September 2017

Greetings Athens & Grafton Communities!

I’m just so thrilled that the new school year is upon us. I was just speaking to someone the other day about how the autumn for those of us in education is sort of like the “spring” in meteorological sense; this is a time for new beginnings, new growth and hopefully a proliferation of what was seeded previously. The staff is ready to continue the cultivation and make this the best year yet!

This is the start of my third year as the principal of this delightful school. I am so thankful for all of the support I have received from the community as I have traversed the ins and outs of the state of Vermont, its traditions and of course, its educational system. I still consider myself a student in many aspects of my job as a educational leader. I take the phrase of being a “life long learner” seriously and embody it by attending workshops and taking coursework in my spare time in order to continually develop my skill set. My specific interests right now are learning about how to best support students and families who have undergone or are going through trauma, best practices related to literacy development and the neuroscience of learning.

There is going to be a lot going on over the next few months with the full roll out of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), implications for school districts in this time of Act 46 and other mandates that may come down from the Agency of Education (AOE).  I highly encourage all families to follow our School Board meetings (the 2nd Thursday evening of every month), whether attending in person, watching on Fact TV or reading the meeting’s minutes published shortly thereafter. I believe it was Thomas Jefferson who said that an educated citizenry is vital for our survival as a free people.

I wish you all a happy and healthy fall season! Please reach out if there is anything that the school can be in support of.


Cela Dorr

Athens-Grafton Joint Contract School

PO Box 226

Grafton VT 05146