Now that it is time for school to start, summer weather has arrived. It has certainly has been hot the past few weeks. While we would like nice weather for recesses when the children start their new school year, hopefully it will not be quite as hot and humid. Fortunately, it is usually cooler inside the building than outside.
The playground committee has been very busy this summer refurbishing the area and adding some new play structures. The new sand play area is spectacular and is more than three times larger than the old space.
Large boulders form the boundaries of the area with additional rocks strategically placed for climbing. It is sure to be a popular spot during play time. The construction of a new 18 foot playground dome and renovations to the existing structure are scheduled before school starts.
All of our veteran staff members are returning with only one exception. Anie Sklar, our school Clinician for the past two years, is not returning to CTES and a replacement has yet to be found. We anticipate having a student teacher from Castleton State College in grade three who will be formally introduced on opening day.
Our new superintendent, David Adams, comes to us from Bennington where he was the Assistant Superintendent for several years. He will be at CTES on opening day to greet the students, parents and staff. We look forward to collaboratively working with him - our top educational leader. He looks forward to meeting the greater CTES community and to working together to provide the best educational experience possible for the children.
The Nutrition Committee has been busy throughout the summer. Members have been working like busy bees, collecting and freezing locally grown fruits and vegetables. It is surprising how much they have already harvested from the school garden. There have been many community members who have also grown produce for the students to enjoy. Items that come from local gardens will be so noted on the menus and signs will be posted in the lunchroom identifying local foods. This effort to provide locally grown produce will continue all year long, with several food tasting events planned for all to try new foods. This is one component of a "Wellness" theme that will permeate the school throughout the entire school year.