Williston School District / December 10, 2014

A Message from the Administration

by John Terko, ABS Building Principal

I can’t believe we are nearing the end of 2014. It seems that every year goes by faster than the ever. I take this time to write about a few reminders that benefit you and the school.

Winter storms always provide a challenge for our buses. There are times that we need to shut down the hills due to ice. When this occurs, we will send a connect 5 phone call to those parents that are affected. Usually, the call will come around 6:30 am. When school is closed, check our web site, watch local news as the ticker runs closings early in the morning or call the school as we try to get an update on our answering machine.

It is our intent to stay open but safety of our children is first and foremost.

With winter comes cold temperatures and hopefully lots of snow. Please make sure your child comes to school with proper clothing. If the temperatures go below zero

we will have indoor recess. We do live in Vermont and kids need fresh air but zero is our limit. In addition to boots for recess, please be sure students have shoes to wear inside. Read more...

New K-4 Report Card

What are the benefits of the new K-4 report card for students and parents? This article is the second in a three part series about improvements and changes in the new K-4 report card. Each of the three newsletter articles will describe new aspects of the K-4 reporting system. In a previous newsletter, the first article explained a change in the times you will receive the report card and the chart below was enclosed.

Dates for the K-4 Reporting Periods:

Fall Parent Conferences / Based on teacher schedule – around Oct. 17

January Report Cards / 1st report card sent home on January 23rd

Spring Parent Conferences / Based on teacher schedule-Around March 23rd

June Report Cards / 2nd report card sent home last day of school

This article focuses on standards, grading and new, detailed guides teachers will use to accurately report your child’s progress. Continue Reading

School Messages - missed calls

Williston School District often sends out phone (and email) messages to families with changes (such as after school cancellations and bus route updates) and notices about important events. If you miss the call, please take the time to listen to the voice message or view the email message before calling school.


You might ask why we are talking about taxes in the School Bell. Well here is why. Parents have an opportunity to make a tax deductible contribution to the Williston Annual Fund and we didn’t want December 31st to come and go without this little reminder. If you have not yet made your tax deductible contribution to the Annual Fund to pay for your child’s or children’s field trips, please do that ASAP by clicking HERE for the online option or HERE for access to a form to print out and send in to the House T.A. Any amount is appreciated to cover the cost of field trips. And a big thank you from FAP!!

Learn to Ski or Ride Program Cochrans


New this year! Informational/Registration Night. This year’s registration will begin with an Informational/Registration Night on Tuesday, December 16 at 6:00pm at the Williston Central School Auditorium. This will be for all new and old participants who wish to register for this year’s program. Come meet the staff and hear what is new. If you are not able to make this night, registration will continue until filled, but participants at the meeting receive first priority.

In the Learn to Ski & Ride Program the emphasis will be on learning to downhill ski or snowboard through weekly lessons. The program is primarily for the participant that wishes to learn or improve on their skills. All participants will take one (1) hour weekly lessons and then be provided an hour of free skiing to practice what they have learned.

The program will meet for nine (9) Fridays- Jan. 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20, Mar. 6, 13, 20. (This schedule will be weather dependent). The program will be from 1:30-5:15pm- this includes from dismissal time to arrival time back to the Williston Central School. Lessons will be 2:15-3:15pm and free ski from 3:20-4:20pm.

Click here for more information.

Restaurant gift certificates benefit WSD

WCS has been partnering with the Texas Roadhouse in many ways this year. They provided our students with bookmarks at the Scholastic Book Fair and gave us student acknowledgement certificates that include a free children's meal with an adult purchase.

They also have provided free salad and rolls for several faculty lunches, including the FAPAC sponsored "Welcome Back" lunch in August. We want to thank them for all their support.

Our partnership continues with the sale of Texas Roadhouse gift certificates at the WCS front office between now and December 15th. You can purchase a gift certificate in any amount and a percentage of the proceeds will return to our PBiS committee. The PBiS committee focuses on school climate and expectations. Please consider purchasing a gift certificate before December 15th and it will be sent home to you later that week.

Educational Alliance Math & Science Grant

WCS would like to thank our local Jolley ShortStop for awarding us a generous 2014 Educational Alliance Math & Science Grant. The grant money will be used to support our science program as we continue to transition to the Next Generation Science Standards.

Hannaford Helps School program

The 2014 Hannaford Helps Schools program came to an end on Saturday, December 6. All collected school dollars MUST be turned in to the Hannaford store where your school is registered.

5K Run/Walk & Kids Fun Run

SAVE THE DATE! Saturday May 16, 2015

Please consider being a Fun Run Sponsor!

Lots of Sponsorship Opportunities now available

For more information please contact Sue Scheer at

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School Counseling Department

Services, resources, Counselors' Tips for families, programs, etc.

Athletics link

Williston School District Physical Education Department

Health Office Links

WCS: 871-6170, 871-6171 / Lisa LePrevost, RN, Carol Albertelli, RN / ABS: 871-6248 / Sylvia Love, RN

Health Office

It's not too late to get your flu shot! Read more

Got Scoliosis? You're not alone!!

Strep throat is a common type of sore throat in children, but it's not very common in adults. Healthcare professionals can do a quick test to determine if a sore throat is strep throat and decide if antibiotics are needed. Proper treatment can help you feel better faster and prevent spreading it to others!

People with strep throat should stay home from work, school, or daycare until they have taken antibiotics for at least 24 hours so they don't spread the infection to others.

Enterovirus and Ebola links

Upcoming Events

Voyager Family Night / Postponed / 6:30-8:30 pm
FAPAC Mtg. / Thurs. Dec. 11 / 8:15 am / WCS Dining Room
CY Mentoring Open House
/Thurs. Dec. 11 / 3-5:30 pm / WCS
World Language Open House / Tues. Dec. 16 / 7:15-8 am
Horizon Bake Sale / Tues. Dec. 16 / 11:30am- 1:15; 3 pm
Ski or Ride Registration/Info / Tues. Dec. 16 / 6 pm / WCS Auditorium
WCS 5-8 Concerts /
Thurs. Dec. 18 / 5:30 pm and 7:00 pm / WCS Auditorium
/ Mon. Dec. 22 - Fri. Jan. 2
Intergen Meetings / Wed. Jan. 7 / gr. 7/8: 11:35 am; Gr. 5/6: 12:30 pm / WCS Lobby
School Dance / Fri. Jan. 9 / 6:30-8:30 pm / WCS
4 Winds Training / Wed. Jan. 14 / 8-10:30 am / WCS Dining Room
St. George School Board Mtg.
/ Wed. Jan. 14 / 5:30-7:30 pm. / WCS Dining Room
NO SCHOOL / Mon. Jan. 19

School Board Budget Mtg. / Thurs. Jan. 22 / 4:30-6:30 pm /

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More Upcoming Events on the School Web Calendar

Check out upcoming school events and dates on the School website Calendar!

Lunch Menu

The December menu is now available

Dorothy Alling Memorial Library Programs for Kids

Click here to access the DAML web site listing of events.
Click here for the Bell listing of DAML events scheduled for children.

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