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From The Principal

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.

6th Grade Fundraiser

Win a Vermont Precision Woodworks Side Table!

The HPES 6th graders are raffling a be-au-ti-ful Vermont Precision Side Table to benefit their end of the year graduation trip. The side table is worth $620. Raffle tickets are going for $5/each!

Drawing will be held on April 8th. Email: hpes6thgrade2016@gmail.com, call 793-2387, or ask any 6th grader to purchase a ticket.

February Menu Changes

There are a few edits on the February menu that was sent home last week:


2/9:  Goulash is the only option; No Vegetable Stromboli

2/10:  Tomato Soup instead of Tomato Beet Soup

2/15:  Rice instead of Dirty Rice

2/18:  Baked Ziti is the only option; No Reuben Wrap.  AND the soup is Chicken and Rice instead of Cream of Tomato.


Family Game Night


Thursday, March 24th,

5:00 PM- 7:00 PM


Please bring your whole family to Unplug Family Game Night!  The third and fourth grade team will be hosting this wonderful event for the entire school community.  Our goal is to bring community and families together for an inter-generational, interactive, “unplugged” night of play.  There will be games that draw on creative problem solving, identifying patterns, and using logic.  Let’s enjoy some of the long-lost traditional family games (and some new ones, too), and just have fun!  Everyone will leave well equipped to support mathematical thinking and play at home!  Snacks will be provided.  See you there!!