Calendar of Events

  • Jan 24 Winter Instrumental Concert in the Outback 6:30 pm
  • Jan 25 School Board Meets 6:30 pm
  • Feb 19-23 NO SCHOOL, February Recess
  • Mar 05 NO SCHOOL, Teacher Work Day
  • Mar 06 NO SCHOOL, Town Meeting Day
  • Mar 16 NO SCHOOL, Student Led Conference Day

FREE Family Movie night Tonight!

Hidden Figures:  Please come to the Jr. High Room on Friday, January 19th.  In conjunction with the Vermont Reads Program, which has provided thousands of people around the state with free copies of Jacqueline Woodson’s book Brown Girl Dreaming, the Marlboro Library Board and MES Library are sponsoring a showing of Hidden Figures.  Described as “uplifting in every way”, this is an award winning film about a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program. It is rated PG. Popcorn and cookies will be served.  Start time is at  6:30 and the film runs for 127 minutes. Come early for good seats and cookies while they last!  Commonsensemedia.org rates Hidden Figures for 10 year olds and above, with plenty of parent and kid reviews for slightly younger children.  https://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/hidden-figures

Winter Instrumental Concert

It’s On Wednesday! On January 24 at 6:30pm your children will perform at the Winter Instrumental Concert in the Outback, hosted by Heather Sommerlad, strings teacher, and Michael McKinney, band teacher.  All 1st-4th graders and many 5th-8th will be playing.  Please note, students should arrive at 6:15.

 

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”

Winter Sports

Winter Sports started on the afternoon of Monday, January 8. Whether skating, skiing, snowboarding, or exploring the woods in winter, students look forward to the physical challenge and exhilaration. While students and paraprofessionals are off on these adventures, teachers will engage in a variety of professional learning. Thank you to all the staff and volunteers who help to make these events happen. Lunch is served early on these days, so please send in a few snacks for the afternoon. Also, we will do our best, but it is likely that busses will leave the school a little late and drop off times will be affected.

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!

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