Calendar of Events

  • Oct 20 SCHOOL CLOSED Parent Teacher Conferences K-Grade 4
  • Oct 26 School Board Meeting 6:30 pm
  • Oct 27 North EL Field Research at Brattleboro Museum 12:30-1:30
  • Oct 31 Please Join Us for All School HALLOWEEN SING 8:30 am
  • Nov 5 Daylight Saving Time Ends. Turn Back Time.
  • Nov 9 Association of Marlboro Parents AMP Meeting 7 pm
  • Nov 20-24 NO SCHOOL
  • Nov 20 Grade 5 through 8 Parent Conferences
  • Nov 21 Teacher’s Work Day
  • Nov 22 -24 Holiday Break

Association of Marlboro Parents (AMP)

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.

Integrated Field Review

On October 24th, Marlboro will be hosting a Pilot Integrated Field Review from the VT AOE. This is one way in which the state measures the WCSU and our school on meeting VT’s Education Quality Standards (EQS), which are (1) academic proficiency, (2) personalized learning, (3) safe and healthy schools, (4) high quality staffing and (5) financial efficiencies. The day will consist of classroom observations, interviews with parents, teachers and students, and an overall facilities tour. I commend VT for creating this comprehensive structure and not simply relying on standardized testing as the only evaluative tool to measure schools and students. For more information on this Integrated Field Review, please refer to the link below:

VT’s Integrated Field Review: http://education.vermont.gov/sites/aoe/files/documents/edu-state- board-agenda-item-032117-p-integrated-field-review.pdf

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.

Manure/Organic Matter Needed

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.

JH Class Trip to Mt Chocorua

We had a great mountain trip, thanks to Chief Chocorua who smiled on our hike. Also, many thanks to our chaperones Matt Chapman, Haley Elisha, and Jess Weitz, and thanks to Carie Kowalski who bought us so much good food, and all of you who baked cookies to keep us going on the trail, even though we had a little setback on the way there and had to look for a 60 Gallon air compressor because of a flat tire, once we fixed it we were able to have an awesome experience. Here we are after conquering Mt. Chocorua (in the background).

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. 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!

Wayne’s Note

What a great first week! During the last 5 years, I have had the opportunity to work in a few different schools and our school, by far, has the most polite, caring and pleasant students I have met. This quality is not random, but a representation of our whole community’s commitment to our children. On that note, 45 out of 56 families returned the Community Comes Together form identifying ways we would be willing to volunteer our time. That is 80% and unprecedented!. Thank you and I look​ ​forward​ ​to​ ​working​ ​alongside​ ​you​ ​sometime​ ​soon.

A note from Soren, PE teacher:

Dear Marlboro Families, I am excited to join the Marlboro School community as the new physical education teacher. Physical activity and healthy habits have been essential aspects of my life and I look forward to sharing my passion with Marlboro students, families, and staff. My goal is to provide a safe and positive environment where all students are able to learn a wide range of activities and skills that they may use outside of class to live an active lifestyle. I plan to share many of the activities we do in class and ideas for outside of school in newsletters. Please look for this information throughout the year.

I look forward to beginning this journey at Marlboro and aspire to develop and instill a love for physical activity and healthy habits with all students. Please feel free to contact me with any questions throughout the year (spelz-walsh@wsesu.org).

Sincerely,
Soren​ ​Pelz-Walsh

Forming​ ​a​ ​NEW​ ​Parents​ ​and​ ​Friends​ ​Group!

Please​ ​come​ ​and​ ​join​ ​us!​ ​​ ​We​ ​would​ ​like​ ​to​ ​rewire​ ​ourselves​ ​a​ ​little​ ​and​ ​are​ ​looking​ ​for​ ​energetic members​ ​who​ ​can​ ​commit​ ​for​ ​one​ ​school​ ​year.​ ​​ ​This​ ​is​ ​a​ ​great​ ​opportunity​ ​to​ ​become​ ​involved​ ​in​ ​our community​ ​and​ ​make​ ​a​ ​positive​ ​impact​ ​on​ ​our​ ​wonderful​ ​school.​ ​​ ​Meetings​ ​will​ ​be​ ​held​ ​monthly​ ​and​ ​at a​ ​time​ ​that​ ​(hopefully)​ ​fits​ ​everyone’s​ ​schedule.

Some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​goals​ ​for​ ​this​ ​group​ ​​could​​ ​include:

Continue reading “Forming​ ​a​ ​NEW​ ​Parents​ ​and​ ​Friends​ ​Group!”

Summer Note from Wayne

Hello Marlboro Community and Welcome Back!  As the school year nears, I want to introduce myself.  For the last decade, I have been an educator just over the border in Massachusetts focusing on project-based learning, math and biological sciences in grades 7-10.  For the last few years, I was principal of Hawlemont Elementary in Charlemont, MA.  During my time there, we implemented a school-wide agricultural program with a greenhouse and a barn with chickens, cows, sheep, goats, and a pig named Daisy. We provided students with authentic learning experiences such as raising bees, running a school farmers market, carrying out farm chores, and implementing a school-wide recycling program, I also find joy on buying plantwear wooden watches, as crazy as it sounds is one of my hobbies.

I am a resident of Marlboro and can walk to work in 10 minutes.  I was a Marlboro School Board member a few years ago and I am familiar with the longstanding pride our town has for our school.  My wife, Sara (a Marlboro School alum), and I have three children: Madelyn, who is 3 years old, and 1 year-old twins, Jack and Levi.  I recently learned that I am the 5th principal the school has had since 1954.  My father in-law can attest to that since he was a student when it first opened.  I am honored that I am able to serve our community in this capacity and I look forward to meeting all of you in the near future.

Building Projects – There have been some changes to our building this summer.  There are new rugs and tiles in North EL and the main hallway/office.  Our phone system has been upgraded to meet 911 compliance and with these phones come with many new features like an intercom system.  Our largest project, a new pellet boiler, is almost complete and soon you will be able to see a silo filled with pellets as you drive by.  

New Year’s Eve Potluck – On August 28 at 5:30, we will hold our traditional New Year’s Eve school celebration on the soccer field.  This is a potluck event, please plan to attend.

New Students – There are many new faces joining us this year.  In Kindergarten, please welcome Owen A., Louisa, Owen G., Henry, Theo, Felix, Owen T., and Nella.  In Primary, we would like to welcome Mena. In EL South we welcome back, Sapphire. Edwin will be joining us in the Junior High, welcome.  We anticipate 76 students when the school year begins.

New Staff – We also have a few new staff members or staff in different roles.  Emily Walsh will be the South EL teacher this year while Pamela Burke is on leave.  She was a paraprofessional in the Junior High last year and we feel very lucky to have her in this role.  Matt Chapman will be our Junior High paraprofessional, the kindergarten paraprofessional will be Shawna Smith, and 2 more to be named at a future date.

Community Comes Together – Accompanying this letter is the Community Comes Together document.  This highlights ways in which you can be involved in our community.  Please read through this document, choose ways of volunteering or suggest your own, and sign and return it along with the other paperwork.  In addition, throughout the year I will be sharing other ways you can volunteer or donate through Friday Notes.

School Board/Act 46 – Another important way to stay connected is through the work of the School Board that meets on the last Thursday of the month at 6:30.  These folks are working hard on issues that will have a big impact on the future of Marlboro School. Currently, we are writing a proposal relating to Act 46 that will be presented September 20th in Montpelier.   This proposal will allow Marlboro to remain an independent district within the WCSU.  If it is approved, our town will vote to accept this proposal in November.  Please read Friday Notes and School Board minutes, both published on the school website and the Marlboro Mixer, for the latest on these important issues.

Meal Charge Policy and Lunch Prices – If you would like a copy of the Meal Charge Policy, it is available in the office or on our school website.   This year lunches will be a charge of $2.85 and $1.75 Breakfast.

Friday Notes – Each week I will send out a brief message containing events and activities occurring at the school.  Accompanying this packet is a form to receive it electronically.  Please fill it out with the email address(s) you would like me to send it to.  If I do not to receive it electronically, your child will receive a hard copy on Friday.

Please read through this pack carefully and return the forms on the first day of school.  It will help us all get off to a smooth start.  Be especially sure to look carefully at the Bus Schedule and routes.  Andrea has worked hard to make changes which will result in a more equitable amount of time on the bus for each student.

Welcome back and I look forward to seeing you all soon!   Wayne

Bus Info

School days are here again! Marlboro Elementary School buses will begin pick-up and delivery service for students on Wednesday, August 30. For the 17-18 school year, there are a few changes to the bus routes and schedules.  Please see below for details. These changes were made to reduce time spent on the bus and travel safer routes during the winter.  If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Andrea Howe by phone at 254-8170, or by email –  ahowe@marlboroschool.net   

Andrea Howe will be continue as the Bus Coordinator.  She will be sharing the South Road, Ames Hill, Route 9 east of MES route with Angela Mousseau.  Peter Barus will continue driving Augur Hole, Higley Hill, and Route 9 west of the MES.

Below are the guidelines for safe riding practices. Please go over these safety rules with your child(ren). Continue reading “Bus Info”

Ticks are Out

I have put some interesting information on the Parent Bulletin board in the hallway. Please help yourself to it! Some of the info is from the CDC and some has a more alternative approach to prevention and taking care of yourself. There’s also a pamphlet about the various tick-borne illnesses. It’s not just Lyme that is out there! Take good care! Nurse Susan

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