September 19: School Photo Day

October 14: In-service Day: No school for kids


Thank you to all our parents who joined us on Thursday night for the HMMS Open House!  As part of the open house, we presented to parents about our new proficiency based reporting at HMMS.  If you were unable to attend, you can take a look at the presentation.  If you have questions, you can reach out to your child’s teacher or team, and I am also happy to answer any questions that you may have!

We have been making the transition to proficiency based learning over the last several years and did not move to reporting through proficiency lightly or quickly.  Rather, we have spent time with teachers and students discussing proficiency and changing the language and instructional practices in the classroom to build a stronger foundation before changing our reporting.  This does not mean that we are perfect in our proficiency based practices yet--we are still developing, but are looking forward to partnering with parents and families in reporting in a more detailed and transparent way than traditional grades have allowed us to do in the past!  It is a shift, but one in which we are excited about making!

Tristan Upson



802-295-8640 ext 3304


Emergency Preparedness

Dear Parent/Guardian of a Hartford School District Student:

The safety of the students is our top priority. We want you to know that we have taken many steps to ensure that there are procedures and equipment in place to maintain the safety of everyone in an emergency situation. We also want you to know that the school district has a strong relationship with the Hartford Police Department and the Hartford Fire Department. We meet monthly to plan for any type of incident that could occur in our schools. All school district staff participate in ongoing training in the "Standard Response Protocol " developed by the I Love You Guys Foundation. This program provides training and consistent procedures for schools to follow to address the different types of emergency situations. Lieutenant Jay Pedro of the Hartford Police Department has trained all staff in the various approaches. Lieutenant Pedro also sits on the school district safety team and advises the district administration on safety protocols.

The attached parent handout outlines the various procedures schools use to train students and staff to be ready in an emergency. Please feel free to visit their website for more information at:


It would be helpful if you could review the language involved with your students so they are familiar with the procedures and what will occur in schools for training and in the event of a real emergency. It would also be helpful, in the event of a real emergency at school if you could wait for instructions from the school, police or fire department. If you approach the school and the "Amber Emergency Beacon" is flashing, it means the school is in an emergency situation or a drill and you should wait in your car for instructions or until the light goes off. Do not try to call the school or remain at the front door until the light goes off, it may not be safe.

Together we can hopefully prevent an emergency from ever happening in our schools. However, in the event of a real emergency we strive to be ready to safely manage the situation. If you have concerns please do not hesitate to contact your school administrator or me. I can be reached at 295-8600 or email at debalsit@hartfordschools.net

Thank you,

Tom DeBalsi


NEW Proficiency Based Reporting at HMMS!

This year HMMS is reporting through proficiency scores as we continue on our journey of proficiency based learning.  What does this mean for families?  Rather than students receiving one A-F grade for each of their courses, students will receive two different scores.  

The first is the content that will be scored as:

E- “Exceeding the standards”

P- “Proficient at the standards”

D- “Developing in the standards”

B- “Beginning in the standards.

These scores will reflect how students are doing on mastering the content in their classes.

The second is the work habits scores, which will be scored at least once every two weeks.  Work habits will be based on this rubric.  Work habits will be scored as:

C- Consistently

S- Sometimes

R- Rarely

If you missed our informational session at Open House, you can also check out the presentation here!

Girls On the Run

Registration is now open for Girls on the Run!  If you are interested in Girls on the Run, check out this flier, and visit www.gotrvt.org/register-now to register!  Program begins on Monday September 16th so register today!