Welcome Ms. Jennett!

Swanton School is pleased to announce that Justina Jennett has been hired as the Assistant Principal for Swanton School, effective July 1, 2015.  Justina previously served as the Educational Team Leader at Soar Learning Center, an AOE approved independent school located in Saint Albans, supported by Northwestern Counseling and Support Services.  Prior to her administrative role at SLC, she taught English at the high school level for four years.

Justina has partnered with many schools within Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille and Chittenden County over the course of her 13 years at SLC while collaborating with numerous social service agencies in support of local youth.  Originally from Barre, Justina relocated to Franklin County in 2009 and resides in West Swanton with her partner Shaun and daughter, Lucy.

Justina will be assisting Dena St. Amour, Swanton School Principal, due to the departure of Co-Principal Brent Coon, who is now the Principal at Rick Marcotte Central Elementary School in South Burlington.

Makers in the Library

5th graders enjoyed mini-maker projects during their last library time of the school year: how many books could they support with several sheets of newspaper (25!), how tall or cool a structure to build with 16 pieces of spaghetti and 10 marshmallows, using modeling clay as a 2-dimensional medium, tying fishing knots, etc. A good time was had by all!

Carole Oglesby
Librarian, Swanton Elementary School

Therapy Dogs visit Swanton Students in the Libraries


Students from both buildings were thrilled to meet two wonderful therapy dogs over the last few weeks. Sandy, owned by Gail Yocis of Grand Isle, and Casey, with his owner Norm ‘Gramps’ Stinehour of Fairfax, visited with classes in kindergarten through 4th grade. Therapy dogs visit schools, hospitals and nursing homes, and are both highly trained and good-natured. Thanks, Sandy and Casey!!

Dr. Laurel Neme, an Author Visits Swanton School


Swanton School was fortunate to host author and wildlife expert Dr. Laurel Neme in both libraries on Wednesday, 5/20. Dr Neme led a lively discussion about orangutans, the focus of her recent picture book “Orangutan Houdini’, other endangered species, and the many successful efforts by students worldwide to help protect these animals.