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Principal Gonyaw scooping ice cream outside at MCS
Shawn Gonyaw

Shawn Gonyaw

Greg Bagnato

Greg Bagnato

Student Services Coordinator

Archived Posts

Welcome to the Administrator's Corner. Shawn Gonyaw, Principal of Marion Cross School, and Greg Bagnato, Student Services Coordinator will post their weekly messages here. The intent is to keep you updated on important topics that are happening at school.

These posts can also be found in the weekly Who's Wise Words newsletter, which we highly encourage you to read. We hope you find all this information helpful, informative and fun.  We encourage you to reach out to us with questions and comments.

Shawn and Greg


Most Recent Post:

Week of November 14 - 18

Message from the Principal

Specials Rotation for the week of November 21:

Monday - F
Tuesday - G
Wednesday - No School
Thursday - No School
Friday - No School

Thanksgiving is right around the corner!  This happens to be my favorite holiday.  Growing up on a dairy farm provided many amazing opportunities and memorable experiences, but did not provide an abundance of funds.  I can remember many years where I dreaded the day after the December break where many of my friends spoke at length about their cool holiday gifts.  My gifts were not so glamorous and included items like a lamp shade to light the haybarn, an extension cord to plug in a tank heater, or a new pair of work gloves.  Thanksgiving was an entirely different story.  Thanksgiving was not about gifts, but rather about family.  I looked forward to sharing with my friends how many members of my family gathered at my grandparent’s home to celebrate together, sometimes as many as 50 people!  My family always took time to be thankful for what we had, which typically was one another.  Next week my wife and I will be hosting nearly 20 people at our home for Thanksgiving.  We will be thankful for one another.

Upon the top of my list of thanks is the children, staff, and families that make up MCS.  Each day I am in awe at how amazing the students are at MCS.  They are respectful, kind, and care about one another.  I am thankful for the support that families give to our school.  I am supportive of the talent that our staff possesses and how much they care about children.  I am one lucky principal!

Talking about luck; In the coming weeks you will be hearing about a potential after school program that will be starting up at MCS.  The Immersion Montessori School has asked to rent space at MCS.  The Norwich School Board approved the building use at the last board meeting.  Now, Immersion Montessori will need to get approval from the State of Vermont licensing department to use the space and determine their capacity.  This program is not school sponsored, but merely taking place on our campus.  Once there is more information, I will send it to all families for consideration.  The start up could be as soon as January!  More to come later.

Finally, I wanted to clarify that school begins at 8:05AM.  Over the past few weeks, we have had a number of children being dropped off very early.  There is not adequate supervision on the playground until 7:45 AM.  Please do not drop off your child earlier than that time unless you plan to stay with them until the duty people arrive.  On the flip side, we have had more and more children arriving between 8:10 AM and 9:00AM.  While this seems like it would not cause much of a problem, it does.  Children who arrive late miss lunch count, morning meeting, and the opportunity to get settled in with friends.  Please help your child be successful at school by planning your arrival between 7:45 AM and 8:05 AM.

There will not be a newsletter next week.  For those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving, I wish you a wonderful holiday.  For those of you who do not, please enjoy the extra time with your children. 

Take care,

Message from Student Services

Marion Cross recently participated in the Name a Plow Program with the State of Vermont’s Agency of Transportation.  A school wide vote resulted in Snow Leopard being submitted on behalf of Marion Cross School.  Thanks to the Agency of Transportation for sharing with our students what the sign looks like on the truck.  Be on the lookout for the Snow Leopard! 

principals in front of plow truck


It was fun to see the students get to climb in plow truck and beep the horn! Have a great weekend!