Welcome Students and Families to the 2014-2015 School Year at Hyde Park Elementary School!

We look forward to partnering with you to make this our best year yet! 


Please visit the Next 100 link to learn about the community's efforts to renovate our facility.

The Next 100 Committee, after a lengthy and rigorous process, has concluded its charge by recommending to the HPES Board of Directors a conceptual design option for the renovation of the school facility. The Board, after weighing all available information very carefully, has approved the Committee's recommendation. A bond vote will be warned for Tuesday, November 4 (Election Day.) The input of Hyde Park residents has been crucial to the development and selection of this recommended plan.

All Hyde Park residents are urged now to get the facts about this project, along with answers to their questions, by attending one of several upcoming events. Information will be available at the HPES Open House on September 25.  You can also find the information table at Hyde Park Home Day (September 20) or attend an informational meeting. Informational meetings will be held at HPES on October 1 (7 pm), October 13 (9:30 am) and October 27 (7 pm). Tours of the school will also be available and will begin thirty minutes prior to each of the information sessions. For more information, please send an email to next100@hpes.org or contact any board member. Additional information will be made available over the next several weeks via web updates, radio, newspaper and Front Porch Forum.  The board urges all Hyde Park residents to get the facts necessary to make a well-informed decision on November 4.

 HPES Families - Save the Date…


Thursday, September 25th at 6:00 p.m.  Join the HPES family for our annual Open House.  Visit the classrooms, specials, meet HPES staff, and go to the Book Fair. Participate in a scavenger hunt around the school and win prizes.

We look forward to seeing you all soon!

Also, The Book Fair is open at 5:30 and Meet the Architects about the Next 100 Building Project is at 5:30.


School Pictures

Reminder that school pictures will be taken on Monday, September 15th in the HPES Library.    Siblings are welcome!  Any questions call Yvonne Heath at 888-2237, ext. 1039.


Meet the Music Teacher

Mrs. Jessica Della Pepa- Clayton grew up in Dexter, New York, which is right along the St. Lawrence River, and just a hop, skip and jump away from the Canadian Border.

She has spent the entirety of her adult life in Vermont.  She first came to the Green Mountains to study at Middlebury College.  Upon graduating in 2003 with a BFA in Music, and a minor in elementary teacher education, she came to the realization that she had fallen in love with the mountains, and decided to stick around for awhile.  She continued to compose, sing, play instruments and carry on in that vein, while working odd jobs, until fate caught up with her and lured her into the realm of music education.  While opening the world of music to her wonderful students, she pursued and completed music education licensure in 2009, and Kodaly certification at the Hartt School of Music, 2010.

Mrs. Clayton wears many, many hats; perhaps a better analogy is Converse sneakers (one of Mrs. Clayton’s collecting hobbies)!  She is the wife of Mr. Jesse Clayton, who is also her musical and operatic colleague, a mommy to a very mischievous 10 month old Alexander and his big sister, Scout, a 10 year old lab-shepherd mix.  Mrs. Clayton is the founder and director of Viva La Musica-Vermont, a music enrichment and summer musical camps program based in Burlington, with plans to expand these offerings across Vermont.  Mrs. Clayton not only teaches music, she is out there making it, all the time!  She performs under her maiden name: Della Pepa.  She is an operatic soprano, who has most recently performed with Unadilla Theatre and Echo Valley Community Arts, in the Montpelier area, portraying all sorts of exciting characters on stage, including a bird-lady, a princess, and a mischief-making servant.  You can see her and her entire family (Alexander’s debut!) in the upcoming musical “Brigadoon” (in East Montpelier). 

Mrs. Clayton is thrilled to be working at HPES, and looks forward to continuing to engage HPES students in the big, beautiful world of music.  Lots of exiting musical opportunities are in the works- stay tuned!


From the Nurse

On Saturday, September 27th local pharmacies and police departments will be taking part in an Rx Take Back Event.  From 10 am to 2 pm you can take unwanted prescription medication to five locations in the Lamoille area:  the sheriff’s office here in Hyde Park, Stowe Police Department, Hardwick Police Department or Kinney Drugs in Morrisville or Cambridge.  This program is designed to get rid of unwanted medication in homes where they may become a poisoning risk.  

The Northern New England Poison Center has some suggestions to help prevent poisoning.  An increasing source of poisoning even amongst adults is medication, both prescription and over-the-counter. 

    Their top 5 childhood medication safety tips are:

·         Teach children that they should not taste anything unless an adult who they know and trust gives it to them.

·         Keep medication in its original, child-resistant packaging.

·         Store medication up high and out of the reach of children (preferably a locked cabinet).

·         Keep track of medications given to a child to prevent multiple care givers giving the same dose twice.

·         Use a properly marked measurement spoon or dropper (not the silverware teaspoon).

Proper disposal of unwanted medication is also important.  If possible avoid getting more medication than you will need.  But if you do find you have expired or un-needed medication check with your pharmacist to see if there is an authorized drop off location.  If not, medication can be disposed of down the toilet or removed from its bottle, mixed with coffee grounds or kitty litter and disposed of in the garbage.  Don’t discard prescription medications in their original bottles, loose in the garbage, or burn them. 


Hyde Park Home Day

Hyde Park Home Day this year will be held on Saturday, September 20th from 10:00-3:00 on Main Street in HP.  The parade is at Noon.  There will be music and entertainment, food and games, crafts, balloons, exhibits, antique cars, a yard sale the 5K run, barbecues, HP merchants and business people, Vermont products and more!  This is an alcohol free event sponsored by your HP Community Circle.

Hyde Park Home Day 5K

Lamoille Court Diversion and the Lamoille County Sheriff’s Department are co-hosting the 5th annual family friendly “Run with the Law” to benefit Lamoille Court Diversion’s youth prevention programs.  This 5K is open to all ages and abilities – runners, walkers, and baby strollers are all welcome!  After your run/walk, check out Hyde Park Home Day at noon!  Join us on Main Street, Saturday, September 20th at 10:00 a.m.  You may register online at runsignup.com – search for “Run with the Law 5K”.  Forms are also available at local sporting goods stores, fitness centers, community bulletin boards, and the court diversion office in HP.  You may also register on race day at 9:30 a.m.

After School Program

The afterschool program is up and running.  We will begin enrichment programs in the next couple of weeks.  PLEASE make sure all children have an updated application from on file.  Also, please let classroom teachers know if your child is staying afterschool.  Any questions, call Jean Pratt or Katie Crosby at 888-2237.


What's Happening In Class?
Visit your student's class pages by finding your teacher on the Staff Directory page and clicking on the teacher's name. Also visit our specials pages, Library, Art, MusicGuidance and Health