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Publicly Funded Pre-K of Springfield School District
What is publicly funded prekindergarten education? Publicly funded prekindergarten education is defined as 6-10 hours per week of developmentally appropriate learning experiences using curriculum based on Vermont’s Early Learning Standards. Publicly funded pre-kindergarten education is limited to the academic year (September-June or 35 weeks).
Where are these publicly funded pre-kindergarten programs? The Springfield School District’s publicly funded pre-k programs are located in community early care and education programs that meet specific quality standards. Springfield School District’s pre-k partners are:
· PlayWorks (licensed center) – 886-5242
· Safe N’ Sound (registered home) – 886-1070
· SEVCA Windsor County Head Start at Pine Street Preschool (licensed center) – 885-6669
· Squeaky Sneakers Springfield (licensed center) – 885-5541
· Squeaky Sneakers Bellows Falls (licensed center) – 463-4795
· Suzy’s Little Peanuts (licensed center) – 885-7899
· Saxton’s River Montessori School (licensed center) – 869-3349
· Springfield Learning Garden (licensed center) – 885-5077
· World of Discovery III (licensed center) – 885-8380
· The Little School (licensed center) – 824-3405
Are there any charges for my child’s pre-k program? If selected, your child will be provided with 6-10 hours of pre-k program at no cost to you. Families are responsible for any charges or co-pay amounts beyond the 6-10 hours. The payment will be set up with the partner program.
Is my child eligible for publicly funded prekindergarten? If your child is 3 years old by September 1, 2013 and resides in Springfield, then your child is eligible to participate.
Please note: If we receive more applications than we have funding to support, we will use a random selection process to determine which children will receive public funding. We will inform you of the results of the selection process by mid-May 2013. After notification of selection, please check in with the partner program of your choice and find out what paperwork must be completed to enroll your child. Space in some partner programs may be limited.
How do I apply? Complete the attached application form and return it by mail to Gladys Collins, 109 Park Street, Springfield, VT 05156 or to one of the programs listed above on orbefore April 12th, 2013.
If you have any questions, please contact Gladys Collins at 885-1150.
Budget Information Posted
The Springfield School District’s Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2014
(FY14) is $ 28,402,219. This will be voted upon in two parts. The voters of
Springfield will vote on an article for $ 27,750,839. The remaining $ 651,380 will
be voted upon as part of the separate regional vote for the River Valley
Technical Center budget.
A decrease in the K-12 enrollment of twelve students is anticipated. Elm
Hill and Riverside will be experiencing increases while the enrollment at Union
and Springfield High School will decline. Additionally, the Preschool program
should see an enrollment increase.
The FY14 budget process began with an initial budget prepared based on
the School Board’s request for a “needs” budget so that they could see what
would be required to operate our schools. This initial budget represented an
increase of $ 2, 571,061over the current budget. The school administration
quickly realized that this initial budget increase was too high and recommended
some $ 1,714,721 in reductions. The Budget Advisory Committee reviewed the
budget and recommended additional cuts of $ 290,092. Finally, the School
Board reviewed the budget and added $ 154,861. The end result was an FY14
Proposed Budget that is $ 721,109 (2.6%) higher than the current school budget.
The estimated increase in tax revenue is only 1.8%. The tax rate will
increase by 3.5 cents for residential property and by less than one cent for non-
residential property. Local School Property Tax revenue only funds one-third of
the school budget.
Rutland Herald & Times Argus
Union Street students mediate their own conflicts
Author(s): Christian AvardSPRINGFIELD - Fifth-graders Nadine Spigel, 11, Jessica Cerniglia, 10, Ryan Kirker, 11, and Kristos Iliopoulos, 11, are making a difference at Union Street Elementary School. They are four students who are trained in defusing potential conflicts in the school and on the playground. On Monday, the peermediators and their advisor, school counselor Jan Rounds, met with Elizabeth Harty's third-grade class, performed a skit, and discussed how they can help students when trouble arises.
"We are not judges. We are not here to punish you or tell you what to do. We are here to help you resolve your conflict," Kirker said in a skit performed withpeer mediators.
The students acted out a situation that would be hurtful, imagining a student who is left out of an activity by a friend. Kirker and Cerniglia asked Iliopoulos and Spigel what they could do to make the situation better. They each suggested ideas and eventually came to an agreement. The Union Streetpeer mediation program is in its 13th year at Union Street Elementary. According to faculty and staff, the program is effective in helping students solve problems in a constructive manner.
"We have 12 peer mediators who advised in 23 situations. They sat down with kids and helped them figure things out on their own."
Rounds was introduced to student peer mediation at Riverside Middle School. She took the program model and worked with fifth-graders in their final year at Union Street Elementary.
Rounds teaches all fourth-graders in peer mediation and they receive certification. Teachers choose 12 students as mediators while those not chosen can volunteer as deputies.
The deputies monitor students on the playground, in classrooms, and in other areas where students congregate. They refer problematic situations to peermoderators who take over from there.
Even when students are not selected as peer moderators, many are eager to fill in as deputies. "Being a deputy is voluntary but we have 70 deputies who are willing to help out. They also enjoy the responsibilities they have," Rounds added.
Having student mediators and deputies has made Union Street a supportive school for everyone. Knowing that fifth-graders are helping them find solutions contributes to a positive learning environment.
According to the fifth-graders who spoke to Harty's class, being a peermoderator is more than just helping students.
"It's about leadership, helping people and teaching them skills to where they want to go," Iliopoulos said.
"It feels good because you know you can help people," she said.
Spigel added that mediation skills also help outside of the classroom and are empowering.
"These skills can be used in families. They are good skills to know and I feel strong," Spigel said.
Springfield Mentor Makes Difference in Student’s Life
By Christian Avard
SPRINGFIELD — Zach Cheney, a fifth-grade student at Union Street Elementary School, was eagerly awaiting his friend’s arrival Thursday. Floyd Buck, a well-known student mentor from Springfield, made his way down the hall, high-fiving all the students who crossed his path.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 16 January 2013 14:59)
SPRINGFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT
The Springfield Public Schools are now registering children for Kindergarten for the 2013/2014 school year. Children born in 2008 who will be five (5) ON or BEFORE September 1, 2013 are eligible to enter kindergarten. If you have not yet received a registration form, please call Judy Spaulding at 885-5154 to request one.
Last Updated (Monday, 07 January 2013 14:53)