Friday, September 24, 2021

Friday Notes 9/24/21

 

SCHOOL INFO

9/24/21


Dear L&G Families:


I hope this letter finds you and your family healthy and happy.  As our state’s COVID cases continue to surge, we are working incredibly hard at school to ensure that L&G stays open!  The two biggest things that help:

  • Stay home when sick!

  • Wear mask appropriately while in school


Thank you for continuing to support these requirements in conversations with your children!


The Vermont Agency of Education has created a “tip line” to help keep kids and staff safe in school.  Information is here….


Also, the IRS has published information for low and no-income families who need support around the child tax credit, including zoom calls for information.  Please click here!


  • Coming Attractions:

    • RocktoberFest: Friday, October 8th (details coming soon)

    • Indiginous Peoples’ Day: Monday, October 11th (no school)

    • Parent Conferences: Tuesday, October 12th (Early Release Day, conferences will be via zoom, and run from 2pm - 7pm - details on how to sign up coming soon!)

    • PSAT Day for all 10th and 11th graders will be Wednesday, Oct 13th (it’s free!)

    • ASVAB Day for all 12th graders will be at the same time!!!

    • Due to challenges at the school picture company (Lifetouch), we’ve had to move Picture Day to Thursday, October 21st.  More information will be forthcoming!


Thank you all and have a great weekend!


Bob Thibault

Principal





L&G Co-Curricular Calendar:


Refuse to Use:


NEWS FROM REFUSE TO USE

Refuse to Use Registration is open. 
The in-person. Kick-Off has been canceled. A virtual Kick-Off is planned for Sunday, Sept 26th @ 4 PM. 

Please Note: 
  • Leland and Gray students (Grades6-12) who wish to participate in Refuse to Use and their parent, guardian, or a caring adult must attend a Kick-Off event.
  • Refuse to Use Registration closes October 10, 2021

Here is a link to all Refuse to Use information: https://sites.google.com/windhamcentral.org/refuse-to-use-lg/hom or see the Leland and Gray website homepage and click on Refuse to Use.



School Calendar:



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Vermont High School Writing Contest:



Friday, September 17, 2021

Friday Notes 9/17/21

 

SCHOOL INFO

9/17/21


Dear L&G Families:


As we wrap up the first “full week” of school since early March 2020, I want to thank you for your kids!  Our students have responded very well to the increased expectations for masking during the school day, and as we all read about case numbers surging, I am confident that our approach to keeping everyone safe will result in us being able to stay fully open and in person!


A couple of updates:


  • Due to challenges at the school picture company (Lifetouch), we’ve had to move Picture Day to Thursday, October 21st.  More information will be forthcoming!


  • Next week will be our first “PBL Wednesday” in the high school (Middle School will have a normal day!)

    • This means that students will not be required to be here for the start of classes until 9:15am.  Students who ride the bus will be provided a supervised location for a “quiet study hall” during the 7:45 - 9:15 timeslot.  

    • Classes will run in the morning, followed by lunch, an assembly, advisory, and the PBL block.  This block will be used differently by each grade level:

      • 9th graders will be working on “Getting Ready for HS” skills, which in essence is an extension of the new Intro to HS class they are all currently taking.  They’ll start off with a fun game to get to know the HS!

      • 10th graders will be earning community service hours 

      • 11th and 12th graders will be working on college and career readiness.


  • Coming Attractions:

    • RocktoberFest: Friday, October 8th (details coming soon)

    • Indiginous Peoples’ Day: Monday, October 11th (no school)

    • Parent Conferences: Tuesday, October 12th (Early Release Day, conferences will be via zoom, and run from 2pm - 7pm - details on how to sign up coming soon!)


The West River Educational District School Board Meeting will be held this coming Monday night (9/20) at 7pm.  This is held both in person and via zoom.  The agenda is available on the district’s website: https://sites.google.com/windhamcentral.org/west-river-education-district/home


Thanks for reading, and have a great weekend!


Bob Thibault

Principal





L&G Co-Curricular Calendar:


Refuse to Use:


NEWS FROM REFUSE TO USE

Refuse to Use Registration is open. 
The in-person. Kick-Off has been canceled. A virtual Kick-Off is planned for Sunday, Sept 26th @ 4 PM. 

Please Note: 
  • Leland and Gray students (Grades6-12) who wish to participate in Refuse to Use and their parent, guardian, or a caring adult must attend a Kick-Off event.
  • Refuse to Use Registration closes October 10, 2021

Here is a link to all Refuse to Use information: https://sites.google.com/windhamcentral.org/refuse-to-use-lg/hom or see the Leland and Gray website homepage and click on Refuse to Use.





Found Watch:

Please claim in the front office.



School Calendar:



COMMUNITY:


The Vietnam Veterans Memorial:




VeggieVanGo:







Vermont High School Writing Contest:



Friday, September 10, 2021

Friday Notes 9/10/21

 

SCHOOL INFO

September 10, 2021


Dear L&G Families:


I want to take a moment to recognize the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States, which is tomorrow.  Certainly it was a hallmark date in many of our collective memories, although not for our students who were not yet born.  They have been raised, however, in the shadow of that day.  Truly, a wonder that twenty years have gone by.


In COVID news, the surge of cases in Vermont continues - approaching the highest number of cases at any point in time in the last few years.  Additionally, the Agency of Education has updated its recommendation around assessing our vaccination percentages - it was originally 10 days of school, and now the earliest we can review our percentages will be October 7th, although I wouldn’t be surprised to see that get extended indefinitely.  In the meantime, our “eligible student” vaccination rate is still under 60%, so keep sending those scans/pictures of vaccination cards to jdaigneault@windhamcentral.org.


With regards to masks, the vast majority of our students have been compliant with mask wearing in the building, but unfortunately there are some who continue to have their noses uncovered, or have the masks “slip down” multiple times during each class.  Teachers have been very patient with this in the first two weeks of school, as we know the adjustment returning to school has been hard.  However, starting this coming week, students who continue to struggle with not wearing masks appropriately, will be given one warning and then sent to the main office.  At that point, we will reach out to parents and require them to be picked up for the day.  We recognize that this may create a hardship for parents, but since this is a safety issue, we hope parents will talk with their children over the weekend so that everyone fully understands this expectation.  I have shared it with the student body during this morning’s zoom announcements.  Thank you for your continued support.


This coming Wednesday (9/15)  is our first Early Release Day of the year.  Busses arrive for our departure at 11:30am.  Typical of these types of days, staff will be getting professional development in the afternoon.


Another upcoming day to be thinking about is Friday, 9/24 - Picture Day!


Attached to this email is a document that we send out every year, called the Home/School Compact.  While it is a requirement of us accessing federal tax dollars (Title 1), the concepts contained therein are entirely valid and useful.  Please take the time to review the compact as it spells out the tacit agreement that we all share in educating your children.


And finally, a few reminders about grading this year:


  • Beginning this year, we will be utilizing a new gradebook program, called JumpRope instead of the usual PowerSchool gradebook.  Powerschool will still be used as our information system, and your login information will still access attendance data, etc.

  • In the coming weeks, you will receive a JumpRope login that will be used for both you and your child.

  • We are moving to JumpRope because it is a gradebook especially designed for proficiency based grading, and we feel the challenges that we faced interpreting grades will no longer exist with this new interface.  It will be new to the teachers, so please give us a few weeks to explore it and become familiar with its operation before we open up the family portal!  I am fairly certain that you will like the clarity that it will bring.

  • Also new this year, we will not be using the traditional “quarters” as grading terms.  We will run report cards only at the end of each semester (Jan and June) and we will run progress reports typically every 4-5 weeks.  Grading will also be viewable online once the family portal is opened up near the end of September.

  • Grading information is always available on our website by clicking on the menu item “Academics” and then “Grading at L&G.”  Please let us know if you have any questions!


Thank you all for reading - I hope you have a great weekend!

Bob Thibault

Principal





L&G Co-Curricular Calendar:


Refuse to Use:

L&G 2021-22 Refuse To Use Registration:







Found Watch:

Please claim in the front office.



School Calendar:



COMMUNITY:


The Vietnam Veterans Memorial:



Vermont High School Writing Contest:



Friday, September 3, 2021

Friday Notes 9/3/21

 

SCHOOL INFO


9/3/21


Dear L&G Families:


Well, it’s Friday of the first week of school, and we are so excited to have spent the last few days with your kids!  We met as a community yesterday morning and celebrated our new staff, our return to school, and all the skills that kids have developed while we were remote and while we had our hybrid schedule.  The media is quick to talk about the learning loss, but our emphasis is that yes, you’ve probably missed out on some academic content, but you have also gained so many other “transferable skills” and we want everyone to recognize it.  We also want to recognize that for some students, returning to a highly structured place like school is a pretty significant change, and for some, adapting will take some time.  Our staff is aware of this, and we are all ready to work through any challenges that come our way!


Here’s a few reminders from last week’s memo:


Hours & Dropoff:

  • School hours are 7:45am - 2:40pm; Morning drop-off shouldn’t be much earlier than 7:15am.

  • Our driveway travel direction which was temporarily changed during last school year, is now back to normal.  This means that traffic from Rt. 35 may now go down the hill/driveway from A-level towards D-level.  This road is still one-way, with all traffic exiting via the student parking lot onto Peaked Mountain Road. 

  • Families may drop off students anywhere - on Rt. 35 in front of the school, by the C-level lobby, or (after 7:45am) in the front circle.  Please do not use the circle between 7:15-7:45am and between 2:30-2:45pm, due to bus traffic.


COVID Updates:

  • Families - by sending their child to school - are attesting that they are free of COVID symptoms, are not (knowingly) COVID positive, and have not been in contact with a COVID positive person in the past 14 days - if unvaccinated.

  • Students will be required to wear masks indoors for the time being.  We will see what happens in the future with vaccination rates and access to vaccinations with our under age 12 students.

  • There won’t be any temperature screening or distancing at school, although lunchtime will be modified as students won’t wear masks during eating.


Parents and students will get access to the new grading program (JumpRope) by the end of September.  In the meantime, if you have questions about your child’s progress, please email their teacher(s) directly, and don’t forget to use the new email addresses, which end in windhamcentral.org!

Have a great long weekend, and we’ll see everyone again next Tuesday!

Bob Thibault

Principal




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Friday, June 11, 2021

Friday Notes 6/11/21

 

SCHOOL INFO

June 11, 2021


As Vermont inches closer to the 80% vaccination rate set by Governor Scott as the marker for many restrictions being lifted, we are already starting to see things change around us.  At this point, the one remaining thing that could change, is graduation.  Right now, the plan is to have family pods with limited seating, but as we approach the 80% mark, it is entirely possible that our graduation will be “normal” with unlimited seating and no pods, distancing or masks.  This may be a last-minute decision!


If you didn’t receive my phone call yesterday afternoon, I want to let folks know that we did have a propane tank outside the school, leaking gas which quickly flowed into the open windows and caused us to evacuate the building around 1pm.  All students and staff were out back on the fields for the remainder of the day, while the Townshend Fire Department worked with the propane company to stop the leak and replace the tank.  Afterwards, they tested the air in the building and eventually (after 3pm) declared the building safe for reentry.  I appreciate the flexibility that everyone showed during this crisis situation, and frankly, for this entire school year.


End Of Year Events

6/11 Last day of classes

6/12 Prom

6/14 Make up day  - morning bus run at normal time; but this is an early dismissal day with the afternoon bus running at 11:30.

6/19 Graduation 10am

6/20 Graduation (Rain date) 10am

6/21-7/2 Summer Recovery Camp - you should be hearing about this already!


Prom

L&G prom will be (Mask)Quarade and will be held on June 12th (Saturday) from 6-11pm.  We will be in a tent behind the school, and a meal will be provided.  There will be a Grand March planned, and details will be shared with prom goers!


Graduation

Our 2021 Commencement Ceremony will be held at 10am on Saturday, June 19th.  Because we’re limited to outdoor activities, if the weather is poor, our “rain date” is 10am on Sunday, June 20th!  Senior families will be receiving more detailed information shortly in a separate communication.  Please be aware that changes may occur, although they may not.  School guidance for all school events are considered separate from the Vermont Forward Plan.  Not all of the “public” guidance applies to school functions.


HS Credit Recovery from COVID

If your child is missing credits (Inc or IE) from last spring or this past fall semesters, you’ll be receiving communication from Samantha Harlow about how to make up those credits, including a short summer recovery camp immediately after school ends.  Please reach out to Ms. Harlow at sharlow@lelandandgray.org.



Very sincerely,


Bob Thibault

Principal


L&G Virtual Art Show:


Parent Survey on PBGRs:

As we move toward the 2021-2022 school year, we want to take some time to reflect on where we are with our switch to proficiency-based grading.  I am sending out a survey for parents to complete to give feedback on the grading switches we have made this year. Thank you in advance for your time.


https://forms.gle/Te7jAWptspWaoWdQ6


L&G Summer Camp:

Join Leland & Gray staff for some summer fun!!  

Meet your new classmates & friends, explore the Leland & Gray campus, 

and engage in exciting challenges and group projects.


Save the dates!  

Registration will be online in early June 


Grade 6 students:  Week of July 6th, 8:30am - 3:00pm

Grades 6, 7 & 8 students:  Weeks of July 13th & 20th, 8:30am - 3:00pm 


✦ No cost to attend  ✦ Free breakfast & lunch ✦ Limited transportation provided ✦ Following health & safety guidelines ✦





Prom:

Juniors and seniors Prom 2021 is happening on June 12th from 6 to 11. The theme is Mask(querade) and it is located at the Leland and gray fields. Tickets will be on sale at the door, $40 for singles and $70 for couples. Dinner and dessert will be served at the beginning of the night with empanadas and gelato, this is included in the ticket price. Attire for the evening is formal wear. You are only allowed to bring guests from the school no outside guests are permitted.  Masks are required when at the prom, social distancing and current covid guidelines still apply. See you there rebels! 


L&G Co-Curricular Calendar:


Yearbooks:

YEARBOOKS!!!!!! Due to the limited amount of content  available at this point, we have decided to delay yearbook distribution until the summer so that ALL spring activities, including graduation, can be included! We are really excited about being able to include things we generally cannot. 
You can order your yearbook at any time! Here is the purchase link and the passcode is 1014126117141122. 

Please contact Sarah Grasso if you have any questions. 




COMMUNITY SERVICE:


West Townshend Thrift Store- Community Service Opportunity:

Urgent need of volunteers for the West Townshend Thrift Store!

We are a non profit organization with a focus on clothing the community at extremely affordable prices and providing meals to those in need. Everything we sell is by suggested donation so we will never turn anyone away who needs something.
In search of folks who are willing to help organize and sort through clothes or to cover the register.
You can volunteer as much or as little as suits your need, every little bit would help me out tremendously.
This could also be a great opportunity for a highschool student who needs to fulfil their 40 hours of community service, while also gaining valuable retail experience.
If this sounds like something you, or anyone you know, might be interested in, please contact Westtownshendthriftstore@gmail.com

Tour de Grace- Community Service Opportunity:

Grace Cottage Hospital is looking for 4 or 5 student volunteers for our 15th Annual Tour de Grace on Saturday, June 26, from 8:00-noon. 

The students would be at the Townshend Dam Scenic Overlook, helping to carry bicycles up the stone steps for riders.

For more information, please reach out to:

Andrea Seaton

Executive Director

Grace Cottage Foundation

PO Box 1

Townshend, VT  05353

802-365-9109

aseaton@gracecottage.org



COMMUNITY:


Baseball Camp:



WRCC News:

BBA's Ultimate Camp:

Below is the link to BBA’s ultimate camp for the week of July 19th.  Coach Tom Von Allmen is super responsive so I’m sure he would answer any questions people have.

National Summer Transportation Institute:



EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:


The Nature Museum:  Summer Camp Assistant Positions:

The Nature Museum in Grafton, VT has two summer camp assistant positions available:
Up to 40hrs/week during camp season, primarily from June 21th - August
13th. Preparation and training will take place during the week of June 21st. Total of up to 300 hours over the course of the summer.  Hourly Rate: $12-15/hr. Rate of pay dependent upon experience. This is a seasonal position that is not eligible for benefits.
More details/job descriptions are available in the L&G main office.

Job opportunity for graduating students:

Water Department at Stratton Mountain:

 We are seeking an individual who is interested in a position with a local employer that could lead to a career in the environmental field.  This is a full time position with all of the benefits Stratton Corporation has to offer and  an opportunity to be part of a team working in the water and  wastewater treatment industry.  This type of work is steady and stable and we provide on the job training.  The applicant should have a good work ethic, a love of the outdoors and a willingness to learn a trade.  Some background in math and science helps as they will be required to pass certification exams to obtain their Water and Wastewater licenses.  Most importantly is the ability to work with others and be a good fit with our team.

 

If  interested, please go to the Stratton website and apply for the

Water Department position listed under employment opportunities.  


Please see Terry with questions!


Summer Job opportunity:


1. River Bend Farm Market in Townshend is now accepting application for cashiers and stockers, as well as produce and deli workers.  Please apply in person.

2. The Work Horse Cafe in Bondville is looking for a cashier for the summer.  Please contact Kurt or Tereasa at (802) 856-7190 for more information.


Job opportunity- Firewood:

We are looking for a student to assist with moving, splitting & stacking firewood.  


Pay is $12/hour or more for motivated workers.  We are thinking a couple of hours after school & 4 hours on a weekend as a student’s schedule allows.

 

Please have students contact me directly t 802-380-6212.

 

Thank you,

 

Susan Rand

farhills@myfairpoint.net


Kelly Rentals Plus:

Kelly Rentals Plus in Brattleboro is looking for someone to assist with tent rentals.  Must be independent and enjoy working outside.  Please call (802) 579-6213 for more information.