Saturday, February 16, 2013
Hardy Middle School Parent Teacher Organization appeals to residents for support.
The Hardy Middle School book fair begins Thursday and the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is seeking donations to help purchase books for students in need and for teachers to use in the classroom. Brian Cohen, the PTO president, emailed the community list serv to ask for "Bucks for Books." "This month, any donations made to the Hardy PTO will go to purchase books for Hardy students in need or to fulfill teachers' class book wish lists," Cohen explained. Cohen said the support would help the PTO achieve its goal of making Hardy the "best middle school in the city." Hardy is the in-boundary public school for students who live in Georgetown, Burleith and Glover Park. To donate to the Hardy PTO, go to the Hardy web site (www.hardyms.org), …
Saturday, January 26, 2013
The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation selected Hardy Middle School for a $10,500 grant.
Hardy Middle School was recently selected for a $10,500 grant from the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation to cover the cost of 16 new Yamaha flutes The school newsletter explains: "Thanks to the hard work of our new Grants Committee and the Music Department faculty, Hardy has been selected by the "Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation" to receive a donation of 16 new Yamaha flutes, valued at $10,500. Specifically, this donation was made possible through the generous support of the American Association of Political Consultants, as well as a Washington-based individual donor, Mr. David Crawford." The Grants Committee still needs parents and other volunteers to help with several academic and arts-related grant opportunities. Interested volunteers may …
Monday, August 27, 2012
'Rocky period' of Georgetown's middle school is a thing of the past for Mary Stefanus.
Mary Stefanus started the 2011-2012 school year as the new principal at Hardy Middle School, which had three principals come and go between 2010 and 2011. As she begins her second year leading the Georgetown middle school, Stefanus transitions from providing stability to becoming an advocate for the school, its teachers, students and staff. "I walked into a school that has an experienced staff, is strong instructionally and just went through a rocky period of time. I think it’s that simple," Stefanus said. When she started the school year she felt that her role was to provide stability and then to move the school forward. "My goal was really to develop relationships with people, to get to know the staff and to really kind of stabilize...…
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Grants would support extra programs at the Georgetown middle school.
A group of Hardy Middle School parents have identified a bevy of grants they would like to apply for on the school's behalf, but they need experienced grant writers to help. Last year several Hardy teachers applied for and were awarded grants to create outdoor learning spaces including a wetland and vegetable garden. A note posted to the Georgetown and Burleith Neighborhood list servs explains the importance of the grants effort: "Two active Hardy Middle School parents that are well-known to the Georgetown community are spearheading a campaign to apply for grants for Hardy. But they can't do it without our help. If you would like to learn more about Hardy and help build up our neighborhood middle school at the same time, then this is the …
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Hyde-Addison Elementary, Stoddert Elementary and Hardy Middle all made gains in math since 2011, according to data released today by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education.
Students enrolled in D.C. public schools in the Georgetown area scored much higher on the most recent round of standardized testing than students in other parts of the city. Results from the 2012 Comprehensive Assessment System were released Thursday afternoon and show that less than half (49.3 percent) of public school students in the city are proficient in math and even fewer (45.6 percent) are proficient in reading, according to benchmarks set by the government. But students at Hyde-Addison Elementary, Stoddert Elementary and Hardy Middle scored much better than these citywide averages. In a press release, Mayor Vincent Gray's office highlighted the reading and math proficiency of third and fourth grade students throughout the city who …
Thursday, May 24, 2012
The 2012 Arts Festival featured both visual and instrumental arts
Hardy Middle School was vibrant with brass and percussion, strings and winds, paintings and drawings, and more Wednesday evening. The annual visual and instrumental arts celebration featured work from students grades six through eight. The program for the evening included a rendition of "Battle Hymn of the Republic" by the sixth grade concert band and "Jurassic Park" by the string orchesta, among other musical elements. Mr. Chisholm directed the marching band through three songs in the gymnasium. Before wrapping up for the evening he thanked parents for allowing their children to play musical instruments, calling it a "blessing." Chisholm told the parents and students gathered together in the gymnasium, "Music makes you a total person."
Friday, February 17, 2012
Schools in Georgetown and across the District are increasing their enrollment numbers at the early childhood level in 2011.
Georgetown Elementary schools, like many others in D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) and charter schools, have seen an increase in student enrollment, especially at the early childhood level. But, after several tumultuous years, Hardy Middle School's enrollment rate dropped by 20 percent. While Public Charter School enrollment increased by 8 percent across the District, DCPS enrollment overall had a slight decrease of 1 percent, from 45,630 to 45,191 (439 students). “Georgetown offers a number of great schools for students,” said DCPS Press Secretary Melissa Salmanowitz. “At Stoddert, enrollment is up 7 percent and at Hyde, nearly 14 percent.” At Hyde-Addison, enrollment increased from 272 in the 2010-2011 school year to 308 in the 2011-2012 …
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
The Georgetown middle school was one of two middle schools chosen for the Schoolwide Enrichment Model pilot in the 2012-2013 school year.
Since taking over the helm at Hardy Middle School, Dr. Mary Stefanus has kept her head down and kept the Georgetown middle school out of the often too-bright media spotlight of years past. She already has something to show for her short time as principal: Chancellor Kaya Henderson selected Hardy as one of two DCPS middle schools to pilot the Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM) for the 2012-2013 school year. SEM is a gifted and talented program designed by Joseph Renzulli. Through the pilot, Hardy will receive funding for a full-time gifted and talented teacher to assist in the implementation of the program. The enrichment program is generally used with academically gifted and talented students to engage them and develop their existing …
Friday, August 26, 2011
"I had one of those 'Oprah moments' when the universe kind of speaks to you."
Dr. Mary Stefanus came out of retirement, moved across the country and dove right into her new role as the principal at Georgetown's Hardy Middle School. The 32-year veteran educator, most recently of the St. Louis school system, had her first day of school in the D.C. Public Schools system Monday and told Patch in an interview that she feels "very lucky" to be leading Hardy. She decided to come out of retirement after she received a passionate email from a colleague last fall "about how she loved her new job, that DCPS was doing some great things and they were looking for leaders." Though she was interviewed for several principal positions, coming to Hardy resonated with her. "I kind of fell in love with the place the night I interviewed…
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
The Hardy Middle School Class of 2011 graduated Tuesday morning.
The Hardy Middle School auditorium was packed this morning with family, friends and neighbors, who cheered and celebrated the Class of 2011. The Hardy Concert Band played "Pomp and Circumstance" as the eighth grade students processed into the auditorium. Girls in pastel and white dresses and boys in dress pants, ties and, in some cases, suits, proudly entered the hall to the cheers and whistles of family members. Jennifer Li and Claire Keller offered the address for the Honors Court. The two young women received straigth A's throughout their time at Hardy. The two reminisced about "sneaking into Safeway," "baking in the sun" during band practice and finding ever-new excuses for not doing homework. Keller touched briefly on the tumltuous …