Author: Kaylee Sullivan

Bee kind: MES unveils mural, expectations

Milton Elementary School is buzzing about a new mural decorating the lobby, and the puns that go along with it: Bee kind, bee safe and bee ready to learn. The mural, painted by Milton parent Nina Reinhardt, displays a bright green landscape and blue sky with three bees and their respective statements. Each represents a behavior expectation from the school’s Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports system, assistant principal Angela Filion said. “It sets the tone for the school,” Reinhardt said. “If you walk into a happy, upbeat, fun atmosphere, the kids are gonna say, ‘Wow, look at this!’” She...

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Forum addresses hazing, bullying, harassment

Milton School Board held a long-awaited community forum Monday addressing student safety, but the agenda omitted racism, a topic the public has demanded the district address over the last three months. “I’m disappointed,” Katrina Battle, Milton Inclusion and Diversity Initiative founder, told the Independent. “You can’t tell what brought us here by looking at the agenda.” Organized just before the new school year began, the forum addressed hazing, harassment and bullying. These topics have a history in Milton, Battle admitted, notably the 2014 football hazing scandal. Still, community members believed racism needed to be specifically addressed. This led residents...

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State: MTSD must save $137K in two years

Amid Milton’s ongoing teacher contract negotiations and the state’s surge to save millions in school employee health insurance costs, the Vt. Agency of Education says the Milton Town School District can expect $137,000 less in state funding over the next two years. Currently at impasse and in the fact-finding process, this year’s contract negotiations are largely affected by Gov. Phil Scott’s deal with the legislature, school board and union representatives told the Independent earlier this summer.  Over the next two years, the statewide directive from Montpelier says school districts must reduce their budgets by $13 million. The AOE’s $136,853...

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MES teacher duo introduces makerspace

Imagine a classroom decked out in three-dimensional printers, complemented by an assortment of hammers and screwdrivers. Next, think of a project you wish to create and map out the necessary steps for completion. Now dive in. Problem solving and individualized learning like this are rising within Milton Elementary School this year. In the back left corner of fifth-grade teacher Christopher Schmid’s classroom, a rainbow assortment of construction paper designates the Mansfield Makerspace. After researching makerspaces – collaborative work centers that promote hands-on learning – Schmid took to an online fundraising platform to bring one to Milton. “It’s really just...

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Joseph appointed to Milton School Board

Milton’s Michael Joseph is the second resident appointed to the school board in seven days, this time filling a vacancy left by vice-chairwoman Karen LaFond. After Greg Burbo was appointed last Monday, Aug. 7 to replace Jennifer Taylor who resigned in July after three months, LaFond decided it was her time, too. She felt reassured any of the other six candidates for Taylor’s seat would serve the community with new eyes and fresh energy. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to bring my knowledge and experience to the school board,” Joseph said in a phone interview Monday night. On...

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