MES Holiday Fair & AMP Meeting

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
school.

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.

Mid-December Book Swap

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.

 Snow Cancellations

It is that time of year! They are predicting a few inches of snow tomorrow and about 4 inches for next Tuesday. 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.


Calendar of Events

  • 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.

Hour of Code

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.

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

AMP Meeting

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.

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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. 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.

Winter Sports Chaperones

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 gchaine@marlboroschool.net with your interest.

AMP (Associaiton of Marlboro Parents) Agenda

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:

  1. Do we want to send out an availability survey again? And open up Saturday mornings?
  2.  Review Goals for the year:
    Creating a mission statement and core values.
    Reviewing and providing input into Marlboro’s Continuous Improvement Plan.
    Organizing and planning student scholarships, events, and projects.
    Supporting Social Justice initiatives
    Supporting members’ passions.

7:25 – 7:45 – Planning School Events

7:45 – 8:15 – Conversation with Suzanne Whitehouse: Building Social Justice Capacity at MES

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.

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.

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.

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.