ADL Agenda

From Laurie Singer, Principal 

ADL seventh graders Lauren Riley, Destiny Wright, Mercedes Bushey, and Gabrielle Timms display their new shirts while in Montreal recently. | PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

ADL seventh graders Lauren Riley, Destiny Wright, Mercedes Bushey, and Gabrielle Timms display their new shirts while in Montreal recently. | PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

Here we are at the end of the school year with Promotion Night looming on Tuesday, June 17 and our Step Up Day for upcoming 6th, 7th and 8th graders on Wednesday, June 18 from 7:45-9:30.  Fleming 5th graders will start their day at ADL and return to Fleming until dismissal for all K-7 students at 11:30 a.m. Lunch will be available to students before dismissal.

Please be on the lookout for my August newsletter that will highlight our school wide shift to standards-based learning and reporting, our school wide focus on kindness, acceptance, and friendship stemming from a whole school reading of the book Year of Wonder by RJ Palachio, and the introduction of new staff members.

Before I wish everyone a happy summer, I also want to recognize and thank our three retiring teachers, Ed Swierk, Roger Bisson, and Wendy Doane. They are leaving very big shoes to fill, especially Mr. Swierk who has been at ADL for over 30 years and seen many families come through ADL having taught their children and parents over the course of his career.

Enjoy the coming months and have a safe and relaxing summer.  We’ll see 6th graders and 7th and 8th graders new to ADL from 1-2 p.m. on Tuesday, August 26, and the first day of school will be Wednesday, August 27. Sixth graders feeling anxious about the upcoming transition are encouraged to come to visit with a parent/guardian over the summer.

Thanks again for sharing your wonderful children with us and for the support we receive from our ADL families.

PS (If you missed School Report Night last week, check out the presentation posted on our website at


Classroom Highlight

Last week, the children in Ms. Frankenhoff’s second-grade classroom took a walking tour of Essex Junction. Their first stop was at the oldest house in the community. Once a creamery, the Tarbox House, which is on the corner of Park Street and South Street, was where the class met the tourguide, Laurie Jordan. For the next two hours, Jordan walked the group through the village, stopping along the way to share stories about Brownell Block, the trolley that ran up and down Pearl Street, the Brickyard, W.B. Johnson and Son’s Mill, and the smell of corn wafting from Five Corners where they canned the sweet corn, once long ago. The students were fascinated to learn of the old jail at Five Corners, and the fact that the trains that run through the village once carried lumber, corn, syrup, grain, oysters and even circus animals. A special thank you to Mrs. Jordan for taking the time to share some of Essex Junction’s history.

Mrs. Frankenhoff's second-grade classroom takes a walking tour of Essex Junction with tourguide Laurie Jordan. | PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

Mrs. Frankenhoff’s second-grade classroom takes a walking tour of Essex Junction with tourguide Laurie Jordan. | PHOTO CONTRIBUTED


Special Tribute

Judy Coan, Hiawatha’s school secretary, will be retiring at the end of this school year. Coan has worked as our school secretary at Hiawatha since 1993. Over these past two decades, she has touched the lives of thousands of children and families in Essex Junction. In these 20 years, Coan has registered almost 5,000 students at Hiawatha. She has maintained student records, organized the school office, created schedules and calendars, supported the school budget practices, and kept all the financial records in good standing. Coan has probably answered over 100,000 phone calls, managed almost a million pieces of mail and ordered thousands of reams of paper.

Mostly importantly, Coan, in her own special way, has made connections with students and families that will endure long after she leaves her position. Her compassion for children is quite evident in the hundreds of items that she has sewn, embroidered or purchased. Coan showed her generosity, most often, in a manner that was quiet, private and unnoticed by others. She also worked with hundreds of children on special projects. Coan has given out thousands of stickers over these years to children leaving for the day — many times students would not leave school until they received that special attention.

Coan has an underlying feeling for children in need that always seems to come through at the right moment. Her sensitivity, empathy and understanding of those circumstances are hallmarks of her years here at Hiawatha.  Although she will surely be missed by many, we are so happy for her as she takes this step and embarks on a new chapter in her life. Thank you Mrs. Coan for all that you have done!


PTO News

Our last PTO meeting was held June 3 and we look forward to some new, fun events and popular traditions. A huge thank you to the following parents who will be PTO officers next year: Rosalind Hutton-President, Jackie Hooker-Vice President, Liz Miller-Secretary and Kerry Goulette-Treasurer.


Children should now meet on the playground before school until 8:05 a.m.

Field Day and Hiawatha BBQ will take place on Friday, June 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Last day of school is Wednesday, June 18. There will be an assembly from 10-10: 30 a.m. Students will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. We hope everyone has a fun and safe summer and see you next year!


For more information on these “highlights” and other school news, visit www. or contact Judy Coan at 878-1384 or Tom Bochanski at


Essex Elementary

Anna Baker, a kindergartener in Amanda Waldo's class, and her dad, Christopher Baker, review Anna’s classroom work over the 2013-14 school year. | PETER FARRELL

Anna Baker, a kindergartener in Amanda Waldo’s class, and her dad, Christopher Baker, review Anna’s classroom work over the 2013-14 school year. | PETER FARRELL

On May 21, Essex Elementary School hosted the second annual Celebration of Learning, an event designed to have students showcase their school work and the growth they have made over the course of the year. Held in three separate time frames during the course of a school day, the event was incredibly well attended, with most classrooms reporting nearly full parental attendance.

As principal this event is one of my personal favorites. It is sometimes difficult to see the remarkable growth our students make on a day to day basis, but during the Celebration of Learning I get to walk around and eavesdrop as children show their parent’s examples of the work they have done at various points over the year and describe, in often astonishing detail, exactly what they have learned, as well as how they have learned it. Research tells us that this metacognition and self-reflection are two incredibly powerful factors in a child’s learning, and our Celebration of Learning is a prime example of both these traits. Listening to a kindergartner describing to a parent not only that they learned to accurately identify quantities but also how they learned it is quite wonderful. Watching them then show examples of this learning as evidence is the kind of thing that brings goose bumps to a teacher.

An event like the Celebration of Learning does not happen without a good deal of planning on the part of our teachers and students, and yet the real beauty of the event is that the work is authentic, and the examples shown are the stuff of the daily life of our students here. Kudos to all our students, our teachers and our families for a year filled with learning.

— Peter Farrell, Essex Elementary School Principal


EMS News

Summer gardens

Photo | Lauren House

Photo | Lauren House

Gardens have been around for years. Whether you are a big farmer or a city slicker, you still long for plants. Here at EMS we have put a community garden in the front of our school. We plant there year round, and it is open for community members to plant in the spring, summer and fall.

It started out as a small project, and we are now entering our third summer of planting. So far we have planted garlic and onion through the winter and kept kale and lettuce in a small greenhouse. We are hoping to have other avid gardeners come and garden their own plots.

There are 12 plots with one long plot in the back. Three of the plots belong to EMS, which are used to help freshen up our own cafeteria, and the rest of the plots are locally owned by other gardeners in the community.

Over the summer we plan to have some students from the school sign up to take care of the garden while it continues to grow. That includes weeding, watering and possibly even harvesting.

Founders Memorial

Students petition for salad bar at FMS

The Common Core Standards, (ELA-Writing), encompasses a variety of skills which enable students to communicate effectively. Students learn that a key purpose of writing is to adapt the form and content of their writing for a particular purpose which includes opinion, informative and narrative writing.   The students in Mrs. Savio’s third-grade class are in the process of learning the art of persuasive writing.   After brainstorming ideas about things that matter to them, the students determined that having a salad bar would benefit the FMS school community. Writing to persuade includes the use of valid reasoning, and relevant evidence to support claims.  In order to do this, students created knowledge about the benefits of nutritious salads by Skyping with a food service director from a neighboring town as well as research on the benefits of a well-rounded lunch program.   Finally, the students developed, presented and analyzed data from a survey of the school population to include in their persuasive letters. The letters were presented to Superintendent Mark Andrews last week.  He visited the classroom to thank the students for their hard work and encourage them to participate in the school community.

Students from Mrs. Savio’s class present Superintendent Mark Andrews with their petition letters of why FMS needs a salad bar. | JANE OLESEN

Students from Mrs. Savio’s class present Superintendent Mark Andrews with their petition letters of why FMS needs a salad bar. | JANE OLESEN

Fleming Flyer


Vermont law now requires that schools make the immunization rates for our school available to parents.  The immunization rates for Fleming School for 2013-14 can be found on the Fleming Health Office webpage:  As you will see, we are very close to the state wide averages for immunization rates.  Thank you for your attention to this important health issue.



Bravo to the Fleming Band and String students for their wonderful concert performance on June 4th.  Take a bow Fleming Musicians and your inspiring music teachers, Mr. Ace Ali, Mr. Ralph Costanza and Mr. Adam Sawyer.



Thank you to the Fleming PTO leaders for their dedicated service and volunteer work to accomplish so much this year in support of educational opportunities and special learning experiences for our students, as well as their generosity to the Fleming school staff.   This school community is very grateful for the PTO’s generosity of time and effort, and very grateful to the parents and guardians who assist the PTO.



Thank you to CCSU Food Service for providing a wonderful Fleming School community barbecue on Friday, June 6th.  This has always been a special end of the year school event to celebrate a great year of learning and the valued partnerships we have with our students’ parents.



The last day of school at Fleming is June 18, 2014; students will be dismissed at 11:30 AM.  Have a wonderful summer!  We will see you when school resumes on August 27, 2014.


EHS News

EHS Honor Roll

Scholars’ Bowl

Math teacher Lea Ann Smith reported the following after returning from a well-deserved appearance at the National Scholar’s Bowl competition in Chicago.  The road to qualify was long and very demanding for our team but in the end Vermont was well represented by our worthy scholars.

“Our wonderful Scholars’ Bowl team just returned from a long weekend in Chicago for the National Academic Quiz Tournament.  We had five wins and five losses, they played beautifully and they were happy with their performance at the national level.  I really couldn’t ask for a better group of students, we had a great time at the tournament and in our leisure time activities.  Proud of them all!”

Scholars’ Bowl Team Members:

Matt Bergeron
Cole Blondin
Omkar Borse
Nate Brennan
Logan Brunet
Martin Deutsch
Peter Feehan
Zoe Frolik
Jason Yin


Scholarships and Honors

Last week EHS celebrated Honors Night where accomplishments of senior scholarship recipients were announced and students were inducted into the National Honor Society.  Stacey Anthony and Jen McKenzie planned the event which was moving and joyful.  The ceremony also included the announcement of this year’s yearbook dedication.  Students have dedicated the 2014 yearbook to math teacher Tammi Gilbert.  Class marshals for graduation selected from this year’s junior class by our seniors are Maureen Besade and Marsh Palin. Congratulations to all! For a list of the honorees visit


2014 Honors Night recipients