HCMS Winter Sports Program
Haverhill Cooperative Middle School will again be offering a variety of opportunities for students to participate in winter sports activities. In addition to the Cannon Mountain skiing and snowboarding programs, students will also be able to choose from cross-country skiing at Bretton Woods or snowshoeing at The AMC Highland Center at Crawford Notch. The programs will run on six Fridays, beginning on January 6, 2017. Students participating in any of the programs will arrive at the various sites around 9:30. The students would then return to the school in time for regular dismissal.
Students will be allowed to miss school each Friday to attend their selected program only if they are in good standing academically and behaviorally. In order to be able to register for any of the programs, students must be passing all of their classes as of the end of school on December 22, 2016. The Program dates are 1/6, 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, and 3/3. Once the program begins, grades and behavior will be reviewed on a weekly basis. If a student is failing a class, has been suspended in or out of school, or has been referred to the office more than once during the week, that student will not be permitted to go. Serious behavior issues (at school or at the locations) may at the discretion of the administration, exclude students from participation. Please be careful to review these expectations with your child before making the financial commitment to participate.
Any of the facilities or the school may dismiss a student from a program for inappropriate behavior. A student may be dismissed from a program for the following behaviors:
1. Repeated refusal to follow the directions of the adults in charge.
2. Dangerous behavior, including use of runs that exceed the student’s ability level.
3. Theft, vandalism or abuse of the facilities and property belonging to others.
4. Inappropriate bus behavior.
Students dismissed from any of the programs for inappropriate behaviors will not be entitled to a refund.
A bus will be provided for all participants, and the school would prefer that all students take advantage of this bus. Two buses will take the boarders and skiers to Cannon Mountain. One bus will take students to both Crawford Notch and Bretton Woods. If parents prefer, they may choose to transport their children themselves or arrange for another HCMS parent to drive their children. The registration paperwork includes a form that allows parents to specify their transportation preferences.
If HCMS is in session and the programs are in operation, the students will be going to their selected program. This may mean that students will go on days when it is very cold, windy, or wet. Cancellations will be made by the director at each facility on the day of the program and will be based on safety issues. Make-up sessions will be provided if possible.
Clothing and Equipment
It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure that each student is properly outfitted for the weather. Proper clothing and equipment help make the experience more enjoyable and safe. The school and each facility may exclude students from participation if they are inappropriately outfitted for the day.
Parent chaperones are very important to the success of the Snowsports Program and we have been extremely fortunate in the past to have many volunteers. If you would like to chaperone, please send in the chaperone form attached below along with your child's registration materials. If you are volunteering for cross country at Bretton Woods, please also complete the Bretton Woods Release and Waiver For Volunteers form attached below.
For more information about the program your child is interested in, please follow the links below: