Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Earth Day

It finally appears to be Spring at PAML and students were lending a helping hand on Earth Day with the winter "leftovers."
Students from Mrs. Bronner's In-Service to the Community Expert were "greening up" our school.  Thanks for helping PAML!

Saturday, April 12, 2014


We had a fabulous time at the PBIS celebration Friday. The band A2VT visited with 6th grade and then they rocked the school with their music. Middle and high school students (and teachers) enjoyed dancing!!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Parent Resource


BURLINGTON – Four years ago, the Vermont Department of Health launched ParentUp, a web-based campaign focused on the important role of parents in preventing underage drinking. Research shows that parents are the number one influence on a child’s decision to drink or not to drink alcohol.

The website offers information, tools and videos that illustrate simple, proven steps parents can take with their children to help reduce underage drinking. As part of Alcohol Awareness Month, the Health Department has added new videos and a listing of local events for parents to talk with each other about the problem of underage and risky drinking.

“Talking with your kids about alcohol beginning around age 11 can be one of the best prevention steps a parent can take,” said Deputy Commissioner Barbara Cimaglio.
“We also understand that parents also need a place and time to talk with each other about this issue.” 

The Health Department funds 17 community coalitions as part of a coordinated statewide effort to reduce the prevalence of underage drinking. According to the Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey, underage drinking has steadily decreased – from 43 percent in 2007 to 33 percent in 2013.

“We know these discussions can be difficult and awkward,” Cimaglio said, “but parents are usually surprised at how receptive children are, and how much they rely on you as a resource and source of support.”

Enhancements to the website include a new “Talk: They Will Hear You” video from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Local meetings where parents can talk and get good information include a Town Hall in Ludlow on April 22, a presentation on the impact of drinking and drugs on a young person’s brain in Hardwick on April 24, and a discussion of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome on April 25 at the VFW in Brattleboro.

ParentUp is designed to support communities with appropriate tools to create the right localized approach with acting as a clearinghouse for information and resources.

For more information on about the ParentUp campaign and a full list of alcohol and tobacco prevention events, go to or

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Monday, April 7, 2014

6th Grade Visitor

Last week the 6th grade had the good fortune of a visit from Adama from Senegal.  She works at Fletcher Allen and has been in the US for over 10 years.  The students have been studying Africa and actually have pen-pals in Namibia.  The pen-pal project is exciting, as was visiting with Adama.  She told the students about growing up in Senegal, what the educational system was like, how families live and care for each other as well as many other interesting things.  The students had a wide-range of questions for her, and her passion for teaching our students about her homeland was evident.  Here are a couple of photos from that day...


On Friday, April 11th, the whole school will enjoy a concert by the group A2VT - a band who have formed in Winooski but are from Africa.  The members of the band will visit with the 6th grade for a bit before the whole school concert begins.