Sunday, June 19, 2016

The Last Week

As usual, the end of year comes fast and furious.  There is SO much to do with a VERY finite end date.  Everyone who works in a school can feel it, the students feel it, and I know that it is felt at home.  There are all kinds of emotions happening, many mixed, bittersweet, and even sad, as well as excited, nervous and genuine happiness!  As I look back at this time, I can't believe I've been fortunate enough to be "in the business" for 33 years!  I started in 1984 and still learn so many new things each year I'm with students, families and teachers.

We'll see some changes next year, including personnel.  Mr. Griffin (Humanities), Ms. Burns (Math) and Ms. Grossman (World Cultures) will all be moving far away from Vermont.  I know I'll miss all three of them and wish them well. We have hired Sarah Hall Magoon for Humanities, Megan Mercier for Math and Laura Nally for a full-time Health/Wellness teacher.  Sarah is coming from Denver, CO, although she is originally from Thetford, VT.  Megan has been teaching in Williamstown, and is a graduate of Peoples Academy.  Laura has been substituting for us since February and is a K-12 Health Educator.

I'm in the office during the summer, with some time out for a break and a work conference.  Please connect with me if needed, by calling Linny (888-1401) or sending me an email at  Report cards will be out during the middle of next week, and there will be a mailing to all Middle Level students in August.

Thank you sincerely for all that you do for the PAML community of learners.   Karen


Sunday, June 12, 2016

Multi-cultural Spring Fling 2016

We had a wonderful day on 6-10-16 with our Multi-cultural Spring Fling!  Below are a few photos what show what an amazing day we had.  At the end of the day we were treated to a hypnotist, but were unable to take photos.   Be sure to ask your students about that amazing event!

So proud of our school - getting ready for the Taiko Drummers!
When the drumming started - ALL attention was directed at the drumming!
Close up of some PAML students getting a lesson in Taiko Drumming!
Experimenting with clothing from other countries!
Stunning Henna Tattoo!
Soap made by students in Kelly Saphier's workshop
Two friends - fresh from the Face Painting Workshop!

Enjoying Ice Cream after the International Lunch

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Multi-cultural Spring Fling

Students are getting excited about our upcoming Multi-cultural Spring Fling on Friday, June 10th!  I don't blame them - just take a quick look at the offerings that are happening during the morning, after a visit from the Taiko Drummers.  The afternoon involves international foods/picnic and then a special performance in the auditorium - ask your student after school on Friday about the day!

Catherine Kindl-Austria
Simona Schurpf-Switzerland (Griffin’s Room)
Sara Haskins-Costa Rica
Joseph Dewan-Nepal
Garth Walker-Australia
Ashley Lynch-Global
Anna Olsen-Colombia
Alexis George Owen- Greece
Turkish Council-Turkey
Wilson, Benson, Jason, Andy-China
Kelly Saphier-Vermont
Oanh Huynh-Vietnam
Elga Grunar-Indonesia
Jessee Lawyer- Abenaki
Rachel Bury-Canada
VT Face and Body (Henna/Glitter/Hair)