Calendar of Events

  • Apr 17-21 SCHOOL CLOSED – Spring Recess
  • Apr 25 Parents & Friends Meeting 7:00 pm
  • May 01 School Board Meet 6:30 pm
  • May 04 The Learning Fair 6:30 pm
  • May 05 Kindergarten Field Research Trip to Brattleboro Museum & Arts 8:30-11:30
  • May 31 Hogback Day
  • June 6 Spring Concert & Art Show 6:30
  • June 21 Last Student Day (If no more snow days)

Note from Francie 4/14/17

The Junior High field research trip to Costa Rica was a resounding success! The students were totally engaged, embracing every new experience – walking in the tropical forest, looking for animals and birds

such as monkeys, pizotes, and quetzals; milking cows and learning about the biodigestor that turns their manure into methane for the kitchen stove; viewing bats in a cave and learning about their importance to the ecosystem; visiting an elementary school where the students danced for us and several of our students danced the Sword Dance; sharing a meal in a local home where they were challenged to communicate in Spanish; and topping off the trip with a day at the beach. They learned a lot about the country and the culture, about each other, and about themselves. Continue reading “Note from Francie 4/14/17”

Radon Test Results

In March, the Marlboro School partnered with the Vermont Department of Health’s Radon Program to conduct a screening of the school for radon gas.

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that originates from soil and bedrock. All buildings contain some level of radon gas in the indoor environment. Long-term exposure to elevated levels of radon gas is associated with an increased risk of lung cancer. The Health Department and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommend that all homes and schools be tested for radon, and that actions be taken to reduce radon levels detected at or above 4.0 picoCuries per liter (pCi/L). Radon levels below 4.0 pCi/L still pose some risk, and so the Health Department and US EPA recommend considering acting to reduce radon levels detected at or above 2.0 pCi/L. Continue reading “Radon Test Results”

Note from Francie 3/31/17

Last week South EL students presented the independent research they had been working on for weeks. The topics ranged from dirt biking to Benedict Arnold to women’s suffrage to how cats’ eyes work – each student chose something of special interest to them. I was able to sit in on several of the presentations and was impressed by the quality of the slides and the students’ delivery – speaking slowly and clearly with good eye contact. Congratulations, South EL!

Thank you to Gail and Dan MacArthur for hosting North EL for an impromptu visit to their sugarhouse on Thursday. The weather was lovely and they were boiling sap for the last time this season. Gail brought the class over in the bus – another advantage to the school owning busses. Dan explained the whole sugaring process. The students gathered some sap and added it to the sap that was already boiling. Then Gail gave them each a nice taste of the final product – maple syrup! Continue reading “Note from Francie 3/31/17”

Note from Francie 3/23/17

The Basketball Jamboree was a great success. Players and parents enjoying light-hearted competition. Pizza was enjoyed by all. Coaches recognized each of the players and the growth they made during the season. And players and parents expressed appreciation to coaches Will Brooke deBock, Matt Chapman, Shawna Smith, and Amber and John Sinclair. Continue reading “Note from Francie 3/23/17”

Note from Francie

Every few years we ask you to complete a survey to let us know how we’re doing. This year we are combining with the other schools in the Windham Central Supervisory Union. We are using the same survey and will use the Marlboro School results to help us with our Marlboro Continuous Improvement Plan (CIP) and will use the WCSU results to inform the Supervisory Union CIP.

Please take a few minutes to complete this 10 item survey.  Marlboro Family Survey  Thanks! The survey window will close on March 25. Continue reading “Note from Francie”

Note from Francie 3/10/17

The plan to merge with Dover and Wardsboro to consolidate school governance was voted down on Tuesday. Discussion was spirited at Town Meeting with a wide range of opinions expressed. Support for maintaining Marlboro’s Junior High and keeping the discussion and vote on the school budget at the Marlboro Town Meeting were key reasons voiced for voting “No”. This also gives us a year to develop the proposal for an alternative structure and to see if the state will accept it. I’ll keep you informed as this work gets started. Continue reading “Note from Francie 3/10/17”

Where Do I Turn?

When parents have concerns about their child – whether it be academic, behavioral, social, or emotional – they need to know who to talk to. We encourage you to always start with your child’s teacher. Teachers are happy to schedule face-to-meetings. Each teacher has preferred methods of communication, such as email or phone, which they will let you know at the beginning of the school year.

If you do not feel comfortable contacting your child’s teacher, the principal and the guidance counselor are always available to discuss your questions and concerns.

List of staff email addresses 

Note from Francie 3/3/17

A full week of school without a snow day – yay! We are back in the swing of things with exciting learning going on in all classes.

Monday will be our last day of Winter Sports. The ice rink will be closed so the skaters can look forward to an afternoon of candlepin bowling in Wilmington. This should be fun as well as a chance to try out a new sport.

Wayne Kermenski, our new principal, will be here on Monday to begin to get to know this wonderful school community. He will attend Sing and, afterwards, I am hosting a Parent Coffee for any of you who are able to join us. I know you‘re eager to meet Wayne, so don’t worry if you can’t make it. We’ll let you know soon regarding the date for an evening meeting with parents. Continue reading “Note from Francie 3/3/17”

Marlboro Elementary School Selects New Principal

Marlboro families, I am absolutely delighted to share this very good news with you. Enjoy the vacation! ~ Francie

The Marlboro School District Board is pleased to announce that they have reached agreement with Wayne Kermenski to become the principal beginning in the 2017-2018 school year. Mr. Kermenski was selected after a thorough process involving a variety of stakeholders. In the Fall, outgoing principal, Francie Marbury, hosted a series of facilitated conversation with students, parents and community members, and the school board to develop a job description for the next principal. Continue reading “Marlboro Elementary School Selects New Principal”

Note from Francie 2/10/17

My apologies for making the wrong call on Thursday morning. The snow came in faster and harder than we anticipated. I appreciate both those of you who entrusted your children to us and those of you who made the decision not to send your children to school. And I ask you to join me in appreciating Andrea and Peter, our bus drivers, who got children to school and home again safely.

The weather has been keeping all of us on our toes. With more snow coming Sunday afternoon we are postponing the CLiF sponsored author’s visit by Jessie Haas until Sunday, March 5,  4pm at the Town House. Continue reading “Note from Francie 2/10/17”

Note from Francie

It’s been a big week at Marlboro School!

The Winter Instrumental Concert was a treat. Hats off to Michael McKinney and Heather Sommerlad for their work with our students. And hats off to your children for the practice and focus they brought to this performance. I particularly enjoy seeing (hearing!) the progression from our youngest students playing songs that are just one note to the complexity of Louie, Louie and Bach.

By now you should all have received your children’s report cards. As I read the report cards, I learn a lot about your children and their learning. I hope you feel the same. Thanks to the teachers for their hard work and insight. Continue reading “Note from Francie”

Note from Francie 1/27/17

Let’s all hope for good weather next Tuesday! The Winter Instrumental Concert is rescheduled for Tuesday, 6:30pm.

Welcome to Deborah Ayer, our new L’After Site Coordinator. Deborah comes to us with lots of experience working with children. She’s a licensed teacher and has worked as a long term sub in several schools. She’s excited to land here in a permanent position and we’re excited to have her. She can be contacted at l’after@marlboroschool.net.

It’s all about the Year of the Book with three major events this week and next. Karen Hesse, author of many outstanding books for adolescents including Witness, met with Junior High students to discuss this book and to talk about the process she goes through when she’s writing a book. The students were well prepared with questions and comments and they had a lively conversation. Continue reading “Note from Francie 1/27/17”

Note from Francie 1/20/17

Living in Vermont we embrace winter and all the wild weather it can bring. On Wednesday the wet snow made for perfect conditions for snow sculpture building. We divided into our multi age teams, rang the recess bell 15 minutes early, and headed out to the field to create animals of every size and description – sea tortoises, a cat, a sea serpent, and several mythical creatures. At the end we walked around as a whole school as the judges (Ellen and I!) pointed out amazing features of each beast. It’s great to be in a small school where creativity, cooperation, and fun are valued! Continue reading “Note from Francie 1/20/17”

Note from Francie 1/12/17

What a great turn out for the first Act 46 merger and alternative structure informational meetings! Thanks to those of you who came, asked good questions, and stated strong opinions.

Special thanks to the Junior High students who provided childcare so that parents could attend, If you weren’t able to make it, there is a second informational meeting here at Marlboro on February 13 at 6:30. There will also be meetings in Dover on January 19 and February 27 and in Wardsboro on January 23 and February 2. Information about the merger is available online at http://wcsu-committee.blogspot.com/. Information about the merger and the alternative structure is available at the Town Office and the school. And, of course, your neighbors and friends are a great source of information. The vote on the merger will take place by Australian Ballot at the Town Office on March 7. Continue reading “Note from Francie 1/12/17”