Announcements


Welcome to the New Molly Stark Elementary School Website

posted Jun 7, 2016, 7:06 AM by Elaine Hulett   [ updated Jun 7, 2016, 7:06 AM ]

The SVSU family of websites have been migrated from WIX to the free SVSU Google Apps for Education domain. The goal of the new sites is to provide an improved site appearance, a more streamlined navigation experience and faster webpage load times while decreasing the amount of network resources required by each site visitor. The websites for all the schools within the SVSU follow the same template allowing visitors to more easily find information across the sites.

The contents of each navigation tab drop down menu are described below.

Interpreting Your Child's State SBAC Results

posted Jan 5, 2016, 12:44 PM by Elaine Hulett

Featuring:  
  • MAUHS Student Shawn Devlin 
  • Assistant Superintendent Donna Leep 
  • Superintendent James Culkeen 
Produced by:  
  • SVSU Data Coach Melissa Senecal 
  • SVSU Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Laura Boudreau 

Interpreting Your Student's SBAC Results


Free meals for ALL students starting this fall

posted Nov 23, 2015, 8:38 AM by Elaine Hulett

Every child attending Mt. Anthony Union Middle & High Schools; Prekindergarten at Molly & Division St.; and Shaftsbury, Woodford, Pownal, Monument, Bennington, and Molly Stark Elementary Schools can now eat complete, nutritious and reimbursable breakfast and lunch approved by the program for free.

The federal government’s Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is structured to provide funding for free meals for economically disadvantaged school districts. The SVSU has determined that all public schools within the SVSU qualify and will participate in the 2015-2016 school year program. Participating in the CEP program, allows the SVSU to receive federal reimbursement for up to 100 percent of meals served.

“Finally, the math makes sense. The entire SVSU community benefits from our participation in CEP. All families qualify for free meals. A family of four who paid for breakfast and lunch last year can experience a savings of $1,200 this year. That is real money families can use to relieve pressure off their personal finances or increase their purchasing power in our local economy. It truly is a win-win for everyone.” says SVSU Chief Financial Officer, Richard C. Pembroke, Jr., SFO.

Every family is welcome and encouraged to take advantage of this new program. Participation is not required as children can still come to school with a meal from home. Snacks, snack milks, ala carte or second meals will continue to be charged at the current rates.

“With improved food quality, efficient food distribution methods and increased staff, we are ready to respond to the expected increase in meal participation. Schools within the program have experienced a 10% to 40% increase in breakfast participation,” says Maureen O’Neil, Southern Vermont Food Service Director from the Abbey Group who is working closely with the SVSU to implement the new program.

Across all SVSU public schools, 2900 students will now have the opportunity to eat two complete, nutritious and reimbursable meals approved by the program every school day without the stigma of being different from other students. This alone is expected to increase meal participation.

“The potential of the CEP program is truly exciting,” says SVSU Superintendent, James R. Culkeen. “Schools already participating have reported an increase in student attentiveness, fewer reports of student hunger, fewer disciplinary referrals and fewer visits to the school nurse. All of these elements make a great recipe for student success and enables them to perform at their best.”

Every Breakfast. Every Lunch.

posted Nov 23, 2015, 8:35 AM by Elaine Hulett   [ updated Jun 15, 2016, 5:38 AM ]

August 21, 2015

Dear Parent or Guardian,

We are committed to providing every student in our school community with all the tools they need to succeed, including nutritious breakfast and lunch that everyone can enjoy together. That is why we are excited to announce that this year; all public schools within the SVSU are enrolled in a new program offering complete, nutritious and reimbursable meals approved by the program every school day to all students at no charge.

All children enrolled in public schools within the SVSU can eat for free.
I am writing to share with you this exciting news and to ask that you help us ensure our meal program is a success by having your child participate in school breakfast and lunch every single school day. It is important that everyone participate in our universal meal program because…

Part of what makes a great school culture is everyone sharing a meal together.
When all of our students are eating together, our cafeteria will become a place to learn more about new foods together, make healthy choices, and fuel up for learning and play.

Participating in school breakfast and lunch helps your school and your community.
The more students who participate in school lunch and breakfast, the more our schools receive in federal reimbursement for meals served. This additional money enables us to improve our program by introducing higher quality ingredients and healthy food choices.

Participating in school breakfast and lunch helps your family.
Participating in school breakfast and lunch helps provide nutritious food for your children at school so they can concentrate better and learn more, and saves you valuable time and money at home.

I hope you will join me and the school community in supporting this exciting new program by participating in school breakfast and lunch this year. Please feel free to contact your school with any questions and to discuss any special dietary needs.

Sincerely,

James R. Culkeen
Superintendent

SVSU to Participate in Community Eligibility Provision

posted Nov 22, 2015, 3:49 PM by Elaine Hulett

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 


Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union to Participate in Community Eligibility Provision 

August 20, 2015 – Bennington, Vermont – Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union is slated to implement the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for Free Meal Reimbursement in School Year 2015-2016. Through CEP,a school district, a group of schools or a single school may offer meals at no charge to all students.

“We have been looking at the program for a couple of years and are now grateful that all the public schools within the SVSU qualify to participate in the CEP program. Now every student can get a complete, nutritious and reimbursable breakfast and lunch approved by the program for free, regardless of income. No child should have to go hungry and now they won’t have to,” says Maureen O’Neil, Southern Vermont Food Service Director from the Abbey Group.

The Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 includes the implementation of CEP to insure districts can participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP). To qualify, a district or school must have 40 percent or more of its students eligible for free meals based on direct certification. The SVSU, across all its public schools, qualifies at a rate of 50.15%.

“Finally, the math makes sense. The entire SVSU community benefits from our participation in CEP. All families qualify for free meals. A family of four who paid for breakfast and lunch last year can experience a savings of $1,200 this year. That is money families can use to relieve pressure off their personal finances or increase their purchasing power in our local economy. It truly is a win-win for everyone.” says SVSU Chief Financial Officer, Richard C. Pembroke, Jr., SFO.

CEP has been available to the entire country since the 2014-2015 School Year.

“The potential of the CEP program is truly exciting,” says SVSU Superintendent, James R. Culkeen. “Schools already participating have reported an increase in student attentiveness, fewer reports of student hunger, fewer disciplinary referrals and fewer visits to the school nurse. All of these elements make a great recipe for student success and enables them to perform at their best.”

About SVSU
Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union (SVSU) is one of the largest supervisory unions in the state of Vermont servicing over 2900 PreK-12th grade students from five towns in southern Bennington County. The SVSU provides and supports equal educational opportunities for all students and is an equal opportunity provider of USDA Child Nutrition Programs. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


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Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union
James R. Culkeen, Superintendent
“Striving for Excellence, Imagine the Possibilities”


CONTACT: Richard C. Pembroke, Jr., CFO
       802.753.5840
               rpembroke@svsu.org

Broadband Accessibilty from Comcast

posted Nov 22, 2015, 3:38 PM by Elaine Hulett

Posted June 17, 2014  

NOTICE:  Comcast is making broadband more accessible for families with students in the SVSU. Internet Essentials provides access to broadband service for $9.95 per month, an opportunity to purchase a laptop computer for under $150, and free digital literacy training to our neediest students and their families. If a student is eligible to receive free or reduced-priced lunch through the National School Lunch Program and is in Comcast’s service area, they may be eligible for this program. This effort makes access to broadband significantly more affordable and accessible for thousands of Vermont families.

For more information: http://www.internetessentials.com/

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