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“Shall we do some screening?” my dad whispered to me across the Saturday morning breakfast table.  He held his hand sideways across his mouth and looked askance, not wanting anyone to hear.

It was spring, warm enough that the places of road pavement were warmed by mid day.  We took the old strainers that we had used in the fall for applesauce and  tomatoes.  All fall we had boiled and boiled, then ran the garden products through the “screener”  as mom called it, waiting for the liquid to drain off.  

Now it was different.  “Don’t let mom know.  She wouldn’t approve of us screening today.”  He said as we clandestinely took the “screeners” from the pantry cupboard and snuck out the back door.  

Our driveway was on a turn midway up a hill.  When the snow plow or sander came by they inevitably deposited lots of stuff.  Those cold winter days were far away as my dad and I sat down on the turn, the sun warming our faces.  We began to fill  the screeners with deposits of sand that a few months earlier provided traction to prevent cars from hitting our mailbox. 

Dipping our hands into the warmth and putting the sand into the screener, “AH…perfect,” He said.  We sat on the ground shaking sand through the screener.  Shake shake shake.  Shake, shake, shake.  Eventually the dirt would shake shake shake be gone and all that was shake shake shake left were the perfect sized shake shake shake tiny rocks.  We did this for several hours.  

Then, up the driveway we walked, wth sacks of screeners in a bag.  Down to the basement with the train set, the model railroad beds were made.  Now we had to lay the tracks.  This involved cutting small pieces of balsa wood for ties, putting tiny nails into them to affix the o-gauge rail, and mixing the screened tiny pebbles with diluted elmers glue.  We then spread the screened materials so it looked like a real railroad bed. “Perfect,” dad said, “This is just what it should look like!”


Fast forward to today.  Every time I hear the word “screening”  it conjures up this small moment with my father, in the warmth of the sun, finding the perfect sized eensy weensy pebbles.  I am reminded of this because all of you are “screening” your students right now.  It is important to think of this as being in search of the perfect stone, the perfect place where your young learners are.  The exact size.  The place to begin.  To narrow down what it is that we know they can understand, so we can build lots of train tracks for their learning.  We are not assessing or evaluating, we simply want to find the perfect round shape. A moment in time together so you can see exactly what sized pebbles they are — and then build some amazing railroads!



STEM in our schools.  Interested in resources, take a look at reach.ieee.org REACH = Raising Engineering Awareness through the Conduit of History (reach.ieee.org)


Title VI Indian Education – please share with all your families, and students- lots of opportunities with this funding. Thank you!

Leading for Equity: New AASA Webinar Series

Faculty and Staff

Open Positions in Kingdom East School District 

COVID-19 HR Factsheet

Annual Mandated Training


Professional development.

Responsive Classroom Fall Workshops (click link for multiple workshop options available in October)

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Dyslexia and Reading Workshop

Supporting Students with IEPs

Orthographic Mapping and Phonological Awareness 

Character, Social and Emotional Health 

Employee Self Care and Wellness

Discounted opportunity- fitness classesKILOS-KESD Partnership

Implicit Bias Module Series from the Kirwan Institute

Teaching Tolerance Antiracism and Equity Resources

Yesterday’s announcement effective Sept 26, 2020, Vermont schools will move to Step III of the Strong and Healthy Start guidance. When schools transition from Step II to Step III, students may again eat in the cafeteria with specific precautions. We must carefully consider this option before making any change. If the current model of meals in the classroom is working well, it may be disruptive to return to the cafeteria. In addition, if schools need to move back to Step II quickly at a later date,  changing back could be even more disruptive. Among other options, schools can consider continuing meals in the classroom for breakfast or lunch, while using the cafeteria for the other meal. Schools could also have students go to the cafeteria to get their meals before returning to the classroom to eat – an option that is already allowed under Step II. Please refer to the Food Service Section (Pages 25-28) of the Strong and Healthy Start guidance for more information on the requirements for Step III meal service, if provided in the cafeteria.

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