Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday, August 18, 2017

Beginning of the school year mailing: Parents and students should have received or will receive the beginning of the year mailing. Enclosed in this mailing you will find the E-registration, Unbound brochure and the free or reduced hot lunch form. If you have not received your mailing please don’t hesitate to call the PAML office at 888-1401.

First day of school: The first day of school is Monday, August 28th. Please also note that starting this year we will be starting school at 7:55.  

Student and parent sport night: The PAML sports meeting will be August 28th at 5:30 in the high school auditorium. Students wanting to play a fall sport should attend. Fall sports consist of: soccer for 6-8th grade and cross country for 5-8th grade.

No school: There will be no school September 1st and September 4th. School will resume on September 5th at 7:55.

School calendar: You can stay up to date by checking out our school calendar on our website at:

Open house: Open house this year will be in conjunction with the High School on September 28, 2017 from 5:30-7:00 PM.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Capital Project Committee Is Seeking Input


Two major facilities projects have been identified for consideration within the Elmore-Morristown Unified Union: a Morristown Elementary School project and a Peoples Academy/Peoples Academy Middle Level project.  To narrow the options for consideration by voters, the Capital Project Committee is seeking input from the community.  A short, two question survey on your preferences for each of the options is available and can be completed at any school or either Town Clerk’s office.  The survey, as well as additional information including comprehensive videos, is also available online at the following location:

The Committee would like to hear from you by September 22, 2017.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

"Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?"

Counselor's Corner - from Jessica Dambach

I would like to share my thoughts after reading a fascinating and sobering article titled "Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?" which appears in the September issue of The Atlantic.  The San Diego State University professor and author,  Jean Twenge,  has studied generational trends for 25 years and has noticed some big differences in "IGen",  children born between 1995 and 2012 and  who don't remember a time without smart phones as part of their everyday life.

The bottom line is that the more time that teens spend on social media sites, the more likely they are to report symptoms of depression, loneliness, feeling left out and sleep deprivation.
This generation has much less interest than previous generations in going out, having independence from their parents, working for pay, dating, getting their driver's license and even earlier sexual experiences.  Instead they are spending more times in their homes on their phones, which in turn causes them to be more isolated and unhappy.  
Professor Twenge advice for a happy adolescence is straightforward: Put down the phone, turn off the laptop when not doing homework, and do something—anything—that does not involve a screen. She warns that these analyses don’t unequivocally prove that screen time causes unhappiness; it’s possible that unhappy teens spend more time online. But recent research suggests that screen time, in particular social-media use, does indeed cause unhappiness.
What I have noticed is that adolescents feel pressure to respond to, post, check their likes, check out other people's stories, keep up the streak and be visible on social media, but when we limit this, it is actually a relief.  As parents we can give them the out by limiting their use and/or checking their sites.

This article is food for thought, the blog is a reminder to all of us, adults included, to keep balance in our lives.  Do something outside every day, talk together face to face, turn off the wi-fi or have a no -phones at the table rule.  As much as we all love our phones, I felt a surge of relief last year in the Middle Level when phones were no longer allowed.  

The link to the full article is below:
Feel free to email me with any questions or concerns you have, thank you.  Jessica

Jessica Dambach, LCMHC
Peoples Academy Middle Level School Counselor 
ESS Coordinator

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Tarrant Blog Post

Check out this blogpost from Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education, highlighting the bridge competition that was held earlier this year.

Tarrant BlogPost

Friday, June 23, 2017

Maple Leaf 2017

We had a wonderful Maple Leaf experience with our 6th graders.  A slideshow was created to share some of the fun.  Link to slideshow  Enjoy!

Friday, June 9, 2017

June 9, 2017

iPad Turn In day: June 12th, All students will be turning in their iPad for the year. Please be sure that the iPad is in its black neoprene case and that the charger cord and cube are included. There will be a fee for any unreturned or broken items.

Spring Fling: June 12th the whole middle level will be participating in Spring Fling starting at 12:00.

Team Apollo/United Field Trip: The 7th grade will be taking a field trip to Shelburne Museum and Ben & Jerry’s on June 14th. The bus will depart school at 8:30am and return back at 2:40pm.

8th Grade Field Trip:  Students on team Apollo and Quest will be going on their annual field trip to Burlington on June 14th. The bus will depart from school at 9:00am and return at 6:30pm.

Lockers: The last day for lockers will be June 15th. Students will be emptying and cleaning out their lockers, as well as turning in their padlocks for the school year. There will be a $10.00 fee for any unreturned padlocks.  

PAML Last Chapel: Please join us on June 16th to celebrate our 8th graders accomplishments and moving up to the 9th grade.  PAML Last Chapel will start at 9:30 in the gymnasium. Immediately following Last Chapel the outgoing 8th graders will meet with Mr. Grant in the gymnasium. All students will be dismissed at 11:30.

Lost and Found: Please have your son/daughter check the lost and found bin in the cafeteria before the end of the school year. All items left will be donated to Goodwill.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

School Board Brief - May 31, 2017

In a joint meeting with Lamoille South Supervisory Union’s and Stowe School District’s s boards, the Elmore-Morristown Unified Union Board continued work on our Act 46 Alternative Governance Proposal. Consultant Peter Clarke reviewed the portions of passed legislation that are relevant to our proposal, as well as additional guidelines from the State Board of Education. The boards reviewed achievement data pursuant to both our Alternative Governance Structure Proposal and our continued goal of providing a strong education for all students in the Supervisory Union.

The next Act 46 meeting will be Monday, July 10, at 6:00 PM at Stowe Elementary School.