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Samuel Morey Elementary School

The Pre K through fifth grade Samuel Morey Elementary School serves approximately 97 students from the towns Orford, New Hampshire and Fairlee, Vermont, and houses an additional 22 preschoolers from the entire district.

The two towns sit on opposite sides of the Connecticut River and are connected by the Fairlee, Orford Bridge. The school is located in Fairlee, and sits in a neighborhood with playground and sports fields. In our renovated school you will find the classrooms to be large, light-filled and conducive to joyful learning.

The Rivendell Interstate School District has two elementary schools with a very thoughtfully prepared Prek-5 continuum of academic study. Our curriculum is standards-based, with a major emphasis on balanced approaches to early literacy proficiency beginning in our kindergarten, which grounds students as they are guided through the grades towards increased mastery and appreciation of reading and writing.

Math and numeracy are also cornerstones of the educational foundation we work to plant under our students, and do in a way that promotes a deep sense of numbers, computational dexterity, and problem solving skills.

Children are also exposed in each grade to an exciting array of inquiry-based project-oriented social studies and science units that capture both the evolving mind and creative spirit of our students, and are tailored to align with self-designed learning goals whenever possible.

The staff at Samuel Morey Elementary School emphasizes high academic expectations for all students and a strong belonging community. We are committed to the principles of the Responsive Classroom model and emphasize core concepts throughout the year.

The goal of the Responsive Classroom is that all students will participate as valued members of the classroom and school community, achieving their personal best and engaging in positive, respectful and cooperative behavior. This is accomplished by creating school and classroom communities that encourage belonging, caring, respect, trust and responsibility. These five core concepts are the thread that holds us together as a community.

We continue to provide a rigorous curriculum that challenges students with the skills, motivation, curiosity and perseverance to succeed on their educational journey. It is a school with a tradition of high academic standards filled with laughter and the joy of learning. Our school is enhanced by a strong partnership between home, school and community who work together for the good of all children.