Halloween Health and Safety Tips

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Autumn holidays like Halloween and Harvest Day are fun times for children of all ages, who can dress up in costumes, enjoy parties, enjoy fall fruits and vegetables, and eat yummy treats. These celebrations also provide a chance to give out healthy snacks, get physical activity, and focus on safety.

Check out these tips to help make the festivities fun and safe for trick-or-treaters and party guests.

Halloween Tips from the CDC

200th Anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner

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On Thursday September 11 there will be a school-wide assembly in recognition of Patriot Day and the 200th anniversary of the lyrics of our national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner. Francis Scott Key wrote his memorable poem after watching a battle during the War of 1812. Briefly held prisoner aboard a British ship in September 1814, Key was inspired by the sight of the American flag flying over Fort McHenry in Baltimore.

Swanton students will carry new classroom flags to the assembly and hold red and blue ribbons outlining the actual size of the Fort McHenry flag, 30 feet by 42 feet. Students in grades 3-6 will sing the national anthem while students in grades K-2 listen respectfully.

Swanton School Open House

Thursday,

September 18, 2014

From 6-7:00 p.m.

Come visit the Book Fair located in both libraries.

Come visit your child’s classroom and see what is happening at school!

Summer Reading Challenge

Students who completed the 2014 Swanton Summer Reading Challenge celebrate success! The Literacy Interventionist’s sponsored this summers Reading Challenge. Students had to read and respond to at least 4 books over the summer.
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The successful participants celebrated completing the reading challenge Wednesday afternoon with an ice cream​ party, on the Babcock bldg “beach” lawn!
Congratulations everyone!

Swanton Playgroups Forming

Swanton Playgroups ares tarting up again with the new school year!!! Come hear a story, do a craft, play with friends and have a snack.Our play groups are an opportunity for parents to have structured play time with their children in a safe and friendly environment. Parents are required to stay with their children. Fun will be had by all.

Download the full flyer!

Playgroups Flyer

A Letter from Rebecca Holcombe, Secretary of Education

TO: Parents and Caregivers
FROM: Rebecca Holcombe, Secretary of Education
SUBJECT: Vermont’s Commitment to Continuous Improvement
DATE: August 6, 2014

Under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), as of 2014, if only one child in your school does not score as “proficient” on state tests, then your school must be “identified” as “low performing” under federal law. This year, every school whose students took the NECAP tests last year is now considered a “low performing” school by the US Department of Education. A small group of schools were not affected by this policy this year because they helped pilot the new state assessment and so did not take the NECAPs last year. Because these schools had their federal AYP status frozen at 2013 levels, eight schools are not yet identified as low performing by federal criteria. However, had these school taken the NECAPs as well, it is likely that every single school in the state would have to be classified as “low performing” according to federal guidelines…

Read the full letter below:

Letter from Rebecca Holcombe, Secretary of Education