SCHOOLS

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Judith DeNova CCSU Superintendent

Judith DeNova
CCSU Superintendent

We graciously thank Lynette Corbin for her 31 years of service as the Essex Junction School District (EJSD) Clerk and Treasurer, as well as the U#46 Treasurer and wish her much happiness and good health in retirement. Lynette was elected as the U#46 Treasurer each year during the Annual Meeting and was subsequently appointed by the Prudential Committee as the EJSD Treasurer/Clerk.

Lynette has worked with numerous superintendents and central office colleagues during her tenure, and I feel blessed and quite frankly a bit guilty for not understanding the significance of the many tasks included in this position. She is extremely competent, but it is her character that mattered most and will be sorely missed. She has been dedicated, loyal, honest, compassionate and trustworthy, as she has served this community in so many unseen ways. We have been so very fortunate to be served by such a highly qualified and caring individual.

The quest to find someone to fill this position with the skills and integrity of Lynette is very concerning to me, especially because there is a limiting factor within the Incorporated School District’s charter, which requires this position be filled only by an Essex Junction resident.

According to the Incorporated School District’s charter, the Prudential Committee has the authority to appoint a clerk/treasurer for a term of one year. All officers must be chosen from legally qualified voters in the district. The clerk/treasurer shall be appointed for a term ending on July 1 following appointment and terminating at midnight on June 30.

As of April 9, we still do not have a candidate for the clerk/treasurer position for the Prudential Committee. This position has been advertised for over a month, with no candidates that meet the requirements specified in the charter.

Here is a brief description of the position:

The clerk/treasurer shall be an officer of the Essex Junction School District and shall have the duties prescribed by the School District Charter and by Vermont Statute Annotated for School District Clerk and Treasurers. The clerk/treasurer performs responsible financial record keeping for the Essex Junction School District as mandated by State Education Law, and organizes and runs school district elections/votes. The treasurer collaborates with the CCSU Accounting and Payroll staff and maintains the appropriate segregation of duties as part of the District’s accounting control procedures. The position will also perform treasurer and related duties for other districts within the supervisory union as designated and overseen by the supervisory union treasurer.

The EJSD Treasurer/Clerk hours are expected to range from 20 to 25 hours per week depending on district events. Another 10 hours per week is anticipated for the performance of treasurer and related duties for other districts within the supervisory union as designated and overseen by the supervisory union treasurer. The position pays $15.82 per hour and there is an excellent benefits package available including family medical and dental insurance, term life insurance, professional development funding, retirement plan with up to 6 percent employer contribution, and paid leaves.

For a complete job description, visit www.schoolspring.com and search job ID #1321452.

Use your community networks and friendships to encourage applications for this important position.

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ADL Agenda

From Principal Laurie Singer

This Peace Poster was created by seventh-grader Chloe Pay. She won first place in the Lion's Club International Peace Poster contest for the State of Vermont. PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED

This Peace Poster was created by seventh-grader Chloe Pay. She won first place in the Lion’s Club International Peace Poster contest for the State of Vermont.
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Two noteworthy events recently took place at ADL. First was this year’s production of “Sound of Music,” directed by Ms. Liz Leroux. Over 40 ADL students either acted, made/moved sets, or helped with lighting and sound. It was truly a student production in the largest sense of the phrase. Additional support was given by former ADL students such as Sosena Palmer helping with choreography and Tommy Bergeron who was the accompanist through all rehearsals.  Many parents/guardians also pitched in making programs, helping with sets, putting costumes together … the list is extensive. The performances were memorable because of the students involved, but also because of the incredible support of all the extra helpers. The second event was a basketball jamboree held at ADL where CCSU educators competed by school or building, such as the Central Office folks, against each other in 30 minute games. Donations were collected from attendance and a bake sale run by the ADL boys’ soccer team to support a CCSU employee. It was a wonderful display of camaraderie and great fun. If you missed both or either of these special events, be on the lookout for them again next year.

These ADL student-artists had their work on display at the Vermont State House in March. Pictrued from left to right: Reece Cronin, Spencer Messier, Ella Hughes and Alyson Anders. PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED

These ADL student-artists had their work on display at the Vermont State House in March. Pictrued from left to right: Reece Cronin, Spencer Messier, Ella Hughes and Alyson Anders.
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Art Room News

Seventh grade art student Chloe Pay was recognized at a regional Lion’s Club luncheon and awards ceremony on March 14 for a peace poster that she created. Each year the Lion’s Club sponsors an International Peace Poster contest. Chloe’s poster won first place in the state and was one of the finalists that went on to compete at the international level. Congratulations Chloe.

On March 31, several ADL students had artwork on display at the State House in celebration of Youth Art Month. Every other year during the month of March, the State House hosts a student art show sponsored by Vermont Art Teachers Association. The theme for this year’s show was Albert Einstein’s quote: “Imagination Encircles the World.”

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Hiawatha

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Summit Scoop

Moon Silhouettes

Meghan Turcot’s class is finishing learning about the moon. They concluded that the moon changes each night, even if it is only a little bit. The class also discovered that it is always there. However, sometimes it looks like it is not there. When this happens, it is usually a ‘new moon.’ Students learned that the moon cycle happens each month, resulting in a full moon and new moon each month. As a final project, the class created moon-silhouette artwork. In this piece of art, students created a watercolor background, a silhouette of an outdoor scene and a moon phase they wanted to feature. Then students wrote in their science notebooks about the moon phase they chose, why they chose it and what it reminds them of.

Kindergarten Registration is Now Open for Essex Junction Residents

Kindergarten registration for the 2015-2016 school year will be held during the afternoons of Wednesday, May 27 at Summit Street School and Wednesday, June 3 at Hiawatha School. Students eligible for kindergarten must be 5 years old before Sept. 1, 2015. A completed registration packet, a copy of the student’s birth certificate, immunization records, recent physical, as well as residency verification are required. To start the registration process, call the following number leaving your name, student’s name, phone number, and the best time to reach you. Call: 857-7999. Don’t wait, register now.

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Early Release Day for Current Kindergarten Students

Kindergarten parents, kindergarten registration for the 2015-2016 school year will take place the afternoon of Wednesday, May 27. To allow for the space required for this event, as well as to release the kindergarten teachers to meet the incoming children and parents, it will be necessary to dismiss the current kindergarten children at an earlier time. Plan for your kindergarten student to be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. after lunch has been served. Want an after school option for your kindergartener? Essex Junction Recreation and Park has an after school program for interested parents on this early dismissal day. Check your student’s Friday folder for the EJRP form, and if interested, fill out the form and return to: EJRP, 75 Maple Street, Essex Junction, VT, 05452. Include payment with this form. The deadline is Friday, May 22.

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PTO Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction

Wow, another successful breakfast and silent auction which raised $400 from the breakfast/raffle (after expenses) and over $2,100 from the silent auction. Thank you for your support. Thanks also to Sarah Mosley, Kelly Adams and Nicki Giard-Jeter, those who provided food and syrup and the many volunteers who helped to make this breakfast happen.

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Essex Elementary

If you walk into Essex Elementary School you will probably notice some wonderful projects displayed. Each week all second graders at Essex Elementary are participating in an exciting Math Through Art program taught by Nancy Benerofe. Nancy meets with each second grade classroom for one hour a week. Her curriculum consists of art projects based on the Common Core Mathematics standards and practices for second graders. Studies have shown that using art in math improves understanding of key concepts and vocabulary, as well as increases both engagement, enjoyment and understanding.

Nancy regularly meets with the second grade teachers to plan her units according to what is being taught in the classroom. It is an extension of what is happening daily in the classroom. Students thrive with the hands on approach and feel accomplished when sharing art projects. For many students it is another way to learn the math concepts being taught in the classroom. It is amazing to watch students really shine during this weekly class and having it carry over to the student’s math understanding in other contexts.

Second-grade students share their Math through Art paintings. Students pictured from left to right: Sophie Krauss, Isaac Ravelin and Katie Preston. PHOTO | ANNA MEEHAN

Second-grade students share their Math through Art paintings. Students pictured from left to right: Sophie Krauss, Isaac Ravelin and Katie Preston.
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Here is what a few students say about Math Through Art class:

“It is a really fun and creative way to do math in the classroom! – Noah

“I think Math through Art is teaching us in a way we don’t notice. Like you are in math class but it feels and looks like art!” – Alex

“It is a way that kids learn with math and art together and we are having fun too!” – Sophie

“You get to create art and do math at the same time” – Mirabelle

“Learning in a cooler way!” – Carter

“You can do a lot of crafts that are fun to help us learn math.” – Jacob

During our STEAM day (science, technology, engineering, art and math) the whole school took part in making a tetrahedron sculpture using the Sierpinski triangle pattern. The second graders most recently created watercolor paintings using factors. You would not guess these wonderful paintings used lots of mathematical thinking.

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FMS

A fourth grade classroom at Founders Memorial School recently sold school supplies and held a raffle as part of their classroom school store. This week long community service project made a profit of $525.30 and students voted to donate it to the American Cancer Society. The ACS representative, Jennifer Clark, accepted the check.  PHOTO |  LAURIE WILCOX

A fourth grade classroom at Founders Memorial School recently sold school supplies and held a raffle as part of their classroom school store. This week long community service project made a profit of $525.30 and students voted to donate it to the American Cancer Society. The ACS representative, Jennifer Clark, accepted the check.
PHOTO | LAURIE WILCOX

In Karen Jeffrey’s class, we are learning about membranes and bioengineering in science. We have learned that a membrane is a natural structure that allows good things in and keeps the bad things out. We will be bioengineers and make our own models of a membrane.

To start this Life Science unit, we read a book about a boy named Juan Daniel who lives in El Salvador. He found a frog and now he has to make a model membrane to get enough water to his frog without giving it to much, or too little. For our model membranes, we tested materials to see if they are like a membrane. We tested a sponge, tinfoil, felt, coffee filters, cheesecloth and a piece of screen.

We have also been doing other experiments such as “apple skin as a membrane” and “raisin skin as a membrane”.  For the apple skin experiment, we took four apples and did different things to them. We rubbed our dirty hands on Apple A. We poked four holes on Apple B and also rubbed our hands on it. For Apple C, we poked four holes on it and applied rubbing alcohol on the holes. We did nothing to apple D. We left the apple for seven days and observed them every day. We saw that the holes in the apples started to rot and turn brown. Apples A ad D stayed the same.  We concluded that the apple skin protected the apples like a membrane.  For the raisin experiment, we tested raisin skin by immersing them in water, some with sand, for various lengths of time.  We learned that raisin skin lets some water in, but keeps sand out acting just like a membrane.  This is what we have been doing in science.

— Submitted by FMS students Firdaus Muhammad, Isabella Harris and Iris Hsiang

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EMS News

EMS student Cory Weimer hugs one of the rescue dogs that are up for adoption. PHOTOS | SHAWN WILLIS

EMS student Cory Weimer hugs one of the rescue dogs that are up for adoption.
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EMS student Sophia Newman hugs one of the rescue dogs that are up for adoption. PHOTOS | SHAWN WILLIS

EMS student Sophia Newman hugs one of the rescue dogs that are up for adoption.
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This year, the Nova Team students have been working to establish Service Learning Projects here in the Essex community. Overall, they have been very successful.  The work being done ranges from helping get rescue animals adopted to reading with classes at the Essex Elementary School.  The goal for each student was to identify a need in the community that matched an interest of theirs so that the work felt less like work.  Students have reached out across the Essex and Chittenden County communities and forged some great partnerships including: Fletcher Allen Health Care, Alder Brook Dental, Essex Discount Beverage, Ronald McDonald House, Make-A-Wish, United Way, Boy Scouts, Essex Little League, Sleepy Dog Kennel are just some of the organizations that are working with our students.  Please consider, if contacted, working with a student.

These Service Learning Projects provide excellent learning opportunities in areas like: communication (writing and speaking), logistics, math, sociology as well as opening the eyes and minds of a group, teens, typically characterized as a “me-me-me” age.  We have seen some great “Ah-Ha” moments this year along with a growth in the civic mindedness any community hopes to instill in its youth.

Thanks to all those that have helped make these projects a success and thanks in advance to future partners.

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Fleming Flyer

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EHS News

College tour

​On April 8, while the junior class was busy with SBAC testing, the sophomore class boarded buses for a tour of local colleges. Nine buses headed out for the University of Vermont and, Champlain College in Burlington, Saint Michaels College in Colchester and Vermont Technical College (VTC) at their Williston campus. Thanks to all the colleges for making our group feel welcomed and for being prepared with valuable information for our students. In keeping with the college state of mind, our faculty was asked to wear shirts from their alma maters on April 8.

The Guidance and Counseling Office sport college shirts. Pictured from left to right: Pam Blake, Laura Cunningham Firkey, Nicole Gillis and Laurie Thompson. PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED

The Guidance and Counseling Office sport college shirts. Pictured from left to right: Pam Blake, Laura Cunningham Firkey, Nicole Gillis and Laurie Thompson.
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Tom McConnell proud to be a ‘Badger,’ especially after their impressive showing in the NCAA Basketball Tournament. PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED

Tom McConnell proud to be a ‘Badger,’ especially after their impressive showing in the NCAA Basketball Tournament.
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CTE News

Vermont Skills USA Conference

Members of the Vermont Skills USA medalists for the Center for Technology, Essex dental assisting program pose after the competition on April 2.  PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

Members of the Vermont Skills USA medalists for the Center for Technology, Essex dental assisting program pose after the competition on April 2.
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At the Vermont Skills USA Conference on April 2, 36 students from the Center for Technology, Essex stood on the medal podium for placing first, second or third in their technical or leadership competitions. Students from seven of our sending schools, as well as adults, placed with the 13 students in winning the Gold Medal and thus are eligible to travel in June to Louisville, Ky., for the National Skills USA Conference. Approximately 60 students from CTE competed in this state competition with about 60 percent of these students earning medal placements.

Students in Culinary Arts, Restaurant Service, Carpentry, Dental Assisting, Cosmetology, Web Design, 3D Animation and Visualization, Robotics, Additive Manufacturing, Technical Drafting and Information Technology all won medals. Leadership competitions included Pin Design, Customer Service, and Extemporaneous Speaking.  Elizabeth Pawul, a Computer Animation student from CVU, won the gold in pin design and her design will become the Vermont State Skills USA pin for 2015-2016.

Jade Byrne, Seth Elkins, Robert Popeleski, Jonathan Barrett, Garrett Harriman, Connor Lessard, Jordan Martellaro, Robbie Peeters, Huguette Kiesse, Michaela Whitehouse, Jaimi Wells, Elizabeth Pawul and Nicholas Jewett will all compete at the national level in June having won the gold in their respective technical or leadership competition. The technical instructors will be traveling with them are Matt Cronin, Steve Herr, Beth Ladd, Joni Whitehouse, Dave Ginter, Jim Gilmartin and administrator Donna Robert.