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Superintendent - John Alberghini

Welcome Letter

Dear MMMUSD/CESU School Community,

I want to share my excitement and enthusiasm as we start a new school year. Embarking on a new year is an opportunity to reflect on past experiences, set new goals and begin a fresh path to success. In preparation for the 2016-17 school year, teachers, administrators and education support staff have been working over the summer months on key curriculum and instructional initiatives. Through academic coursework, collaboration and analysis we are creating a culture that will allow our school system to provide students with education programs that match their interests and learning profiles. Our professional development, strategic priorities, investments and supervision and evaluation system are designed to optimize precious resources and support educators in providing students with rich, diverse, meaningful and engaging learning opportunities.

Please visit our new district website and upgraded school-based websites to garner news and updates, view learning in action and receive educational programming information. Additionally, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or principal if you have questions about a school program or want to give feedback. Your engagement and input is vital as we strive to provide your child with an effective, relevant and rewarding preK-12 education.

As we enter this new school year, I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation to students, parents and guardians, school volunteers, teachers, education support staff, school board directors and community members. Your support, commitment and values are what make our school system special and the impetus for continuous growth and systematic advancement.

Best wishes in the 2016-17 school year,

John R. Alberghini, Superintendent


Red Clover Day at UID

Students and staff at Underhill ID school celebrated Red Clover Day today (March 27, 2017). The Red Clover award is an annual Vermont picture book award. Students across the state of Vermont participate by reading and voting for their favorite books. For a link to the video please click here.

Here's a complete list of this year's nominees:

Archer, Micha. Daniel Finds a Poem. Nancy Paulsen, 2016. (ISBN 978-0399169137)

Barton, Chris. Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions. Illustrated by

Don Tate. Charlesbridge, 2016. (ISBN 978-1580892971)

DiPucchio, Kelly. Dragon Was Terrible. Illustrated by Greg Pizzoli. FSG, 2016. (ISBN 978-


Hall, Michael. Frankencrayon. Greenwillow, 2016. (ISBN 978-0062252111)

Hood, Susan. Ada's Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay. Illustrated by

Sally Wern Comport. Simon & Schuster, 2016. (ISBN 978-1481430951)

John, Jory. Penguin Problems. Illustrated by Lane Smith. Random House, 2016. (ISBN 978-


Levy, Debbie. I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark. Illustrated by Elizabeth

Baddeley. Simon & Schuster, 2016. (ISBN 978-1481465595)

London, Jonathan. Otters Love to Play. Illustrated by Meilo So. Candlewick, 2016. (ISBN 978-


Tonatiuh, Duncan. The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes. Abrams, 2016.

(ISBN 978-1419721304)

Wenzel, Brendan. They All Saw a Cat. Chronicle, 2016. (ISBN 978-1452150130)

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MMU AP US History Debate

Students in Mr. Angwin's AP US History class had the opportunity to participate in an online formal debate. The question of the debate was: Was the US justified in using the atomic bomb in World War II? This is a formal debate process so the "side" is assigned to the team and does not automatically represent the individual opinion and/or the opinion of the schools represented. It is a chance for students to participate in a formal, intellectual discussion with opportunities to utilize questioning, research, cross-examination and rebuttal techniques. Both groups of scholars were impressive in their research and debate skills, articulate and courteous, but also extremely passionate about the debate.

Click here for video

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MMMUSD-CESU Librarian Finalist in AASL Recognition

Richmond Elementary School librarian Beth Redford has been recognized as a finalist by the American Association of School Librarians for her contributions in using social media to empower student voice. Here's an excerpt from the AASL post (to see the full article click here):

Beth Redford is the Teacher Librarian at Richmond Elementary School, in Richmond, Vermont. She is a regular on Twitter, with both personal and school accounts, and her library blog and Twitter feed include sensational library class happenings and student created book trailers. She even gets her Director of Curriculum, Communication, and Innovation involved! She has connected her students via online videos with students in China. She has also helped 2nd graders create blog posts about their animal research.

You can visit Beth online at any of the below:

@RESVTlibrary | RES Library Media Center News | @bethredford | Theconnectedlibrarian

Congratulations go out to Beth for her dedication to our scholars and contributions to student voice.

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MMMUSD Community Survey  - There's Still Tiime

We want to thank the MMMUSD learning communities for your thoughtful responses to our Community Engagement Survey. We are nearing the end of the survey period and have had an excellent response rate thus far, therefore we wanted to let those that haven't yet know that there's still an opportunity to submit feedback. We will be closing the survey on March 30th.

Click here to visit survey

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