Williston Schools /December 6, 2017

A Message from the Administration

ABS Wind Turbine

by John Terko, Allen Brook School Principal

I am sure that some of you have noticed that the wind turbine at Allen Brook is gone. Over the Thanksgiving break, one of the blades came off the turbine head. This caused the turbine to wobble, and eventually a wire broke and it collapsed to the ground. The location was far enough from the school for safety reasons, and I am thankful that it did happen over the break when school was out.

I’ll give you a little history on the turbine and how it came to Allen Brook. Back in 2009, the school had a theme week around “sustainability”. We had many programs set up for the week on the topic of saving the earth. We had an electric car, electric lawn mowers and much more.

Doug Kievit-Kylar of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation came and did a presentation. At the end of the day he approached me and asked, “is it always this windy here?”. I said yes, everyday we get a fair amount of wind. He suggested that I look into wind power as there are grants out there to help provide financial assistance. I found two that would work for our school, each for $10,000. Within a couple of months of submitting the grant applications, we were awarded both grants. I approached Earth Turbines here in Williston and asked for their support. A site visit was done and Dave Blittersdorf said this was a perfect spot for one. They brought the cost down and we were $4,000 dollars short. The school board at the time felt that this was a worthy project and they kicked in the remaining amount.

In the summer of 2010, we began work on erecting our turbine. It was completed in September of that year and officially turned on for operation. Depending on the amount of wind each year, we were able to net meter between $400 - $800 dollars a year. I have done classes with CVU on the operation of the turbine as well as our own students at Allen Brook. I worked with a former student at CVU on his grad challenge as he was attempting to get CVU to install a turbine. I am glad that I had an opportunity to share my knowledge with many students. Clean energy was the goal from the very beginning and thanks to our theme week, we became a part of the clean energy movement. The turbine had been in operation for 7 years and served us well.

Where do we go from here? Well, I have spoken with Earth Turbines and they will replace the turbine with a solar tracker that will be installed after the new year. New technology today will have the solar tracker produce four times the energy that the wind turbine produced. Best of all there will be no charge for the replacement. I hope that after I leave that there will be a chance to install more trackers and continue our goal of reducing our carbon footprint. You won’t see the blades spinning anymore but the sun will pick up where the wind left off.

Families as Partners

November meeting minutes and upcoming news and events

The FAP Annual Fund Needs Your Help!

The Annual Fund is still low for this time of year. Please consider donating and your contribution to the Williston Schools Annual Fund will ensure the continuation of important FAP programs that directly support and enhance the education of ALL of our children!

  • equitable funding of field trips that extend the learning beyond the classroom;

  • educational grants for classrooms to provide enhanced developmental opportunities for all students;

  • new technology for classroom use;

  • student services in the form of clothing, equipment and scholarships to camps for those most in need;

  • speakers and workshops for parents;

  • an inter-generational reading program;

  • and teacher appreciation events


Have you heard of FAP’s Big Basket Raffle and Silent Auction School Fundraiser? It’s attended by 300+ community members and last year it raised over $11,000 for educational programs that complement classroom learning. Over 55 themed baskets are raffled off and 25 other items are bid on through a Silent Auction. The Basket Raffle will be held in the evening on Saturday, April 14, 2017.

This fundraiser is the result of the efforts of many volunteers and planning efforts begin next month. AND WE NEED YOU!! Are you good at marketing/advertising? Are you good with computers and formatting documents? Are you creative? How do you feel about approaching businesses you frequent and asking for a donation for your children’s school? These are just some of the tasks that go into planning this significant school fundraiser.

The Big Big Basket Raffle Planning Committee will hold its first meeting on Tuesday, December 12th at 6:45 pm. If you are want to join us and can come to the meeting, please email Emily Downing Ponce at The meeting will take place at a committee members home, so you will need to contact her for directions.

Thank you so much for your consideration!

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5th-8th Grade Concerts Wed., 12/20/17

Students will perform in school on 12/20. Please wear black bottoms and your blue performing arts shirt.

Evening concerts: Please wear concert dress.

  • Grades 5 and 6: 5:00 call, 5:30 concert
  • Grades 7 and 8 (and Stage Band) 6:50 call, 7:15 concert

Holiday gift ideas for your band student

  • Reed players can always boost their reed supply. (generally speaking, grades 4 and 5 use strength 2 ½, grade 6 uses strength 3 and grades 7 and 8 use strength 3 or 3 1/2) Feel free to check in with Mrs. Thompson if you want some guidance.

  • Reed guard or reed case

  • a music stand for home practice

Click here for more ideas!

GUYS and DOLLS Information Meeting

On Monday, December 11 at 5:30pm come find out about the spring musical “Guys and Dolls”. The meeting will take place in the auditorium and will answer your questions on auditions, stage crew, stage managers and the show in general.

Students in grades 6-8 can audition for the play. Students in grades 5-8 can be part of stage crew. The stage crew builds and paints the sets and helps run the show during production week.

There will be a workshop for the auditions on Tuesday, December 12th at 2pm. Come learn the music, dance and practice the readings to prepare for the auditions in January after the break. Auditions will take place January 4-9. Rehearsals will start January 11th. “Guys and Dolls” will run April 6-7, 2018!

Guys and Dolls is looking for Stage Managers

Are you interested in becoming a stage manager for the spring musical? Are you free afterschool?

Stage managers must be available for afterschool rehearsals and have no commitments the time around the show, April 2-8. The stage managers will take attendance, take blocking notes from the director, keep track of props needed and how they are used, help run music for dance and fill in for actors who are absent at rehearsals.

We are looking for a total of 3 stage managers usually in grades 7-8. If you are interested, get a form from the drama board outside the theater and return it completed to the drama mailbox in the main office by December 15th. You will need to have your core teacher and a parent sign off on the form.

If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Simons (Rylant) at 310-5900 or

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Wildcat Spirit Wear - Available Now!

Cheer on your favorite Wildcat and show your school spirit!

Get yours today!

Print out the linked order form, or order on-line HERE.

Want it before break? Be sure to turn in orders by December 15th.

Questions? Contact

Penguin Plunge Team

WCS Wildcats Penguin Plunge Team welcomes you….on Saturday, February 3, 2018 WCS Wildcats will take the plunge into icy Lake Champlain. We welcome all parents, students and staff to join us in taking the chilly dip.

In 2017, Cool Schools raised a record $185,189 to support Unified Champion Schools around the state to promote whole school engagement activities, youth leadership, and Unified sports. Last year we crushed our fundraising goal, and this year set a new goal of $20,000. Please consider joining our team or making a donation to our fundraising page. Money raised directly supports our team and WCS Unified Sports.

To learn more or join our team,

School Handbook

The school handbook has been updated for 2017-18.

Upcoming Events

Wed. Dec. 6 / Meet ABS Student Support / ABS Library / 2-2:30 pm

Wed. Dec. 6 / Voyager Family Night / WCS Dining Rm. , Auditorium / 6:30-8:15 pm

Thurs. Dec. 7 / WCS Part 2 Family Night / 4:45-6:15 pm / WCS

Mon. Dec. 11 / School Play Info Meeting / 5:30 pm / WCS Auditorium

Thurs. Dec. 14 / FAPAC Meeting / WCS Dining room / 8:15-10 am

Thurs. Dec. 14 / Davison Celebration of Learning / 7:30-8:30 am

Tues. Dec. 19 / CVSD Budget Board Mtg. / 6 pm /Hinesburg Community School Flex Rm.

Wed. Dec. 20 / WCS Concerts / Gr. 5/6: 5:30 pm / Gr. 7-8, Stage Band: 7:15 pm

Mon. Dec. 25 through Tues. Jan. 2 / School Break

Wed. Jan. 3 / Intergen Reading Program / 11:35 am - 1:10 pm

Fri. Jan. 5 / gr. 5-8 Dance / WCS / 6:30-8:30 pm

Tues. Jan. 9 / CVSD Budget Board Mtg. / 6 pm / Shelburne Community School Library

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

Thurs. Jan. 11 / FAPAC Mtg. / 8:15-10 am / WCS Dining Room

Tues. Jan. 23 / CVSD Budget Board Mtg. / 6 pm / Williston Central School Dining Rm.

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