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To the parents, families, and community members of the Missisquoi Valley School District,
It is with profound sadness that we write this letter to let you know that one of our students passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, December 7th. Our heartfelt condolences and thoughts go out to his family and friends during this unimaginable and profoundly sad time.
During this time as the school community processes the tragic news and copes with grief, the school district will offer counseling and bereavement support services to all of our students and staff. Beginning this morning, our colleagues at Northwestern Counseling and Support Services will be available throughout the day to help support students and staff as they process this loss. Additionally, our clinical support team and school counselors will also be available to meet with individuals or groups of students, as needed.
A student death is a difficult and challenging situation that can generate a significant amount of distress for many students. If you feel that your children are having difficulty, we encourage you to discuss their thoughts and feelings to help them work through their grief or concerns. Please also consider monitoring and discussing your children’s communications (social media, phone, e-mails, text messages) to further assess their potential needs.
If you feel that your children need to speak to a counselor or other caring adult, please do not hesitate to call our schools and let us know. Additionally, you should feel free to contact the school (868-7311 ext.144 ) for guidance on how to handle and talk about any grief or concerns that your children may be experiencing. Information is also available on the school’s website at www.mvuschool.org to help your child cope with loss. We have also included links below with information on how best to support those coping with this tragic news.
This is a difficult time for everyone, but we know our students and staff will lean on each other as they fondly remember their classmate. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the school at any time.
MVU Administration, Faculty, and Staff
Tyler Megis (firstname.lastname@example.org ext. 147
Deb Lowe-Murrary (email@example.com) ext. 148
Chris Blackburn (firstname.lastname@example.org) ext. 149
Allison Roy (email@example.com) ext. 257
Ella Attebury (firstname.lastname@example.org) ext. 203
Are you interested in Making Change? Do you want to create a picture of what every student should become in the Missisquoi Valley School District?
Are you looking for an opportunity to share YOUR VOICE in order to make MVSD a place where ALL young people thrive?
We are forming a team of students, educators, and community members that will capture and discuss the thoughts and dreams of the MVSD community. You are invited to join us in the shaping of our future. This is a student-led group with snacks, activities, and FUN after school.
Want to learn more?
JOIN US FOR OUR KICKOFF EVENT
OCTOBER 28TH FROM 3:30-4:30
Location (in-person): MVU, Highgate Elementary, Swanton Elementary, Franklin Central School
Join us virtually Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 848 6949 5603
THERE WILL BE SNACKS AND TONS OF FUN!!
When: May 26, 2021 9am – 3pm
Where: In the MVU GYM
Or make an appointment by phone by calling the Department of Health at 855-722-7878
Monday – Friday, 8:15 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.,
Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
These completed forms are required on clinic day:
If you want your child to participate in a different vaccine site, you can find that information here:
Here is a link to the fact sheet about the vaccine:
What is it?
The benefit provides: A temporary FCC program to help households struggling to afford internet service during the pandemic. For additional information, Call 833-511-0311, or visit fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit
- Up to $50/month discount for broadband service,
- Up to $75/month discount for households on qualifying Tribal lands,
- A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet purchased through a participating provider.
Online Use the online application at GetEmergencyBroadband.org Emergency Broadband Support Center P.O. Box 7081 London, KY 40742 Ask your provider if they participate in the EBB, or use our online tool to find a participating company near you. T
Who is eligible?
A household is eligible if one member of the household:
- Has an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participates in certain government assistance programs
- Receives benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch or breakfast program
- Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year
- Experienced a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020
Participating eligible Internet Providers serving Missisquoi Valley School District homes:
Franklin Telephone Co.
How to Apply:
- Directly contact your provider,
- Use the online application at GetEmergencyBroadband.org
- By mail: Print an application, attached, and send to Emergency Broadband Support Center P.O. Box 7081 London, KY 40742
- Call: 833-511-0311
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.
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.