Announcements

 


John S. Roberts Foreign Language Scholarship

posted Mar 29, 2018, 8:33 AM by Web Master

The Mt. Abraham Union Middle/High School in Bristol announced today that it has received a $125,000 endowment to fund a scholarship for foreign language students.   A $5,000 scholarship will be awarded annually to a MAUM/HS senior who has completed at least four years of a foreign language and intends to continue foreign language study at a college or university.


The Mt. Abraham Foreign Language Scholarship honors the memory of John S. Roberts, Jr., a foreign language teacher at the Bristol High School and at Middlebury College during the mid 1950’s and early 1960’s.  The endowment is a gift from one of his students, Stephen Gay (BHS Class of 1963) and his wife, Judith of Clinton, CT. Mr. Roberts is remembered by his students as being a true “college prep” teacher, addressing them by “Mr.” and “Miss” and insisting that no English be spoken in his French and German classes.  He is also well remembered for his work ethic, teaching (incredibly!) Latin 1, 2, 3, French 1, 2, 3 and German 1, 2, 3 in 6 class periods 5 days a week. Mr. Roberts directed his students in a number of one act plays in all three languages and was instrumental in getting an audio language laboratory installed at the school, one of the first of its kind in the state. One former student, who called Mr. Roberts “a gifted educator” and his teachings “life changing”, is still using the German he learned from Mr. Roberts in his business some 55 years later. Indeed, Mr. Roberts has left a legacy to be remembered!


ANESU Chief Financial Officer Howard Mansfield commented, “This generous gift provided by a former Bristol High School student and his wife (Stephen and Judith Gay) will continue well into the future to provide an annual scholarship for students from the five town community of Mt. Abraham Union Middle/High School. Representing the school community, I thank the donors for their extreme generosity, but also the story behind the gift. Hearing about John Roberts and his dedication to his students and community was a touching experience for all concerned. It is great to know that his connection with so many students over the years and those who benefited from his teachings attribute to him their learning and success. It is also good to know that due to his teachings, current and future students from Mt. Abraham Union Middle/High School will continue to benefit from his legacy through this generous gift.”


Education Recognition Night

posted Mar 26, 2018, 1:15 PM by Karen Wheeler   [ updated Mar 29, 2018, 8:34 AM by Web Master ]

Please join us in nominating and recognizing deserving individuals for this year’s annual Education Recognition and Patricia Pierce Excellence in Teaching Award Night.


Date to be announced soon!

6:30 to 8:00 PM

Mt. Abraham Union High School Auditorium


This annual event honors ANESU staff members and members of the community who have made special contributions to the education of young people from the five town districts of Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton, New Haven, Starksboro, and Mt. Abraham Union Middle/High School.


PATRICIA CUMMINGS PIERCE EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD


As you may know, an award in memory of longtime Bristol Elementary Teacher, Pat Pierce was initiated in 1994 to be given annually to a teacher from the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union.  This award recognizes the exceptional characteristics of Pat's life—her deep commitment to children and her profession, as well as her great enthusiasm for learning and life.


Any teacher, PreK-12, employed within Addison Northeast schools is eligible to be nominated for this special award.  Please consider worthy candidates for this honor and complete the nomination form attached. This award is given with the support of the Tari Shattuck Education Foundation.


EDUCATION RECOGNITION AWARDS


These awards are given to individuals whose efforts have supported students or who have made a special contribution to education during this school year.


I invite you to nominate individuals from any area of our community including:  school custodians, educational assistants, food service staff, tutors, coaches, teachers, counselors, nurses, bus drivers, administrators, board members, secretaries, parents, volunteers, mentors, business owners, members of community organizations — anyone in our local communities who has promoted excellence in education and in any way contributed to the success of students in our schools!


Please join us for:

Presentation of Awards

Student Musical Performances

Dessert Reception.

Contact kwheeler@anesu.org for nomination form.

Helpful Info About Running for School Board

posted Jan 4, 2018, 7:39 AM by Web Master   [ updated Jan 4, 2018, 7:40 AM ]

Thinking of Running for School Board? Click the link for a short video.

MAUSD Community Budget Forum

posted Dec 27, 2017, 8:26 AM by Web Master   [ updated Jan 8, 2018, 5:16 AM ]

MAUSD Board Seeks Your Input!

posted Dec 7, 2017, 12:35 PM by Web Master

Please share your input with the Mount Abraham Unified School Board The Mount Abraham Unified School District Board is interested in connecting with our community. Since we are now one school district serving all 5 towns as well as Mt. Abraham Union Middle/High School, hearing from our diverse community is more important than ever. Your unified school board may want to connect with you on topics including general vision for our schools and students, budgets, legislative updates, trends in education, and more. Please share your thoughts about how you would best like to engage with your school board. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WSYBVNM The survey should only take you a minute to complete. Please respond by 12/15. Thank you for sharing your input! MAUSD Community Engagement Committee

Press Release RE: MAUSD Budget Parameters

posted Dec 1, 2017, 7:48 AM by Web Master

At their October 24th meeting, the MAUSD Board voted to instruct Superintendent Patrick Reen to develop a FY 19 budget that maintains level funding per equalized pupil. The decision to start with 0% growth was brought on by several factors, including reduced payments from the State to local boards and rising health insurance premiums. The reductions in State payments are the result of a compromise between Governor Scott and legislative leaders last June, capping the amount school districts can spend on teacher health care. With health care costs anticipated to climb by at least 8%, these new spending caps may be exceeded. In that event, any additional money will need to be found from elsewhere in the budget.


The MAUSD Board anticipates a draft budget to be presented at their December 19th meeting. Community forums will be held in early January to present the draft budget to the broader public and to receive feedback.


Early release days on the 17/18 school calendar

posted Aug 18, 2017, 8:42 AM by Web Master

Dear ANESU Families,

            Ensuring the students in our five-town community receive the best instruction we can deliver is among our highest priorities.  The body of research available to us on the most effective practices is greater today than it has ever been.  To take advantage of this research and to help ensure we are continually working to improve instruction, and therefore outcomes for our students, we need to provide ongoing professional development for every educator in our school community.  To do so we need to make time for this professional development to happen.    

With this in mind, you will notice on the 2017-2018 school calendar that all schools in Addison Northeast Supervisory Union will have seven early release days this year.  These early release days will provide time for professional development to happen within and across our schools.  As we transition to a single district the need to work closely together is greater than ever.  Working together we can build equity in opportunity and outcomes for students.  Working together we can support one another as we operationalize our strategic plan.  Working together we can achieve great things.   

Our early release days coincide with early release days in Addison Northwest School District (Vergennes) and Addison Central School District (Middlebury).  This coordination is important because Vergennes Union High School, Middlebury Union High School and Mt. Abraham Union High School each have students attending the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center. These common professional development days also open doors for future collaborative work with our neighboring school districts in Addison County.  

The early release days are scheduled for October 3, November 8, December 7, February 7, March 29, April 17 and May 16.  Dismissal times on the early release days will be as follows:

Bristol Elementary School               11:40                     Monkton Central School                               11:50

Lincoln Community School              11:45                     Robinson Elementary School                       11:45

Beeman Elementary School             11:45                     Mt. Abraham Union Middle/High School      11:30

I recognize these early release days have the potential to create challenging child care situations for some families and for that I am sorry.  Thank you for your efforts to make these professional development days a possibility.   

Sincerely,

Patrick J. Reen

Superintendent

New Volunteer Process

posted Aug 17, 2017, 8:00 AM by Web Master   [ updated Dec 1, 2017, 8:17 AM ]

Families, Friends and Community Members New Volunteer Process


To ensure the safety of all children in our district, starting July 1, 2017, all volunteers must be fingerprinted. The prints will be at no charge through Bristol PD by appointment only.  If at any point in the school year you volunteer, chaperone a field trip, or work with our students please follow the process below.  


Here is what you need to know:

  • If you think you have current results on file, please check with your school’s administrative assistant to confirm.  If you do, you will only fill out the Volunteer Registration, Criminal Record Check and Agency of Human Services Forms

  • If you do not have results on file, your school will provide you with the following forms:  Volunteer Registration, Criminal Record Check, Agency of Human Services and VCIC Fingerprint Authorization Certificate

  • Completely fill out all forms

  • You will need to bring two current forms of ID when you come for fingerprints:

Primary List- Valid VT Driver's License, Valid Non-Driver ID, Valid Government ID card or US Passport.  

Secondary List- Valid Credit Card with signature, Valid Student ID, SS card, Check Cashing Card with Signature, Military ID.


You can have two forms of ID from the primary list or one from each list, but not two from the secondary list.


Frequently Asked Questions:  


When can I start volunteering?  Once the initial check is done (2 days), you will be permitted to volunteer pending print results.  


Do I have to do this every year?  Once the entire process is complete and we have received all results, you are permitted to volunteer for 3 years without retaking prints as long as you volunteer at least once each school year.  However, each year, you will fill out a volunteer form along with the two local background check forms.


Please call Jennifer at 453-6946 for more information and to set up an appointment.




A message from Superintendent Patrick Reen - May 24, 2017

posted May 10, 2017, 12:46 PM by Web Master   [ updated Jul 14, 2017, 8:46 AM ]

At their May 23 meeting the new school district board took action on choosing an official name for our new unified school district.  


As you may or my not know, with the passage of Act 46 we could no longer keep Addison Northeast Supervisory Union as our name.  This created an opportunity for us to think differently about how we want to be recognized as a new district moving forward.  


One month, two surveys and about 600 responses later the new name selected is Mount Abraham Unified School District.  The name change will take effect July 1, 2018. Thank you to all who took part in the survey.  The future's looking bright for MAUSD as we Shape Our Future Together!


Strategic Plan Development

posted Jan 26, 2017, 10:32 AM by Web Master   [ updated Jan 26, 2017, 10:46 AM ]

Over the past several weeks we have been making progress in our strategic plan development.  Most notable is the development of a vision for ANESU, Shaping Our Future Together!  Use the links below to learn more about the strategic plan development thus far including next steps, the vision, mission and Ends as well as ways to get involved in the strategic planning process.



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