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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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
- Community Comes Together
- Application for Free & Reduced Price School Meals
- Field TripPermission Form, AUP Permission & Photo & Materials Release Form
- Request to receive Friday Notes mailed electronically
- Student Health Information Form (both sides)
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”