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Dispatch for the week of March 7-15, 2019

March 18, 2019 Comments Off on Dispatch for the week of March 7-15, 2019

Kingdom East School District Dispatch A regular newsletter for the public education community of Burke, Concord, Lunenburg, Lyndon, Millers Run, Newark, Sutton 2018-2019 Calendar It has been a busy week.  On Monday night I went to Patrick Gym to watch the basketball playoffs and the St. Johnsbury boys beat the #1 seed (Rice) in the last 30 seconds of the game!  They are playing for the championship this Sunday. On Tuesday, two new School Board members were sworn in,  Clare Irwin of Sutton replaced Celeste Girrell and Alyssa May of Burke replaced Rachel Roy. Biff Mahoney (Sheffield), Erin Rossetti (Lyndon) and Holly Taylor (Lyndon) were reelected. I visited schools, attended school leadership meetings, went to the statehouse to advocate for our schools, touched base with a number of people and looked at all sorts of piles of papers on my desk. Today I had the best day I’ve had in a long time.  I visited classrooms and read Curious George Goes to the Library with two young ladies.  Then I played this “21” math card game with a young man who was sharp as a whip (he won). The end of this week made me thankful for working in a…

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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.