Williston School District /April 29, 2015

A Message from the Administration

Faculty Changes

by John Terko

It finally made it — spring has arrived! This has been a long tough winter. I hope everyone enjoyed the April break, and we are back for the final stretch.

We have some changes next year as we have a number of people retiring after years of outstanding service. I will list below the people retiring (and their replacement if it is finalized).

Library – Karen Hennig – No replacement yet

Math Intervention – Kathy Rossier – Jean Sequeira

Literacy Intervention – Joan Beato – Cara Medved

Physical Education – Jenn Oakes – Dustin King

Physical Education – Pat Bannerman – Pending Board Approval

Nurse – Sue Leister – Maria Harlow

District Principal – Walter Nardelli – Greg Marino

Special Education at ABS – Marsi Foster – No replacement yet

Mosaic ¾ opening – No replacement yet

ABS Math intervention .5 ­– Lindsay Fisher

ABS Behavior Specialist – No hire yet

Athletic Director – No replacement yet

Reading Recovery – Lorraine Vorse – No replacement yet

Tech Ed – Mike Thomas – No replacement yet

Many of the retiring professionals have dedicated years to the Williston School District. Their work ethic and content knowledge has touched many students in their efforts to prepare them for life. Teachers have a huge impact on young lives and each and every person above has done just that. We wish them health and happiness in the years ahead and we thank you for all you have done for the students and families you have come in contact with. You will be missed!

Welcome Greg Marino Thurs. April 30

Please join the Williston school community in welcoming our new District Principal, Greg Marino. Greg is a Williston resident and has been serving as the Charlotte Central School Principal for five years. A welcome reception will be held on April 30th, 2015 from 4:15 to 5:15 PM in the WCS dining room. Williston parents and community members are encouraged to come and meet our new District Principal.

2015 Graduation Planning Meeting Kick-Off

Calling all 8th grade parents interested in making this year’s graduation a special occasion for all. If you would like to be a part of the Graduation Planning Committee please mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 29th from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM and join Principal Jackie Parks in the WCS dining room for the first 2015 Graduation planning meeting. If you have questions please email Jackie Parks,

Important Dates to Note

8th Grade Graduation - Thursday, June 11th, 6:30

Last Student day - Tuesday, June 16th, half day


Click here for the FAP home page and meeting minutes.

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Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week: May 11–15, 2015

Let’s make sure the teachers and staff knows we appreciate them for the Heroes they are!

We will need your help to make this a SUPER week for everyone!

Dessert Day is set for Friday, May 15th – This is when families bring dessert treats in at each school and every school employee goes home with one to enjoy!!! It’s a favorite event for that week. Here is the SIGN UP LINK.

Be on the lookout in the Bell and your email next week for more about Appreciation Week!

WillistonRuns! for Education 5K & Kids Fun Run

WillistonRuns! for Education

WillistonRuns! is right around the corner on Saturday, May 16th and we are on track for our most successful year ever. We are pleased to announce that New England Federal Credit Union has signed on as a gold medal sponsor for the event! The Williston community is rallying behind our schools and our kids. You can preregister as an individual runner, a team or a walker online at:

Our need for volunteers is urgent. We need volunteers for set up, clean up and everything in between. Last year this event raised close to $2700 for the Williston FAP; this year we hope to raise even more but we need your help! Click on the website link below and review the volunteer page to see how you can help:

Sign up, sign in and let’s get moving Williston!

8th Grade Challenge Collection for Vt. Refugee Resettlement

My name is Prince Yodishembo and I am doing immigration for my 8th grade challenge. For my community connection I presented to some of the houses in the school about my immigration journey. Now for the second part of my community connection I would like to have a donation drive for the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program. The donations needed for the donation drive are any winter gear (boots, hats, mittens, scarves, etc.) that your family doesn't need anymore or that don't fit you or your children. Thank you in advance for all the donations. You can find a box at the front office of WCS or ABS.

Part 2 After School, Summer, Vacation Camp Program Link

A state-licensed child care program that provides a safe, engaging, and fun environment. Snacks, games, art, free choice, and clubs that link reading, writing, math, inquiry, problem solving with social & emotional components.

Play Ultimate Frisbee!

Who: Any WCS 5th-8th Graders

Where: Meet on the WCS playground field

When: This Thursday, April 30th and then on Fridays the following weeks in May from 3:00-4:30. Bring a friend!

What do I need? Bring cleats if you have them, if not, wear sneakers. Bring a frisbee if possible. 175 gram Discraft are the standard for Ultimate.

How: Complete the four WCS Athletic Forms (available in school or the WCS website) and bring them with you to your first practice.

Why: The Ultimate Club has been organized by CVU senior, Jack Carnahan, as part of his grad challenge. Ultimate Frisbee is now a varsity sport around Vermont, with a strong team at CVU! Jack is helping develop the middle school level as well.

Attention Beginning World Language Parents (mostly 6th graders)

You are invited to a Multicultural Celebration & International Food Tasting Pot Luck

Tuesday May 12th 6:00-7:30pm, in the WCS Cafeteria

Come celebrate and enjoy our multicultural community with student work and foods from many countries.

8th graders interested in CVU THEATRE

For planning purposes: 8th graders who are interested in participating in the FALL Musical at CVU - There will be a Theatre Program Meeting at CVU on Wednesday, May 20th from 3:15 to 3:45. INCOMING FRESHMEN ARE VERY WELCOME TO ATTEND. The title of the CVU Musical will be announced and you’ll also receive Audition information as well. Auditions will be held in mid August, so it will be important to get all of the Audition information before next school year. Eighth graders who are considering participating in next year’s Fall Musical please plan to attend this meeting at CVU in the CVU Theatre.

Voyager Water Bottle Sales

Voyager House 5th & 6th grade students spent many months studying the issue, “Bottled Water”. As a result of our work, we decided to design a logo, order reusable water bottles, and sell them at cost, in order to reduce the use of single use plastic bottled water.

$6 for a Camelbak Podium 24 oz water bottle

Order forms are in front office of WCS & ABS, contact to order or send in payment and form (click here for form).

Thank you!

Connecting Youth Lead by Example

April is Alcohol Awareness Month and Connecting Youth wants to help parents understand that they are ESSENTIAL in preventing underage drinking. Here are some tips for how parents can

LEAD BY EXAMPLE and be positive role models for their teens.

Click here for the complete flyer.

Health Office


OFFERED by SHAC (Student Health Action Committee)

WHEN: Mondays and Wednesdays May 4th to May 27th

TIME: 3 – 4:30 pm after school (rain or shine)

WHERE: WCS – meet in the outer office of the Health Office

WHO IS SHAC? A group of caring staff members who are dedicated to helping students make healthy choices about nutrition and exercise. Our mission is to promote a healthier life style that will last a life time. The group consists of Lisa LePrevost, School Nurse, Shannon Dugger, School Counselor, Kim McMahon, FACS teacher, Sarah Klionsky, SAP Counselor, and Nadine Paffett-Lugassy, Planning Room Specialist

During the month of May, SHAC will offer an opportunity for all students in grades 6-8 to exercise by walking after school. The group will meet at 3pm in the Health Office at WCS. The club will start off with a healthy snack and taste testing. A nutrition topic will be discussed during the first 30 minutes. After snack, the group will use pedometers to track their walking progress. We will have a walk and talk discussion as well. Incentives and rewards will be offered. The last session will be a celebration of our accomplishments!

If interested, please contact Lisa LePrevost,RN in the WCS Health Office at 871-6170. Feel free to call with questions! Permission slips will be given to interested students.

Health Office Links

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

Athletics link

Williston School District Physical Education Department

Upcoming Events

Graduation Planning / Wed. April 29 / 6:30 -7:30 pm / WCS Dining room

Welcome Greg Marino / Thur. April 30 / 4:15-5:15 / WCS Dining room

8th Grade NECAP testing / May 5, 6

School Dance / Fri. May 8 / WCS

Multicultural Festival / Tues. May 12 / 6-7:30 pm / WCS Cafeteria

CSSU Jazz Night / Thur. May 14 / 6-9 pm /

School Board Mtg. / Tue. May 19 / 7-9 pm / CVUHS

ABS Art Show / Wed. May 20 / 6-8 pm / ABS

Spring Concerts / Thur. May 21 / WCS\

No School / Mon. May 25

Sterling Open House / Thur. May 28 / 5:30-7 pm

Harbor 8th gr. Challenge/DC Mtg / Thur. May 28 / 6-8 pm
Click here for athletics

More Upcoming Events on the School Web Calendar

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

Recreation & Parks Dept. Program Information

Click above to link to the Williston Rec. department web site

Ski Equipment Returns

If you borrowed equipment for the Ski and Snowboard Program this Winter there will be two times to return it. They will be this Thursday April 30th, 7:30-8:30am and 2:30-3:30pm. These are before and after school hours. A Rec Staff person will be at the school to collect and check off the borrowed equipment. You or your child can bring the equipment in and to the equipment room. The staff person will be upstairs in the equipment room and you can bring it up to be checked off. Equipment drop off is at the Williston Central School.

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.

Click here for the DAML newsletters.

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