Hinesburg Community School - October 14, 2022

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Save The Date

Saturday, October 15

9:30 am, CVSD Strategic Planning Community Forum, WCS

Monday, October 17

9:00 am, CVSD Strategic Planning Community Forum, Pierson Library, Shelburne

Wednesday, October 19

1:45 pm, Early Release Day

Thursday, October 20

6:00 pm, CVSD School Board Meeting

Friday, October 21


Tuesday, October 25

Picture Retake Day

Wednesday, October 26

1:45 pm, Early Release Day

Thursday, October 27

6:00 pm, Strategic Planning Community Forum, CVU (NEW DATE)

Order Your School Pictures

The deadline to pay for photos and return the school picture envelope is Friday, October 21. The envelope should be returned to your child's homeroom teacher. Families may also choose to order online. That link and information to do so is at the top of the order form. There is a processing fee if you choose to pay online. Please contact the HCS office if you need assistance paying for school photos.


School picture retake day is Tuesday, October 25, in the morning.

Meadow Farms Fundraiser

Our annual Meadow Farms fundraiser is back! Catalogues will be coming home in backpacks very soon. Similar to previous years, all orders will be online only and shipped directly to your home. This is a great opportunity to stock up on high-quality wrapping paper and other great gift items. All orders will be delivered in time for the holidays! The sale will run from October 15th-30th. Thank you so much for your support!!

To register your student:

SCHOOL CODE: 1001319

click here to shop without registering:

HCS Mentoring Program Seeks Mentors for the 22/23 School Year

Connecting Youth Mentoring’s school-based program at HCS is in need of mentors. Mentors are caring adults who spend about an hour a week during the school year with a 5th - 8th grader who would benefit from the friendship of an additional caring adult in their life. Mentors bring with them a sense of shared fun, new experiences and deep listening skills. Through providing consistent encouragement, mentors support expanding a young person’s regard for themselves and their world.

To learn more contact the Program Coordinator Livy Bulger,, 802-482-6248

Lost and Found Items

Our Lost and Found collection is overflowing! Please stop by the school if your child is looking for lost items. We have water bottles, lunch boxes, shoes, lots of shirts and OVER 40 sweatshirts and shirts. Items not claimed by the Thanksgiving Break will be donated to a local organization.

What Do You Envision For CVSD Schools?

Over the course of the next several months, the Champlain Valley School District will be implementing the development/deployment of a strategic planning process. The ongoing process is designed to be sustainable with CVSD's students, parents, staff, and community. We are working with Phil Gore, a representative from the VT School Boards Association. He has been hired by the district, as a consultant, to provide critical support for the development of the strategic planning process.

We want every member of our community to be included as we design CVSD's strategic plan for the next 5 years. You are invited to help identify our shared values and priorities. The upcoming Community Forums and the accompanying survey are the first steps in that direction. We invite you to join us at any of the Strategic Planning Community Forums and you may use this survey link to share your thoughts.

  • October 15, 9:30 am, CVSD Strategic Planning Community Forum, WCS
  • October 17, 9:00 am, CVSD Strategic Planning Community Forum, Pierson Library, Shelburne
  • October 27, 6:00 pm, Strategic Planning Community Forum, CVU (NEW DATE)

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Thank You To PiE

The staff at HCS would like to express their gratitude to PiE for the delicious Stine Orchard cider, apples and cider doughnuts. Thank you!

Vermont Youth Council

Did you know that Vermont has a statewide Youth Council for students age 11-18? It was created by state law in May 2022, and anyone in that age group can apply. Please see this website for more information and the application. As the site says, "almost all government policies and decisions impact young peoples' lives; therefore, youth have a right to influence those decisions."

Seed Balls

Are you interested in learning how to make seed balls? Would you like to learn more about strategies to help pollinators around your home or workplace? Then please join us at Geprags Community Park in Hinesburg on Sunday October 16 from 1-2:30 PM. This family friendly event is free and open to the public. You can go home with the seed balls you make and plant them in your own pollinator garden or meadow. This is an outdoor activity involving work with dirt and clay so please dress in warm clothes you won’t mind getting a bit dirty. All ages are welcome!

What are they? Seed balls are an ancient planting strategy used for dispersing and germinating seeds in a wide range of conditions. They are made from compost, clay and seeds and when used for native plants in our region, fall is the best time to plant them.

Members of the Hinesburg Chapter of the Vermont Master Naturalist Program will be there to discuss our new Lawn to Pollinator Habitat site and lead the seed ball making workshop using native perennial seeds donated by America Meadows. This event was made possible with funds from the Town of Hinesburg Conservation Commission.

Rain Date: Sunday October 23, 1-2:30PM

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About Us

Suzan Locke, HCS Co-Principal, Grades K-4


Tim Trevithick, HCS Co-Principal, Grades 5-8


Alicia Kurth, HCS Special Education Administrator


The Viking Newsletter is published weekly, when school is in session. It is available on our web site and is also delivered via email. If needed, a hard copy can be provided for your child to bring home. The Viking includes upcoming events, after school opportunities, notes of interest for parents and the community and updates from our school administration.