Welcome back to school! We are excited to welcome our students back for the coming school year. With major heat efficiency upgrades at Neshobe and Otter Valley, and smaller upgrades such as paint and relocating rooms at our other schools, we are ready to start the school year in all facilities. Stop by and see the changes including opening up the Leicester gym,  the floors at Sudbury, the windows at Neshobe and OV and student support changes at Lothrop, and the various rooms painted and cleaned at all of our facilities.

Our teachers have spent several days over the summer also updating for the new school year. All teachers participated in professional development around brain based learning principles to increase student engagement. These principles (using clear learning targets, emotionally engaging students in their learning, ensuring targeted practice and feedback and providing mental models) provide a framework for increasing student engagement and achievement going forward. At Convocation on August 29, teachers watched the documentary Most Likely to Succeed and discussed our hopes for all RNESU graduates. Join the conversation. We will show this movie again in late September/ early October and the entire community is invited! More information will be coming out on this.

Our doors also opened on July 1 on our new Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union, consisting of two districts: Otter Valley Unified and Barstow Unified. Both boards have done some professional development on a new model of governance. OV has chosen a committee structure to get started as they learn about all schools and towns. If you would like to participate in our growth process, Otter Valley Unified Board will meet on the 3rd Wednesdays of each month, rotating through the different schools for a location. Barstow Unified will meet at Barstow on the 3rd Tuesdays. Board agendas for board and committee meetings can all be found at under the School Board Link.

I hope to hear from you often this year! Reach out with questions, concerns and praise using the app Let’s Talk, also available on each school website. It is the fastest way to reach me and our principals about your thoughts.

I wish all of you a wonderful school year!