A view from the Principal’s Office (as I review this I realize I began writing it on Nov. 29th)
It is such a joy and honor to share the good news that is coming out of Hartford High School as we head into our holiday break. During November our athletic teams achieved great success – all fall team sports hosted a play-off game; it has been a long time since this has happened. A significant number of our fall student-athletes earned All-League and/or All-State honors. Our actors and actresses provided an amazing musical – Seussical. Eighteen students and Katie Hluchyj, Doug Anton, and Noah Detzer shared their spirit of service with communities in Peru. On the same week-end that our students and staff left for Peru we also had: twelve members of our Math Teamaccompanied by Nancy Kent, HHS Math Department Chair and Math Team adviser go to MIT to engage in a week-end of special courses and seminars. Mike Hathorn, our STEM club adviser, brought three members of our STEM club to a Robotics competition in Burlington, VT. Fifteen Debate and Forensics participants were accompanied to a competition by James Dixon, their adviser. A number of our Band and Choir students participated in both the Fall Festival Jazz Choir and Concert Band (eight students) and All-New England Band Festival (three students). Ms. Danielle Conerty, our Band Director, was named the District VI Music Educator-of-the-Year. All this in one week-end! In addition, we recently received news that juniors Alex Rushton and Brianna Aubrey were among only eighteen Vermont students chosen to the prestigious vocal All-Eastern Honor Ensemble. What an incredible accomplishment for our students and our school’s music department! Alex and Brianna will have the opportunity to participate in a four day festival in Atlantic City, NJ in April. On the topic of music, Hartford’s Band and Choir provided a wonderfully entertaining evening at the Winter Concert. All four ensembles (Concert Choir, Concert Band, Jazz Choir, and Jazz Band) provided an uplifting night of song.
On Nov. 18th I was privileged to sit and share a Thanksgiving meal with our Regional Resource Center (RRC). This annual event is the culmination of a great deal of effort on the part of the RRC staff and, most importantly, their students – from the hors d’oeuvres to the main dishes and pie – the meal was a wonderful celebration of community. In many ways the RRC has led our school as long-time models of service learning and service continues to be an integral part of both schools. A number of students spent last week-end serving in various capacities as volunteers for the Polar Express. On Tuesday, I listened proudly as Rotary Club members shared with me how wonderful these student ambassadors represented themselves, their school, and community over the course of the week-end. As the holiday season approaches our students through their advisory and programs are partnering in support of our community with everything from caroling (Band & Choir) to creating gifts (3D modeling to print collaboration between HHS and RRC students) to the Class of 2017 student council decorating holiday cards for Brookside Nursing Home. Our entire school is once again being led by our Student Council, led by their adviser Shannon Johnson, in providing holiday gifts for young people from our community. Hartford High School is indeed a very busy place.
My goal in these posts has been to communicate all that is going on in our school. My objective is to fully participate in the telling of our story and to tell that story completely. We want each and every one of our students and their families to be able to confidently and proudly share that they are Hurricanes. As we head into the holiday season, and all that this means for our students and their families, we want you to know that we are here to partner with you. We know that this time of year can be difficult, if there is anything we can do to support our students, please let us know.
In closing, I want to make you aware of a couple of items:
NOTICE of SPECIAL EVENT
Plan to attend Hartford High School’s First Exhibition Evening on Thursday, Jan. 5 from 5:30 – 7:30. Students from a variety of programs will be exhibiting their first semester work. Included in this evening presentation will be exhibitions from Hartford’s multiple pathways program - The Eye, a sharing of student experiences from the Peru service-learning trip, concert performances from our Band and Choir, an open invitation to view our 3D modeling space, and other interesting presentations. This is the first such evening Hartford High School will host and through it we hope to provide our community with a sense of all that is happening at Hartford High School. Please keep- an-Eye (pun intended) out for an on-line flyer announcing the event.
Thank you for reading; once again I have asked Jen McGonigal to place this directly into an e-mail; please pardon the resulting formatting issues.
Nelson Fogg, Principal