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Happy New Year!

Several years ago my daughter was studying overseas; our family made the journey to the Netherlands. On the dinner-time eve of the New Year there was a frenetic buzz about the streets.  Then from about 10:30 to 11:30 this shifted to a silent hum.

Where did all the people go, we wondered?

When midnight struck, the entire city erupted.  

Leiden is a small old European walled university town.  Cobblestone streets, canals, art museums, tall and narrow Dutch brick houses, tightly squeezed together, their interior narrow staircases impossible to navigate with anything except your person, large arm and hook sticks on roof peaks to haul things to the top floors. Bicycles everywhere.

New Years was wild!  On rooftops, in the streets, in cafes.  EVERYONE seems to have a degree in pyrotechnics and they all set off fireworks simultaneously.  Video

For me, New Years always has me remembering fun times.  I think about past First Nights, I reflect on the current year and look forward to the future.

I want to take the time reflect on this year.  We have merged our school districts into one. In leading up to and in this first 6 months how has our merged district changed?   What benefits have we realized?

  • All students have access to transportation to and from school (previously Sutton did not have transportation).
  • Children in Concord and Lunenburg have access to high quality after-school programs which they previously never had.
  • All of our schools have content coaching in math and literacy.
  • All of our new teachers have mentors and a formal mentoring program.
  • Additional behavior supports are available for all schools.
  • Increased opportunities for professional development coursework (all teachers have the opportunity for the equivalent of 6 NVU college credits)
  • Professional Learning Groups- coordinated professional development including groups where teachers of similar grade bands work together on student learning outcomes.
  • All of our schools have a published Continuous Improvement Plan
  • Leadership support and coordination:  the principals from each school visit all schools and observe classrooms and work together on learning and outcomes.
  • Board perspective: Board meetings rotate between seven different schools, board members gain the perspective of the needs of multiple schools.
  • Shared Facilities work: folks at Burke have worked with the Newark facilities project allowing the installation of a heating pellet plant to increase energy efficiency.
  • Facility Condition and Energy Assessment Audit in each school completed
  • Increase in social media presence (facebook participation)
  • Increase in school choice among schools in our district- parental choice
  • Increase in migration into our district from neighboring districts (increase in revenue and equalized pupils)
  • Mini grants awarded by the Vermont Rural Education Collaborative to more schools than in the past

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.

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Happy New Year!

January 4, 2019 Comments Off on Happy New Year!

December 15-January 1, 2019 A regular newsletter for the public education community of Burke, Concord, Lunenburg, Lyndon, Millers Run, Newark, Sutton 2018-2019 Calendar Several years ago my daughter was studying overseas; our family made the journey to the Netherlands. On the dinner-time eve of the New Year there was a frenetic buzz about the streets.  Then from about 10:30 to 11:30 this shifted to a silent hum. Where did all the people go, we wondered?   When midnight struck, the entire city erupted.   Leiden is a small old European walled university town.  Cobblestone streets, canals, art museums, tall and narrow Dutch brick houses, tightly squeezed together, their interior narrow staircases impossible to navigate with anything except your person, large arm and hook sticks on roof peaks to haul things to the top floors. Bicycles everywhere. New Years was wild!  On rooftops, in the streets, in cafes.  EVERYONE seems to have a degree in pyrotechnics and they all set off fireworks simultaneously.  VIDEO For me, New Years always has me remembering fun times.  I think about past First Nights, I reflect on the current year and look forward to the future.   I want to take the time reflect on this…

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