Northfield Elementary's School Mission for Students
1. Meet or exceed high academic standards in reading, writing, mathematics, science, social studies, physical fitness, the arts and technology.
2. Demonstrate good character through knowledge of positive traits and skills essential to successful academic, professional and personal pursuits.
3. Acquire knowledge and understanding of the world in which they live and demonstrate the skills essential to meaningful participation in a representative democracy.
This is a very important vote for our communities
Merger Would Affect NES Students
The Williamstown and Northfield School Districts are in serious discussions about merging our school systems. A vote on the matter will take place in early May. The merger is expected to increase learning opportunities and efficiency for students in grades K through 12. The pros and cons of such an arrangement will be discussed at an upcoming forum in Northfield. For more information on the merger discussions check out the WSSU website or contact Northfield board representatives Peter Evans and Emily Gray.
The Bridges Afterschool program begins another session on March 13th. The Bridges Advisory Committee met recently and the program is in good shape. Participation levels are the highest they have ever been. The number of NES students served has doubled from its beginning in FY14. The program has recast itself from a day care to an enrichment program that helps with after school care. Programs this session include Spanish, Jungle Art, Dance, NES Musical-Press Start!, Maple Sugaring, Make Your Own Household Products, Science Experiments, Soccer, Running, and a few more. Its finances are pretty good too! This is a program we can be proud of.
Reading Against Racism
On Wednesday, March 22, the Northfield Elementary School will welcome a host of volunteers to read aloud in each classroom. The special occasion? Northfield is becoming one of a number of Central Vermont schools to participate in a program called "Reading to End Racism." Most schools already work on issues of black history and looking at diversity. This one day event is an exicting opportunity for focus on these themes. The program begins with a school-wide assembly and then a trained volunteer is matched with each classroom to explore these topics through a read-a-loud and discussion. Some of the volunteers are even former Northfield teachers! The volunteers plan ahead with the classroom teachers to make the best possible outcome for the class. Having all the students in the school explore aspects of racism and bias on the same day opens the discussion on the way home or over supper. Be prepared if your child comes home with some ideas or questions to discuss. Some of our families may even have had a past connection to this program, it was brought to the Northfield Middle School in 2002. Google "Reading to End Racism" and look at the Northfield News article for Februaray 24th, 2002 to see the names mentioned.
Contact Principal with Concerns + Compliments
If you have a concern about your child please bring it to your child’s teacher attention first. If the matter is not resolved to your satisfaction please contact me, Wayne Howe, principal. You can leave a message with school secretaries Miss Lisa or Miss Sonia and I will get back to you. You can email at email@example.com. Even better, call ahead and make an appointment to stop by and speak with me personally.
Wayne Howe, principal