Friday, October 13, 2017

Moretown School Update, October 13, 2017

The Moretown School welcomed 
a student dance troupe from Nicagura 
to our school today.  
Students learned about their culture, their language and
their amazing dance moves.  The best part of the assembly 
featured our whole school dancing to the songs 
of central America.  

School Dance Video Below  - Go Moretown School!  


Parent/Teacher Conferences scheduler information...  

Step-By-Step Parent/Guardian Instructions
Moretown School
October/November Conferences 2017
Beginning October 23 - ending November 3, 2017

  1. Select the Online Scheduler icon/link on the school's blog (under the family conference scheduler link) at:

  1. From the Online Scheduler Home Page
    1. Choose your student’s school from the drop-down list and click “GO”
    2. Enter the school password 3742
    3. Enter your student’s “Student ID”.  If you do not know their Student ID, use the LOOKUP STUDENT ID button to access the system.
    4. Verify the student’s birth date  
    5. A list of your student’s teachers will be displayed.  Check the box next to the name of each teacher(s) you would like to meet with.
    6. If you have more than one student in the school you can see all of your students’ teachers’ schedules at one time by answering YES to this question “Do you want to schedule conferences for another student?” then repeat the steps above for your other students.  If you only have one student, answer NO to that question.
    7. You will then see the available time slots for each teacher you selected.
    8. Select the times that work best for your schedule.  
    9. Enter your email address (recommended) if you would like an email reminder sent to you. (your email address is kept private.)
    10. Once you have finished you can confirm your appointment details and print your conference schedule.
    11. Write down the Confirmation Number (you will need this number to cancel your appointment)

Need help?  Contact the school’s Online Scheduler™ specialist:                   
Name: Loretta DiMario

Moretown Places Third in the Annual Spelling Bee
The Moretown Spelling Bee team included Estella, Elsie, Solveig, Nick, Liam, and I. Our great coaches were Mrs. Hopper and Mrs. Puffer. Our team came in third place this year. Crossett Brook won the first place prize. We worked hard and felt proud of our finish! by Colby Kathan  

Winter Sports Program Announcement 

Anyone interested in joining or learning more about the MES ski/snowboard/snowshoe program committee are welcome to join us at our first meeting next Thurs.  We have lots to discuss and will be doing so at Allium, a cool new restaurant in Waterbury owned by one of our very own MES families!  Please note, while many of us enjoy planning and munching in unison, the choice to purchase food/drink is yours and by no means expected. ALL are welcome!   
If you're able to join us, please email Pam Nelson at by TUES 10/17.  Hope to see you there!
When:Thursday, Oct 19th
Time: 6:30pm
Where: Allium, Waterbury

Book Fair Volunteers Needed!  
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The Scholastic Book Fair will be coming to Moretown Elementary School Oct 25-30.  To make this a successful event, Mrs. Wood is looking for some volunteers to help out.  Jobs include running the cash register, being a shopping assistant, as well as setting up and closing down the fair.  To sign up please click the following link or talk to Mrs. Wood in the Library.  

For more information about the upcoming book fair please visit this website:

Keeping a sick child home . . .

Deciding when to keep a sick child home from school is not always easy.  It’s important for children to attend school and for some parents, staying home means missing work.  But when a child is truly sick, they need to be kept home in the care of an adult to get well and to prevent spreading illness to others.

Here are some guidelines:

  • She/he has a temperature of 100 degree Fahrenheit or above.  Your child should be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine (Tylenol/Advil) before returning school.

  • S/he has vomited or has diarrhea.  A single episode of vomiting could be brought on by a number of things – nerves, too much bouncing around.  But if the vomiting is accompanied by other symptoms (fever, sore throat, lethargy), your child should be kept home.

  • If started on an antibiotic, treatment should be underway for 24 hours before your child can return to school.

  • S/he has a rash of unknown origin.  A rash may be one of the first signs of a contagious childhood illness.  Please have your medical provider diagnose, and offer guidelines, before sending your child to school.

These are only brief guidelines.  As the parent, you know your child best and should feel confident using your good judgment.  Most childhood illnesses are over soon and are no cause for worry.  But if the symptoms are severe or persist for more than 24 hours, you should consult your medical care provider.  Please contact me at school if you should have any questions regarding a specific condition.  Thanks for your help with keeping ALL our children healthy.

Halloween Party Announcement 

Moretown Parent Teacher Neighbor (PTN) News!
The PTN is busy planning out our activities and fundraisers for the year!  We will be hosting some of our regular events and adding a few new things this year.  
Our first event will be the annual Halloween Party on Halloween night Tuesday 10/31!  We will have a NEW LOCATION this year in the Moretown Elementary School Multi-Purpose room (aka cafeteria).  There will be games and activities for the kiddos and a safe place to start and end your trick-or-treating from.  To make this event a success we need your help!  Even just a 1/2hour of your time will help make this event the best it can be for our children. Click the following link for a Sign Up Genius with more details. 
            Games and Non-Scary Costume: 4:30-5:00pm
            Games and Scary Costumes: 5:00-6pm
            Trick-or-Treating in the village throughout the evening.
A BIG THANKS to our village residents for their support of this community event and a safe trick-or-treating environment for our children.
Mark your calendar for our Annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, November 18th! It’s guaranteed to be the best breakfast in town!
Have you thought about joining the PTN but just don’t feel like you have the time? We understand and we want you to know there are lots of ways you can help.  There are options!   
            • We would, of course, LOVE to have you as part of the regular committee that meets once a month and helps with planning and organizing our activities.  
            • You can also help with a single event!  If you love Halloween or baking or cooking or holiday decorating then the single event/fundraiser volunteer option might be for you!  You can help with event planning or just 1 hour on the day of the event.  In this case, when the event is over, you’re done!  
            • If you only have a 1/2 hour here or there or you can pick up supplies while you’re out shopping for your family we’d need your help too!  All of our events/activities need supplies and helpers for one-off tasks and many hands make light work, right?  Just check out the Sign-Up Genius links when you see them and search for those quick one or two things that might fit your schedule/capacity.  

Whatever level of support you are able to provide, including bringing your children to events and purchasing items during our fundraisers we are grateful for your help and we THANK YOU for all that you do.  

This year’s Moretown PTN leadership: 
            Co-Chairs: Elizabeth Burt & Lindsay Staples
            Communications: Amy Patenaude
            Activity/Event Leads: 
            Pam Nelson, Ski Program
            Liza Cain, Pancake Breakfast
Shawn & Amy Patenaude


Oct 2017

October 18
Community Meeting
School Meeting that will include topics around, Curriculum, Communication and Climate Topics.  More on this meeting coming soon,  
Oct 23 to Nov 3
Link to our on-line conference scheduler is on our blog   

October 31
Annual PTN Halloween Party at the school.  4:30 - 6:00.  

NOTE:  The date of our School Hike from South Hill to the school will be announced sometime next week.

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.

Monster Bash    Live music, dance party, pizza dinner, costume contest, games and raffles, October 27, 5:30-8:30, at the Warren School. Free admission.

Trick or Trot 3K and 5K   Walk or run and kids' fun run to benefit Warren PTO,October 27, at the Warren School.  Kids' run will be at 4:30 and 3K & 5K run/walk at5:00.  Adults : $20 in advance/$25 day of race.  Kids: $10 in advance/$15 day of race and kids fun run $5. Join the Monster Bash following the race!

A Better Place   A twist on Oliver, presented by Vermont Youth Dancers, November 4 & 5, 3:00pm, at Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, in Stowe. For more information call 802-760-4634.

Dear Moretown Families,
The folks at Pinnacle Ski and Sport in Stowe are hooking us up and offering Moretown Elementary School families an AWESOME rate for Jr ski or snowboard lease packages this year.  

The Details:
- This rate is eligible for ALL Moretown elementary students preschool-6th grade and siblings 12yrs old and younger starting NOW!
-Valid everyday starting now EXCEPT for  Nov. 22-25 and Dec 21-Jan 1, 2018 so please plan ahead

BRAND NEW Ski/Snowboard Package:
$99/season (reg. $159)
USED Ski/Snowboard Package:
$75/season (reg $119) *while supplies last

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3391 Mountain Road, Stowe, VT
Open daily 8:30am – 5:30pm


Friday, October 6, 2017

Moretown School Update, October 6, 2017

Moretown students
 taking advantage of the
amazing fall weather

Important Information Regarding Upcoming School Conferences
Dear Moretown School Families,

We are excited to continue our shift this year to engage you, as parents and families, in setting goals for your child during our family/teacher conferences.  Please note we will follow the same process as last year: sending progress reports in January and June. Together we will build a culture more focused on the excitement of learning rather than traditional grading.  We feel that too strong of an emphasis on grades may actually reduce student interest in learning and may create situations where students are less likely to take risks or to explore creative solutions to tasks. We believe we will set the right tone by starting the year with an emphasis on student learning goals, strengths, and interests. Our practice will ultimately prepare students as they progress into Harwood Union and beyond.

So, the upcoming October/November Parent Conferences (Oct23 - Nov 3) will focus on students’ goal and interests. Our goal is to empower our students to take a  role (this will look different for dependent on grades)  in reflecting upon and communicating about their learning. This practice helps to build dispositions and skills that will be vital to students’ education now and in their future years here in our school. To prepare for the November conference, we may ask that you spend some time with your child developing a goal for them to work on this year.  A specific goal setting guide will be sent home with your children prior to the conferences.  Teachers will also work on a similar goal setting guide as well here at school, which will look different for different grade students.   We will use the “online” family conference scheduler this year as we have in the past, the link for this will be sent to families once the dates and times are set (the week of October 9th)
Duane Pierson

6th Graders with the learning buddies.  

5th Graders with their learning buddies.  

Oct 2017

October 11
HUUSD Spelling Bee
Hosted at the Fayston School
8am start time  
October 12
Picture Day
October 18
Community Meeting
School Meeting that will include topics around, Curriculum, Communication and Climate Topics.  More on this meeting coming soon,  
Oct 23 to Nov 3
Link to our online conference scheduler will be sent the week of Oct 9th.  

October 31
Annual PTN Halloween Party at the school.  4:30 - 6:00.  

HUUSD and Vermont 2016-17 Assessment Results Released

On 9/13/17 Secretary of Education, Rebecca Holcombe announced statewide results from the 2016-17 Smarter Balanced Assessments, a set of computer adaptive tests for English Language Arts and Mathematics developed by a national consortium currently made up of 15 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Bureau of Indian Education. This was the third year Vermont students, statewide, participated in the Smarter Balanced program.

These tests, which were administered this spring to students in grades three through eight and grade 11, were designed to assess student mastery of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics. These standards are deliberately ambitious, to ensure we have high expectations for our students. Over time, the results will provide community members, teachers, and parents with an increasingly reliable and accurate snapshot of children’s mastery of these standards as well as the progress of our schools at improving the performance of our students relative to these standards.


2017 Smarter Balanced Results

Proficient Scaled Score
Scale Score
Total Proficient and Above
Scale Score
Total Proficient and Above Proficient

Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8
Grade 11


2017 Smarter Balanced Results

Proficient Scaled Score
Scale Score
Total Proficient and Above
Scale Score
Total Proficient and Above Proficient

Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8
Grade 11

Like several other SBAC consortium member states, Vermont saw its scores decline slightly this past year. “The relationship between strong academic skills and financial security and wellbeing is stronger than it has ever been, regardless of whether our students are headed to careers or college when they graduate. Tests don’t measure everything that matters to a happy and successful life, including our ability to participate in democratic life,  but there is no path to prosperity for students who don’t master reading, writing, and mathematics,” said Secretary of Education Rebecca Holcombe. “We were disappointed to see those score declines. The achievement gaps between our vulnerable youth and students with greater privilege remain, and in some cases were narrowed, but this was largely a result of score declines for more privileged groups. As we work to implement more personalized learning and flexible pathways, we need to make sure we continue to challenge and engage all our students, while providing the extra support our more vulnerable children need to thrive. And, we need to support our schools and teachers as they figure out how to support better learning outcomes.” This is the first year scores will be used to calculate the growth measures (to show a change in performance from the preceding year) in Vermont’s state plan for the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Federal dollars are used to provide extra support for students for whom those dollars will make the greatest difference. 

The Smarter Balanced Assessments, which challenge students to apply their knowledge and skills in areas such as critical thinking, analytical writing and problem solving, are computer adaptive tests, administered online. Computer adaptive tests adjust the difficulty of the test question based on how a test taker responds to each successive question. If a student answers incorrectly, for example, the computer delivers a slightly easier question. If the student answers correctly, the next question is a bit harder. This process continues until the best possible prediction of a student’s ability is determined. This means very few children take a test that feels too hard or too easy. It also means the test can provide a more precise measure of what students can and cannot do.

Comparative results showing HUUSD in relation to other schools like us and showing result over the three years will be compiled and posted to the HUUSD website soon. This entire data report will include demographic breakouts including Gender, Social Economic Status, and IEP comparisons.  

We understand that these tests do not assess all of what it is that makes each child unique. The people who create these tests and score them do not know your children the way that your teachers do or families do.   They do not know that some may speak two languages. They do not know that some can play a musical instrument or that some can dance or paint a picture. They do not know that you write poetry or songs, play or participate in sports, wonder about the future, or that sometimes they take care of little brothers or sisters after school. They do not know that some have traveled to really amazing places or that some know how to tell a great story or that some really love spending time with special family members and friends. They do not know that some can be trustworthy, kind or thoughtful and that they try, every day, to be their very best. The scores will tell you something, but they will not tell you everything. There are many ways of being smart, successful and inspired.   There are many ways to assess how our children are doing.

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.

Skills Assessment for Spring 2018 Soccer
Sunday Oct 15 2017 for U10, U12, U14 & U16
U10 Girls (Birth year 2008 & 2009) 9:00-10:00am
U10 Boys (Birth year 2008 & 2009) 10:00-11:00am
U12 Girls (Birth year 2006 & 2007) 11:00-12:00pm
U12 Boys (Birth year 2006 & 2007) 12:15-1:15pm
U14 & U16 Girls (Birth year 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005) 1:15-2:15pm
U14 Boys (Birth year 2004 & 2005) 2:15-3:15pm
If your child wishes to play spring soccer,
please email with
your child’s name, date of birth & town.
Also indicate if they will or will not be at the skills assessment.
NOTE: There will be Spring soccer for younger groups (Pre-K, Kindergarten,
Grades 1 & 2), but we do not hold skills assessment for these ages. Look for
registration information for these age groups in March 2018.

Mad River Youth Basketball Registration is now open for boys and girls in grades 3 - 6!   Fees:  $65 for early registration by October 3, 2017.  $75 for late registration after October 3, 2017 until registration closes on October 15, 2017.  
Register by email or in person.  Scholarships are available!
In person registration night is October 3, 2017, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., at Waitsfield Elementary School.  There will be organized drills provided for the kids! Open gyms begin October 10, 2017, more details to come.
Regular season practices will begin in mid-November and games will start in mid-December.    Email: with any questions and to request a registration form.

BOOK RELEASE PARTY, Saturday, Oct. 7th11 am—2 pm, at The Collection, Waitsfield
NY Times best selling author & illustrator of The Sheepover John Churchman will be personally signing his newly released book A Farm For Maisie.  Come meet Farmer John and the main character Maisie the border collie!  Laddie will be greeting everyone too!

Vermont Youth Dancers (VYD) will present A Better Place, A Twist on Oliver at Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 3 p.m., and on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 3 p.m..  VYD puts a modern spin on the classic story Oliver Twist. Through dance and popular music, VYD performs the uplifting tale of Oliver and her orphan friends. VYD delights audiences with their unique blend of electrifying hip-hop and graceful lyrical choreography, with song choices that help “tell” the story. The lines between dance and drama are blurred, as dancers bring characters to life through dance, acting, and imaginative staging. Tickets are available online for $18-$22 ( Call 802-760-4634 for more information. (Assigned seats). Visit