Brent and Maya McCoy of YES Theater ran a weeklong circus residency teaching physical comedy at East Montpelier Elementary in early November, culminating with a performance at U-32 on November 16th.
One teacher said,
What a wonderful experience… you covered team-building, risk taking, creativity, ‘outside-the-box’ thinking, fine & gross motor skills, and FUN!”
This year’s 11th Annual Harvest Dinner brought community members together at Rumney Memorial School.
Along with the delicious dinner of soup, salad, roasted veggies, applesauce, bread, and pies, there was wonderful entertainment, a raffle and a silent auction that included local art work, hand knit items, gift cards, toys, books, and much more!
Thank you to this year’s sponsors: Bear Swamp Veterinary Service, Noyle W. Johnson Insurance Agency, Capitol Copy, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Middlesex Plumbing and Heating, Sticks & Stuff, Middlesex Electric, and Bolduc Auto Salvage.
Thank you to the businesses that donated soup including Sarducci’s, Michael’s On The Hill and JMorgan’s. Thank you to the businesses and farmers who donated vegetables, bread, pies and more. See the full list of generous businesses here: http://tinyurl.com/y7wmhw8h
If you are interested in learning more about how you can help the Middlesex Food Shelf or would like to make a donation please contact Ethan Scharf at email@example.com.
Congratulations to the Rumney spellers and their coach Lynne Woodard who recently won the regional spelling bee. Their next stop will be the state spelling bee on November 18th. Good luck!
Stage 32, the U-32 Theater program, is proud to present an intimate production of the acclaimed musical The Spitfire Grill by James Valcz and Fred Alley, based on the movie filmed in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont in 1996.
The production runs November 9, 10 and 11 at 7 p.m. and November 12 at 2 p.m., at U-32 Middle & High School, 930 Gallison Hill Road, Montpelier, VT.
Watch the trailer:
The Spitfire Grill production staff: Directors: Erin Galligan-Baldwin and Heather Clark-Warner; Music Directors: Roger Grow and David Powelson; Set Design and Construction: David Sanguinetti and students; Lighting Design: Wendy Stephens and students; Costumes by Amy Papineau and students and Prop design by Sue Verchereau and students.
The show follows recently paroled convict Percy Talbott, who is looking for a place to start over, and rural Gilead, Wisconsin, seems just the right place. She takes a job at the Spitfire Grill, a crumbling diner where the townsfolk congregate and gossip, run by an ornery widow named Hannah. Hannah has been trying to sell the diner to escape from the painful memories it holds, but the property has been on the market for a decade with no takers. Soon, Percy hatches a plan to hold a raffle for ownership of the Spitfire Grill – for one hundred dollars and an essay about why they might want the Grill, anyone can enter the contest. As the seasons change and rumors about her past build, the contest entries begin to roll in and Percy starts to realize that she’s not the only person in Gilead with a history.
Building on last year’s success of Cry Baby, which featured rock inspired music, Stage 32 looks to bring new life to this popular musical about rural America. When the show debuted in 2001, Billboard Magazine said “The Spitfire Grill is like a breath of fresh country air.” Stage 32’s Fall 2017 production of The Spitfire Grill will have you believing in the simple power of redemption. Family friendly. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Tickets will be available at the door or you can reserve tickets at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Washington Central music teachers hosted a full day of music celebration and learning opportunities for our elementary, middle and high school students at U-32 on October 25, 2017. The students from our five elementary schools joined a workshop model in the morning to explore our Artistic Expression Student Learning Outcome more in-depth. The students were in three groups that focused on instruments, strings or chorus. After morning workshops, groups of students from U-32 middle and high school performed for the elementary students. After lunch, elementary students from all five schools combined to perform as a band, string ensemble, and chorus.
Several of the elementary students said how much fun they had during WCSU Music Day. The students also remarked at how impressed they were by the high school’s students and that they wanted to strive to reach their level.
Washington Central would like to thank our eight music teachers for organizing and delivering a tremendous learning opportunity for all of our music students. Anne Decker, Roger Grow, David Powelson (U-32); Katelyn Liptak (Berlin); Brad Ohlson (Calais); Michael Close (Doty); Samantha Gelfon (East Montpelier) and Kira Krikorian (Rumney) – your continued enthusiasm and expertise in music for all of our students is appreciated and valued.
To view the videos of the performances, please visit this link.
Doty Pre-K teacher Christina Strobridge and U-32 English teacher Jenn Ingersoll were named U-32 Teachers of the Year at a ceremony at the 37th Annual UVM Outstanding Teachers Day, October 12.
Christina was nominated as she “is a fierce advocate for early childhood education in general but even more so for students at Doty Memorial in Worcester.” This past year she increased participation in Doty’s Pre-K program by over 60% by making it more accessible for families. She is a voracious lifelong learner, seeking out opportunities for growth and emerges excited to implement what she has learned in her classroom. The hallmark of her contributions is the relationships she forms with families during their student’s critical earliest years of school. She carefully and skillfully navigates even the trickiest situations to arrive at a foundation of trust and respect throughout their schooling.
Jenn’s nomination comes from staff and students of U-32 where she is respected and loved. She is at the forefront of U-32’s work in Proficiency-Based Learning and she serves as a great example of how to navigate the change from a traditional system. She strives to learn more, question what she doesn’t understand, hold others accountable for their learning and constantly puts students at the center of her thoughts. There is not a day that goes by that she does not reflect on her own teaching and look for ways to improve. A student stated Jenn “brings positive energy to class and is always willing to work with a student to help them continue their education at a pace that works and is beneficial for them.”
Congratulations Christine and Jenn!
Before taking over as principal at Rumney Memorial Elementary School in July, Aimee Toth had been the principal at Roxbury Elementary, worked on literacy professional development across Vermont including in Montpelier and Woodstock, had spent twelve years in the classroom teaching both second grade and kindergarten and was the Associate Director for Elementary Education at Upper Valley Educators Institute, providing teacher training. Toth has a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction.
Toth, who loves her new job at Rumney, says the biggest challenge administrators have is making sure to be mindful of the resource of time and that it’s being deployed in the most effective way.
She says there is a higher degree of collaboration between teachers, than in the past. And, that it’s important time to work together, including working with parents as partners. Rumney staff is looking for new ways to partner with parents, including the recent class meeting night. Teachers shared information with parents explaining what would be covered in each class including specific information about how parents can help to support their kid’s education. Toth has also initiated monthly “coffee talks” where parents can come to give feedback and ask questions, the last Friday of the month from 8:45-9:30 am.
When asked how she balances work and family with the rest of her life Toth candidly said, “This is a new job, so that’s a challenge. Making sure I’m there for my own children, (she has three). Staying connected with friends. It’s a little easier when you love what you do. My work is very satisfying and rewarding.”
Outside of work, Toth loves a good project, loves to paint, likes spending time with friends, and she loves to can. Just last week she canned a full bushel and a half of apples into applesauce!
When asked what her favorite part of the building or grounds is, she replied, “The water garden has become a really neat space for kids and adults, reading, hanging out during recess, ice cream social; also the view out Ben’s window.”
Toth wants kids to see her as somebody who believes in them and wants them to learn and grow in all aspects. And as someone who wants to support them. She says, “I’m always looking for the good in them.”
Originally from Ohio, Toth loves central Vermont for both the easy access to local foods and all the natural areas to explore. “Even ten years after moving to Vermont I still pinch myself at how beautiful it is. It feeds my soul.”
She finds Middlesex to be a community that truly cares about the kids and the type of education they’re getting and she’s looking forward to getting to know the community better and to allow the great teachers and students to be everything they can be. Welcome Aimee Toth!
Robin Gannon, Cynthia Gauthier, Janice Hood were honored for 35 years of service to WCSU schools at opening day for staff August 22nd.