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Welcome back, Families!

posted Aug 21, 2017, 8:18 AM by Susan Briere   [ updated Aug 21, 2017, 8:51 AM ]


I hope this letter finds you and all the members of your family to be enjoying a safe and relaxing summer.  School begins again for students three weeks from today.  Where did the summer go?

From the Principal

posted Oct 10, 2016, 8:27 AM by Diane Randall

Welcome back to our “new school”. Our top priority here at Leicester is to learn about and support each of our 50 students’ interests and needs. What questions do they have about the world? How can we help them build on and find answers to those questions? When we meet as a staff, it’s usually to think together about how best to do that, how to create a school that’s not just academic but intellectual. When we work on e

xpeditionary projects, it’s not just to be “hands on”, it’s to be challenging and thought provoking… It’s for all students, kids who have challenges and kids who want and need extra challenges. Our main concern is what students are learning, and how they’re helped to learn it. We make sure that it makes sense for the particular kids in a given room, in a given year. That’s why our teachers spend a lot more time asking than telling — and even more time listening to what the kids wonder about. The plan for learning is created with your kids, not just for them. Do kids need the basics? Absolutely! And they get it, but they need to be engaged, curious, and see relevance to what they are learning. The basic skills need to be learned, especially in the early grades, but there , too, our young students need to see meaning in their learning.

A good way to tell how successful we are is how excited the students are about figuring stuff out and playing with ideas. Nurturing their desire to learn is more important to us than cramming them full of definitions and dates and details that they’re likely to forget anyway. Plus, in my experience, when that excitement is there, academic excellence tends to follow – assuming they’ve been given the support and resources they need.

So if your children ever seem reluctant to come to school, please let us know! Hating school isn’t a fact of life; it’s a problem to be solved. It’s our responsibility to improve what happens in school. And if it turns out that the curiosity of our students is being smothered by practices that we’ve come to take for granted, well, we’re not going to say, “Too bad. That’s life.” We’re going to rethink what we’re doing and help them create problem solving strategies for these obstacles in the future.

Our classrooms are student-centered and much of the learning is student-designed around a theme or project. It’s organized around their questions, around projects and problems that intrigue them. (By “them,” I mean not only individual kids but whole classrooms; the learners think these things through together.)

Please...hold us accountable for helping your child be a deep thinker who loves learning. Expect creativity. Expect curiosity. Expect class meetings that build community and empower students.

I do believe the overused phrase, “All children can learn.” The question should be, All children can learn what? Obviously everyone can’t learn everything, but the more important question is whether a given thing we’re asking them to learn is really worth learning. That’s what we should be talking about. And that’s what we do talk about — not only at staff meetings but with the kids. That’s what defines our approach to education, in fact.

Is this working? I do believe it is!

Welcome new staff

posted Oct 10, 2016, 8:25 AM by Diane Randall

Leicester Central School would like to welcome our new staff members -

Hello family and friends from the Leicester School and community. My name is Michael Joyce and this is my first year teaching at the Leicester Central School. I graduated from Tufts University in Medford, MA and St. Joseph’s College in Rutland, VT. I live in Rutland and have a wife who teaches at Rutland Intermediate School and two children, ages 13 and 8, who attend Rutland Town School. I played sports in college and enjoy exercising and doing fun things with my family and friends during my free time. I am a reading interventionist teacher for the Leicester Central School and will be working with various students to help improve their reading skills throughout the year. Reading is enjoyable for me, and I plan on sharing my love of reading with all of the students I work with this upcoming year.


Welcome to a new school year! I hope you had a fun summer. My name is Carol Wright and I‘m the Leicester School Nurse. I’m on campus on Tuesdays and look forward to meeting you and your child this year. Please feel free to call me, contact me by email or stop by the school on Tuesdays if I can help you with any health needs. My nursing background includes working at a Children’s Hospital and as a school nurse at Barstow Memorial School, in our district. I was raised in Vermont and am enjoying learning about the Leicester community.

If your child has a known health condition, such as asthma, allergies, or other health or medication needs, please contact me to help develop a health plan and/or medication permission forms. The health plan or medication permission forms provide direction to our staff if the need should arise. There is more information and the required paperwork on our website, under “Health Office”. It works best to set up these plans and permission forms at the beginning of the year, if possible. I will also do routine hearing and vision screening as required by the state, check for immunization compliance, occasional classroom health lessons, and serve as a health resource for our school community. I wish your family a safe and healthy school year.


Hi! I am Haley Cotrupi, Home/School Coordinator for Leicester, Sudbury and Whiting Schools. My goal for this school year is to form trusting and supportive relationships with students, families, and staff. I have had a great time meeting the students and getting involved with projects going on around the school. I hope to be a friendly connection for families to communicate to our school for anything we can do to help or support them and our students.

My background consists of working as a counselor at Maple Leaf Clinic’s summer camp for children with Autism and Aspergers through high school. For the last six years I have worked for the Rutland City Public School District’s Tapestry Program while attending school at Castleton University where I received my degree in Social Work and Sociology. I have also worked through the Howard Center at the Park Street Program in the Fay Honey Knopp School as a Behavioral Interventionist Intern. This past school year I was a Paraeducator at Allen Street Campus in Rutland where we served students with emotional disturbances and social/emotional disabilities. I am honored to be given the opportunity to put my skills and experience to use with RNESU!


Kelsey Watters— This year, Kelsey’s role is as the Behavioral Consultant from the Counseling Services of Addison County (CSAC). Kelsey will be observing different classrooms and environments within the school to identif ying ways to help students maintain safe and regulated behavior throughout the school day. Kelsey has been working in CSAC’s behavior intervention program for five years.

In her free time, Kelsey enjoys supporting the Otters at various sporting events, coaching middle school softball, sewing and spending time outside with her dog. As a life-long Brandon resident, Kelsey is excited to learn more about the Leicester school, and the amazing children and families she will encounter there.

Fall Forward...

posted Sep 12, 2016, 8:43 AM by Earl Corey   [ updated Sep 13, 2016, 6:34 AM ]

Thanks to all who came to the Pancake Breakfast! It was a huge success and a good kick off to the 2016-2017 school year. We are excited about all of the changes that we've made at the school. Our "Community Room" is a great space and has already proved to be a valuable space.

Our first expedition is "The Community of Leicester, Yesterday and Today. We have already had our "kick off" that involved community members coming in answering questions about their occupations. We had a fireman,a carpenter, a former store owner, the town clerk, an organic farmer, and others who were all residents of Leicester. We will be looking at the history of Leicester as well as the current town. We will attend many field studies as well as having various people,from the community, visit our classes. The key to our expedition will be integrating as many core curriculum areas into our project.

Welcome Back to School

posted Jan 26, 2016, 9:52 AM by Diane Randall   [ updated Aug 16, 2016, 6:23 AM by Rusty Mason ]

We are looking forward to having everyone back to school for the 2016-2017 school year. The first day of school will be Wednesday,August 31st and we are hosting a pancake breakfast for students and parents. The first day is always special and this year is extra special with all of the changes we have made. So please come at 7:30 to enjoy pancakes and get to see our new and improved Leicester School!

Kindness video

posted Jan 7, 2016, 11:06 AM by Diane Randall

Please check out this video on You Tube. Grades 3-6 made this video to promote kindness.


Pumpkin Carving

posted Oct 23, 2015, 7:50 AM by Diane Randall

Pumpkin Carving @ Leicester School October 28, 2015 As part of our commitment to Community Service our school community will be  carving pumpkins on Wednesday afternoon ( 1:00 – 2:15)  We will be donating all  of our carved pumpkins to the Helen Porter Nursing Home for the enjoyment of  their residents. ( pre‐K students are welcome to attend but must be accompanied  by a parent) Porter Nursing Home is hosting a Lighted Pumpkin Patch on Oct. 30 from 6 til 8  P.M.  Feel free to attend this free event to view the carved pumpkins.  (More  information about this event will go home next week) Details of pumpkin carving: *Parent volunteers are welcome *We will be carving in small groups for safety *Carving tools are needed ( Please label with your name) *Pumpkin donations are needed  ( the  more pumpkins we have, the more we can  carve) *Tarps, newspapers, etc. are needed Please call the school if you can help or can donate. ( 247‐8825)

From the Music Room -

posted Oct 23, 2015, 7:47 AM by Diane Randall

Dear Leicester families,

The Leicester Central School holiday concert has been a popular tradition for many years. This year, because of how the holidays line up with my schedule, it is not going to work to have a concert in December. Instead, in consultation with the rest of the staff, I have scheduled a Winter Concert for Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 6:30 (snow date Feb. 10.) This gives us uninterrupted rehearsal time in January, is not tied to any holidays,  and is a much less hectic time of year to have a concert.

I’m also planning a community sing-along on Wednesday, Dec. 16, during the school day (probably 1:15 or 1:30.) We’ll have cocoa and cookies and sing favorite songs together (both holiday songs and others.) I hope that many of you will be able to attend and join in this festive community event.

There is a tentative plan to have a spring arts celebration - art show, music “informance”, etc. - sometime in May. Stay tuned!

I know this is a big change. Thank you for your understanding. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions or concerns (

Mary Barron

LCS music teacher

From the Principal -

posted Sep 28, 2015, 6:41 AM by Diane Randall   [ updated Sep 28, 2015, 6:42 AM ]

Our school year is off and running! We are proud to be embracing Expeditionary Learning and cultivating a school that embodies a positive culture. The teachers and students are hard at work persevering through challenging expectations and displaying compassion toward each other. This is a year long process that requires effort and working together.

If you were to walk through the school on any given day you would see students working on a variety of projects. The other day, outside, I witnessed the “release” of newly hatched and tagged Monarch Butterflies. It was an amazing thing to watch the childrens’ faces as they observed this event. Not only were they continuing the learning process, but there was a shared joy between students and teacher. You just can’t replicate this by only reading about butterflies.

Expeditionary Learning has also brought our staff closer together. Having a common goal and helping each other with resources and ideas has unified our specialists, para professionals, and special education teachers. To see books being used on building treehouses and butterflies and art work being displayed complements the expedition beautifully.

I know I sound idealistic regarding this approach to learning, but this is something not only I believe in, but it jells nicely with the goals and direction of the supervisory union. So… if you get a chance, come by and see for yourself or just come by to chat:)

Thanks for all of your support!


From the Superintendent -

posted Sep 28, 2015, 6:27 AM by Diane Randall

The Act 46 study committee of RNESU met for the first time on Sept 15. Eighteen people representing all eight towns learned about the law and its intention for consideration of a governance model. The committee reviewed the educational quality standards and reviewed the charge of the committee. The committee's charge is to study the benefits and challenges of forming a union district, making a determination on whether the benefits of such a merger should go to the voters. The timeline for this work is set up to culminate in a vote in the spring of 2016, though that timeline may be extended if needed. Community engagement in the study is crucial and forums will be scheduled for late fall/early winter. A web page at has been set up to capture all meeting agendas and minutes, presentations, and provide resources and background for the public to review. Questions, suggestions and comments may be made through public comment at each meeting, through community forums when scheduled, and through the app, Let's Talk, found on the web page.

Jeanné Collins
Superintendent of Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union
49 Brandon Circle Drive
Brandon, VT 05733
Phone 802-247-5757
Fax 802-247-5548

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