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Rivendell Articles of Agreement

Articles of Agreement August 19, 1998 

Amended Articles of Agreement (amended on page 10, #23) August 19, 1998, amended March 26, 2011 

Note: In reference to Article U-Annual Meeting in the Articles of Agreement - At the March 27, 2010, Annual Meeting, it was voted and passed to hold all future annual meetings of the District at the Rivendell Academy in Orford, NH.

Administrative Agreement between New Hampshire and Vermont November 8, 1999

VT and NH lawbooks to the Interstate compact

Vermont:  Title 16 Chapter 15 http://legislature.vermont.gov/statutes/chapter/16/015
New Hampshire: Title XV, Chapter 200-B http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/xv/200-B/200-B-mrg.htm

 

Technology Plan

Rivendell was founded on the promise of delivering a student-centered education, utilizing advanced technology like digital portfolios to move our students forward into the 21st Century. From the day we opened we provided laptops for students to use in the high school classrooms. But while our goals were noble, the initial implementation suffered as our staff struggled to adjust to new students, new facilities, and a new curriculum. Jump ten years ahead and we now see laptops used throughout the district, while we seamlessly blend in even newer technologies like e-readers and tablets.

The difference, aside from time, is the adaptation by teachers of new means in the delivery of instruction. Whether it is a Kindergarten teacher using an electronic whiteboard to engage their students, or a High School PE instructor assessing their class with a remote response system, Rivendell teachers have taken technology to heart. Now, as we ponder our future, one thing is clear, we are no longer taking small steps, but large leaps. We tip our hats to the dedicated professionals within our schools and communities that make that possible. And we promise to continue to provide professional development that further advances the use of all applicable technologies inside the classroom and out.

This plan reflects the changes that have taken place at Rivendell, and the world. We’ve added projectors to every classroom, doubled the number of electronic whiteboards and added a web-based Parent Portal. We’re piloting 1:1 netbooks and e-readers at the same time. We have passed the point where simple integration is sufficient; the time has come to be bolder. We must strengthen the depth of technology in our programs and use it to connect us to the rest of the world. Where it was once enough to merely provide a reasonable number of computers, now we must strive to offer all the opportunities we can for each and every student to connect and work in a digital world. In addition to the standard computer skills we have integrated across the district, we need to drive our students harder in the areas of media literacy and digital citizenship.

Successful creation of a student-centered environment depends on a curriculum, faculty, and student body that drive our technology related decisions. When we involve all the stakeholders in the development of our program we stand the best chance of reaching our goals. And when have established connections to our communities, whether they are local or global, we will achieve our mission.

Technology Plan (pdf)

Discover

Rivendell offers a vibrant learning environment in which students, teachers and administrators are encouraged to be their best.

Rivendell, one of the first PreK-12 interstate school districts in the country, was created to unite and provide better educational opportunity to four diverse, geographically disparate towns in both New Hampshire and Vermont. Having embraced and succeeded in establishing such a broad reaching district, Rivendell has learned to be bold in its approaches. Rivendell dares to expect more – from its administrators, its faculty and its students – and we are ever-vigilant in our quest for educational excellence.

At our core, Rivendell and its faculty inspire each child to find their own learning path - offering rigorous academics, a broad range of co-curricular activities, service learning opportunities and classroom integration with our rural environment through the Cross Rivendell Trails. Rivendell staff are top notch and shape the excellence of our programs which include afterschool enrichment activities and SummerScapes/Eco Fun camps for all district students. Our philosophy extends from our Early Childhood Program through our Academy: Students are encouraged to question the world around them, pursue their own lines of inquiry and develop projects independently. Helping them foster a lifelong love of learning is our ultimate goal.

As our students strive to be their best, our educational team creates an environment that is supportive, safe, encouraging, nurturing. Since its inception, Rivendell is a work in progress – offering classic educational pursuits, creating an environment that prepares students for the technology and other demands of the 21st century, and insuring that we all grow as thoughtful, committed, active citizens of our towns, our country and our world.

About Rivendell

Rivendell logo. Since its creation, Rivendell has built upon its founding principle: Providing equitable educational opportunities for all children in a way that can be governed by and connected to our communities.

Established by voters on October 13, 1998, a dedicated group of Rivendell founders banded together to pool financial and human resources and create a district to unite three towns in Vermont (Fairlee, Vershire, and West Fairlee) and one in New Hampshire (Orford). It is one of the only PreK-12 interstate public school districts in the country. On July 1, 1999, the Rivendell Supervisory Union assumed responsibility for the central office functions of the four existing school districts. On July 1, 2000, Rivendell assumed educational responsibility for all students in the four towns and ownership of the existing school properties. On Monday, August 28, 2000, Rivendell opened its doors to approximately 550 students from member towns and about 32 students from neighboring towns.

Community volunteers, who devoted hours to the concept, made much of the planning and groundwork possible. Administrators and educators excited about this new concept in the district's plan came together and their professional expertise helped to guide the process. Teachers from all four schools worked together to plan the curriculum. The ideals of Rivendell also garnered support from both state agencies and private foundations, which gave legislative help and grant funds, as well as technical and program assistance.

Change is controversial and complex when it involves peoples' lives, local identity and the passing on of traditions. The transition to one district built new standards and an educational environment with its own unique culture. The process continues to be fluid and continual, directed by the collective actions of everyone. Working together with patience, civility and persistence toward solutions, Rivendell continues to achieve its goals.

Our history, progression, program development and full financial picture are available in our annual reports. Please feel free to request one from our district office.

Our district office number is: (603) 353-2170. To contact any of our staff by email, please use the following format:
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Action Plan

The Rivendell Interstate School District Action Plan is part of Title 16/165 which states, “The school shall, through a process including parents, teachers, students and community members, develop, implement, and annually update a comprehensive action plan to improve student performance within the school.”  In recognition of our size and continuity of the Prek-12 program, Department of Education gave Rivendell one action plan.  We are considered for this purpose a school with three sites.

Strategies on the Action Plan are developed by examining the NECAP scores, SBAC scores and using other data such as The Developmental Reading Assessment for 2nd grade, writing and math portfolios and data from surveys, attendance and participation at Rivendell events.  NEASC recommendations and  our design principles also inform this document.

 

Orford Academy Task Force

April 9, 2009 Abstract of the Orford Academy Assessment and Opinion of Probable Cost

On July 15, 2008, U.K. Architects was awarded the contract to conduct an assessment of the original 1851 Orford Academy building with its 1937 addition. The assessment includes the following items, which can be found as corresponding sections in this report:

  1. Architectural plans and elevations of the existing academy building.
  2. Structural report and drawings indicating existing and required load capacities categorized by potential occupancy uses.
  3. Mechanical, plumbing, and fire protection systems descriptions and recommendations.
  4. A general building code review indicating the allowable height and area categorized by potential occupancy uses.
  5. A general architectural assessment of items likely to require repair work as well as work outlines for three schematic design options.
  6. Three schematic design options based on code analysis and the allowable structural load parameters along with input from the task force regarding the types of uses for the school and community. A preliminary site plan for estimating purposes. The proposed parking plan may require either an easement or land acquisition from the adjacent property owner.
  7. Cost estimates for the general work and the three schematic design options.

The results of this analysis indicated three options for occupancy.

Option 1: Only the first floor would be usable as a mixed-use occupancy mainly for community, school and business functions. This was the least costly option, but also the least inefficient in terms of repeated contractor or tenant remobilization efforts.
Option 2: The entire building would be renovated into a mixed-use occupancy similar to option 1. This option falls in the middle in terms of cost.
Option 3: The entire building would be converted into housing units. This is the most costly option due to the amount of interior work. For this exercise, it was determined that ten units could fit into the existing building, although a range of possibilities exist in how to configure the space, it was beyond the scope of this analysis.

Thank you for the opportunity for us to assist the Rivendell School District and Orford Academy Task Force in working on this historically significant project.
Sincerely,
UK ARCHITECTS, PC
Douglas J. Sonsalla

Read more: Orford Academy Task Force

District Calendar

This is the District School Calendar that is approved by the School Board annually. Please note that due to any emergency school closings during the year, the date that is shown on this calendar as the last student day in June usually changes during the year. Check the item listed as "Calendar" that shows current events to see the correct date or check with the schools.

2017-2018 Rivendell Interstate School District Calendar  (Approved by School Board 04/04/2017)

2018-2019 Rivendell Interstate School District Calendar (Approved by School Board 02/06/2018)

District Calendars are in PDF format.

Food Service

We strive to provide the highest quality foods and a variety of nutritional options for our students, updating our menus regularly with new and creative ideas. Our staff exchange ideas at our monthly staff meetings and utilize any input from students, teachers, and parents.

Children need healthy meals to help them in the learning process and all of our schools offer healthy meals every day. We would like to serve as many children as possible and encourage you to consider applying for free or reduced meals. Below are our meal prices for this year, along with information regarding free or reduced meals.

Meal charges for the 2017-2018 school year:

  • Breakfast Rivendell Academy: $2.50
  • Breakfast Elementary Schools: $1.90 
  • Reduced Breakfast $0.00 - students approved for reduced price receive breakfast at no charge – free
  • Lunch RA & Elementary Schools: $2.95 (Effective January 4, 2016)
  • Reduced Lunch $0.00 - students approved for reduced price receive lunch at no charge – free


Ala Carte (drinks only) prices at Elementary Schools:

  • Milk $0.40
  • Juice $0.45


Ala Carte prices at Rivendell Academy Café:

  • Bagel (whole grain) $1.50
  • Cereal $1.25
  • Cheese $0.50
  • Fruit $0.60
  • Juice $0.45
  • Milk $0.40
  • Vitamin H2O $1.50
  • Water $1.00
  • Yogurt $1.00

 

Please remember that students are NOT allowed to charge any food to their account UNLESS they have funds in their account. If a student has a zero account balance, they will not be allowed to charge.

We strongly encourage you to fill out the free/reduced meal form. The form will come home with your child(ren) on the first day of school, as your child(ren) may qualify. It only takes a few moments to fill out and I am available if you need any help filling out the form. Please remember that we cannot approve an incomplete application, so be sure to fill out all required information. Return the completed application to your school office. All information is kept confidential. The great thing is that the benefit lasts through the entire school year.

Here is some more information to help you apply for free or reduced meals:

  • Do I need to fill out an application for each child?
    No, use one Free and Reduced Price School MealsApplication for all students in your household, even if they go to different schools in the District. For example, Susie in 1st grade at Westshire and Bobby in 6th grade at the Middle School would go on one application.
  • Who should I include as members of my household?
    You must include all people living in your household, related or not (such as grandparents, other relatives, or friends). You must also include yourself and all children who live with you.
  • What if my income is not always the same? List the amount that you normally receive. For example, if you normally receive $1,000 each month, but you missed some work last month and only received $900, put down that you receive $1,000 per month.

 

Our Food Service Team is happy to serve you. Our Food Service Managers are Carol Perkins at Samuel Morey and Pauline Prior at Westshire. Our Food Service Team is completed with Viola Farrar is the Assistant Cook at Rivendell Academy and myself.

If you have any questions or need help filling out the application, please do not hesitate to call me at 603-353-4321, ext.121 or email me at Celise Johnson . I will be happy to assist you.

Sincerely,
Celise Johnson
Food Service Director


Free & Reduced Lunch

We strongly encourage you to download and fill out free/reduced meal form. The form will come home with your child(ren) on the first day of school, as your child(ren) may qualify. It only takes a few moments to fill out and I am available if you need any help filling out the form. Please remember that we cannot approve an incomplete application, so be sure to fill out all required information. Return the completed application to your school office. All information is kept confidential. The great thing is that the benefit lasts through the entire schoolyear.

In many cases, our ability to qualify for grant funding and other federal monies depends upon the accuracy of our free/reduced count. Whether or not you choose to take advantage of the program, please complete the form! Many thanks.

We appreciate your involvement with our program and encourage you to be in touch with your suggestions and comments.

Lunch Menu


Food Service Staff

Rivendell Academy

Westshire Elementary

Samuel Morey Elementary

Special Education

Special Education provides identification, evaluation, instruction, and services for eligible students. The District’s special education program is strong and greatly benefits from the commitment and professional knowledge of our teachers and paraprofessionals. Many of our staff members have been with us since our opening year in 2000. This level of consistency allows us to develop strong working relationships with parents and classroom teachers, fostering the growth of our students.

We provide instruction in the basic academic skills tailored specifically to each eligible student. This instruction is usually focused on reading, writing, mathematics, or language. Some students also need support in the classroom. Additional services can include speech and language services, occupational therapy, physical therapy, counseling, and transportation. A small number of our students attend alternative schools with the goal of returning as soon as possible.

In addition to ongoing instruction and support, we work to help our students become less dependent on adults for their learning. Teachers in the Early Essential Education program help preschoolers make successful transitions into elementary school. In grades K-12, we make use of assistive technology to allow them to be more independent. At the Academy level, some of our students attend the Lifeskills Support Program, which prepares them to become contributing members of the community. You will often see these students out in the community, volunteering their time and talents to help others.

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District Information

Since its creation, Rivendell has built upon its founding principle: Providing equitable educational opportunities for all children in a way that can be governed by and connected to our communities.

Established by voters in 1998, a dedicated group of Rivendell founders banded together to pool financial and human resources and create a district to unite three towns in Vermont (Fairlee, Vershire, and West Fairlee) and one in New Hampshire (Orford). Community volunteers, who devoted hours to the concept, made much of the planning and groundwork possible. Administrators and educators excited about this new concept in the district’s plan came together and their professional expertise helped to guide the process. Teachers from all four schools worked together to plan the curriculum. The ideals of Rivendell also garnered support from both state agencies and private foundations, which gave legislative help and grant funds, as well as technical and program assistance.

Change is controversial and complex when it involves peoples’ lives, local identity and the passing on of traditions. The transition to one district built new standards and an educational environment with its own unique culture. The process continues to be fluid and continual, directed by the collective actions of everyone. Working together with patience, civility and persistence toward solutions, Rivendell continues to achieve its goals.

Our history, progression, program development and full financial picture are available in our annual reports. Please feel free to request one from our district office.

Our district office number is: (603) 353-2170. To contact any of the following staff by email, please use the following format:

first initial last This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (sample: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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