Slate Valley
Good Afternoon, This month, the FCC is accepting enrollments for the Emergency Broadband Benefit. The Emergency Broadband Benefit is a temporary FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, virtual classrooms, and so much more. As of May 12, 2021, eligible households will be able to enroll in the program to receive a monthly discount off the cost of broadband service from an approved provider. Eligible households can enroll through an approved provider or by visiting http://GetEmergencyBroadband.org. To learn more about the benefit, visit https://www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit and the FAQ page: https://www.fcc.gov/consumer-faq-emergency-broadband-benefit.
about 9 hours ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Reminder - This week! Virtual Parent Informational Series - This series is intended to help parents and students make a smooth transition from special education in school to life after high school. For more information and to register: https://www.slatevalleyunified.org/o/fhuhs/page/virtual-parent-informational-series
2 days ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Reminder! Tonight (May 10th) You’re invited to the Slate Valley Unified Union School District Board (virtual) Meeting at 6:30 p.m. Participation will be virtual only. Connect by http://meet.google.com/kbk-umff-mbp or join by phone (US) +1 617-675-4444 PIN: 565 144 524 6127# Tonight’s Agenda: https://5il.co/sc46 Previous Meeting Minutes: https://5il.co/rril
3 days ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Vermont Forward Plan Clarifications to School Sports Guidance With changes May 1 in the State’s COVID-19 guidance that included advancing to Step 2 of the Vermont Forward Plan, the transition of recreational sports programs to Universal Guidance, and an updated masking policy that requires masks outdoors when you are in a crowd or with other households where you can’t maintain a 6-foot distance, there have been a number of questions about how these apply to both recreational and school-based sports programs. Please review the following clarifications. For athletes participating in school-based sports: The most recent version of A Strong and Healthy Year Guidance, published by the Agency of Education states the following: All staff and students are required to wear facial coverings while in the building. They must also wear them when outside of the building if adequate physical distancing of at least six (6) feet cannot be maintained. -Consistent with the Strong and Healthy Year guidance, athletes participating in low contact and no contact school-based spring sports (i.e., tennis, track and field, baseball and softball) are no longer required to wear masks so long as six feet of physical distance can be maintained. Baseball and softball players must wear masks while sitting in the dugout -Athletes participating in sports involving moderate contact or close proximity (i.e., boys and girls lacrosse, ultimate frisbee) must continue to wear masks at all times during practice and game play. All athletes must wear masks when being bused to a game or meet, in any indoor setting (i.e., locker room or training room), or participating in team-based meeting with six feet of physical distance cannot be consistently maintained. For spectators at outdoor school-based or recreational sports events: -Consistent with the Vermont Forward Plan, 300 unvaccinated people, plus any number of vaccinated individuals, can attend outdoor sports events as spectators. Spectators are not required to wear masks at outdoor sports events so long as six feet of physical distance can be maintained between households. For spectators at indoor school-based or recreational sports events: -Consistent with the Vermont Forward Plan, one unvaccinated person per 100 square feet up to 150 unvaccinated people (whichever is less), plus any number of vaccinated people, can attend indoor sports events as spectators. Spectators must wear a mask at all times while attending an indoor sports event. If an event has no way of determining if an individual is vaccinated, assume all are unvaccinated for capacity limit.
8 days ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
In honor of Staff Appreciation Week, we would like to express our gratitude for all of our staff, especially during this extraordinarily difficult year. Thank You!
9 days ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Reminder - This week! Virtual Parent Informational Series - This series is intended to help parents and students make a smooth transition from special education in school to life after high school. For more information and to register: https://www.slatevalleyunified.org/o/fhuhs/page/virtual-parent-informational-series
9 days ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Save the Date! Virtual Listening Tours with SVUUSD Board Members (Note: You are welcome to attend any of the meetings regardless of what town you reside in.) Join board members for a conversation about Middle School Reorganization prior to their vote on May 24th. May 17th, 6 PM - Fair Haven/West Haven - Connect by going to https://meet.google.com/pdu-abre-xnm or by phone (US) +1 585-532-5413 (PIN: 713397202) May 18th, 6 PM - Castleton/Hubbardton - Connect by going to https://meet.google.com/gee-acpe-ota or join by phone (US) +1 442-900-4083 (PIN: 398252852) May 19th, 6 PM - Orwell/Benson - Connect by going to https://meet.google.com/djm-sekz-bca or join by phone (US) +1 786-563-9119 (PIN: 104762513)
9 days ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Good afternoon, as of this moment the Agency of Education has not changed their stance on mask wearing outdoors even though it was changed for the general public. Masks are still required for spectators at all Slate Valley athletic events. We will notify families when the Agency of Education changes their guidance. Thank you for your help with this.
9 days ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Save the Date! Virtual Parent Informational Series This series is intended to help parents and students make a smooth transition from special education in school to life after high school. For more information: https://www.slatevalleyunified.org/o/fhuhs/page/virtual-parent-informational-series
14 days ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Good Evening, Please read the following letter regarding the special airing of “Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety” on Monday, May 3: https://5il.co/ry3u
16 days ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Save the Date! Virtual Listening Tours with SVUUSD Board Members (Note: You are welcome to attend any of the meetings regardless of what town you reside in.) Join board members for a conversation about Middle School Reorganization prior to their vote on May 24th. May 17th, 6 PM - Fair Haven/West Haven - Connect by going to https://meet.google.com/pdu-abre-xnm or by phone (US) +1 585-532-5413 (PIN: 713397202) May 18th, 6 PM - Castleton/Hubbardton - Connect by going to https://meet.google.com/gee-acpe-ota or join by phone (US) +1 442-900-4083 (PIN: 398252852) May 19th, 6 PM - Orwell/Benson - Connect by going to https://meet.google.com/djm-sekz-bca or join by phone (US) +1 786-563-9119 (PIN: 104762513)
16 days ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Save the date! On Monday, May 3, 2021, Slate Valley will hold a special screening of the documentary, “Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety," online to open up a dialogue between local families, community leaders and experts. The event will feature a viewing of the 56-minute film, followed by an informative panel discussion, led by Kristin H. Benway, Director of Special Services, with special guests Megan Oldenburger, RMHS School Based Clinician, Michael Kell, School Counselor, and former Slater Cael Christian. Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__ElOViTuQDG2QTV7IWdFqA. iNDIEFLIX Education has sparked a global conversation about anxiety through screenings of its documentary, “Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety.” For more information: https://5il.co/rpnd
17 days ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Dodge House Donation Drive - A FHUHS Student’s R.E.A.L. Project Please view the flyer here for more information: https://www.smore.com/xpe32 This drive is being held by the Slate Valley Unified School District. We hope to raise awareness of homeless Veterans, and support the Dodge House in Rutland, which "provides shelter, clothing, food, and an individualized program to reintegrate veterans back into the community and help them to achieve self­ sufficiency" (http://www.chcrr.org). Donation boxes will be located in the front offices of all Slate Valley schools from March 29th and April 25th.
23 days ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Save the date! iNDIEFLIX Shines the Light on Anxiety with Must-See Documentary, “ANGST: RAISING AWARENESS AROUND ANXIETY” ANGST will screen live on: Monday, May 3, 2021 AT 6:00pm Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__ElOViTuQDG2QTV7IWdFqA iNDIEFLIX Education has sparked a global conversation about anxiety through screenings of its documentary, “Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety”. On Monday, May 3, 2021, Slate Valley will hold a special screening of the documentary online to open up a dialogue between local families, community leaders and experts. The event will feature a viewing of the 56-minute film, followed by an informative panel discussion, led by Kristin H. Benway, Director of Special Services, with special guests Megan Oldenburger, RMHS School Based Clinician, Michael Kell, School Counselor, and former Slater Cael Christian. For more information: https://5il.co/rpnd
23 days ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Reminder! Tonight (April 19th) You’re invited to the Slate Valley Unified Union School District Board (virtual) Meeting at 6:30 p.m. Participation will be virtual only. Connect by going to http://meet.google.com/nmr-haqy-umb or join by phone (US) +1 617-675-4444 PIN: 151 630 604 3623# Tonight’s Agenda: https://5il.co/rpa2 Previous Meeting Minutes: https://5il.co/ranl
24 days ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Dodge House Donation Drive - A FHUHS Student’s R.E.A.L. Project Please view the flyer here for more information: https://www.smore.com/xpe32 This drive is being held by the Slate Valley Unified School District. We hope to raise awareness of homeless Veterans, and support the Dodge House in Rutland, which "provides shelter, clothing, food, and an individualized program to reintegrate veterans back into the community and help them to achieve self­ sufficiency" (http://www.chcrr.org). Donation boxes will be located in the front offices of all Slate Valley schools from March 29th and April 25th.
about 1 month ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Dear Slate Valley Families, I hope this letter finds you well. As we head into April break I would like to update you on new Guidelines released from the Agency of Education yesterday, April 8th. These guidelines are part of Vermont’s Reopening Plan. Starting on April 19th all students will need to be screened at home. We will not be doing temperature checks in schools. We will no longer require the form for entrance to school each day per the state guidelines. We ask that you continue to check temperatures and check for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 and keep children home that have even 1 symptom. The Department of Health guidelines remain the same in managing illness. Please call your child’s school nurse with any questions as they can guide you in safe school attendance. Additionally schools are now required to follow ACCD guidelines and Vermont’s Reopening Plan as such there is no quarantine requirement for travel. However, if your unvaccinated child does travel you are required to obtain a COVID test within 72 hours of return. Your child will be able to continue to attend school if symptom free. If you have planned travel, we encourage you to sign up on the Department of Health website for return testing before you leave and as the site allows. Documentation of the negative test may be required if a case of COVID-19 occurs in the school and your child is considered a close contact. Physician offices for the most part will not perform testing unless your child is symptomatic. Please continue practicing the best prevention measures of mask wearing, 6 foot distancing and hand cleansing during your travels to remain healthy and safe. Social distancing has moved to 3 feet for all students with the exception of 7-12 students when eating. That will remain at 6 feet. Contact tracing is still determined based on the 6 foot standard so we will continue to keep all 7-12 students 6 feet apart whenever feasible. Adults will still need to maintain the 6 feet social distancing. Masks continue to be required of students and staff at all times in the buildings regardless of vaccination status. For more information please visit the Department of Health and ACCD.vermont.gov websites for more detailed and specific information on travel, quarantine, and vaccines. The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) sections are very helpful. I know this has been a hard road this year and your support for the school district has been very much appreciated. I truly hope you have a wonderful week with your children next week. Best, Brooke Olsen-Farrell Superintendent
about 1 month ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Spring Sports Letter Hello everyone, Welcome to Spring! Thank you all for a supportive Winter Athletic season. I so appreciate your support and flexibility through everything. We have a wonderful opportunity this Spring season for our district athletes. We will (like in the Fall for soccer) be combining our OVS/BVS/FHGS/CVS athletes to make one Slate Valley Baseball and Softball team. The registration numbers do not support having separate teams for FHGS/BVS and CVS/OVS as the total numbers for baseball are 19 and softball 21. I reached out to our Varsity softball coach for advice on this and he felt this would be a wonderful way to bring our athletes together, teach them all skills necessary to move to the next level and have enough players to field a team with substitutes during this COVID season. Also, very exciting news, we will be using Castleton University as our HOME field for most games. Fair Haven Grade School will be our HOME practice field for the first part of the season and we are hoping to be able to utilize the field at CU for some practices near the end. I will keep you posted. Your athletes will start practicing on Monday, April 19th. Our coaches that will be returning to work with our athletes this year are: Will Tyler and Will DiFrancesco for the ⅞ boys baseball team and Peter Baird and Ashley Bruce with Emma Kelly assisting for the ⅞ girls softball team. I am looking forward to an exciting season filled with skill building, game play and team work. The practice and game schedule will be on the Slate Valley App by Friday, April 9, 2021. Registration on Formreleaf.com closes at 6am, Friday, April 9, 2021. Our Spring Track is going to be off to an exciting start as of Monday, April 19th. I would like to welcome our new coach Grace Durfee. She brings background knowledge and experience to us. We have 17 athletes registered for that sport. Practices will be held at FHUHS. The practice and game schedule will be on the Slate Valley App by Friday, April 9, 2021. As in the Fall and Winter for athletics, parents will be responsible for dropping off and picking their athletes up at the HOME Practice and Game sites. A bus will be provided for all AWAY games/meets. Thank you in advance for your support and cooperation through our Spring Sports season. I will continue to send out weekly reminder emails with practice/game schedules and COVID requirements. Have a wonderful spring everyone! All my best, Kim Alexander
about 1 month ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Congratulations to Sue Cornell and Annie Crumb, who were honored yesterday at the 40th Annual Outstanding Teacher Day! From the program: Susan Cornell Fair Haven Union High School Sue Cornell epitomizes everything that is good and right in the teaching profession. In the 34 years prior to the Covid pandemic, Margaret Susan Cornell enforced creativity, caring, flexibility, and professional dedication. Direct instruction aside, the students in her care know exactly what is expected of them. The personalization, the knowing and understanding of her students creates a hospitable learning environment and relationships which come before content and learning. Among her colleagues she is the complete and competent leader. Department chair, EST director, and union representative are a few earned titles but more than these she has the respect and admiration of her peers. Anna Crumb Castleton Village School Anna (Annie) Crumb is an outstanding middle-school ELA teacher at Castleton Village School in Castleton, Vermont. Mrs. Crumb primarily works with students that are in 6th and 7th grade and her classes are full of fun and opportunity. Mrs. Crumb’s students always have multiple projects going at one time and learn valuable skills in organizing and prioritizing tasks. Mrs. Crumb uses a number of different projects and online activities to allow students to learn reading and writing and to make connections between class and the world outside of school. Castleton Village School is very proud of our outstanding teacher, Annie Crumb! You may view the complete program here: https://5il.co/rbbl
about 1 month ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Dodge House Donation Drive - A FHUHS Student’s R.E.A.L. Project Please view the flyer here for more information: https://www.smore.com/xpe32 This drive is being held by the Slate Valley Unified School District. We hope to raise awareness of homeless Veterans, and support the Dodge House in Rutland, which "provides shelter, clothing, food, and an individualized program to reintegrate veterans back into the community and help them to achieve self­ sufficiency" (http://www.chcrr.org). Donation boxes will be located in the front offices of all Slate Valley schools from March 29th and April 25th.
about 1 month ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Reminder! Tonight (April 5, 2021) You’re invited to the Slate Valley Unified Union School District Board (Virtual) Meeting at 6:30 p.m. Participation will be VIRTUAL ONLY. Connect by going to http://meet.google.com/kdn-osig-qsn or join by phone (US) +1 617-675-4444 PIN: 474 306 975 5652#. Tonight’s Agenda: https://5il.co/r4fm Previous Meeting Minutes: https://5il.co/qwix
about 1 month ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Dear Slate Valley Community Member, On 4-4-21 we learned about an individual with Coronavirus Disease at the Fair Haven Grade School. This individual was in attendance while contagious. Contact tracing has been completed and the school will be open for in-person instruction on Monday April 5th. However, one classroom will be remote all next week. All of the parents and staff of the impacted classroom have been contacted. We are working closely with the Department of Health. We continue to advise our staff and students to stay home when sick. We recommend that you take action to help limit the spread of COVID-19, even if your child is not experiencing symptoms. This is especially important given that we know the virus is in our community. Please see the full letter from Superintendent Olsen-Farrell: https://5il.co/r7g7
about 1 month ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
WCAX will be airing their segment honoring Super-Senior Karen Williams this evening at 6:40 PM and again tomorrow morning at 6:40 AM! You will also be able to view it online after it airs at https://www.wcax.com/news/education/super-seniors/. Congratulations Karen!
about 1 month ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
You’re invited to join us this evening at 6 PM for a Community Connections virtual discussion on District Reorganization. Community Connections are an opportunity for community members to have a conversation with Central Office administrators. Join us by going to https://meet.google.com/jxr-qubs-ptw or by phone (US)+1 609-438-1179 (PIN: 408 338 127#)
about 1 month ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Dear Slate Valley Families, I hope this letter finds you well and beginning to see some light at the end of the very long tunnel. With the uptick in COVID cases and a holiday weekend upon us, I would like to send some reminders. As we are headed into a holiday and a week off with warmer weather, I just wanted to remind everyone to stay vigilant to protect one other. We are almost there, but the pandemic is not quite over. We want to continue to prevent any outbreaks that could result in limitations on learning, extra-curricular activities, sports, and future events such as graduation. We saw how gatherings and travel affected us after the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. There has been a recent surge in cases in our community, so maintaining precautions is very important for preventing spread. This is especially true because several individuals who have recently tested positive have experienced no symptoms. Without following mask and social distancing guidelines, people are unknowingly spreading it. Please follow our current Vermont gathering guidelines regarding the number of households and vaccine receipt. If you travel, please follow quarantine guidelines upon return. Additionally, please wear masks, stay 6 feet apart, and sanitize/wash your hands often. If parents are vaccinated, it does not mean that children can travel without quarantine. It may mean that your student may not be able to return to in person learning after April break. We know this has been so difficult and so many of us are "over it," but we need to keep up the precautions for a little while longer. Positive change is coming, but we are not there yet. And to get there as soon as possible, we all need to continue to maintain the great illness prevention work we are all doing. So do the fun holiday traditions, gather as much as you can under the guidelines, enjoy family as best you can, and soon we will be back to a much better place. Thank you for your continued support of the schools and our community's health. Sincerely, Brooke Olsen-Farrell Superintendent
about 1 month ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Dodge House Donation Drive - A FHUHS Student’s R.E.A.L. Project Please view the flyer here for more information: https://www.smore.com/xpe32 This drive is being held by the Slate Valley Unified School District. We hope to raise awareness of homeless Veterans, and support the Dodge House in Rutland, which "provides shelter, clothing, food, and an individualized program to reintegrate veterans back into the community and help them to achieve self­ sufficiency" (http://www.chcrr.org). Donation boxes will be located in the front offices of all Slate Valley schools from March 29th and April 25th.
about 1 month ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Dear Slate Valley Community Members, On 3-29-21 we learned about an individual connected to Castleton Village School and Castleton Elementary School that has Coronavirus Disease. This individual was in attendance while contagious. Contact tracing has been completed and all close contacts have been identified. As always we are working closely with the Department of Health. We continue to advise our staff and students to stay home when sick. We recommend that you take action to help limit the spread of COVID-19, even if your child is not experiencing symptoms. This is especially important given that we know the virus is in our community. Please read the full letter from Superintendent Olsen-Farrell: https://5il.co/r0ln
about 1 month ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
You’re invited to join us on March 31st at 6 PM for a Community Connections virtual discussion on District Reorganization. Community Connections virtual chats are an opportunity for community members to have a conversation with Central Office administrators. Join us by going to https://meet.google.com/jxr-qubs-ptw or by phone (US)+1 609-438-1179 (PIN: 408 338 127#)
about 1 month ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Slate Valley is pleased to announce that Ben Worthing has been selected as the new Principal of Fair Haven Union High School for the 2021-2022 school year. The Slate Valley Unified Union School Board appointed Worthing to the position at their regular meeting on the evening of March 22, 2021. You may read our full press release here: https://5il.co/qvgg
about 1 month ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Dear Slate Valley Families, We have been through a lot this year and over the last four years as a Slate Valley Community. In the past four years we have experienced a threat to school safety and COVID-19. As a result, anxiety has increased for some of our staff, students and community members. The safety, social and emotional wellbeing of students, staff and our community continue to be priorities for Slate Valley as we move towards recovery. As we move forward with recovery from the pandemic, we are also faced with the potential release of a person who threatened staff and students at Fair Haven Union High School. In 2018, the individual who threatened FHU was adjudicated as a youthful offender, a designation for a defendant under the age of 22 and facing charges within the adult criminal justice system. Youthful offender status only follows an individual through their 22nd birthday, which this individual will turn this year. In some cases these individuals are reintegrated into the community or area prior to the regulation of their youthful offender status. When someone is adjudicated as a youthful offender, information about that individual's whereabouts, treatment, or possible consequences cannot be shared. In this case the Department of Corrections and Department of Children/Families have joint oversight of this individual until his 22nd birthday which is in August. I pride myself on being able to accurately communicate when I have knowledge of matters which may impact our community, but in this case I don’t have any additional information. I have repeatedly asked for the information and have been denied access to the information. I have been left to assume there is a likelihood that this individual could return to Vermont in the very near future. If I did have the information, you would have the information as well. Although I know I don’t have specific information on this one individual, I do know that we have been doing great work in terms of school safety and we will continue to be vigilant as a school community. If at any time you have concerns directly related to this individual or any safety concern, please contact local law enforcement. They take these calls very seriously and will promptly look into concerns. I am fully aware of the anxiety that this may cause some of you on top of COVID-19. However, I felt the need to bring it to your attention as I believe you have the right to know as much as possible. Again, the safety, social and emotional wellbeing of students, staff and our community are the priorities for Slate Valley. Below you can find contact information for those agencies or individuals you can contact if you are in need of support: Students can contact their school counselors and other school support by calling the individual schools. To access community based support for mental health issues, please call Rutland Mental Health (for intake appointments) at 775-2381 or the Crisis Line at 775-1000. Families/Community Members may also contact Rutland Mental Health (for intake appointments) at 775-2381 or the Crisis Line at 775-1000. As in the past, we encourage community members to report any suspicious or concerning behaviors that may have a negative impact on schools within the District to your local law enforcement agency: Fair Haven Police Department: 802-265-4531 Castleton Police Department: 802-468-5012 VT State Police Rutland Barracks: 802-773-9101 We are all in this together and we all need to do our part to take care of one another. Sincerely, Brooke Farrell, Superintendent
about 1 month ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Reminder! Tonight (March 22, 2021) You’re invited to the Slate Valley Unified Union School District Board (Virtual) Meeting Fair Haven Union High School, 6:30 p.m. Participation will be VIRTUAL ONLY. Connect by going to http://meet.google.com/yyb-ypeg-juu or join by phone (US)+1 617-675-4444 PIN: 867 675 227 0575# Tonight’s Agenda: https://5il.co/qtk1 Previous Meeting Minutes: https://5il.co/qgoh
about 1 month ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Link Updated: meet.google.com/uew-eubv-gvi Join us this afternoon at 3:30 PM for a virtual meeting to discuss our draft Title I Parent Involvement Policy (E-1). This meeting will be an opportunity for parents to provide feedback on the policy. In an effort to focus our work on Wednesday afternoon, please review a draft Title I Parent Involvement Policy https://5il.co/qm74 and accompanying draft procedures https://5il.co/qm6y. These two drafts will be considered in relation to the Title I Parent/Family Engagement Toolkit https://5il.co/qm6u provided by the Vermont Agency of Education. Meeting ID: http://meet.google.com/uew-eubv-gvi Phone Number: +1 443-671-8799 PIN: 834 838 577#
about 1 month ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
This Week! The Slate Valley Unified School Board is hosting a week of Virtual Listening Tours beginning on March 16th to continue the discussion on district reorganization. Listening tours are an opportunity to have a conversation with board members. You may attend any of the meetings - regardless of which town you reside in. Please join us at 6 p.m. for a discussion about district reorganization on the following dates: March 16th with Tim, Julie, Toni, Josh, and Christine (Castleton/Hubbardton) Join with Google Meet https://meet.google.com/wyi-oqrg-pnc or join by phone (US) +1 209-850-2378 (PIN: 574504536) March 17th with Pati, Becky, Beckah, Peter, Glen, and John (Benson/Orwell) Join with Google Meet at https://meet.google.com/ifr-ijcb-qdc or join by phone (US) +1 573-343-8213 (PIN: 143009028) March 18th with Mike, Rick, Tara, Tanya, and Angela (Fair Haven/West Haven) Join with Google Meet https://meet.google.com/ust-vwqk-mmx or join by phone join by phone (US) +1 786-592-9982 (PIN: 735144976)
about 1 month ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Tonight! (Monday, March 15) Please join us for a virtual community conversation on school safety at 6 PM. This meeting will be an opportunity to discuss in more detail some of our infrastructure upgrades, the threat assessment process, drills as well as our planning process. Join with Google Meet http://meet.google.com/jpc-hjfw-qcu or by phone (US) +1 413-998-6051 PIN: 650 703 945#
about 1 month ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Spring Sports Registration for Slate Valley MS grades 6,7,8 is OPEN from March 9th - April 15th. Please register (http://www.formreleaf.com/) your athlete if they are interested in: CVS/OVS 7/8 Baseball or Softball FHGS/BVS 7/8 Baseball or Softball Slate Valley 6/7/8 Track and Field Reminder - Masks will be worn and yearly physicals are required. Thank you, Kim
2 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
The Slate Valley Unified School Board is hosting a week of Virtual Listening Tours beginning on March 16th to continue the discussion on district reorganization. Listening tours are an opportunity to have a conversation with board members. You may attend any of the meetings - regardless of which town you reside in. Please join us at 6 p.m. for a discussion about district reorganization on the following dates: March 16th with Tim, Julie, Toni, Josh, and Christine (Castleton/Hubbardton) Join with Google Meet https://meet.google.com/wyi-oqrg-pnc or join by phone (US) +1 209-850-2378 (PIN: 574504536) March 17th with Pati, Becky, Beckah, Peter, Glen, and John (Benson/Orwell) Join with Google Meet at https://meet.google.com/ifr-ijcb-qdc or join by phone (US) +1 573-343-8213 (PIN: 143009028) March 18th with Mike, Rick, Tara, Tanya, and Angela (Fair Haven/West Haven) Join with Google Meet https://meet.google.com/ust-vwqk-mmx or join by phone join by phone (US) +1 786-592-9982 (PIN: 735144976)
2 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Please join us for a virtual community conversation on school safety on Monday, March 15 at 6 PM. This meeting will be an opportunity to discuss in more detail some of our infrastructure upgrades, the threat assessment process, drills as well as our planning process. Meeting ID http://meet.google.com/jpc-hjfw-qcu Phone Number (US) +1 413-998-6051 PIN: 650 703 945#
2 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Reminder! Tonight (March 8, 2021) You’re invited to the Slate Valley Unified Union School District Board (Virtual) Meeting 6:30 PM Participation will be VIRTUAL ONLY. Connect by going to http://meet.google.com/jzz-apgt-bsw Or join by phone (US) +1 617-675-4444 PIN: 849 660 115 6341# Tonight’s Agenda: https://5il.co/q7z6 Previous Meeting Minutes: https://5il.co/pibk
2 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
An important notice to West Haven families concerning bus transportation today: Due to a bus driver shortage we are currently experiencing this morning the West Haven bus run will not start until 7:55 today. We will update people in regards to the afternoon run as soon as we have more information available.
2 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Thank you to the Slate Valley community for your support! Here are the results from Town Meeting Day: Budget: Yes- 868 No- 810 Transfer of $882,500 to the Reserve: Yes- 1028 No-565 School Board Members elected (all incumbents): Tara Buxton Pati Beaumont-Stannard Peter Stone Rebecca Spears Toni Lobdell Christine Pouliot
2 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Please join us for a virtual community conversation on school safety on Monday, March 15 at 6 PM. This meeting will be an opportunity to discuss in more detail some of our infrastructure upgrades, the threat assessment process, drills as well as our planning process. Meeting ID http://meet.google.com/jpc-hjfw-qcu Phone Number (US) +1 413-998-6051 PIN: 650 703 945#
3 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Save the Date! The Slate Valley Unified School Board is hosting a week of Virtual Listening Tours beginning on March 16th to continue the discussion on district reorganization. Listening tours are an opportunity to have a conversation with board members. You may attend any of the meetings - regardless of which town you reside in. Please join us at 6 p.m. for a discussion about district reorganization on the following dates: March 16th with Tim, Julie, Toni, Josh, and Christine (Castleton/Hubbardton) Join with Google Meet https://meet.google.com/wyi-oqrg-pnc or join by phone (US) +1 209-850-2378 (PIN: 574504536) March 17th with Pati, Becky, Beckah, Peter, Glen, and John (Benson/Orwell) Join with Google Meet at https://meet.google.com/ifr-ijcb-qdc or join by phone (US) +1 573-343-8213 (PIN: 143009028) March 18th with Mike, Rick, Tara, Tanya, and Angela (Fair Haven/West Haven) Join with Google Meet https://meet.google.com/ust-vwqk-mmx or join by phone join by phone (US) +1 786-592-9982 (PIN: 735144976)
3 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
This video was played during the SVUUSD Annual Informational Meeting on February 22, 2021. It features scenes from around the district this school year: http://shorturl.at/rvEVX
3 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Tonight! (February 22, 2021) Slate Valley voters are invited to join us for a virtual informational meeting. Virtually connect by going to http://meet.google.com/yjx-xnzo-dpq or by calling (US) +1 402-337-4387 PIN: 505 127 437# Resources Annual Report: https://5il.co/pc7r Budget PowerPoint (PDF): https://5il.co/pjwn Budget Newsletter: https://5il.co/pgqm
3 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Good Afternoon, The Fair Haven Union High School will be fully remote on Monday, February 22nd. The air exchange that supplies fresh air to many of the classrooms is broken. We are hoping this will only impact in-person learning on Monday and we can return to regular operations on Tuesday the 23rd. Stafford will run as normal as will athletic practices as the gym is not impacted. Meal pick-up will be available between 7:00-8:00 am on Monday morning in front of the high school. For anyone interested in receiving meals and unable to pick-up please contact the school. We will keep you posted if anything should change. Best, Brooke Farrell, Superintendent
3 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Reminder - Slate Valley voters are invited to join us for a virtual informational meeting on Monday, February 22, 2021. Virtually connect by going to http://meet.google.com/yjx-xnzo-dpq or by calling (US) +1 402-337-4387 PIN: 505 127 437# Resources Annual Report: https://5il.co/pc7r Budget PowerPoint (PDF): https://5il.co/pqu5 Budget Newsletter: https://5il.co/pgqm
3 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
High School Prep - Registration High School Prep will be held on the weeks of July 12 and July 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Families can reach out to Melissa Hoyer at [email protected] 265-4966, or their school counselor with any questions. High School Prep will be a blending of time at the FHUHS campus and Lake Bomoseen State Park. The focus of Prep is to work on building connections, becoming familiar with the high school and high school staff, work on a project, and possibly earn a half credit towards high school graduation. It will be a fabulous way to kick off the high school career for the class of 2025! Register at https://forms.gle/d7iWvBa82CYrcnhG6
3 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Reminder - tomorrow! Saturday, February 13 10 a.m. to Noon Slate Valley and Fair Haven Concerned Essential Food Box Distribution Day Families within the Slate Valley School District are invited to pick up a Food Box.
3 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Last year, our school district was selected to be a participant in The Vermont Youth Project (VYP). The VYP is a statewide initiative supporting communities with creating an environment that embraces positive youth development. In October, students in grades six through twelve had the opportunity to participate in a survey to share their voice about youth needs and resources in their community as we work toward strengthening the resiliency of all. The SVUVT VYP leadership team attended a data reveal in January and based on the review of our local data, we have designed attainable goals that touch on four key areas including community outreach, parent co-collaboration, youth voice and third space opportunities. We want to thank Slate Valley Parents and Caregivers for the continued support of all of our children. Here are some highlights of what our kids had to say.
3 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
A message from the Vermont Department of Health: The Health Department has detected an increase in COVID-19 activity in Rutland County during the last two weeks. What we know is: Rutland City and some surrounding towns now have evidence of increased rates, multiple household clusters and workplaces with cases. Surrounding towns with increased rates include Benson, Pittsford, Castleton, West Haven and Fair Haven. At this time we are seeing an increased number of cases that are not known to be associated with an outbreak, which is an indication of more widespread community transmission. We are sharing this information to encourage community-wide public health interventions. Our area is seeing an increase in COVID-19 activity. Take these prevention steps to help slow the spread: -Stay home if you are sick. -Wash your hands often. -Keep your social circle to only the people you live with. -Stay at least 6 feet apart from people you do not live with. -Wear a mask any time you are around people you do not live with. See the complete message and resources from the Department of Health: https://5il.co/pieg
3 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Dear Slate Valley Community Member, On 2-9-21 we learned about an individual connected to Fair Haven Grade School/Benson Village School that has Coronavirus Disease. This individual was in attendance while contagious. Contact tracing has been completed and all close contacts have been identified. As always we are working closely with the Department of Health. We continue to advise our staff and students to stay home when sick. We recommend that you take action to help limit the spread of COVID-19, even if your child is not experiencing symptoms. This is especially important given that we know the virus is in our community. Please see the full letter from Superintendent Olsen-Farrell: https://5il.co/phda
3 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Our SROs pitch in wherever they can!
3 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Good afternoon, All after school activities have been canceled for today (2/9/21) due to weather conditions.
3 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Dear Slate Valley Community Member, On 2-8-21 we learned about an individual at Orwell Village School that has Coronavirus Disease. This individual was in attendance while contagious. Contact tracing is underway and anyone with possible exposure has been notified and sent home until a final determination on quarantine can be made. We expect to have contact tracing completed by the end of the day today. As always we are working closely with the Department of Health. We continue to advise our staff and students to stay home when sick. We recommend that you take action to help limit the spread of COVID-19, even if your child is not experiencing symptoms. This is especially important given that we know the virus is in our community. Please see the full letter from Superintendent Olsen-Farrell here: https://5il.co/pfak
3 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Reminder! Tonight (February 8, 2021) Your invited to the Slate Valley Unified Union School District Board (Virtual) Meeting Fair Haven Union High School, 6:30 p.m. Participation will be VIRTUAL ONLY. Connect by going to http://meet.google.com/ddd-acaw-zxq Or join by phone (US) +1 617-675-4444 PIN: 267 808 206 8448# Tonight’s Agenda: https://5il.co/peud Previous Meeting Minutes: https://5il.co/p31h
3 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Slate Valley and Fair Haven Concerned Essential Food Box Distribution Day Saturday, February 13 10 a.m. - Noon Families within the Slate Valley School District are invited to pick up a Food Box.
3 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Dear Slate Valley Community, I am aware that bill S.63 “An act relating to the prohibition of school resource officers” was recently introduced in the Senate Education Committee. This bill proposes to prohibit schools from contracting for the services of school resource officers. Some of the national data has clearly demonstrated a disparate level of law enforcement treatment of communities of color that have resulted in increased arrests, expulsion and suspensions. However, we have been very pleased with the level of professionalism of our school based law enforcement officers and have established clear roles, responsibilities and practices that have prioritized positive interactions, mentoring, community building and steered clear from law enforcement being seen as disciplinarians and enforcement focused. Resource officers in schools have proven to provide an opportunity to create, and support relationships that strengthen our communities. In an effort to provide equity in our communities, inequities will be created by the removal of resource officers from our schools for Slate Valley. As Superintendent, I am opposed to this bill due to our past and current experiences with our school resource officers. If you have questions regarding this bill I would encourage you to reach out to your legislators. Rest assured that I know how important our School Resource Officer program is to our district and will do everything in my power to ensure that this bill in its current language does not become law. Several years ago our community was impacted by a potential threat that resulted in a level of stress and anxiety that is still being felt today. The safety of our students, faculty and staff will always be our top priority. As such we will continue to take appropriate measures to address any school safety concerns. Link to Bill S.63: https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2022/Docs/BILLS/S-0063/S-0063%20As%20Introduced.pdf Sincerely, Brooke Olsen-Farrell, Superintendent
3 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Good afternoon, We are excited to announce that we have started a YouTube channel so that our community can watch events taking place at the Fair Haven Union High School involving the Slaters basketball teams this season. Events will be streamed via YouTube Live and our new channel can be found at the following link: https://bit.ly/3pKA8ZR We currently have two intrasquad scrimmages scheduled for this week. On Thursday, February 4th at 6:30 we’ll be streaming the boys’ basketball scrimmage and then on Friday, February 5th there will be a live stream of the girl’s basketball scrimmage at 4:45. We’ll look to post reminders about upcoming streams on the high’s school website as well as on our Facebook page.
3 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Dear Slate Valley Community Member, On 2-2-21 we learned about an individual at Castleton Elementary School that has Coronavirus Disease. This individual was in attendance last week while contagious. Contact tracing has been completed. As always we are working closely with the Department of Health. We continue to advise our staff and students to stay home when sick. We recommend that you take action to help limit the spread of COVID-19, even if your child is not experiencing symptoms. This is especially important given that we know the virus is in our community. Please read the full letter from Superintendent Olsen-Farrell here: https://5il.co/p86h
3 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Good Evening, Due to the impending weather conditions all Slate Valley Schools will be closed tomorrow, February 2nd. Stay safe and enjoy your day! Brooke Farrell, Superintendent
3 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Dear Slate Valley Community Member, On 2-1-21 we learned about an individual at Benson Village School that has Coronavirus Disease. This individual was in attendance while contagious. Contact tracing is underway and anyone with possible exposure has been notified and sent home until a final determination on quarantine can be made. We expect to have contact tracing completed by the end of the day today. As always we are working closely with the Department of Health. We continue to advise our staff and students to stay home when sick. We recommend that you take action to help limit the spread of COVID-19, even if your child is not experiencing symptoms. This is especially important given that we know the virus is in our community. Please read the complete letter from Superintendent Olsen-Farrell here: https://5il.co/p69a
3 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Dear Slate Valley Community Member, On 1-31-21 we learned about an individual at Fair Haven Union High School in the 11th/12th grade pod that has Coronavirus Disease and was in attendance the week of 1-18-21 while contagious. Contact tracing is underway and anyone with known exposure has been notified. Given that contact tracing resulted in a very small group of individuals needing to quarantine we still plan on returning to in person learning tomorrow, 2-1-21. As always we are working closely with the Department of Health. We continue to advise our staff and students to stay home when sick. We recommend that you take action to help limit the spread of COVID-19, even if your child is not experiencing symptoms. This is especially important given that we know the virus is in our community. Please read the full letter from Superintendent Olsen-Farrell here: https://5il.co/p57y
3 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Dear Slate Valley Community Member, This is hard and there is no way to make everyone happy, except of course to say that the pandemic is over and we can return to whatever “normal” will look like. I know people are hurting. This has been an incredibly difficult year for our students, families and staff. We need everyone to remember that we are all humans and all are dealing with different challenges that the pandemic has presented, there is sacrifice, compassion and understanding needed by us all. It was both unfortunate and necessary that FHUHS and FHGS needed to go remote this week but given the amount of students and staff quarantining it was the only decision. We are planning on returning to in person learning for FHUHS and FHGS on Monday February 1st. Additional, positive cases have been identified and those students are isolating according to the Department of Health Guidelines. Some of these cases are due to high school athletics and in consultation with the Department of Health we will be moving back to Phase I for High School Winter Sports for Monday, February 1st and Tuesday, February 2nd. This means that only non-contact drills will be allowed. We will monitor this situation and make a decision on a day to day basis on the status of practices. Each and every student and staff member is important to me and as such every decision I make is weighed very carefully. Our students deserve every safe opportunity we can give them to access in-person learning. Our staff has had an incredible lift this year as we have changed everything we do related to school. They show-up each day ready to take on these new challenges because they believe that is what is best for your children, our students. It is incumbent upon us all to keep them safe as well. There is always risk in everything we do and we need to weigh carefully those risks and make the very best decisions possible. There have been many sleepless nights as I weigh those risks and make sure I do what is right for the community, staff and most importantly our students. There is risk with staying in person and there is risk with going remote. With remote learning, I worry about having the ability to pay our hourly staff if the remote period is a long time. I worry about our students in homes without support. I worry about further spreading the virus as if we are remote, students have more opportunities to visit each others' homes. I worry about parents losing their jobs and having an inability to pay for food and housing. I worry about political backlash from the community and the fallout for staff (This is one thing I wish I didn’t have to worry about but I do). I worry about the ability of our staff to balance teaching our students and being able to support their own kids in remote learning. I worry about the mental health and isolation of all in a remote environment. With staying in person I worry about in school transmission, although extremely unlikely, not impossible. I worry about the isolation from colleagues. I worry the exhaustion of staff in making sure the social distancing guidelines are being followed. I worry about the concern the staff has for their students and colleagues and the toll on individual mental health. I know some of you are concerned for a variety of different reasons. I understand your concern and share some of those concerns. We are in the middle of a pandemic and things can’t and won’t be the same. I know that while at times we might disagree with the best way to approach things please know that we always have safety front and center. If we continue to work together and support one another as we work through these challenges, we will be stronger as a community. We need your help in this if we want to continue in person learning and other activities, then we must adhere to the guidelines. Best, Brooke Farrell
3 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Reminder! Tonight (January 25, 2021) You’re invited (virtually) to the Slate Valley Unified Union School District Board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Participation will be VIRTUAL ONLY. Connect by going to http://meet.google.com/qag-fpgi-dtn or by calling (US) +1 617-675-4444 PIN: 658 282 596 9955# Tonight’s Agenda: https://5il.co/osjy
4 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Dear Slate Valley Community Member, Today, January 22, 2021 we learned about individuals at Fair Haven Grade School and Fair Haven Union High School that have Coronavirus Disease. These individuals were in attendance while contagious. Contact tracing is underway and we are in the process of notifying anyone with possible exposure and sending them home until a final determination on quarantine can be made. Due to the number of staff and students impacted as well as the number of individuals waiting for testing results as of today, Fair Haven Grade School and Fair Haven Union High School will be fully remote the week of January 25th. In addition, beginning today all athletic practices will be canceled for Fair Haven Grade School and Fair Haven Union High School until February 1st. If conditions allow, we will return to in person learning on Monday, February 1st. All other schools will operate as normal at this time. Meals will be available to those impacted by the school closure. Follow-up information on this will be sent from the building level. Both cases are a result of community transmission. As always, we are working closely with the Department of Health. We continue to advise our staff and students to stay home when sick. At this time we urge you to follow the restrictions on gathering with anyone outside of your home. We recommend that you take action to help limit the spread of COVID-19, even if your child is not experiencing symptoms. This is especially important given that we know the virus is in our community. Please read the complete letter from Superintendent Olsen-Farrell here: https://5il.co/ovqc
4 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Tonight! Community Connections: A Virtual Meeting with Slate Valley Central Office Administrators January 20th 6 - 7 PM Join with Google Meet https://meet.google.com/cvi-tned-tyc or by phone(US) +1 402-527-4082 (PIN: 450007785)
4 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Dear Slate Valley Community Member, On 1-15-21 we learned about an individual at Castleton Elementary School that has Coronavirus Disease. This individual was in attendance while contagious. Contact tracing is underway and anyone with possible exposure has been notified and sent home until a final determination on quarantine can be made. We expect to have contact tracing completed by the end of the day today. As always we are working closely with the Department of Health. We continue to advise our staff and students to stay home when sick. We recommend that you take action to help limit the spread of COVID-19, even if your child is not experiencing symptoms. This is especially important given that we know the virus is in our community. Please read the full letter from Superintendent Olsen-Farrell here: https://5il.co/onre
4 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Community Connections: A Virtual Meeting with Slate Valley Central Office Administrators January 20th 6 - 7 PM Join with Google Meet https://meet.google.com/cvi-tned-tyc or by phone(US) +1 402-527-4082 (PIN: 450007785)
4 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Tonight! Topics: Budget Outlook & District Reorganization Please take this opportunity to learn about the upcoming budget outlook as well as continue the discussion about the board's plans for district reorganization. Join us at 6 p.m. to discuss the upcoming budget and district reorganization on the following dates. Jan. 12th with Mike, Rick, Tara, Tanya, and Angela (Fair Haven/West Haven) https://meet.google.com/bsc-wcrm-zbw or join by phone (US) +1 929-287-3647 (PIN: 876141866) Jan. 13th with Tim, Julie, Toni, Josh, and Christine (Castleton/Hubbardton) https://meet.google.com/qok-edco-jhq or join by phone (US) +1 401-285-6400 (PIN: 766569448) Jan. 14th with Pati, Becky, and Beckah (Benson) https://meet.google.com/rat-adyy-xye or join by phone (US)+1 929-266-1990 (PIN: 284595478) Jan. 14th with Peter, Glen, and John (Orwell) https://meet.google.com/rat-adyy-xye or join by phone (US) +1 585-535-3234 (PIN: 48340626)
4 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Dear Slate Valley Community Member, On 1-11-21 we learned about an individual connected with Fair Haven Grade School that has Coronavirus Disease. This individual was in attendance while contagious. Contact tracing has been completed and there were no close contacts due to this individual’s work with our school. This case was contracted through community transmission. We are working closely with the Department of Health. We continue to advise our staff and students to stay home when sick. We recommend that you take action to help limit the spread of COVID-19, even if your child is not experiencing symptoms. This is especially important given that we know the virus is in our community. Please read the full letter from Superintendent Olsen-Farrell here: https://5il.co/ogts
4 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Reminder! Tonight (January 11, 2021) You’re invited to the Slate Valley Unified Union School District Board (VIRTUAL) Meeting Fair Haven Union High School, 6:30 p.m. Participation will be VIRTUAL ONLY. Connect by going to https://meet.google.com/bfa-wnzj-tio or by calling (US) +1 317-961-0599 PIN: 177 396 689#. Tonight’s Agenda: https://5il.co/o9q3 Previous Meeting Minutes: https://5il.co/nxpn
4 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Topics: Budget Outlook & District Reorganization Please take this opportunity to learn about the upcoming budget outlook as well as continue the discussion about the board's plans for district reorganization. Currently the board is exploring a plan for district reorganization that would include the consolidation of all district middle school students to the high school beginning with the 2022-2023 school year. This would result in the closure or educational repurposing of Castleton Village School. Sixth grade students in Castleton would then attend Castleton Elementary School. To address the anticipated low enrollment of middle school students in Benson Village School, the board voted on December 7th in favor of in-district school choice (with transportation) for 7th and 8th grade students for the 2021-2022 school year. Listening tours are an opportunity to have a conversation with your board members. Please join us at 6 p.m. to discuss the upcoming budget and district reorganization on the following dates. Jan. 12th with Mike, Rick, Tara, Tanya, and Angela (Fair Haven/West Haven) https://meet.google.com/bsc-wcrm-zbw or join by phone (US) +1 929-287-3647 (PIN: 876141866) Jan. 13th with Tim, Julie, Toni, Josh, and Christine (Castleton/Hubbardton) https://meet.google.com/qok-edco-jhq or join by phone (US) +1 401-285-6400 (PIN: 766569448) Jan. 14th with Pati, Becky, and Beckah (Benson) https://meet.google.com/rat-adyy-xye or join by phone (US)+1 929-266-1990 (PIN: 284595478) Jan. 14th with Peter, Glen, and John (Orwell) https://meet.google.com/rat-adyy-xye or join by phone (US) +1 585-535-3234 (PIN: 48340626)
4 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Dear Slate Valley Community Member, On 1-9-21 we learned about an individual with Coronavirus Disease at the Fair Haven Grade School. This individual was in attendance while contagious. Contact tracing has been completed and the school will be open for in-person instruction on Monday January 11th. However, one classroom will be remote all next week. All of the parents and staff of the impacted classroom have been contacted. We are working closely with the Department of Health. We continue to advise our staff and students to stay home when sick. We recommend that you take action to help limit the spread of COVID-19, even if your child is not experiencing symptoms. This is especially important given that we know the virus is in our community. Please read the full letter from Superintendent Olsen-Farrell: https://5il.co/of3d
4 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Dear Slate Valley Families, I know thus far that 2021 has proven to be a trying time for our community, state and country. Furthermore, I know that anxiety is at an all time high. We have had 8 reported cases of COVID connected to either a staff member or student since November. The prevalence of these cases has escalated in the last few weeks. Up until this point we remained relatively unscathed. Please note that we work closely with health officials. We follow the Agency of Education Safe and Healthy Start Guidance. So far we have not had any in-school transmission of the virus. This means that while in school, an individual has not spread it to another individual in the school setting. All the transmission has been community based to date, meaning the exposure occurred outside of school. Although this is the case, we are swift and thorough with tracing possible in-school close contacts and through the Department of Health, quarantine them to observe for symptoms until they can get tested. By following the guidelines, close contacts are kept to a minimum in the school setting. From this point forward, we will only be notifying Slate Valley families when a case specifically impacts the operations of the school, meaning that the employee or student was in attendance while contagious. We know COVID is widespread in our communities. I also wanted to let you know that staff has been able to get tested at work since November. While this is voluntary, we have a large number of staff that are being tested on a regular basis. So far these tests have all yielded negative results. I take my job very seriously when it comes to student and staff safety. There are no easy answers for any of us. There are risks to learning in person and there are risks to moving to remote learning. Some of the risks to moving to remote learning include the impact on mental health, child abuse going unreported, learning loss, and further spread of the virus in the community as students have greater opportunity to congregate without protective measures and parents needing to leave their jobs thus increasing poverty. We look at the data and weigh the risks in order to make the very best decision possible for our kids. That being said I encourage you to work with your building principals if you have concerns. We all need to support each other during this very difficult time. All the best, Brooke Olsen-Farrell Superintendent
4 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Dear Slate Valley Community Member, On 1-7-21 we learned about an individual with Coronavirus Disease at the Fair Haven Union High School. This individual was in attendance while contagious. Contact tracing is underway. Due to this fact school will operate as normal tomorrow, 1-8-21. Transmission did not occur in the school environment and is community based. We are working closely with the Department of Health. We continue to advise our staff and students to stay home when sick. We recommend that you take action to help limit the spread of COVID-19, even if your child is not experiencing symptoms. This is especially important given that we know the virus is in our community. Please read the full letter from Superintendent Olsen-Farrell: https://5il.co/odmz
4 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Dear Slate Valley Community Member, On 1-5-21 we learned about an individual with Coronavirus Disease at the Fair Haven Grade School. This individual was not in attendance while contagious and therefore there is no need for contact tracing in our school community. Transmission did not occur in the school environment and is community based. We are working closely with the Department of Health. We continue to applaud our staff and students who are staying home when sick. We recommend that you take action to help limit the spread of COVID-19, even if your child is not experiencing symptoms. This is especially important given that we know the virus is in our communities. Please read the complete letter from Superintendent Olsen-Farrell: https://5il.co/oanu
4 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Slate Valley Unified School District is seeking temporary part-time Custodians, up to 25 hours per week, during the COVID pandemic to maintain the cleanliness of the school facilities as well as 1 regular part-time Custodian 20 hours per week. Custodial experience preferred. For additional information, contact Chris Cole, Director of Operations at 265-4905 or email [email protected]. This position will remain open until filled. E O E
4 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Dear Slate Valley Community Member, On 12-31-20 we learned about an individual with Coronavirus Disease at the Castleton Village School. This person was not in attendance while contagious and therefore there is no need for contact tracing in our school community. We recognize that this is the fifth case in the district in the last 2 weeks. However, at this time we believe transmission did not occur in the school environment and is community based. We are working closely with the Department of Health and at this time we still plan to return in person on January 4th. We recommend that you take action to help limit the spread of COVID-19, even if your child is not experiencing symptoms. This is especially true returning from the holiday break and knowing the virus is in our communities. Please read the full letter from Superintendent Olsen-Farrell here: https://5il.co/o8vz
4 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Dear Slate Valley Community Member, On 12-29-20 we learned about 2 individuals with Coronavirus Disease at the Castleton Elementary School. These individuals were not in attendance while contagious and therefore there is no need for contact tracing in our school community. We recognize that this is the third case in the last week at Castleton Elementary School. However, at this time we believe transmission did not occur in the school environment and is community based. We are working closely with the Department of Health and at this time we still plan to return in person on January 4th. We recommend that you take action to help limit the spread of COVID-19, even if your child is not experiencing symptoms. This is especially true going into the holiday break and knowing the virus is in our communities. Please read the complete letter from Superintendent Olsen-Farrell here: https://5il.co/o7s3
4 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Slate Valley MS Athletics -Grades 5-8 - Winter Sports Registration Reopened Please go to Formreleaf.com and register your athlete for winter bball. Registration will close on Jan 3rd at 6am - This will be the last opportunity to register, it will not be reopened. Reminder - Yearly sports physicals are required (every 14 months) Middle School Basketball for Slate Valley can start as early as Jan 11th. Please check the Slate Valley App for practice and game schedules. That is where you will find changes and updates. Thank you, Kim Alexander
5 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Dear Slate Valley Community Member, On 12-24-20 we learned about a person with Coronavirus Disease at the Castleton Elementary School. This person was in attendance while contagious and therefore contact tracing is underway. The School has already reached out to those impacted. We recommend that you take action to help limit the spread of COVID-19, even if your child is not experiencing symptoms. This is especially true going into the holiday break and knowing the virus is in our communities. Please read the complete letter from Superintendent Olsen-Farrell: https://5il.co/o6rq
5 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Dear Slate Valley Community Member, On 12-22-20 we learned about a person with Coronavirus Disease at the Fair Haven Union High School. This person was not in attendance while contagious and therefore no special actions need to be taken. We recommend that you take action to help limit the spread of COVID-19, even if your child is not experiencing symptoms. This is especially true going into the holiday break and knowing the virus is in our communities. Please read the full letter from Superintendent Olsen-Farrell with links to resources here: https://5il.co/o60d
5 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Reminder! Tonight (December 14, 2020) You’re invited to the Slate Valley Unified Union School District Board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Participation will be VIRTUAL ONLY. Connect by going to http:// meet.google.com/srb-bmfc-qwa OR BY CALLING (US) +1 320-416-1017 PIN: 600 914 747# Tonight’s Agenda: https://5il.co/nw73
5 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Substitute Teachers 2020-2021 Vacancies Slate Valley Unified Union School District is seeking Substitute Teachers for the 2020-2021 school year for an hourly rate of $15.00. For the weeks of January 4th - 15th - anyone who substitutes in Slate Valley will be paid $15 per hour plus $30 a day bonus for each day they work. All applicants must apply on https://www.schoolspring.com/. Positions will remain open until filled. EOE
5 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Dear Slate Valley Families, We have been fielding questions today about the possibility of Slate Valley going remote after December break as many of our neighboring districts have decided to go remote for a period of time beginning January 4th. While that is something that is always on the table should the data specific to Slate Valley indicate that it is appropriate, we do not have data in Slate Valley that would support that move at this time. As such, our intent is to remain in person as we return on January 4th. I continue to believe that in person learning is what is best for students, staff and our communities. Our schools are some of the safest places for students and staff to be as we carefully follow the health and safety guidance. Of course student and staff safety is always our priority and we will adjust as the data indicates, but going remote is the very last thing we want to do. We continue to encourage students, staff and families to follow Vermont’s Health and Safety Guidance. If everyone continues to do their part, we will get through this together. As always, please reach out if you have any questions. Best, Brooke Farrell, Superintendent
5 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Reminder! Tonight (December 7, 2020) You’re invited to the Slate Valley Unified Union School District Board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Participation will be VIRTUAL ONLY. Connect by going to http://meet.google.com/pcg-apgw-ehr or by calling (US) +1 929-279-3293 PIN: 353 796 419# Tonight’s Agenda: https://5il.co/nhqo Previous Meeting Minutes: https://5il.co/ng0u Upcoming Meetings: December 14, 2020 - SV Board Meeting, 6:30 p.m. (FHUHS) December 14, 2020 - SV Building & Grounds Meeting, 5:30 p.m. (FHUHS) December 14, 2020 - SV Policy Meeting, 5:30 p.m. (FHUHS)
5 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Dear Slate Valley Families, I know that the new Executive Order from the Governor has been confusing to navigate. First, please understand that an Executive Order from the Governor is law and we must as a school district follow it. In the very simplest of terms this order means that "except for school, students should only be having contact with immediate household members and/or caregivers as needed for parents to work. No visiting between friends/families outside of school is currently allowable and will result in quarantine." This will be in effect for the foreseeable future; we are expecting at least through mid-January. There is a Frequently Asked Questions document from the State of Vermont which should help answer some of your questions and give you more details. Please click on the link to read the document. Frequently Asked Questions https://5il.co/nkuv If you have additional questions please contact the Vermont Department of Health. (802)863-7240, option 0 As of this moment we will not be including a question on multi-household gatherings in our screening process as we do not want to put our students in difficult situations. Instead we are asking that parents be honest and keep their children home to access learning remotely if they have violated this Executive Order. Please find the Executive Order linked below: Executive Order https://5il.co/nkus We fully recognize this is difficult but need your help to keep our schools open. If we find that students are not following the guidelines and then attending school, it may force us to move to remote learning. We know that is not what is best for our families and students and as such do not want to have to make that decision. Sincerely, Brooke Farrell, Superintendent
5 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Reminder - You’re invited! Slate Valley School Board Members are hosting a week of Virtual Listening Tours beginning tonight (November 30th). Currently the board is exploring a plan for district reorganization that would include the consolidation of all district middle school students to the high school beginning with the 2022-2023 school year. This would result in the closure or educational repurposing of Castleton Village School. Sixth grade students in Castleton would then attend Castleton Elementary School. To address low enrollment of middle school students in Benson Village School, the board is considering in-district school choice (with transportation) for 7th and 8th grade students for the 2021-2022 school year. Listening tours are an opportunity to have a conversation with your board members. Please join board members at 6 p.m. to discuss district reorganization on the following dates: Nov. 30th with Tanya, Angela (West Haven) https://meet.google.com/bsc-wcrm-zbw or join by phone (US) +1 929-287-3647 (PIN: 876141866) Nov. 30th with Josh, Christine (Hubbardton) https://meet.google.com/piw-sqjk-crt or join by phone (US) +1 470-208-3216 (PIN: 271699166) Dec. 1st with Tim, Julie, Toni (Castleton) https://meet.google.com/byi-qppv-qgq or join by phone (US) +1 515-518-4964 (PIN: 853077567) Dec. 2nd with Peter, Glen, John (Orwell) https://meet.google.com/viq-uxim-get?hs=122&authuser=0 or join by phone (‪US‬) ‪+1 218-296-8729‬ (PIN: ‪318 417 490#)‬ Dec. 2nd with Mike, Rick Tara (Fair Haven) https://meet.google.com/cjv-qqvq-fhe or join by phone (US) +1 601-909-0134 (PIN: 703665728) Dec. 3rd with Pati, Becky, Beckah (Benson) https://meet.google.com/ezx-zxdi-zct or join by phone (US) +1 605-777-0574 (PIN: 127269244)
5 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Good Morning Slate Valley Families, I would like to follow-up on the District letter from yesterday. I know yesterday’s news from the Governor was hard for all of us to digest and left many of us feeling unsettled right before an upcoming holiday. Put simply, schools are compelled to follow the state guidelines and executive orders from the Governor. Our intent is to return to in-person learning on Monday November 30th, however it is undoubtedly becoming more and more difficult due to the increasing restrictions. Given that, the State has told schools that students who attend multi-house gatherings that are not in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order (https://governor.vermont.gov/sites/scott/files/documents/ADDENDUM%208%20TO%20AMENDED%20AND%20RESTATED%20EXECUTIVE%20ORDER%2001-20_0.pdf) may not attend in person school without quarantining for 7-14 days. Therefore, we ask that if your child has attended a multi-house gathering that goes against the Executive Order that they NOT attend school in-person on Monday the 30th. Instead it is expected that they observe the 7-14 day quarantine and engage in learning remotely. We have said time and time again that in-person learning is what is best for our students, staff and community. Schools are some of the safest places in terms of the virus as we follow the health guidance closely. Furthermore, please note that these new rules put our staff in an untenable position that isn’t of the schools’ making. We care deeply about the wellbeing of our students and staff and ask that if you are upset by the current rules that you contact the state and not take it out on our staff. We are simply trying to do our best for all at a very difficult time. I would ask that you speak with your building principal if you have any questions or know your child needs to attend remotely beginning on the 30th. All the best, Brooke Farrell, Superintendent
6 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Update from Governor Phil Scott’s press conference today: The start of school sports for the winter season is postponed until further notice. The state of Vermont will assess information weekly to consider when the start to this season will begin. The governor expressed the following during his remarks, “I hope adults realize the need to sacrifice to give our kids these experiences and keep them in school as much as possible.” Schools are being encouraged to inquire about participation in multi-family gatherings during Thanksgiving Break. If a staff member is made aware of participation in a multi-family gathering that person may have to quarantine for 7-14 days.
6 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
You’re invited! Slate Valley School Board Members are hosting a week of Virtual Listening Tours beginning on November 30th. Currently the board is exploring a plan for district reorganization that would include the consolidation of all district middle school students to the high school beginning with the 2022-2023 school year. This would result in the closure or educational repurposing of Castleton Village School. Sixth grade students in Castleton would then attend Castleton Elementary School. To address low enrollment of middle school students in Benson Village School, the board is considering in-district school choice (with transportation) for 7th and 8th grade students for the 2021-2022 school year. Listening tours are an opportunity to have a conversation with your board members. Please join board members at 6 p.m. to discuss district reorganization on the following dates: Nov. 30th with Tanya, Angela (West Haven) https://meet.google.com/bsc-wcrm-zbw or join by phone (US) +1 929-287-3647 (PIN: 876141866) Nov. 30th with Josh, Christine (Hubbardton) https://meet.google.com/piw-sqjk-crt or join by phone (US) +1 470-208-3216 (PIN: 271699166) Dec. 1st with Tim, Julie, Toni (Castleton) https://meet.google.com/byi-qppv-qgq or join by phone (US) +1 515-518-4964 (PIN: 853077567) Dec. 2nd with Peter, Glen, John (Orwell) https://meet.google.com/viq-uxim-get?hs=122&authuser=0 or join by phone (‪US‬) ‪+1 218-296-8729‬ (PIN: ‪318 417 490#)‬ Dec. 2nd with Mike, Rick Tara (Fair Haven) https://meet.google.com/cjv-qqvq-fhe or join by phone (US) +1 601-909-0134 (PIN: 703665728)
6 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Reminder! Tonight (November 23, 2020) You’re invited to the Slate Valley Unified Union School District Board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Participation will be VIRTUAL ONLY. Connect by going to http://meet.google.com/dtb-pfqk-hrp or by calling (US) +1 414-909-6054 PIN: 721 315 535# Tonight’s Agenda: https://5il.co/n63m Previous Meeting Minutes: https://5il.co/n0de Upcoming Meetings: December 7, 2020 - SV Board Meeting, 6:30 p.m. December 7, 2020 - SV Finance Meeting, 5:30 p.m. December 14, 2020 - SV Board Meeting, 6:30 p.m. December 14, 2020 - SV Building & Grounds Meeting, 5:30 p.m. December 14, 2020 - SV Policy Meeting, 5:30 p.m.
6 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
You’re invited! Slate Valley School Board Members are hosting a week of Virtual Listening Tours beginning on November 30th. Currently the board is exploring a plan for district reorganization that would include the consolidation of all district middle school students to the high school beginning with the 2022-2023 school year. This would result in the closure or educational repurposing of Castleton Village School. Sixth grade students in Castleton would then attend Castleton Elementary School. To address low enrollment of middle school students in Benson Village School, the board is considering in-district school choice (with transportation) for 7th and 8th grade students for the 2021-2022 school year. Listening tours are an opportunity to have a conversation with your board members. Please join board members at 6 p.m. to discuss district reorganization on the following dates: Nov. 30th with Tanya, Angela (West Haven) https://meet.google.com/bsc-wcrm-zbw or join by phone (US) +1 929-287-3647 (PIN: 876141866) Nov. 30th with Josh, Christine (Hubbardton) https://meet.google.com/piw-sqjk-crt or join by phone (US) +1 470-208-3216 (PIN: 271699166) Dec. 1st with Tim, Julie, Toni (Castleton) https://meet.google.com/byi-qppv-qgq or join by phone (US) +1 515-518-4964 (PIN: 853077567) Dec. 2nd with Peter, Glen, John (Orwell) https://meet.google.com/viq-uxim-get?hs=122&authuser=0 or join by phone (‪US‬) ‪+1 218-296-8729‬ (PIN: ‪318 417 490#)‬ Dec. 2nd with Mike, Rick Tara (Fair Haven) https://meet.google.com/cjv-qqvq-fhe or join by phone (US) +1 601-909-0134 (PIN: 703665728)
6 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Dear Slate Valley Families, I hope it goes without saying that we know how stressful the pandemic has been for everyone. We are all in this together and we will get through it. I want to remind everyone that our primary focus as a district is to keep everyone safe and remain open for in-person learning. However, as COVID cases begin to rise across the state and region we will only be as safe as our community makes us. It is on all of us to do the right thing and follow the state guidelines. As the days wear on, we have noticed an increase in the number of student screening questions that are not being answered accurately. We are trying to do our very best as a district to comply with the State’s Health and Safety Guidance and we need families to help make sure the screening questions are accurately and completely answered. In order to keep our schools open and safe we need every single person to do their part. Community spread in Vermont is due to people traveling to restricted areas, not wearing masks and not practicing physical distancing from those outside your household. Please keep your child home if the screening indicates they should stay home. I cannot stress the importance of this enough. Please do your part and let us know if you need support. We are here to help in these very difficult times. Best, Brooke Farrell Superintendent
6 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
What are you planning for the holidays this year? It’s hard to imagine breaking with tradition and celebrating at home, but that is what a lot of Vermont families are deciding to do in 2020. Travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19, and the way you celebrate this year will have an impact on your family, community, and Vermont. Our ability to keep schools open relies on everyone doing their part. It’s easy to let our guard down among friends and family -- people we trust. But the fact is, we don’t know if they’ve been exposed to the virus, and it’s those times that the virus can spread very easily. Please keep this in mind as you consider holiday plans. Resources https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/restart/cross-state-travel https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html
6 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Good morning, Due to the rising COVID case counts in the Northeast effective today, November 10, 2020, the State of Vermont has suspended its leisure travel map and implemented a mandatory quarantine for anyone returning or traveling to Vermont. https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/restart/cross-state-travel
6 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Slate Valley Middle School Winter Sports Registration -- Is Now Open Registration will be open from November 10 through December 15. Please go to http://www.formreleaf.com -Slate Valley Middle School -Choose your school, sport and grade level -Fill out the WHOLE form or resubmit if already in. -REMINDER of yearly physical (upload or send to nurse) -SAVE the information -Check to make sure that your information is saved, you should receive verification. Information will be coming of start dates for practices, games, etc. We will also be notifying you of ALL guidelines, restrictions, etc. Thank you for your continued flexibility and support!
6 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Reminder! Tonight (November 9, 2020) You’re invited to the Slate Valley Unified Union School District Board meeting. Fair Haven Union High School, 6:30 p.m. Participation will be in person or virtually connect by going to http://meet.google.com/iso-hvnh-hhv or by calling (US) +1 405-656-0082 PIN: 628 068 926# Tonight’s Agenda: https://5il.co/mvql Previous Meeting Minutes: https://5il.co/mj5k Upcoming Meetings: November 23, 2020 - SV Board meeting, 6:30 p.m. (FHUHS) November 23, 2020 - SV Buildings & Grounds Meeting, 5:30 p.m. (FHUHS) November 23, 2020 - SV Policy Meeting, 5:30 p.m. (FHUHS)
6 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Animal Shelter Drive November 9th through 30th This drive is part of a Fair Haven Union High School R.E.A.L. class student research project: https://www.smore.com/h3f4r Animal shelters are in need of supplies! COVID 19 has indeed had an effect upon the animal shelters, thus the student is conducting a drive for the following supplies: >Dry dog & puppy food and cat & kitten food (American Natural Premium brand, original) - unopened & please check the date of expiration >Canned kitten food (any brand) - please check date of expiration >Soft chewy dog treats >Cat and Dog toys (new only please) >Liquid dish soap (Dawn is best) >Paper towels Please leave supplies in the bin placed at the Fair Haven Union High School front door (inside building) - directly in front of the Fair Haven Union High School main office between November 9 - 30, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact Deborah Ehler-Hansen: [email protected].
6 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Substitute Teachers 2020-2021 Vacancies Slate Valley Unified Union School District is seeking Substitute Teachers for the 2020-2021 school year for an hourly rate of $15.00. All applicants must apply on https://www.schoolspring.com/. Position will remain open until filled. EOE
6 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Good afternoon, The State of Vermont has updated the Cross State Travel Map: https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/restart/cross-state-travel. As you will note, travel outside of the state of Vermont (including Washington County, NY) for non-essential reasons requires a 14 day quarantine.
6 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
The Slate Valley Unified School District would like to thank our amazing local communities for their donations in making the Care Package Drive a huge success! Camryn, a FHUHS student, had a vision to support the homeless and those in need as we moved into the winter months. Her idea, passion and dedication to this project allowed for her to make and deliver over 50 care packages to our local schools, nonprofits and police stations. Great work Camryn!
6 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Scenes from around the district this week.
6 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Good evening, here is a link to our COVID-19 guide: https://5il.co/ml9y. We hope you find this resource helpful. Note: This guide has been updated from the one (briefly) posted this afternoon to include a missing page.
7 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Dear Slate Valley Families, As the pandemic wears on, I know that the coming months may be especially difficult for everyone in our Slate Valley Community. I so appreciate all of your efforts and diligence as I know it has been challenging to say the least. For many of us, we miss our family and friends and long for a return to normal. I am hopeful that 2021 will bring with it a return to "normal" albeit a slow return. As we enter winter and the holiday season I would be remiss if I did not remind everyone of the holiday travel guidance from the CDC and the Vermont travel map which is now a sea of red and yellow. I know that as a result many of us will need to adjust our holiday/vacation plans and for that I am sorry. I am certainly hopeful for better days ahead. Our primary goal is to remain in person for as long as possible with everyone healthy so as such I need to remind you that if students travel out of state during the holiday breaks they may need to quarantine before they return to school. We greatly appreciate your attention to this matter as it will take all of us to do our part. I have included some recent articles on Pandemic Fatigue and the rise of cases. As always please reach out with any questions. Best, Brooke Farrell Superintendent VT Digger: Pandemic Fatigue https://vtdigger.org/2020/10/20/as-cases-rise-vermont-balances-economic-health-with-concerns-of-pandemic-fatigue/ NY Times: Pandemic Fatigue https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/17/us/coronavirus-pandemic-fatigue.html CDC Coping with the Holidays https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html#thanksgiving Cross State Travel https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/restart/cross-state-travel
7 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Good afternoon, Here is the weekly update of the cross state travel map: https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/restart/cross-state-travel The only Vermont border county that travel is allowed is Washington, NY. All other border counties now require a quarantine.
7 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
We are very excited that Slate Valley is offering parent tutorials for our remote learning platforms. A huge thank you to Lisa Cacciatore and Rodney Batschelet Slate Valley's Technology Integrationists! Below are the links to Lisa's Parent Tech Tutorial Meets. BVS: 10/28 6 to 7pm for grades K-3 https://meet.google.com/sfz-inwa-oub 10/29 6 to 7pm for grades 4-8 https://meet.google.com/gvx-bsfm-uks CES: 11/4 6 to 6:45pm for grades K-2 https://meet.google.com/fqr-kfrn-dax 11/4 6:45 to 7:30pm for grades 3-5 https://meet.google.com/hsn-fnep-uys CVS: 11/5 6 to 6:45pm grades 6-8 https://meet.google.com/vco-mbxe-iux Below are Rodney's OVS: 10/28 6-7pm grades k-2 https://meet.google.com/jpn-nvtx-ikn 10/29 6-7pm grades 4-8 https://meet.google.com/odn-divm-gua FHGS: 11/4 6 to 6:45pm for grades K-2 https://meet.google.com/mfq-qzzp-xqy 11/4 6:45 to 7:30pm for grades 3-5 https://meet.google.com/sro-nmqb-ujn 11/5 6 to 6:45pm grades 6-8 https://meet.google.com/att-quqy-ois
7 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Reminder - Tonight: Please join Casey O'Meara, Slate Valley's Director of Curriculum, for an informational meeting on leveraging Title I Schoolwide Programs to Address Barriers to Academic Success tonight (October 22) from 6:00-6:30. All meetings will be accessed using the following google meet link, https://https://meet.google.com/wpn-eika-ozr?hs=122&authuser=0. You may view the slides (with a survey at the end) from the presentation here: https://5il.co/lldy.
7 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Good afternoon, here is the updated travel map for this week: https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/restart/cross-state-travel Please note Washington County, NY is green again. However, many more counties adjacent to Vermont are now yellow and red.
7 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Reminder, the FHUHS REAL Class's Care Package Donation Drive runs through Friday, October 23rd. For more information: https://www.smore.com/qumzr
7 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Reminder - Tonight: Please join Casey O'Meara, Slate Valley's Director of Curriculum, for an informational meeting on leveraging Title I Schoolwide Programs to Address Barriers to Academic Success tonight (October 14) or on October 22 from 6:00-6:30: All meetings will be accessed using the following google meet link, https://https://meet.google.com/wpn-eika-ozr?hs=122&authuser=0. You may view the slides (with a survey at the end) from the presentation here: https://5il.co/lldy.
7 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Cross-state Travel Update - The cross-state travel map has been updated by the State of Vermont: https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/restart/cross-state-travel. Please be aware that Washington County, NY is now yellow again as are many other border counties.
7 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
The FHUHS REAL Class is holding a Care Package Donation Drive from October 12 through 23. Please visit: https://www.smore.com/qumzr for more information.
7 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Reminder! Tonight (October 12, 2020) You’re invited to the Slate Valley Unified Union School District Board meeting. Fair Haven Union High School, 6:30 p.m. Participation will be in person or virtually connect by going to http://meet.google.com/grn-jxau-emp or by calling (US) +1 225-414-2284 PIN: 456 101 981# Tonight’s Agenda: https://5il.co/lvat Previous Meeting Minutes: https://5il.co/lmhb Upcoming Meetings: November 9, 2020 - SV Board meeting, 6:30 p.m. (FHUHS) November 9, 2020 - SV Finance Meeting, 5:30 p.m. (FHUHS)
7 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Scenes throughout the district.
7 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
FHUHS REAL Class - Care Package Donation Drive Oct. 12th-Oct. 23rd It is our goal to collect items to make over 50 care packages that can be given to homeless youth and families in need within our community. Please Help us make this possible by donating the following foods and items: Pop Top Canned Food Packaged Crackers or Trail Mix Youth or Adult Socks Winter Hats Soap Mini Shampoo Hand Lotion Hand Warmers All Donations can be dropped off at local drop boxes out front of FHUHS, Fair Haven Grade School, Castleton Village School or Benson Village School. If you would like to make a donation but can’t make it to one of our drop boxes please feel free to contact Nicole Rice, [email protected] for pick up.
7 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Dear Slate Valley Families, We are very fortunate to be entering the 6th week of in-person learning in Slate Valley. Our district had one of the most aggressive plans for the return to school for our students in the state and to date it has been very successful. However, we are still in the midst of a pandemic and we all need to do our part. We do not want to find ourselves in a situation where we have to move to remote learning as we strongly believe that it is not what is best for our students. As Halloween approaches we are hearing of different events that are being held in the communities of Slate Valley. We continue to remind everyone to take the health guidelines into consideration when planning activities. We know this is a difficult time for us all and especially our children. The CDC has released guidance (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html#halloween) on low, moderate, and high risk activities for celebration. We want all of our children to have fun and also remain safe and healthy. We truly care about the health and well-being of all of our Slate Valley Community. Be well, Brooke Farrell Superintendent
7 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Cross-state Travel Update - Please view the updated cross-state travel map: https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/restart/cross-state-travel. Washington and Essex Counties in NY are now green, so you can travel to those counties this weekend. Warren and Saratoga Counties (NY) remain on the quarantine list though. Also, while there are no travel restrictions within the state of Vermont, Addison, Bennington and Grand Isle Counties have a large increase in infection rates.
7 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Substitute Teachers 2020-2021 Vacancies Slate Valley Unified Union School District is seeking Substitute Teachers for the 2020-2021 school year for an hourly rate of $15.00. All applicants must apply on https://www.schoolspring.com/. Position will remain open until filled. EOE
7 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Reminder - Tonight: Please join Casey O'Meara, Slate Valley's Director of Curriculum, for an informational meeting on leveraging Title I Schoolwide Programs to Address Barriers to Academic Success tonight (October 6) or on one of the following dates from 6:00-6:30: -October 14, 2020 -October 22, 2020 All meetings will be accessed using the following google meet link, https://https://meet.google.com/wpn-eika-ozr?hs=122&authuser=0. You may view the slides (with a survey at the end) from the presentation here: https://5il.co/lldy.
7 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Scenes throughout the district this week.
7 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Reminder: Please join Casey O'Meara, Slate Valley's Director of Curriculum, for an informational meeting on leveraging Title I Schoolwide Programs to Address Barriers to Academic Success on one of the following dates from 6:00-6:30: -October 6, 2020 -October 14, 2020 -October 22, 2020 All meetings will be accessed using the following google meet link, https://https://meet.google.com/wpn-eika-ozr?hs=122&authuser=0. You may view the slides (with a survey at the end) from the presentation here: https://5il.co/lldy.
8 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Dear Slate Valley Families, The Cross-State Travel map changed again today and many of the NY counties that border Vermont now require a 14 day quarantine if you travel there for non-essential activity. This includes Washington, Essex, Warren and Saratoga Counties. Please know that as a school district we are required to enforce these rules by the Department of Health. This means that if your child travels to any of these areas for non-essential activities such as but not limited to apple picking, dance lessons, sports, funerals, etc they will be required to quarantine and will not be allowed to attend school in person. If you have a question regarding this please call the Vermont Department of Health or visit the website https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/restart/cross-state-travel.
8 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Reminder! Tonight (September 28, 2020) You’re invited to the Slate Valley Unified Union School District Board meeting. Fair Haven Union High School, 6:30 p.m. Participation will be in person or virtually connect by going to http://meet.google.com/pgv-bvyg-sux or by calling (US)+1 541-897-2511 PIN: 644 673 160# Tonight’s Agenda: https://5il.co/lc2h Previous Meeting Minutes: https://5il.co/l20l Upcoming Meetings: October 12, 2020 - SV Board Meeting, 6:30 p.m. (FHUHS) October 12, 2020 - SV Finance Meeting, 5:30 p.m. (FHUHS) November 9, 2020 - SV Board meeting, 6:30 p.m. (FHUHS) November 9, 2020 - SV Finance Meeting, 5:30 p.m. (FHUHS)
8 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Scenes from around the district this week.
8 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Please join Casey O'Meara, Slate Valley's Director of Curriculum, for an informational meeting on leveraging Title I Schoolwide Programs to Address Barriers to Academic Success on one of the following dates from 6:00-6:30 p.m. October 6, 2020 October 14, 2020 October 22, 2020 All meetings will be accessed using the following google meet link, https://https://meet.google.com/wpn-eika-ozr?hs=122&authuser=0.
8 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Dear Slate Valley Families, It was just announced in the Governor's Press Conference that Vermont schools will be allowed to operate in Stage III starting this Saturday, September 26th. For us in Slate Valley, this means that beginning this weekend we will be allowing athletic contests. Generally, speaking there are minimal changes between Stage II and Stage III in the school reopening guidance. As such, in all other areas we will be remaining status quo for the time being. We are doing well in no small part to the staff, students and community’s cooperation and we want to keep it that way. In the coming days and weeks I will be sending out further communication on changes you may see after 2 weeks in Stage III. I know that the cross-state travel map has been frustrating for some families and I completely understand. Please know that as a school district we are compelled to follow requirements put forth by the State of Vermont. The map is now being updated on Tuesdays so families can plan their activities for the coming weekend. Please note that Washington County, NY is now off the map. However, Warren and Saratoga Counties in NY are still on the map so please, please plan your travel accordingly. We do not want to be in a position of asking your child to remain home from in-person learning. This does not benefit anyone. If you have questions please refer to the website: https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/restart/cross-state-travel/faqs and/or call the Vermont Department of Health. Also, according to the Vermont Department of Health apple picking is a leisure activity. I know this was not clear to a lot of families over the weekend. Furthermore, we are so grateful for our school nurses. They truly have borne the brunt of the questions and enforcement of the COVID protocols. Please know that they must follow the guidelines put forth from the Vermont Department of Health and as such everyone is doing the best that they can in this difficult situation. As always, thank you for your continued support and cooperation during these trying times. Be well, Brooke Farrell, Superintendent
8 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Free Giveaway Saturday September 26th , 12-3 p.m. Out back of Fair Haven Grade School Mask required. Bring your own bags. Free items including clothes, household items, and some toys! Everyone is invited to browse the items and take what you need.
8 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Scenes from around the district.
8 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Dear Slate Valley Families, Thank you so very much for all of your patience and cooperation these last couple of weeks. The reopening of school has gone well due in no small part to all of your support. The cross-state travel map changed today and as such many of the counties that you may travel to in NY state are now on the travel restriction list. Please make sure to check this map if you are planning any travel out of state as it may impact your child's ability to attend school in person. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact your school administration. https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/restart/cross-state-travel Thank you and have a wonderful weekend! Best, Brooke Farrell, Superintendent
8 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
The 2020 Census ends on September 30th. Please take a few minutes at http://www.2020census.gov or call 844-330-2020 to make sure you count.
8 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Reminder! Tonight (September 14, 2020) You’re invited to the Slate Valley Unified Union School District Board meeting. Fair Haven Union High School, 6:30 p.m. Participation will be in person or virtually connect by going to http://meet.google.com/sed-pvzz-bsy or by calling (US) +1 317-961-0599 PIN: 177 396 689#. Tonight’s Agenda: https://5il.co/ksn7 Previous Meeting Minutes: http://www.slatevalleyunified.org/o/svusd/browse/151952 Upcoming Meetings: -September 28, 2020 - SV Board Meeting, 6:30 p.m. (FHUHS) -September 28, 2020 - SV Policy Committee Meeting, 5:30 p.m. (FHUHS) -September 28, 2020 - SV Building and Grounds Committee Meeting, 5:30 p.m. (FHUHS) -October 12, 2020 - SV Board Meeting, 6:30 p.m. (FHUHS) -October 12, 2020 - SV Finance Meeting, 5:30 p.m. (FHUHS)
8 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Congratulations to all of our exceptional Slate Valley Staff! District Awards Video: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1vsLm7iXGI7Qqws3GukYbnNNLLFosJZJ4/view?usp=sharing Award Recipients: SVUUSD Executive Awards Fair Haven: Library/Tech Integration Team - Maggie McGarry, Lisa Cacciatore & Rodney Batschelet FHUHS: FHUHS Counseling Department UVM Outstanding Teacher Award Castleton Village: Annie Crumb FHUHS: M. Susan Cornell SVUUSD Outstanding Teacher Award Benson: Jessica Thurston Castleton Elementary: Jenna Ray Castleton Village: Annie Crumb Fair Haven: Katie Hart FHUHS: M. Susan Cornell Orwell: Francine Broughton Instructional Assistant Award Benson: Greta Doran Castleton Elementary: Amy Cotton Castleton Village: Jill McClure Fair Haven: Lisa Brough FHUHS: Robin Sheldrick Orwell: Amy Messer SVUUSD Special Service Award Letter Slate Valley Technology Team
8 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Reminder: Food Box Distribution Day Thursday, August 27th 10am - 11am
9 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Nursing Substitutes 2020-2021 Vacancies Slate Valley Unified Union School District is seeking Nursing Substitutes for the 2020-2021 school year for an hourly rate of $30.00. All applicants must apply on https://www.schoolspring.com/. Position will remain open until filled. EOE
9 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Looking for temporary, part-time work? Slate Valley Unified School District is seeking temporary part-time Custodians, up to 25 hours per week, during the COVID pandemic to maintain the cleanliness of the school facilities. Custodial experience preferred. For additional information contact Chris Cole, Director of Operations at 265-4905 or email [email protected]. This position will remain open until filled. E O E
9 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Food Box Distribution Day Thursday August 27th 10am - 11am
9 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Substitute Teachers 2020-2021 Vacancies Slate Valley Unified Union School District is seeking Substitute Teachers for the 2020-2021 school year for an hourly rate of $15.00. All applicants must apply on https://www.schoolspring.com/. Position will remain open until filled. EOE
9 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Good morning, please view the Slate Valley Reopening Plan: https://5il.co/jkgt. This plan will be updated frequently as new guidance becomes available.
9 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Looking for temporary, part-time work? Slate Valley Unified School District is seeking temporary part-time Custodians, up to 25 hours per week, during the COVID pandemic to maintain the cleanliness of the school facilities. Custodial experience preferred. For additional information contact Chris Cole, Director of Operations at 265-4905 or email [email protected]. This position will remain open until filled. E O E
9 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Slate Valley Budget Results Yes: 1324 No: 1308
9 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Reminder: The Slate Valley budget vote is today. This budget represents the current year's (2020-2021) operational budget only. Complete budget details can be found on the Slate Valley website https://www.slatevalleyunified.org/. Frequently Asked Questions: https://5il.co/j8fk
9 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
As we approach the opening of school in the fall, please read the following letter from Superintendent Olsen-Farrell in regard to state travel restrictions: https://5il.co/j60a
9 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Reminder - Our last scheduled day for food pick up at FHGS is Tuesday, August 11th and will include meals thru Friday, August 14th. Meals are available for pick up between the hours of 10:00AM and 11:00AM on Tuesdays and Fridays throughout the summer at Fair Haven Grade School. Any child from any town who is 18 years of age or younger can receive meals. When children are not present at the time of meal pick up, a parent or guardian can only receive meals for their child or children. Adults cannot pick up meals for other children when the children are not present with the adult.
9 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
We have started a Frequently Asked Questions document regarding the reopening of schools: http://www.slatevalleyunified.org/o/svusd/browse/155634. Please check back often as this will be updated as new information becomes available.
9 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Reminder: There will be a budget informational meeting this evening (Monday, August 3, 2020) at 6:30 PM. Please connect virtually by going to http://meet.google.com/xyb-itrv-dgu or by calling (US) +1 234-307-0704 PIN: 698 588 330#.
9 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
If you missed our free food box giveaway on Saturday you still have a chance to come pick one up. The remainder of the boxes will be distributed Tomorrow Tuesday, July 28th between 10am-11am at the Fair Haven Grade School!
10 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Good afternoon, please read the following letter (https://5il.co/ijms) from Superintendent Olsen-Farrell in regard to the district’s Hazing, Harassment, and Bullying Policy.
10 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Food Box Distribution Day: Saturday July 25th Noon-2PM Pick up behind FHGS All families within the Slate Valley School District are invited to pick up a Food Box. There are 100 boxes available on a first come, first served basis.
10 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Helpful resources for the upcoming (August 11th) Slate Valley Budget Revote: Budget Web Page https://www.slatevalleyunified.org/o/svusd/page/budget--108 Budget Flyer https://5il.co/igm1 Frequently Asked Questions https://5il.co/ig1r
10 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Please read the following letter from Superintendent Olsen-Farrell regarding the re-opening of school: https://5il.co/igh5
10 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Helpful resources for the upcoming (August 11th) Slate Valley Budget Revote: Budget Web Page https://www.slatevalleyunified.org/o/svusd/page/budget--108 Frequently Asked Questions: https://5il.co/ig1r Budget Overview https://5il.co/ieup Expenditure Summary https://5il.co/ig2n Proposed Budget Tax Information https://5il.co/ieum
10 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Reminder, there is a special SVUUSD Board Meeting tonight at 6:30 PM Virtually connect by going to: http://meet.google.com/qbe-fiog-fsk See the agenda for more information.
10 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Summer Meals Reminder: Meals will be available for pick up between the hours of 10:00AM and 11:00AM on Tuesdays and Fridays throughout the summer at Fair Haven Grade School. Any child from any town who is 18 years of age or younger can receive meals. When children are not present at the time of meal pick up, a parent or guardian can only receive meals for their child or children. Adults cannot pick up meals for other children when the children are not present with the adult. The last day for meal pick up will be Tuesday, August 11th and will include meals through Friday.
10 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Reminder: You're invited to come discuss the upcoming August 11th Slate Valley Budget Revote with your board members on July 9th at 6 PM.
10 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Slate Valley middle school athletes (grades 5-8) can sign up for Fall 2020 athletics from July 1st-August 14th on https://www.FormReleaf.com. Reminder- A yearly physical is required. 2020-2021 Athletics Information: Please read the full letter from Kim Alexander, District Middle School Athletic Director, here: https://5il.co/heuc Slate Valley Middle School Athletics (grades 5-8) Fall 2020 Sports Registration for: FHGS/BVS 5/6 Soccer FHGS/BVS 7/8 Boys Soccer FHGS/BVS 7/8 Girls Soccer CES/CVS/OVS 5/6 Soccer CVS/OVS 7/8 Boys Soccer CVS/OVS 7/8 Girls Soccer Slate Valley Padded Flag Football (6-8) Slate Valley Cross Country (6-8)
11 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
School Reopening Update - More Information Will Be Provided the Week of July 20th As you know, we are planning for reopening of schools in the fall. This planning will draw upon input from the parent survey as well as guidance from the Agency of Education (AOE). Guidance from the AOE has changed throughout the pandemic and continues to change frequently. In view of this, we are planning to provide further information during the week of July 20th. Thank you for your continued patience and support during these challenging times. AOE Guidance: https://5il.co/hjf2
11 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
You're invited to come discuss the upcoming August 11th Slate Valley Budget Revote with your board members on July 9th at 6 PM.
11 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
2020-2021 Athletics Information: Please read the full letter from Kim Alexander, District Middle School Athletic Director, here: https://5il.co/heuc Slate Valley Middle School Athletics (grades 5-8) Fall 2020 Sports Registration for: FHGS/BVS 5/6 Soccer FHGS/BVS 7/8 Boys Soccer FHGS/BVS 7/8 Girls Soccer CES/CVS/OVS 5/6 Soccer CVS/OVS 7/8 Boys Soccer CVS/OVS 7/8 Girls Soccer Slate Valley Padded Flag Football (6-8) Slate Valley Cross Country (6-8) Please sign up on the Formreleaf registration (July 1 - August 14)/REMEMBER a yearly physical is mandatory.
11 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Tonight! Slate Valley Board Member Listening Tour Come share your thoughts with school board members from your community in a casual setting. June 18th at 6 p.m. With the budget being voted down, we wanted to provide you with an opportunity to voice your concerns. Board members from your community will be available to listen to you during these challenging times. Benson Residents - Meet at Benson Village School with Patricia Beaumont ([email protected]) and Rebeckah St. Peter ([email protected]) to share your concerns. Castleton Residents - Meet at Castleton Elementary School (outside pavillion) with Julie Finnegan ([email protected]), Toni Lobdell ([email protected]), and Timothy Smith ([email protected]) to share your concerns. Fair Haven Residents - Meet in the FHUHS Gym - with Michael Bache ([email protected]), Tara Buxton ([email protected]), and Richard Wilson ([email protected]) to share your concerns. Hubbardton Residents - Meet in the Town Hall with Joshua Hardt ([email protected]) to share your concerns. Orwell Residents - Meet on the Town Green with Glen Cousineau ([email protected]), Peter Stone ([email protected]), and John Wurzbacher ([email protected]) to share your concerns. West Haven Residents - Meet at the Grange with Angela Charron ([email protected]) and Tanya Tolchin ([email protected]) to share your concerns. Please note that due to current requirements, gatherings will be limited to 25 people. We would ask that you adhere to current social distancing and mask recommendations. If you are unable to make it or feel more comfortable, you may email your board members at the provided email addresses.
11 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Reminder: You're invited! Come share your thoughts with school board members from your community in a casual setting on June 18th at 6 p.m.
11 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Congratulations Graduates! Here is a link to the pre-recorded portion of the FHUHS Graduation Ceremony (this can be viewed at any time): https://shorturl.at/lM246
11 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Retirement Spotlight! This week, Slate Valley is celebrating a different retiree each day with a special retirement spotlight here on social media. Today, we are celebrating Susan Coombs’ 9 years of service in our district. Congratulations on your retirement Susan! Susan Coombs came to Orwell from Castleton Village School where she taught first grade. Susan brought with her a wealth of expertise as a teacher, literacy specialist, and special educator. Ms. Coombs designs her classroom as an open, stimulating environment where her students feel safe where she offers positive opportunities for them to take risks. Recently, Ms. Coombs made significant contributions to the students of our community working extensively with students to help them improve specific reading skills as our reading interventionist. We are so fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with such a veteran educator. By Patrick Walters
11 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Summer Meal Pick Up The last day for meal pick up or delivery in Orwell, Benson and Castleton will be Friday, June 26th. On Friday the meals distributed will be for Friday through Tuesday, June 30th. Starting on Tuesday, July 7th meals will be available for pickup only at Fair Haven Grade School between the hours of 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM. Any child from any town who is 18 years of age or younger can receive meals. When children are not present at the time of meal pick up, a parent or guardian can only receive meals for their child or children. Adults cannot pick up meals for other children when the children are not present with the adult. Bags of meals will continue to be available for pick up at 10:00AM on Tuesdays and Fridays throughout the summer at Fair Haven Grade School. The last day for meal pick up will be Tuesday, August 11th and will include meals through Friday.
11 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Parents/Guardians of Slate Valley students: This letter (https://5il.co/h6gs) was sent to households on June 12. We invite you to read it. In an effort to include your voices as parents/guardians of Slate Valley students, we welcome your perspectives as we reflect, learn, and plan for the fall of 2020. Here (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FDTZNTC) is the link to a survey we have created in order to collect your input.
11 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Today is the day! Congratulations to the Fair Haven Union High School Class of 2020! We will be posting the pre-recorded portion of the FHUHS Graduation Ceremony at 4 p.m. on the (Fair Haven Union High School - Official Site) Facebook page. This can be viewed at any time. The FHUHS Mobile Reception will be streamed live on the (Fair Haven Union High School - Official Site) Facebook page at 4 p.m. and can also be viewed at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UloPBLxCFo4. The FM Transmission of the Mobile Reception will be available on 103.1 for those in attendance of the reception - Please Note - the FM transmission will only be available for listening within the immediate area that the mobile reception is taking place.
11 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
The FHUHS Mobile Reception can be viewed live today (Friday June 12th) at 3:45 p.m. by following this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UloPBLxCFo4
11 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Retirement Spotlight! This week, Slate Valley is celebrating a different retiree each day with a special retirement spotlight here on social media. Today, we are celebrating Doreen Anderson’s 22 years of service in our district. Congratulations on your retirement Doreen! It is impossible to sum up everything that Doreen has done, and everything that she has meant to our school and community. Doreen has worked in our district for 22 years, starting in the Special Education department. As the Guidance Office Administrative Assistant for the past 14 years, Doreen has been the one to greet students, parents and staff when they enter the guidance office. No matter the situation, Doreen treated everyone with care and kindness. Whether a student was having a bad day, needed a schedule change, or the answer to a question, Doreen was always ready with a smile, or a tissue if need be. Doreen was also immensely supportive to the counselors and clinicians that she worked with. No matter what kind of stress they were under, Doreen always knew what to say to make things better. In addition to the myriad of responsibilities in the guidance office, from transcripts to the award ceremony, Doreen was also the focal point of the graduation committee. Doreen’s wealth of knowledge and level-headed thinking always ensured that graduation was a smooth and memorable experience for our students. From double-checking the program and ordering the honor cords, to helping students learn to step in sync to “Pomp and Circumstance”, Doreen was truly an asset to our school and the lives of our students. Doreen is a treasure to everyone who knows her or had the pleasure of working with her. While we will deeply miss working with Doreen, we are so happy that she is on to new adventures in retirement. Congratulations from your FHU family! By Kate Leathe
11 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
You're invited! Come share your thoughts with school board members from your community in a casual setting on June 18th at 6 p.m.
11 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Retirement Spotlight! This week, Slate Valley is celebrating a different retiree each day with a special retirement spotlight here on social media. Today, we are celebrating Chris Stanton’s 22 years of service in our district. Congratulations on your retirement Chris! Chris Stanton was a tremendous complement to Fair Haven Grade School, staff and community immediately upon arrival in 1998. He shared at the time that it was very difficult decision to leave Orwell Village School, his first teaching assignment, as he had created special bonds with students, parents and community during his time there. However, Chris brought these same attributes to Fair Haven and it was FHGS’ good fortune that he made the transition. Chris brought a myriad of talents and infectious interests to his teaching assignments. His first was as a self-contained grade 6 classroom teacher before moving to the middle school with the transition of 6th grade. Chris was always about Team whether it was his 5th and 6th grade team partners and later the middle school team. His thoughtful calm demeanor brought a stabilizing focus to every setting. BUT there are some that remember mischief afoot at times in the Kingdom. Chris always proclaimed innocence of these rumors so we will leave those stories for another day…. Chris’ work and interaction with students was equally special. He brought many things to FHGS including a strong interest to immerse kids in healthy environmental activities outside the four walls of a classroom. He fostered and expanded programs that took students to the outdoors and waterways in the Fair Haven – Castleton area. The Castleton Area River Program (later expanded to Great Adventure Program) connected hands on science in the region with the classroom. Chris made summer special for hundreds of students each year leading hiking trips and kayaking adventures on Glen Lake, Bomoseen and Lake Champlain. He will be remembered as a champion of environmental science and bringing science and math to life for his students. Learning through enriching activities made possible by Chris Stanton, Teacher and Mentor for all students. Chris’ goal was to retire quietly and unnoticed. However, your impact on the lives of students, families and your colleagues is appreciable and you will be greatly missed. By Deborah Infurna
11 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Free Youth Activity Boxes! Visit: http://www.KidsVT.com/RutlandCounty to signup.
11 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Good morning, the Budget Re-Vote results are as follows: Yes: 550 No: 812
11 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Retirement Spotlight! This week, Slate Valley is celebrating a different retiree each day with a special retirement spotlight here on social media. Today, we are celebrating Karen Jockell's 17 years of service in our district. Congratulations on your retirement Karen! Karen Jockell’s 17 year teaching career at Fair Haven Grade School reflects her commitment and steadfast dedication to her students along with the classroom teachers she supported through her supplemental instruction. As a school wide teacher, her position required her to instruct students from multiple grade levels each day and maintain communication with their respective grade teachers for coordination of progress. It was one very important piece needed to generate successful results. To Karen’s credit she adeptly orchestrated this requirement to provide the instruction required of each student. Karen played an integral role in the learning process and progress for the students who passed through her classroom. Karen was also active in the school and community. She was a teacher and community member that recognized teaching and learning also happened outside the walls of a classroom. Applefest, Supermarket Bingo, and district student activities would find Karen involved and invested. She was an active member in the PTO, Impact Fair Haven, and a variety of district level committees working to better the support, resources and activities available to students and families. FHGS was extremely fortunate to have many years of Karen’s dedication and expertise serving her number one priority, students. We envision Karen continuing to be involved supporting children and teachers in some way in this community, even in retirement. By Deborah Infurna
11 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Retirement Spotlight! This week, Slate Valley is celebrating a different retiree each day with a special retirement spotlight here on social media. Today, we are celebrating Bonnie Condit’s 33 years of service in our district. Congratulations on your retirement Bonnie! Bonnie Condit has 33 years of service as an educator at Castleton Elementary School. She started teaching first grade in 1986. Over the years she taught other grade levels ranging from second to sixth grade. Nine of those years were in multiage classrooms, but her love remains with third grade. Bonnie is very capable of adjusting to the changes in education to better her teaching skills. She is an expert in many areas, from the old DRA scoring to the new distance learning of today. She also has a wealth of math knowledge gained over time. She has coordinated and presented math workshops for the district, but her specialty is sharing math games with her students and fellow teachers. Some of you may know her through the many committees she has served on. She was chairperson for the CES CHAT Team. She had input with the Supervision and Evaluation Team and led the Math Leadership Team. She was a Summer School Coordinator, and she was part of the CES Technology Committee. She is also an active member in our Teacher’s Union and held the district President’s position for 10 years, as well as Vice President and Secretary in previous years. She is an active citizen in Castleton’s Community, and is on the Alumni Board for Castleton University. Bonnie earned a Teacher of the Year Award for always going above and beyond. She sets goals and achieves them, and is never afraid to ask questions because of her passion to learn something new everyday. This quest for knowledge also extends to traveling the world. One of her goals in retirement is to travel with her son Tyler. Bonnie Condit will be missed as a role model by both students and colleagues. By Randi Ray
11 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Parents & Guardians: Kindergarten Registration If you have a child that will be age 5 prior to September 1st and will be entering kindergarten in the fall or if you are new to our community and have school aged children who will be attending school in the fall, please register your child(ren). Please note that if you are moving into Vermont from out-of-state, you will have to follow the 14 day quarantine requirement prior to being allowed to attend Slate Valley schools. You may access a registration packet at our Slate Valley Unified School District Website under the Parent section or through this link: https://www.slatevalleyunified.org/o/svusd/browse/68589. Completed registrations can be sent to Deb Robbins, Slate Valley Unified School District, 33 Mechanic Street, Fair Haven, VT 05743. We look forward to having your child(ren) join us and want to begin planning for the transition. Thank you!
11 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Reminder: Tonight (June 8) - There will be an Informational Meeting at 6:30 p.m.(Please connect virtually by going to meet.google.com/iig-prfw-ngu or by calling (‪US‬) ‪+1 856-485-0395‬ PIN: ‪415 992 197#‬). Tomorrow (June 9) - Budget Re-Vote. Please Note: The proposed budget includes ONLY the expenses necessary to address the operational needs of Slate Valley’s schools in their current configuration for the next school year. Warning: https://5il.co/gct2 Budget: https://5il.co/gepr For more information visit: http://www.slatevalleyunified.org/o/svusd/page/budget--108
11 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Reminder: The Budget Re-vote for the district will be on June 9. The Informational Meeting will take place on June 8 at 6:30 p.m. (Please connect virtually by going to meet.google.com/iig-prfw-ngu or by calling (‪US‬) ‪+1 856-485-0395‬ PIN: ‪415 992 197#‬). Please Note: The proposed budget includes ONLY the expenses necessary to address the operational needs of Slate Valley’s schools in their current configuration for the next school year. Warning: https://5il.co/gct2 Budget: https://5il.co/gepr For more information visit: http://www.slatevalleyunified.org/o/svusd/page/budget--108
11 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Farmers to Families Food Box Distribution The Vermont National Guard will be at Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport on Monday, 6/1, from 10AM-2PM distributing non-perishable food boxes, along with produce, chicken, and dairy products provided by the Abbey Group while supplies last. Anyone is welcome to go pick up food. They will be distributing Farmers To Families meal kits containing meat, produce, and dairy products. They will also be distributing non-perishable food from FEMA. All food will be distributed while supplies last. Visit: https://www.vtfoodbank.org/event/farmers-to-families-food-box-distribution-rutland for more information.
12 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Slate Valley Unified Union School Board Members 2020-2021 - The Slate Valley Unified Union School District Board is seeking one Benson citizen, two Hubbardton citizens and one West Haven citizen to fill vacated seats on the District School Board. Anyone interested in these positions should submit his or her letter of interest to the Slate Valley Board, care of Superintendent of Schools [email protected]. Position will remain open until filled. EOE.
12 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
The Budget Re-vote for the district will be on June 9. The Informational Meeting will take place on June 8 at 6:30 p.m. (Please connect virtually by going to meet.google.com/iig-prfw-ngu or by calling (‪US‬) ‪+1 856-485-0395‬ PIN: ‪415 992 197#‬). Please Note: The proposed budget includes ONLY the expenses necessary to address the operational needs of Slate Valley’s schools in their current configuration for the next school year. Warning: https://5il.co/gct2 Budget: https://5il.co/gepr For more information visit: http://www.slatevalleyunified.org/o/svusd/page/budget--108
12 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Scenes throughout the district this week:
12 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Thank you to everyone who donated to the Slate Valley Food Drive! It was a great success! A special thank you to Shaw’s for allowing us to collect food at their Fair Haven location and to the Fair Haven Rotary for their large financial donation to support the purchase of perishable food items!
12 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Today is National School Nurse Day! Since 1972, National School Nurse Day has been set aside to recognize school nurses. National School Nurse Day was established to foster a better understanding of the role of school nurses in the educational setting. National School Nurse Day is celebrated on the Wednesday within National Nurse Week, which is May 6th - May 12th each year.
about 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week and National Teacher Day, families across the country are sharing their gratitude for teachers! You can add a message of thanks for the teachers in your life using the hashtags #ThankATeacher or #TeacherDay2020.
about 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
It was a busy week of remote learning here in Slate Valley!
about 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
VPA Press Release: Cancellation of the 2020 Spring Sports Season
about 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Students from across the state are invited to participate in the #2020Census Video Production Challenge: https://accelerate.census.gov/video-challenge/ Also, view Ms. Ehler-Hansen's blog post here: https://bit.ly/2KEjEiX
about 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Shaw's supermarket in Fair Haven is now a drop off location for our Food Drive.
about 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Slate Valley Food Drive: April 27 - May 8
about 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Reminder: Today from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Rutland Southern VT Regional Airport (1002 Airport Road, North Clarendon, VT) The Vermont Foodbank is working with FEMA and the VT National Guard to distribute MREs at five sites around Vermont. Anyone in need of food is welcome and can receive a seven-day supply of Meals Ready-to-Eat for each member of their household.
about 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Everyone has been working hard this week! Here are some scenes from throughout the district:
about 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
A huge thank you to Hannaford for donating over 200 boxes of Nature Valley Granola Bars to the Snack Sack Program!
about 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Here are some additional resources for accessing food during this challenging time:
about 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Dear Parent/Guardian, On March 17, 2020 Slate Valley educators provided students with review and/or enrichment material, and/or information for new learning assuming everyone would return to school on April 6th. As Vermont is experiencing a school closure for the remainder of the year, Slate Valley educators are preparing to move students forward with grade-level expectations in pursuit of Proficiencies and Performance Indicators upon our return from vacation, April 20, 2020. Please read the full letter here: https://5il.co/eqcz
about 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Good morning! This is a reminder that we will be having Spring Break next week, April 13 though 17.
about 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Beginning on Tuesday, April 7th - meal pick-up locations will change due to a change in the Federal/State Guidelines: Meals will be available for pick up on Tuesdays and Fridays starting at 10:00 AM until noon at the following locations: -Benson Village School -Castleton Elementary School (no longer Fair Haven Union High School) -Fair Haven Grade School -Orwell Village School
about 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Good evening. Tim Smith, chairman of the Slate Valley School District. I hope everyone is staying home and healthy in these difficult times. Many thanks to our health care providers. While difficult to discuss given the circumstances, I want to remind everyone that our school budget failed on Town Meeting Day by a small margin, 95 votes. The $59.5 million construction bond will be tabled for the foreseeable future, at least until the duration of the virus and its far-reaching impacts are better understood. Nonetheless, we are obligated to re-vote the school budget and hope to have a positive result by June 30th. While we continue to work with VT Govt officials, school administration, and town clerks, it is unclear at this time whether we will be holding an in-person vote by late spring or a mail-in vote. We will keep the public notified of any developments. Public participation is welcome at all of our meetings, however now, the ability of the public to attend is more challenging given the social distancing guidelines. In the past week, Governor Scott amended the open meeting laws whereby a physical location for the public to attend is no longer required. In the same manner that board members participate, the public is invited to attend our meetings in a virtual format. We are scheduled to have a Finance Committee on Monday 4/6 at 5:30pm, the link to attend is: https://meet.google.com/hus-roox-dkq?hs=122, dial in only 1-(502) 947-4166 PIN 781 639 980# We are scheduled to have a regular Board meeting on Monday 4/6 at 6:30pm, the link to attend is: https://meet.google.com/bzx-mcps-foo?hs=122, dial in only 1-(417) 647-1150 PIN 584 195 054# Information can also be found at the Slate Valley website, www.slatevalleyunified.org We appreciate your support and participation. Be well.
about 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Beginning on Tuesday, April 7th - meal pick-up locations will change due to a change in the Federal/State Guidelines: Meals will be available for pick up on Tuesdays and Fridays starting at 10:00 AM until noon at the following locations: -Benson Village School -Castleton Elementary School (no longer Fair Haven Union High School) -Fair Haven Grade School -Orwell Village School
about 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Town Hall for Kids!
about 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
The "in-person" Universal Preschool Screenings for Slate Valley have been canceled. If you signed up for the 0-5 developmental screenings, we will contact you about an alternative method for conducting the screening in the next few weeks.
about 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
March 23, 2020 Update - Meals During School Dismissal Beginning on Tuesday, March 24th we will only have meal pick-up/delivery twice weekly to help maintain social distancing practices. On Tuesdays breakfast and lunch for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will be made available for pick-up or delivery. On Fridays meals for Friday and Monday will be made available for pick-up/delivery Meals will be available for pick up on Tuesdays and Fridays starting at 10:00 AM until noon at the following locations: Benson Village School Fair Haven Union High School Fair Haven Grade School Orwell Village School Meals can be delivered to your home if you have a completed food delivery form on file (https://5il.co/dwgv). Please connect to your school if you have questions. If you are getting delivery at home please leave a cooler out on your porch. This allows for a more efficient delivery process. Meals are available to all children ages 18 or younger. You do not need to reside in our district to pick-up meals. Please note that you can go to any of the schools listed above. You are not restricted to the school that your child attends. Please notify staff at the pick up location if you will be picking up meals regularly and you have any special dietary needs that have medical implications that must be met. **** Due to Federal Guidelines we are not allowed to have Castleton Elementary and Village School as pick up locations because of eligibility requirements. However all Castleton families can pick up at any of the other sites in the district.
about 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
All Slate Valley playgrounds are closed to help slow the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Thank you for your cooperation.
about 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Overwhelmed with information coming from all directions? Our COVID-19 page features information and resources in one central location. Visit www.SlateValleyUnified.org and click on the "COVID-19 Information" link at the top. On this page, you’ll find the latest updates from our district, links to the Vermont Department of Health COVID-19 page, an embedded CDC page, as well as many other helpful resources. It is updated frequently, so check back often.
about 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Update (3-19-20) - Meals During Dismissal: Starting on Thursday, March 19th the school district will make breakfast and lunch meals available to all children ages 18 years old and younger while school is dismissed. Meals will be available Monday through Friday. Friday, March 20th - and each day thereafter a breakfast and a lunch will be available for pick up. Meals will be available for pick up starting at 10:00 AM until noon at the following locations: Benson Village School Fair Haven Union High School Fair Haven Grade School Orwell Village School **** Due to Federal Guidelines we are not allowed to have Castleton Elementary and Village School as pick up locations because of eligibility requirements. However all Castleton families can pick up at any of the other sites in the district. Meals will be delivered to homes if you have a completed food delivery form on file (Link to form: https://5il.co/dwgv). Please contact your school if you have questions. Please note that you can go to any of the schools listed above. You are not restricted to the school that your child attends. Please notify staff at the pick up location if you will be picking up meals regularly and you have any special dietary needs that have medical implications that must be met.
about 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Schools have let us know that many parents have already picked up personal belongings and work for the next couple of weeks. If you have not, please make arrangements to do so. You may contact your school with any questions.
about 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
These two companies are offering free Internet services to households during these challenging times: Consolidated Communications Consolidated Is offering students 2 months of free home Internet Service, plus free installation. See the flyer for details. Internet Essentials from Comcast As our country continues to manage the COVID-19 emergency, Comcast is taking immediate steps to help connect low-income families to the Internet at home. Follow this link for further details: https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19
about 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Attention Essential Workers: Please read this Press Release from the State of Vermont Emergency Operation Center: https://5il.co/dxv2 for important information about childcare. Essential workers who need help finding childcare should visit: https://webportalapp.com/webform/essentialworkers or call 2-1-1 ext. 6
about 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Homeschool families are also entitled to come for meal pick-ups!
about 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Please note that you can pick up meals for other families. If you are unable to pick up meals, we will make every effort to get the meals to you. Please call the school to make arrangements.
about 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
We're all ready for meal pick-ups between 10 and 12 today! -- Starting on Thursday, March 19th the school district will make breakfast and lunch meals available to all children ages 18 years old and younger while school is dismissed. Meals will be available Monday through Friday. Thursday, March 19th - a breakfast for Thursday, a lunch for Thursday and a breakfast for Friday will be available for pick up. Friday, March 20th - and each day thereafter a breakfast and a lunch will be available for pick up. Meals will be available for pick up starting at 10:00 AM until noon at the following locations: Benson Village School Fair Haven Union High School Fair Haven Grade School Orwell Village School **** Due to Federal Guidelines we are not allowed to have Castleton Elementary and Village School as pick up locations because of eligibility requirements. However all Castleton families can pick up at any of the other sites in the district. The school district will let you know if the method of distribution is going to change. At some point in the future, meals may be made available for pick up along the bus routes, but we will let you know in advance if and when this change is made. If we make this change, meals will still be available at each of the schools listed above for pick up. However, Castleton and Hubbardton families will still need to pick up meals from one of the eligible sites. We will be sending out a ​form with the meals. We ask that you complete the form and return it to the staff member distributing the meals so that we can get a better idea of who needs meals, but is unable to get to one of the schools listed above for pick up. If you are unable to pick up meals, we will make every effort to get the meals to you. This form will also be made available ​online: https://5il.co/dwgv Please note that you can go to any of the schools listed above. You are not restricted to the school that your child attends. Please notify staff at the pick up location if you will be picking up meals regularly and you have any special dietary needs that have medical implications that must be met.
about 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Important Update: Date: March 18, 2020 To: All Slate Valley UUSD Families From: Brooke Olsen-Farrell, Superintendent Subject: Meals Starting March 19, 2020- Updated Starting on Thursday, March 19th the school district will make breakfast and lunch meals available to all children ages 18 years old and younger while school is dismissed. Meals will be available Monday through Friday. Thursday, March 19th - a breakfast for Thursday, a lunch for Thursday and a breakfast for Friday will be available for pick up. Friday, March 20th - and each day thereafter a breakfast and a lunch will be available for pick up. Meals will be available for pick up starting at 10:00 AM until noon at the following locations: Benson Village School Fair Haven Union High School Fair Haven Grade School Orwell Village School **** Due to Federal Guidelines we are not allowed to have Castleton Elementary and Village School as pick up locations because of eligibility requirements. However all Castleton families can pick up at any of the other sites in the district. The school district will let you know if the method of distribution is going to change. At some point in the future, meals may be made available for pick up along the bus routes, but we will let you know in advance if and when this change is made. If we make this change, meals will still be available at each of the schools listed above for pick up. However, Castleton and Hubbardton families will still need to pick up meals from one of the eligible sites. We will be sending out a ​form with the meals. We ask that you complete the form and return it to the staff member distributing the meals so that we can get a better idea of who needs meals, but is unable to get to one of the schools listed above for pick up. If you are unable to pick up meals, we will make every effort to get the meals to you. This form will also be made available ​online: https://5il.co/dwgv Please note that you can go to any of the schools listed above. You are not restricted to the school that your child attends. Please notify staff at the pick up location if you will be picking up meals regularly and you have any special dietary needs that have medical implications that must be met.
about 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Per Governor Scott's recent directive regarding the requirements of providing child care for specified groups of essential employees as outlined in the following link we are working to collect information regarding those individuals in need of child care for their children. Please complete this form only if you are in need of child care for your children as defined by Governor's Scott directive (https://governor.vermont.gov/press-release/governor-phil-scott-orders-implementation-child-care-system-personnel-essential-covid) Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1sSylQhJKYFxlBXGB3Wc_bl9Iei8FZLE8mykhz4HsIMc/edit?ts=5e72490b
about 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Social Distancing: What does it mean?
about 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Starting on Thursday, March 19th the school district will make breakfast and lunch meals available to all children ages 18 years old and younger while school is dismissed. Meals will be available Monday through Friday. Thursday, March 19th - a breakfast for Thursday, a lunch for Thursday and a breakfast for Friday will be available for pick up. Friday, March 20th - and each day thereafter a breakfast and a lunch will be available for pick up. Meals will be available for pick up starting at 10:00 AM until noon at the following locations: Benson Village School Castleton Elementary School Fair Haven Grade School Orwell Village School The school district will let you know if the method of distribution is going to change. At some point in the future, meals may be made available for pick up along the bus routes, but we will let you know in advance if and when this change is made. If we make this change meals will still be available at each of the schools listed above for pick up. We will be sending out a form with the meals. We ask that you complete the form and return it to the staff member distributing the meals so that we can get a better idea of who needs meals, but is unable to get to one of the schools listed above for pick up. If you are unable to pick up meals, we will make every effort to get the meals to you. This form will also be made available online. Please note that you can go to any of the schools listed above. You are not restricted to the school that your child attends. Please notify staff at the pick up location if you will be picking up meals regularly and you have any special dietary needs that have medical implications that must be met.
about 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Due to increased volume nationwide, our alert system is experiencing difficulties. Please check our website regularly for important updates: https://bit.ly/38JVkpl
about 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Good evening, as a result of increased volume nationwide, our alert system is experiencing difficulties. The following message was sent out this evening: Due to the issuance of new information by the White House and the rapidly changing situation, all Slate Valley Schools will be closed tomorrow March 17th to both students and non-essential staff. I will follow-up with an update tomorrow. Thank you again for your patience and stay safe. Brooke Farrell, Superintendent
about 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
We know that we are in the midst of uncertain times. Please know that we are doing everything within our power as a district to care for the well-being of staff, students and families. The Governor released a declaration today that stated that all students will be dismissed from school no later than Wednesday, March 18th. However, student attendance on Monday, March 16th and Tuesday March 17th is a family decision. Your child will not be penalized for staying home. As a district, in accordance with recommendations from the Department of Health, we are no longer allowing non-essential outside visitors into our school such as volunteers, guest speakers, parents, etc. We will be asking parents to pick up and drop off their students at the front door. If you need to pick up your child during the school day please call ahead to the main office and arrangements will be made to meet you at the front door. If you have a meeting scheduled with school personnel, please call ahead as we are making arrangements to host required meetings by phone or video. This includes Individual Education Program (IEP) meetings and evaluation planning and results meetings that are required by law. In addition, field trips and all after-school events are canceled from this point through at least April 6th. We are working on a plan to offer students at-home learning opportunities and access to a school meals program. We will be asking families whether or not you would like to receive meals while school is dismissed. I will be sending out further communication on this topic tomorrow. Thank you in advance for your support as we progress through these challenging times. Sincerely, Brooke Olsen-Farrell
about 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Good afternoon, On March 15 at 3:20 p.m., Governor Scott announced that statewide school closure will occur no later than Wednesday, March 18, 2020. The purpose of this message is to provide you an update of the actions the Slate Valley Unified School District will take as it relates to Governor Scott's School Closure announcement. First and foremost, student attendance at school on Monday and Tuesday is a family decision. For these two days, Slate Valley Unified School District attendance procedures will be waived, and no student will be penalized for not attending. Your district leadership teams will be working with our employees to plan for the support of our students and families during the closure of school. To be clear, our primary areas of focus include the wellbeing of our students, families and employees. The plan that we are developing will strive to encompass all of the components that Governor Scott has referenced in his statement/press conference. Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we move forward. You can expect regular communication from our district so that we are keeping you informed. We are doing all we can to make sure these priorities are taken care of to the best of our abilities. Sincerely, Brooke Olsen-Farrell
about 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
The “Transitioning to Adulthood” informational night on March 18th has been canceled.
about 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
In an effort to provide accurate information about 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), we have created a page on our website: https://bit.ly/38JVkpl.
about 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Green Mountain Music District V Festival: Friday March 6, 2020 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mount Saint Joseph Academy High School 127 Convent Ave., Rutland, VT 05701 Concert Ticket Prices: Adults $5 Children/Students $3 Seniors $3 (age 60 or older) Family $15 (4 or more) Concert Order: Middle School String Ensemble High School Jazz Band Middle School Symphonic Band High School Chorus
about 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
March 3, 2020 - Results
about 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Thursday night: Discover Slate Valley's new approach to happy and healthy young people, 6:30 p.m. at Fair Haven Grade School.
about 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Spring Sports Registration for Slate Valley Middle Schools: BVS, CVS, FHGS, OVS Track and Field: Slate Valley Middle School - Grades 6-8 Baseball: CVS/OVS - Grades 7/8 FHGS/BVS - Grades 7/8 Softball: CVS/OVS - Grades 7/8 FHGS/BVS - Grades 7/8 Registration is open through March 30, 2020 Formreleaf.com Slate Valley Middle School If you have questions, please email Kim Alexander ([email protected])
about 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Tonight! Prospective Student Open House begins at 6:30 p.m. in the FHUHS gymnasium. Come and BE a Slater!
about 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Please note the following Tournament Game changes: Thursday 2/27 4:30 p.m. FHGS 7/8 Girls vs. Otter Valley 7th Girls 5:30 p.m. Barstow 7/8 Girls vs. Poultney 7/8 Girls 6:30 p.m. winner game 10 vs. winner game 8 7:30 p.m. winner game 9 vs. winner game 11 Thank you for your flexibility.
about 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Join us this evening for an informational meeting.
about 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
FHGS 2020 Invitational Basketball Tournament Info: Letter: https://5il.co/d30y 7/8 Tournament Schedule: https://5il.co/d30z 5/6 Tournament Schedule: https://5il.co/d310
about 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Discover Slate Valley's new approach to happy and healthy young people on March 5.
about 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Please join us tonight at 6 PM!
about 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Please note: March 20th will now be a student day.
about 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
A huge thank you to the Slate Valley Building and Grounds crew! On treacherous snow days like today, they are in our schools working hard, cleaning up from the storm and getting ready for weekend events.
over 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
All activities including the Prospective Student Night have been cancelled. The Prospective Student Night has been rescheduled for Thursday, February 27th.
over 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Supported Decision Making and Guardianship Options: If you are considering some level of guardianship for your student when they turn 18, please join us Wednesday, February12 at 6PM in the FHUHS media center. Guardianship options and supported decision making will be discussed. A Q&A session will follow the presentation. Refreshments and childcare will be provided. Speakers include: Claudia I.Pringles,Esq. (Special Needs Law), Kate Hoover and Dave Ramos (Office of Public Guardian, Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living)
over 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Learn more about the Slate Valley Innovation Project on our website: https://bit.ly/2NMFDqp
over 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Read about "Creating a Culture of Coordinated Support: Vermont’s Successful Transitions Program" in ICI's Impact magazine. https://z.umn.edu/58ri #vted #slatevalleyunified
over 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Fair Haven Union High School (FHUHS) seeks a dynamic and visionary educational leader to serve as its Principal. You may view the full job listing on https://www.schoolspring.com/job.cfm?jid=3217145.
over 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Learn more about the Slate Valley Innovation Project on our website: https://bit.ly/2NMFDqp
over 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Reminder! Join us Wednesday night (January 15) from 6-8 PM as we explore real-time data from the youth in Slate Valley. Working together, we can break through barriers to help our youth thrive. Please bring a cell phone for audience participation. *Refreshments provided. *Childcare available at Castleton Village School. Castleton University (The Casella Theater, Fine Arts Building).
over 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
You’re Invited! Join us as we explore real-time data from the youth in Slate Valley. Working together we can break through barriers to help our youth thrive. Please bring a cell phone for audience participation. *Refreshments provided *Childcare available at Castleton Village School Wednesday, January 15, 2020 6-8 PM, Castleton University (The Casella Theater, Fine Arts Building)
over 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
The sign-up for Slater Youth Wrestling Club (Boys and Girls, Grades K-6) is January 13th from 6-6:30PM. Sign up form: https://5il.co/c64z
over 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Scenes from throughout the district:
over 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
More scenes from throughout the district:
over 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Scenes from throughout the district:
over 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
All after school activities districtwide have been cancelled for today (12/17) due to the road conditions and predicted snow accumulations as the day goes on. This includes all practices and games.
over 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
You're Invited! Join us as we explore real-time data from the youth in Slate Valley. Working together we can break through barriers to help our youth thrive. Wednesday, January 15, 2020 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Castleton University The Casella Theater, Fine Arts Building
over 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Congratulations to Cathy Darley (Grade 5 Teacher, OVS) and Joel Beste (Physical Education, FHUHS) for being recognized with the Outstanding Teachers Award at the 39th Annual Outstanding Teachers’ Recognition Day at UVM on Thursday, December 5. Every year, the College of Education and Social Services (CESS) at the University of Vermont, together with Vermont supervisory unions and school districts, the Vermont Agency of Education, and the Vermont NEA, join to honor the accomplishments of our state’s outstanding educators.
over 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
All after school activities district wide have been cancelled for today (12/6) due to the road conditions and predicted snow accumulations as the day goes on. This includes all practices.
over 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Thank you to all of the community members who were able to join us last night for our Innovation Project Open House at FHUHS! For more information, you may visit our website: http://www.slatevalleyunified.org/o/svusd/page/innovation-project--8 Other resources: Open House/Building Tour Packet (https://5il.co/bgze) Report of Innovation Committee (https://5il.co/ay13)
over 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Reminder: You’re invited to join us for an informational building tour at FHUHS Tonight at 6:30 p.m. starting in the FHUHS Library. Letter to Community Members: https://5il.co/b0t9
over 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Parents of 6th-8th grade students: You will be receiving a Letter and Sign-Up Form from your child’s school for the Life Time Activities (LTA) Program offered throughout our district. You may also view the letter (https://5il.co/bfpo) and form (https://5il.co/bfpn) online. The LTA program is a curriculum based field trip for school students. We are asking for your help in allowing students to make a good selection of activities.
over 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
American Legion Oratorical Speech/Scholarship Program: Any student with a strong interest in government, history, or speech should consider applying to participate in the American Legion Oratorical Competition this year. Students in grades 9-12 are eligible. Applications to participate must be filed by December 4th. If you are interested, please come to the guidance office for more information.
over 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Basketball practices have started in the district, please check the Slate Valley App for updated practices and games. Slate Valley District Wrestling will start Monday, November 18th 4:00-5:30 p.m. at FHUHS. Check the Slate Valley App for all practices. Meets will be updated as they are scheduled. Reminder: Winter sports meeting for all Middle school athletics, November 18th, 6 p.m. at FHUHS cafeteria. Come meet coaches!
over 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
You’re invited to join us for an informational building tour at FHUHS on November 20th at 6:30 p.m. in the FHUHS Library: •See Facilities Needs •Learn about Slate Valley Innovation Project •Ask Questions
over 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Reminder! Online registration is open through November 8 for Slate Valley Middle School Winter Sports (Basketball & Wrestling). Register online at: https://bit.ly/2B0TSAC
over 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Scenes from throughout the district. #SlateValleyUnified
over 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Slate Valley Expands Telemedicine School Health Program: http://www.slatevalleyunified.org/article/143327?org=fhgs
over 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Scenes from throughout the district.
over 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Scenes from throughout the district.
over 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Exciting solar projects are underway in the Slate Valley: http://slatevalleyvt.apptegy.us/article/137087?org=svusd
over 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Scenes throughout the district.
over 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
The SVUUSD Board is seeking 2 Hubbardton and 1 West Haven citizen to fill vacated seats on the District School Board. If interested, please submit a letter of interest to the Slate Valley Board, care of Superintendent of Schools [email protected].
over 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
More from the first few days around #SlateValleyUnified!
over 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Scenes from #SlateValleyUnified during the first few days of school!
over 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Due to a lack of a quorum, the SV Policy Committee, SV Building & Grounds Committee, and SVUUSD Board meetings have been cancelled for tonight - Monday, August 26.
over 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Congratulations to all of our 2019 District Award recipients! (continued)
over 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Everyone in the Slate Valley is back and gearing up for an exciting school year! This morning during our district-wide gathering, we recognized some of the many outstanding members of our Slate Valley community. Congratulations to all of our 2019 District Award recipients!
over 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Being on-the-go doesn’t mean you can’t stay connected with your child’s school. Our new app has everything you need to be an active participant in your child’s education Features include: Live Feed, News, Events, Athletics, Documents, Notifications and more.
over 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Our schools (part 2) Fair Haven Grade School, Fair Haven Union High School and Orwell Village School
over 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Our schools (part 1) Benson Village School, Castleton Elementary School and Castleton Village School
over 1 year ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Join host Dan Warnecke as he talks with Melissa Hoyer (and a student helper!) about the Snack Sack program: https://youtu.be/tFywZN5CYv4
almost 2 years ago, Slate Valley