HMS News

Moving Up Day

One of the hallmarks of an authentic Montessori school is the “three-year cycle.” We have students in the same program with the same teachers for three years to progress as Youngers to Middlers to Olders. We see so many benefits to this. Here are a few: Allowing for students to learn from and be leaders...
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07
May

Penultimate Board Meeting of 2020/21

The Hilltop Montessori School Board of Trustees gathered via Zoom on Wednesday evening for our penultimate meeting of the school year. It is hard to believe that we are almost at the conclusion of this school year! What an incredible year it has been, with so much amazing work from the whole school community to...
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16
Apr

School Guidance and Travel Clarifications: April 15, 2021

Dear Families,We want to highlight the COVID protocol updates that we have provided in recent newsletters. We are sending this separately in hopes of having more families take note. This is also a reminder that we do communicate critical things in the newsletter and encourage all parents to read it consistently. We have noted the unfortunate...
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15
Apr

New State Covid Guidelines for Schools: April 9, 2021

Yesterday afternoon the Agency of Education (AOE) and Vermont Department of Health (VTDH) released new guidance for Vermont schools, in effect immediately and for the remainder of Spring 2021. There are a few changes from previous guidance, which we have outlined below. New Changes, in Effect for HMS on Monday, April 12 We will no longer take temperatures...
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09
Apr

In Solidarity with AAPI Families

We were devastated to learn that a white man attacked and murdered eight people in Atlanta, six of whom were Asian American women. We want to express our solidarity with the families of all Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders from our community and in the country.  We condemn these actions of hate and violence fed...
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19
Mar

Increasing Flexibility / Re-Entry Plan Updates: March 12, 2021

Dear Families, Spring is in the air! We are proud of how we’ve been able to meet in person all year and of how accurately our plans made last summer have worked out with few changes. And now, as we near April, we are ready to make some adjustments.  We are feeling comfortable easing up...
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12
Mar

Upcoming Events and Revised Diversity Statement

We hope that everyone has had a good week back after the February Break. The teachers noted the enthusiasm and energy of the students returning ready to get to work!. These weeks between February and April break are typically a wonderfully focused time of academic progress for students, and we plan to have this year...
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05
Mar

March 24-26: Spring Parent Conferences

It’s time for Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences! Depending on the program, conferences this year will be taking place on:  Wednesday, March 24 Thursday, March 25Friday, March 26  You will get an email invitation through Mail Chimp early next week to sign up for a Zoom meeting with your student’s teacher(s). The classroom teachers will later send you...
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05
Mar

Strategic Plan

We on the Board have been enjoying this winter break. Even though it has been quieter, we did take some time to continue our conversation regarding our Strategic Plan. Hilltop is currently in the last year of our current Strategic Plan. This Plan has been a true guiding document for the Board and Tamara during...
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08
Jan

Reflections on Wednesday at the Capitol

Dear Families, After a year of troubling turmoil, 2021 started out with more. Our staff was in a staff meeting on Wednesday afternoon when the insurrection broke out at the capitol. Many of us had family or friends notifying us of what was happening. We have since talked, as program teams and as a full...
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08
Jan
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