Absences Add Up!
Missing just 2 days a month
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Project Wrap Around
Thank you for your interest in Project Wrap Around, a community support program for the Rutland Middle School and its grade 7 and 8 students. If you would provide us with some basic contact information and the nature of your volunteerism interest, we will contact you and begin our orientation process. The teachers, students and administration are grateful for your interest in supporting our students.
January is School Board Recognition Month! Thank you to Dick Courcelle, Rob Kurchena, Mike Blow, Hurley Cavacas, Dena Goldberg, Kam Johnston, Alison Notte, Matthew Olewnik, Joanne Pencak, Charlene Seward and Erin Shimp for their dedicated commitment to public education and continuing service to the children of Rutland City Public Schools.
January 11, 2019
Last week I shared information regarding two exciting community partnership initiatives we are in the process of developing, Project Wrap Around: Life in the Middle and Project Wrap Around: Strength is our Foundation. We are in the final stages of developing the survey for our community members to complete as a form of the application process. I also wrote of the importance of schools continuing the work of creating compassionate communities. Compassionate communities are places where kids learn empathy, conflict resolution and respect for one another, because of the modeling and teaching by the adults in the schools.
As we end the first semester of the 2018/19 school year, I want to thank folks for the tremendous work that is being done throughout the district. The work of our maintenance and custodial staff that keep our schools immaculate. Our bus drivers (great photo in the Herald a few weeks back), librarians and nurses for their care and support of our children. Our phenomenal Para educators for supporting some of our neediest children. Our teachers that put their blood sweat and tears into planning and providing high quality instruction. Our administrative teams that provide essential leadership for our schools. Finally, to the Longfellow staff for the hard work provided to support our schools. Thanks for a great semester for Every Student, Every Day!
As we prepare to begin the second semester I want to remind everyone of two things shared during the convocation in August. First, make mistakes. If you make mistakes be sure to learn from them. I know in the six months I’ve been Superintendent I’ve made plenty of mistakes. Mistakes that you may be aware of and others you don’t have a clue about. I’ve learned many lessons about my leadership and self as a result. Reflection is amazing! Second I shared to take risks. I took a risk to move to Vermont and that risk has definitely paid dividends. I also took the risk to reach out to the members of Project Vision for community support (you do know that the Superintendent is supposed to have ALL the answers. Well I definitely don’t).