News & updates

News & updates


Brookfield Students Practice "12 Days of Kindness"

Actually, the students, teachers, and staff at the Brookfield are kind to one another all year round. However, the fun of the winter holiday season was kicked off this month with a school-wide community celebration under the banner of “The Twelve Days of Kindness!”

From Thursday until our last day leading up to the holiday break, staff and students will focus on specific ways to act kindly to one another in honor of the season of giving. No gift is more precious or more uplifting than to experience the joy of making others feel valued through acts of kindness and caring. The irony of the whole thing...one might even call it a best kept secret...is that most people feel a special joy by "giving" that they don't necessarily feel by "getting."

Please ask your child to tell you about what acts of kindness we're practicing at school during the "12 Days of Kindness". Chiming in at home will really help the increase the fun, and the learning will be even more meaningful.

Braintree Students Blast Off
Students in Braintree Elementary School's 4th, 5th & 6th grade traveled to Rutland recently to learn about chromatography. Students were able to make straw rockets and then launched them outside. Such a wonderful learning opportunity for students and you can just hear the excitement as the rockets go up!
Thanks to Marie Herow for recording this wonderful experience. Click here to watch video.
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Firefighers Visit Randolph Elementaryfiremen

Students at Randolph Elementary school got a visit recently from two firefighters who came to talk to the 1st and 2nd graders about fire safety. John Moniz and Tyler Mitchell, who serve together on the Burlington Fire Department discussed fire safety, the importance of practicing fire drills at home, and having a designated meeting place outside.

They showed the students all the parts of their gear, and showed them what it sounds like when they are breathing air. They also turned off the lights and showed the students what they do when they are searching a house to find people.hinman

RES Students Explore Nature in Beautiful Setting
Students in Mrs. Hinman and Ms. Van Houten's classes traveled to the Marsh Billings forest in Woodstock recently for a day of hiking, exploring, and learning about biodiversity, succession, and decomposition.

It was a perfect fall day, and the students had a wonderful time.

Randolph Elementary Students Hike Cardigan

cardiganStudents in Ms. Garrett's and Ms. Skolnick's classes strapped on their backpacks and hiking shoes and trekked 1.5 miles (and about 2400 feet!) to the top of Cardigan Mountain this fall.

On the way to the top, students made observations and worked on their science journals.

The classes had a wonderful day for a hike...the sun was shining, it was uncharacteristically warm for September, and the views were terrific.

Braintree School Earns PBIS Merit Awardreaders
Braintree Elementary School has been notified that it’s received the Vermont Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports (PBIS) Merit award for the 2016-2017 school year.

The award is based on the implementation of a universal PBIS system along with using a problem solving framework to improve student outcomes.
Vermont Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (VTPBiS) is a state-wide effort designed to help school teams form a proactive, school-wide, systems approach to improving social and academic competence for all students.

Congratulations to the students, staff, faculty, administration, and families who’ve worked so hard to make this happen.

Community Read Aloud Enjoyed by Allcommunity read aloud

Elementary students, teachers, families, and friends gathered in downtown Randolph recently for a community read-aloud.

Various members of the community - editors, cooks, law enforcement, postal workers, firemen, and more - were stationed throughout the town in spots such as the library, Chandler, post office, gazebo, storefronts and more, and each read to a variety of books and stories to for all to enjoy. All families were able to enjoy a story of their choice and then switch every 20 minutes to a new location. At the gazebo, ice cream cones were available and children signed up to receive a free book. It was a wonderful family event, and the weather couldn't have been better.

Students Explore "Goldsworthy Art"goldsworthy

Braintree 4th - 6th graders began the year with a mini-unit on artist Andy Goldsworthy.  Goldsworthy is known for his "on location" works of art, using only materials from nature.
During their first week of school, students headed outside and let their creative juices flow. And the results: incredible!
We invite you to come check out our "photo gallery" in the hallway!

If parents or grandparents want to get in on the fun, we encourage you to create some 'Goldsworthy art' of your own at home, take a photo and email it to jjacobs@orangesouthwest.org