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UVM Teachers of the Year

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Congratulation to Jane Howe-Boucher and JB Hilferty who were named this year’s Outstanding Teachers.

Jane Boucher has demonstrated leadership both at Berlin Elementary & throughout WCSU. She is an integral part of the PBIS committee and working to align Berlin’s successful work in PBIS with staff and student’s understanding of how to implement Transferable Skills. Jane’s ability to move all students towards wanting to do their best & understanding their capabilities is exemplary. Her students respond because they know she respects them. They work harder and extend themselves, working together because she has created a classroom climate that is safe and fun. Jane volunteers on the Curriculum Council, Social
Studies Committee, Curriculum Camp and Extended School Year Program.

Jane’s caring nature, infectious smile, and dedication to her students helps to remind all who work with her why we have chosen to become educators. She will always look for the positive in everyone, and help them to see that positivity in themselves.
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According to a student, JB (John) Hilferty “is just an awesome teacher!” He works tirelessly to make sure that his lessons are engaging and appropriately rigorous for each student. He is looked to by numerous staff and faculty members for advice and support. JB is the consummate teacher. Each year he strives to be better at what he does and he reflects on how he can better connect with and teach his students. He was one of the pioneers in Project-Based Learning, jumping in and really testing his own skills as a teacher. Students who have JB feel accepted and challenged; U-32 is stronger with him here.

JB rarely complains and is always there when he is needed. He shows true compassion for students, teachers, and staff. Everyone feels happy around JB. He is fun loving and always has a smile on his face.

40 years

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Pat Fair was honored for 40 years of service to Washington Central Schools on opening day, August 21st!

30 years

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Nanci Randall, Sue Anne Mayette, Maggie Desch and Tammy Joslyn were honored for 30 years of service to Washington Central Schools on opening day, August 21st.

25 years

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Jane Boucher, Mary Ellen Hill and Katharine Stone were honored for 25 years of service to Washington Central Schools on opening day, August 21st.

20 years

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Deborah Gregoire, Benton Larrow, Martha Israel, David Bazis, Peter Gora, Hollis St. Peter, and Stephen Towne were honored for 20 years of service to Washington Central Schools on opening day, August 21st.

15 years

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Suzanne Verchereau, Sarah Volinsky and Chris Williams were honored for 15 years of service to Washington Central Schools on opening day, August 21st.

10 Years

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Maria Paris, Jen Miller-Arsenault, Amy Koenigbauer, Catherine Guiffre, Aanike DeVries, Carolyn Beauregard, Erin Mooney, Susan Olander, Jodi Slade, Sheila Paterson, Michael Sherwin, Stacey Rupp, Callie Weller and David Willard were honored for 10 years of service to Washington Central Schools on opening day, August 21st.

Book Buddies

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U-32 seventh graders presented the books they made for district elementary first and second graders at the annual Book Buddy event at U-32 on May 25. One of the most cherished events of the year!

Farm to School at Berlin Elementary

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The Farm to School group honored Cindy Gauthier in the garden on June 7 by planting two grapevines and hanging a plaque on the newly built trellis (by Dave Wilcox). She was acknowledged for years of initiating amazing place-based learning opportunities for Berlin students, related to health and wellness (e.g., garden, orchard, kitchen cart, Junior Iron Chef, gleaning, etc.)

Harvesting Worm Casting
The Compost Club harvested the worm castings from EVERYclassroom’s vermi-composters. The castings are a rich fertilizer that FREE and made by the kids and the worms! Each classroom uses the castings when they plant their raised bed in the school garden. We will reap the benefits during the fall harvest!

Thank you for your generous seedling donations for classroom garden planting:

  • Four Springs Farm, So Royalton – Jinny Hardy Cleland (Eli & Simon’s grandma)
  • Dog River Farm, Berlin – George Gross (Ainsley & Hunter’s dad)
  • Cate Farm, Plainfield – Richard Wizwall
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