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May 23, 2019 – Spring Eeks Out Of Winter

May 23, 2019 Comments Off on May 23, 2019 – Spring Eeks Out Of Winter

2019-2020 KESD Calendar Please note the change in August start On Monday my road flooded and I was homebound.  AAAHHH, I was grumpy… then remembered that spring in the NEK eeks out of winter, slowly greening the hills, and closing the canopy as leaves fill up the woodland sky.  Ewe’s birth their lambs. We anticipate the 4th of July. Fireworks. Strawberry shortcake. Mixed with cream created from fresh clover (digested in the belly of our cows).  Topped with March’s maple syrup! When I puttered around my house as the water receded, making lunch, boiling tea water, setting a bag for the day and looking out over the field, I thought about the end of May.  All sorts of activities, events, and closure for the year. This morning at the Lyndon Walk To School children were running around, eating apples, laughing in the cloudy, gray day.  Bright smiles. Bright youth. If we could bottle those smiles and energy we would be immortal.  Drinking in the vim and vigor of youth. Enjoy your Memorial Day Weekend, think of the joy of our children, and know that summer is just around the corner. Thank you for all you do.   Kingdom East Bond…

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It is a considerable honor to serve as the Superintendent of Schools for the Kingdom East School District.

The citizens of Burke, Concord, Lyndon, Lunenburg, Newark, Sheffield, Sutton and Wheelock care deeply about public education and our preK-12 students. This support is essential in continuing the strength of our school programs. As we launch a new school district with both opportunities and challenges, I feel confident that each of our small towns can maintain their small community values and also serve the educational hopes and dreams for all our children.

We strive for our schools allow our children to be prepared to excel and thrive in college, careers and life. We have robust preK-8 schools and high school choice. In our first year as a District, I will work with our citizens, families, parents, school personnel and the Board to develop a strategic plan to guide our schools for the next decade. We will set up community engagement systems, provide a web and social media presence to communicate. We will strive to meet the aspirations of the young people whom we educate.
I look forward to continuing our academic programs, increasing personalization and authentic, place based learning, expanding co-curricular, civic, service and after school programs and creatively working across all schools to share resources and maximize our potential.

I believe in a commitment to both the development of community assets and service; I take great pride in empowering students and staff to reach their highest potential. I look forward to working with our entire community to make the 2018-19 school year successful and inspiring year.

Jennifer Botzojorns, Superintendent

Jennifer began as superintendent in in June of 2016. Her professional career started in independent boarding schools first as a Latin and English teacher then as as a counselor, dorm parent, admissions/development director, and school dean. She then moved to public secondary schools and taught Latin and mathematics (algebra, geometry, trigonometry) for seven years. She spent seven years as a secondary school principal at Mt Mansfield Union High School and five years as Curriculum Director and Assistant Superintendent in Richmond, Vermont. She received a doctoral degree from University of Pennsylvania in Educational Leadership, Masters in educational leadership from the University of Vermont and bachelor's degree in government from Dartmouth College. @jenEDuvt or by email at jbotzojorns@kingdomeast.org.

Jennifer and her husband live in Concord. She has two grown children and enjoys spending time hiking, skiing, canoeing, and just being in the woods -- building and working with wood.