Note from Francie 1/12/17

What a great turn out for the first Act 46 merger and alternative structure informational meetings! Thanks to those of you who came, asked good questions, and stated strong opinions.

Special thanks to the Junior High students who provided childcare so that parents could attend, If you weren’t able to make it, there is a second informational meeting here at Marlboro on February 13 at 6:30. There will also be meetings in Dover on January 19 and February 27 and in Wardsboro on January 23 and February 2. Information about the merger is available online at Information about the merger and the alternative structure is available at the Town Office and the school. And, of course, your neighbors and friends are a great source of information. The vote on the merger will take place by Australian Ballot at the Town Office on March 7.

Monday is a day off from school as we recognize the work and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. In classrooms we are learning more about this American hero. The Junior High will be comparing the style and content of King’s speeches to those of Barack Obama, our first African American president.  Kindergarten and South EL will read a variety of picture books from the library about King. Primary will engage in a role play where students are treated differently based on the color of their eyes. This will lead to a discussion on justice and kindness. South EL continues their study of the Declaration of Human Rights, a United Nations document developed after World War II and an important resource for Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights movement, and for us today.

I hope you have Wall Climbing and Open Gym on your calendar for next Wednesday, 6pm. This should be a fun opportunity to try out our climbing wall with the guidance of experienced belayers and play with other equipment as well. See you there!

  ~ Francie