• Let them eat.. Let them eat..
  • ...cake! ...cake!
  • Visit the ocean, Visit the ocean,
  • and meet a mermaid! and meet a mermaid!
  • You might run into some pirates, You might run into some pirates,
  • or a yellow submarine! or a yellow submarine!

Westminster Schools Welcomes Doug Kussius!

WECOME!! On May 3rd the Westminster School Board of Directors approved hiring Mr. Kussius for the 2016-17 school year, to begin on July 1st . He is the current principal of Richford Elementary School, where he has served for five years. Mr. Kussius received his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz, his Masters of Education degree from Georgia State University and a Certificate of Advance Study of Education from Antioch New England Graduate School. Prior to becoming the principal in Richford, Mr. Kussius was a classroom teacher and a teacher of technology and integration. He began his teaching career in Snellville, GA at the Gwinnett County Public Schools. He moved to VT and taught at the Bradford Elementary School. We look forward to Mr. Kussius joining the Westminster Schools


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2016 Spring Grow It! Workshop for Garden Leaders

2016 Spring Grow It! Workshop for Garden Leaders

Westminster, Vt. – May 11th     

Presented by Vermont Community Garden Network in partnership with Charlie Nardozzi

Join community and school garden leaders from your region for this workshop focused on exploring strategies for recruiting and engaging gardeners and volunteers. Learn strategies to boost your garden programs, share stories and ideas, and celebrate this growing movement.


Where and When

The spring workshop in Westminster is Wednesday, May 11, from 4:00-7:00pm, including a hearty snack.  The workshop will take place at Westminster Center School at 301 School St., Westminster, VT 05158.



Registration is $35 per workshop.  VCGN members are eligible for discounted registrations.  Learn about the VCGN membership program and sign up before you register for the workshop to receive your discount athttp://vcgn.org/membership/.  Sliding scale option also available upon request.

Please pre-register.  For a list of all 7 Grow It! locations and dates across the state, more detailed workshop info, and online registration go to: http://vcgn.org/what-we-do/growit.  Questions?  Call (802) 861-4769.


Professional development certificates for workshop attendance available upon request.


Share the news!

Please help us spread the word about this unique opportunity.  Do you know other people in your community who are involved with a community or school garden project or are looking to start something new?  Would your garden group benefit from some group planning time?  Bring a team!  Please feel free to forward this email as well as post and share the attached flier broadly.  Thank you for helping us spread the word!


Many thanks to Food Connects for helping us bring Grow It! to your region!

West School Kindergarten Play Night

Tuesday May 3rd

5 – 6pm

Families with incoming kindergarteners are invited to come visit the school, tour the building and grounds, meet parents of other children who attend the West School and ask questions about school choice in Westminster.

The West School is open to all Kindergarten through Third Grade students of families who live in Westminster. WNESU provides transportation – morning and afternoon.  West School students participate in all activities open to students who attend the Center School – including before and after school programs, winter sports, and all school events.

The school structure has two multiage classrooms: a K-1 classroom and a 2-3 classroom.  At the end of the four years at the West School, students transition to the Center School for grades 4-6. Come take a look at the West School to see if it is the right choice for your children.


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Would you enjoy sharing some of your time and talent with our community’s children? There are many ways in which you can at either the Center School, the West School, or both!


Are you a grandparent, former teacher, parent of children in the community schools, community leader, business owner, interested citizen? Are you an artist, builder, car mechanic, gardener, author, poet, musician? Do you speak a language other than English? Do you like winter sports? Whatever your interest and expertise, we will look for a match with our children and their teachers.


We are creating a database of people willing to help out. You can volunteer once, occasionally or frequently. We will work to match your schedule with the children’s and teachers’ needs. If you are interested in learning more, please complete this form and we will contact you.


Name:   _______________________________________________________________________


Email Address:  ______________________________               Phone:  _________________________


Areas of Interest: (check or circle all that apply)

Reading with students Editing student writing for publication
Crafts projects Computer programming and graphic design
Sewing Weaving on a loom
Pottery making Gardening
Science enrichment Nature-based outdoor activities
Theater Music
Recess supervision Cooking
Winter sports (even help putting on skates!) International travel
Afterschool activities Stories from other cultures
Biking Local history
Math problem solving Exploring numbers













Other Special Talent or Interest You Would Like to Share: _____________________________________________________________________________________


Availability: (check or circle all that apply)

  • 20 minutes to one hour per week
  • Once a month for a few hours
  • Occasional help with enrichment workshops for teachers
  • Best days of the week: __________________________________________________________
  • Mornings: ____________ or Afternoons: ______________ or All Day: _____________________
  • Other: _______________________________________________________________________


Please return this form to Dr. Cheryl Charles, Chair, WSC Community Education Support Committee,

574 Cross Road, Westminster West, Vermont 05346; or scan and email the form to Cheryl.charles@wnesu.com. You may call Cheryl with questions at 802-536-5035. Thanks!