Williston Schools /September 20, 2017

A Message from the Administration

By Jacqueline Parks, WCS Principal

Good People, Good Citizens and Good Learners

WCS is off to a great start in the midst of the renovation work! As part of our regular foundational work with students, teachers are focusing on teaching routines and expectations across the different settings in the school. All of our expectations are framed around SMART behaviors and all of our SMART behaviors flow from the mantra of being a “good person, good citizen and good learner.”

SMART behaviors stand for: Safe, Mindful, Accepting, Respectful and Truthful. SMART behavioral expectations help the school run smoothly and with predictability for our students.

All WCS students attended a Wildcat Expectations assembly during the first week of school. The link to the slide show will be available on our new website. This was our first opportunity during the year to educate students on what SMART behaviors look like in the school and we spent time providing education around bullying, harassment and hazing.

Other amazing opportunities have already taken place at WCS too! Some teams attended a special assembly titled NameTags with Chris Waddell which focused on persevering through challenges and setting goals. Chris is an American Paralympic sit-skier and wheelchair track athlete. He was injured in a ski accident while attending Middlebury College. His inspirational story focuses on the idea that “It’s not what happens to you, it’s what you do with what happens to you!”

All middle school teams attended a Connecting Youth assembly featuring Jared Campbell, a singer and songwriter, that focused on kindness and contributing good to the world through small actions. He shared many personal stories of middle school students across the country that have experienced unkind behavior from others. He talked about the power of the bystanders and how to use that power to take care of each other.

Finally, in the spirit of being a good citizen of the world, many students and staff expressed a desire to support the hurricane victims in Texas and Florida. After a collaborative brainstorm, WCS kicked off a house-based change challenge which will run for two weeks. Students are encouraged to bring in loose change and put it in their team’s container. Half the proceeds will go to Belle Terre Elementary School in Florida. This is an elementary school that has been damaged and where Vanessa Munt, Margaret Munt’s daughter teaches. The other half will go to All Breed Dog Rescue in Williston which has already been in Texas and brought back dogs to be adopted. All dogs were surrendered by their owners and already in shelters that needed to be emptied out.

All and all, it has been a great start to the year! Thanks for your support!

Grades 5-8 Curriculum Night/Learning Expo

WCS, 5th -8th Grade Curriculum Night and Learning Expo has been moved from Thursday, 9/28, to Wednesday, 9/27, 6:30pm

Child care is available. Click here to sign up.

Fall Fest & Community Breakfast

Please join us at WCS on Oct. 7th from 8:30-10:30am!

Pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, fruit, coffee, & juice for breakfast!

Music! Touch-A-Truck! Crafts!

Adults $8 / Seniors $6

Students $5

Under 4 FREE

Williston Central School Procedures and Practices

Please read the procedures and practices linked here in order to help us create the best learning environment for your children.

Way to Go - Ride the bus, walk, bike/roll, or carpool

Way to Go is designed to get EVERYONE at school (students and staff) out of private cars and practicing healthier and more efficient travel choices. Ride the bus, walk, bike/roll, or carpool (with more than one family)

Allen Brook School will participate on Friday, September 29, 2017!

Will you please ride the bus, walk, bike/roll or carpool with more than just your family to school on that day (really any day would help reduce ​carbon pollution and help make cleaner air for everyone)?

Several school teachers/staff will be at TWO Williston locations (*Coyote Lane and Talcott Road) on 9/29 at 7:30 a.m. ready to meet you and will begin walking to school at 7:40 a.m. and again in the afternoon leaving school at 2:40 and arriving to meet a parent about 3 p.m.

*Coyote Lane where it meets the bike path and Talcott Road at the bench/entrance to the plaza at Cornerstone Drive.

Recommendations for outdoor school activities from the Health Office

This applies when students go on outdoor field trips to hike, camp, have a day of fun at the beach, outdoor classrooms, “Forest Fridays”, “Monday in the Woods” … etc.

· It is best to send children in long sleeves and long pants especially for activities that take place in the woods. This will help keep mosquitoes and ticks at bay, especially if pants can be tucked into socks.

· Bug / Tick repellent of your choice, applied at your home, is also recommended, but not required. Please, note that bug spray should be applied at home and not brought to school in student’s backpacks.

· We recommend that you check your child for ticks as soon as they get home after time outdoors.

SPARK Enrichment After School ~ Session 1

The 1st session of Spark Enrichment, an after-school applied learning program for students in grades 5-8, takes place from September 21 - October 19. These small group classes will be facilitated by school faculty and staff. Please access the link to the sign-up form below by September 19th. Read more.

Sign-up form

Continental Mathematics League 2017-2018

Registration deadline for grades 3-8 is September 22nd

(Registration for grade 2 will be announced in October.)

Continental Math Online Registration 2017-2018

Grade 4-8 Meet dates:

November 15, December 20, January 17, February 14 & March 14

Grade 3 Meet dates:

January 17, February 14 & March 14

The Enrichment Program administers the Continental Mathematics League (CML) for motivated students seeking an additional math challenge. Interested students in Grades 2-8 participate in the Euclidean Division, which means “students participating require average reading comprehension and analytical reasoning capabilities. Their computational skill should be appropriate to their grade level.”

Click here for more information.

Intergen Reading Program / A Monthly Book Group

What is it? FAP teams up with the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library to sponsor a fun book group that brings together WCS middle school students, seniors from our community and parent volunteers. Each book group will read and discuss 5 books over the course of the school year.

When? The program will kick-off in October with a “Get Acquainted” luncheon. The book groups will then meet during school hours once a month through April to discuss books in a relaxed and fun setting.

If your 5th-8th grade child is interested in being considered for this program, please register by Wednesday, September 20th using this online link:

if you have questions, please contact Karen

Hannaford Helps Schools

For every 4 qualifying Hannaford Helps Schools items that a customer buys at any Hannaford, they will receive a printout for 3 school dollars at the register. This means that:

  • 4 products purchased = 3 school dollars
  • 8 products purchased = 6 school dollars
  • 12 products purchased = 9 school dollars
  • 16 products purchased = 12 school dollars

Note: All products must be purchased in a single transaction.

Customers who earn a school dollars printout at the register with their qualifying purchases will place the printout in the appropriate slot for their local school in the Hannaford Helps Schools collection tower, located at the front of the store that their school is registered with. Your school will receive a check next spring for the total number of school dollars that were inserted into your school's slot. Additionally, Hannaford will donate $1,000 to the school that earns the most school dollars at each store!
Program Information


As a member of Hannaford Helps Schools, you are eligible to participate in a special promotion brought to you by TerraCycle®, Tom's of Maine®, and Hannaford®.

Between September 1st and November 28, your school has the opportunity to win an outdoor garden made from 100% recycled waste! The participating school that gets the most votes will win the Grand Prize.

Click here for more information

WCS 3rd/4th Grade Chorus


  • Wednesdays after school, 3:00-4:00.

  • Rehearsals begin on Wednesday, September 20th.

  • The first two rehearsals are “open.” Students can come to check it out with no obligation.

  • Starting Wednesday, October 4th, students need to make a final decision to be a chorus member or not. Chorus members must attend all rehearsals. (Absences from school are excused.) Non-members are not permitted to attend rehearsals.


  • WCS Chorus room (Mrs. T-H’s and Ms. Kennedy’s music room)

  • Students should bring a snack to eat between school dismissal and the start of chorus rehearsal. No food is permitted in the rehearsal room. Only water is permitted.

  • There is a 4:30 activity bus available to take students home.

Other Information:

  • The 3rd/4th grade chorus will give performances in early February and in early June.

  • The chorus sings a variety of music from different time periods, cultures, and styles. The students will be singing in different languages, meters and tonalities. The songs range in level of difficulty.

  • No audition- just a love for singing!

  • No cost.

Click here for info on the Remind app for Chorus updates

Please contact me with any questions or concerns.

Danielle Trasciatti-Holmberg (Mrs. T-H)

How can I join the band program at WCS?

Job Openings in Williston Schools


Williston Schools are seeking energetic paraprofessionals to join our Special Education team. We are looking for skilled, caring individuals to provide support for individual and small groups of students in academic areas, personal development/behavior, and social cognition. Candidates will be an advocate of inclusive education, problem-solver and strong collaborator, and a positive team member. Ability to promote child growth and foster independence and a willingness to learn are essential. Please note that lifting may be a requirement of this job. If interested please email

Bus Aide

Allen Brook School is seeking an energetic paraprofessional to ride the bus with students in the Early Ed. program (M, W, & Th 10:45 - 11:45 and Tues. 10:15 - 11:15).

If interested please email

Food Service Subs

Join our Food Service Team.

Flexible hours, Training provided, Fun and Friendly atmosphere.

Pick up an application at WCS or ABS

Contact Scott Wagner (871-6198 / if you have any questions.

School Handbook

The school handbook has been updated for 2017-18.

More Links, More information

Upcoming Events

Wed. Sept. 27 / gr. 5-8 Curriculum Night & Learning Expo / 6:30 pm / WCS

Sat. Oct 7 / Fall Festival

Wed. Oct. 11 / Four Winds Training / 8:30-10:30 am / ABS Cafeteria

Thurs. Oct. 12 / FAPAC Mtg. / 8:15 -10 am / WCS Dining Room

Mon. Oct. 16 / Beginner Band Demo / 11 am -11:40 am / WCS Auditorium

Tues. Oct. 17 / CVSD Board Mtg. / 6-8 pm / CVUHS rm. 160

Wed. Oct. 18 / Equinox Open house/breakfast / 7-8 am

Wed. Nov. 1 / Intergen Reading Program / noon -1:30 pm / DAML Library

Click here for athletics
Upcoming Events on the School Web Calendar

Tuesday Early Dismissal Times

Every Tuesday Williston School District students will be dismissed early.
Dismissal at Allen Brook School will be at 1:35.
Dismissal at Williston Central School will be at 1:55.

The schedule for Preschool on Tuesdays will be altered. Morning classes will be from 8:00 to 10:15, and afternoon classes will be from 11:15 to 1:30.