November 2015 PRINCIPAL’S REPORT:
We are heading into the third month of the school year and have had many beautiful fall days to enjoy. Please remember we are also heading into the colder and more unpredictable weather days and students need to be prepared for the changing weather – warm jackets, hats, mittens.
We have outdoor recess and physical education classes, weather permitting.
Parent Conferences are on Thursday, November 12, and Thursday, November 19. You should have received a notice asking which day works best for your family. If you did not, please let your child’s teacher know. Before the conference, ask your child how things are going from their perspective. Conferences provide the opportunity to share information, discuss strengths and areas of need, support services and goals for the year. We look forward to seeing you at Parent Conferences!
Odyssey of the Mind: Neshobe School will be sponsoring three teams in our first year participating thanks to our coaches, Jim and Pat Hogan, Hannah Fjeld, and Amy Walker!
Neshobe Spelling Team will be participating in the Regional Spelling Bee this Saturday at Benson Elementary. We wish Luca Cifone, Keenan Hogan, Andrew Kenyon, Lucas Palcsik, Elena Politano, and Elijah Tucker-Bryant all the best! We also want to thank our coaches, Danielle Spaulding and Sam Stone, for all of their work and time!
This year we will be hosting a Family School Dinner on Friday, December 11, during our holiday lunch times. Please watch for a notice from the Abbey Group the week of November 30.
Have you heard about Act 46, consolidation, new governance model, and questioned what it meant to our school, community, and supervisory union? The Vermont Legislature passed Act 46 which is described by the VT Agency of Education as an opportunity for districts and supervisory unions to unify existing, disparate governance structures to preferred governance structure by 2020. If you would like to learn what that means to our school, community, and supervisory union, please join us on Wednesday, November 4, at Café Provence!
FROM OUR SUPERINTENDENT, JEANNE COLLINS: Act 46 Study Committee Update: THE FUTURE OF RNESU: School district, union district, supervisory union? Which one are we, and what is the difference? All three models exist in Rutland Northeast SU. Each of our towns has an elementary school, and its own "school district" with its own school board. Sometimes the term "town-school district" is used. 6 towns (Brandon, Goshen, Leicester, Sudbury, Whiting and Pittsford) are members of Otter Valley Union Middle and High schools. OV Union also has its own 10 member school board with proportional representation from all the sending towns; this board oversees OV Middle and High. Two of our towns, Chittenden and Mendon, participate in a joint contract (with East Pittsford as a non-active partner) that results in sharing Barstow Memorial School. The school districts and OV Union and the Barstow Joint Agreement make up the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union, which has its own board made up of representatives from each of the town school district boards. RNESU oversees the shared services for all districts, such as the superintendent, special education, K-12 curriculum development, business services, food services, transportation services, and technology support. Come learn more at one of the upcoming community forums: November 4 @ Cafe Provence at 6:00 p.m. AND November 7 @ Goshen Town Hall at 7:00 p.m. (Potluck Dinner at 5:30 p.m.).
Neshobe School Guidance
Please contact our Guidance Counselor,
Ms. Spaulding, with any questions and/or concerns.