It's Time to sign up for SES after school Tutoring. The application is on "Important Parent Information" page and it was sent home with the News flash this week. All students K-6 who receive free or reduced lunch are eligible.

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From the Principal

Congratulations to the 5/6 Girls Basketball team.  They took 1st Place in the Johnson girls’ tournament this past weekend beating Westford 18-17 in OT.  Members of the team are Mercedes Adams, Allie Baraw, Madeline Benoit, Lydia Bourdeau, Emma Dubie, Brooke Harvey, Hannah LaRock, Madison Moulton, Lyla Parot, Madison Perham, Emily Silviera, and Savannah Staples.  The girls are coached by HPES alum Lacey Williams.

Sports for Life is in full swing!  Our students have been enjoying going to the mountain, ice skating, bowling, cross country skiing and snowshoeing.  Below is a picture participating in ice skating at the Stowe Arena.    

6th Grade Parent Meeting

The next 6th grade parent meeting will be on Tuesday, February 3rd at 6:30 pm in the HPES Library.

Music News

Musical Outreach

Over the course of the school year, groups of musicians from HPES have gone out into the community as part of music outreach.  They perform for an audience that they may not normally have during a school concert.  In turn, these new audience members learn about how great HPES is, the fun and musical things we are learning in music classes, and are interested in trying to attend a future music concert at our school!

During the holidays, Mrs. Raboin’s 3rd grade class prepared a musical program of holiday favorites, made holiday decorations, and visited the residents at The Manor in Morrisville.  The students’ beautiful singing and artwork were received with smiles, hugs, and many a “thank you” from the residents.  There were even a few tears of joy.  Thank you, Mrs. Raboin, Mrs. Clayton, and students for sharing the joy of the season with members of the community!

Intermediate Band recently performed their third performance as part of their Hyde Park Area tours this school year.  They also visited the Manor and shared tunes new and old with the residents.  Their renditions of songs by Mozart, Stephen Fostor, Beethoven, and others were warmly received.  Earlier in the year, Intermediate Band performed at Hirsch Public Library, during the holiday season, and for the Halloween Ghost Walk.  Audience members all agree, these guys can jam!

If you have a venue or special event, and would like music to be one of the final touches, please contact Mrs. Clayton at  Stay tuned for more Musical Outreach events in the near future!

After-School Program Addition: Music!

Music programs are now a part of the HPES After-School Program!  Mrs. Clayton will be teaching after-school several days a week, with age-specific programs (Grades K-6).  If your child is already enrolled in the After-School Program, you are all set.  If not, paperwork is going home with students who expressed interest.  There will be extra copies available in the Front Office, too.  Programs start next week!

E-I-E-I-Oops!” Musical Camp

All the animals are partying down on the farm, cheeping, baaing, oinking, and so on.  So, what’s wrong with Madame Cow, anyway?  Why won’t she moo?  Join our musical camp “E-I-E-I-Oops!” and find out!  Performance Friday, February 27th, time TBD.

Paperwork will be available next week, and extras can be obtained from Mrs. Clayton or the Front Office.  Early Bird Discounts available (through February 6)!  The sooner you register, the better! Limited slots, so register soon!

From the Nurse

Flu Season

The State Department of Health web site is reporting widespread cases of influenza in the state.  Although it takes approximately 2 weeks for the vaccine to protect you from the flu the CDC is still recommending you get the vaccine if you haven’t already.  

According to the VT Department of Health if you get the flu follow these recommendations to help you get through it.

  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Drink plenty of liquids.
  • Stay home from work or school to protect others from catching your illness.  We ask that students stay home for 24 hours after their fever is down without fever reducing medication.  They also need to be able to do their work without cough or fatigue interfering.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue every time you cough or sneeze.
  • Take medication to lessen the symptoms of flu, but NEVER give aspirin to children or teenagers who have flu-like symptoms, especially fever, without first checking with your health care provider.

Although most of us will fully recover in a week or two some people, adults as well as children, will get a secondary infection that requires follow up with your doctor.  Look for these signs that you should call your doctor. 

       High or prolonged fever

•       Fast breathing or trouble breathing

•       Bluish skin color

•       Not drinking enough fluids

•       Changes in mental state such as n ot waking up or interacting; being so cranky that they don’t want to be held; seizures

•       Flu-like symptoms that get better but then return with fever and worse   cough.

For more information go to or  Robin O. Wright RN


Library News

It’s been a while since I’ve shared some library news, so here’s the update.  Our kindergartners have started their unit about famous children’s authors.  We have learned about Jan Brett, Dr. Seuss and Tomie dePaola.  The first through fourth graders have been reading the Red Clover titles, and we are up to book #6 already: Papa’s Mechanical Fish by Candice Fleming.  Students learned about the use of sound words, or “onomatopoeia”.  Activities included some interesting art projects, vocabulary games and a look at the “engineering design process” while brainstorming how to improve some old inventions.  Lastly, I am very excited about the awesome project that the fifth and sixth graders are working on… the Amazing Library Race.  While completing this unit, students are using a variety of library reference materials, along with the Dewey Decimal System, reading call numbers, using the catalog system, and demonstrating their knowledge of book genres.  Ask them about their team name and their progress!  Please hunt for overdue books and remember… keep reading!

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