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Have a Child Ready for Kindergarten Next Year?

Kindergarten Corner:

If your child will be turning five (5) on or before September 1, 2017 he/she is eligible to attend Kindergarten in the fall.


What is Registration?  Registration is the first step to enrolling your child at Swanton School.  Please take a moment to stop at the Babcock Building to get a registration packet so that you can complete the necessary paperwork for Kindergarten for the 2017/2018 school year.  In order for your child to attend school the Vermont Department of Health requires that you provide a COPY of:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Immunization Records

If your child is enrolled in the Swanton Early Childhood program, we already have them on our list as an incoming Kindergarten student.  The Kindergarten registration packet will be sent home with your child in early February so be on the look out.

“Getting to know you” Screening will be held on Friday, May 5 from 9:00-10:30 or 10:30-12:00 or 12:30-2:00    


Monday, May 8 from 9:00-10:30 or 10:30-12:00 or 12:30-2:00 at the Mary S. Babcock School.  (not required for Swanton Early Childhood)

What happens at  “Getting to know you” screening?   This screening is intended to help school staff members gather basic information about our incoming kindergarten students.  Parents can expect a screening to take about one (1) hour 15 minutes, with the child having an opportunity to play with other children, meet with a kindergarten teacher, have his/her vision and hearing examined, and meet other school personnel.  As parents you will get to know some of the people connected with our school.

Please schedule an appointment for your Screening when you drop off your registration packet.  You can also call the school to schedule an appointment: 868-4920.

See our “KINDERGARTEN CORNER” on the Swanton School Website for more information.

Read More on the Kindergarten Corner Page

Board Meeting Agenda 2-13-17



February 13, 2017

6:00 PM




6:00pm         Call Meeting to Order

  • Agenda Amendments

6:05pm         Comments and Correspondence from the Public (Listen)

  • Possible Topics for Future Board Meeting Agendas
  • Tribute to Outgoing Board Members – Mary Wood and Jay Cummings

6:10pm         Approval of January 9th Board Meeting Minutes (Action)

6:15pm         Business Report (Action)

  • Check Warrants

6:30pm            Principal’s Report

  • Professional Development
  • Student Activities Report
  • Facilities Update
  • Upcoming Events

6:45pm            Superintendent’s Report

  • Legislative Update and Advocacy Strategies
  • Channel 15 Budget Information Filming
  • Franklin NE Contract Settlement
  • SY18 School Calendar

7:00pm          Old Business

  • Act 46 Independent Study Update
  • Accept Mary McLaughlin Resignation Letter
  • Superintendent Goals and Evaluation

7:20pm            New Business

  • Prepare Media and Television Budget Information
  • 911 Phone System Compliance

7:45pm          Future Board Meeting Dates

  • FNWSU Board Meeting – March 8th, 2016 6:30 at Sheldon Elem.
  • Swanton Elem. Board Meeting – March 13th, at 6:00 PM
  • Act 46 Independent Study Committee Meeting – Feb. 15th, March 28th, April 12th, May 1st, 7:00 PM @ MVU Library
  • Negotiations Meetings
    • Teacher Negotiations – March 2nd, April 17th, May 4th, 7:00 PM, MVU Library
    • Support Staff Negotiations – Feb. 23rd, 6:00 PM, MVU Library

8:00pm                           Anticipated Executive Session

(Answer the Executive Session Compliance Question…Where premature public knowledge would clearly place the Board or other party at a substantial disadvantage)

  • Negotiations Update
  • 2 Contract Issues
  • Land Negotiations

8:20pm          Exit Executive Session

  • Possible Action

8:30pm          Adjournment

FY2017 School Board Goals:

  1. Develop a 3-5 year strategic vision and plan that focuses on what the community wants for children.
    1. Maintain a safe school environment and a plan that encourages respect between students and adults
    2. Update facility plans with short and long term goals
  2. Increase two-way communication and transparency between the school and community.
    1. Continue improving communication with administration, staff, and the community
      1. Utilize social media
      2. Connect with Safe Routes to School and RISE-VT
  • Reach out to senior citizens
  1. Engage community about pros and cons of a governance merger
  2. Increase frequency of student performance reporting at board meetings
  1. Increase efficient use of resources to maximize learning potential for all students.
    1. Continue to right-size the school based on enrollment changes and resource needs
    2. Ensure staff and administrator performance is evaluated
    3. Monitor school culture
  2. Ensure challenging learning opportunities are in place for all students.
    1. Focus on enrichment programs
    2. Promote additional science, technology, engineering, arts, and math experiences

*Public Comments at Board Meetings

The FNWSU and District School Boards are working to improve the response to public comments made at Board meetings.  

The Board reserves the right to ask visitors the following questions before they are invited to address complaints to the Board:

Have you directed your complaint through our “Complaint” Policy i.e.:

  • Attempt to address the complaint first with teacher/staff member, and,
  • If not satisfied, discuss complaint with the principal, and,
  • Still not resolved, then meet with the superintendent,
  • Only then, will the Board hear your concern at a Board meeting.

When speaking with the Board, if the complaint becomes personal, disrespectful, or threatening, then the Board chair may rule the speaker “Out of Order” or,

If the complaint addresses specific personnel or is evaluative then the Board chair may invite the complainant into executive session, and,

The Board chair may limit speaking time for each individual and ask that similar points of view from multiple speakers not be presented.

Anyone making a comment can expect a response from the Board that will fall into one of the following categories:

  • Thank the person with no further action planned.
  • Respond immediately by the Board chair or administration.
  • Direct the administration to contact and respond to the person.
  • Seek clarification from the administration at a specified meeting.
  • Add the topic to a future Board agenda.
  • Refer the matter to an executive session.
  • Hold a public hearing on the matter.
  • Send a note of appreciation.

Swanton Awarded Kindness Certified School Recognition

Because of your school’s participation in The Great Kindness Challenge, we are thrilled to acknowledge you as a Kindness Certified School. We are also thrilled to report that 10,493,866 students in 15,057 schools in 91 countries
participated in the 2017 Great Kindness Challenge. You truly are part of a global kindness movement.

Thank you for making such a positive difference at your school, in your community, and in our world.

There’s no doubt about it, your KINDNESS MATTERS!

With grateful and happy hearts,
Team Kindness

Act 46 Independent School Governance Study 1-30-17

Act 46 Independent School Governance Study

MVU School Library

January 30, 2017

7:00 – 9:00 PM


Committee Members and Staff:

Bob Berger – Chair, Connie Beyor, Toby Maguire, Bob Irish, Jason McConnell, Terri O’Shea, and Winton Goodrich






7:00 – 7:15           Call meeting to order

Minutes from past meetings

Overview of meeting topics and desired outcomes:

  • Discuss legislative updates and what they mean to FNWSU
  • Discuss data
  • Discuss who will do what by when
  • Other


7:15 – 8:00           Legislative Updates

  • Win
  • Jason
  • What this means for committee
  • Committee next steps


8:00 – 8:45           Data discussion

  • What we have and what it means
  • What we still need
  • Worksheet assignments


8:45 – 8:55      Other


8:55 – 9:00      Summary and adjournment


Act 46 Independent original Study Time Line

  • August through December – Research Study options
  • December 14, 2016 – Complete Study draft
  • December, 2016 – Provide draft Study recommendations for local school board review
  • January 4, 2017 – Present Study recommendations to SU Board
  • January 20, 2017 – Include Study recommendations in Town Reports
  • February, 2017 – Information meetings
  • March, 2017 – Community vote on Study recommendations at Town Meetings
  • October, 2017 – School boards present Act 46 rationale to the State Board of Education


Scheduled Meetings

  • January 30th, 2017, 7:00-9:00 MVU Library
  • February 15th, 2017, 7:00-9:00 MVU Library
  • March 28th, 2017, 7:00-9:00 MVU Library
  • April 12, 2017, 7:00-9:00 MVU Library
  • May 1st, 2017, 7:00-9:00 MVU Library
  • May 23rd, 2017, 7:00-9:00 MVU Library