SCHOOLS

First Day of School

Essex area students return for the first day of school on Aug. 27.

Westford Elementary School. | PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

Westford Elementary School. | PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

Hiawatha Elementary School

Hiawatha Elementary School

Albert D. Lawton Intermediate School

Albert D. Lawton Intermediate School

Upcoming Events

ETSD EVENTS

Thursday, Sept. 11
What: Picture Day
When: All day
Where: Founders Memorial School

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Thursday, Sept. 25
What: FMS Open House
When: 5-7:30 p.m.
Where: Founders Memorial School

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Tuesday, Sept. 30
What: Essex Elementary School Open House
When: 6-7:30 p.m.
Where: Essex Elementary School

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Monday-Tuesday, Sept. 15-16
What: A World of Difference
When: All day
Where: Essex Middle School

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Tuesday, Sept. 16
What: Picture Day
When: All day
Where: Essex Middle School
NOTE: Volunteers needed to help out on EMS Picture Day - Sept. 16. Looking for two parents from 7:30 a.m.-11 a.m. (can do shifts if needed). Contact pto@etsd.org to sign up.

CCSU

Thursday, Sept. 11
What: ADL Open House
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Albert D. Lawton Intermediate School

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Monday, September 15
What: Westford Open House
When: 6 p.m.
Where: Westford Elementary School

Tuesday, September 16
What: Hiawatha Open House
When: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Hiawatha Elementary School

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Wednesday, September 17
What: Fleming Open House
When: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Thomas Fleming School

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ETSD NEWS

Parenting On Track Workshop

The PTO is sponsoring a six-week parenting series with Vicki Hoefle, author of “Duct Tape Parenting.” Reduced admission cost available for Essex Town families: $60 per individual or $100 for a couple. Childcare and scholarships are also available. Visit vickihoefle.com/essex/ for details and registration. The series takes place Wednesday nights from Sept. 24-Nov. 5 (no class Oct. 15).

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FriendCHIPS – Mentors Needed

Are you willing to spend 1 hour per week, during the school day/school year, to make a difference in the life of a child? FriendCHIPS needs you. FriendCHIPS works with mentors to find a convenient meeting time at school, and to match them with the right student. Most of the students don’t necessarily qualify for special supports in school, but could really benefit from having a safe, caring adult walk beside them. Whether offering support in the midst of a divorce or illness in the family, discussing challenges with peers, improving self-esteem, or just playing basketball, making a collage or building a castle, our mentor pairs have a great time and form meaningful friendships. This can make all the difference for these kids.

FriendCHIPS provides mentors for youth in grades 4-8 at Founders and EMS. To find out how you can help, contact the Mentoring Coordinator at 816-872-5626 or darcycaryl@essexchips.org.

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CTE hosts Face To Face event

“Face To Face” night at the Center for Technology, Essex will be held next Thursday, Sept. 18 starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Essex High School cafeteria.  Parents and guardians of CTE students will have the opportunity to meet administrators, academic teachers, guidance coordinators, special educators, career development coordinators and program instructors.

Learn about CTE’s performance for the school year 2013-14, National Technical Honor Society, Skills USA, Homework Club, Power School, Dual Enrollment Credits and college classes that CTE students can take.  Computers and staff will be available to help parents become familiar with Power School, which is the 24/7 parental-link to grades, performance and attendance of students.  All parents/guardians of current CTE students have a password from the school that allows them access to this portal. Bring that password to the “Face to Face” evening and have the opportunity to get onto a computer and access this information.

Parking is available either at the front of the Essex High School or behind the high school in the Center for Technology, Essex, parking area.  Doors on either side of the high school will be open with signs leading to the main cafeteria.  Everyone attending will be entered into a raffle for a chance at some great prizes that will include items produced by CTE students.

ADL Agenda

From Principal Laurie Singer

ADL’s Open House is scheduled for today, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. Join us to both hear about school-wide information and to meet your student’s teachers. Also taking place soon will be the creation of our school-wide social contract, which this year will be based on themes from the book “Wonder,” by RJ Palacio.  Each student is reading the book in school and upon completion will individually participate in developing the guidelines we will follow at ADL so that we have a kind, accepting and safe school community.  The contract will be written through an extensive process during homeroom/activity period on Sept. 18 and shared with the entire school community at our first Town Meeting on Sept. 22.  Stay tuned for the guidelines our ADL students choose for this year’s contract.

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Fall Sports Underway

ADL fall sports schedules are in full swing.  If you are interested in taking in a boys’ or girls’ soccer or girls’ field hockey game or perhaps enjoying a middle school cross country meet, check out the sports schedule on the ADL calendar at: www.ccsuvt.org/adl.  We would love to have you come and cheer us on.

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Farm To School Club Started

The new Farm to School Club had their first meeting of the year last week and interested students were given a glimpse of the activities planned for the year.  They started the year out with a trip to the ADL gardens to do a little weeding.  This new club has great plans for helping to bring school grown produce into the cafeteria.  When we have everything established we will be asking for help from parents and community members to make this work.  Look for further information coming soon.

Hiawatha

A Respectful Learning Place

Of all our responsibilities at Hiawatha, our commitment to maintaining a respectful learning place for all children is the most important. Each day we work with all of our students to ensure that interactions are respectful. Throughout the school year, we will again be working with small student groups, classrooms and our school as a whole to teach and practice respectful behaviors. We will continue to use our school rules: BE KIND, BE SAFE and BE YOUR BEST. A respectful learning environment is also the responsibility of children and families. Please be sure to review our school rules and expectations with your child.

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Reminders
Children should meet on the playground before school until 8:05 a.m.
The CCSU Parent-Student Handbook is available online at: www.ccsuvt.org/Handbook.pdf
Plan to drop children off at designated spots and park cars in lots if you are walking your child into the school. Thank you for keeping everyone safe.

For more information and other school news, visit www.ccsuvt.org/hiawatha or contact Amanda Stevens at 878-1384 or Tom Bochanski at tbochanski@ccsuvt.org 

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Essex Elementary

Kindergarten students get a hand held introduction to Essex Elementary School on the first day of the 2014-15 school year. | PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED

Kindergarten students get a hand held introduction to Essex Elementary School on the first day of the 2014-15 school year. | PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED

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EMS News

Essex Middle School Cascade Team students work on community-building activities.  Pictured are EMS students Lindsey Centracchio, Avery Kupferer, Jeffrey Truax, Jacob Vance, Jeremy Brennan and Nolan Davis. PHOTO | MRS. PETRALIA

Essex Middle School Cascade Team students work on community-building activities. Pictured are EMS students Lindsey Centracchio, Avery Kupferer, Jeffrey Truax, Jacob Vance, Jeremy Brennan and Nolan Davis.
PHOTO | MRS. PETRALIA

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Founders Memorial
FMS students arrive at school on Aug. 27 ready to start the 2014-15 school year.  Some of the students pictured are Gemma Bilodeau, Christina Stancil and Marissa Wood. | LAURIE WILCOX

FMS students arrive at school on Aug. 27 ready to start the 2014-15 school year. Some of the students pictured are Gemma Bilodeau, Christina Stancil and Marissa Wood. | LAURIE WILCOX

Founders Memorial School welcomed staff, students and families back to school this week with much enthusiasm and excitement for the 2014-2015 academic school year. Administrators, faculty and support staff have been hard at work preparing classrooms, participating in professional learning with colleagues, and planning lessons that encourage teamwork, community, creativity, critical thinking, perseverance and problem solving. We are energized and excited about the new school year, with each of us at the FMS schoolhouse committed to meeting the needs of all learners.

We are working together to build strong systems of support for our learners who might require interventions and exploring ways we can provide enrichment opportunities for learners exceeding expected academic benchmarks. We believe all of our learners have what it takes to be successful and we will do everything we can to ensure that success. Families will play an important role in our success this year. We are committed to engaging families in the learning process here at Founders and we look forward to building a strong bridge between our school and our families.

Eager FMS learners stepped off the school bus on Wednesday with their new backpacks, new shoes, a great big smile and an enthusiastic high-five to Principal Wendy Cobb. They are ready to learn, grow and develop new friendships this year. The Founders Memorial School staff is also ready to learn and grow, develop positive relationships with students and families, and we are continuing to build an even stronger professional learning community.

“I am so very proud to be the principal at Founders and a member of this beautiful community,” said Cobb. “Please join me in thanking our educators and support staff for having high expectations for all learners and for providing them with the encouragement, support and knowledge they need to meet those expectations. We are looking forward to a great year at FMS.”

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Fleming Flyer

Fleming School welcomed 254 students back to school on Aug. 27.  There are six fourth-grade classes and five fifth-grade classes at Fleming this year.

When using the Holy Family Church parking lot, please be respectful guests on their property.  Do not park on the lawn, in the handicap parking spaces, or in the one way entrance coming up from Lincoln Street.  In addition, when parked by the Fleming School building please do not idle your engine.

The Fleming Nightingale Program is a student self accessed program that all Fleming students are invited to access when they are in need of a little extra learning support or reinforcement of what they learned in class that day.  The Nightingale Program is staffed by highly qualified Fleming educators Monday through Thursday from 3-3:30 p.m.  Sign up is not required – students may attend any time.

Fleming teachers and staff look forward to welcoming parents and guardians to the Fleming Open House on Sept. 17, 6:30-7:30 p.m.  The PTO and the Essex Tween Center will be at the Open House to present information and recruit volunteers.  Join us for this annual event so that students may introduce you to the school and show you the work they have begun this year.

If interested in volunteering at Fleming you will need to complete the School District’s online volunteer application.  You will find a link to this form on Fleming’s website on the left side-bar under “Volunteer Registration.”  This form must be completed before you can volunteer at our school.  You will receive an email notification if you are approved as a volunteer at Fleming.

CCSU Child Nutrition Services now provides catering year-round for classroom celebrations, school celebrations, functions and events.  Check out the catering menu on the CCSU website: www.ccsuvt.org/support/food-services/catering-services. The menu reflects CCSU’s most popular items, but Food Services will work with you for special requests.  If you would like to place an order or have any questions, contact Food Service at 879-5544or catering@ccsuvt.org.

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EHS News

Picture Retakes

Beltrami Studios was at EHS on Aug. 25 and 26 photographing our students for their school IDs and to fill picture packet orders.  Students unable to attend on those days, new students and those needing retakes should mark their calendars for Oct. 3.  On that day Beltrami returns and will be available for retakes in the library the entire day.  Everyone is required to have an ID.

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Graphic Novel Club

The beginning of a new school year is a great time for students to explore the many clubs and activities they can get involved with at EHS.  It’s important everyone find their niche to make the most of their high school experience.  One of the new clubs is the Graphic Novel Club. Stacey Gonillo, adviser for the group, brings her background with Disney, Superheroes, comic book conventions to the library in conference room one from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoons. See Stacey in the library for more information.

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Sue Pasco Opening Tournament

The annual Sue Pasco Opening Tournament (SPOT) will be held at Essex High School on Sept. 27. ​Sue Pasco was a beloved English teacher at EHS and coach for our Scholar’s Bowl team. This opening tournament is held in her honor.  Adviser for Scholar’s Bowl is math teacher and STEM instructor Lea Ann Smith. We will have teams from all over VT competing in this academic bowl.  Last year the team became recognized nationally, and for a school representing a small state like Vermont, it was indeed impressive.  Spectators are welcome, and plan on being amazed at the wealth of knowledge our students exhibit.

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Yellowstone National Park Trip

Science teachers Erin Bessey and Carol Lacy are organizing a trip to Yellowstone National Park as part of an ecology study.  The summer of 2015 offers a great opportunity to take part in the Ecology Project International Trip, travelling for nine days in such states as Montana and Wyoming.  The trip is scheduled for June 23 through July 1.  On Sept. 24 from 6:30-7:30 p.m., an informational meeting will be held in room C115 and interested students and parents are invited.

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