"I don't think that I've had a better start to a school year. I am so excited about the community of learners and friends that we are building." This comment came from a teacher in a class newsletter being sent home, capturing the positive energy at St. Johnsbury School.

Students in several classes have been writing about their hopes and dreams for the year. Some second graders chose goals like, "I hope I get better at reading" and "I hope everyone gets along." Fifth graders combined goal setting and paragraph writing. One student wrote, "For this new school year I have chosen a goal related to reading. I plan to increase the speed of my reading. To begin with, I will go to the Athenaeum to get books to read on my own. In addition, I will check out just right books. I will also read books to my little sister. I will collaborate with other students to further my reading skills. By June, I expect to be able to read a lot faster." Being successful is important to St. Johnsbury's students.

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