Dear PAML Families,

I hope everyone was able to stay warm this week.  It looks like we have another blast of cold weather coming for this weekend. 

I’d like to start this week by officially welcoming Jan Mueller to our faculty.  Jan will be filling in for Dawn Knight in the role of Upper House math interventionist (shared with PA High School).  We are so happy that Jan is able to join us. 

While many schools in Vermont were closed due to cold weather on Tuesday we were open and learning.  We took the opportunity of our extended time indoors to CELEBRATE!  Our students have done an awesome job “stepping up” their masking game these last two weeks and we have filled the cube tube enough for a “mini-celebration.”  I’d like to extend a thank you to our office staff for making sure we had what we needed to make freshly popped popcorn for everyone.  Thank you to our families for helping us remind students to wear their masks properly. 

Thank you to everyone for your patience and understanding as we navigate yet another tough moment in the COVID-19 pandemic.  We are lucky that our adult attendance remains strong and we are doing everything we can to keep it that way.  I want to remind everyone that while we navigate the reality of the more contagious Omicron variant, strategies that we have always used remain effective:

  • Stay home when you’re sick
  • Wear a mask (preferably a high quality KN-95 or equivalent)
  • Follow current state guidance

Despite the challenges that we currently face we are continuing to take steps forward with our educational system.  This Monday while students are off our school adults will work on the district goals of re-prioritising learning standards district-wide and building more equitable school culture by calibrating our approach to student behavior. 

Thank you for continued support

Matt Young, Principal

Please mark your calendars with these important dates:
1/10-Session Start for Unbound
1/17-No School For Students
1/21-Scheduled Lockdown Drill. We will be giving students lots of notice and using a “discussion only” format during this drill. 

Please help us with our Title I planning – Back in December I shared an opportunity to attend a live video conference to gather feedback for our next Title I grant funding cycle.  Unfortunately, no one attended.  I am offering another opportunity to provide feedback using the links below any time it’s convenient for you.  Please use the links below to participate.  This information will help us plan how we use grant funds in the 2022-2023 school year. 

Watch this video:

Complete this survey (the survey won’t make a ton of sense if you don’t watch the video)

Athletics Update – Due to the current increase in COVID-19 cases in our state and community, we are pausing all spectators at any event that takes place at home games or in any LSUU building for the next two weeks starting today, January 5, 2022. Our goal is to preserve the season for our athletes and live streaming will be available when possible. We have made this decision in conjunction with other local districts in the Winooski Valley Region. We appreciate your support as we navigate this current situation while keeping the best interests of our students and community at the forefront.

Live Stream For Home Basketball Games Here (links to away games can be found on the schedule spreadsheet when they are available)

Updates to Contact Tracing / Test to Stay / Masking:
Contact Tracing – The contact tracing process is changing. It was reported that schools are being directed to stop contact tracing but that is not accurate. The process is actually becoming more conservative. What is changing is the formal process which has been extremely cumbersome on our health staff. Prior to today, all positive cases required extensive formal documentation that was shared with the Vermont Department of Health (VDH). Additionally, our nurses had to determine close contacts based on very specific parameters (e.g., within 3’ proximity for 15 minutes). We will now be alerting all close contacts but will not be required to submit the same paperwork requirements to the VDH. This will expedite and improve the process from a risk mitigation standpoint while taking some burden off of our health care staff.
Test to Stay – Once we receive the test kits, this program will be implemented at home instead of at school. In the event there is a positive case, all close contacts will be notified and unvaccinated students will be provided test kits for the next five days. Test kits will also be provided for vaccinated and unvaccinated staff.
Masking – As most already know, State health officials are encouraging students and staff to not rely on a single-layer cloth mask. Health experts are recommending higher quality masks, including N95 or KN95 masks or a surgical quality mask underneath a cloth mask. Our district has provided these higher quality masks for all staff members. We have also ordered a high quantity of child size masks that will be available for those that need them.

Unbound 2022 Update – It’s been a great Fall/Early Winter session for Unbound!   The next session starts on January 24th and includes new opportunities for students and a unique chance to participate in a community project through River Arts.  As we prepare for the next session there will be no Unbound the week we come back from break, meaning the current session has two weeks left and will continue on January 10th.  Unbound Late Winter/Spring

Adaptive Cross Country Ski Open House – Looking for something new to do on a Sunday in January? Join Green Mountain Adaptive Sports (GMAS), on Sunday, January 23, 2022 from 1:30pm to 4pm for an afternoon of fun in the snow at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center (COC) in Craftsbury Common.

This event is free and is targeted at Vermont youth and adults with disabilities. Present will be trained ski instructors from the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, and other professionals serving individuals with disabilities to provide instructions, and support as needed. Home made cookies and hot cocoa will be served.

This GMAS get together in partnership with COC offers an opportunity to take a trip to visit the beautiful Nordic Center, borrow some equipment to try cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, or simply to observe other skiers zoom around the training area.

Green Mountain Adaptive Sports is in the process of developing a partnership with Craftsbury Outdoor Center and other centers in Lamoille County to offer Adaptive Nordic Skiing for the 2021-22 season. The main goal of the event is to introduce individuals with disabilities to the sport of Nordic Skiing, as well as to gage desire for adaptive Nordic skiing in the area. To read more or sign up for the program, click here.

We hope to see you at the event. All participants MUST pre-register using this online form by January 20th. Please provide us with some information about the individual with the disability so we can make sure they have a successful experience at Craftsbury.

Questions? Contact

Remote Learning Resources (In the event that all of PAML is learning remotely)
LSUU Return to School Handbook 2021-22
2021-2022 Check-in Schedule Master

Announcements From Working Communities Challenge (WCC)
5th annual Homelessness Awareness Day Walk and Vigil: Please come out to memorialize Vermonters who died while homeless, raise public awareness around our community’s housing and homelessness challenges and solutions, and amplify voices of community members who have experienced homelessness.

  • Masks and warm layers strongly encouraged
  • Thursday, 1/20
  • Noon-2
  • Meet at the Northgate Plaza (120 Northgate Avenue, Morrisville.) Walk ends at the Oxbow.

In 2021, 53 Vermonters died while homeless. During December in Lamoille County, 65 households including 30 children experienced homelessness.

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