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MVSD Portrait of a Graduate Series

The MVSD is creating our Portrait of a Graduate. Julie Regimbal, MVSD Superintendent, explains this as coming together as a district to create “A shared set of values that you can carry around with you…like the lens through which we see everything.”


To do this, a team of 14 students and 13 adults have started the process! This team is representative of our towns (Swanton, Mississqoi, Highgate) and people who hold a mix of roles within our district (students, parents, teachers, administrators, School Board members). 


Ms. Regimbal further explains why she believes in this process: “I could just sit down and pick out things that I think are important, maybe share them with a few other principals…and we could come up with something, but it wouldn’t be meaningful, the process itself, and the fact that there’s such student voice in this process, then that makes it all the more powerful.”

The team has been meeting on zoom to lay the groundwork for what this work will look like, how we will be engaging our community together to shape these values. Stay Tuned! Here is Update 1, A conversation between 2 MVSD students, Lily Berard and Grace Cadieux, and Julie Regimbal.

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Swanton Principal Selected

MVSD is pleased to announce that Mr. Christopher Dodge has been selected as the new Principal of Swanton Elementary School.

Mr. Dodge has been a full-time elementary school administrator for 16 years.  Prior to becoming a principal, he taught second, third and fourth grade, art, and served as a school counselor for two years. Mr. Dodge is a lifelong Vermonter who enjoys spending time outside kayaking, gardening and taking long walks with his three-year-old 140-pound Bernese Mountain Dog, Jackson (named after the artist Jackson Pollock). He finds joy in making pottery and doing photography, as well as writing children’s books. Mr. Dodge’s experience as a principal and teacher will serve him well as he begins his new role starting July 1st, 2021.

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MVU Return to Hybrid Learning

Dear MVU Families; 

As you know, on 3/11/21 MVU announced that we would be moving to remote learning for up to 28 days as a result of multiple outbreaks of COVID-19 in our MVU school community.  This was a very difficult decision to make, but one that was considered necessary given the large number of cases and close contacts who needed to quarantine.  

We are now approaching the 14 day mark after the last group of cases who were in school while infectious.  After reviewing the current case data and in consultation with the Vermont Department of Health, MVU will be returning to our Hybrid Instruction Model on Friday, March 26th.  

Franklin County still has a high positivity rate of approximately 5%.  We do expect that there will continue to be positive cases in our schools.  When that occurs we will continue to work with the Department of Health to identify close contacts and make decisions about instruction and programming.  We must continue to be vigilant in following our COVID-19 protocols and guidelines until our community no longer has a high rate of positive cases.

It is our belief that we will be able to educate our students safely in a Hybrid Model while there continues to be a high level of virus in our community.  We look forward to the time when there is less virus in our county, state guidelines begin to loosen, and we can begin the process of bringing students back to more in person learning at MVU.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at julie.regimbal@mvsdschools.org.

Many thanks,

Julie Regimbal

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Two 2021-22 School Leaders of the Year from MVSD!

The Vermont Principals’ Association (VPA) is pleased to announce the 2021-22 School Leaders of the Year. These leaders will be honored at the VPA Leadership Academy awards banquet on August 3rd, 2021 at the Stoweflake Resort.

The honorees were selected by the Executive Council of the VPA.

The Henry Giaguque Vermont Elementary Principal of the year is Dena St. Amour. Ms.
St. Amour is the principal of the Swanton Elementary School.

The John Winton Vermont Middle Level Principal of the year is Daniel Palmer. Mr. Palmer is the principal of Missisquoi Valley Middle School in Swanton, VT.

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Elementary School Choice

March 1, 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians of Missisquoi Valley School District Students;

The purpose of this letter is to inform you about the MVSD Elementary School Choice Program.  As of July 1, 2019, Franklin Northwest Supervisory Union became the unified Missisquoi Valley School District.  As a single school district with four schools we are allowed some flexibility in where students can be enrolled.

The school board has determined that they will allow a limited number of students to transfer from one elementary school into another of the three participating elementary schools in our district, providing there is room.  Once accepted, the student is able to attend the receiving school through the end of grade 6.  It is important to note that, unless available, transportation is not provided.

If you are interested in having your child take part in the program, please complete and submit your application form by April 1, 2021.  You may also call and request a copy from the superintendent’s office at 802-868-4967.

Download Application Form

Although we hope to notify families by May 30th, due to COVID restrictions and what they may look like in the fall of 2021, we may not have a clear understanding of school capacity until much later.  We will notify interested families of capacity as soon as we can be assured of conditions. 

If more than the allowable number of students apply and there are limited openings, a lottery system will be used to determine the students who may transfer. 

Sincerely,

Julie Regimbal

Superintendent of Schools