West Rutland School
Parent Information Packet
Opening of School
August 29, 2018
August 13, 2018
Dear West Rutland School Families:
Welcome back! We hope you had a pleasant and relaxing summer and that as with us, you are looking forward to another successful year at West Rutland School.
This summer our Tapestry program provided over 45 students with a stimulating and enriching program. The following is courtesy of our Tapestry Director, Heather Spaulding-Gale and our Family School Coordinator, Pamela Notte:
“This summer at West Rutland’s Tapestry Program we had 45 students enrolled in our 7 week program Our summer enrichment theme was Exploring the Great Outdoors. Tapestry offered its students the opportunity to go on three field trips a week. Lake Bomoseen State Park, White’s Pool and a different State Park each Friday, to name a few. Many students were given the opportunity to work with the tutors in the morning on academic enrichment. STEM and STEAM opportunities were also offered to the group as they explored the great outdoors. Proctor’s Tapestry program came to West Rutland and we had a “field day” ending with an ice cream party. Sadly, Summer Tapestry ended August 10th.
Through our summer morning tutoring we serviced 21 students, which is approximately half our enrollment from the summer. The tutoring began July 2 and ended August 9. The focus for the tutoring was literacy and math activities. The tutors gave pre and post assessments through which the majority of the students showed improvement. In the K-2 grade group there were 10 students serviced in reading/literacy; 6/10 showed improvement; whereas 4/10 stayed the same. In the 2-4 grade group 4/6 students showed improvement in math; in reading/literacy 4/6 showed improvement. In the 4-7 grade group there were 3/5 showed improvement and 2/5 stayed the same in both areas. We will continue our tutoring program with our Tapestry program in the fall.”
In addition, we have had a number of ongoing projects to the school. Paving continued in our parking area, we had twelve additional video cameras installed both in and out of the building to enhance our security system, as well as updating the software. A new door was installed in the kitchen and a new water fountain in the library hallway. In addition, a new and larger flat screen monitor has been ordered to replace that currently housed in our entryway. This larger monitor will allow easier reading of text by members of the community and provide larger and more vivid pictures of school related events.
With all the activity in the school over the summer (Extended Year School, Summer School and Tapestry/Academy) we wish to thank our custodial staff (Elmer, our Head Custodian and Carl, George, and our newest custodian, Julie) for their ability to navigate around these events and provide excellent preparation for the upcoming school year.
In addition, a very special thank you to Lynn Ackerman and Lisa Harvey for keeping the school running smoothly this summer. Their presence, patience and perseverance has significantly impacted that smooth running!
First Day of School:
Prekindergarten (3 & 4 year olds) (Refer to important dates listed)
Kindergarten (Refer to important dates listed)
Grades 1-12 Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Welcome to New Staff
We have a number of new staff members joining us this year. Please join us in welcoming them!
Lindsey Brown, Grade 4
Lindsey recently completed her Masters Degree in Elementary Education. With a Bachelor’s Degree in 2015 from Castleton University, this native Vermonter graduated from Mill River High School, has prior experience at Wallingford Elementary and a number of years in the healthcare field prior to joining us. She looks forward to meeting the students, families, friends and staff that make up this great community.
Laura Daily, PreKindergarten Teacher
Another lifelong Vermonter, Laura resides with her husband and three children in Wells. An initial graduate of Norwich University with a Masters Degree from Mount Holyoke, she spends spare time volunteering at the senior center, library while enjoying what little time remains in outdoor activities with her family.
Brenda Fort, Multi-age Grade 1-2
Moving here from Northern Vermont, Brenda resides in the area with her husband and two college aged children. She enjoys downhill skiing and numerous outdoor sports with her family.
Alyssa Hartwell, Special Education
Alyssa is from Brandon, Vermont where she lives with her fiancé, son, and two dogs. She attended Castleton University for her bachelors in history and master’s in special education. She is joining us from the Sheldon Academy in Rutland, Vermont and looks forward to working with us.
Markell Nault, Spanish
Markell is a recent graduate of Castleton University where she studied her greatest interests, Spanish and teaching. She loves to travel and experience other cultures and is excited to inspire her students to do so as well!
Danielle Liguori, Science
Danielle Liguori was born and raised in Vermont, where she attended both undergraduate and graduate school at the University of Vermont. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in teaching at the middle grade level. This year, she is excited to be teaching seventh and eighth grade science at West Rutland school.
Cody Parker, Athletic Trainer
Cody graduated from Castleton University in 2013 with a Bachelors of Health Science in Athletic Training. He has worked closely with club sports and over the past three years has worked primarily at West Rutland but also per diem work with Rutland, Mill River, Otter Valley, Fair Haven, Woodstock, Burr and Burton, MSJ, Poultney and Proctor high schools. Cody enjoys being outdoors and spending time with his wife Katlyn and their dog and three cats.
Amy Torrey, Math Interventionist
Amy has spent 11 years as a classroom teacher prior to accepting the Math Interventionist/Coach position at West Rutland. She resides in Orwell with her husband and four children.
Julie Trembley, Custodian
With prior custodian experience in local school, Julia is thrilled to be joining us this year!
Dillion Zaengle, Physical Education
A graduate of Castleton State College, Dillon has taught in the Bennington Rutland Supervisory Union since August of 2015. Originally from Massachusetts, Dillon was twice an All-State Soccer recipient and has over the years coach both high school and intercollegiate soccer programs. He will assist this year with our Varsity Soccer program.
PreKindergarten Families will be notified of their specific open house time.
Kindergarten Tuesday, August 28, 2018 @ 5:30PM
This is an opportunity for Kindergarten parents only to learn about your kindergartener’s day.
Grade 1 – Grade 12 Wednesday, September 12 @ 5:30-6:30
Families can meet their child(ren)’s teacher(s) and learn about the day in the classroom of their child(ren).
Student Drop-off and Pick-up
Students should be dropped off and picked up on the sidewalk in the drop off and pick up zone adjacent to the school building. Students should exit/enter car doors on the sidewalk side only. Please pull the vehicle all the way up in the drop-off/pick up lane. Cars are not to be left unattended in front of the building. If an adult needs to leave their car and enter the building they must find an available parking space.
Student parking is located in the back section of the large parking area.
The traffic pattern adopted last year will remain the same. Please use extra caution as you enter the WRS parking lot for the first time. We will have staff assisting with the traffic flow the first week of school.
Parent drop off between 7:00AM to 7:40AM. Students must report to the cafeteria. Buses generally at 7:35PM.
We have made some adjustments to or afternoon dismissal procedure as follows:
Walking/parent pickup 2:30PM
Bus dismissal 2:38PM Grade K-6
Grades 7-12 2:40 PM at the bell
Tuesday’s dismissal will be adjusted accordingly to our 2:00PM Tuesday dismissals.
WRS Family Handbook
The updated West Rutland School Family Handbook will be available on our website by Monday, August 27th. If you would like a paper copy please send in a note indicating so and we will forward one home with your child. Please take time to review this document. There are a number of changes from last year.
Our student breakfast is $1.60. Our student hot lunch is $2.90/day. Monthly menu will be posted to the West Rutland School website. You may send payment with your child. You may also access your child’s account via the Infinite Campus portal. If you have questions regarding access to the portal, please contact Lynn Ackerman, Administrative Assistant, at ext. 5207 or email@example.com.
During the first week of school all families will receive eligibility paperwork for free and reduced lunch. If a student is eligible for free or reduced lunch, they are also eligible for free breakfast. We know the financial challenges of raising a family; so please do not hesitate to apply. The application process is completely confidential.
We strive to ensure timely, effective and highly informative communication with our community. Our website and Facebook pages are filled with news, announcements and upcoming events. Please follow us!
This year we will continue to provide Administrative Roundtables designed to provide the community with topic-focused information with a segment of each session designed for questions and answers. These roundtables are structured to provide an overview of topics and are not intended to engage in dialogue related to specific students or events. In addition, from time to time we will enlist the expertise of district personnel or West Rutland School Faculty to enhance the relevance of the agendas topic.
Wednesday, September 12th “Learner-Centered Model and
Proficiency-based Reporting” 5:00-5:30 (gymnasium)
Guest Speaker: Adam Rosenberg,
Assistant Superintendent of Schools
Wednesday, October 24th “Understanding your Child’s
Progress Report” 5:00-6:00 (gymnasium)
Wednesday, November 14th TBA 6:00 (gymnasium)
Wednesday, January 23rd TBA
Wednesday, April 24th TBA
Wednesday, May 22nd TBA
Learner-Centered Model and Proficiency-based Reporting
The Learner-Centered Model is designed to assist students in learning how to learn. Students will take ownership of their learning by better understanding where they are in the learning process, where they are going and how they will get there. Teachers will facilitate the learning for students by guiding them through the process.
Transitioning to proficiency-based learning impacts how we report student progress. We will continue to report out four (4) times throughout the school year. However, we will not be providing mid-quarter progress reports as parents have full access to the JumpRope reporting portal. West Rutland School has replaced the 100 point grading scale with proficiency-based reporting.
Student Information System and Student Reporting
With our continued goal to enable students and their parents to track performance against the proficiencies and their indicators, we will continue to use Infinite Campus as our student information system and the Jump Rope portal (www.jumprope) using your child’s GRCSU Google account email and password information.
As noted in our introductory section, Tapestry enrollment forms for fall will go home on the first day of school. No wait list as of yet! We are not thinking we will have a wait list. Hours will be 2:30-5:30, except Tuesdays which will be 2:00-5:30. First day is Tuesday September 4th. Financial assistance is available and anyone interested can contact Pamela Notte, Family School Coordinator directly @438-5709 Extension 5209.
The schedule is as follow:
2:30-2:45 check-in (except Tuesdays, which will be 2:00)
3:15 homework (older students) and recess (younger students)
3:45 recess (older students) and homework/story (younger students)
4:00-5:30 free time and crafts
Please enjoy the final days of summer and looking forward to the return of the students on Wednesday, August, 29th!
Robert Johnson Joseph Harrington
Interim Principal Associate Principal
Wednesday, August 29th First Day of School
School doors open for students at 7:00AM. All students are to report to the cafeteria until 7:45 when the first bell rings.
Wednesday, August 29th – 30th Pre Kindergarten Orientations (Separate Mailing to Parents)
Friday, August 31st Pre Kindergarten dismissal at 12:15PM
Tuesday, September 4th Regular all-day schedule for PreKindergarten
Wednesday, August 29th – 30th Kindergarten Orientation/Academic Screening
Friday, August 31st Kindergarten Dismissal 12:00PM
Tuesday, September 4th Regular all-day schedule for Kindergarten
Monday, September 3rd Labor Day, School not in Session
Wednesday, September 12th New Staff Meet & Greet Cafeteria 4:30-5:00 PM
Proficiency Presentation Gymnasium 5:00-5:30 PM
WRS Open House 5:30-6:30PM
Monday, October 1st School Picture Day
Friday, October 19th Staff Inservice Day – Student Classes not in session
Tuesday, November 6th School Picture Retake Day
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Route begins at 7AM
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