HPES Renovation Update

March 4, 2017

The HPES renovation project is moving forward on schedule.  The board, administration, and architectural team remain committed to completing the project within the approved budget.  

Randy Burnett of Colin Lindberg Architects provided a detailed review of project progress at the January 11 board meeting, at which community members had another chance to review the plans and ask questions directly of the architects.  That same evening, six of eight contractors who had applied were prequalified by the board.  The firms granted pre-qualified status include E. F. Wall, Breadloaf Corporation, Engleberth Construction, Neagley and Chase Construction, Trumbull-Nelson Construction, and Wright and Morrissey Inc.  Bids are due April 18, and construction remains on track to begin mid-June.

All required permit applications (building, stormwater, etc.) are underway and proceeding well. The architects presented the plan to the Village Developmental Review Board on February 9.

At the February 6 board meeting, the board approved the administration’s recommendation to lease the former Plaza Hotel and an adjacent ground floor space to house grades K-5 during construction.  We have since signed a one-year lease, to begin June 1, 2017, at a total annual cost of $200,000, inclusive of utilities.  Grade 6 will have dedicated space at GMTCC for the coming year; at no cost to us as we are in turn donating out-of-service kitchen equipment to the GMTCC campus for students to use.  Due to the high cost and regulation-related difficulties associated with moving our pre-school program, we decided not to offer a school-based preschool program for the coming year only.

The search process that resulted in these decisions was careful and exhaustive.  Considered options included large spaces such as the former CREW building, the armory in Morrisville, and Johnson State College that could potentially have accommodated most if not all grades in one space.  Other considered options were the use of multiple, smaller spaces available throughout the village, as well as the use of portable classrooms on the LUMS/LUHS campus.  The options that we ultimately chose clearly provided the best combination of key features; suitability for educational use, safety and security, and cost.

Future updates will be made available via board meetings, meeting minutes, and posts to www.hpes.org.  

From the Principal

 Reminder that there is NO SCHOOL tomorrow, Friday, March 24th because of LNSU In-Service.

FAQ Building Project and Move

Start Time/Dismissal Time for Next Year

We are currently fine tuning next year's schedule, but we have a general plan for start of the day and end of the day. The schedule has been determined to minimize time for students on the buses. (The times for Grade 6 are not finalized due to the dependency of LUMS' final schedule.)

6th Grade: Start time the same as the Middle School at 8:05 AM; Dismissal will be with the Middle and High School Students at 3:04 PM


There will be NO early morning drop off due to space constraints. Students and buses should arrive at 8:15 AM. The school day will begin at 8:30 AM. Dismissal will be at 2:45 for buses and all other students. We will work on a plan to reduce congestion at the end of the day. Parents should seriously consider having their student ride the bus in order to reduce congestion.

We will be having a parent meeting after April break to offer a time for parent questions and input. Please email Diane Reilly at dreilly@hpes.org or call the front desk if you have immediate input. We want to make this transition student and family friendly as possible. 

The staff of HPES are working diligently and joyfully to prepare for this move. We are very excited about our adventure at the Plaza and look forward to returning to our newly renovated building. 

We can do this together and the prize at the end is well worth it. Thank you.                                 

After School Program

We regret that the After School Program will need to be closed Thursday, April 6th.  

PE News


During the two months leading up to February break students in 4th, 5th, and 6th grade had the opportunity to participate in a Plank Challenge through Physical Education class. This challenge by choice was meant to inspire students to take physical exercise home with them, motivate family members to participate, and see the improvement if the indeed put in the effort. There was a large amount of students that chose to follow through with this challenge on their own to such a fantastic level that I've decided to continue with a new challenge leading up to April break. For the past two weeks, ALL students at HPES have been introduced to the 2 minute wall sit. If students choose to be timed by me, and successfully complete the challenge, they will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a free lunch with two of their friends during the week of April 10th. See Mr. Clough for more details and have fun with this healthy challenge!



There will be a LuLaRoe Clothing Fundraiser on Friday, April 14th from 11-1:30pm and Saturday, April 15th from 10-2pm in the HPES library. Don't miss out on the Fundraiser for LACN! For every 10 items sold a free LuLaRoe gift will be given away to one of those who have purchased an item at the fundraiser. Don't forget, for every item purchased a portion will be donated to LACN and LuLaRoe will match the total donation!!

From the Nurse

Bicycle Helmets for sale

Reminder to return your bicycle helmet order forms!  We are working with Copley Hospital to offer low cost helmets that can be ordered by the end of the month and available for the students at the April 13th Health Fair.  We will fit the helmets at the health fair so they are ready to be used that day.  This year Copley Hospital and the Department of Health are assisting HPES in putting together a Health Fair that will run on April 13th from 12:30 to 3:30.  The students will have an opportunity to visit the health fair during the school day.  Parents are welcome to visit from 3:00 to 3:30. 


Library News

The Race-to-Read program is still underway.  The idea behind this program is to encourage reading, at least 20 minutes daily.  We are on week #5, so if your child is choosing to participate, they should have the first 5 boxes filled in.  Reminder to our parents:  a parent signature is needed to acknowledge that your child has been reading daily.  Late starters – you can still catch up by doing extra reading on the weekends.  If your child needs another reading log, just have them stop by at the library.  The racecar drivers, Peyton & Reilly, from Vermont’s Race-to- Read Program will be returning to HPES in May.  So…. Keep up with your reading!

Summer Camps

Summer Camps!  Summer camp information is rolling in…see Ms. Close (cclose@hpes.org or 888-2237 x.1049) if you are looking for a summer camp experience for your student.  So far we have a few from: Camp Knock Knock; Green Mountain Conservation Camp; Partners in Adventure; Flynn Arts Performing Arts Camp.  These are NON Hyde Park ES sponsored camps (not affiliated with our Summer Program).

Upcoming Events


Friday, March 24th