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Sunday, February 17, 2019


Emergency Notice


The regular School Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at the District Office, Orford, NH (6:30 p.m.)
has been CHANGED TO Friday, February 15, 2019 at the District Office, Orford, NH (6:30 p.m.)



Communication from RISD Board

Communication from RISD Board 01 14 19

Communication from RISD Board January 14, 2019

Student Enrollment

student enrollment

Click here to download the Student Enrollment Data Sheet.

Enrollment fluctuates throughout the year.

student enrollment08242016

student enrollement

Click here to download the Student Enrollment Data Sheet.

Enrollment fluctuates throughout the year.

Letter from the School Board and Superintendent

To the Rivendell Community:

Please read the letter with important information from the School Board and Superintendent.

Click here to download the letter.

Superintendent Search

The Superintendent Search Committee has narrowed the field down to four candidates: Elaine Arbour, Carl Chambers, Nan Parsons, and Kate Segal. The four candidates will be touring the Rivendell District on February 9th and 10th, concluding with a second interview with the Search Committee. The Search Committee will then be selecting two finalists to present to the School Board. There will be a public forum scheduled when the two finalists are selected.


Michael Harris - Superintendent 
Keri Gelenian - Head of Schools/RA Principal 
Jan Cole - Director of SPED 
Tammy MacQueen - WES Principal 
Michael Foxall - SME Principal 
Kathy Blanchard - Board Member 
Jean MacDonald - Board Member 
Sarah Molesworth - Community Member
Craig Tomlinson - Community Member 
Thessalie Butler - Student 
Teddy Wilkin - Student 
Carmen Winchester - REA Representative 
Kirsten Surprenant - REA Representative 

Superintendent (.6 FTE)

Rivendell Interstate School District is seeking a strong, experienced administrator with comprehensive knowledge and experience with education law, school finance, community relations, successful decision-making skills, policy compliance, grant management and proven managerial excellence. The successful candidate must be licensed or eligible for dual licensure as a Superintendent in Vermont and New Hampshire.

The Superintendent will supervise the Head of Schools/RA Principal, Samuel Morey Elementary School Principal, Westshire Elementary School Principal, Chief Financial Officer, Director of Operations, Director of Information Technology, Director of Special Education, Food Service Director, as well as other District Office staff. The Superintendent serves one school board of 11 members comprised of representatives from four member towns.

Position is part-time (.6 FTE) and the scheduling of days and hours is negotiable with the successful candidate.

Rivendell Interstate School District
Attn: Human Resources
10 School Drive, Orford, NH 03777

Student Enrollment September 30, 2016

student enrollment09302016

2016 Back to School Letter

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

Parent Right to Inspect Third Party Survey

Parents have the right to request to inspect any survey created by a third party (a survey funded by a non-U.S. Department of Education source). If the third-party survey involves political affiliations, mental or psychological problems, sex behavior and attitudes, illegal or anti-social behavior, critical appraisals of family members, income, or privileged relationships such as doctors or lawyers, the parents may opt their children out of its administration. Annually, at the beginning of the school year, LEAs must notify parents "directly" of these policies and must notify parents of the specific or approximate dates when such surveys might be administered.

School Choice

From 2008 to 2014 no students participated in School Choice. For 2014-2015 one student has entered under School Choice.  Previous eligibility criteria was the same as the current agreement

Parent Right to Request HQT Information

Parents have the right to request information regarding the professional qualifications of their child's classroom teachers. If requested, the information shared should include (a) if the teacher has met state licensing criteria for the grade levels and subjects taught, (b) whether the teacher is teaching under a licensure waiver, (c) the teacher's degree major, and (d) whether their child is provided any services by paraprofessionals, and if so, their qualifications.