Association of Marlboro Parents Meetings

June 5th (6:30-7:30) –  Special Education Meeting:  we will be discussing proposed changes to special education funding in Vermont.  Stephanie Betit-Hancock, WCSU’s Director of Special Education, will be joining us to explain the latest funding changes and phase-in timelines.  I will discuss what impacts these changes will make for our School Community.

June 14th at 6:45 – Sports Programs:  During our regular AMP meeting, we are holding an open discussion on our athletic programs.  Some ideas that have already been shared are more practices for after school sports with regularly scheduled games and a disc golf course.  We would love to hear your ideas and opinions.

Association of Marlboro Parents (AMP) News

Special Education Meeting:  On June 5th from 6:30-7:30, we will be discussing proposed changes to special education funding in Vermont.  Stephanie Betit-Hancock, WCSU’s Director of Special Education, will be joining us to explain the latest funding changes and phase-in timelines.  I will discuss what impacts these changes will make for our School Community.

Sports Programs:  On June 14th, we would like to hold an open discussion on our athletic programs.  Some ideas that have already been shared are more practices for after school sports with regularly scheduled games and a disc golf course.  We would love to hear your ideas and opinions.

AMP is sponsoring a Teacher Appreciation Week during the week of May 29 (Tuesday) through June 1 (Friday). Please volunteer to bring a snack, part of the Friday meal, and/or volunteer to take over classes during lunch while the teachers eat together on Friday.  Signups can be made through this link: https://perfectpotluck.com/meals.php?t=AXEV4713&v=a82c28d4ae.

Hiring Updates

We have hired two art teachers!  Jamie Schilling will be our art teacher for grades PK-4.  She is a parent to two Marlboro School students and has many years of classroom experience.  Donald Saaf will teach grades 5-8.  He is also a Marlboro resident and brings almost 20 years of teaching students in many different capacities.  In addition to teaching a weekly art class, I have created additional time for them to work in the classrooms on arts integrated projects.  We feel very lucky to have both of them join our community.

Physical Education Teacher and Kindergarten/Preschool Assistant are currently in the interview process.

Have a great weekend,   Wayne

Road Speed Signs

With incredible determination from our town officials and Celena Romo, we will have speed road signs installed for the next school year.  Please thank them for all their hard work. 

New Preschool Teacher

We are very excited to announce that we have hired our Preschool teacher.  She will also be our interventionist for preschool through grade 2.  Her name is Amanda Georgeson.

Here is a note from Amanda:

Hi! I am beyond excited to be joining the staff and community of Marlboro Elementary!!   My family and I recently moved from Summit County Colorado to Wardsboro, Vermont in June of 2017 for a job opportunity my fiancé was given at Mount Snow.  In Colorado I worked as a substitute teacher, a preschool teacher in a private Montessori preschool, and six years as a preschool teacher in a public elementary school in Breckenridge, CO.  This past school year I worked as both a preschool and kindergarten teacher at Twin Valley Elementary while covering two maternity leaves. Continue reading “New Preschool Teacher”

New 5/6 Grade Teacher, Liz Greco

We are also excited to report our 5/6 teacher or next year.  Liz is a recent graduate of Antioch College and is certified in both special education and elementary education.  She is a strong believer in authentic learning and thematic interdisciplinary units.  Her past work includes teaching English in Peru, 3/4 combined classroom teacher at Lee H Kellogg School in CT, which is an EL Education school, and a special education teacher at Academy School in West Brattleboro.  Her interests include poetry, coaching soccer, cycling and gardening. 

Marlboro School Social Justice Discussion Group

First Meeting – April 13th, 5:30pm

The Association of Marlboro Parents (AMP) is inviting all Marlboro parents, teachers, and community members to join us in an 8-part discussion series focused on social justice in our community. With the aid of a facilitator, we will be following the “Foundations in Social Justice for Parents & Educators Course” designed by Oak Meadow. The course begins with an exploration of the principles of social justice, and includes units on racial justice, economic justice, disability justice, and gender justice, as well as touching on many related topics.

Continue reading “Marlboro School Social Justice Discussion Group”

18-19 New Hires

Marlboro school has had incredible stability throughout the years. This has been a strength of Marlboro, but we are now entering a transitional period. Ellen (Kindergarten), Christine (special education teacher), and Sue (art teacher), will be retiring at the end of this year. In addition, Pamela has made the decision not to return as the South EL (5th and 6th grade) teacher. We are going to miss them and we wish them luck on their new journeys. They have made a profound impact on our school that will remain into the future. We are adding a preschool and will need additional educators to join our community as well. This leads us to recruiting many new faces for next year.

Here is a list of positions needing to be filled for the 18-19 school year
Continue reading “18-19 New Hires”

Please send in written notes

It may be old-fashioned but it still works best to send a written note (dated and signed) to school whenever your student has alternate travel plans or any changes and notifications from you to the school. Also please call 254-2668 when your student will be absent or tardy.  E-mail is fine for follow-up but may not get where they need to go. Thank you!

Colds & Flu

We have been having quite a few colds, coughs, aches and more severe illness this week.  Knowing when it is just a cold and when it is the flu can be confusing as the flu can present with mild symptoms similar to a cold.  Both are respiratory illnesses and are caused by a virus.  Generally a flu can have more intense symptoms such as fever (can go as high as 103-105 with children), body aches, chills.  If your child has these symptoms call your provider; they can test for the flu and track it and if it is caught early they may treat with an antiviral medicine which can lessen symptoms and shorten the duration of illness.

Remember no matter the illness but particularly with a high fever, keep hydrated. If your child cannot keep much down try a medicine cup amount of water at a time.  Please remember to keep your child home if they have a fever, serious cough, greenish nasal drainage, vomiting, or diarrhea. Regarding fevers, keep your child home until they are fever-free for 24 hours without any fever-reducing medicine such as tylenol or motrin.  For more information check the CDC (Center for Disease Control)website, www.cdc.gov. 

-Nurse Kathleen

Community Meeting – Preschool

We had a very nice meeting last Tuesday and there was a good turnout even with the inclement weather.  Overall, parents were very excited about moving to a public preschool.  If you are interested in either being on the interview committee for the new teachers or helping to shape the programming, please let me know.  We will be starting this work in the coming weeks.  Here is the presentation from our meeting for you to review: Community Meeting – Public Preschool

New Public Preschool

Dear Parents and Community Members of Marlboro School,

January 9, 2018

Last month, the Marlboro Meeting House Board voted to cease operations in the spring of 2018. For the several months, the Meeting House School Board has had meetings with Marlboro School Board Members and Administrators to prepare a smooth transition from a private preschool to a public preschool.

There were many factors that led to the decision by the Meeting House School Board but two important ones were:
Continue reading “New Public Preschool”

Hearing & Vision Screening

The annual hearing and vision screening will be done for students in grades K,1,3,5, and (just vision) in grade 7 in January/Feb. It is a brief, preliminary screening and for any abnormal results a note will be sent home for families to follow-up with their own practitioner. Also, if your child has an updated immunization and/or physical or asthma plan please send the information to me so that we may keep our records updated. Thank you.

Nurse Kathleen O’Neill

 Snow Cancellations

Similar to the past, I will send out an All Call through Blackboard Connect at 6:00 AM. In addition, the radio stations will be notified and I will post it to our website.


Please let me know if you did not get a call on the first Snow Day.

Bus Schedule Change

Dear Parents, and students, who live on MacArthur, Fox, Ames Hill and South Roads:

There will be a bus route change starting the Monday after the Thanksgiving recess that will impact afternoon home arrival times. Bus stops after Cowpath 40 on Ames Hill Rd. and South Road, will be arriving approximately 12- 15 minutes earlier. The MacArthur, Fox, and Ames Hill to Cowpath 40 roads will be arriving at the current scheduled times.

A revised bus schedule effective November 27th, the first Monday after vacation was sent home with Friday Notes.

If there are questions or concerns please contact Andrea Howe 254-8170 or ahowe@marlboroschool .net

New Standardized Testing

NGSS Standardized Testing: NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) assessments will begin this Spring and will replace the NECAP. In addition to changes in the science standards, grade 5 will be assessed instead of grade 4. Students in grades 8 and 11 will continue to be assessed as well that’s why resources as saps ibu bapa are important to approving these tests. I have attached the official memo for your reference:

New Next Generation Science Standards-Aligned Assessment

VT Standardized Testing Results

All of our results are in and  the school will be mailing them home next week. The two whole school takeaways are:

  1. Comparing 2016 and 2017, there was an increase in the percentage of students receiving proficient or above in both math and ELA.
  2. We were above the state average in ELA, but not in math.