REMINDER: There is NO SCHOOL TOMORROW Friday, February 5th
due to LNSU In-Service Day.
6th Grade Middle School Transition Night
Save the Date... March 9th, 6:00 PM
Attention all 6th
grade parents, families, and students.
There will be a meeting in the HPES Library on March 9th at
6:00 PM with the LUMS principal, Wendy Savery, and Guidance Counselor, David
Crary. Please plan on attending this
event if this is your first middle school student or if you have already had
several students go through Lamoille.
The middle school system is always changing and growing to meet the
needs of our students, and new information will be presented.
Extended Fire Drill Inspires Impromptu Assembly
Every day my heart is filled with
joy as I work with the amazing students and staff at HPES. On Monday, my pride in everyone at HPES was
overwhelming as they turned a frustrating situation into a learning opportunity
and a celebration.
So, here is the story... It was a
warm morning in February, so it was determined that it was a perfect day for a
state mandated fire drill. Everything
ran smoothly as usual, until... Mr. Squires came running out of the building
and informed us that the fire alarm would not turn off. Ok, we could try to reset it again, and
again, and... no luck, but the alarm panel had only one light lit up which
indicated that there was only an issue in one zone, a zone that was not the
gym. As it was getting a little chilly
outside, we decided to move the whole school into the gym.
One might think that moving 242
students into the gym unexpectedly would be a little chaotic. Not so at HPES. Students moved into the space quietly,
teachers seated their students on the bleachers by class, Mrs. Reilly
went off to problem solve with the Fire Chief, and then the fun began. Within minutes staff came up with a plan to
entertain the crowd. Mrs. Chelsea (Rood)
LaRose and Camron Colston, Laraway staff, inspired the students by leading them
in "camp" songs. From Pre-K to
6th grade they were singing and performing the motions to the song,
which positively engaged the entire audience.
After a portion of the students
were given approval by Chief Ed Webster to return to class, the remaining
classroom teachers and specialists set up temporary works spaces in the
gym. The problem was assessed and it was
determined that we could return to the normal school day. Lunch was served without delay and the system
was soon put to rights (it was only dust in a smoke detector that was causing
the alarm to misfire).
There is always uncertainty, when
practicing a drill, if the practice would reflect the results of a real
emergency. HPES proved through their
quick thinking, calm demeanor, and collaboration that our planning and drills
are making a difference. As always, we
need to continue to work with community resources to plan for any emergency,
but it is reassuring that HPES staff and students can demonstrate level
headedness and flexibility.
From the Nurse
February is National Children’s
Dental Health Month and
is a good time to focus on the importance of our teeth and how to take care of
them. Here are some tips from one of our
past Tooth Tutors.
Brush your teeth twice a day, for two minutes with
ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste. Using
a kitchen timer can help ensure adequate brushing.
Replace your toothbrush every
three or four months or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush won't do a good job of
cleaning your teeth!
If you don’t have fluoridated
water at home, consider talking to your dentist or primary care provider about
a fluoride supplement. Research shows
that fluoride reduces cavities.
Clean between teeth daily with
floss. Decay–causing bacteria still
linger between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach! This helps remove
plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.
Eat a balanced diet and limit
between-meal snacks. Avoid soda and
limit juice intake to 6oz. per day - drink water instead. Water is a great way to help keep your mouth
cleaner between meals!
Visit your dentist twice per
year for professional cleanings and oral check-ups.