Hinesburg Community School - September 16, 2022

The Principal's Corner

Dear HCS Families:

We are now finishing our third week of school and the students and staff are continuing to get to know each other. It is wonderful to see students and teachers taking time to build communities throughout the day during morning meetings and team time activities. Our fall athletics and clubs are in full swing and it is exciting to see the number of students that are participating. Thank you to our coaches and club staff for making these opportunities happen for our students.

This summer the white building was resided. It looks fabulous. The sign that was on the building will be put back as soon as it has been refurbished. It had a lot of weather damage and we wanted to make sure it was repaired before putting it back up on the building.


Suzan and Tim

Save The Date

Wednesday, September 21: Early Release Day (1:45)

Thursday, September 22: School Picture Day

Friday, September 23: School Picture Day

Wednesday, September 28: Early Release Day (1:45)

Bus B - Route Revision

Bus B (Fred's Bus) will reverse its afternoon route beginning Monday, September 19. The new route starts at Hillview Terrace and ends after the Hollow Road drop off.

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😎 School Picture Day Is Right Around The Corner! 📷

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Kindergarten students explore concepts of engineering, measurement, and of course, gravity!

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Free and Reduced Meals Application

Please complete your school meal application today!

While meals are free for students this year, your school still needs you to complete a school meal application. When you return your school meal application, you are helping your student, your school, and our entire community. When more students turn in school meal applications, that means more money for education in the cafeteria and in the classroom. Go to the Food Services page of the district's website to find either a form to print or the online application.

Did you know, there are many benefits to submitting a meal application? This is very important to the long-term possibility of keeping universal meals in Vermont. In addition, school meal applications can help:

  • students qualify for waived testing fees, low-cost internet, and discounts to some community programs
  • your school meal program bring in more federal dollars to invest in local food and farm-to-school programming
  • your schools qualify for important federal education funding
  • your community qualify for summer and afterschool meal programs

Filling out the online form only takes a few minutes, and it will help your community, your school, and possibly your tax bill. Please take a minute to complete the form to help the Champlain Valley School District get access to these additional federal dollars. Reach out to your school if you need assistance.

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See this flyer for additional details.

Sign up for HCS First Lego League Challenge Team HERE

Meet the HCS Spanish Teacher - Begona Garcia de Ocio

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

As the new Spanish teacher, I wanted to introduce myself and explain a little bit about the class.

I am from Madrid, Spain and have lived in the US for over 20 years. My husband is also a Spanish teacher, working at CVU. I have two bilingual daughters: one is starting her first year of college in Madrid, studying medicine, and the other is a senior at Essex High School.

I am excited to share my language and culture with the students at HCS. One of my primary goals is to help students see the many benefits of learning another language. Depending on the age of the students, we will sing, play games, learn vocabulary and grammar.

I expect all students to support and respect everyone in the class at all times. Learning a language requires a positive attitude and willingness to take risks. Therefore, participation is essential.

We are currently establishing a routine. My class is structured in a similar way everyday. I include brain breaks for the class if needed. Typically, there is a little bit of instruction, and practice, practice, practice. I also include some facts about Spain, as well as music and culture from all Spanish speaking countries. There is a reward system in place, meaning that if the class works hard during the week, they can play games on Fridays.

Any interest you can show your student regarding what we are learning is greatly appreciated.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like to discuss your student’s progress.

Thank you for your support! I look forward to a great year!

Begoña García de Ocio

2022-2023 PowerSchool Forms

In order to keep students safe, it is important that we have updated and accurate information about each and every student. All parents/caregivers, please take the time to log into your PowerSchool Parent Portal account and navigate to the “Forms” icon on the left-hand toolbar to review, update and submit the following forms for each of your children as soon as possible. Click here for detailed instructions, if needed.

Please note that your submission of the Health and Permissions forms are required before your child may participate in any off-site field trips.

  1. Annual Student Contact Updates

  2. Annual Student Health Update (required for field trip participation)

  3. Annual Student Permissions Update (required for field trip participation)

  4. Annual Student Transportation Update (this will not update the office each time). If you have a change of transportation for the day, please let the office know.

(PreK is for those students physically attending our schools.)

If you have questions about how to access your Parent Portal account or how to submit the forms please contact

Balancing Birds!

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Free Internet Available

CVSD Families and Caregivers: Here's a great opportunity!

If your child participates in the free or reduced-price lunch program at school, then your family is eligible for the new Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)! It's another reason to fill out the Free and Reduced Price School Meals form.

Learn more about qualifying for affordable internet service through the ACP at:

7th Grade Math!

Sign Up to Receive SMS/Text Messages!

Please enroll to receive text messages from the district and/or our school. If you haven't done this yet or if you are new to CVSD, follow the easy steps on this flyer. We don't overuse this method of communication, but it is helpful for reminders and quick announcements. Don't miss out!

HCS students learning to play chess at Chess Club!

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Human coding (unplugged) in ms. Cota's STEM class

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Engineering and Robotics Opportunities for Students

CVU's robotics team, the RoboHawks, is offering a First Lego League (FLL) workshop and support for CVSD students, teachers, parents, and coaches. We are in the process of seeking coaches and volunteers to form and support a First Lego League team at each of our PreK-8 schools, primarily focused on middle school, though that might be flexible in some schools. To learn more, please join the Robohawks at their first workshop at CVU on Tuesday, Sept. 20th from 3:45 to 5-ish in the robotics lab (room 154). See this flyer for additional details.

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.