Monday, August 21, 2017

Moretown School playground pics

Our new playground sitting area
getting its finishing touches
Our new upper field playground
days away from completion

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Welcome to the 2017-18 school year

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!  

Hello Moretown School Families,
The Moretown School is eager to get underway for the new school year.  There are a host of initiatives, activities and improvements we have been preparing over the summer to create a dynamic and engaging school year for everyone.  Some changes and highlights include;

  1. We need to say goodbye to two long time staff members who have made outstanding contributions to our school community.  Both Lisa Shephard and Pam Washburn left their positions this summer.  Both will be sorely missed - we wish them well with their next life adventures.  
  2. We welcome Loretta DiMario as she transitions from her past role as our preschool instructional assistant to her new role as our school’s administrative assistant beginning this fall.   Loretta rose to the top of a very competitive list of candidates for this open position.  We are excited to growth with her in this new role.    
  3. Continuation of our successful and community supported Educating Children Outdoors program (A North Branch Nature Center partnered curriculum) for grades Pre K – 2,
  4. Continuation of our involvement with the Vermont Rural Partnership a grant providing agency supporting grant funded learning opportunities for our students, last year we updated and improved our cafeteria with a walled garden, trout in the classroom tank, new wall paint and a student powered STEM fan project.   
  5. Continuation of our Moretown School’s STEM program through a Washington West Supervisory Union initiative supported by the Project Lead the Way program (  This year all students grades K - 6 will learn about the world of design and innovation through PLTW program materials that are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards.  We are very excited to offer this program to our students this year.      
  6. Continuation of or 1:1 device program for grades 3 – 6 (combining netbook, ipads, and chromebooks for students to utilize).
  7. Continuation of our successful and self- supporting MECA program.  MECA boasted over 84 students in attendance for our summer program,  The program, led by Moie Moulton and her excellent staff, continues expand and improve its offering.  
  8. Continuation of our new progress report system guided by ACT 77 (personalized learning plans and proficiency based learning which includes
    1. Family conferences are built into the school calendar two times within the school year; once in late October/early November and once in March (see the school calendar for specific dates). These conferences focus on goal-setting. School staff work with students and their families to establish focus goals, based upon strengths, challenges and interests students have demonstrated. Academic, as well as social-emotional, proficiencies play an important role when establishing focus goals.
    2. Progress on these goals, as well as general growth monitoring, is shared in report cards sent home in January and June.  Teachers may share information regarding student strengths and challenges outside of these established communication cycles and families are encouraged to reach out to teachers if they have questions regarding their child’s progress.  

  1. Continuation of the responsive classroom system to support a positive school climate.
  2. Working in partnership with the newly formed Moretown Town Recreation committee improvements are underway regarding the tennis courts, baseball field and new playground area.  A new Kiosk near the access road has information regarding upcoming work.   It has been a long time since any maintenance has been completed on our recreation fields - we are very excited about these improvements.  
  3. Continuation of our school blog and new website to keep all of our community informed about our school events, learning and opportunities.   The blog will continue to be a great way to provide real time clips of student learning, up to date information and access to a wide variety of link that will help us help our families create a successful experience for our students.

Important  School Information:
  1. Main office of the school is open beginning at 7:15.  Our main contact number is 496-3742.  The school will be open beginning at 7:15 for early morning drop off of students, students will meet in the multi purpose room.   
  2. School Day begins at 7:40 and Ends at 2:30.  
  3. Design work continues on upgrades and improvements to our driveways, stormwater  and parking lot areas.  We will provide updates on this later in the fall.    
  4. Lunch
    1. Pre-school and MECA Lunches will occur a bit before 11:00
    2. Lunch for grades 3- 4 begins at 11:15 and ends at 11:45
    3. Lunch for grades K-2 begins at 11:45 and ends at 12:15
    4. Lunch for grades 5 - 6 begins at 12:15 and ends at 12:45
    5. $3.50 for Lunch and $1.75 for breakfast.  
    6. Checks should be made out to the Harwood Food Service.  
  5. A comprehensive information packet will be sent home during the first few days of school.  Please take time to review the information and send necessary information back to us so that we can make adjustments and updates to our school’s files.  

Important School Links:

To our Website:
Lunch Menus: Lunch Menu (please note lunch menus will be updated the week prior to school’s beginning.  
School Calendar 2017-18 Calendar Information

**Here are some helpful tips with helping your child(ren) get ready for the school year...

  1. Talk about school starting as a positive event – not a negative.
  2. Have your child help pick out their own school supplies (backpacks, lunch box, pens, pencils, etc.)
  3. Visit or revisit the school grounds so that your child feels comfortable in their school environment. Call us at 496-3742 so you know the school is open.  
  4. Start tailoring your schedule now so that it matches your school schedule.  Earlier bedtimes and earlier rise times.
  5. Engage your child in discussion about the upcoming school year – what are they looking forward to, what are they scared of?
  6. Make sure your child knows emergency contact information.  This will help your child and you both feel more secure.
  7. Take advantage of any back to school open houses, tours, or parent-teacher meetings that the school offers.
  8. Familiarize yourself and your child with their teacher’s name, school room location, school office, and locker location.
  9. Discuss your child’s school schedule.  When do they start, when is lunch, when does school get out?
  10. If your child takes the bus, visit the bus stop and make sure your child knows what time the bus picks up.
  11. If you have any specific concerns regarding your child, contact the appropriate party and make your concerns known.  This could be the teacher, school nurse, school counselor, etc.
  12. Start building up their confidence by revisiting topics that they were learning last year.
  13. Encourage your child to work hard this school year by setting up a study schedule and quiet area for them to work in.
  14. Label your child’s belongings.  Many kids will have the same backpacks, lunch boxes, etc.  Print your child’s name, use stickers, or even use a luggage tag to help them identify their stuff.
  15. Have your child’s backpack and lunch prepared the night before to help the first day of school go as smoothly as possible.  Enclose a special note with their lunch so they know you are thinking of them.
  16. Make sure you enjoy these last days of summer!!!
  17. Don’t forget about enjoying time with neighbors and friends at our 2nd annual Morefest Celebration - more to offer than last year - same amazing Fireworks!!  

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Welcome to the 2017-18 school year (take one)

Hello Moretown School Families,

Welcome to the 2017-18 school year.  We are working hard to make sure our building and staff are ready for the first day of school.  The School's Blog is in the process of being updated to provide information regarding all items related to our school and our community for this school year.

We will send out a welcome letter soon.

We look forward to seeing everyone on the 28th of August.

Duane Pierson

August 26

2:00 - 9:00
Antique Car/Tractor Show, Family Activities, Great Food, Bingo, Music and Fireworks!

At the Moretown Recreation Fields

August 28
School Begins - we will send out welcome information, calendar information school information packets, lunch menus prior to the first day of school. More on this later.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Moretown School Update July 2017

Moretown's MECA program in full swing!! 

THE MECA summer program is off to a
great start  Eight weeks of amazing summer
opportunities for all ages.
We say goodbye to Mrs. Washburn 
Things will be a bit different as you enter the school for the start of the 17-18 school year.  A familiar face will be missing.   Our excellent school host and administrative assistant, Mrs. Washburn,  will not be returning.    We will miss her wealth of knowledge, her sense of humor and her close and lasting connections with our students and families.   We thank her for her years of service, dedication and commitment to our community.  We wish her well in her next pursuit.  

 Mrs. Washburn's farewell letter;  

Dear Moretown School Families and Community,

It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that I will not be returning to Moretown School beginning fall 2017.  I have worked at the Moretown School for 14 years as an Administrative Assistant and have served our families and students with my best efforts and intentions.   Now that our local schools are being governed by a centralized HUUSD my past contract, negotiated with our local board years ago, has changed and with it some of my benefits that I counted on changed as well. Attempts to negotiate so that I could continue in my role did not work out as I had hoped. Unfortunately, this is what leads me to my decision not to return.  
After 14 years of working at Moretown, it has become a family to me.  I will truly miss the staff, parents and especially the students, every day.  

Thank you for the many years working with your families.  I hope you enjoy your summer and the upcoming school year.  

Pam Washburn

Work Continues on Rec Fields/Playground
Work continues on improving our recreational activities and spaces for everyone.   We are happy to report that MRNA (Mad River Neighbors Association) has raised enough funds to continue adding elements to our new playground area.  Over the next 4 weeks a sitting circle made of black locust trunks will be installed.  The Moretown Recreation committee and the Moretown School continue to work to create recreation opportunities that are safe and accessible for all to enjoy.   Coming next week will be a information kiosk containing trail, field and activity information regarding our wonderful town and school grounds.

May  2017

August 26

2:00 - 9:00
Antique Car/Tractor Show, Family Activities, Great Food, Bingo Music

At the Moretown Recreation Fields
August 28
School Begins - we will send out welcome information, calendar information school information packets, lunch menus prior to the first day of school. More on this later.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Moretown School Update, June 16, 2017

Moretown's 6th Grade
Class of 2017
Fare thee well....
We hope the best for your future with the reminder that
we are a bigger and better community with you in it.

Students gave speeches to  friends and family
at our annual graduation ceremony last evening.

Field Day PICS 
The Moretown School celebrated the end of the school year with its annual Field Day event.  Students enjoyed teacher cooked  BBQ and particpated in a wide vareity of fun and challenging games.  Fun was had  by all thanks to Ms. Allie's organization and creativity!  

June  2017

August 26, 2017
Antique Car Show
Food Vendors
Artisan Vendors
And lots more…

Mark you calendar

The 2017-18 school year begins on August 28, 2017.

The Moretown School will send a feedback survey to all families later next week about how things went this past year and hear any recommendations you may have to make things better for the coming year. Thank you for your continued support.

 Enjoy your summer with family and friends!

Community Announcements
Please note that the opportunities/events listed below are not specifically endorsed or screened by school staff; as always, families should use their own standards and review processes to determine appropriate activities.

KidsACT Summer Musical Theater Camps will take place July 24-28 and July 31-August 4 at the Valley Players Theater on Rt. 100, Waitsfield. Directed by Ruth Ann Pattee, these popular camps give students the opportunity to create a one act play in just one week, in a real, working theater.
Session 1 is for students entering grades 1-2 in the fall of 2017, and will take placeJuly 24-28 from 9am-12pm daily. The performance will be at 5 pm on July 28. Theater games, stage movement, singing, and acting will all come together for students to perform the short musical play Lemonade. In the play, Chicken Little, the Three Little Pigs, Humpty Dumpty, the Cat with a fidThis clever 20-minute musical features 5 original songs in a variety of musical styles, and is a good introduction for first time theater students.
Session 2 is for students entering grades 3-6 in the fall of 2017, and will take placeJuly 31-August 4 from 10am to 3 pm daily. The performance will be at 6:30 pm on August 4. Students will learn stage movement, character development, and strengthen musical skills to perform The Jungle Book, based on the classic Disney animated film. 

A limited number of partial financial need scholarships are available from the Valley Players. Sibling discounts are also available. Tuition is requested at the time of registration to hold your child’s space in the camp. For tuition information and to registergo to or call 802-793-4220.