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
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)
First graders enjoying the snow at dismissal.
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
Bus 6 students: The changes have been made to the new bus assignments for Bus 6 students. Mrs. Ward has contacted all families of CES students and Mr. Worthing will go over the changes with CVS students. Please contact the school if you have questions about the new bus changes.
There's a real focus on kindness at CES!
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@example.com. This position will remain open until filled. E O E
Good morning, Please be aware of the following bus change: Bus 6 - As of Monday, 1/11/21, Bus 6 will no longer run in Castleton. Those students who currently ride Bus 6 will ride either Bus 7 or Bus 8. We should know which students will be on Bus 7 and which will be on Bus 8 before the end of the week. We will let you know as soon as we know details from the bus company.
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
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
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
Hello all - Winter sports practices have been given the go ahead. Practices for Slate Valley 5-8 teams will begin the week of January 11, 2021. We will be implementing practices with strict guidelines, including the wearing of masks, maintaining 6 foot distancing and no physical contact. At this point intra squad scrimmages and interscholastic competitions are prohibited, but will be revisited. This is a wonderful opportunity for our athletes. To ensure that we can begin and maintain a winter sports season, I ask you to please remember to follow all safety measures, including travel and multi family guidelines. If your athlete will be traveling or is sick please keep them home and follow the Covid guidelines. I will be working on a practice schedule over break, which will be uploaded onto the Slate Valley app. We are still looking to fill some coaching slots.If you are interested or know of anyone, please have them contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. The following positions are open: CES/CVS: 5/6 Boys head coach and assistant coach. 5/6 Girls assistant coach, 7/8 Boys assistant coach. Thank you, Kim
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
Even in lots of snow, outdoor learning continues at CES!
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
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
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
Students in grades K-4 library class, are learning about recycling, reducing and reusing waste. We have read the Red Clover book Crab Cake by Andrea Tsurumi about waste being dumped in the ocean. Students learned how to make a bag out of an old t-shirt!
Students in Ms. Russell's Kindergarten class read Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss. This book was given to grades K-5 through the CLIF Momentum Grant at Castleton Elementary School. The students listened to the book and created artwork representing Horton's trunk holding a clover with the dust speck containing the Whos. Great job Kindergarten!
Second graders have been learning about adjectives. They created a self portrait, designed a mask, and described themselves using adjectives in “who they are behind the mask.” https://youtu.be/Oeb3FEqrNjs