Sheila M. Soule, M.E.d. (she/her)
Superintendent of Schools
Addison Northwest School District
A: 11 Main Street, Suite B100 Vergennes VT 05491
P: 802-877-3332 ext 2101 E: [email protected]
Dear ANWSD Families,
Welcome to the 2022-23 School Year. This marks the beginning of my fifth year as Superintendent in the district and I am delighted to welcome our new and returning students on Wednesday, August 31st for what we are anticipating will be a great school year! We also welcome many new faculty, staff, and administrators and look forward to building a new future for our district with many fresh perspectives and ideas. We have been busy preparing for the upcoming school year by engaging in professional development, designing curricula, and improving schedules and support systems for our students. And, of course, our building maintenance crew has been working their magic to prep the buildings for our return.
In ANWSD it is our responsibility to prepare each student for their post-secondary future by ensuring our vision of a kind, collaborative, and creative community for all, where students can flourish as critical thinkers and productive citizens is a reality for every learner. We have so much to be proud of in ANWSD- wonderful schools, strong academic programs, athletics, extra-curricular activities, and so much more. However, we also know that we have not yet created a culture or climate where each student experiences joy, pride, and success in our schools.
We want all of our students to thrive, and to do so we must collaborate effectively within the district, and cultivate strong partnerships with our families, particularly those that are furthest from justice. To that end, please always feel free to reach out to me with any thoughts, ideas, kudos, or questions. It is my hope that you will feel that any one of us in ANWSD is accessible to you and your student(s) at any time. We are here for you.
Finally, we know the last two-plus years have been marked by nearly constant interruptions due to COVID and certainly hope the worst of it is behind us. The reality is we will continue to see upticks of the virus throughout the year. We will continue to communicate with you in regards to any changing guidelines or restrictions. At this time we anticipate beginning the year much as we ended with masks being optional. We ask for your continued support in keeping your students home from school if they are displaying any symptoms of illness. This is the single most important thing we can do to keep our schools safe, and staff and other students healthy.
Thank you for your continued support of our schools and for helping to create safe, equitable learning environments for all our students. We are committed to partnering with our families and community to ensure our students' success.
Sheila Soule, Superintendent of Schools