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School Safety Week October 15th-21st

With School Safety Week approaching, we wanted to share this document published by the Vermont School Safety Center for parents/guardians/loved ones during a school emergency. This also explains the terminology  and procedures we follow under certain urgent situations.

School Emergency Information Guide for Parents and Guardians

Consolidated Federal Program Assurance Letter

Grafton Elementary School (GES) is comprised of two local education agencies (LEA): Athens Town District and Grafton Town District. Both LEAs participate in the Consolidated Federal Grant (CFG) program and are required to communicate certain assurances to the parents and the community.
1. Parents whose children attend schools that receive Title 1 funds have the right to request the professional qualifications of their child’s classroom teacher, from the school. Additionally, parents can access this information on the Agency of Education (AOE)’s website in their database titled “Look Up An Educator”.
2. Statewide Academic assessments are given to students at GES in grades 3-6. The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) measures students’ abilities in the areas of reading, writing and mathematics standards of Common Core. The New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) in Science has typically been administered in the late spring of 4th grade. The Agency of Education (AOE) will be implementing a new science assessment this school year for a field test. This time, students in 5th grade will take the new science test.  Individual student results are distributed to parents/guardians when they have been released from embargo. Test results are also released to the public when allowed.
3. Students in grades 1-6 across the WNESU take a quarterly assessment called Track My Progress (TMP). This assesses students in their abilities for english language arts and mathematics. Students also are tracked in their reading growth through the Fountas & Pinnell Benchmarking System and this year GES will also be using the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Reading Inventory for certain students.
4. The Student-Parent-School Compact is published in the GES Handbook, annually. The handbook is available on our school’s website to peruse. Families sign off that they have read and received the handbook as part of their beginning of school paperwork.
5. The School Report Card is published annually and made available at Town Meeting time.
If you have any questions about this letter of assurance, please contact Principal Cela Dorr

Parent-Teacher Conferences Tuesday, October 10th

Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled all day on Tuesday, October 10th, from 8AM-2:45PM . If you haven’t already made an appointment to meet with your child’s teacher, please contact the school and we will set you up with a time to meet.

6th Grade Apple Pie Bake Sale-bakers and eaters wanted!

On Sunday, October 8th (Columbus Day weekend), the 6th graders will be selling apple pies and other delicious fall treats in order to help fund their trip to Camp Keewaydin in the spring. We are searching for both bakers and eaters! If you can make a pie or some kind of baked good, please contact the school. And if you like baked goods….open your wallet for Sunday’s sale!

Back to School Open House

The date for our Open House has changed!  It was originally scheduled for Thursday, 9/14, but that was in conflict with our School Board meeting.  As a result, we have changed the date to Tuesday, 9/12, from 6:00 – 7:00pm.  We hope to see you all there!

First Day of School

Our first student school day will be Wednesday, August 30th!  School bus schedules will be available soon and will be posted on the WNESU web site and published in local papers.  If you and your child would like to see the school and meet the teachers before school begins, we will have a “Meet & Greet” on Tuesday August 29th from 2:00 – 3:00.  Our Back to School Open House is scheduled for Thursday, September 14th from 6:00 – 7:00.  Enjoy the rest of your summer!

6th Grade Graduation

Our 6th grade class will be graduating from GES on Wednesday, 6/14 at 6:00.

Memorial Day Photos

GES needs your help!  The Grafton community has been observing Memorial Day for 150 years!  GES is trying to gather pictures of these observances from as many years as possible to compare and contrast observances through the decades.  Do you have a picture you could share with us?