New Year’s Resolutions for Family Technology


There are two types of people in the world: New Year’s resolution makers and “let’s-just-wing-it” types. Whichever category you fall into, our media resolutions (or “suggestions” for the latter group) are designed to be easy, fun, totally doable, and family-strengthening.

And whether you’re a planner or a play-it-by-ear person, your family will undoubtedly face media and technology issues in 2015 as they become more ubiquitous, affordable, and essential to daily life. There’s a lot to look forward to — and a lot to manage. Consider one or more of these New Year’s resolutions, and you’ll weather anything that comes your way.

7 New Year’s Resolutions Every Family Should Make in 2015

Symphony Reel String Trio Visits

Reel Central

On Wednesday, December 17th, three members of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra visited Swanton Schools to present “Symphony Reel.”  The Symphony Reel String Trio takes students on a fun and unique journey through a range of musical styles, including classical and folk–bringing alive musical traditions from England to New England and from bluegrass to Bartok.  The three musicians, all gifted performers as well as experienced educators, engage their young listeners in interactive rhythm and harmony.  All classes were excellent audience members and enjoyed the performances by these wonderful musicians!

-Mrs. Messier

Reel Babcock


The Hour of Code at Swanton School


The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 30 languages. No experience needed. Ages 4 to 104.

It’s been our goal at Swanton School to get every student and staff member to participate.  We’ve been interrupted by a snow day, but it’s been a great and informative week!

Try Coding for Yourself

Safe Routes to School

The County Courier recently penned a great article about Swanton School’s Safe Routes to School program.



Common Core Math Explained

By now, you have heard the phrases, “New Math” and “Common Core”.  The math in today’s classroom is not new math.  The math is the same, but the methods are different.   Students are learning to understand the concepts and once understood, they work to become more efficient at using the concept.    I encourage you take some time to view the attached video link.   It provides a clear explanation as to why math is different now.

Why is Math Different Now from raj shah on Vimeo.

Swanton Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year


The citizen of the year award recognizes an individual who has been actively involved in the community in any number of ways over the last year. This individual may have shown leadership and citizenship within the community with the vision to better the community.

Do you know someone who might make a good candidate?  Download the Nominating Form and return it by the end of December.

Citizen of the Year Nominating Form