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UPDATED INFORMATION 5.28.2020 at 2:0pm


Hello Seniors and Families,

I hope you all enjoyed our Senior Sign and parade event. It was wonderful seeing some of you and guess what? We are two weeks away from your end of the year activities!

Here is a summary of those activities:

Thursday, June 4th, 6 pm - YouTube Live Event

During this event, we will be showing a recording of your graduation rehearsal. We are going to film a mock walkthrough so that you will know what to expect when you graduate. This event will also be for our BFA Yearbook Dedication!

Friday, June 5th Yearbook, Cap and Gown Distribution

This drive-through event will be held at the Collins Perley Sports Complex. You will need to follow the traffic flow that will be set up and stay in your vehicles. We will have runners that will bring your yearbook, cap, and gown directly to your car. You can then exit the Complex immediately after. The price for your cap and gown is $22. You can bring either cash or make a check payable to Balfour. Also, if you did not order a yearbook, we ordered extra. Yearbooks are $50 cash or check written out to MRUSD. The following is your time slot to attend this event:

Adamczak - Chamberlain 4-4:45 pm

Chambers - Gaboury 4:45-5:30 pm

Gagne - Lamson 5:30-6:15 pm

Lanco-Jackson - Robtoy 6:15-7:00 pm

Rocheleau - Zorn 7-7:45 pm

If you cannot come during your allotted time, please email me (tcallan@maplerun.org). You must have your cap and gown for graduation.

Here is a traffic flow map for this event:

Sunday, June 7, 2020, Virtual Sports Ceremony

This ceremony will be aired on Northwest Access Broadcast Comcast Channel 1079 and YouTube. Time is 7 pm.

Monday, June 8, 2020, Virtual Awards and Scholarship Ceremony

This ceremony will be aired on Northwest Access Broadcast Comcast Channel 1079 and YouTube. Time is 7 pm.

Monday, June 8, 2020 - Collection Day - 1 pm - 7 pm

Seniors are to return any school books, library books, Chromebooks to BFA North through designated cafeteria windows. All materials must be returned in order to receive your diploma. If you cannot make it between this time frame, please email me (tcallan@maplerun.org).

Friday, June 12, 2020 - Awards & Certificates Distribution Event - Times TBD

This event will be held at BFA North through designated cafeteria windows. This will be for picking up awards and certificates.

Graduation - June 9 - June 13th

As stated in last week’s update, this year’s commencement will be a 2-part graduation. It is highly recommended that you watch the YouTube event on Thursday, June 4th at 6 pm. This will be your graduation rehearsal.

On June 9th - 11th you will arrive at the Collins Perley Complex at your assigned time slot. Refer to your time at the end of this document.

You will arrive in your cap and gown, and walk-in alphabetical order. We suggest that you ride to the Complex in the same car as your family. You are limited to two family members to join you for the ceremony. Upon your arrival at the Complex, you will be directed where to park. Please stay in your vehicles until you hear your name announced over the public address system. When called, staff will assist you in lining up outside of the Southside of the Complex. You and your two family members will walk through the ice rink and tennis court, up to the graduation stage. You will walk across the stage and receive your diploma. Once off the stage, you will have an opportunity for a professional photo with Whipple Photography. Your family is welcome to take photos while you are on stage. BFA will be purchasing one professional photo for each senior. Once your photo is taken, you will be ushered out the Northside of the Complex and will return to your vehicles. This whole process will be filmed. All of the graduation speeches will also be pre-recorded. These recordings along with musical pieces will be pulled together as a production for you all to watch from your homes on Saturday, June 13th at 11 am. This will be aired on Northwest Access Broadcast Comast Channel 1079 and YouTube as well. This production will be made available to all seniors in a media file.

If you have any questions regarding this information, please do not hesitate to contact me (527-6400 or tcallan@maplerun.org).

Regards, Ms. Callan, Graduation Coordinator

Graduation - Walkthrough and Diploma Receipt

Date & Time

Tuesday, June 9th

5 - 5:30 pm Adamczak - Baker

5:30 - 6 pm Bates - Bessette

6 - 6:30 pm Biggs - Branon

6:30 - 7 pm Brooks - Casey

7 - 7:30 pm Cave - Courtois

7:30 - 8 pm Cronin - DesLauriers

8 - 8:30 pm Desotell - Dunn

Wednesday, June 10th

5 - 5:30 pm Dunne - Gagne

5:30 - 6 pm Gamache - Hamblett

6 - 6:30 pm Harding - Hayden

6:30 - 7 pm Hayes - Irwin

7 - 7:30 pm Jaycox - Laberge

7:30 - 8 pm Lambert - Livingston

8 - 8:30 pm Lockerby - McAllister

Thursday, June 11th

5 - 5:30 pm McKenzie - Newhall

5:30 - 6 pm Notingor - Pietras

6 - 6:30 pm Piotrowski - Root

6:30 - 7 pm Rouleau - Smith

7 - 7:30 pm Sparrow - Thibault

7:30 - 8 pm Torbert - Weinstein

8 - 8:30 pm Weishaar - Zorn




UPDATED INFORMATION 5.21.2020 at 4:30pm

Hello Seniors and Families,

As Mr. Kimball indicated yesterday in his email, you are in the homestretch for graduation. Congratulations!

In this communication, I will provide you with dates for upcoming senior activities and a summary of these events. As we work through the planning process, additional details will be sent as well.

Thursday, June 4th, 6 pm - YouTube Live Event

During this event, we will be showing a recording of your graduation rehearsal. We are going to film a mock walkthrough so that you will know what to expect when you graduate. This event will also be for our BFA Yearbook Dedication!

Friday, June 5th Yearbook, Cap and Gown Distribution

This drive-through event will be held at the Collins Perley Sports Complex. You will need to stay in your vehicles and drive around the circle at the main entrance of the Complex. We will have runners that will bring your yearbook, cap, and gown directly to your car. You can then exit the Complex immediately after. The price for your cap and gown is $22. You can bring either cash or make a check payable to Balfour. Also, if you did not order a yearbook, we ordered extra. Yearbooks are $50 cash or check written out to MRUSD. The following is your time slot to attend this event:

Adams - Chamberlain4-4:45 pm

Chambers - Gaboury4:45-5:30 pm

Gagne - Lamson5:30-6:15 pm

Lanco-Jackson - Robtoy 6:15-7:00 pm

Rocheleau - Zorn7-7:45 pm

If you can not come during your allotted time, please email me (tcallan@maplerun.org). You must have your cap and gown for graduation.

Sunday, June 7, 2020, Virtual Sports Ceremony

This ceremony will be broadcast on Channel 15 and YouTube. Time is TBD.

Monday, June 8, 2020, Virtual Awards and Scholarship Ceremony

This ceremony will be broadcast on Channel 15 and YouTube. Time is TBD.

Monday, June 8, 2020 - Collection Day - 1 pm - 7 pm

Seniors are to return any school books, library books, Chromebooks to BFA North through designated cafeteria windows. All materials must be returned in order to receive your diploma. If you can not make this time, please email me (tcallan@maplerun.org).

Friday, June 12, 2020 - Awards & Certificates Distribution Event - Times TBD

This event will be held at BFA North through designated cafeteria windows. This will be for picking up awards and certificates.

Graduation - June 9 - June 13th

This year’s commencement will be a 2-part graduation. It is highly recommended that you watch the YouTube event on Thursday, June 4th at 6 pm. This will be your graduation rehearsal. On June 9th - 11th you will arrive at the Collins Perley Complex at your assigned time slot. You will arrive in your cap and gown, and walk-in alphabetical order. For example, Tuesday, June 9th 5 pm will begin with last name Adams. I will be sending out that exact schedule next week. We suggest that you ride to the Complex in the same car as your family. You are limited to two family members to join you for the ceremony. Upon your arrival at the Complex, you will be directed where to park. Please stay in your vehicles until you hear your name announced over the public address system. When called, staff will assist you in lining up outside of the Southside of the Complex. You and your two family members will walk through the ice rink and tennis court, up to the graduation stage. You’ll walk across the stage and receive your diploma. Once off the stage, you will have an opportunity for a professional photo with Whipple Photography. Your family is welcome to take photos while you are on stage. BFA will be purchasing one professional photo for each senior. Once your photo is taken, you will be ushered out the Northside of the Complex and will return to your vehicles. This whole process will be filmed. All of the graduation speeches will also be pre-recorded. These recordings along with musical pieces will be pulled together as a production for you all to watch from your homes on Saturday, June 13th at 11 am. This production will be made available to all seniors in a media file.

Note: The Senior Slide Show will be projected on the screens for you to view as you walk up to the graduation stage as well as shown on YouTube the evening of June 12th, Time TBD.

If you have any questions regarding this information, please do not hesitate to contact me (524-6400 or tcallan@maplerun.org).

One last announcement, make sure to take a drive by the Collins Perley Complex this weekend to view some special messages for the Class of 2020.

Regards,

Ms. Callan

Graduation Coordinator



UPDATED INFORMATION 5.20.2020 at 5:00pm

Dear Seniors,

We want to express heartfelt congratulations at reaching the homestretch of your senior year! The end is in sight. Having said that, we want to make sure that everyone is putting forth the effort necessary to reach proficiency and earn the credits necessary to graduate. This has been an extremely challenging second semester. Even in the face of these challenges, we want to make sure everyone is positioned to graduate.

To receive credit in your classes:

  • You must achieve a minimum score of a 2.5
  • You must actively engage in your class which means completing assignments

Every student needs to communicate with their teachers to be sure you are meeting the minimum expectations to pass the class. Powerschool might indicate that you have a passing score, however, if you have not engaged that score may be converted to an INC - incomplete which means no credit. You would need to return in the fall to complete the course.

If you have already developed a plan with your teacher, then you have taken the first necessary step. If you have not done that, please do so immediately. We want to make sure that all seniors have the opportunity to receive their diploma in June. If you need any further assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to your teachers or administration.

Sincerely,

Bill Kimball - Principal/Assistant Superintendent
Heather Fitzgibbons - Assistant Principal
Sara Kattam - Assistant Principal




UPDATED INFORMATION 5.14.2020 at 2:00pm

Good afternoon seniors and families,

Thank you for attending or watching our live YouTube senior event on Tuesday evening and for all your feedback on our upcoming end of the year senior activities. We have been actively working through several coordination aspects and although we do not yet have all the specific details ironed out, I want to give you a summary of our 4 events and Tentative Dates:

1) Senior Distribution Event. Seniors will go to the Collins Perley Complex, bring back any school items*,* and pick up their yearbooks, caps & gowns, and other various items such as awards, certificates, etc. on Friday, June 5th.
2) Virtual Sports Banquet. Sunday, June 7, 2020
3) Virtual Awards and Scholarship Ceremony, Thursday, June 11, 2020
4) Graduation. Graduation will be a 2-part commencement process. 

Seniors and a limited amount of family members will go to the Complex, the senior will be in their cap and gown, walk across the stage and receive their diploma, have a photo opportunity, and be ushered out of the Complex. This will be filmed. All speeches and music will be recorded. This process will take 2-3 days to accomplish abiding by social distance requirements. Tentatively Tuesday, June 9th - Thursday, June 11th. The second part of the process will be the overall production of the ceremony will be broadcast on Channel 15 on Saturday, June 13th at 11 am.

This is a summary and more details on each specific event will follow next week, including confirmed dates and times for these events.

Thank you for your continued support and patience.

Bill


UPDATED INFORMATION 5.12.2020 at 3:00pm

Tuesday, May 12th from 6 to 7 pm will be our first installment of planning the end of the year celebrations with our seniors and their families.

Here is the link for this evening's live event: https://youtu.be/dkQtv4A1O6Y


UPDATED INFORMATION 5.8.2020 at 2:30pm

Hello students and families,

The week's update includes:

State of VT Agency of Education guidance on senior events and graduation:

  • Work Packet Student Drop Off - Starting next week, we'll have a work collection bin outside the Academy Street entrance of the North Building every weekday.
  • Locker and personal contents pick up - By the end of next week, we will have an announcement describing how students can retrieve their belongings.

Next Tuesday, May 12th from 6 to 7 pm will be our first installment of planning the end of the year celebrations with our seniors and their families. This event will happen over Youtube live and we will release the link 2-hours before the event.

Next Thursday, May 14th from 6 to 7 pm, we will have a YouTube Live event for all students and families where we will talk about mental health strategies during this crisis; How some faculty are giving their time to the community; and we will review the results of the student-parent survey. We will release the link 2-hours before the event.

Thank you for completing the on-line student-parent survey and I look forward to working with you during these next two live events.

Sincerely,

Bill Kimball


UPDATED INFORMATION 5.5.2020 at 2:30pm

Hello students and parents.

This week’s update contains information on:

  • Scoring and PowerSchool
  • Next round of work packet distribution
  • Spring Sports
  • Construction restarted
  • No Final Exams

Scoring and PowerSchool

We have received a few questions about scoring and how PowerSchool is dealing with the input of new assignment scores. To review, if a student has a course score of 2.5 or greater on their progress report and remains active in the class (hands in their assignments and does what is asked of them by their teacher) they either receive the score they had at progress report time or better if their overall course average has increased. If students do not remain active in the course, they will receive an Incomplete.

Currently, in the parent portal, PowerSchool shows the student’s final grade across the entire course. In June, the teacher will have to look at the grade at the progress report time and compare it to the final grade in PowerSchool. If the score has lowered, then the teacher will have to override the final score with the higher score from Progress Reports. If you need help gaining access to either PowerSchool or your child’s progress report, please look at the website on BFA’s Remote Learning Page.

If a student had a course score below 2.5 at the Progress Report time, their performance this spring can raise their grade above a 2.5, they will be awarded credit for the class, otherwise, it will be Incomplete. If the course score at progress report time was lower than a 1.5 and has not participated in remote learning to bring up their score, a CD (Credit Denied) will appear on their transcript.

Work Packet Distribution

New work packets containing the next two weeks of work will be printed and mailed home on Monday and Tuesday of next week.

Spring Sports

Vermont’s Principal Association has announced that 2020 Spring sports have been canceled for this year. We are very saddened to hear this news, but understand it is the best decision to keep everyone safe. If the Stay at Home Order is lifted on May 15th, the VPA felt there was not enough time to have a very short spring season.

Construction

Construction has restarted as of April 27th. A great deal of work is happening between the two buildings and starting the sprinkle work in the gymnasium.

Final Exams

There will not be a final exam assessment schedule in June or final exams.

Sincerely,

Bill Kimball


UPDATED INFORMATION 4.30.2020 at 8:30am

Happy Thursday Seniors.

We hope that you are enjoying Spring Spirit week and that your remote learning week is going well.

We have a special senior event to announce. Traditionally, your overall group Class of 2020 photo is first seen when you receive your yearbooks in June. This year, we will unveil this tomorrow, Friday, May 1st! We have made a 48" x 96" banner of your class photo! This banner will be placed at the front steps of BFA (where you took the photo this past Fall). To protect the banner, it will be displayed tomorrow from 8 am to 4 pm and starting next week, on weekdays from 8 am to 8 pm for your viewing. Please keep in mind social distancing of 6 ft when you come to view the banner.

For the past three weeks, many of Vermont's High School Principals have been meeting to discuss ideas about the end of year celebrations. We were told a month ago that we would receive guidance from the Agency of Education and the Department of Health by May 8th. Prior to that time, principals have been asked to submit ideas and I have sent in all the suggestions I have received from seniors and parents. From our Youtube live event and e-mails, we have heard loud and clear that the priorities have been for seniors to physically walk across the stage for graduation. We are trying to figure out a way to do this while we keep social distancing happening. Some ideas have been to set up chairs for parents and seniors outside and with social distance between families and using face masks, to having families be in cars, to having only seniors at the event, and to broadcast it through the cable access channel and the internet, just to name a few.

< Before we make any decisions on which way we should move forward, I am waiting for guidance from the AOE and the Governor’s office. Yesterday, in his press release, he said he reminded Vermonters his guidance would be out by May 8th.

Also, next week we will be sending out a survey to seniors and to the parents of seniors for additional feedback to learn more about the priorities everyone has for our celebrations. This survey will be similar to some of the questions I asked in the YouTube live event we had a month ago. We plan to have two surveys, one for seniors and one for the parents to hear our priorities for our end of the year celebrations. We will ask you some of the same questions we asked you at the start of the month and some additional questions. The results of this survey will be shared back with you and we will use them to inform our thinking and planning process.

We would like to conclude today with reiterating our first priority of health and safety as well as our commitment to our seniors on your end of year activities. We fully believe that communication is key and if you have any questions or concerns, we want to hear from you.

We hope that you enjoy the Class of 2020 photo banner.

Sincerely,

Bill Kimball


UPDATED INFORMATION 4.29.2020 at 8:30am

Work Packet Drop Off Information BFA

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

For those students who received paper work packets:

WORK PACKET DROP OFFwill be held on Thursday, April 30th and Friday, May 1st. A drop off bin will be placed outside of the north building at the Academy Drive entrance (by the cafeteria).

The bin will be out Thursday and Friday 9 AM to 3 PM.

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UPDATED INFORMATION 4.16.2020 at 12:30pm

Good afternoon Seniors,

I hope that you are all transitioning well into BFA's continuity of the
learning phase. Although it is a challenging time, we are all part of
making history during this unique time.

My goal for the senior class is that every one of you graduates this
June. For that to happen, you need to pass your second semester and
year-long courses. As we stated last week, if you currently have a
score greater than 2.5 at the progress report time and remain active in
your work, you will receive credit. If your score is below 2.5 in a
class you need to graduate, please work with your instructor to know
what you need to do to pass the class.

Your teachers should be communicating to you what you must do to remain
active in your classes. This spring, in particular, is not a time to
"slack off" or "senior slide." For those of you who are in jeopardy of
not graduating, you and your parents will receive a letter from me
explaining what you need to complete to graduate. I know each of you
can do the work to ensure you do graduate.

Yesterday, we announced a "tentative" prom date of June 6th.
Safety comes first but we are hopeful for this Roaring 20's party in your honor.

Enjoy your Friday off and restful spring break.

Bill


UPDATED INFORMATION 4.14.2020 at 4:45

Hello all

Mr. Kimball and Ms. Wright will be co-hosting a "live" YouTube webcast for all students and families tonight, April 14 at 6 pm. 

The link for this event is at https://youtu.be/LuKWajn05YI. You will be able to chat if you have a YouTube account.

The focus of this event will be to review student expectations during continuous learning and to clarify any questions and concerns.

See you tonight.

Bill Kimball


UPDATED INFORMATION 4.13.2020 at 10am

Monday, April 13, 2020

April 14th at 6 pm, Mr. Kimball and Ms. Wright will be co-hosting a
"live" YouTube webcast for all students and families
. The focus of this
event will be to review student expectations during continuous learning
and to clarify any questions and concerns.

We will post the link Tuesday, 2 hours prior to the broadcast via
blackboard connect messaging, our school website, and Facebook. Please
join us.

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UPDATED INFORMATION 4.10.2020 at 4pm

Happy Friday everyone.

I just wanted to take a moment to remind the entire BFA community that next Monday, April 13th, we are entering the continuity of learning plan as ordered by Governor Scott. This means teachers will be delivering new learning through our COVID-19 Remote Learning Plan and we will be taking attendance daily for all students. This expectation along with other student expectations and resources for families is outlined on our website.

Last night we had a terrific showing of seniors and their families at our YouTube live event to discuss senior celebrations. At one point, we had approximately 150 viewers. Next Tuesday, April 14th at 6 pm, Ms. Wright and I will be co-hosting a "live" YouTube webcast for all students and families. The focus of this event will be to review student expectations during continuous learning and to clarify any questions and concerns.

I want to thank all of you for being active during our maintenance of the learning phase and wish you a restful weekend.

Sincerely,

Bill Kimball
Interim Principal BFA
Maple Run Assistant Superintendent


UPDATED INFORMATION 4.9.2020 at 7:30am

Communication to Parents and Students

This coming Monday, April 13th, NWTC and Bellows Free Academy will start our continuity of learning plan as instructed by the Governor and the VT Agency of Education. In order to facilitate this process, students and families need to be aware of some common changes and support for students. During the past three weeks, teachers and students have been meeting to maintain their learning and we have found that over 95% of our students are able to contact our school via electronic means. For those who lack access to high school courses through the internet, we are determined to find multiple ways to support learning. More…

Click here to read the full posting on the Bellows Free Academy Green and Gold Blog


UPDATED INFORMATION 4.8.2020 at 1:30pm

Dear Bellows Free Academy Seniors and Families:

I will be hosting a “live” YouTube web cast with seniors and families Thursday, April 9th at 6 pm.

Please join in by clicking on the link below.

Try watching this video on www.youtube.com

During this event, we will focus on discussing the following senior activities:

  • Senior receipt of yearbooks and caps and gowns
  • Senior Class Family Brunch
  • Senior Sports Banquet
  • Class Night
  • Senior Potluck/ Class Slideshow / Project Graduation
  • Graduation

I look forward to this event with you.

Bill


UPDATED INFORMATION 4.7.2020 at 1:30pm

Remote Learning - From Superintendent Dirth

Here is a link to a letter from Dr. Dirth with information about some of our plans for remote learning: https://5il.co/eqa1

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UPDATED INFORMATION 4.2.2020 at 1:30pm

Dear Bellows Free Academy Seniors and Families,

Last Thursday, I wrote to you after learning that Governor Phil Scott announced that schools would not be returning to in-person instruction for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. I am still sad about the loss of our physical connections at Bellows Free Academy, but I remain optimistic that we will strive to provide some unique opportunities for the Class of 2020. As you are aware, we are currently in the phase of maintenance of learning where you should be concentrating on catching up and being current in all of your work assignments. We will be shifting to online continuous learning the week of April 13th. You will be hearing more about this in the near future and I encourage you to stay in close contact with all of your teachers, advisors, and counselors.

In this letter, I want to focus our thoughts on our upcoming senior activities. The Agency of Education stated in their daily memo on Friday that we will not receive guidance until May 8th; however, I assure you that we’ve already started planning. I’d like to first thank you seniors and parents who have already volunteered to help and who have offered various senior activity suggestions including graduation ideas. I will be holding a YouTube “Live” parent forum next Thursday, April 9th at 6 pm. Please join in and we can discuss senior activity options and planning.

As you know, in order to graduate, all seniors must complete ten hours of Community Service. Currently, and for the foreseeable future, best practice dictates social and physical distancing to preserve the public health. To ensure the safety of our seniors and community members, Bellows Free Academy is waiving the ten hours of Community Service as a graduation requirement. This unforeseen pandemic has required Bellows Free Academy to shift from its current practices in order to protect the health and wellbeing of all people and prevent the communicable spread of this virus to the most vulnerable among our population. Many thanks to those seniors who already completed their community service hours. Your service to our community is invaluable.

I’d like to also encourage you to watch the attached heartfelt YouTube message from one of your teachers, Mr. Moulton if you have not seen it. He talks about the three steps of success: preparation, confidence, and perseverance. He stresses that he and Bellows Free Academy as a whole cares about you, misses you, and believes in You. I couldn’t say it any better than he did. Here is the link to watch the video:

https://youtu.be/YCXXs_r1s3A

Lastly, I’d like you to know that if you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to me via email or calling 802-527-6400.

Sincerely,

Bill Kimball

Interim Principal

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UPDATED INFORMATION 4.2.2020 at 1:20pm

Dear Bellows Free Academy and NWTC Students and Families,

Not in a million years did we think we would be in a situation like this. I want to take an opportunity to thank BFA’s Custodial Staff for working so hard to sanitize and get the school clean and accessible so that our faculty and staff can access the campus as needed to continue to work for you and your families. As a school community, we are problem-solving new issues and concerns as they arise daily. It is during times like this when we call upon BFA’s greatest strength and an asset to support one another and the reason why students, faculty, and staff show up every day to the Academy; it is our collective COMMITMENT TO COMMUNITY AND EDUCATION that keeps us strong and together.

CLASSWORK: Teachers are in the process of setting up their Google Classrooms or Unified Classrooms. Bellows Free Academy will be distributing new work the week of April 13th as per the Governor’s and the Agency of Education’s directive to shift from a Maintenance of Learning to a Continuation of Learning format. We have been working hard to figure out the needs of each and every student. For those who are accessing the work digitally, we ask that you work through that mode and do not ask for packets as well. For those students who do not have internet access, we ask that you call Matt Bloom at 802- (527-6503) and leave a message that you need internet access. We are compiling a master list of students who will need hard copies of the work (i.e., no electronic access, students with plans, etc.). New packets will be mailed the week of April 13th.

DEVICES: If a device is needed, one can be picked up at the cafeteria window on Academy Drive on Mondays and Thursdays between 11:00 and 12:30. If you do not have the means to pick up the device, please contact your Guidance Counselor so that arrangements can be made for you to get one.

LOCKERS AND PERSONAL ITEMS: Lastly, we are aware that there are still students who have belongings that were left in lockers. We are working with our Custodial Team and a select group of staff to transfer belongings from lockers to bags and have them labeled. The campus is about to go into a 72-hour shutdown to help effectively eliminate any possible chance that the COVID-19 virus is on campus. Following that, based on how many lockers we have emptied, we will devise a schedule for content pick up. If you left something at school, outside your locker, please send an email to Matt Bloom or your guidance counselor to let them know you need to pick up something additional to your locker contents. The building will remain off-limits as to keep it as sanitary as possible during this time. Stay tuned for pick up times and dates.

Bellows Free Academy & NWTC: ONE COMMUNITY If you have not seen the video to Bellows Free Academy and NWTC from the staff, please go to . A big thank you to all the Bellows Free Academy and NWTC staff who created messages of hope and love to the students . Also, Luke Cioffi and Karla Kane deserve a shoutout for coming up with the idea, organizing and producing the video. Way to go Bellows Free Academy and NWTC!!!

Thank you all for your patience and continued support.

Sincerely,

Bellows Free Academy and NWTC Admin Team

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UPDATED INFORMATION 3.29.2020 at 3:30pm

Updated Schedule for Maple Run Free Breakfast & Lunch Program here: Click here to download flyer with more information

Shared Franklin County Food Resources here: https://5il.co/e8du

Shared How to Reduce ACEs at the time of COVID here: https://5il.co/eakm


UPDATED INFORMATION 3.26.2020 at 8:30pm

March 26, 2020,

Dear Families, Students and Staff,

Governor Scott just announced that all Vermont schools will remain closed through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Districts will close schools for in-person instruction and be required to implement continuity of learning plans for remote learning. This extends the Governor’s previous directive dismissing PreK-12 schools from March 18 to April 6.

This decision was made in consultation with the Vermont Department of Health and the Agency of Education in the continued effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. To minimize disruption to students’ learning, the Governor’s order directs school districts to come up with plans for distance learning by April 13.

We recognize how shocking this information is for you. It is equally as surprising to us. We expect guidance to be forthcoming with answers to your specific questions of “what now?” However, I wanted to share this with you as soon as possible.

You can read Governor Scott’s full press release online.

Sincerely,

Kevin Dirth, Superintendent of Schools

Maple Run Unified School District

An important update from Dr. Dirth about school closings can be read at this link: https://5il.co/e7r5

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UPDATED INFORMATION 3.26.2020 at 8:30pm

Hello Bellows Free Academy Seniors and Families,

By now I am sure many of you have heard that Governor Phil Scott announced at 6:00 pm tonight that schools will not be returning to in-person instruction for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. While this announcement was not entirely unexpected, the timing was earlier than we anticipated. We have not, at this time, received any guidance from the Agency of Education. I am sure that this news creates many questions and concerns for all of you. I have some of my own as well.

When I was a high school teacher I mostly taught seniors. I remember that the spring of the senior year was a time that most students looked forward to making some lasting memories. We have many traditions for Seniors at Bellows Free Academy, such as Prom, Graduation, Class Night, the Bobwhite/Comet Variety show, Project Graduation at the Complex, the Senior Brunch, NWTC Appreciation Night and many other important and meaningful events. I am saddened that this might not be the case this year, but I am also optimistic that we might be able to provide some unique opportunities for the class of 2020. Our goal is to uphold as many of these traditions as possible.

Our Maple Run Unified School District Mission Statement has always been the guiding document we have looked to in our decision making process.

The Maple Run Unified School District is where inquiring minds, compassionate hearts, creative expression, healthy lives and service to the community develop so all can learn, achieve and succeed.

It will continue to serve as such as we determine how to best support our faculty, staff, students and families during this challenging time.

Next week we will update you on any guidance we receive and processes we will be putting in place. Until then, take a deep breath, stay safe, get outside, and keep in touch with your friends and family.

Bill Kimball

Interim Principal and Assistant Superintendent

THIS IS AN UPDATED MEALS FLYER. IT REPLACES THE FLYER FROM EARLIER THIS WEEK

*Maple Run Unified School District will be providing free breakfast and lunch meals for all children 18 and under in our MRUSD communities. Meals can be

accessed Monday through Friday!*

Click here to download flyer with more information

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UPDATED INFORMATION 3.26.2020 at 4:00pm

Good evening Bellows Free Academy & NWTC,

This message is to provide clarification around the Green and Gold Schedule that was sent out yesterday.

It is Not the expectation that students are doing work or are always available throughout the dayduring the Green and Gold scheduled times.

We know that students are providing childcare, working, and have others in the house competing for internet connection.

The schedule offers a structured time when a teacher could pre-schedule a meeting with their class without running into the periods that others may be meeting.

If the schedule helps a student stay organized, then they can follow it.

It will be up to the individual teacher to determine the format and communication with the students.

Thank you for your support, and reach out if you have any further questions or concern

Warmly,

Bill, Sara, Lisa, Heather, and Leeann

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UPDATED INFORMATION 3.26.2020 at 12:00pm

Dear MRUSD Community,

I learned yesterday afternoon that there is a positive COVID-19 case that has occurred

within our school community - specifically, an employee of our SATEC community. I

have been in contact with the Secretary of Education, Dan French, and officials at the

Vermont Department of Health for their guidance…

Read the full letter here:

Link in English https://5il.co/e6qs

Link in Spanish https://5il.co/e6wh

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UPDATED INFORMATION 3.25.2020 at 3:30pm

Food Program Continues

We are sending you this message to assure our families that the MRUSD Free Summer Feeding Program will remain in place and we will continue our essential task of distributing meals to our families through bus routes and school pick-ups.

Remember - there is no charge for this meal program. It is free to all children 18 and under. If you have any questions or want to be added to the meal delivery list, please reach out to your local Pre K - 8 school.

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UPDATED INFORMATION 3.24.2020 at 9:00am

Information on Childcare for Essential Workers: https://5il.co/e3h7

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UPDATED INFORMATION 3.23.2020 at 10:30am

Information on Free Residential Internet Services and Offerings

Click Here: https://5il.co/e15q List of free wifi access in the state of Vermont

https://publicservice.vermont….


UPDATED INFORMATION 3.22.2020 at 10pm

Maple Run Unified School District will be providing free breakfast and lunch

meals for all children 18 and under in our MRUSD communities. Meals can be

accessed Monday through Friday!

Click here to download flyer with more information

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UPDATED INFORMATION 3.20.2020 at 5pm

Video messages from:

Dr. Kevin Dirth, Superintendent, MRUSD,

Bill Kimball, Interim Principal Bellows Free Academy / Assistant Superintendent

Leeann Wright, Director NWTC

Click Here to view these video messages

Check out BFA’s Administrative Blog: Growing Green and Gold for the latest updates

https://gggbfa.blogspot.com/

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UPDATED INFORMATION 3.18.2020 at 4pm

Please review the attached March 18th update from our Guidance Dept.

https://5il.co/dwus


UPDATED INFORMATION 3.17.2020 at 4pm

Dear Bellows Free Academy and NWTC Students and Families:

First and foremost, we want to thank all the students for their patience during these uncertain times. Their cooperation has been essential as we have moved to an online environment for learning the next two and half weeks. We will also take this opportunity to update you on topics for the next few weeks.

During a time of unrest or high anxiety, for both children and adults, it is best to have a routine and stay active. We understand that the more we adhere to a routine and participate in daily physical exercise, the better we will be able to deal with the unexpected. Therefore, we suggest that you have a routine for your children and yourself while you are at home that includes physical activity multiple times a day. Keep a regular sleep/wake schedule, get outside for a walk or a hike with the family or something else that is fun and can be done around the home, while keeping isolated from others in the community.

The BFANWTC buildings are closed to all outside visitors as we do a thorough cleaning of our facilities; however, the Academy Street entrance will remain open. If you need to communicate with any of the staff members or administration, we ask you either call or e-mail us. Our e-mails can be found on the BFANWTC website, under the staff link in the menu on the left-hand corner of the main webpage.

The faculty at BFANWTC have created work packets for those who do not have internet access or would like paper. If your child was not here this week, work packets will be ready for pick up on Thursday, 3/19/20 from 12:00 until 5:00 and from 8:00 - 3:00 on Friday 3/20/20. Please come to the Bellows Free Academy entrance at Academy Drive. You will be met at the front door. Once we know your student’s name, we will look up hisher schedule and send staff members to the cafeteria to gather your student’s work. We are hoping this whole process will take less than five minutes.

Additionally, for families that indicated through our technology survey that they needed a device, a Chromebook will be provided and available at the same time on Thursday and Friday during the work packet pick up. Furthermore, if your family is in need of internet access during this time to support the maintenance of learning, Comcast is offering free internet through internetessentials.com . There will most likely be a waiting period, but as we are dealing with an ever-changing landscape it may not hurt to set this up as we do not know exactly when operations will be back to normal.

If you have questions or concerns, we ask that you call your child’s counselor as they will be assisting with either answering your questions or finding any information you might need.

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.

Sincerely,

Bill Kimball Leeann Wright

Interim Principal Director

Bellows Free Academy Northwest Technical Center

Click here to download this letter

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UPDATED INFORMATION 3.17.2020

The Maple Run Unified School District has switched to the Free Summer Feeding Program to help feed the children of our community during the COVID-19closures. Here is a link to the details: English: https://5il.co/dv5j Spanish: https://5il.co/dv67

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UPDATED INFORMATION 3.17.2020 at 2pm

The Maple Run Unified School District has switched to the Free Summer Feeding Program to help feed the children of our community during the COVID-19 closures. We will have our pick-up sites listed below and we are also delivering to bus stops in Fairfield, St. Albans City, and St. Albans Town. You will be getting a short phone survey to help us prepare for delivery and pick-up by Thursday March 19th.

Please help us plan by answering the survey that you will receive shortly.

If you have any questions please reach out to the following staff at your school:

FCS - Brenda Goodhue 827-6639 or bgoodhue@maplerun.org

SACS - Jennifer Seymour 527-0565 or jseymour@maplerun.org

SATEC -Tammy Deso 752-2700 or tdeso@maplerun.org

Bellows Free Academy - Teri Brunelle 527-6404 or tbrunelle@maplerun.org

Please click here for more details.

UPDATED INFORMATION FOR 3.16.2020

Here are links to Maple Run Specifics for Schools Closings:

English: https://5il.co/dqh0

Spanish: https://5il.co/dqh1

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UPDATED INFORMATION FOR 3.13.2020

Parents and Community Members;

I want to give you an update on what we know as of today on COVID-19.

First, we want to let you know that the District is continuing to work closely with the Health Department and to follow their guidelines on COVID-19, as mentioned in last week’s letter to you and the community. We are told the absolute best line of defense is keeping surfaces clean, washing hands, not touching your face, stay home when you are sick (very important), etc. I also want to say how impressed I have been with the Vermont Department of Health and the AOE for assisting us and keeping us informed through their website which is updated daily.

In this rapidly developing situation, there are some updates. As you will see, most have to do with ensuring we avoid large groups of people who are coming from different areas of the country or the state:

  • As you probably know, we now have 2 known cases of the virus in the state - one in southern Vermont and one in Chittenden County. Currently, there are no other known cases.
  • Until further notice, all trips outside the country have been cancelled or postponed. You should speak with your principal if you have questions on a trip.
  • The All-New England Music Festival has been cancelled.
  • The division 1 and 3 Semifinal Girls’ Basketball Games that were scheduled for March 12th.  will be postponed until further notice.
  • The March 17th SCRIPPS Spelling Bee event has been postponed until further notice.
  • Spring sports and all other related VPA events and meetings, as of today, are currently

scheduled without disruption.

This list is not exhaustive - only what I know at this time.

We have been advised that all school events which are taking place within our community can take place - concerts, assemblies, meetings, etc. In addition, schools will remain open at this time.

Our Safety Team has scheduled a meeting for tomorrow morning which will include our local representative from the Vermont Dept. of Health. At that time, he will update us and answer questions for us. After that meeting, we will send out any additional information we have.

From the Superintendent of Schools, Kevin Dirth:

https://5il.co/dmw5

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