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Student Loss

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.

Sincerely,

MVU Administration, Faculty, and Staff

Tyler Megis (tyler.meigs@mvsdschools.org  ext. 147
Deb Lowe-Murrary (deborah.lowe-murray@mvsdschools.org) ext. 148
Chris Blackburn (christopher.blackburn@mvsdschools.org) ext. 149
Allison Roy (allison.roy@mvsdschools.org) ext. 257
Ella Attebury (ella.attebury@mvsdschools.org) ext. 203

Some Resources:
What a Grieving Child Needs
Helping Teens Cope
Helping Children Cope with Loss

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Portrait of a Graduate Kickoff Event!

change makerAre 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
OR
Join us virtually Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84869495603

Meeting ID: 848 6949 5603

THERE WILL BE SNACKS AND TONS OF FUN!!

QUESTIONS? please contact MVSD After School Programs Director, Beth Ann Miller (bethann.miller@mvsdschools.org)  or Director of Curriculum, Kosha Patel (kosha.patel@mvsdschools.org

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MVU COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

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:

List of COVID Vaccine clinics for students 12-15 years old

Here is a link to the fact sheet about the vaccine:

FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers

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Emergency Broadband Benefit program now open – May 12, 2021

What is it?

broadband

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
  • or
  • 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.
Consolidated Communications
Comcast  

How to Apply:

  1. Directly contact your provider,
  2. Use the online application at GetEmergencyBroadband.org
  3. By mail: Print an application, attached, and send to Emergency Broadband Support Center P.O. Box 7081 London, KY 40742
  4. Call: 833-511-0311

EBB_Application_Form_english.pdf EBB_Application_Form_SPANISH.pdf Infographic-EBB.pdf 

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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