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From Ms. Powers

Newsletter : April 26, 2019


Dear WRS families,

W.R.S. Hires a New 5th Grade Teacher
I am pleased to announce that Mr. Brycen Nardone has been named our new permanent 5th
grade teacher for next school year! Mr. Nardone completed an internship with Mrs. Janice Beal
last fall semester. Mrs. Beal left her position in February to begin her retirement and Mr.
Nardone has been teaching her class since then.
Mr. Nardone went through two interviews with our search committee and our Superintendent of
Schools, Tom DeBalsi and he was clearly the best teacher for the job! We are both grateful to
and proud of Mr. Nardone for his ability to continue excellent instruction this school year and we
are looking forward to working with him on a permanent basis next year! Please feel free to
send congratulatory messages directly to Mr. Nardone: nardoneb@hartfordschools.net

Students at W.R.S. Exhibit Exceptional Example of Good Citizenship
Rowan Dumont and Penelope Thauvin are 5th graders in our school. In March they presented
an idea to me to collect personal care items for those in need. You may recall that a letter was
sent home with a list of specific items that they were collecting. Thanks to the generous support
of our W.R.S. families, expectations were exceeded! We had numerous boxes filled with a
large variety of items. Jeff and Kim Dumont supported this community service endeavor by
delivering items to The Listen Center, The Haven, and to David’s House. Please visit our
website: www.wrsvt.com to find pictures of Rowan and Penelope as they sorted products and delivered them!

 

State-wide Testing Underway at W.R.S.
If you are the parent/guardian of a 3rd, 4th or 5th grader you are likely aware that the
Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) tests are being administered in April and
May. Like other students in grades 3 and up, these tests are mandated by the VT Agency of
Education. Our 5th graders also have to take the VT Science Assessment which replaced the
4th grade Science NECAP test. The teachers do a terrific job of supporting our students through
these tests that are completed on a computer by helping students understand that while they
are expected to show their very best effort, these tests don’t determine grade placement for next
year, nor do they give us data to be used for grades on a report card. While each student will
get individual test results next school year about her/his performance on the tests, the daily
work that students do in our school gives the teachers the best information about how students
are doing in meeting academic benchmarks and standards. Please contact your child’s teacher
if you have any questions or concerns about your child taking these tests. Follow this link to
learn more about these assessments or paste this website into your
browser: https://vt.portal.airast.org/users/students-and-families


Upcoming Events:
May 9th - Last PTA meeting of the school year! 6:30 p.m.
May 16th - Spring Concert at 6:30 p.m.
May 24th - school-wide trip to Boston, MA Leave at 8:30 a.m., return at 6:00 p.m. (roughly)
June 7th - Last student day of school

 
Best regards,


Sheila Powers
Principal

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