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  • Principal Announcement

    Posted by Alissa Barracks at 3/31/2017

    Dear Rumney school community, 

    I am thrilled to let you know that Aimee Toth was offered and has accepted the position of Rumney principal beginning July 1, 2017. 

    Aimee currently serves as the principal of Roxbury Village School.  She is also a literacy consultant and coach in the Montpelier Public Schools and Windsor Central Supervisory Union in Woodstock, VT.  Aimee was an elementary school teacher in North Carolina and Vermont for 13 years; she has taught kindergarten, second grade, and fourth grade.  She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Taylor University and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Plymouth State University.

     

    Sincerely,

    Bill Kimball

    Superintendent of Schools

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  • Update-Principal Search Committee

    Posted by Alissa Barracks at 3/24/2017

    On behalf of the Rumney principal search committee, I am writing to inform you that our superintendent, Bill Kimball, will be recommending Aimee Toth as Rumney’s next principal.  The school board is scheduled to interview Aimee on Tuesday, March 28. 

    Thank you to all parents and community members who provided feedback during the both the desired attributes forum in January and the parent and community meeting with Aimee this past Wednesday.

     

    Sincerely,

    Jen Miller-Arsenault, Chair, Rumney principal search committee

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  • Additional Opportunity to meet our Principal Candidate

    Posted by Alissa Matthews at 3/21/2017

    Dear Rumney Community,

    I am writing on behalf of the principal search committee to inform you of our progress and to invite your participation in the next step of the search process.

    After first round interviews prior to February break, the search committee identified three viable candidates for site visits.  Since then, we have completed our site visits.  One candidate recently withdrew from the process after accepting a position in another school system.  We have decided to move one candidate forward to the next step.

    The next step is a half day visit to Rumney and Central Office.  The visit will take place this Wednesday, March 22.  Parents and community members are warmly invited to meet the candidate in the library.  In order to make it as convenient as possible for parents and community members to meet the candidate, there will be two opportunities to do so.  The first will be from 2:15-3:00 p.m.  The second will be from 5:15-6:00 p.m. 

    Faculty and staff members are warmly invited to meet the candidate in the library between 3:15-4:00 p.m 

    Our candidate is Aimee Toth.  Aimee is currently the principal of Roxbury Village School and a literacy consultant and coach in the Montpelier Public Schools and Windsor Central Supervisory Union in Woodstock.  Aimee has also served as the Associate Director for Elementary Education for the Upper Valley Educators Institute in Lebanon, NH.  Aimee has 13 years of teaching experience in kindergarten, 2nd grade, and 4th grade in North Carolina and Vermont.  Aimee has a bachelors degree in Elementary Education (Early Childhood endorsement) from Taylor University and a masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Plymouth State University.

    All who meet Aimee will have the opportunity to provide feedback to the search committee.  Based on the feedback, the committee will determine whether or not to move her to the school board for an interview.  We hope that you are able to attend the gathering on Wednesday and will provide feedback; your feedback is important to us!

     

    Sincerely,

    Jen Miller-Arsenault

    Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

     

     

    Jennifer Miller-Arsenault

    Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

    Washington Central Supervisory Union

    1130 Gallison Hill Road

    Montpelier, VT  05602

    (802) 229-0553 x310

    jmillerarsenault@u32.org

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  • Update/Invitation from Rumney Principal Search Committee

    Posted by Alissa Barracks at 3/20/2017

    Dear Rumney Community,

    I am writing on behalf of the principal search committee to inform you of our progress and to invite your participation in the next step of the search process.

    After first round interviews prior to February break, the search committee identified three viable candidates for site visits.  Since then, we have completed our site visits.  One candidate recently withdrew from the process after accepting a position in another school system.  We have decided to move one candidate forward to the next step.

    The next step is a half day visit to Rumney and Central Office.  The visit will take place this Wednesday, March 22.  Parents and community members are warmly invited to meet the candidate in the library between 2:15-3:00 p.m.  Faculty and staff members are warmly invited to meet the candidate in the library between 3:15-4:00 p.m.

    Our candidate is Aimee Toth.  Aimee is currently the principal of Roxbury Village School and a literacy consultant and coach in the Montpelier Public Schools and Windsor Central Supervisory Union in Woodstock.  Aimee has also served as the Associate Director for Elementary Education for the Upper Valley Educators Institute in Lebanon, NH.  Aimee has 13 years of teaching experience in kindergarten, 2nd grade, and 4th grade in North Carolina and Vermont.  Aimee has a bachelors degree in Elementary Education (Early Childhood endorsement) from Taylor University and a masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Plymouth State University.

    All who meet Aimee will have the opportunity to provide feedback to the search committee.  Based on the feedback, the committee will determine whether or not to move her to the school board for an interview.  We hope that you are able to attend the gathering on Wednesday and will provide feedback; your feedback is important to us!

     

    Sincerely,

    Jen Miller-Arsenault

    Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

     

    Jennifer Miller-Arsenault

    Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

    Washington Central Supervisory Union

    1130 Gallison Hill Road

    Montpelier, VT  05602

    (802) 229-0553 x310

    jmillerarsenault@u32.org

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  • Update: Interim Principal

    Posted by Alissa Matthews at 2/24/2017 3:00:00 PM

    Dear Rumney Community Members,

                    We are writing with an update on the search for an interim principal.

                    Since Adam Rosen’s leave of absence which started on February 17, 2017, various administrators from the Central Office have been filling in at the Rumney School. Retired Superintendent Alice Angney of East Montpelier is tentatively scheduled to fill in as an interim principal starting after our break on March 5, 2017 on a temporary basis until a long term interim principal is hired to complete the current school year. A retired principal named Don Schneider of Waterbury Center, Vermont, who formerly worked at Thatcher Brook Elementary School has been identified by Superintendent Bill Kimball as a potential interim principal candidate.

                    As part of the effort to determine whether Mr. Schneider and Rumney are a mutually good fit, he is scheduled to meet with the Rumney Staff on Friday, February 24, 2017.

                    He is then scheduled to be available to community members on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at the Rumney Library starting at 3:45 pm. We understand that this is during the school break when some parents and community members will not be available, but we encourage any and all who are available to come and meet and talk with Don Schneider.

                    At 4:30 on March 1st, following the community meet and greet with Mr. Schneider, the Board will meet and interview him. We encourage staff members and community members to provide comments to the Board after each have had the opportunity to meet with Mr. Schneider. Paper will be available for writing comments and observations which may be anonymous that the Board can then consider after its interview.

                    Hiring an interim principal, particularly given the immediate need to fill this position, does not follow the same process we have for selecting a permanent principal. That said, it is the Board and superintendent’s goal to give both staff and community members the opportunity to take part in this process and provide feedback to the Board and we look forward to receiving this input.

    The Board’s goal for an interim principal is to provide the Rumney Community with an individual to guide the continued operation of the school through the end of the school year. It is not the intent of the Board that our interim principal, whoever it may be, will guide the community climate work upon which we have embarked. That work will is in the hands of our staff, parents, community members, Central Office, and our new permanent principal, when that individual is selected.

                    Please feel free to direct any questions on this process to Lauri Scharf, Board Chair, at Lauri.Scharf@gmail.com.

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  • Principal Search Committee

    Posted by Alissa Matthews at 2/24/2017 3:00:00 PM

    Dear Rumney Families,

    The Principal Search Committee completed first round interviews this week and identified viable candidates for the second round.

    The second round will consist of site visits.  A smaller group of the Rumney Principal Search Committee (including two staff members, a parent, a school board member, and myself), along with Superintendent Bill Kimball, will conduct site visits between March 9-17.  A site visit is a very unique interview experience where we, the search committee, visit the candidate at their school during their actual work day and see them in action.  The site visit provides a view of how the candidate's efforts and policies are actually working.  During the half day site visit, search committee members will meet with students, parents, and teachers and observe the candidate interacting with students, colleagues and school community. 

    Historically, we have found the site visits and Rumney visits to be very informative parts of the process. 

    After the site visits we will determine finalists to invite to Rumney on March 21 and/or March 22. 

    Visits to Rumney will consist of meetings with various groups including faculty and staff, students, parents, and central office administrators.  You will all be warmly invited to the gatherings with parents and guardians.  As soon as they are scheduled, we will let you know the exact times and locations.

    We will have feedback forms available at each gathering, and I hope that you will take a few minutes to complete them.  Your feedback will be considered as part of the final round of the interview process.

    Stay tuned, as once finalists are decided we will be able to publicly announce their names.

    Again, finalist names and bios will be available prior to the Rumney visits.

    Have a wonderful February break!

    Sincerely,

    Jen Miller-Arsenault

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  • School Climate Committee

    Posted by Alissa Matthews at 2/24/2017 3:00:00 PM

     

    The group is comprised of the following people:

    Sharon Grossi, School Counselor

    Tammy Joslyn, Para Educator

    Julie Marie Bristol, Para Educator

    Kerra Holden, WCSU School Psychologist

    Christine Babcock, Classroom Teacher

    Daniel Diddlemeyer, Classroom Teacher

    Leslie Johnson, Student Support Team

    Chip Hedler, Math and Tech Integrationist

    Meg Sheldon, Literacy Specialist

    Lauri Scharf, School Board Chair

    Chris McVeigh, School Board Member

    Kelly Bushey, WCSU Director of Student Services

    Parents—To BE DETERMINED

     

    On 3/15/17 we gathered as a group of staff members to discuss what School Climate means to us and to set future meeting dates. On 3/22, Chris McVeigh, Lauri Scharf, Pascale Stephani, and Emily Leader joined the group. During this meeting, Pascale and Emily shared their experiences at Rumney. The purpose of their sharing was for the committee to decide if they thought it would be beneficial for the entire staff to hear from them, in hopes of providing clarity regarding the challenges we are faced with.

    We will be meeting again on March 7th for the entire day. During this meeting, we will begin by establishing operating procedures and norms for the group. Topics to be addressed will be as follows: Role of families in this work, how large can this committee be, who is not represented around the table, what is the best way for us to communicate to the greater Middlesex Community, and to plan the Parent/Community Forum event for when we return from the break.

     

    If you are interested in joining this committee, please contact Kelly Bushey at kbushey@u32.org

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  • Principal's Corner December 23, 2016

    Posted by Sorsha Anderson at 12/23/2016 11:30:00 AM

    This week's guest columnist is Sorsha Anderson, Administrative Assistant

     

    Dear Rumney Families,

    As a fellow Rumney parent, my position in the Rumney office has offered me a unique vantage point on how our children spend their days at Rumney school. I  hope you will indulge me as I share a few thoughts from my time behind the glass.

    My job here has involved a little of absolutely everything so it was difficult to settle on a topic for the newsletter. I am not sure if this job has elevated my multi-tasking abilities to ‘superpower’ or completely burnt them out (please don’t mention that to my new employer!)  But for what it's worth, I’ve decided to use ‘Bus Notes’ as my lens.

    You know, those after-school plans I am always bugging some of you about? Every day I compile something called Bus Notes.  On a single sheet of paper, I record dismissal plans for 161 K-6 students (and sometimes a few pre-K).  You have probably seen me at the end of the day, outside on the curb with this colorful marked-up sheet of paper, on the move, maybe at half a run –I sincerely hope I never actually knocked anyone over– trying to make sure the students are in fact headed toward their proper destinations.  I almost always got it right; yet, I assure you I remember every single time I didn’t.

    But don’t get me wrong, I love doing Bus Notes. Preparing them is the favorite part of my day.  Every day at 3 pm, I deliver these notes to every classroom.  I (try) to sneak in quietly and drop them off without disturbance.  This is a normally calm time as classrooms are finishing up their work for the day. During this walk through the school, I have the privilege of seeing each classroom in action. I see a 3/4 teacher reading aloud to a group of students, enrapt and comfortable on the meeting rug; I see another teacher with an army of parent volunteers assisting students in some serious hands-on-learning during ‘workshop’ time; I see a classroom of kids flushed and happy returning from a prolonged outdoor learning segment on the Nature Trail; or a 5/6 classroom busy with focused and smiling students finishing up their end-of-day classroom responsibilities.  For four years, I have had this daily glimpse of our classrooms in action and now I want to share it with you.  I want you to know that when, as a parent, you wonder (as we all do now and then), ‘Is my kid in a good place?’  Is he or she learning? Does s/he have a good teacher? Yes. Yes.  Every child in this school has an amazing teacher.

    So, as I prepare to deliver my final round of Bus Notes today, I want to thank you for allowing me to work for you, including the daily opportunity to glimpse our classrooms from the inside. Thank you for your support, humor, smiles, challenges and encouragement.  I have loved getting to know and appreciate the Middlesex School Community in this deep way.

    Have a wonderful holiday!

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  • Principal's Corner December 16, 2016

    Posted by Sorsha Anderson at 12/16/2016 12:00:00 PM

    Dear Rumney Families,

    This week I want to congratulate our fifth and sixth grade students on their hard work preparing for our science fair.  The way these science projects work is that most of the experimentation is done right here at Rumney.  Not only does this take a burden off families, but it allows us, the faculty of Rumney, to watch our young scientists in action.  On Thursday, December 22 from 10:20-11:20 and 1:40-3:10, our students will present their research at our Science Project Learning Fair.  I always enjoy browsing what they discover from their experiments in physical, social, and psychological science.

    Why do I say ‘less of a burden to families’?  Over the years, mostly through social media posts, I’ve seen members of my generation parent their children through year after year of science fair projects.  While some parents relish the opportunity to spend a weekend, or two, or three, creating a science project with their kids, I have seen that most folks don’t.  It also is not very fair to families whose parents need to work on the weekend, have younger siblings, or for other reasons aren’t able to use their home as a laboratory.  I appreciate that Rumney teachers allow the experiments to be conducted here at school.  And those experiments are fun to watch!

    We will have an All-School Meeting next Wednesday at 9:15 AM.  We have “hired” our 6th-grade Master of Ceremonies for the year and she will be leading the meeting.  6th-grade students will introduce the Science Project Learning Fair to the school, and then our band will treat us to their first performance of the year.  Jingle Bells will suit the season perfectly, I think.

    Quick bus parking reminder!  Sometimes our buses arrive at 9 am or even a few minutes later.  If you are dropping off a student any time before 9:20 am, please don’t drop off or park in the bus loop--there still might be a bus arriving and your car could be right in its way.

    :( [sad face] after four years of dedicated and excellent “customer service" to our school community, our administrative assistant Sorsha Anderson is leaving her position at Rumney. Sorsha will be expanding her youth theater work with the Barre Opera House, and will also work as a Committee Assistant in our State Capitol Building during the legislative session.  Those Rumney parents who work in the legislature, in the legislative council, or give regular testimony at the Capitol should keep an eye out for her and be sure to say "Hello!" from everyone at Rumney. We sure will miss her friendly efficiency, smile, and above all, her great sense of humor!  Our new administrative assistant, Alissa Mathews, will be training with Sorsha next week, so if you drop in, please say "Hello" to her, too.

    Stay warm and healthy!

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  • Principal's Corner December 9, 2016

    Posted by Sorsha Anderson at 12/9/2016 10:30:00 AM

    Dear Rumney Families,
    Thank you again for your attendance and support of our Artist-in-Residency program with the No Strings Marionettes Company.  They will be returning Friday April 28 for a performance where our students can simply enjoy watching these master puppeteers perform their craft.  This performance is part of our contract with them and will be a great bright spot during mud season.

    A great Artist-in-Residency integrates artistic expression with the academic subjects, and this was no exception.  Fifth and Sixth Graders are just beginning a literacy unit focusing on folktales from around the world, so how appropriate for them to learn about Chinese history and culture.  Third and Fourth Graders are studying Vermont history, including Abenaki culture, so Abenaki folktales were an ideal show for them.  Our primary unit performances focused on rhyming and vocabulary--essential areas of study for beginning readers.

    I also commend so many Rumney parents for their commitment to this community by attending the performance.  Taking a Thursday afternoon to spend at school shows all of us, and most importantly your children, how much you value their learning and this school community.  This shows some of the best sides of our community.

    Our community also has had a few bumps in the road recently, as some of you may have experienced and as is highlighted in the attached letter by Superintendent Bill Kimball.  Sadly, there are members of this school community who feel socially or culturally excluded.  Even the wonderful No Strings Marionettes performance demonstrated this--some students and teachers noticed stereotypical portrayals of Chinese and Native Americans and were offended by the attempt at Chinese accents and stereotypical feather headdresses.

    Among the school faculty we have been working on recognizing and discussing the ways we can be more culturally inclusive and accepting of differences.  We work to be welcoming of all cultures, races, learning styles and students with disabilities.  Some of the school climate issues that have been raised recently make it apparent that we need to look at how Rumney CARES can better support acceptance of many kinds of differences.

    We would like to harness the wonderful parent involvement and commitment to the school and bring you into the discussion.  The entire school community can participate in making Rumney a more welcoming place for all students, including those with disabilities, of different races and from different cultural and socio-economic groups.  I look forward to bringing greater awareness and compassion to all our endeavors at Rumney school.  We will have learning activities that expand cultural awareness among students and the school community.  Some of the most important words in Rumney CARES are Respect, Empathy and Acceptance.  Please join me in helping insure we all extend these to every member of our school community.

    If you have any questions or concerns regarding this letter or this topic, feel free to contact me or Guidance Counselor Sharon Grossi.

     

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