Times are changing

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
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Social Justice Initiative

You will be receiving a separate email from AMP regarding the Social Justice Initiative starting March 2nd. This is a very exciting opportunity for our community to come together to make significant changes to our children’s education and lives. Please join us for thoughtful conversation and dinner for the whole family. Child care will be provided.

“Date” with a book

The excitement was palpable after an announcement at Monday’s all school sing that there were books in the library looking for a “blind date.” In just three days, 41 books from the blind date display were checked out and three of those have already been read and returned! That means that more than half of the students in school participated. Ask your child if s/he chose a blind date book to read over vacation, and if so, what they thought of it.

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:
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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.

ESSA Letter

Our yearly ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) letter is linked here. Contained within it is information related to the school’s performance on standardized testing, teacher qualifications, Marlboro’s and SU’s Continuous Improvement Plans, and parent and school collaboration. In regards to parent and school collaboration, I will be holding evening meetings in the coming months to craft a family engagement policy. Stay tuned! Please read this document over and reach out if you have any questions or comments.

Act 46 Update

Last week, our proposal was accepted by the VT State Board of Education to remain as an Existing District with the two newly formed school districts of the Windham Central Supervisory Union. On October 17th at 7:00, the Marlboro School Board will provide an informational meeting to go over the proposal and outline next steps.

Local Common Assessment System

We are currently in the middle of administering our Local Common Assessment System or LCAS. Like years in the past, Marlboro has used assessments to measure growth throughout the year. These assessments included Fountas and Pinnell to measure reading comprehension or the PNOA to measure Primary Number and Operations (Assessment) for our emerging mathematicians. For the 17-18 school year, we are using Advantage Math Recovery, Aimsweb, Dibels and TWS-5 (test of written spelling) as outlined in the Continuous Improvement Plan. These tests will be performed three times a year and used to inform our curriculum and instruction along with meeting the needs of all Marlboro students. Please feel free to reach out and ask any questions.

Junior High Rent-A-Kid

Need your leaves raked, wood stacked, children to be cared for? Rent-A-Kid is just the thing for you. We are always willing to help out with your needs. Call the school at (802)254-2668, and ask for Camilla Shapiro, name your date, we can help out. We can cater to other chores besides the ones I have mentioned, we are always open to suggestions. Don’t hesitate to share our services with your friends, we would be happy to help.

Thank you -Camilla Shapiro

Note from Wayne 9/15/17

Act 46/49: Next Wednesday, September 20th, The Board, Superintendent and I will be presenting our proposal to the state to remain a separate district within the WCSU as a TWO- BY-TWO-BY-ONE SIDE-BY-SIDE STRUCTURE. Here is a link for more specifics: Act 49 Specifics, start on page 7 If approved by the state, we will bring this proposal to the town for a vote. If that vote passes, we have met the requirements of Act 46 and remain a separate district within the WCSU and also join the list of online schools that offer laptops. I will let you know how it goes in next week’s Friday Notes.

Starcie in the kitchen: If you see Starcie, please thank her for all the hard work she has done in the kitchen. She really stepped up to provide excellent meals to our students the last few weeks. Thank you Starcie!

Hope to see you all at the Marlboro Fair!