January 3, 2020
Dear Jamaica Village School Families and the Community at-large,
Happy New Year! As the new year begins and the school year moves to the halfway mark, I thought it would be a great time to provide an update of logistics as the 2020-21 budget process unfolds.
WIth the changes in enrollment at Jamaica Village School, the commitment to community and the educational achievement of the students has not wavered. The status of a part-time principal has continued to be supported through the budget process. In the up-coming school year, we anticipate a drop in enrollment as the 5th graders move up to 6th grade. Any of the administrative/supervisory responsibilities continue to be part of my role. These responsibilities are accomplished both on and off-site. I am available to the families, staff and others at anytime whether present at JVS or via phone, text or email. My personal responsibilities thus far in the school year have taken me away from being on-site from time to time, however with the approval of the Superintendent, I have been able to continue to stay abreast of any concerns, deadlines, etc. that have been brought to my attention. I do not see that commitment changing.
Pre-Kindergarten has been a topic of conversation most recently as well. I am in complete support of the Superintendent's recommendation of focusing the Pre-K program for our learners at Townsend Elementary School. It is of great importance to all of us that our youngest learners have an opportunity to develop socially, emotionally and academically with their peers. Given the few number of age appropriate Pre -K children in the Jamaica Village School attendance area, it is not only educationally sound, but fiscally responsible to provide this opportunity.
For the first half of the school year, I was sure to be present at both of my assignments (Jamaica Village School and Leland and Gray Middle High School) for full days, so as to not spend time traveling between buildings. The days were consecutives days in order to provide an opportunity for me to learn the systems, structures, students and staff. For the second half of the school year, I will plan to be present on non-consecutive days at both buildings in order for the children to have more of an opportunity to interact with me in both structured (classroom) and unstructured (lunch, recess, specials) settings.
As we move through the 2019-20 school year and look toward the future, my primary goal as an educator at Jamaica Village School is to ensure that we are providing a high level of academic instruction as we prepare our children for their future roles as productive members of society.
I look forward to partnering with the School and Community as we challenge ourselves and our children to meet our vision and goals.
Pamela J. Bernardo
Principal, Jamaica Village School
347 Depot Street Jamaica Vermont 05343
802.874.4822 (JVS) 802.221.2143 ext 143 (L&G)
Dean of Academics, Leland & Gray Middle High School