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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

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Information on Running for the MVSD School Board

Missisquoi Valley School District has one three-year term for a school board director from each town of Swanton, Highgate and Franklin.

In order to run for school board, you must be a legal voter from a town in the Missisquoi Valley School District. For 2021, the requirement to file a petition with signatures has been waived. A candidate needs only to complete a consent of candidate form and return it to Pierrette Bouchard at Missisquoi Valley School District, 100 Robin Hood Drive, Swanton, Vermont 05488 or email to Pierrette.bouchard@mvsdschools.org no later than January 25, 2021 by 5 pm.

A link to the form can be found below.

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The school district will be voting by Australian Ballot on March 2, 2021.

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6th Grade Student Return

11/4/2020

Dear Grade 6 Families;

At the end of September we shared a plan to bring all K-5th grade students back to in-person learning five days a week.  Our schools have been moving through that process and students are being successful.

On October 23rd the Agency of Education updated their Strong and Healthy Start Guidelines for schools.  In that update the physical distancing requirements have changed to allow students in PK-6th grade to be seated at a minimum of 3 feet from one another.  This change will allow us to plan for students in 6th grade to return to in person learning full time.

At this time, Franklin and Highgate schools plan to move 6th grade to full time on November 16th.  Swanton students will return full time the week of December 14th.  Each school has a differing set of circumstances that impacts the timeline for students to return.  The availability of adequate classroom space, appropriate furniture that can be placed 3 feet apart,  and classroom staffing all needed to be considered in the development of this timeline.

Of course this transition depends on the success of maintaining a healthy school community, our ability to adequately staff our school and any changes in requirements form the Vermont Department of Health and Agency of Education.  

Your school will be sharing more specific information with you about this grade 6 transition. We are excited to be able to serve more of our students in our schools full time.  

Respectfully yours,

Julie Regimbal

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MVSD Social-Emotional Learning Guide

The Missisquoi Valley School District (MVSD) continues to build on our commitment to educate every child in a developmentally appropriate and holistic way. To expand on this commitment over the last 12 months, MVSD convened a district-wide team of educators from all member schools to create a Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 framework that addresses the social and emotional learning skills that every child, adolescent, and adult should obtain during their time at MVSD. 

This framework will support every child to become curious, engaged, and respectful members of their classrooms, as well as productive members of our community as they enter adulthood. This comprehensive guide focuses on the personal and social ways that all students can achieve success, while assisting our educational professionals in creating, developing, and implementing strategies that promote this development. During our summer in-service faculty and staff were provided training and professional development on the various ways that we can foster social-emotional learning in our classrooms and will continue to be provided coaching and guidance in order to enhance this work in the months and years to come. 

As this guide is the first of its kind in Vermont, we are excited to not only share this with our MVSD students and families, but also to share information about the great work taking place in our district with other schools communities across the state. If you have any questions or thoughts about this guide, please feel free to contact MVU Director of Student Affairs Steve Messier, at 868-7311 or by email at steve.messier@mvsdschools.org