ADL Agenda

From Principal Laurie Singer

Many thanks to the 16 parents/guardians who attended the Standards Based Learning Information meeting. The group asked thoughtful questions and gave us feedback that helped us to clarify our message about how this change has improved our instruction and engaged students more actively in their own learning. Moving forward, our goal is to use our student-led conference times and our upcoming development of personal learning plans/electronic portfolios containing evidence of learning, to showcase each student’s growth over their time at ADL. Families unable to attend our most recent student-led conference day are encouraged to view their students’ progress via the PowerSchool Portal on our website ( and email or call teachers if there are questions or concerns.


Chorus Concert

The ADL Music Department will hold its annual Choral Concert at 7 p.m. on March 27 in the school gymnasium. The program will feature performances by the Chorus, Select Chorus and Handbell.


School Climate Survey

All parents/guardians, students and school personnel are asked to participate in the Comprehensive School Climate Inventory (CSCI), a scientific survey to assess school climate. This year will mark the third time that CCSU will take part in the CSCI online survey. The survey helps your school, and the overall district, in understanding specific climate trends, perceptions and opportunities that are used to identify and prioritize growth areas within each of our school action plans. Studies have shown that school climate plays a big factor contributing towards students’ success in school, which is why your participation in this survey is very important. Surveys must be completed by March 27. Thank you.



Classroom Highlight

A big thank you to Mrs. Reed, Mrs. Desjardins, and all of the staff who helped out with the annual CCSU Fine Arts night on March 12. And, of course, a huge thank you to our students who performed and exhibited during the show. We have so much talent in our school and it is great to have this opportunity to celebrate the arts in Essex Junction.


Climate Survey

The Hiawatha community is asked to complete a school Climate Survey by March 27. This is the third year that we have taken this survey and the results are used to improve our school climate for students. You can access the survey on the school’s web page.



Third graders will be taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) assessment during the month of April. SBAC make up days will take place the last week of April. Third grade teachers and other staff have been working quite hard in preparing for the SBAC during the month of March. This is the first time we will be using this assessment.


Upcoming Events:

Hiawatha Art Displays at the U-Mall through March 27

March 31 – The first-grade class is going to Curious George at the Flynn

March 31 – Third grade Sharing Night on “Cultures”

April 1 – The kindergarten class is going to Harold and the Purple Crayon at the Flynn

April 10 – Benefit basketball tournament for Mr. Joel Rasco will be held at ADL from 4-6 p.m. Admission is a donation at the door.



Use designated parking spaces for parking and do not park and leave your car in front of school during drop off and pick up. Thank you for your attention to this safety matter.


For more information on school news, visit www. or contact Amanda Stevens at 878-1384 or Tom Bochanski at


Summit Scoop


Essex Elementary

On March 13, the staff and students at EES were treated to a fantastic series of events known as STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) day. Spearheaded by art teacher Journey Blain, a team of staff and community members (too numerous to name) planned the day to involve students in project-based centers that revolved around the basic tenets of STEAM. Children built and tested various types of catapults, built three-dimensional structures out of newspaper, and participated in a host of other hands on, science based activities. The hallmark measure of the success of this event came at the end of the day, when numerous faculty members, exhausted from the pace of the day, began remarking how the event could be improved next year. Thanks to everyone who participated in making this day a success.


Read with expression

Written by Kitty Tracy’s first-grade class

All year long, Kitty Tracy’s first-grade readers have been working to read with expression. For example, if you read a page in a book and it has an exclamation point, like, “This is great!” you shouldn’t read it with a boring voice. Instead you should read it with power, energy and feeling. The exclamation mark is the clue from the author to tell you how the characters are feeling – you need a big voice for an exclamation mark!

Every day we practice reading with expression, which helps us to become better readers. Sometimes we read with partners and sometimes we read by ourselves. When we are reading out loud, we notice that we use our reading strategies a lot (reading strategy cards).

“Dr. Seuss books are the best because they are fun to read with expression!” – PH

“When I see the bold words, I just feel confident that I can read the words properly!” – AF

“When I read the books out loud it helps me to figure out the next thing (that will happen in the story).” – JF

“It helps me as a reader because we can learn how to read well and figure out hard words we don’t know.” – EK

“The little cards in our book bins (reading strategy cards) help us with hard words while we are reading and learning.” – KP

“It helps us to read super long words!” – JE

“Sometimes it helps us when we are stuck. We take a little bit of the word off and then sound it out.” AW

“Whenever we are stuck, sometimes we look at the pictures it helps us to read the words” as the author intended. RM

“Challenging ourselves to read with expression will help us get good at it when we are older.” – MC

“When you read more books, you get better at reading.” – RD

In our opinion, you should always remember to read with expression. When you read the book out loud, it feels like you are that character in the book. So have fun reading with expression.

Here is a list of some of our favorite books, authors and series:

“Elephant & Piggie” series by Mo Willems

“The Pigeon” series by Mo Willems

Dr. Seuss books (e.g., “Cat in the Hat”, “Fox in Socks”)



Menus for learning

FMS students Page Dubuque and Marie Erickson hold up their projects. PHOTO | STACEY MEAD

FMS students Page Dubuque and Marie Erickson hold up their projects.

The Founders Memorial School multi-age team has math menus for units; it’s a fun way to work on math. In the multi-age team students have fun learning math through news reports, song or raps, jeopardy labs and fun colorful posters.

Some examples of the menus used include: dinner menus, baseball menus, game show menus, list menus and tic-tac-toe menus. There are different rules for each menu, and different menus for social studies and science too.

Recently three students were asked these three questions:

  1. What is your favorite menu choice?
  2. Do you like working with partners why or why not?
  3. What’s a recent menu choice you are proud of?

Charlotte in Karen Jeffrey’s class answered, “My favorite menu choice is the puppet show (free choice). Sometimes I like working with partners because you get to collaborate together. If there’s a test, it’s bad.”

“My recent menu choice that I’m proud of is my informational essay because it took a lot of work and I got it right.” Julia in Stacey Mead’s class said. “My favorite menu choice is acrostic poem. I like working with partners and I don’t like working with partners, it depends on what level they are at… My recent menu choice that I’m proud of is my acrostic poem because it didn’t take that long because my teacher prepared me for it.”

Micaela from Kelsey Lea’s class responded, “My favorite menu choice is posters because they’re creative. I like working with partners because you don’t have to do as much work, you also get to become closer to those people. I’m proud of my comic because I did it right.”

Submitted by Stacey Mead


EMS News

EMS DTE (Design Technology Education) students have just completed a community service project. Local veteran supporter Howard Longway, who for years has supported Vermont soldiers by displaying a flag for every soldier stationed overseas, contacted EMS Principal Kevin Briggs and asked if EMS had any students who would  be interested in designing and producing a portable flag stand to display a maximum of 100 flags. Immediately a seventh-grade DTE class jumped at the opportunity. Students brainstormed ideas, assembled scale model prototypes, and eventually ended up manufacturing four to 25 flag-stand units.

Emily Shortsleeve, Tessa Goodrich, Sage Grace and Gracie Welch (not pictured) were part of the team creating the flag stand at Essex Middle School. PHOTOS | DAN AIROLDI

Emily Shortsleeve, Tessa Goodrich, Sage Grace and Gracie Welch (not pictured) were part of the team creating the flag stand at Essex Middle School.

Oliver Austin, Calvin Leo, Michael Lemieux and Adian Mejia from the DTE group work on the flag stand community project. PHOTOS | DAN AIROLDI

Oliver Austin, Calvin Leo, Michael Lemieux and Adian Mejia from the DTE group work on the flag stand community project.


Fleming Flyer


EHS News


Mark Floyd

Mark Floyd

Pam Blake

Pam Blake

The High School Counseling Office had a goal of meeting with all students during the past few weeks to schedule classes for the 2015-2016 school year. Several promotions were held and prizes awarded for a variety of fun reasons. Pam Blake, our registrar, began each morning with a captivating jingle over the school’s public address system, which caught everyone’s attention.  It has been suggested we make her fun facts a permanent feature. Pam is pictured during one of the costume days to raise awareness of the guidance registration process. Not to be outdone, school Counseling Director Mark Floyd is pictured with his flamboyant costume. The registration promotion was a total success.


CTE News

CTE Food Services Logo WEBThe Design Studio at CTE is a student-run enterprise for second year students in our Graphic Design program at the Center for Technology, Essex. As part of the Graphic Design II curriculum, the Design Studio “employs” students in our busy, not-for-profit, full-service graphic design and print studio and offers students the opportunity to practice skills present in today’s graphic design, creative media and printing industries. Students maintain communication with their clients as they take the design from concept to print, including all finishing aspects and delivery.

And, we have had busy year here at the Design Studio. Our clients are a mix of internal (from within CTE and the school district) and external, through our partnerships with local non-profit organizations, such as the Winooski Valley Parks District (WVPD) and Girls Rock VT. For WVPD, we are working on developing a series of posters to display at the entrances of their 18 parks and the communities they serve (Burlington, Colchester, Essex, Jericho, South Burlington, Williston and Winooski) to help unify and enhance the visitor CTE Student WEBexperience. At Girls Rock VT, we are helping them spread their mission of bringing music to young Vermont girls by designing promotional print materials to help them attract volunteers and donations.

We output to a variety of subjects for all different purposes, offering both traditional print services (including large format), motion graphics and digital output. This year we even designed truck decals and trailer wraps. We partnered with CCSU Child Nutritional Services, helping them re-brand their department with a new logo. That logo is now on one of their delivery trucks as well as on business cards and letterhead, and will soon be on the packaging containers they use for their to-go products. Here at CTE, we are also putting the finishing touches on a full vinyl wrap for the trailer used by Building Technology. Keep your eyes out for it driving around town this spring.

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