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Dispatch April 11, 2019

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Kingdom East School District Dispatch April 11, 2019 A regular newsletter for the public education community of Burke, Concord, Lunenburg, Lyndon, Millers Run, Newark, Sutton   2018-2019 Calendar   Last Student Day of School for 2019:  June 19th (this is an early release day) Last Teacher day, Friday June 21st. (½ of the 19th, the 20th and the 21st are PD Days) My son was a monster in middle school, in particular when it was time to do chores.  “No, no, NO I am NOT DOING THAT!!” Throwing himself to the floor, writhing his body, lots of histrionics.   Being an educator and having a hard time not laughing at this behavior (it was ridiculous), I bought a book which suggested that I focus on positive specific feedback. “Don’t give general praise,” it read, “provide specifics.”  I needed to try, “I appreciate that you put away the dishes and took out the garbage.”   It worked!   One of our Kingdom East coaches attended a conference at Columbia Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. She brought back the book, Leading Well by Lucy Calkins, Mary Ehrenworth and Laurie Pessah.  The book talks about the importance of providing positive feedback.  Students,…

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Welcome!

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.