Dear PAML Families,

I’d like to start off this week by sharing a hearty congratulations to all of the PAML chorus and band members for their performance in the concert this week.  It was a truly wonderful event and I particularly enjoyed the opportunity to have our 4th grade band members participate alongside our 5th-8th grade students. 

One highlight of the event for me was the hilarious song that our chorus sang reminding everyone to turn their cell phones off.  While the song got a good laugh from everyone, it went right along with a very impactful report from the U.S. Surgeon General highlighting some very concerning research around cell phones and social media use.  I have shared one of the most compelling pieces of research below as well as a link to the full report:

“Adolescent social media use is predictive of a subsequent decrease in life satisfaction for certain developmental stages including for girls 11–13 years old and boys 14–15 years old.”

It’s time to get serious about smartphone use and our kids.  One of the ways that we plan to contribute to forward momentum is by re-drafting our school-wide expectations in regards to personal technology for the 23-24 school year.  This work has already begun in our building. We will not be able to make gains in this area alone and we will need everyone’s support.  Please be on the look-out for opportunities to contribute your input and help us create some helpful boundaries for our kids with their personal technology. 

I’d also like to congratulate our 8th grade students on their attention and engagement during our assembly with the PA high school yesterday.  The content was challenging and at times difficult to hear.  Our students remained engaged in Chris Herren’s presentation and their questions were thoughtful.  We will be taking time this afternoon in TA to further process the presentation.  Please do not hesitate to talk to your 8th graders about what Mr. Herren had to share. 

Thank you for your continued support,


Matt Young

Upcoming Dates:

May 26th Memorial day observance-10:00

May 26th: Last Day of Unbound Programming

May 30-June 2 – 5th Grade Keewaydin Trip

6th grade MapleLeaf: 5/31-6/2

June 1st: 8th Grade Field Trip to Boston

June 2nd: High Notes Music Festival

June 6th: 6:00 Finding Nemo performance for the community

June 13th @10:00am 8th grade Celebration (Rain Date 6/14)

June 14th:  Last day of school.  Student dismissal at Noon.

Unbound Programming News

Our Spring Unbound Season is coming to a close.  This Friday (5/26) is our final day of Unbound programming for the 22/23 school year.  We would like to extend our deepest expression of gratitude for everyone who has made our after school program a success this year.   

We are thrilled to share our 2023 Summer Program offered through Unbound.  Below is a link to the informational packet.  Please fill out and submit the registration.  We will confirm registrations in Mid-May.  

2023 Unbound Summer Camp

2023-2024 School Calendar

Below is a link to our 2023-2024 School Calendar.  Next year’s calendar does have different elements than we’ve had in the past few years.  Please check it out.  

23/24 School Calendar

A Note About PRIME Drinks

We continue to process challenging incidents that involve our students and Prime drinks.  I’d like to offer a gentle reminder that selling anything on campus between students is prohibited.  Please help us by encouraging your students not to bring Prime drinks to school.  Their extreme popularity has the capacity to create quite a distraction in our school community. 

Trimester Dates

T1: 8/29-11/22

T2: 11/28-3/16

T3: 3/17-6/12

Lego League

Morrsiville community members are planning to form a FIRST LEGO League group for kids ages 9 – 14, starting in Fall 2023. We are looking to recruit participants, including teen and adult mentors. The group will meet weekly on Thursdays 5:00 – 6:00 at the Morristown Centennial Library, and will aim to compete in the statewide competition in Winter 2024. This is a great opportunity for kids to learn coding, robotics and participate in a team activity. Please share this poster widely!

Here is a direct link to the sign-up form:

And here is a link to a recent news article about the FIRST LEGO robotics program:

Below are some links to explore from the Morrisville Rec. Department

Capital Soccer Soccer Camp

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Morristown Rec Camp for 5th and 6th Graders

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🌞River Arts Camps! Register Today!

Hello Middle School Families!  We have a HUGE variety of 2023 Summer Camps at River Arts.  CAMPS ARE FILLING FAST and some are sold out.  Here are just a few to name, but take a look at the full listing on our website as well!

Quiet Camp June 26-30 Don’t let the name fool you!  This is loads of fun designed for campers that prefer a quiet space to create with like minded youth with some great outdoor time and many new skills. 

Clay Wheel and Handbuilding Camp July 3-7 (no camp July 4) Campers can build with clay all day while learning many types of techniques. 

Recycled Art Camp July 17-21 This camp is GREAT fun for the 3 dimensional builder using imagination and a lot of inspiration from current artists working in recycled materials. From spray paint to sewing and painting, they will have a blast creating!

Street Art Camp  August 7-11 This is a SUPER creative camp where campers will develop their skills and create a collaborative artwork on the side of a building (with permission of course!). Campers will learn the history and technique of creating aerosol art with emphasis on their drawing skills and composition.  What’s not to like about this?!?!?

🌞Reminder, we offer tiered pricing and additional tuition assistance for all who need it, making Arts for Everyone a reality for all this summer!  Call 802-888-1261 with any questions, and we hope to see you at the art center soon!

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Addressing Poverty in Lamoille: An Interfaith Teach In + Fundraiser

  • Saturday, June 3rd
  • 6-8 PM
  • In Person: Blessed Sacrament Church (728 Mountain Road, Stowe)

Virtual option

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