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Friday, December 02, 2016


Upcoming Events

Fri Dec 02
WES - Art from the Heart
Tue Dec 06
WES - Holiday Concert
Tue Dec 06 @ 6:30PM -
School Board Meeting
Wed Dec 07
SME Scholastic Book Fair
Thu Dec 08
SME Scholastic Book Fair
Fri Dec 09
SME Scholastic Book Fair
Fri Dec 09 @ 5:30PM -
Varsity Girls BBall vs Twin Valley
Fri Dec 09 @ 7:00PM -
Varsity Boys BBall vs Twin Valley
Sat Dec 10
7th & 8th Grade BBall Lion's Tourney
Sun Dec 11
7th & 8th Grade BBall Lion's Tourney
Mon Dec 12 @ 5:30PM -
JV & Varsity Boys BBall vs Oxbow
Tue Dec 13 @ 6:00PM -
SME K-3 Holiday Concert
Tue Dec 13 @ 6:30PM -
Special Board Meeting
Wed Dec 14 @ 5:30PM -
JV & Varsity Girls BBall vs Oxbow
Wed Dec 14 @ 6:00PM -
SME 4-6 Holiday Concert
Fri Dec 16 @ 4:30PM -
7th & 8th Grade BBall vs Oxbow
Mon Dec 19 @ 5:00PM -
7th & 8th Grade BBall @ Lyme
Tue Dec 20 @ 5:30PM -
JV and Varsity Boys BBall @ Thetford
Wed Dec 21 @ 5:30PM -
JV Boys BBall vs Woodsville
Thu Dec 22 @ 4:30PM -
7th & 8th Grade BBall @ Whitcomb

Message from Superintendent:

August 3, 2016
Dear Parents and Guardians,

As the calendar turns to August, I write my first welcome letter as Rivendell’s Superintendent to parents and students for the upcoming start to the 2016-17 school year. Our teachers and staff members will return to work in a mere three weeks on August 22 and students will begin classes on Wednesday, August 24. As much as I enjoy athletics, it surprises me to think that our fall athletes will return as soon
as August 18.

I was hired as the superintendent here in January and I am pleased that the School Board has asked me to continue for the next year. I have very much enjoyed the work and the people here, and I respect the District’s progressive mission and vision of education. Rivendell’s success with a diverse population of students is admirable and there is exciting work going on at all of our schools. As one example, I will cite the work at Rivendell Academy regarding projects and exhibitions under the direction of Principal Keri Gelenian. This is work that all schools now aspire to develop but that only a few schools have actually dared to undertake.

The summer has gone well in the schools with numerous maintenance projects, a successful SummerScapes program under the direction of Tammy MacQueen, and some occasional staff hiring. I am thankful that our teaching staffs are remaining relatively stable, but there has been one truly significant change. Gail Keiling has retired from her position as the principal at Samuel Morey Elementary School after 17 years in Rivendell. Replacing her is Michael Foxall, a veteran administrator with many years of experience at international schools. Mr. Foxall also worked with me previously in Lebanon where he was the principal at the Mt. Lebanon Elementary School for seven years. He is a man who loves talking about children and education and has wonderful stories of his assignments abroad.

The School Board and I have discussed several important objectives for my work as superintendent this year. Included in them is the development of the teacher evaluation system, the assessment of job descriptions amongst the administration, and judgments about the District budget. Another important task is facing the challenge of compliance with federal and state initiatives and plans. A year ago, Vermont’s Act 46 loomed ahead with its regulations about governance and budget, but Rivendell ultimately was declared exempt from most of its provisions because of our interstate status. However, Rivendell will have to remain knowledgeable about and compliant with the new federal “Every Student Succeeds Act” and with Vermont’s own responses for testing, standards and curriculum.

The mission statement for the Rivendell Interstate School District states that one of its foundational design principles is the set of “significant and ongoing connections between school and community.” I hope that you value your family’s connections with your children’s schools and that you are confident and comfortable in your ability to communicate with teachers and with school and district administrators. I wish you and your children a productive and enjoyable year ahead, and I hope that you all can enjoy the rest of the summer in the meantime.
Michael Harris


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Agenda for School Board Meeting for Tuesday, December 6, 2016; 6:30 p.m. District Office Conference Room, Orford, NH

Holiday Concerts at Rivendell Schools

Students have been preparing for their annual holiday concerts.

Westshire invites community, friends, and families on Tuesday, December 6th at 6:00pm for their holiday concert.

Samuel Morey will host the community, friends and families on for the holiday concert for students in Kindergarten – 3rd Grade on Tuesday, December 13th at 6:00pm..

Students in grades 4 -6 and the 6th grade band will perform on Wednesday, December 14th beginning at 6:00 pm.

This year's theme is "Grant us Peace, Give us Courage" and “Give us Peace, Joy, and Lots of Snow” Please join us.