle, Associate Principal and Athletic Director, RMHS

Information will address the recruiting process, NCAA requirements, and scholarship options ~ please bring questions!


Project Graduation Hockey Game & Fundraiser:

M.S. and H.S. students who love to skate please sign up for Project Graduation’s hockey game fundraiser in the high school front office.  HUHS Annual Project Graduation fundraiser Hockey game between Waterbury Ice Center board members and staff as well as Harwood Youth Hockey Association board members and coaches and Harwood Union H.S. and M.S. students to be held Saturday evening, April 4, at 5:00pm at the Waterbury Ice Center.  Tickets are $3 for anyone over age 6 with a maximum of $10 per family.  All proceeds to benefit Project Graduation 2015.


Greece – Italy Trip:


We have several important meetings coming up and ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY at each of these gatherings. Mark your calendars accordingly.