The Hazen Link

Connecting Classroom to Community ~ October 2019

Extended Learning Opportunities are Booming in the Hardwick Region

Opportunities to extend student learning beyond the walls of Hazen are growing. Here is a little snap shot of what's happening…


  • Career Cafe is this Friday and every Friday, from 11:00 until 11:35 in the Hazen Library. Come one come all!!
  • Hazen's new Artisan & Entrepreneur Academy is up and running. See an introduction from our new coordinator below.
  • A weekly trip to the Spark collaborative workspace is about to begin. See below for more information.
  • Weekly opportunities for group job shadows will begin on Thursday, October 10th. See below for more information.

student run CAREER CAFE TO BEGIN THIS FRIDAY

A new student run class at Hazen, the 'Career Cafe Crew' will be hosting their first guest this Friday, from 11:00 until 11:30 in the Hazen Library. Evan Karp, a former Hazen graduate, will be joining us to talk about his experiences as a smoke jumper in the mountains out west. In addition to great stories, he will be bringing a smoke jumper suit for students to try on. The Career Cafe baking team will be serving homemade brownies and warm drinks. Please come support your fellow students as they host their first of many Friday Career Cafes.


Middle level students, please join us with your lunch in the library.

Hazen's new A & E Academy is up and running!

The Artisan and Entrepreneurship Academy, part of the Hazen Innovation and Creativity Initiative, is off and running here at Hazen! We are excited to welcome our new coordinator, Hilary Maynard. The A & E Academy is partnering with Independent-Based Learning (IBL) and Work-Based Learning (WBL) teams to help students engage deeply with the Flexible Pathways initiatives state wide, in which students are encouraged to pursue interests in wide ranging forms. Many initiatives are already in place to get kids innovating and creating in our local community and economy. The Academy is currently offering four classes aimed at connecting students to creative folks and initiatives in the Hardwick and wider community. Career Cafe is being offered as a humanities course in which students are responsible for coordinating all aspects of the weekly speaker series from communication to advertising. The Academy also offers three courses in the entrepreneurship and small business realm, including printmaking, woodworking, and wreath making. Students are designing products, making business plans, and cooperatively working towards sales at a holiday craft market. Keep your eyes and ears open for us closer to the holidays!



The A & E Academy in partnership with IBL and WBL teams has connected several students with Job shadowing and internship opportunities. Some examples are a student working with a blacksmith in East Hardwick, another student is experimenting with the laser printer at Spark, and Academy classes have participated in field trips to local farms, engaged guest speakers and explored the Spark maker-space.


For more information about the wide range of possibilities for learning opportunities in the Academy, reach out to Hilary Maynard!

Sunsoil looking for harvest help

Sunsoil is still looking for folks for harvest. If you are interested and looking for work, please reach out to Sunsoil via harvest@sunsoil.com. It’s temporary work, but $20/hr for as many hours as one wants to work. Full day availability works best even if it is just on weekends.

Create & Innovate at Spark: Every Wednesday from 12:00 - 1:00

Hazen students are invited to sign-up for an ongoing extended learning opportunity (ELO) at Spark, a creative co-working hub in Greensboro. While at Spark, students will have an opportunity to use state of the art equipment like a 3-D printer, a laser printer, CNC machine and more. Ongoing trips will be happening every Wednesday from 12:00 until 1:00. Please contact Jen Olson to sign up.

Are You Interested in Starting Your Own Business?

Looking for students interested in starting a club to talk about how to start a Hazen run e-commerce business. If you are a student in grade 7-12 with even the smallest interest in learning about what it takes to start your own business, we need to talk! Email Jen Olson for more information.

Job Shadowing Program: Thursdays 12:00 - 2:00

Every Thursday, starting October 10th, a job shadow trip will be set up for up to four students. Sign-up will be on a first come first serve basis. Please listen to the 'Wildcat Wakeup' or look at the Career Opportunities' bulletin board for more information. If students have an interest in exploring a particular job, please email Jen Olson with your ideas.

It's Not to Early to Explore 2nd Semester Internships!

Students in 10th, 11th and 12th grade are eligible to participate in internship experiences. If you are curious about what an internship looks like, please contact Jen Olson, Hilary Maynard or Lynn Patenaude for more information.

Are You Interested in College but Unsure of the Path to Get there?

Lindsay Carpenter, Hazen's VSAC Outreach Counselor, is regularly at Hazen and a fantastic resource for students who need guidance on the college process. She will be at Hazen the following dates during late September and October. Lindsay is a great resource for students who are curious about college who may need help navigating the path to get there. To schedule a time to meet with Lindsay, please email her at carpenter@vsac.org.


Teachers, feel free to invite Lindsay into your TSA as well.


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November 12: VSAC Financial Aid Night at Hazen

VSAC Financial Aid Forms night will be on Tuesday, Nov 12 at 5:30pm in the library. This is an opportunity for all Hazen seniors and their parents/guardians to come hear about the financial aid form applications/process and then have time to complete the FAFSA and VT grant. Here is a link to the event listed on VSAC’s website: https://www.vsac.org/events/financial-aid-forms-workshop-hazen-union-high-school

From UVM Extension/ 4-H Program :

VTeen Leadership Weekend - register by Oct 25

The 4-H Teen & Leadership Program invites you to join a fun-filled weekend developing important skills and traits that will help you stretch and improve your leadership, communication, problem solving, teamwork and other transferable skills to take back to your club work, school and community. Space is limited to 50 participants. Open to youth in grades 7-12. Learn more and register here.

October's VTeen 4-H Science Café: When Will I Know My Results?

Have you or someone you know ever had blood tested? Had an infection and needed antibiotics? Or needed a blood transfusion? Behind the scenes, medical laboratory scientists are testing patient specimens to provide valuable results to their health care providers. Come to this café to learn more about the exciting field within biomedical science! Participate in fun, hands-on activities to explore the various tests medical laboratory scientists use to determine the diagnosis!


  • Saturday, October 19, 2019, 5:00-7:00 pm
  • University of Vermont, Davis Center, Mansfield Dining Room
  • FREE pizza and drinks; open to all youth in grades 7-12
  • Register no later than October 16

November's VTeen 4-H Science Café: Infectious Diseases - How Do We Combat Them?

Combating infectious diseases is a collective effort.In this café, we will take on the roles of these experts to explore what happens in the endeavor of combating an emerging infectious disease— from identifying the microbe that cause the disease, to treating infected individuals and developing strategies to protect the community.


Saturday, November 9, 2019, 5:00-7:00 pm

University of Vermont, Davis Center, Mansfield Dining Room

FREE pizza and drinks; open to all youth in grades 7-12

Register no later than November 6

Youth Environmental Summit: November 1. Speak Out. Act Up. Be the Change.

Attend the 2019 Youth Environmental Summit on Friday, November 1, 2019 at the Barre Civic Center in Barre, Vt. The Youth Environmental Summit (YES) is an annual event for students in grades 6‐12 who want to learn about environmental issues and find ways to take action.


Event details and registration

TRY for the Environment - applications due by Nov 8

TRY stands for Teens Reaching Youth and is an environmental leadership opportunity for youth in grades 7-12. It is a teen-led environmental education program with an embedded service learning component designed to teach environmental literacy and responsibility to younger youth. TRY for the Environment includes five program areas—energy FUNdamentals, waste solutions, food systems, forest and trees and 4-H20 —to connect young people to real-world environmental problems in which they can be key change agents helping to create real-world solutions. Learn more and apply no later than November 8. Check out a short video showcasing how TRY connects to student's PLPs and transferable skills.

VTeen Leadership Weekend - register by Oct 25

This is a fun-filled weekend developing important skills and traits that will help you stretch and improve your leadership, communication, problem solving, teamwork and other transferable skills to take back to your club work, school and community. Space is limited to 50 participants. Open to youth in grades 7-12. Learn more and register here.