NOTICE: The Maple Run Unified School Board seeks two parent/community members to participate on the Superintendent Selection Committee. Interested parties should email Brenda Comstock firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Monday November 16, indicating your desire to participate and in what capacity: parent/community member or community member.
The letter linked below from Superintendent Dirth is relative to starting to bring some of our students back. As my letter says, we are constantly monitoring health guidelines, State guidance, etc. This appears to be the best move for us at this time, given the information we have. If things change, in one direction or the other, you will be notified. English Letter: https://5il.co/lt7j Spanish Letter: https://5il.co/lt76
Hello Maple Run Community, Our Maple Run Unified Equity Committee has been hard at work all Summer and we are looking forward to expanding our group. If you are interested in learning more please visit our new webpage through the Maple Run home page under community resources, and you are invited to this Wednesday's open informational meeting on ZOOM from 2-3:30.
View the MRUSD Solidarity Statement here: https://youtu.be/wfBxdGv-ZMc For more information and/or to join, visit https://sites.google.com/maple... The website can be located anytime from maplerun.org - go to the menu on upper left, select Community drop down and select Equity Committee. Working together has a bigger impact!
Here is another great presentation by MRUSD Student SpeakChorus, that they performed for our Convocation. Enjoy! https://youtu.be/txEaMGr7bS4
Brett Blanchard Brett Blanchard has officially started work as the new principal of Bellows Free Academy. “I could not be more excited to be part of the BFA St. Albans community and I look forward to working with the students and staff. I am honored to have one of the best jobs in the world!” Brett was encouraged by his mother to pursue a teaching degree in conjunction with his History degree from Westminster College. After graduation, he lived and worked around the country. While in New Mexico he received a call about a job opportunity for The Woodhall School in Connecticut. The Woodhall School is a nontraditional school for boys. Brett committed to The Woodhall School beginning both his career in education and his passion for realizing student potential. During Brett’s time at The Woodhall School, he successfully built an athletic program, basketball court, and soccer field. In the early 90’s he moved to Vermont taking a position with the Poultney Junior and Senior High School as a Social Studies teacher, football, and track coach. Brett became Poultney’s Dean of Students where he began the all important task of building positive school culture through daily interactions with students. In 2007, Fair Haven Union High School in Vermont asked Brett to apply for the principal position. Brett applied and spent 11 years dedicated to positive cultural and community transformation. He began transformation through amplifying student voice. Students were on every meaningful committee including hiring. Students revamped the cafeteria, library, and food system, developed clubs, and ran assemblies. Despite the school’s forty-eight percent free and reduced lunch rate students, faculty and staff persevered to equip the school with a modern fitness center, media center, and expanded arts programs. Health and fitness became a focus as it directly correlates to student performance. Amplifying student voice paid off. Fair Haven Union High School transformed from one of the lowest-ranked schools in 2007-08 to a US News and World Report’s consistently nationally top-ranked high school. Reflecting further Brett said: “We created more meaningful student opportunities. We drove increased skills and performance through student interest and opportunity.” He pointed out, “Teachers rose to the occasion to offer students more opportunity to excel academically through a variety of ways while seeking to integrate inquiry-driven learning.” The past two years Mr. Blanchard was hired to combine two previously separate New Hampshire schools under one administration while integrating proficiency-based learning. Having successfully completed both goals while also instilling a student-centered culture, Mr. Blanchard is excited to make St. Albans his permanent home. Mr. Blanchard’s father played fullback for Coach Bob White on the 1954 Shrine Bowl team and his Uncle, Gene MacCallum, is a graduate of BFA. With his oldest son living in the area, Mr. Blanchard is looking forward to working with the staff and students of BFA while also being a member of the greater community. Brett brings decades of experience encouraging youth to share their voice and empowering staff to provide interest-based learning opportunities for students. “I believe in striving for excellence. I believe in providing students every opportunity to learn. During the remote learning phase this past spring, the staff of BFA showed their dedication to their students, and their willingness to go above and beyond; I feel privileged to be able to work with them in the years to come.”
Stephany Ripley, former preschool SLP with Maple Run, is the District's new Early Childhood Director. Stephanie grew up in the Northeast Kingdom, where most of her family still lives, and graduated from North Country Union High School. Her brother is NCUHS's soccer coach, but she has no problem cheering against him since that will irritate him, and she sees that as her role as a sister! Stephanie went to UVM for both undergraduate and graduate school, and graduated in 2004 with her master's in speech pathology. Her first internship as a graduate student was at the Baird School in Burlington, and she loved it so much she stayed until her husband was transferred to a year-long position in Lyndonville with the Army Guard. She began working in Maple Run in 2010, and has been in preschool ever since! On a personal note, she lives in Fairfield with her family, three cats, a dog, and woodland animals who don't know she has adopted and named them. As many of you who know her will attest, she is passionate about early childhood and collaboration, so she is very excited to get to work with everyone.
Martin Kattam has been hired as Maple Run's new Technology & Innovation Director. This is a District-wide position which will oversee the district's technology needs. Martin was born in Volgograd Russia to a Russian mother and Kenyan father. In his teens, his family moved to the USA. Martin’s passion and work have led him to the bridging of technology and education, locally and internationally. He has worked in Kazakhstan, Morocco, Venezuela, and the US in schools most sought by American expatriates. For the last 10 years, he has taught all ages, kindergarten to adults. He has been an elementary technology teacher, a secondary school technology teacher, a technology integrationist, educational technology director, and technology director. He has had the opportunity to triple technology class offerings, debut AP and other computer science classes, hackerspaces, and maker spaces, win robotics competitions, and make major systemic changes that improve student's and teacher's lives, and has had the privilege to work in an IB system. Martin is thrilled to be back in Vermont, with his wife and two boys - 5 and 8 years old. When off the technology, he loves to birdwatch - 200+ species logged; fish, play chess, badminton, and tennis.
Great news! The Summer Feeding Program has been extended through this year so long as the allocated funds don't run out. This means that all children under age 18 in our district can receive free meals. We do still need families to complete the Free & Reduced Lunch Applications as we do not know exactly when the free meals will stop if the Fed's run out of money before Dec 31st. Watch your school's Daily Announcements and other communications to see how pick-ups will work.
From Seven Days VT: Tensions are running high as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage across the country and Vermont students prepare to head back to school. A group of students called the BFA Speak Choir have been performing the keynote at the Maple Run Unified School District convocation for the past two years. This summer, instead of preparing a live performance, the group of 22 students from grades 6-12 decided to make a film. Their movie addresses issues that are important to young people today, such as the Black Lives Matter protests, climate change and, of course, COVID-19. They filmed while maintaining physical distance and wearing masks. This multidisciplinary piece includes original music and dance — and many teachers participated, as well. https://youtu.be/aMfNc9cVUPs
We are all in this together! Supporting ourselves and our children through uncertain times. Dr. Joelle van Lent will join us to discuss how we can support ourselves and our children as we navigate the challenges of restarting school. Joelle will share key concepts that can guide our efforts and provide meaningful supports during this uncertain time. Here is the link to the document with more information and a link to register. https://5il.co/k073
Here is a video link produced by SACS and shows students dealing with the changes at school. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1RYkcuHvvxAQaDYzs9w5AFC10HSIlRq6G/view?usp=sharing
Here is our latest video update from the Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, Health Coordinator and Principals. They answer some of the questions we are being asked. https://youtu.be/-6X_NgqPdfU
Maple Run Unified School District has openings for Custodians, Support Staff, Paraeducators, Bus Monitors and Substitutes. Here is the link to more details: https://www.maplerun.org/o/mrusd/page/careers--82 Contact Aron Smith email@example.com with specific questions.
The detailed Reopening Guide and the Enrollment Forms for Maple Run are now available. Here are the links to the Guide: English:https://5il.co/iy7k and Spanish: https://5il.co/j0eu. The Enrollment Form can be found at https://maplerun.org and click on Covid19 Resources. PLEASE NOTE: The deadline for Enrollment Forms is August 11, 2020.
Below are links to a letter from Dr. Dirth with some updated information. English Letter: https://5il.co/ism0 Spanish Letter: https://5il.co/isn9 We appreciate your patience and will continue to keep you updated as we all prepare for the start of school. You can check often at https://www.maplerun.org/ when you click on COVID-19 Resources for answers as we update it when we get answers. If your question isn't answered there you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at (802)370-3966 with school re-opening questions or concerns.
At 5:00pm tonight a video update from our superintendent regarding COVID-19 and the reopening of MRUSD schools was posted. Import information for students and families will be outlined in this video (including the most effective way to ask us any questions you might have). https://youtu.be/IlEYQhTWdVk
Maple Run Families: We have important information to share with you about re-opening the schools this fall. A letter from Superintendent Dirth can be viewed here: https://5il.co/ij8d We appreciate your patience and will continue to keep you updated as we all prepare for the start of school.
Tune in at 5:00pm tonight for an update from our superintendent regarding COVID-19 and the reopening of MRUSD schools! Import information for students and families will be outlined in this video (including the most effective way to ask us any questions you might have). https://youtu.be/8EdYt8oPGPU
Music teachers from Maple Run Unified School District have created virtual music ensembles through remote learning activities in an effort to engage students and make music for all to enjoy. Alex Charpentier, MRUSD Orchestra Director and Armand Messier, Choral Director, at BFA organized and coached students in their respective ensembles to make performance recordings. Orchestra students from across all schools in the district (as well as additional students from the neighboring Missisquoi Valley School District) recorded the Finale to “Orpheus In The Underworld,” composed by J. Offenbach. Students from BFA Chorus classes recorded, “We Are The World,” written by L. Richie and M. Jackson. Both teachers independently collated their student’s recordings and created virtual ensembles through a combination of audio mixing and video editing. Mr. Charpentier and Mr. Messier are thankful to all the students from the district who voluntarily participated by sending video and audio recordings. Without their students’ hard work and dedication, these projects would not have come to fruition. In addition, Mr. Messier would like to thank all who sent in additional photographs for “We Are The World.” These photographs help illustrate this project which aids in telling our local story. Mr. Messier states, “Every person pictured in ‘We Are The World’ has a connection to our community, many dear to us personally.” Finally, kudos to Alex and Armand for their work and dedication to their students. Both videos are examples of the creativity of our teachers during these unprecedented times. https://youtu.be/udVU_6-y7gk https://youtu.be/9T7BR8Tievs
This year’s last day of school for Maple Run Unified School District for students will be June 15. The last day for teachers will be June 18.
Please see the linked food shelf poster here: https://5il.co/fo52 Donating is as easy as clicking the embedded link on the poster.
Here is a link to a letter from Dr. Dirth with information about some of our plans for remote learning: https://5il.co/eqa1
If you haven't had a chance to see this wonderful video put together by BFA take a few minutes to watch, it's heartwarming. https://youtu.be/5_Iqjzi-4QI
There has been a surge of phishing scams wherein cyber criminals are posing as health organizations. These emails may contain malicious attachments or links, claiming to contain information related to COVID-19. For details: http://www.maplerun.org/article/212462?org=mrusd
I have posted a letter from the Maple Run Special Education Director since not all students were in school today here:https://5il.co/dtq9
Here's a link to a Channel 22 story on Inclusion Day. Worth a watch. Enjoy https://www.mychamplainvalley.com/video/spread-the-word-day-promotes-inclusion-for-people-with-disabilities/4378515/
I have linked here a letter from Kevin Dirth, Superinendent of Schools addressing the COVID-19 Virus with what we know to date and how your school district is staying up-to-date. Read it here: https://5il.co/dfxk
There will be a 2-hour delay for schools today, January 22. Due to the weather all schools in the Maple Run Unified School District will be on 2-hour delay today. This includes BFA St. Albans, NWTC, SATEC, SACS, Fairfield, and all pre-school and Kindergarten programs.
Maple Run Unified School Board meets tonight at SACS. Find the agenda here: https://5il.co/5xmn. Join us!
A tweet from Secretary of Education, Dan French (@danfrench) Very inspired by the Maple Run Speak Chorus. Great ending for a #vted SBOE meeting. pic.twitter.com/TCHXrD2bRE
Thanks to SATEC Administrators for preparing a grief support page after this week's tragic loss. It is geared to their parents, but the info great for everyone with children dealing with grief. It can be found here: http://www.maplerun.org/o/satec/page/grief-support
Maple Run Speak Chorus performed for the VT Dept of Ed Board Meeting. Check it out here: https://youtu.be/JNl8pAih5-0
The Maple Run School Board meets tonight at Northwest Technical Center at 6 PM. Find the agenda here: http://5il.co/5hz0 Hope you join us!
“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt
Halloween Joke of the Day How did the skeleton know it was going to rain? He could feel it in his bones.
Halloween Joke of the Day Why does everyone hate Dracula? He has a BAT temper.
BFA students 18 before November 6, 2018 can register to vote in the mid-term election. Volunteers will be by the cafeteria on 10/31 - 11 - 1 to help with voter registration. A valid Vermont driver’s license, or the last four digits of your social security number is needed.
Halloween Joke of the Day What kind of candy do vampires like best? Suckers!
Halloween Joke of the Day What holiday is after Halloween on Dracula’s calendar? Fangs-giving.
Halloween Joke of the Day Knock Knock! (who’s there?) Boo! (Boo who?) Gee, you don’t have to cry about it!
Halloween Joke of the Day What should you do if you see a monster on Halloween? Hope that the monster doesn’t see you!
Halloween Joke of the Day What should you do if your Jack-o-Lantern falls off the front porch? Put on a pumpkin patch!
Halloween Joke of the Day Why do mummies have trouble keeping friends? They’re so wrapped up in themselves.
Halloween Joke of the Day What did the mother ghost say to her children ghosts in the car? Fasten your sheet belts.
Halloween Joke of the Day Why don’t skeletons go to scary movies? They don’t have the guts.
Halloween Joke of the Day What do you get when you cross Bambi with a ghost? Bamboo!
Halloween Joke of the Day What does a vampire never order at a restaurant? A stake sandwich.
Halloween Joke of the Day What do you get if you divide the circumference of a Jack-o-Lantern by its diameter? Pumpkin Pi (π).
There was an event on Diamond St. this morning that involved an active shooter. The Schools were notified by the St. Albans Police to implement Secure the Schools. There was no threat to the schools. Normal activity was restored in 45 minutes.
MRUSD Board meets Wednesday July 18, at 6pm at Central Office - 28 Catherine St. Join US!
Stewardship Day at SACS -- Enjoy the updated This Land is Your Land video here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1z5gv_dlyFEpFhNYHlSKS0oA_EXCCtx2x/view?ts=5b17efde
SATEC's Chorus Concert is tomorrow, 5/31 at 7pm. Attend and enjoy!
Students return safely to BFA after Police clear the building. Classes will resume as usual.
BFA Bomb Threat, PD taking seriously but don't believe it is credible. Evacuated students to Taylor Park for search of school. Watch for further details.
The MRUSD Board meets tonight at Central Office. Join us t olearn more about your school district! Tonight's Agenda is posted at: Agenda
MRUSD School Board meeting tonight, 6 pm at BFA Library. Join us!
Chief Taylor is meeting with Administrators to announce a SURVIVermont! presentation on Wed. March 14 at St. Albans City Hall at 6 PM. Learn about school safety training. All are welcome.
A message from BFA Due to recent school safety events, an informational session will be held on Monday 3/12 at 6:00 PM in BFA Library. Questions about school emergency guidelines will be answered.
MRUSD Budget Info Hearing Tonight - 6 pm at Central Office, 28 Catherine St. Check out the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) sheet.
Armand Messier's BFA Chamber Singers entertained Kathy Finck and the Central Office Staff. How Wonderful!
Here's a link to a WCAX clip on How school district consolidations affect the schools. http://www.wcax.com/video?vid=...
The Maple Run Board Meeting originally scheduled for tonight has been cancelled due to weather forecast.
Due to the winter storm warning, All schools in the Maple Run Unified School District will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday February 7th. This includes Bellows Free Academy St. Albans, Northwest Technical Center, St. Albans Town Educational Center, St. Albans City School, Fairfield Center School, and all pre-school and Kindergarten programs. The Maple Run School Board Meeting tomorrow evening will also be canceled.
MRUSD Board meeting is scheduled for 6:00 Wednesday, 2/7 at Central Office. The agenda is posted here: Agenda
Maple Run's Annual Report has been posted here: http://5il.co/2qsn. Anyone who looked at it prior to Monday Feb 5. should know that there has been a correction on page 29.
BFA Teacher named VEHI PATH Rockstar! Nominated by BFA Wellness Leader, Lynn Bouchard, Jim Naylor is deemed a wellness Rockstart - see more in "news".
This message from Superintendent Kevin Dirth is to notify you that due to high winds, downed trees and power outages, police have recommended that schools be closed today. All schools in the Maple Run Unified School District are closed today, Monday October 30. This includes Bellows Free Academy St. Albans, Northwest Technical Center, St. Albans Town Educational Center, St. Albans City School, Fairfield Center School, and all pre-school and Kindergarten programs.
Join us at the MRUSD Board Meeting tonight – 6 p.m. hosted by Northwest Technical Center. The meeting will be held in the medical professions classroom. Arrive by 5:45 and enjoy some refreshments prepared by the Culinary Arts students.
Central Office Street Construction in full swing. If stopping in park out back and use side door.
Road Construction Continues on Catherine St. When visiting Central Office please use side door.
Join us at the 6:00 MRUSD Board Meeting Wednesday September 6 at Collins Perley Sports Complex.
Need summer meals for your children? Check out this link to find summer meal providers near you! https://www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks
Don't miss our special board meeting tonight at SATEC beginning at 6pm. We will be celebrating our local school boards!