September 25, 2017

Visits to the Hood Museum

Our 5th grade students will be visiting the Hood Museum in Hanover, NH five times this year, participating in the Images program. ..."During each visit, students will develop their visual literacy ...

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Information for Parents

If your family lives in any of the following situations: a shelter, motel or campground due to the lack of an alternative adequate accommodation, a car, park, abandoned building, or train station, ...

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Bus Schedules

The Hartford School District bus schedule can be  found here.

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What else happened at WRS this year?

A few more events : HACTC Robotics Club demonstrated their robot Wilbur (or was it Orville) and how trial and error and team work made for a successful robot. Read more

Health Fair

We had a great time learning about taking care of our body through our school health fair in April. The students learned a lot from ...

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Read on the Beach

February 17 was our annual WRS tradition called Read on the Beach! Students wore t-shirts, sunglasses, and hats to the beach (AKA the gym...

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Hartford FD information

Our website now has a link to the Hartford Fire Department’s public service announcements. They can be found on our Information page (link at the top) or at the bottom right of our main page.

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Growth Mindset work at WRS!

If you’ve visited our school recently, you may have noticed a bulletin board as you enter the building that looks like a superhero busted through with the “Power of Yet”. One of our teachers, Mr...

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State Mandated Test Results

On March 8th I will make a presentation to the Hartford School District Board of Directors to highlight the very good and hard work that our students and staff...

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A Great Day to Be a WRS Student!

Students in grades kindergarten through grade 2 took a field trip to the Lebanon Opera House to see an original play called  ...

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Thanksgiving Feast - Another Incredible Year!

On November 22nd we came together as a school family and enjoyed a delicious home cooked turkey dinner that was special because every person that attended contributed to the meal.  Each class br...

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Squash Chucking Day at WRS

Chucking 85 pounds of blue hubbard squash is a tradition at White River School. The squash is grown just for us by Ekolott Farm in Newbury, VT. The squash is cleaned and cooked by our second gra...

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Family Game Night

White River School PTA presents Family Game Night! Friday, November 18th 6:30pm-8pm Come and join your friends for an evening of FUN& GAMES! Remember, this is a family event and children MUST b...

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Hartford Police Department’s Adopt-A-School Program

We are very fortunate that HPD Chief Kasten has continued the Adopt - A - School Program in the HSD!  The program is designed to reinforce to our students that...

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Anti-Bullying and Harassment Lessons:

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. Ms. Powers taught our students the differences between harassment and bullying and how to report it if one has experienced it or observed...

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Important dates for Pre-k and K students

For students who did not attend WRS Pre-k last year, kindergarten screening will take place August 25 from 9AM-10AM...

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Pre-School Blog

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Fourth grade students at WRS have read more than 200 biographies since December 2015!

Fourth grade students at WRS have read more than 200 biographies since December 2015! The 4th grade biography project starts with the class reading a biography together and noticing how similar the story elements (character, setting, problems, characters “heart's desire...

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White River School School Report Card 2015/2016

The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act is federal legislation which was passed in 2001 with the intent of improving education for all children by holding schools responsible for results, promoting tea...

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Message from Secretary Holcombe

The Vermont State Board of Education released a memo to parents and guardians regarding their child’s “Smarter Balanced” test results. A small clip from that letter: "As a parent, e...

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Thanksgiving Feast

  The annual WRS Thanksgiving Feast will be held on Tuesday, November 24th.   Please look in  your child's folder for a paper that tel...

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Alert Now System - Changes

During parent-teacher conferences our staff distributed information to access the Infinite Campus  Read more

Guess Jumbo's weight!

Guess Jumbo's weight! Mr. Wetmore, WRS special educator, grew pumpkins over the summer and donated one to WRS that he named "Jumbo". Our st...

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October School-wide Assemblies: Focus on Anti-bullying and Harassment

Each month we gather together for school-wide assemblies to support our five expected behaviors:  be safe, be kind, be responsible,...

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Halloween and other holidays:

At the White River School we recognize that holidays are a very exciting and fun time for many.   We have also learned that when we...

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Adequate Yearly Progress 2015

Dear Parents and Guardians, The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), which was passed by the federal governmen...

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Hannaford Supermarket Awards WRS $1,000!

Hannaford Supermarket Awards WRS $1,000! Many of you are familiar with the "Hannaford Helps Schools" project.   The WRS PTA set up a box for WRS supporters to place their grocery receipts in and WRS had the greatest total of all the re...

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Memorial Day Ceremony Held at WRS

On Friday May 22 the entire WRS community gathered for a brief, but meaningful ceremony.  We saluted the flag, and sang the Star Spangled Banner and You're a Grand Old Flag.  Ms. Powers spoke ab...

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Find The Courage

Find The Courage: Bystander Positive Impact Program is based on the Courageous 7, which are seven diverse and effective strategies students can use to make a positive impact when they ...

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Dress code

With the change to warmer weather please enforce the Dress Code which was published in the Parent Handbook:   “In order to maintain a respectful aca...

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Donald Knaak -- The Junkman visits

Donald Knaak is The Junkman. He makes music exclusively on found objects like hubcaps, saw blades, buckets, and pvc pipes. Grades 1-5 worked with him during the day culminating in a final musica...

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January SES Elem Parent Notification 2014-2015

Dear Parents: As many of you know, Dothan Brook, Ottauquechee, and White River School’s staff take their jobs seriously when it comes to teaching basic skills to our ...

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Winter Weather Gear

Many of our students received new winter parkas and hats over the holidays and thank goodness they did with these dangerously cold temperatures this week!   Please make sure your child wears boots,...

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Third Graders Sing at the Bugbee Senior Center

Earlier this week or third graders provided community service when they visited the BugbeeSeniorCenter and entertained some of our local senior c...

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Exxon-Mobil Grant Recipient

Thank you Mrs. Pallmerine from the Market Station Mobil in WRJ.  She nominated our school for an Exxon-Mobil grant again this year and we receive...

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Squash Chucking Day

Friday November 21 was a great morning here at WRS!  Our students in gra...

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Family Fun Night

Friday evening, November 14, we had many WRS families attend our Fall PTA Family Game Night.  It was a fun filled evening with board games, Bingo and open gym games.   I loved seeing p...

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Mrs. Rankin Receives Outstanding Teacher Award

On October 22nd, Mrs. Rankin, WRS 3rd Grade Teacher attended a ceremony as part of The University of Vermont Outstanding Teachers Recog...

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Farm Day - A Huge Success!

We are so fortunate to have so many local farmers who donate their time on Farm Day.  Farm Day is an important tradition at WRS as it allows our students to engage with community members to learn m...

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Buddy Bench

Last year at a student assembly I introduced the idea of a buddy bench.  The buddy bench idea came from a child in Pennsylvania who noticed that ...

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WRS Teacher Suzan Locke is Finalist in the PAEMST:

Last spring Mrs. Suzan Locke first grade teacher and HSD ScienceTeacher Leader (k-8) was nominated for a prestigious teaching award:  The Preside...

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From Ms. Powers

We’ve had a very smooth start to the beginning of our new school year!  I want to thank all of you for your help in this.   Although this information is in our White River School Famil...

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AYP Information

August 25, 2014 Dear Parents and Families – Read more

Keep reading this summer! Links to great reading suggestions:

Dorothy Canfield Fisher (DCF) Annotated List 201...

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CLASP Community Dinner

The CLASP Community Dinner and End of Year Celebration held last Friday evening.   The students performed songs, played musical instruments...

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Coin drop fund raiser

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HSD Policy on Clothing in the Elementary Schools

In order to maintain an environment that minimizes distraction please note the HSD Elementary Schools clothing policy.  The policy is enforced at WRS.  Please be especially mindful of the length...

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A Note from School Counselor, Susan Flanagan

I have opened a Facebook  page:    WRS Counseling .  I have it up and running now and have been adding some of the activities that...

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Hartford Board of School Directors Recognizes WRS Staff

The School Board meeting was held at WRS last Wednesday evening.  The meeting began with the Hartford Board of School Directors recognizing the e...

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Sheesham and Lotus perform at WRS

Sheesham and Lotus perform at WRS Due to the extremely cold weather it has been a long week without outside play at WRS.  The phrase “cabin fever” comes to mind!  Yesterday we wer...

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Revels Kids 2014 -- After school program

Revels Kids 2014:   Cajun and Creole Traditions -- Laissez les bons temps rouler! January 27th t...

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WRS Students Make a Kindness Chain

We hope that you’ll notice the kindness chain on display in our lobby the next time you’re at school!  A student assembly was held this week with a focus on kindness.  As you know, one of our sc...

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Third grade sings at the Bugbee Center

For more than ten years, as part of a community project, the 3 rd graders at WRS visit the Bugbee Senior Center to sing. It was a great su...

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Cafe’ Services Announces Online Payment Options!

The Hartford School District has chosen MealTime Online to provide the opportunity for you to  make credit card deposits into your child’s cafeter...

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WRS Kids Wow Audience with Winter Concert!

Our fabulous WRS kids put on another great show last night!  Our students were incredibly enthusiastic about this performance and they were really proud to show our aud...

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VT School Based Fluoride Mouthrinse Program is being discontinued

The Vermont School Based Fluoride Mouthrinse Program that has been offered to our students for many years is being discontinued. The children will not be using the fluoride mouthrinse in school ...

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Thanksgiving at WRS

White RiverSchool celebrated the 12th annual Thanksgiving feast on Tuesday November 26, 2013. The gym was transforming into a dining hall where we all enjoyed the wonderful meal. Read more

WRS Thanksgiving Feast -- Coming Soon!

WRS Thanksgiving Feast -- Coming Soon! The WRS students and staff will gather for a special Thanksgiving luncheon on Tuesday, November 26th.  Your child’s teacher may send home a notice asking for donations.  Our kindergartners will ...

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Library Mobile App

HartfordSchool District libraries all use Atriuum automation system. This web-based program means you can view the holdings in the school’s library any time. Atriuum now has a mobile app for you...

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Student Safety Assemblies Held this Week

Topic:  Safety   Hartford Police Officers joined me to help teach our students about how to stay safe and have fun on Halloween. I’ve added these safety tips to our website.  I e...

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Parent Teacher Conferences – Coming Soon

We at White River School really value and rely on your input and knowledge about your child and we use this information to help teach your child most effectively.  Parent- Teacher conferences ar...

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NECAP testing this month

Vermont students in grades 3-8 and in grade 11 are required to follow the New England Common Assessment Plan (NECAP) in October. This is Vermont’s statewide testing program. The 5th g...

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King Arthur Flour Donates a Stand Mixer to WRS!

King Arthur Flour Donates a  Stand Mixer to WRS! Our wonderful “neighbors” at King Arthur Flour recently donated a stand mixer to our school to be used by students and teachers as they cook and/or learn about nutrition.  Today, Ms. Cerasoli’s ...

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Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Grant

The State of Vermont awarded WRS a grant that will be utilized to provide fresh fruits or vegetables for a snack for all students in our school a...

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Student Assembly Held This Week!

Our first monthly assembly was held this week.   The focus of this assembly was bus and recess safety.  We had two Hartford School District bus drivers join us along with our own custodian, Mr. ...

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Fall Fundraiser Kick-Off Has Begun!

On Thursday the students were introduced to the new Meadows Farms Fundraising.  Please check your child’s backpack for the envelope with all of the ...

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The Importance of Current Contact Information

I’d like to thank all families for returning all of the forms required for school.  It is essential that we have current phone numbers and addresses.  If your phone number changes at any point, ...

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Clear the Halls Drill Held

A scheduled “Clear the Halls” drill was held Thursday, September 5th.  This is the term we use for lockdown procedures.  The teachers taught all of the students what the protocols and the expect...

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Picture Day

Picture day at WRS is Wednesday September 18, 2013. Ordering on-line is now available. Click "Read more" or the order link below. Read more

Dear Families of WRS Students

I hope that you and your family had a wonderful summer and that this letter finds you well.  It was a wonderful treat to see our studen...

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School starts

School starts Monday August 26, 2013-2014             Link to HSD Calendar (pdf)
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WRS went to Boston!

WRS went to Boston! Our entire school went to Boston on Friday May 17 in five beautiful buses  thanks to the fundraising efforts of our PTA,  parents, friends, and the White River community.  K-2 students visited the ...

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Hartford Police Dept announces 8th Annual Youth Safety Fair

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Boston Trip Will Go On!

The White River School has many traditions that are meaningful, and that provide exceptional opportunities for our students.  Among these traditions is a trip to Boston every three years.  Our w...

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STUDENT ASSEMBLY HELD

At this month’s assembly we focused on students’ goals to be a more responsible learners.  As you’ll recall, each student developed a goal based on a reflection of their work here at school.  Th...

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WRS Holds Health and Safety Fair

WRS Holds Health and Safety Fair Students in pre-school through grade 5 learned from a variety of different guests how to be safe and healthier.  We had a diverse group of trainers: The Hartford Fire Department and EMTs...

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WRS Awarded Exxon Mobil Grants!

I am delighted to announce that the WRS received two grants from two local Mobil Stations to promote STEM Learning:  Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  The staff will use these funds to...

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Students Set a Goal to Be a Responsible Learner

Just before February break I held an assembly for students in grades k-5 and we focused on our school-wide expectation:  be responsible.  Specifically, we focused on being a responsible learner....

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“Bee Amazing at WRS!"

Our students were very excited about our t-shirt design contest.  We had 65 submissions!  Last week the committee met to select the design that will go on the WRS t-shirt that will be made this ...

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White River School Garden Wish List

Our garden (located at the back of the school along Rt 5) got a great start last year thanks to the coun...

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No one has the right to put a wrinkle on someone else’s heart…

Our k-5 students participated in an assembly today that focused on two of our five school-wide rules: “Be responsible” and “be kind”.  I shared the book Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen S...

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Label Your Winter Gear Please

As I’ve shared in other newsletters I urge you to make sure your child brings all of their winter gear each day through the winter.  Obviously we’ve experienced a cold snap this past week and I’...

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Hartford Firefighter Provides Fire Safety Training

Our students in pre-school through grade 3 had a visit from firefighter Norm Mariotti earlier this week.  This was the first of four visits for our pre-school through grade 3 students.  A firefi...

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Winter Weather is Upon Us….Finally!

The timing of our first big snowfall over December break was perfect!  Hopefully your family has been able to go outside and enjoy it.  It has been a great pleasure to watch the kids enjoy the s...

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Health Office News

You are probably aware that influenza has hit our region early and hard.  Although we have not had an “outbreak” here at WRS…..we don’t want one!  Please reinforce the importance of washing hand...

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Pre School Gingerbread Houses

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Pertussis Information

Ms. Hutchins, our school nurse, has provided helpful information regarding Pertussis (Whooping Cough).  Visit her page

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Healthy Changes in School Lunches

Our students are being served more whole grains and fruits and vegetables when they eat breakfast and lunch provided by the school.  These changes are in accordance with new regulations enacted ...

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Family Game Night

Family Game Night We had a great turn out on November 16th for the PTA sponsored Family Game Night.  Our students had a great time playing Bingo, board games and gym games.  We had great snacks and even greater f...

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Thanksgiving at WRS

Our school community celebrated Thanksgiving together by enjoying a wonderful luncheon served by many, many volunteers and staff members.  The meal was possible because everybody in our school c...

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National Mix It Up Day

National Mix It Up Day is typically held in October but due to NECAP testing we delayed it until November.  Mrs. F...

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Holiday Basket Helpers

As we have done in the past, we would like to ask children in your school to help the Hartford Norwich Holiday Basket Helpers program to collect canned and dried fruit for the senior citizen fru...

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HSD's Policies on harassment introduced to students

In an effort to further enhance our school-wide expectations: be kind, be responsible, be respectful, do your best and be safe we spent time explicitly teaching our k-5 learners the difference b...

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Hartford Police Department Visits WRS

Our monthly school-wide assembly was held this afternoon.  The purpose of these assemblies is to proactively teach and enhance our school-wide expectations:  be kind, be responsible, be respectf...

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Bus and Recess Safety Assembly Held

On Friday, September 28 th all students in kindergarten through grade 5 participated in a bus and recess safety assembly.   Two Hartford School...

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Our School Day

White River School officially begins class at 8:15 AM and we dismiss at 2:45.  Please do not drop your child off before 7:45 AM as the staff is not on duty until then.  Please make sure your chi...

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Behavior and Discipline Plan

Behavior and Discipline Plan At WRS we utilize a school-wide behavior and discipline plan that is implemented by every adult, in every setting at school.  The children are taught and practice our five rules in every setting...

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