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

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 

Marlboro Elementary School Selects New Principal

Marlboro families, I am absolutely delighted to share this very good news with you. Enjoy the vacation! ~ Francie

The Marlboro School District Board is pleased to announce that they have reached agreement with Wayne Kermenski to become the principal beginning in the 2017-2018 school year. Mr. Kermenski was selected after a thorough process involving a variety of stakeholders. In the Fall, outgoing principal, Francie Marbury, hosted a series of facilitated conversation with students, parents and community members, and the school board to develop a job description for the next principal. Continue reading “Marlboro Elementary School Selects New Principal”

Have A Happy, Healthy Summer.    From Nurse Susan

It’s finally here….the dog days of summer. Late nights and sleeping in. Fireflies, cookouts where we using those scary slicing knifes, camping, sailing. And lots of swimming and hiking. I hope you all have an eventful summer, filled with great activities and wonderful memories!

Here are a few good reminders to stay safe and healthy:

Also, please be aware that a philosophical exemption from immunizations is no longer accepted in the state of Vermont. A Medical Exemption needs to be signed by the student’s health care practitioner. A Religious Exemption must be signed by a parent annually, after reading a parent education handout. Gail and I have all of these forms. If you have been immunizing your child on an alternative or delayed schedule, please read the following: http://healthvermont.gov/hc/imm/documents/FAQforMedicalPractices.pdf

Here is a “catch-up” schedule:http://healthvermont.gov/hc/imm/imm_sched_catchup_cdc.aspx

As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

From Nurse Susan, Immunizations, exams, etc.

What a fabulous month this has been! Seeing your children again and meeting new students has been so enjoyable. And it seems everyone is pretty healthy and happy! What a great start to the new year.

A few bits of information: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children have a yearly physical exam that also includes a developmental, behavioral, and learning assessment. This is different from a sports physical or a visit because of an illness. Pediatricians are the experts on children’s health and YOU are the experts on your children. Parents and pediatricians…what a team!

Starting with the next school year in the fall of 2016, a philosophical exemption for immunizations will no longer be allowed. Continue reading “From Nurse Susan, Immunizations, exams, etc.”