Rutland Town’s Link between School and Community
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News from Town Lister Page 5
Candidate Statements Pages 7,8
Highway Department Page 9
Seniors Pages 4,9
PTO News Page 2
Honor Roll Page 13
What’s the Circle ?
The Circle is a Rutland Town and School publication informing the community about items of school and local interest. The Circle is not a public forum. The school administration reserves the right to exercise editorial control over style and content in keeping with a proper educational environment.
The Circle staff includes Principal Aaron Boynton as Editor in Chief, Carol Bam, Theresa Kulig, and Marie Pennington. Five issues are published during the school year, in October, December, February, April and June.
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Rutland Town School . . . Where Futures Begin!
From Principal Aaron Boynton
Rutland Town School is changing and growing. new leadership, a core group of new staff, and a strong, experienced senior staff, we are moving in a new and positive direction. year, we have focused on aligning curriculum with the Common Core standards as well as the Vermont Grade Expectations and soon to be National Science Standards. have implemented science and math coaching for teachers and math intervention for students. We have improved our technology infrastructure and improved technology opportunities for students. Rutland Town School continues to offer a high level of academic, physical, social, and emotional support to all students.
We continue to have high performing students in athletics and in music. Our yearly standardized test scores show that our students continue to perform above state average and our local assessments help us monitor the progress of students and provide intervention. The community has a lot to be proud of. , we strive to do better.
As we look at new programs and initiatives, the proposed budget for FY14 reflects the necessary funding to provide for these initiatives. Based on our action planning, the proposed budget creates stronger opportunities for students in science and technology including a 1:1 laptop initiative for middle school students and additional Smart Boards in classrooms. teachers, it includes increased time for a science-based instructional coach and a technology integration specialist. look to provide better special education services with the addition of a special educator. proposed budget also addresses improvements in school security and building maintenance.
We appreciate your support over the years. welcome you to pre-Town Meeting March 4th and look forward to presenting and sharing with you further details about school data, program highlights, and the school budget.
Address Service Requested
By Carol Bam
Chairman Stan Rhodes reports that the Select Board will put before voters a “bare bones budget” for their consideration on Tuesday, March 5. Come to the meeting Monday March 4 at 7 pm at Rutland Town School to learn more details about the budget and line items on the ballot.
In development news, Alderman’s KIA dealership, which is under construction across from Formula Ford on the Middle Road, will open this spring.
ALDI’s Market in the city and town location at the former site of Smith Buick will start building in the spring with the store opening in the fall. The market carries common supermarket items in family size units. The store features some national brands and their own products which are often from a national retailer with ALDI’s packaging. This store will be the second in VT, a larger version of the Bennington store. It will carry general supermarket items, frozen foods, meat and dairy.
Developer John Kalish is seeking to attract major retailers for the Rutland Commons project located south of Green Mountain Plaza and west of Route 7. Presently the road network for the complex is under construction.
The Select Board has adopted an ordinance to reduce incidents of panhandling in public places. The regulation forbids asking for money, questioning or harassing passersby near ATM’s and next to stopped cars.
The Town will soon proceed with a feasibility study to provide water and sewer to the Route 4 Center Rutland corridor, including the new fire station that voters approved in November.
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Rutland Town Community Calendar
See more on the Town and School Websites: rutlandtown.com and rutlandtownschool.org
27 Voter registration deadline for Mar. 5 vote
1 Green Mt. Music District Festival at
College of St. Joseph, Rutland
2 Snow date for GMMD Festival
2&26 Select Board meets - 7 pm, Town Hall
4 Town Meeting - 7pm, RTS Cafeteria P.T.O. - 6:30 pm, RTS Library
5 VOTE 7 am - 7 pm, Town Hall and Rutland Town School
Four Winds workshop - 9 -11
Cheney Hill Community Ctr.
6&20 School Board meets - 6:30 pm,
7&21 Planning Commission - 7 pm, Town Hall
12 Toddler Playhour - 12:30-1:30 at
Grace Church Preschool (see page 9)
Friends of Music - 6:30 pm, Band Room
13&14 Early Release – 11:55 am, RTS
15 No School – Teacher In-Service
22 Jazz Bistro – 7-9:30 pm, RTS Gym.
27 K-3 Concert - 1:30 run through
6:30 pm Concert, RTS Gym.
28 Snow date for Concert
1 Dog License deadline - Town Hall
P.T.O. Meets - 6:30 pm, RTS Library
2 Four Winds workshop - 9 -11 am, Shrews- bury Elementary School
2,9,16,23,30 Senior lunches - Noon, Cheney Hill Community Center
3 &17 School Board meets - 6:30 pm, RTS Library
3 Concert - Gr. 4 Band, Chorus & Middle School Chorus run through 1:30 run through and 6:30 pm Concert
4&18 Planning Commission - 7 pm, Town Hall
9&23 Select Board meets - 7 pm, Town Hall
9 Toddler Playhour - 12:30, Grace Church
Friends of Music - 6:30 pm, Band Room
13 Household Hazardous Waste Collection
8 -11:30 am, Transfer Station
15-19 RTS Spring Break
Under the Golden Dome
A Report from Senator Kevin Mullin
The session is less than a month old but the Legislature is moving at a fast pace trying to creatively find ways to deliver a balanced budget. The governor has proposed new education, childcare, and thermal efficiency initiatives while trying to hold the line elsewhere. The governor has proposed paying for the new thermal efficiency program by taxing break-open tickets at clubs. There is concern that this new tax won’t raise the $17.5 million the administration has projected. To pay for expanding childcare subsidies, the administration is proposing an even more controversial source; reducing the earned income tax credit for some working poor. This has caused some to charge him with being a Robin Heel – “stealing from the poor to give to the poor.” I am keeping an open mind and will listen to the administration’s proposals carefully. Where these will wind up I’m not sure but sitting on the Finance Committee I will be watching them closely.
Governor Shumlin's inaugural address was dedicated to one theme - education. He described the many businesses
throughout the state who are thriving and growing. But he also made the case for changing "the way we both view and deliver education." The Governor proposed increased funding for free school lunches, new preschools, and higher education. He also proposed a Vermont Strong Scholars Program intended to assist Vermonters studying science, technology, engineering or math and expanding flexible alternative pathways to graduation, dual enrollment and early college. Bills and details have not yet been introduced. I have introduced a bill that would allow for universal access to pre-K. We all pay property taxes that fund approved pre-K around the state but not every family with young children is allowed the benefits. My bill would not require anyone to start a new program or force anyone to attend but those families who choose to enter an approved program would not be denied access.
The Senate Economic Development Committee is taking testimony on a bill which would preclude employers from requiring an employee to disclose the means of access to a personal electronic account or service, or require an employee to allow the employer access to the employee's social networking profile. Known as the "Facebook bill" it would continue to allow employers to require access to work related accounts. Commissioner of Public Service Keith Flynn testified with concerns about how the bill might affect the State's hiring process for law enforcement officers. Additional testimony was heard about potential unintended consequences of the bill and it is likely the Committee will consider changes to the draft.
The issues this year will be challenging. I am hopeful that the Vermont tradition of coming together in tough times will hold true and that we will cooperatively and collaboratively craft a respectful and responsible budget that will move us forward. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve Rutland County in the Statehouse and encourage anyone with concerns to contact me at email@example.com or call me at (802) 353-6770.
Vote March 5
(Prinicpal Boynton Continued from Page 1)
From the Rutland Town School Board
Lynette, Gallipo, Chair
The Rutland Town School Board welcomed Nicole Peck McPhee to the board in March. In addition, two vacancies occurred this spring and Sharon Russell and Marnie Roussel were appointed to serve the remainder of the year. We wish to thank our departing members for their service, Marc Brierre, Stacey Fiske and Jim Levins.
We also welcome Aaron Boynton, who was promoted to the position of Principal and Sarah Tetzlaff, our new Assistant Principal. School Administrators have worked hard with teachers and support staff toward our vision of excellence. Our students score at or above the state average in many subjects. To support our achievement gains, this year we employed a full time math teacher to work with our students and teachers and a part time science teacher to enhance our science curriculum. The new elementary language program has been very successful.
We successfully negotiated a joint (RCSU) teacher contract and are working on a joint support staff agreement. We also joined with other districts in the RCSU to develop policies which guide the operation of our schools.
We continue to be sensitive to the financial burden of taxpayers as we prepared the proposed budget. Staff changes will have a $109,170 impact, but will strengthen the curriculum areas of Math, Science, Technology and Foreign Language. Special Education tuition costs have increased $40,000 this year. The district was hit with a substantial health care increase. Be advised, we continue to monitor the cost of health care but with proposed changes in the health care system, we are uncertain of our course of action.
The Board is asking the townspeople to approve a transfer of monies (up to $127,000) from our Capital Improvement Fund. This money will be used to transform the existing science lab (built in 1967) into classroom space and renovate the old shop area into a new science lab. This new lab will be larger thus enabling us to accommodate all of our students.
The proposed 2013-2014 Budget is $8,127,036. Using the current estimated base tax rate of $.92; Common level of Appraisal 111.54% and the Homestead rate of $1.4166; this budget results in a Tax Rate increase of .08 %.
We wish to thank the residents, parents and community members who have volunteered their time, talents and financial support to the school. Without your support we would not be able to provide one of the best K-8 educations in the state.
Rutland Town Board of School Directors
Lynette Gallipo, Chair
Bill Franzoni, Vice Chair/Clerk
Nicole Peck McPhee
College Scholarship Info for
Town High School Seniors
Town of Rutland Scholarships
Scholarship applications will be considered contingent on the $10,000 funding request being approved by Rutland Town voters at Town Meeting, March 5, 2013.
Qualifications: The applicant must have resided in the Town of Rutland for at least two years prior to the date of graduation.
Scholarship Criteria: Awards will be made on the basis of scholastic, leadership, and financial need.
Instructions: The application is in two parts. Part 1 is to be completed by the applicant; Part 2 is to be completed by the school Guidance Dept.
Application Deadline: Applications are due in the Town Office by April 30.
Teachers Association Awards
Each year, four awards of $250 or five awards of $200 (to be determined by the Scholarship Committee) are presented to college bound seniors from the teachers of the Rutland Town Education Association. Applications are available at all local high schools through the Guidance Office as of March 1.
Applicants must have graduated from Rutland Town School. They must return a completed application (including an essay, course work completed, final grade point average, SAT/ACT scores, class rank, extra curricular activities and community service) to their high school Guidance Office by the deadline of May 1, 2013.
from Byron Hathaway,
Winter thus far has been tolerable. Warm spells, cold spells, and dry spells have helped keep expenses down. Winter is half gone at the time of this writing and the winter budget is just under half spent. Let us hope for an early spring.
A year and a half ago a new law passed by the Legislature went into effect. It is called the “Complete Streets” law. For awhile no one could explain exactly how small municipalities were to respond to this legislation. At a recent Road Foreman's meeting we were given more information on how to address this new law. Complete streets means that when ever a road is substantially reconstructed all forms of transportation must be considered. Pedestrians, bicycle, and regular road users must be accommodated. What does this mean for us? In a nutshell, some roads would have to be widened slightly and configured with line striping to provide a shoulder area for bikes and pedestrians. This will push up the cost of reconstruction slightly. With some careful planning VTrans class 2 grants will help us compensate for the increased cost. After projects are completed a report must be written and kept in a file at the Town Office explaining how complete streets principles were met on that project.
This year’s highway budget that I presented to the Select Board was down 1%. They, however, opted to increase the budget line item for paving to help pay for increases in the cost of asphalt and to help with the cost of the “complete streets” requirements. Thank you for supporting the highway budget in the past. I look forward to your continued support.
4th Grade Students
Voice Their Opinions!
By Kathryn Currier, 4th Grade Teacher
Students in both fourth grade classes decided to write to their newly elected Rutland Town Representative, Thomas Terenzini. The letters served as a culminating activity that tied in their studies of state government and the structure of a friendly letter, as a means for expressing an idea they had for Vermont. Students wrote from the heart about what they loved about our state and community, and thought deeply about an issue or concern they see.
In wanting their voice to be heard, they decided that they would write to their local representative, providing a rationale for their ideas and possible suggestions for improvement. Students generated ideas ranged from establishing a law that prevents texting while driving to whether the Vermont Yankee power plant should remain in operation. Below are excerpts from letters by students in my and Jessica Furman’s classes.
“Texting is worse than calling while driving…I think that if there was a law, there would be less of a percentage of getting into car crashes. This is why we need to end texting and calling when driving.” (Cameron Greene - Currier’s 4th)
“I don’t think there should be a tax on sugary drinks. Vermont was voted healthiest state two years running. So why do we need to change anything? I don’t want to spend more money on drinks that I like.” (Casey McMullen –Furman’s 4th)
“An idea I have for the state is to have more programs for the needy…I think programs for the needy are very important because children need education, families who are needy need money, and people need good food. If you can help adults get back on their feet, they could get a job and maybe eventually help others.” (Lucienne Horrocks –Currier’s 4th)
“I think that we need to take action against climate change in Vermont…many people predict that ski resorts would close in the year 2039.” (Devon Kibbey – Furman’s 4th)
“An idea I have for our state is to put up more wind turbines…They should be spread out over the state. I think you should do this because it’s renewable energy.” (Benjamin Spiro - Currier’s 4th)
“I feel strongly about the wind turbines. Though it would be great for clean energy, I don’t think it would be good for Vermont.” (Max Lovko - Furman’s 4th)
“I want to make a new law about animal abuse. The animals will forget what love feels like if we don’t start being nice to animals….I want to see a law that will change how people act around their pets.”(Arianna Billings - Currier’s 4th)
“I am worried about the Vermont Yankee Power Plant…if something goes wrong the environment is at stake.” (Kiana Martin – Furman’s 4th)
Report from Town Representative
Dear Residents of:
The 2013 Vermont State Assembly got underway January 9th.After being sworn into office, I was appointed by Speaker of the Vermont House,
Shap,the House CommissionFish, Wildlife and Water Resources Conservation. This commission is also entrusted with the development of the state's water resources, fish, wildlife and natural habitats.Most of the real work is done daily in theand not in the general assembly.you may have already read in the state media, your citizendiscussing topics dealing with a ban on guns and how much ammunition a weapon should be able to discharge.House is currentlypublic testimony dealing with the DeathDignity bill.Several towns in Vermont would like a moratorium on wind power as they feel the environmental impact outweighs the amount of energy to their communities.
The issue of health care in Vermont is very much up in the air.Shumlin was supposed to address the General Assembly last month concerning the cost, and how the state was going to pay for the Green Mountain Care program. That speech will now not happen until January of 2014.Later this year, Vermonters will be able to select and sign up for theHealthExchange program which will go into effectJanuary, 2014.During the last legislative session, illegal migrant farm workers were seeking to acquire driver’s licenses in Vermont.Every year the Joint Fiscal Office puts together some 900 potential bills for any one legislative session; only 70 -100 of these bills will become law in the Green Mountain State.
With aboutweeks ofexperience behind me, I find my most joyous moment of being yourwas last week when I went to my mailbox and discovered a large envelope from the 4thclass atSchool.It seems they are studying government.
These young people have written individual letters to me on some very serious topics facing Vermonters.These lettersvery well thought out and I want to thank Miss Currier and her students for their interest in Vermont State Government.I promise to answer each letter in the near future.
In closing, let me say that it is a humbling experience to representin the Vermont Legislature.
(See excerpts from 4th Grade letters to Rep. Terenzini on Page 4.)
News from Town Listers’ Office
Howard Burgess, Lister
New change in Homestead Declarations
Effective January 1, 2013, property owners will once again have to file an annual homestead declaration in order to have their property classified as a homestead for purposes of the statewide education tax. This is actually a return to the system that existed up until 2010, when the Department of Taxes stopped requiring an annual declaration. The Department has decided that a return to an annual filing requirement is in order. Homestead Declaration form HS-131 needs to be filed by April 15th. There will be late filing penalties for forms filed after April 15th and the final date for submitting this form is September 1st.
Statistical update of the Town Grand List
The Listers are doing a statistical update of the grand list. Since our last reappraisal in 2009, we have noted a downturn in the housing market and we are at a point where property values need to be reviewed and adjusted. Now that we have a history of property sales showing a decline in property values, we have decided that this is the appropriate time to make adjustments. The grand list needs to be brought in line with the market and to accomplish this we will be doing a statistical review of our data. Since our data is current and up to date to the 2009 reappraisal, we will not need to do interior inspections. Each property record card will be reviewed in its entirety and adjustments will be made where required. At the completion of this work, change of appraisal notices will be mailed to all property owners. Please call the Listers’ Office at 770-1898 with questions.
Parting Words from a Selectman
To: Rutland Town Citizens:
Scripture tells us there is an appropriatefor everything, and with that in mind, the time has come for my retirement from the Rutland Town Select Board. Serving the people of this great town has been an honor and a privilege indeed, and the experience will always be remembered.
Rutland Town is unique and special in many ways. It has been my practice to make the decisions and carry out the business of the Town in such a fashion that would enhance those qualities, and at the same timein the best interests of the taxpayer.
, many thanks for allowing me to serve on the Select Board these past six years, and I wish each and every town resident the very best, always.
James B. Hall,
Elder focus - SVCOA
How About Those Resolutions?
Did you make a New Year’s resolution about your health? How’s it going? We recently discovered some information that might help you stay motivated and on track. And maybe some other folks will be inspired to make a late resolution!
There’s quite a bit of research these days looking into the causes of mental decline, dementia and Alzheimer’s as we age. And some recent studies have identified specific habits and health factors that appear to increase the likelihood of developing dementia such as, the habit of binge drinking (defined as having four or five drinks in a short time), smoking or having untreated high blood pressure as well as being overweight or obese in midlife.
Interestingly, many of these habits rank high in our New Year’s Resolutions. That’s probably because they’re all things that have a great effect on your overall health, and are worth working on for any number of reasons.
Resolutions can be hard to fulfill, though. People tend to shoot for the moon, so the failure rate is very high. If you’re stumbling in your efforts, it may be time to make a revision or get some help.
Make sure your goal is not impossibly high. Mountaineers don’t take on Mount Everest until they have practiced on some smaller peaks, right? You want to succeed in meeting your goal, not become demoralized! For instance, instead of quitting all sweets, you might limit yourself to one cookie once a day. One way to measure a good level of challenge is to choose a goal that, on a scale of 1 to 10, you think your chance of reaching is at least a 7 or 8.
You also may want to find a buddy to check in with on your progress (and to commiserate with, if necessary!).
Our area also provides Healthier Living Workshops, a six-week program free for anyone who has a long-term health challenge or cares for someone with a chronic condition. We highly recommend these very effective programs, which will give you new tools and strategies for succeeding in your health goals and feeling better.
Find a Workshop near you by calling the Senior HelpLine at 1-800-642-5119.
So, hang in there, your health is worth the effort!
Executive Director, SVCOA
News from THE GABLES
Home Front: WW II
By Resident Betty A. Little
Every year The Gables’ Activities Committee has a January Reading Program. In our own memoir book, As We Were, E. L. Bogar in the last days of his own life tells how he witnessed the explosion of hydrogen bombs at the end of World War II. A year ago we commemorated the attack on Pearl Harbor. That war always seems to be with us. The official end of World War II in Europe happened in May, 1945 and in Asia in August, 1945.
We wanted to take a different and new view of World War II and talk about what happened on the Home Front. In May, 2002 when the doors to the Gables were first opening, Bruce Bodemer, the manager, brought out a book by Tom Brokaw, The Greatest Generation which we all signed as Gables Pioneers. That book is a fine introduction to the question of what happened on the Home Front .
Recently, Martha Nancy McMullen has written a book, Driving Woodie: Tales from the Home Front in World War II (Published by the Kravis Center in Palm Beach, Florida) which inspired us to think of our experiences. Martha’s book was partly written in Vermont and is about the east coast. We researched our own pasts for experiences and details. The Memoirs Group tried writing something on the Home Front . Once we started writing and reading, we could not stop. The topic seemed to be of great general interest at the Gables.
The generations that lived through World War II will soon be gone. Though many of us were teenagers and small children, we are still among them. Our experiences and observations need to be recorded while we are still here to give a firsthand account.
We had a big meeting in January which filled the living room and spent a Sunday afternoon telling our stories. The question we were asking was, “Where were you during World War II.” We worked on farms replacing men, were in the service, and started soldiers’ canteens, watched for enemy planes, struggled with ra-tioning and shortages. One lost a soldier husband.
Our experiences were similar to those in Brokaw’s book, but they were our own stories. We had come to know each other better when it was over.
From Marie Hyjek, Town Clerk
Last Day to Register is Wednesday, Feb. 27 until 5 pm at the Town Hall. New voters are required by the “Help America Vote Act” to show a driver’s license or provide the last four digits of their social security number.
Voter Age Requirements — voters must be 18 years old on or before March 5, 2013.
Absentee Ballots – Voters must request an absentee ballot for each election. Ballots may be picked up in person (by the voter only) or one can be mailed to you. Ballots for March 5 are available now and may be completed at the Town Office or mailed back before election day. To be counted, all voted ballots must reach the polls by mail or delivery in person by the 7 pm closing of polls on March 5.
Informational Meeting – Monday, March 4
7 pm at Rutland Town School.
Vote Tuesday, March 5 from 7 am to 7 pm at the school for residents living east of Route 7, or at Town Hall for residents living on the west side.
Call Town Office at 773-2528 for more information.
Chris Kiefer - Cioffi
3 Year Term
Hello, I am Chris Kiefer-Cioffi. I am running for the open seat on the Select Board in Rutland Town.
My life experience includes employment as a waitress, fireman, a paramedic and a police officer. I’ve also worked as a housekeeper, nurse assistant and an operating room technician,. The bulk of my work experience has been in service to the public.
I serve on the Board of Directors of the Credit Union of Vermont. I have held this volunteer position for over 5 years. I am a member of the Elks Club in Rutland.
I graduated from high school in Pennsylvania along with community college. I did not complete my college education.
My husband Ernie and I own property and live in Rutland Town. Like the rest of the voters, we both have full time jobs. We enjoy living in Rutland Town. I would like to offer my skills to help with the long range plans for Rutland Town.
I do not have a platform or an agenda for this campaign. There are no preconceived ideas of how the Select Board should operate. Nor will I criticize those decisions that have already been made. I will bring to the table many years of public service, the ability to listen and the investigative skills to help bring about necessary change when needed. I am patient and conservative.
You will not see any signs advertising my name for this position. You will not see me at the polls on 5 March, 2013, as I have an obligation to my employer.
Thank you for the opportunity to introduce myself. Honor your community by voting on Tuesday, 5 March, 2013.
Chris D. Kiefer - Cioffi
Select Board Candidates:
Incumbent Joe Dicton is running unopposed for a 2 year term.
Don Chioffi and Chris Kiefer-Cioffi are competing for the 3 year seat to be vacated by Jim Hall.
3 Year Term
"If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." If these are good words for all our children, including the thousands I taught over 17 years at Rutland Town School, then, indeed they should be good enough for us. My name is Don Chioffi and I really would be honored to "try again" to represent your interests on the Rutland Town Select Board.
First of all, thank you to the Circle staff for providing this space. A Vietnam Veteran, I have over 30 years of combined service to the Town of Rutland, 17 years as a middle school teacher at Rutland Town School, Founder and Chairman of the Recreation Commission during major building phases of Dewey Field and Northwood, Member and Chairman of the Select Board during permitting for the Diamond Run Mall, Town Moderator, BCA Member and Justice of the Peace, Vermont State Representative serving on the Education and Judiciary Committees and also on the New England Board of Higher Education.
I also have 25 years of successful business experience in the retail and construction trades operating Kremee Country Kitchen, Kehoe's Corner Deli, and Chioffi Construction Inc.
Under my leadership Rutland Town secured up to 90% Federal and State recreational funding, thus saving our taxpayers over a MILLION property tax dollars building Dewey Field and Northwood Park, which our townspeople can be proud of for generations. I also strongly lobbied, as one citizen, for the adoption of the Local 1% Option Tax. There was little support on our Board for this measure until I lobbied heavily for them to put this on the ballot. Now we are the beneficiaries of over $750,000 EVERY YEAR due to this tax. I predicted that our property taxes could be LOWERED, and I delivered on my promise to work hard to pass this issue.
With more ideas in mind to lower our taxes, I humbly ask your support, and thank you for your VOTE on March 5th.
Sincerely, Don Chioffi
Painting by Jaime Keith, Grade 8
Phys Ed Update
From Marcia Barron
Upcoming events in the PE department include sign-ups for Girls on the Run, Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart, First Tee golf program using SNAG golf, fitness testing, and Field Days.
The Girls on the Run (3-5) program is in its third year and there is interest in Girls on Track (6-8) as well. Next month is slated for registration. Unfortunately there are a limited number of girls who may join, as we need two coaches for each 15 girls. We have not yet had to turn away anyone and hopefully we can continue to meet all needs. Thanks to the RTS PTO, the registration costs are lower for all. Scholarship money contributed by community members, teachers, and local businesses is available for any girl who cannot afford the cost. Students will soon bring home registration materials. Parents and guardians may call Marcia Barron at school or home (775-2166) for assistance. The registration deadline is March 8, with the program starting Monday, March 18. Thanks to this year’s volunteer coaches: Julie Williams, Cara Solimano, Jessica Lighthart, Mackenzie Gage, Tiffany Keune, Marcia Barron, and substitutes, Joan Poczobut and Holly Getty.
This year’s 5K will be held at the Rutland Fairgrounds. We hope many supporters will come and join in this fun event. Many local businesses have donated funds to help GOTR set up this 5K event so close to home. We are thankful for all the community support.
The Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart annual event teaches students about heart healthy behavior, skills for healthy living, and how to help others. In November at the annual Vermont Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance conference, RTS was again awarded first prize for Division II schools participating in both programs. The plaques awarded by the American Heart Association hang outside the main office. This award honors all the students, parents and community members who donate time and money to raise funds for the AHA programs. Last year’s total was a generous $5,615. This year’s event will be held in March.
The First Tee golf program provides excellent quality equipment for students in grades K-5 to learn basic golf swings and basic rules and etiquette of the game. Students may be able to attend a day of golf at the Spartan Arena as plans are underway to create a venue for learning more about the sport. More information will be forthcoming. Thanks to our PTO for funding our school’s portion of the cost of the equipment.
The end of the school year brings fitness and fun together. Students take a battery of fitness tests in order to determine which of four aspects of fitness they may need to improve: cardio-vascular endurance, flexibility, muscular strength, or muscular endurance. They can look at their scores and create a plan to improve in their weak areas. Scores are based on a health-related fitness level so sport skills are not involved.
Field Day gives students a day of fun and games to celebrate the skills and knowledge gained from hard work in physical education class. This year’s field day theme is Games Galore: Skills and More. The following skill areas are the cornerstone of the physical education curriculum:
Attention span and concentration
Perceptual motor development, physical abilities, physical fitness
Release of tension and excessive energy
Development of thinking processes
Reinforcement of learned information
Practicing Our ABC’s at RTS
By Linda Mullin
The purpose of this column, Practicing Our ABCs at RTS, is to inform families about happenings at the school that are designed to develop a positive school climate.
A public school is more than a place where students learn to read, write and compute. It is also a social arena where students develop social competencies of self-awareness, social awareness, responsible decision making, self-management, and relationship skills. Several school employees and parents are meeting regularly to discuss how to create and maintain a positive school climate where students and adults can do their important work.
At RTS we all practice our ABCs: Acceptance, Belonging, and Caring! Acceptance means one can come to school and feel safe. It is a place to feel comfortable just being yourself. Belonging means that you feel comfortable and wanted. Caring happens when others treat you kindly and you treat others kindly. The social and emotional learning program, Lions Quest, is a way we can accomplish the goal of practicing our ABCs at school. Acceptance, belonging, and caring are a vision for our school. For more information, go to http://www.lions-quest.org/.
Students, families and educators are working to develop, live, and contribute to the shared school vision. Here are some activities that promote a positive, caring environment at RTS:
October: (National Bully Prevention Month) All students in the school contributed to a paper chain by drawing or writing what they will do this year to prevent bullying in our school. This chain is hanging proudly in our lower lobby as a reminder of our goal to prevent bullying.
November-December: The middle school worked on helping those in need by sponsoring the annual food drive. The 8th grade “adopted" families in need at Christmas and bought clothing and other gifts for these families. Also, the 6th grade TA's put together "Basic Needs" baskets of personal items for families.
January: There was a discussion in each classroom about what can be done to make our school an even better place. We completed the project “Build a Better School One Snowball/Resolution at a Time!” Look for our displays.
Please contact Mr. Boynton or committee chairpersons Linda Mullin or Theresa Czachor for further information.
School Board Races:
Sharon Russell is running unopposed for a
3 year term.
Marnie Roussel is running unopposed for the 2 year seat.
2 Year Term
My name is Marnie Roussel. My husband Michael and I live in Rutland Town with our two children that attend Rutland Town School, grades 5 and 7. This fall, I was appointed to the Rutland Town School Board to fill a vacancy. I am now running for the elected two-year position.
For more than 20 years, I have worked in the specialty chemicals industry. I am currently self-employed as a sales and marketing consultant. Since moving to the area 9 years ago, I have been very active with various community-based organizations: For the past 8 years, I have been an active volunteer with the RTS Four Winds Nature Studies Program, and acted as co-coordinator for 5 of those years. I am now serving on the Board of Directors for the Pico Ski Education Foundation, and had previously been on the Board of Directors for The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center in West Rutland.
My focus as a School Board member is clear; To improve the quality of education while being fiscally responsible. Let's make Rutland Town School the best school it can be, for our children and our community.
By Theresa Kulig
The Senior lunches at Cheney Hill Community Center will resume in April, providing the weather is clear, so the group can get there without having too much trouble. Again, the provider of the lunches is Fitz Vogt and the price has increased to $3.25 for the over 60 group and $4 for those under the age of 60. Actually, the price increased awhile ago, but the group has a little kitty they use to pay for the amount that is over $3 per person. The “kitty” is funded by proceeds from the sale of the edition of the Town Book, which has the history and interesting facts and events about Rutland Town. Meals on Wheels also gives a small amount to subsidize each meal served and the Select Board also allocates a small amount each year for the meals which, according to Mrs. Glagola is equal to one free meal a month for the participants.
Senior lunches are held each Tuesday beginning at noon at the Cheney Hill Community Center. Reservations for lunch must be made by Monday at noon to Mrs. Ann Glagola at 775-1302. Everyone is welcome to attend and enjoy the food and social time that these Tuesday lunches provide. In closing, the group would like to recognize the passing of Florence Beebe, who had been an active member at the Tuesday lunches.
Music Lessons with Glendon Ingalls
Director of Instrumental Music at RTS
Trumpet and Bass Instructor at Middlebury College
Adult and student instruction
Instrument rental & storage, competitive rates
Studio: 134 Woodstock Ave.
“Music for a Lifetime”
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3 year Term
I am running for the School Board because I believe in education, the town I live in and the teachers who are responsible to teach our children, as they are our future.
I am the Director of the Open Door Mission, a homeless shelter for disenfranchised citizens and veterans. I know how education can make a difference in peoples lives.
(Senator Mullin Continued from page 1)
From Ingrid Gallo, President
PTO has been collecting Box Tops this school year and so far we have earned over $900! Keep the Box Tops coming!
There is a collection box in the main lobby of the school next to the office, just drop the Box Tops inside for weekly collection.
This year PTO has helped to fund the Artist In Residence program at RTS. There arethree artists who will be part of this program. They are: Zoey Marr, a localartist; Jonathan LaFarge, a local sculptor who works as the studio manager at the Vermont Carving Studio; and Leonidas Chalepas, a sculptor from Greece who is an artist in residence at the VCS. This year’s program will includefrom at least two of these artists to our school. We will then take the kids to the Carving Studio.program makes connections with our Social Studies and Science grade expectations and will include all students in grades K - 8 in both the school visit and the trip to the Carving Studio.
The PTO has contributed to the Book Fair Wish List for teachers to purchase classroom supplies. We have contributed to Girls On the Run for the RTS girls’ team to participate this spring, and we will be holding a Staff Luncheon March 14.you would like to contribute a side salad or dessert for the luncheon, please contact Samantha Racine at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ingrid Gallo at 775-0079.
Mikaela Derosia- Rosenzweig
1st Trimester Honor Roll
By Kirsten Marsh
Students and volunteers alike were surprised by many of the things we learned during the past 2 months’ Four Winds workshops: Animals’ Winter Ways and Trees in Winter. We learned all about these fascinating topics and explored the ways animals and trees have evolved a variety of strategies to ensure survival of their species in the ever-changing cycle of seasons of a place like Vermont.
Some of the fun facts we learned about animals and trees in winter:
Bears are not hibernators!! They are actually ‘dormant’, meaning they sleep for a while but can and do wake up periodically throughout the winter. Woodchucks are an example of true hibernators, in the summer their heart rate is about 160 bpm, in the winter it drops to 4 bpm.
Trees grow their springtime leaves and flowers in the previous summer. These unfurled parts are protected in little buds all winter long, waiting for the warmth of spring. Not only are these buds an important part of the tree, they are a crucial part of the winter diet of many animals, both furry and feathered.
We continue to have fantastic interactions investigating with the young scientists at RTS. Four Winds is a great way to engage the children and get them excited about science while at the same time having fun.
Volunteers and students will continue to explore Cycles in Nature in this hands-on, classroom program throughout the year. New volunteers are always welcome, no experience necessary. Our next training session will be on March 5th from 9-11am at the Cheney Community Center on Cedar Ave. For more information, call or e-mail our coordinators: Kirsten Marsh email@example.com, 773-5381; and Peg Fothergill firstname.lastname@example.org, 773-6845.
Beyond the Bookshelf
at Your Rutland Free Library
From Meg Horrocks
Did you know that the library offers many products, services and opportunities in addition to checking out print and digital materials? are numerous opportunities for you here in what we call“Beyond the Bookshelf:”
Attend Basic Computer Skills Classes - learn how to use your new e-reader, utilize email or search the internet.
Access Consumer Reports Online - Check out ratings on just about everything from the convenience of your computer and the library's website.
Attend a humanities lecture series, titled the First Wednesdays, and gain knowledge and insight on your favorite topic.
Bring your child or grandchild in for Babies and Toddlers Rock, a music program for children up to age two.
View the online Book Lovers' Corner to learn about recommended reading.
Celebrates the Sciences!
By Jessica Furman, 4th Grade Teacher
Miss Currier and Mrs. Furman’s 4th graders have been hard at work preparing for the first Science Fair that RTS has seen at this grade level in years. We hope that many community supporters will attend the event scheduled for Friday, March 1, from 6 -7:00 pm in the gym. Our young scientists were encouraged to follow their curiosity and have investigated topics ranging from food decomposition to the aerodynamics of paper airplanes.
We are very pleased to have a panel of judges that are known for their advocacy of the sciences. They include our own Aaron Boyton, Sarah Tetzlaff, Marnie Roussel, Lori Patterson, Wendy Lozyniak, and even an eighth grade student Lauren Cozzens! These judges will use the scientific process as their main criteria to evaluate the projects. We would like to extend a special thank you to parents for all their support from home. Where we put our attention and energy sends a strong message to the kids about what is valued and worthwhile. We hope to see you at the fair!
By Lori McNeil, Site Coordinator
The Tapestry Program has had a wonderful fall and winter. We have spent lots of time outside playing in the snow, building forts, and sledding. Inside, we have enjoyed baking, making crafts and projects, playing games and building large constructions with Legos and Kinex. Recently students had the opportunity to go to Giorgetti Park skating and we have also gone swimming at VAC quite a few times.
In the month of
February, students received swim lessons. This will be great practice for young swimmers to prepare for Tapestry summer camp.
Unfortunately we had to cancel our Winter Carnival again this year because of lack of snow. Everyone was a little disappointed but we are looking forward to trying again next year. The Rutland Town Tapestry students recently participated in a Health Fair hosted by the Rutland Intermediate School. Our students presented a table of Brain Health activities. We had things like brain teasers, puzzles, and optical illusions. There was a vast array of community partners that also had health displays to share with all the area Tapestry students. Everyone had a great time and learned lots of health tips.
With spring fast approaching we are excited to be spending more time outside playing some of our favorite games such as kickball, basketball, and fort building. Tapestry students will also be reviving our walking club. We will measure our steps with pedometers and see how far our group can walk as a team. The students will also participate in some movement activities and may also try our hand at a little Zumba.
Summer Tapestry Camp plans are in the works. Returning staff have already started to discuss themes for this summer. Along with theme activities we will spend many afternoons at the Northwood Pool enjoying some fun in the sun. Once a week we will have a fabulous all day field trip to one of our area state parks or museums. Our experienced and extremely fun staff will ensure your child has a terrific summer. Enrollment forms will be coming home with your children shortly.
Please remember to register your child early because space is limited. Any questions about the Afterschool or Summer Tapestry programs, please call site coordinator, Lori McNeil, at 779-6102.
Hazardous Waste Collection
Sat., April 13, 8 am - 11:30
at the Transfer Station
Sat., October 19 ~ Fall collection
New Phone Menu at Town Hall
A new phone menu greets you when you call Town Hall. Marie's friendly voice guides you through the process, but if calling for the first time, you may be surprised to hear that you need to hang up and call other numbers. You may need to call again now prepared with a paper and pencil.
Here are direct numbers for the town administration:
Town Hall – 773-2528.
Town Administrator, Joe Zingale and Select Board –
770 - 5072.
Town Assessor, Howard Burgess – 770-1898.
For Town Clerk and Treasurer, Marie Hyjek, call the Town Office (773-2528) and press 5. If no one answers and you would like to leave a message, call back and press 0 for the general mailbox, 11 for Marie or 12 for Donna.
ARTWORK GRADE 4
Students traced their hands and feet and imagined falling backwards.
By Toby Jakubowski (above)
By Louise Wu (below)
The RTS school administration, staff, students, and Friends of Music invite you to attend the 20th annual Bistro in support of RTS student musicians. This event celebrates the talents of present and past RTS musicians. The gala event is Friday, March 22 at 7 pm in the gymnasium. The theme for this year’s Bistro is “20 years of Jazz and Blues.”
Performing for your listening and dancing pleasure will be RTS’s “T” Jazz Ensemble, “M” Jazz Ensemble, and the RTS Alumni Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Band Director Glendon Ingalls. Come and dance to songs of the jazz and
blues tradition including “In the Midnight Hour,””Rock Around the Clock,” “Superstition” and many more. Advance tickets are $5 or $8 at the door. Ticket price includes dessert, coffee, punch, dancing, and lots of fun.
Funds raised over the years have helped to purchase instruments, music stands, music, equipment, music awards, software, and to support music field trips and cultural events. We hope that you are able to attend this wonderful social and musical event.
To make reservations please call Ms. Cele Howland in the Principal’s Office 775-0566 x 2002. For more information call Mr. Ingalls at 775-0566 x 2042.
By Avery Provin, Grade 8
An Abstract Painting by 5th Graders rdents
Friends of Music Jazz Bistro ~ “20 Years of Jazz and Blues”
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Toddler Playhour at Grace Preschool
Looking for a new experience for you and your toddler this spring?
Grace Preschool will be offering a free playhour once a month starting in March. This is a great opportunity to connect with other families, and let your toddler explore and have some fun in an educational setting. There will be stories and crafts led by the preschool teaching staff.
The dates are Tuesdays 3/12, 4/9 and 5/14 from 12:30 -1:30. Grace Preschool is located inside Grace Congregational Church at 8 Court St. in Rutland. For more information, please contact the director, Sharlene Wielis at 773-4301 or email@example.com.