Both elementary and Junior High teams have begun practicing for the new season. However, students can still sign up.
￼￼What a successful event! I want to thank the Association of Marlboro Parents, AMP, for bring
￼the community together and with the help of the Alliance provide a book to every student in our
Our next meeting is Thursday 14th from 6:45-8:15. The agenda will include: debriefing the Winter Fair, preparing for the next school event and planning the Social Justice initiative for this school year. Hope to see you there.
Remember all the new books students brought home from the CLiF giveaways last year? Well, if there are any that have already been read and would like a new home, gather them up and bring them into the library. For each book donated, you will receive a “book buck” that can be used to choose another book at a school-wide book swap in mid-December. Books can be dropped off anytime.
- Dec 13 Winter Concert at Whittemore Theater, Marlboro College
- Dec 14 Concert Snow Date
- Dec 21 Early Release at 11:30 am
- Dec 22 – Jan 1 December Recess SCHOOL CLOSED
It’s been a while since we had a half day so please note: Thursday Dec 21st is 11:30 Dismissal.
We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly depend on understanding how technology
works. To highlight the importance of these 21st century skills, Rochelle and our students will be participating in the Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (December 4-10) and beyond.
See http://hourofcode.com/us for details.
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
We had a great Association of Marlboro Parents meeting last Thursday. Highlights include:
Review Goals for the Year
- December meeting: Create Mission Statement and Core Values; February Dance planning?
March/April meeting: Reboot Continuous Improvement Plan (current one available at About Us on marlboroschool.net or here.)
- Ongoing: Advocacy: an additional goal for AMP (Lissa offering research and her interest/skills to involve the school community in issues, re: school standards, etc., initiatives of interest to AMP that may be moving in Montpelier).
- Ongoing: Subcommittees for events/projects/scholarships/initiatives.
The Winter Concert performance at Marlboro College Whittemore Theatre will be at 6:30 on December 13th with a snow date of December 14th. Students should arrive by 6:15. Here is a link to the campus map
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. I have attached the official memo for your reference:
All of our results are in and the school will be mailing them home next week. The two whole school takeaways are:
- Comparing 2016 and 2017, there was an increase in the percentage of students receiving proficient or above in both math and ELA.
- We were above the state average in ELA, but not in math.
Please let us know if you would like to help out, especially as a head chaperone for the ski program. Please give Gail Chaine 254-2668 a call or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your interest.
Here is the agenda for next weeks meeting on Thursday, November 9th, from 7:00 – 8:15. I hope you can make it!
7:00 – 7:25 – Nuts/Bolts:
7:25 – 7:45 – Planning School Events
7:45 – 8:15 – Conversation with Suzanne Whitehouse: Building Social Justice Capacity at MES
MSA has provided funds for the following projects.
- A chicken coop for the Primary grade.
- Wind turbine kits for North EL.
- New vises for Design Tech.
- Yoga mats for Kindergarten.
- Field research funds.
- Act 46 expenses.
￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼Thank you MSA for your continued generosity.
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.
Formally known as Parents and Friends, AMP met last night to begin a conversation about the direction the group would like to take. Some ideas that were discussed included:
- Organizing informational workshops/films/discussions on supporting children’s mental and social health
- Providing school related events such as dances and fundraising.
- Promoting social justice initiatives throughout the school.
If you are interested in any of these directions or would like to offer other ideas, please join us for our next meeting, November 9th at 7:00.
Our first meeting will be next week, October, 12th from 7:00-8:15.
The agenda for this meeting will include:
- Welcoming each other.
- Create Ground Rules.
- Rename ourselves or not.
- Discuss goals for the year such as:
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.
Our compost center is in need of animal manure and organic matter such as wood chips or leaves. If you are able to bring these items to the school, please let me know. I will thank you greatly and let you know where to drop them off.
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.
Have you ever wanted to be an art teacher, school cook, or a teacher? You can! We are always looking for substitute teachers and would be grateful for your time.
Looking at everyone’s availability, the best time for most of us to meet is the second Thursday of the month at 7:00. Our first meeting will be October 12 (7:00) and the agenda will include:
1. Welcoming and Introductions
2. Creating Ground Rules
3. Renaming ourselves
4. Discuss potential goals for the year.
Looking forward to working with you!