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