HARDY COMES THROUGH FOR FAMILIES IN NEED
WITH SUCCESSFUL WINTER HAT & GLOVE DRIVE
Ms. Bax (8th Grade math teacher) reports that Hardy collected over 200 items (hats, gloves, scarves, and socks) to donate to Charlie's Place (men's items) and Martha's Table (women's and children's items) for families in need of winter gear. Way to go Hardy Hawks!!
Message from the Principal
I am thrilled to share the news that Hardy is one of two DCPS
middle schools selected by Chancellor Henderson to pilot a gifted and talented program for the 2012-13 school year, using the Schoolwide Enrichment Model ("SEM") designed by Dr. Joseph Renzulli.
Hardy will receive a full-time gifted and talented teacher to implement the program. Funding will also be provided for professional development for the SEM teacher and for Hardy's current staff and administration. In addition, I will be visiting several Howard County schools later this month with DCPS' Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Carey Wright, to observe the SEM program in action.
The major focus of the SEM program is the application of gifted education teaching methods to total school improvement. SEM provides enriched learning experiences and higher learning standards for all children through a three-step approach: developing talents in all children, providing a broad range of advanced-level enrichment experiences for all students, and providing advanced follow-up opportunities for young people based on their strengths and interests. SEM programs achieve high levels of student engagement through the development of enjoyable and challenging learning experiences that are constructed around student interests, learning styles, and preferred modes of expression.
As I learn more I will be sharing next steps and progress with parents through this newsletter. Although I am new to Hardy this year, the faculty and staff here have a rich history of integration across subject areas and so I believe SEM will only enhance what already has been occurring. Perfect timing I believe for Hardy to add another layer of instructional enrichment...thank you Chancellor Henderson and Dr. Wright!
Peace... Dr. Mary
Dear Fellow Hardy Parents:
The first semester grades will come out soon. This also marks the midway point for our efforts to rebuild a strong parent/faculty team for our students' benefit. If you have not yet made a contribution or volunteered to help on a PTA project, please do so. Hopefully the following paragraphs will help you find a target for your treasure or talent.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Palisades Community Fund, we hired a professional website developer who is working with Dr. Mary, faculty members, and our Communications Committee chair to launch a strong school website -- hopefully as soon as next month. The new website will enable us to keep up with Hardy academics, sports, music, fundraising, and more. We hope you will regularly visit that communications highway.
As we forecast in our last newsletter, we are pleased to report that 6th grade parent Michelle Snow has re-established an e-scrip program with Safeway and other retailers. You will soon receive guidance on how to sign up so your weekly food purchases can benefit Hardy. This does not add any expense to your purchases -- It is the retailer who donates one or two percent of the purchase to our school. Talk about easy money!! Noteworthy too, Mr. Chisholm has agreed to perform in a musical fundraiser at Town Hall bar and restaurant in Glover Park, half a mile from Hardy. You will receive news about that event when details are finalized between a devoted teacher-musician and a generous restaurant owner. Let's be sure to reward their efforts by attending.
Dr. Mary, our teachers, and the Fundraising Committee are continuing to sort out the top 3 objectives for second-half fundraising. Recommendations will be received at the February general PTA meeting. That meeting will occur on Valentine' Day, Tuesday, February 14, from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. in the school library. Please give us some love -- your presence at that meeting. We will also receive reports from our other committees and hear about follow-up with DCPS with respect to the need for athletic fields in the vicinity of Hardy to be more accessible to our teams.
In closing, if you have not done so already, please take a moment to officially join the PTA by filling out a membership form (available at the school office) and sign up for a PTA activity.
With hopes of seeing you soon,
Your PTA Executive Committee
| Library and Garden Volunteers Needed|
If you love libraries and can spare an hour or two a week to open Hardy's Library to students during lunch and recess, please contact parent Karen Bates at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you'd like to be a part or our Garden Program, which will include completion of the wetland and installation of native plant/butterfly and vegetable gardens this spring, please contact science teacher Maya Garcia at email@example.com.
Ways to get informed about emergencies, weather delays and closures:
Way #1: Check the DCPS homepage, at dcps.dc.gov.
Way #2: Sign up to receive E-alerts by email, also at dcps.dc.gov.
Way #3: Follow us on Twitter.
Way #4: Follow us on Facebook.
Way #5: Sign up to receive DCPS Mobile Alerts by texting NEWS to 91990.
Proposed 2012-2013 DCPS Calendar
DCPS has released a proposed schedule for the 2012-2013 school year; to download the calendar and/or make comments on the calendar, visit the DCPS website.
Of note, a proposed later start date (Aug. 27) and a two week winter break.
Congratulations to Eighth Grader Will Bates, who recently won the School-wide Geography Bee. He will compete in a City-wide Bee next month. Good Luck!
Sixth Grade Field Trip to the Newseum.
The 6th grade will visit the Newseum Feb. 8th and 9th to take part in the "Choose the News" program, which focuses on how editors select the stories to include on the evening news or the morning paper, especially on the front page. Permission slips will be sent home at the end of the week.
1/20 - Teacher Record- keeping Day, students dismissed at 12:15 p.m.
1/31 - Hardy Open House for prospective parents, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
2/3 - Professional Development Day for Teachers - No School for Students
2/6 - Parent Conference Day - No School for Students
2/14 - PTA Meeting,
8:00 - 9:30 a.m. in the school library.
|Upcoming Sports Dates and Times
1/23 - 3:30 (boys), 4:45 (girls) v. Deal, @ Deal
1/25 - 3:30 (boys), 4:45 (girls) v. Shaw, @ Hardy
1/30 - 3:30 (boys), 4:45 (girls) v. Jefferson, @ Hardy
2/1 - 3:30 (boys) v. MacFarland, @ Hardy
2/8 - 3:30 (boys) v. Kramer, @ Hardy
2/1 - Middle School/Senior High Championships, at PG Sports and Learning Complex, Landover, MD
For more information about these or other sports, contact Ms. Hester, Hardy Athletic Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HEY HAWKS: Now's your chance to support the PTA and show your Hardy pride! We're selling Hardy MS bumper stickers for $5 each, with all proceeds going to the PTA. Buy one for your car and let the world know about the great things going on at Hardy Middle School.
Contact Brian Cohen at email@example.com to purchase a bumper sticker (or two!).
|How to Reach Us|
PTA Executive Committee Members: Greg Mize, PTA Co-President
Barry Hudson, PTA Co-President
Hudson Primus, Vice President
Stephen Frum, Treasurer
Doug Kendall, Co-Secretary
Mesha Moody-Pratt, Co-Secretary
Hardy Middle School
1819 35th Street, NW
Wash DC 20007
Dr. Mary Stefanus, Principal
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