September 2: Labor Day: NO SCHOOL

September 12: HMMS Open House 6:30-7:30pm

September 19: School Photo Day


We were certainly lucky that we got such a beautiful week for our first week of school!  Kids were able to be outside every day during our M block time (they will sign up for specific activities next week), teams were able to take kids outside to do team building, and the building remained (relatively) cool during the days (at least compared to previous Augusts).  And next week we officially move into September!  Woohoo!

I hope that all of your kids had a great first week back at school.  Getting back into the routine is hard--I know that I have been having a daily argument with my alarm in the morning and am barely able to keep my eyes open until 8:30 at night.  But I am thrilled to be back!  It has been great seeing all our returning students and getting to know new faces.  I think I have learned most of the new names--if your student is new to the middle school go ahead and ask them how many times this week I have randomly called out their name in hopes that I am correct, ha!  Granted, now that we have a three day weekend, I am sure some of those names will slip next week!

In honor of Labor Day Monday, I hope you all have a wonderful and restful three day weekend!

Tristan Upson



802-295-8640 ext 3304


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

We will be hosting an informational session about the new proficiency based reporting system as part of Open House on September 12th, so please join us to learn more!

Hartford Cheerleading

Registration is now open through the Hartford Rec Department for Middle School Cheerleading.  We are excited that this will be an option this year for our 6th through 8th graders, building on the success of the growing elementary program and allowing middle school students to continue developing their skills!  

Rock Climbing Club

We are excited to announce that the middle school rock climbing club is back this year!  If your child may be interested in learning more or joining the group, please check out this information.  Email Hannah Prescott at prescotth@hartfordschools.net with any questions.