Happy New School Year!
We have started the year with 416 students, Pre K through sixth grade, and the following new staff members: Jenifer Leary, First Grade; Allison Dwinell, Third Grade; Samantha Gilmore, Physical Education, Tom Sarault, Speech and Language Pathologist; Kelly McCarroll, Speech Interventionist, Anita Hughes, Para Educator; Steve Eaton, RNESU Facilities Manager; and Student Teachers, Nichole Fyles and Katie Kloss!
Wonderful Wednesday Clubs will have a new format this year. This Wednesday, clubs will start for students in grades 3-6. The clubs are: Walking/Running, Adventure Games, Sports, Photography, Art in Nature, Clay, Yoga, Mandala Coloring, Book Club, Harry Potter Crafts, Friendship Bracelets, and Origami.
Odyssey of the Mind is returning to Neshobe for a second year. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to use their creativity to "think outside the box". In fact, they might just decide to redesign the "box" for good measure! Working in teams over the course of a few months, students come up with a solution to one of five problems of their choosing. The problems cover topics such as art, literature and engineering. The solutions they develop will be presented at the state finals in March, If you or your child is interested in being a team member or coach, please drop by the Odyssey table during Open House this Thursday. For further information, please go to http://www.odysseyofthemind.com/learn_more.
Over the years I have never ceased to be amazed and thankful for the great support shown by our community and staff for our school and students. In November, voters approved a bond to renovate the heating and ventilations systems in the main and brick buildings, improve insulation and increase energy efficiency. Improvements include a wood pellet boiler, a 26 ton exterior pellet storage silo, and two 300 gallon thermal storage tanks to improve pellet boiler system efficiency. Our two oil-fired boilers remain as a back-up heat source. The unit ventilators in classrooms were replaced with vertical type unit ventilators with a heat recovery wheel. Ventilation throughout both building was accomplished with new central air-to-air heat recovery units and a new ductwork distribution system for common spaces (gym, offices, lobby, hallways, and restrooms). The pneumatic control system was replaced with a modern direct digital control system. Neshobe Elementary now complies with current indoor air quality standards. Other improvements include the replacement of windows and doors, replacement of the backside of the gym roof, and the replacement of the main roof of the brick building.
Naylor and Breen, Builders, Inc. with sub-contractors from: Thomas Mechanical, David Frank, Chey Insulation, Cooper Fence, Alliance Mechanical, Omega Electric, Fabian Excavating, Stearns Painting, Vermont Roofing, Abatiello Flooring, Jim Mumford of Vermont Exteriors, David Mack of Catamount Environmental, RK Miles, Commercial Door, and Nop’s Metalworks began this project on Monday, June 13, under the leadership of John Crossman, project superintendent.
At Neshobe, we work to support the development of collaboration, team work, problem solving, and shared decision making. On a daily basis, I had the opportunity to observe these skills by all those involved with this project. With their collaboration and support, we were able to run our Summer S.O.A.R. Program at Neshobe when our efforts to find an off-site location failed. Dan Dupras, of Engineering Services of Vermont, designed the project and oversaw the beginning stages. Ed Clark, of NBF Architects, finished overseeing the project.
In June, the Goshen School Board donated $9,600 for the purchase of instruments for our music program. This enabled us to purchase classroom drums, marching percussion equipment, a tenor saxophone, a euphonium, two electric keyboards, and a drum set.
They also donated $4,000 which, combined with our funds, enabled us to purchase musical equipment for the main playground and add more wood chips to increase the level of safety under all playground equipment on both playgrounds. The Neshobe PTO also purchased a piece of musical equipment and installed the new equipment.
The preschool playground had new musical instruments purchased with their STARS funds and Neshobe budget money. STARS is a statewide program which uses child care quality indicators to identify strengths and areas for improvement. Our preschool programs received 5 Stars and $1250. This equipment was installed by Wendy and Karl Fjeld.
My final recognition goes to the Neshobe Faculty and Staff. Our buildings were under construction from June 13 through the third week of August for the main building. The brick building opened the fourth week just days before students returned. What was accomplished in a very short amount of time is nothing short of a miracle. It truly reflects their level of dedication and commitment to Neshobe School and our students.
We look forward to seeing you at Open House on Thursday, September 15!
Neshobe School Guidance
Please contact our Guidance Counselor,
Ms. Spaulding, with any questions and/or concerns.