FAQ's for 6th Grade Moving to Tech Center

1. How much overlap will our children have with tech center high school students?

The HPES students will have basically their own "wing" at the tech center. The only students who will share any hall space, bathrooms, etc. with our students will be the students in the "Allied Health" program. There will be doors that go directly to the outside and the plan is to have them be dropped off and picked up near their classroom (this is not finalized). Interaction with tech students will be minimal. Interaction with other students in middle and high school will also be minimal.

2. What is your plan to make sure our children feel emotionally and socially safe in this new environment?

The tech center staff is welcoming them with open arms and will be making contact and introducing themselves. The director is welcoming them. They will be collaborating with the tech classes on projects throughout the year if appropriate. They will have at least one or more chances to visit the facility and space.

3. What types of supports will you have in place?

Two classroom teachers, 2 para educators, 1 reading specialist, 1 special educator and a plethora of HPES staff and administration in and out of GMTCC.

4. Who will our 6th graders have lunch with?

They will eat during the tech center lunch period. The tech students eat their lunch wherever they want, HPES will share their lunch period and have assigned tables in the lunch room. This lunch period will have only tech students and HPES students. They will be monitored by our staff. 

5. Who will have recess with and how will this be monitored?

We will have a designated grass space that is exclusive of the rest of the complex. Staff may also organize a recess activity on a nearby athletic field or on the trails. Recess will be monitored by HPES staff.

6. Are you sending any support staff with our 6th graders?

There will be 2 para educators assigned to the 6th grade as well as Special Education and Reading Specialist.

7. How will specials take place for students and how will they access other programs?

Specialist teachers will be visiting the tach center throughout the week on a regular schedule and as needed basis: Guidance, Nurse, PE, Art, Music and Band. Our librarian will retire this year, other options will be in place instead of a traditional library class and appropriate library skills will be addressed. We also have a substantial grade level library that will be available i the classrooms. Emergency nursing services will be accessed through the High School, but this would only be in the case of an actual emergency. (We are working on this.) Our nurse will continue to interact with our students and will come to GMTCC as needed. 

8. How will our 6th graders be able to feel apart of a community at HPES?

It is important for us to maintain HPES community during the move. We are working on this, but do not have a definitive plan in place as of yet. We will be planning events, but there is no space in any of our future sites that will accommodate more than one grade at a time. 

9. Will there be a parent night to provide information?

We will have an open house at both sites and have a parent information night for future 6th graders after April break. We have had information sent home in the classroom newsletter, the News Flash, on the website, and in the News and Citizen as we have made decisions. We have not had a parent nighty yet, as it did not make sense to bring people together before we had worked out many of the details. Parents have had up to date information as we have acquired it. 

10. Will future 6th graders have a summer program and an after school program?

Current 5th graders can participate in the summer program which will be held at the LUMS (to our knowledge). Flyers will go home for the summer program soon and current 5th graders may participate as space is available. 

There will be NO afterschool program for 6th graders next year.

11. When will the last day of school be for HPES?

This is still being determined. We will be at HPES until at least June 11th and could be in session until June 16th.

Kid Questions K&1 regarding the move to the Plaza?

1. Are the classrooms bigger at the Plaza than our classrooms now?

The classrooms at the Plaza will be smaller than your current classroom, we will not have as many things in the classroom so there will be enough room.

2. Will we still have IPADS?

We will still have WIFI access that is needed for IPADS and other electronic devices. We will bring our IPADS with us.

3. Is there going to be a flag?

We have not made plans for an outdoor flag, but we will have a flag in every classroom.

4. What classes will be at the Plaza?

Grades 1,2,3,4 & 5 will be upstairs in the Plaza hotel space. K will be in a storefront space between the Union Bank and the Great Outdoors.

5. Is there a downstairs and an upstairs?

Grades 1,2,3,4 & 5 will be in the upstairs part of the hotel. Kindergarten will be in the downstairs at the store front.

6. Is there a swimming pool?

Some hotels have swimming pools, the Plaza does not have a swimming pool.

7. Will we have food there?

We will have “grab and go” breakfast, snacks, and we will have school lunches. The lunches may be mostly cold lunches as we will not have a kitchen.

8. Where will we eat lunch?

Lunches will most likely be eaten in the classrooms.     

9. Will we be able to go to Hoagies to get Pizza for lunch?

We will not be able to go to Hoagies to eat Pizza, but sometimes we might be able to have Pizza for lunch!

10. Will we take the bus?

Yes, the bus will pick you up at the same place they pick up this year. It will be best for students to ride the bus as parent drop off and pick up will be smaller.

11. Will there be play equipment on the green space for recess?

We are planning on fencing in the green space but we may not have the room for play equipment. We will bring balls and other items to use at recess.

12. Where will the planning room be located?

The student support center will be in an office very close to the classrooms. Miss Laurie and Mr. Matt will be there.

13. Will students have field trips?

We hope to have some extra field trips since we will not be able to use all of the resources we have in the Hyde Park Village.

14. Will we have specials next year?

All of the specials teachers will be moving to the Plaza with us. Some specials will be in the classroom and some will be downstairs next to Kindergarten. Teachers and staff will walk you to the specials that will be in the store front. It will be nice exercise, you will walk  down the stairs to specials rather than upstairs to specials like it is now.

15. Will there be a gym?

No, we will not have a gym.

16. Will we have cubbies?

No, we will not have room for cubbies, but we will find a place to put your coats and backpacks.

17. Will we bring our book bins?

Yes, we will bring our book bins and lots and lots of books!                 


From the Principal

Walk Through/Open House at HPES New Sites:

Green Mountain Technical and Career Center:

Current 5th grade:

Open House, Monday, May 22nd, 4:00-5:30.

Plaza Hotel/Storefront Morrisville: Current Grades

PreK (4yr olds) -4:

Open House, Tuesday, May 23rd, 3:30-6:30

Students make pancakes as part of their presentation at the Vermont Rural Partnership conference in Cabot.

After School/Summer Prog.
Reminder that the After School Program has ended for the school year! The Summer Camp Program will begin on Wednesday, June 21st in the Lamoille Union Middle School Gym.

Tick Check

Over the past two weeks, there have been several encounters with ticks here at HPES. The Physical Education program, which uses the woods belows the school on a regular basis, has taken the opportunity to discuss the serious issue of Lyme disease. We have talked about ticks in depth, and I have found that it is obvious many families have too, which is great! In addition, we have begun regular tick checks when we come back into the building from PE class. If you have any questions please contact me at sclough@hpes.org or even better, have a conversation with your child(ren) about the topic. 

Cafe Night

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who helped out with Cafe Night Tuesday night! We could not have done it without you! Special thanks to families, teachers, and staff members who came out to support your kiddos! It really means a lot to them when they see you there! Keep a look out for photos of the event on the HPES Facebook page.

Library News

The weather finally cooperated and the Race-to-Read event took place this past Tuesday, May 16th.  Peyton and Reilly Lanphear returned to HPES, zooming into the parking lot with their awesome racecars.  We were just so excited for the girls’ return visit!  Thanks to all of our supportive families, we had 75 students who met the Race-to-Read reading challenge.  All of the students who turned in reading logs joined the drivers outside for the “hood signing”.  Participants were presented with a trophy to honor their hard work.  Before Reilly and Peyton left, some of the HPES students presented them with thank you cards and a token of our appreciation – a small box of Vermont’s famous maple cookies.  Congratulations to our HPES students for all of their hard work and hours of reading.

I also want to thank our HPES families for helping your children return their library books.  At the time of this writing, we have only 10 students who are still “hunting about” for lost or forgotten books.  I think that is amazing!  We have such responsible students!  Kudos to them!  Thank you!  And… remember to keep reading!  Mrs. Cormier


From the Nurse

We have ordered informational pamphlets and tick ID cards from the VT Dept. of Health.  As soon as they arrive, they will be sent home one per family.  Information before then may be obtained at the Dept. of Health website which is www.healthvermont.gov


As the days get warmer and the sun gets stronger, sunburn is a concern.  The Environmental Protection Agency has developed a program called Sunwise to teach young people about sun safety.  They have worked with the American Cancer Society to put together some great information about the importance of taking care of our skin.  If you would like more information about this program or about sun safety visit: www.epa.gov/sunwise.  They use the slogan SLIP! SLOP! SLAP! WRAP! CHECK! and PLAY!  This slogan stands for:

shirt epa  Slip on a shirt to cover as much skin as you can.

sunscreen epa  Slop on sunscreen of at least SPF 15.

hat epa  Slap on the right kind of hat. 

sunglasses epa  Wrap on some sunglasses. 


Check the UV Index and Play in the shade.

Fall Soccer News
Reminder - Fall Soccer early sign up. $15 per child if you have returned the paperwork and money to Shawn Clough or Rebecca Dennis by the cut-off date Wednesday, May 31st.  Make checks payable to Hyde Park Elementary School.  Contact Shawn Clough for more information regarding upcoming Fall soccer here at HPES at sclough@hpes.org.
Mud Run is here!
Next Friday, May 26th beginning at 12pm here at HPES, we will celebrate the third annual Hyde Park Hawks Mud Run. Leading up to this fantastically muddy, wet, and fun event students have worked hard to raise money and awareness for the LACN. Come watch your child slop through the challenge course or simple enjoy some not so wet games while they cheer on the participants. Either way, it's time to celebrate HPES's noble efforts! See you there.

Upcoming Events 

GMTCC Open House (5th graders)

     Monday, May 22nd, 4-5:30

Plaza Hotel/Storefront OH(PreK(4) – 4th grade)

     Tuesday, May 23rd, 3:30-6:30

Fall Soccer Early Sign Up deadline

     Wednesday, May 31st


     Tuesday, June 13th; Dismissal TBD