MES News & Announcements

Public news and announcements from Morristown Elementary School.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

The Road to Proficiency

There are many chicken and egg stories in education, as in which came first, the chicken or the egg. One of them we are confronting at MES is, do behaviors cause academic problems or do academic deficiencies cause students to misbehave (usually to hide those deficiencies.) Using the work of Dr. Ross Greene, the staff of MES is beginning to use the ALSUP, the Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems. What the ALSUP helps to identify is where a child’s skills do not match what is being asked of him/her. According to Greene, it’s those lagging skills that cause behavior problems. By being able to identify the lagging skills, teachers and students can work together to develop a plan to improve the identified skill(s), one at a time.  As behavioral skills improve, so too do academic skills. Individualizing how we respond to students who are struggling helps us to better support them academically.

To learn more about the additional benefits on Personalized Learning Plans visit:

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

New Horizons

Please join us in wishing Mrs. Buckley well in her future adventures as she has decided not to complete her year at MES. Thank you Liz Buckley for all your years of services to the MES community.

The Road to Proficiency


Have you heard your student(s) talk about goal setting or Personalized Learning Plans and want to know more?

Personalized Learning Plans (PLP’s) are developed by students—typically in collaboration with teachers, counselors, and parents—as a way to help them achieve short and long term learning goals. Cognitive science supports that when students have ownership over their own learning we improve the learning environment and promote positive motivational, social and emotional habits and dispositions toward learning. Personalized learning means using a diverse variety of learning experiences, instructional approaches, and goal-oriented strategies that are intended to address the distinct learning needs of individual students. For more information and research on PLP’s:
PLP’s in our Schools: Personalized learning, which we know contributes to a higher level of student performance and deeper learning, has always been an integral part of our schools’ missions. Our process is guided by an emphasis on creating students who are Thinkers, Problem Solvers, Effective Communicators, and Personally and Socially Responsible Citizens. As we head down ‘the road to proficiency’, students in Mr. Gedmin’s class, for example, are combining their math and science units to build cars. In their building of cars, they are exploring simple machine and independent variables. Students have been tweaking their cars to go faster or to go farther along the track. Is weight a factor? How do the wheels need to be aligned? Students have measured to the nearest millimeter; they have determined the speed of their car by dividing distance by time. They have had 3-5 trial runs of their car and are in the process of graphing their results. Throughout the process, students have learned much about the importance of persistence.

To read more about Personalized Learning Plans

Thursday, November 10, 2016

PRESS RELEASE Elmore-Morristown Unified Union School District Seeking Candidates for the Office of School Director

The local election for school directors for the Elmore-Morristown Unified Union School District will be held on Town Meeting Day, March 7, 2017.

Ida Mae Anderson, a Morristown resident, who has been serving as a board director since 2014, is planning to seek re-election to the office of At-Large school director, Morristown or Elmore resident, Seat 1, for the Elmore-Morristown Unified Union School District Board for a 3 year term.

Stephanie Craig, a Morristown resident, who has been serving as a board director since 2012, is also planning to seek re-election to the office of At-Large school director, Morristown resident, Seat 1, for the Elmore-Morristown Unified Union School District Board for a 3 year term.

John “Woody” Belt has indicated that he will be resigning from the Elmore-Morristown Unified Union School District (EMUU) Board of Directors effective March 7, 2017, due to changes in family circumstances.  Woody has served as a board director since 2013.  The Morristown School District and EMUU Boards are very grateful for his dedicated service on behalf of the children and communities of Elmore and Morristown.

To replace Woody, the Elmore-Morristown Unified Union School District Board of Directors is encouraging candidates for the office of At-Large school director, Seat 2, for the remaining 2 years of the 3 year term.  Candidates may be a Morristown or Elmore resident.  The election will be by Australian Ballot at the next local school district election, Town Meeting Day, March 7, 2017. 

Interested candidates may contact an Elmore-Morristown Unified Union School District Board Member or Lamoille South Supervisory Union (LSSU) Superintendent Tracy Wrend at 888-4541 for more information on board service.  Candidate Consent Forms and Petitions for Office can be obtained at LSSU, or the Elmore or Morristown Town Clerk’s Office for all three board seats.  Completed petitions can be submitted to either Elmore or Morristown Town Clerk’s Office and are due January 30, 2017.  

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The Road to Proficiency at Elmore Morrisville Unified Union (EMUU)

Welcome to the start of our monthly communication for personalized and proficiency-based learning in our schools.  We know you have lots of questions as we work toward implementation of proficiency-based learning in our schools by the start of the 2017-18 school year.
We are pleased to announce some tools to help us understand proficiency-based learning:
  • Our Road to Proficiency website for detailed information regarding the what, why, and how of proficiency-based learning, FAQ’s, and additional resources.
  • A proficiency FACT sheet is available at your child’s school.
  • Monthly updates & information will be available through this blog.                              
There are several things to keep in mind as we embark on the Road to Proficiency:
  • While development of proficiency assessment and grading is a work in progress, student learning and our academic rigor will remain constant.
  • All four schools are working on various elements of proficiency-based learning. You may have already seen some of the tools we have created such as proficiency scales, and you can expect to see more in the near future.
  • While Act 77 requires us to move to proficiency-based learning, it is also designed to be flexible and allow us to implement in ways that meet the needs of all our students, teachers, and schools.

Going forward, as we implement new tools  for learning in the classroom, we will continue to provide information and updates and invite you to speak with us along the way.

Monday, November 7, 2016


Ed Oravec will be retiring from Morristown Elementary School at the end of the 2016-2017 school year.   He has served the students of the Elmore-Morristown Unified Union School District for the last nine years, and his presence at the school will be greatly missed. 

This means that the school board must make the very important decision of who will be the next principal at Morristown Elementary School.  The process will begin formally in December and include the appointment of a search committee, comprised of teachers, community members and facilitated by an administrator.  The information from the search committee will direct additional exploration of candidates, and, ultimately, inform the decision of the board.  Our goal is to appoint Morristown Elementary School’s new principal during March, 2017.

Please join us in wishing Ed the best, and contact me at any point if you have questions, concerns or suggestions.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016


MES has a small supply of winter clothing in the nurse’s office that students borrow when they forget their own. Sizes and styles are limited to what the nurse has collected, although the collection is always in flux. If you have any winter clothing your child has outgrown and that needs a new home, please consider donating it to MES. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Dear MES Parent/Guardian

This survey (  is designed to help us assess the level of awareness in the community regarding proficiency-based learning and personal learning plans [Anagnorisis, student portfolios, Wolf Tracks]. We are working across Lamoille South Supervisory Union to develop a communications plan to get the word out on our progress on these two Act 77 initiatives. Your feedback will contribute to this plan and is much appreciated. 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Parent Portal Down for Planned Maintenance 10-7 to 10-9

This is to inform you that beginning Friday, October 7th at 7:00 p.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, Parent Portal will be down for planned maintenance.  Thank you for your patience.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

School Registration Reminder

Our new E-Registration portal is now available!  This post is a follow-up to a letter and an email you should have received. If you have already completed your Parent Portal Single-Sign-On and E-Registration, THANK YOU!
If you have not created your Parent Portal Single Sign-On account and completed E-Registration, please continue reading.

For those who prefer to fill out the forms via paper, traditional printed "summer packets" can still be mailed home upon request or picked up at the school office. Please call your school to make your request.

E-Registration is accessed through the PowerSchool Parent Portal HERE. If you need your parent username and password, please call your school, email support at or contact Melissa Gillen at 802-888-4541 x5559.  For additional instruction on how to create a Parent Portal Single Sign-On account, please click HERE.

E-Registration will allow parents and guardians to update their student's demographic information, electronically sign parent permissions, and view documents and forms via the PowerSchool Parent Portal. We are certain that you will find this to be a more convenient and faster way to update your family’s information with the school.
Lamoille South Supervisory Union is committed to improving communication with families. We are implementing this system to provide a more accurate, flexible, and cost effective approach to collecting and updating student information. We also hope parents will find this system a more convenient and faster way to communicate with schools.