Friday, March 20, 2015

Student Led Parent Conferences

We are excited to be holding our Student Led Conferences on Friday, March 27th!  This means that the students will be reviewing their goals with their parents and showing evidence towards progress on these goals.  The students have been busy working on their portfolios, practicing what they'll be sharing and reflecting on their progress.  As you may remember from our fall conferences, the students led the conversation!  One student told me that it was the first conference where he talked about himself, rather than the usual conference where he was talked about!  Of course, if you would like to talk with at teacher you can set up a phone call or meeting at any time.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


On Friday, March 13th, some 25 members of the PAML 7/8 Band and Chorus participated in the Northeast District Junior High Music Festival in Newport, Vermont.  Students spent the day rehearsing their music for an evening performance with guest conductors Chris Rivers (Band) from Harwood Union High School and Danielle Carrier (Chorus) of North Country Union High School.  Students from the northeast district of Vermont were nominated by their home school teachers to participate, and spent many hours in advance of the festival preparing.  The concert was an overwhelming success, and students returned to Peoples armed with new concepts and inspiration.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Letter from the Secretary of Education

Today we were sent a letter from Rebecca Holcombe, the Vermont Secretary of Education.  The letter pertains to the upcoming assessments in Vermont called SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium).  She asked that we share it with our school families so here it is:  Rebecca Holcombe's Letter  More information about SBAC will be forth-coming as we prepare for the PAML testing window, which begins on May 4th.

Rebecca Holcombe's Letter

Sunday, March 15, 2015

TRY team

The 8th grade TRY team (Teens Reaching Youth) letting the school know of the results of a recent breakdown of the school's trash. The data showed we all need to do a better job at recycling and composting in the classrooms and the office.  The team will help us do that beginning with a pledge tomorrow!  The TRY team presented this at the Community Gathering on Friday afternoon.

Monday, March 9, 2015

7th Grade Outreach!

We Need Your Help!

Dear Parents and Guardians,
Ms. Kelly’s 7th grade literacy ladder class started reading the book Golden Boy by Tara Sullivan. In the book the main character is a person with albinism who is impacted by discrimination in Tanzania.

We started to learn more about the challenges that face persons with Albinism in Tanzania and found the statistics on the prevalence skin cancer in persons with Albinism and the challenges of trying to purchase sunscreen and eye protection in Tanzania. We learned about an organization called Under the Same Sun that helps to distribute sunscreen and eyewear to persons with albinism in Tanzania.

We are starting a school wide drive meant to help people with Albinism in Tanzania, Africa. During this time, families are being asked to donate items. We will be collecting throughout the month of March. Below are the items we are hoping to collect:

  • Long Sleeve Shirts
  • Sunglasses New or Used (Must be clean and in good condition)
  • New Reading Glasses
  • Sunscreen Lotion
  • Wide brimmed hats(or baseball caps)
  • Magnifying Glasses(Small, hand held)
There will also be a 50/50 raffle and penny war going on to raise money to adopt an elephant through the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to raise awareness about elephant poaching in Tanzania. For more information about these two wonderful organizations please go to:

Thank you for your support!

Ms. Kelly’s 7th Grade Lit-Ladder

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Art in the Halls

Our halls are filled with beautiful artwork by our 5-8 students. All students take an art class each year with Ms. Lynch as well as many students select art related Experts to deepen their skills.