School Safety Forum planned for March 18th in Whitingham

posted Mar 8, 2018, 6:39 PM by Matt Martyn

School Safety Forum planned for March 18th in Whitingham
Deerfield Valley Residents and employees invited to attend

A significant discussion about school safety is happening throughout Vermont and the Deerfield Valley following the Florida and Fair Haven, VT school incidents.There is a sense of urgency to the conversations happening in Montpelier, led by the Governor, Speaker and Senate Pro Tem, which includes considering new safety measures as well as legislation increasing regulation of guns. Governor Scott has issued a memo detailing ideas he would like the Legislature to consider in order to improve school safety. State Representatives Laura Sibilia and John Gannon want to ensure residents, students, staff, and law enforcement in the Deerfield Valley communities are able to weigh in.

A School Safety Forum for residents and employees who work in the towns of Dover, Halifax, Searsburg, Somerset, Stamford, Readsboro, Wardsboro, Whitingham and Wilmington will be held on Sunday March 18th from 4 pm to 6 pm at Twin Valley Middle High School 4299 Vermont Route 100 Whitingham, VT. Gannon and Sibilia are hosting the forum andmet with school administrators, board members, and staff, law enforcement and community representatives to plan the event.
The purpose of the forum is for those who live and work in the 9 towns to be able to share ideas about possible legislative and non-legislative solutions to school safety. This will be a moderated discussion. To allow as many people as possible to speak, individuals who live and work in the 9 towns will be given three minutes to speak and share their thoughts on school safety.

Questions from residents or employees of the Deerfield Valley on the upcoming forum can be sent to Rep. John Gannon at or Rep. Laura Sibilia at

Dorothy's List Comes To Dover

posted Jan 24, 2018, 7:29 AM by Fiona Chevalier   [ updated Jan 24, 2018, 7:30 AM ]

On January 8th Amy Noyse from VPR came to be a part of our
4-6th grade book club where we were discussing The Girl Who Drank The Moon. 
The kids were making origami birds during our conversation because birds play a big role in the story.  They had a chance to ask the author some questions about the book.
  Listen to what the kids had to say and the author's response on the next segment of Dorothy's list wh
ich will air Monday January 29th during Vermont Edition   Vermont Edition airs at noon and 7pm.  Not able to listen to the live segment?  Check it out on the Dorothy's list Podcast.   

The birds the students created and the book The Girl Who Drank the Moon are on display in the library.  Come visit!  

The circus was a HUGE success!

posted Dec 18, 2017, 5:29 PM by Matt Martyn

Through grants from the Vermont Arts Council, The Deerfield Valley Rotary Club, and the generous support of the Dover School Club, Dover School students had a Big Top Adventure.  

Troy Wunderle of Wunderle's Big Top Adventures spent the week teaching performance skills, team building, and healthy risk-taking.

In addition to our school IB goals, Health and PE standards, these skills are also part of our 3rd goal of our Continuous Improvement Plan!

Dover to revote Act 46 merger articles

posted Jun 7, 2017, 8:42 PM by Matt Martyn

June 7, 2017 - Important Update on Revote!

For Immediate Release: June 7, 2017  Important Update on Revote in Dover

Dover School Board Chair Richard Werner (802) 380-7731 
Windham Central Supervisory Union Superintendent William Anton (802) 365-9510
Dover Town Clerk Andy McLean (802) 464-5100

Dover to revote Act 46 merger articles

Voters in the Dover School District will re-vote approval of Act 46 merger Articles of Agreement with Wardsboro on Tuesday, July 11th by Australian ballot at the Dover Town Hall after being notified by the Vermont Agency of Education of a discrepancy in the Town Meeting articles voted on by Dover, Wardsboro and Marlboro.  Following is a summary of events necessitating the re-vote.

The Dover, Wardsboro and Marlboro Act 46 Study Committee’s final report includedArticles of Agreement that prohibit closure of a school unless approved by the voters of the town in which the building is located found in Article 15, paragraph 2.  The State Board of Education approved the Study Committee’s report, with the all incorporated Articles on December 20, 2016.

The voters in Dover, Wardsboro and Marlboro voted on March 7, 2017 whether to approve the Articles of Agreement and form a new Unified Union Supervisory District.  Dover approved those articles while Wardsboro and Marlboro did not.  Approval by the voters of Marlboro was not necessary to form a new Unified Union Supervisory District.

Voters in Wardsboro petitioned for a reconsideration vote which was warned for May 1, 2017 and Wardsboro voters subsequently approved formation of the new Unified Union.
On May 30th, the AOE notified Windham Central Supervisory Union Superintendent Bill Anton that the Dover Warning for the March 7 vote included language not included in the other two town’s warnings.  Dover’s warning added a final additional sentence in Article 1:“No elementary school shall be closed without a unanimous vote of the River Valleys Unified School District Board, and an affirmative vote of the town in which it is located.”   

The AOE notified Superintendent Anton that the final sentence was not included in the final report on the proposed Articles of Agreement approved by the State Board of Education on the 20th day of December, 2016, which is on file in the town clerk’s office, and which will govern the River Valleys Unified School District.  The Wardsboro Warning for the May 1, 2017 Reconsideration Vote did not include the additional final sentence included in the Dover Warning.

The AOE consulted with Will Senning, Vermont’s Director of Elections at the Secretary of State’s Office and Chris Leopold, education attorney, regarding the discrepancy and subsequently notified Superintendent Anton that a re-vote was necessary.

The school closure protections of Article 15 (closure only if approved by voters of host town) are explicitly referenced in paragraph(c) of both the Dover March 7 Warning and the Wardsboro May 1 Warning – and therefore can only be amended by a vote of the UUSD electorate per Vermont statute 16 VSA § 706n.  It is the “unanimous vote of the River Valleys Unified School District Board” wording that was only in the Dover Warning which is problematic.   That wording can only be modified by the voters of the Dover School district.

Dover Town Clerk Andy McLean has posted the new warning on the Dover town websiteand will have absentee ballots available starting immediately.

Dover School Board Chair Rich Werner, who also chaired of the Act 46 Merger Study committee, indicated that the Dover School Board formally voted to recommend approval of the articles and the new warning.  The board had previously not taken a position on the merger for the Town Meeting Day Vote.

“Given the overwhelming approval Dover and Wardsboro’s voters have shown the merger, our board felt it was important to clearly support the sentiment of those votes.  While closure of either school is unanticipated, the articles are clear that only the voters in the host town can vote to close a school.  That does not change in this revote which will simply mirror the wording our neighbors in Wardsboro approved.”

Werner noted that time for questions and discussion on the revote will be a part of the Dover School boards June 19th agenda.  That meeting will take place at 6 PM and will be followed by an informal meeting of Dover and Wardsboro citizens discussing future opportunities in the River Valleys School District.

Another successful Mt. Snow program

posted Mar 16, 2017, 7:26 PM by Matt Martyn

Hi all,

Well it was certainly a year for being on the mountain in interesting weather! We had powder, ice, and pretty much everything in between. And, of course, lots of wind (it seemed like almost every week was windy!)

But the kids showed the great Dover School spirit we love and kept positive and had a good time.  Yay Dover kids! We have some good athletes and good citizens here.

A big heartfelt thank you to all the Dover School staff and parents: everyone did their part whether it was getting paperwork in on time, sending snacks, making sure kids showed up with ski gear, and of course special thanks go to those who were able to show up week after week to schlep skis, snacks, and kids around (and maybe even ski a little). It's a community effort and every little bit helps!

We got (most) of the kiddos rounded up at recess today for an appropriately chilly photo; here it is! At least some of them are looking at the camera...Which pretty sums up the character of the Winter Sports program!!

Still thinking snow (powder day next Wednesday anyone? Wouldn't that figure),


p.s. Whoever wants to run the program for next year, I saved all the spreadsheets in Drive so it will be super easy! You know you want to!!

Dover PD reminds us about the importance of seat belts.

posted Nov 13, 2016, 5:45 PM by Matt Martyn   [ updated May 24, 2017, 5:56 PM ]


With the holiday approaching our officers will be doing extra patrols for the Click it or Ticket campaign. We have a short video on our Facebook page which you can share as a reminder to driver's of what can happen if they don't wear their seatbelts.

I am attaching the standard Click it or Ticket image to this email in hopes that you post it on the Dover Town and Dover Elementary School websites as a additional reminder for everyone.

If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to contact me at the P.D.   We appreciate your help in getting the word out!


Rebecca Morris

Patrol Officer

P.O. Box 124

246 RT100

West Dover, VT 05356

(802)464-8722 X13  fax (802)464-8915

Dover Students Strive for 100 Miles!

posted Sep 29, 2016, 7:23 PM by Matt Martyn

100 Mile Club Parent Letter

Dear Parent(s) and Guardian(s),

This year we are excited to share that we have initiated a new and exciting physical activity program at Dover School called The 100 Mile Club®.

The 100 Mile Club® was started 24 years ago by Kara Lubin, a public school teacher in the Corona-Norco Unified School District in Southern California. 100 Mile Club® is now a non-profit organization whose sole mission is to provide to all individuals the opportunity to experience fitness and personal success by Accepting the Challenge of running (or walking) 100 miles at school during a single school year.

This year at Dover School, the 100 Mile Club will be open to all students in grades K-6. Wendy Johnson, Health & Physical Education Teacher, will be the Dover School 100 Mile Club coach. Children who are interested in being a part of The 100 Mile Club sign up by simply completing their first One Mile Challenge. Each child who completes their first One Mile Challenge, will receive an “Challenge Accepted” ID card, signifying that they are taking part in the 100 Mile Club® challenge. There is no cost to participate.

Students earn miles by running while at school. They can log laps on our playground field during recess, during the school day with their teacher/class, in PE, as part of the L’After after-school Program, and on Tuesday and Thursday mornings before school (between 8:00-8:15). Activities and miles run outside of school do NOT count toward their 100 Mile Program Goals.

Through the journey toward 100 miles, your child will practice personal goal setting, team spirit, perseverance, poise, confidence, and honest self-evaluation. As your child reaches special MILEstones, we all celebrate together. When your child reaches 100 miles, he or she will be celebrated at our Year-End Ceremony where every participant will receive a special certificate celebrating their total miles run.

We started the 100 Mile Program this week, September 20, 2016 and are excited by the students’ eagerness and energy. If you have additional questions about the 100 Mile Club, please contact Wendy Johnson (  If for any reason you do not want your child to participate in this in-school program, please contact Wendy Johnson or Matt Martyn at 802-464-5386.


The 100 Mile Club® provides the opportunity to run or walk 100 miles at school during a single school year which improves school readiness to learn, creates better education outcomes, builds self-esteem and the overall health in the lives of children and others.

To learn more, please visit YAY!

L'After to run all year this year!

posted Sep 8, 2016, 7:33 AM by Matt Martyn   [ updated Sep 8, 2016, 7:36 AM ]

In response to community and family needs, this year's L'After, our After School Program, will be structured a bit differently than in previous years.  In case you're wondering, L'After is a contraction of Learning and After!

  • L'After will run continuously throughout the year beginning on Monday 9/12/2016
  • Programs will be designed by the children attending.
  • Sign ups for L'After will be by individual day.
  • Cost is $5.00 per day.
  • Children will be provided an after school snack.
  • L'After days are Monday through Thursday 3:15-5PM.
  • Children must be picked up at 5PM there is no bus.
  • L'After will not occur on any ½ days of school.
Mrs. Crystal Griswold
First Grade Dover Elementary School & 
L'After Site Coordinator
L'After phone: 802-258-8769

Check out the 
L'After blog at:

The Dover School: A "Cool School!"

posted Aug 19, 2016, 6:15 AM by Matt Martyn   [ updated Aug 19, 2016, 6:23 AM ]

The Dover School tells us why they are a cool school! They are the only public school in the candidacy process to become an International Baccalaureate school.

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