Friday, September 14, 2018

Friday Notes 9-14-18

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School Calendar:

Please make sure to check out the Leland & Gray school calendar.  It differs from the District calendar because of professional development days for our faculty.   The full calendar can be found here.

Fall Assessments:

Tuesday and Wednesday, September 18th and 19th the 9th, 10th and 11th graders will be taking the Star 360 Fall Benchmark assessment during their Flex time period.

The 7th and 8th graders will be taking the AIMS Web Plus Fall Benchmark assessments as well on these days.

These Math and ELA assessments will provide teachers with a baseline report of our students' skill level, which will help inform our instruction.

As always, please be sure your child is well rested and has a healthy breakfast to be best prepared for their day of learning!

School Safety Information:

Leland & Gray Community:
The safety of our school community is our priority.  We have increased various safety measures throughout the school and are working on improving our communication with families around what to do in the event of an emergency.  This video discusses the roles and responsibilities parents can play during a crisis.  We would greatly appreciate you taking the time to view this video: 

Women Can Do Conference:

All females and female-identifying students in grades 9-12 are invited to attend the "Women Can Do" conference on Thursday, October 11, 2018. The conference is held at Vermont Technical College in Randolph, VT. 

Participants attend hands-on workshops that promote STEM and Trades careers. such as: Computers and Communication, Engineering and Manufacturing, Law Enforcement and Public Safety, Medicine and Health, Professional and Life Skills, Science and Natural Resources and Skilled Trades.

See Mrs. Jones for a registration form and for more information. The cost per student is $5.00 (if we will be travel with the Career Center students or $25 if we drive up separately) 

Spots are limited so register ASAP


All students and staff are invited to attend "ROCKTOBERFEST", an Outdoor Dance and Bonfire on Friday, October 12, 2018 from 7:00 - 10:00.

The evening takes place between the tennis courts and soccer field.  This is just one of two all-school events for all students in grades 7 - 12.

Admission is $5.00.  The L&G Booster's Club will be there selling food and drinks.  Music and light show to be provided by Peak Entertainment.

Classes with the highest percentage of attendance will receive spirit points.  Any questions please reach out to Tammy Claussen  221-2141

Refuse To Use 2019 Kickoff:

School Lunch

The Abbey Group Welcome Back Packet can be found here.

Free and Reduced Lunch Benefits Reminder:

Date: September 4, 2018,
To: Parents(s)/Guardian(s) of Windham Central S.U. Students
From: Deborah Mears, Free and Reduced Meal Clerk for Leland and Gray.
  • ·        If your family was eligible for Free or Reduced school meals last year and you have not yet submitted a new meal application please do so by 9/30/2018 or your student(s) may have to pay the full price of meals.
  • ·        If you have received a letter from me that states your students are eligible this year no need to fill out an application. If you have a letter approving you for VT 3 Squares, SNAP or Reach Up I can approve your student(s) for free meals. Send it along with a completed meal application.
  • ·        Meal prices at Leland and Gray this year are $1.75 for breakfast and $2.90 for lunch.

If you have any questions you may call Deborah Mears at 802-365-9510 or email at
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Picture Day 9/25/18:

Fall Musical:

The Pajama Game!
Winning best musical in 1955, The Pajama Game is about labor troubles in a pajama factory, where workers' demands for a seven-and-a-half cent raise are going unheeded. In the midst of this ordeal, love blossoms between Babe, the grievance committee head, and Sid, the new factory superintendent. (from Wiki) There are a lot of great songs, fun characters, and an overall powerful story about union rights. 
You can watch the movie version on Amazon Prime for free. It stars Doris Day and is fabulous. 
I'm super psyched to have settled on a musical that feels really right for us. (Thanks to James for suggesting this show!)
Performances will be Nov 9-11.
Thanks and see you all in a few weeks!
Theatrically yours,Jessa

Blood Drive at L&G:

There will be a blood drive at Leland and Gray on Friday, October 26th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. You can find guidelines on who can donate (age and weight restrictions) and  schedule an appointment online at Contact Susan Jones at, if you have any questions.

Late Bus Calendar:

The late bus schedule can be found here.  Please note the bus will only run south this year. 

Save the Date:

Mark your calendars - Prom will be on Saturday, May 18th starting tentatively at 7pm.


Fall Athletics:

L&G Fall Athletic registration has been opened and is ready for you to sign your child up for middle school and high school fall sports. Remember that this needs to be completed BEFORE the first day of practice.

Forms must be submitted on or before the first day of practice.

Important Update:

All practices and games will be listed on our Events and Activities Calendar which is on the L&G website under Calendars.


Community service is now a graduation requirement starting with the Class of 2019. All information can be found here:

Please e-mail any community service opportunities to Terry Davison Berger <>

3 Generation Collaboration Community Service Opportunities:

New community service opportunities with 3 Generations Collaboration are always being posted at

Also, visit the link to learn about Build Your Own Service.


Dash to the Dam 5K:

Community Yard Sale:

Community Dialogue: