First Branch Unified District at Chelsea is thrilled to welcome back our students and to extend a warm greeting to our new families. We opened our doors to 118 students on August 29th. We welcomed — new students which included — new kindergarteners at Opening Assembly. Our school is made up of students and staff that are involved in school activities, teams and performing arts events. We encourage families to get involved with the school as well. We really promote a family atmosphere at Chelsea and foster a personalized sense of belonging with all of our students. The more comfortable they feel at school, the better they will do academically. By working together, we can provide our students with an outstanding educational experience.
The student and parent portal in our Web2School Student Management System is an efficient way to monitor academic progress. All grades 6-8 parents and students have log-in information and passwords to access the portal to view attendance, assignments, and grades in real time. Our expectation for teachers is to update their grade books in a timely fashion (a minimum of every two weeks), so we ask that you be patient with the grading of assignments. This wonderful online feature will keep you and your student apprised of their progress, but we also encourage you to call or e-mail teachers if you have any questions using our school website. If you need us to reissue your log-in and password information, please contact Administrative Assistant Melissa Bickelman at email@example.com.
Upgrades in technology have certainly made things much easier and faster to communicate. We recognize that and give our students autonomy, because we feel as young adults they are responsible enough to handle it. The school uses Google Applications for Education. This enables our middle students to use an internal email system for collaboration between students and among their teachers. These accounts are able to be tracked by IT and administration, and only allows for use by students and staff within our school. Middle school students are allowed to use cell phones, iPads, and Chrome Books in non-academic areas. If you need to contact your student during the day, please contact Administrative Assistant Melissa Bickelman at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get them the message. We discourage the use of these devices for calls, texting, and e-mailing in classrooms, as it is a distraction to the educational process throughout the day. Your support towards that effort is greatly appreciated.
For the protection of our students, it is important that you notify the school when your student will not be in attendance. School procedures require the school offices to contact the homes of students whose absence has not been reported. The purpose of this policy is to avoid any delay in determining that the student is in your care. To report an absence call the Administrative Assistant at 685-4551 by 8:30 AM. Please tell us the student’s name, your name and relationship to the student and the reason for the absence.
There will be many opportunities for you to visit our school this year to enjoy a variety of programs, athletic events, concerts and theatrical events we will feature. Check out our events calendar on the Chelsea Public School website for times and dates (www.chelseaschoolvt.org). Below, please find a listing of our parent, community breakfast/luncheon outreach events for the 2018-2019 school year:
- Farm-to-School Luncheon – Friday, September 28, 2018 (11-1)
- School Open House – Wednesday, September 26, 2018 (5:30 – 7:00)
- Grandparent Luncheon – Friday, October 19, 2018 (11-1)
- Senior Citizens Luncheon (12:30 PM) – Friday, November 16, 2018
- Parent Luncheon –Friday, January 18, 2019 (11-1)
- Diversity Day – Thursday, February 7, 2019
- Parent/Grandparent Breakfast – Friday, March 15, 2019 (7:45-8:15)
- Chelsea Area Senior Citizens Luncheon (12:30 PM) – Friday, April 26, 2019
- Vermont Green-Up Day/Outdoor Luncheon – Friday, May 3, 2019
First Branch Unified District at Chelsea takes great pride in providing an environment that is respectful and safe for the social, emotional, and academic success of our students. On behalf of the faculty and staff, thank you for your continued support and partnership as we work to fulfill our motto “Learning, Community, Respect.”
Mark A. Blount, Principal