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HMS Current Status and Plans for Continuing Student Engagement at Home

Dear Families, As soon as we have a plan for one scenario, we are dealing with the reality of another. As you heard, schools in our area are closed as of Monday, March 16, and all Vermont schools must be closed by Wednesday. The soonest we will be back is April 6th, and that is...
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13
Mar

Montessori at the State House!

We are proud of our participation in Vermont’s state programs that have enabled us to be a part of public-private education partnerships. These programs enable us to support more families in attending Hilltop. The PreK Partnership Program we currently participate in requires that we have a state licensed teacher engaged in our program. This is...
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14
Feb

Middle School Curriculum

This year the Middle School has been transforming their curriculum to have a focus on Climate Change, the challenging and critical topic of our times. There are many youth leaders across the globe and we are working to teach and learn information with an eye to action, while also supporting our students in developing all...
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31
Jan

Anti-Bias and Proposed Budget

The HMS Board of Trustees convened for our first meeting of the new year! We started the meeting with a presentation from the Upper Elementary teaching team, who graciously took some time from preparing student evaluations to discuss how they are incorporating anti-bias work into their curriculum. In particular, they mentioned bringing in local Abenaki...
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24
Jan

Grant Application Awards

Every year, we participate in state programs and apply for grants that help to support our school activities. We’ve gotten notice of three successful grant application awards! –  We received a “School Safety and Security Grant” from the state for almost $24,000! This has been two years in the making. Kegan applied for this last...
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13
Dec

October Meeting Highlights

On Wednesday evening the HMS Board of Trustees gathered for our monthly Board meeting. Some highlights: We practiced our fiduciary responsibilities by listening to a presentation from our independent financial auditor regarding the full financial audit done this summer. We are happy to report that the school is in good financial standing, with no major...
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18
Oct

Professional Development

As a staff, we continue to do “professional development” as one of our ways to grow further and to always improve as teachers and administrators. We invite you to further develop as a parent/caregiver by taking advantage of one of the outstanding workshop opportunities that we have arranged to offer at Hilltop this fall. None...
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18
Oct

First Board Meeting of the 2019-2020 School Year

The HMS Board of Trustees gathered on Wednesday evening for our first meeting of the school year. We were first notified that Stephen Lowe, who has been the only Board member on the Buildings & Grounds Committee for the past year, has decided to step off the Board. Thanks, Stephen, for your service to Hilltop!...
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27
Sep

Hilltop Becomes AMS Accredited

We are proud to announce that Hilltop Montessori School is now fully accredited by the American Montessori Society (AMS). We are the first Montessori school in VT to become Montessori accredited. Only 15% of the Montessori schools in the country are accredited by AMS. Being accredited is an official certification and confirmation that we have...
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27
Sep

Faculty Summer Trainings

The summer is a time for teachers to rest and rejuvenate. It is also often a time for thoughtful  professional development, feeling less rushed than during the school year. Many of our  teachers and staff were involved in different trainings and Professional Development over the  summer. Below are a few highlights of information learned that...
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30
Aug
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