• The annual NELMS-VAMLE Scholar Leader Dinner was held on June 7, 2017
    at Norwich University, Northfield, VT.
    Congratulation to 84 middle school students!
    SAVE THE DATE for the VAMLE Beyond Bullying Conference for 2018
    MARCH 14, 2018 
    Champlain College, Burlington, VT. 
    For a review of 2017 Conference: 
    The VAMLE Board wishes to thank our sponsors, Special Olympics Vermont and Ben and Jerry's Foundation, and
    our partners, The Middle Grades Collaborative, UVM and A World of Difference Institute. 
    View the Video of the 2016 Conference
    Vermont's Young Adolescents for the 21st Century.
    Designed to inform and guide all stakeholders dedicated to make education relevant and successful for all of Vermont’s 10-14 year olds. Based on Vermont and National data Vermont’s Middle Grades Task Force created ten research based goals to support the educational needs of young adolescents.
    Clearly aligned with the concepts embodied in our Transformation of Education efforts, and inspired by “High Schools on the Move” the document provides a roadmap that can be immediately helpful to educators at all levels. This a resource that will help all of Vermont’s educators envision and implement an educational system that truly responds to the diverse learning needs of Vermont’s learners.
    At this time there is a professional development committee developing tools, resources and coaching opportunities to accompany Middle School Is Not a Building. Download the PDF 3MB
    Mailing address:
    2 Prospect Street, Suite 3
    Montpelier, VT 05602
    802-522-7180  FAX 802-229-4801
    School Memberships are based on number of students in grades 5-8. 


  • Joseph P. Bowen III, VAMLE's Founding Father, died recently

    June 15, 1947 - August 12, 2017

    Joseph Provience Bowen III, age 70, passed away on August 12, 2017.  He was born on June 15, 1947 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Margaret (Davies) Bowen Riegel and Joseph Provience Bowen, Jr. 

    Joe held a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Marketing from Philadelphia University, a Master’s degree in Education Administration from Villanova University, and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Administration and Planning from the University of Vermont.

    Joe began his career in education as a business teacher in Pennsylvania. He was a business and social studies teacher in New Hampshire.  For the next 30 years, he served in various administrative roles in Vermont schools retiring as the principal from the West Rutland School in 2011. Joe was the co-founder of the Vermont Association for Middle Level Education.  He served on the New England League of Middle Schools Board of Directors, on the Executive Committee of the Vermont Principals’ Association, and was the Vermont Coordinator to the National Association of Secondary Schools Principals.  He was the first person in the state of Vermont to receive the Vermont Principal of the Year award twice. Joe was a Nationally Certified Principal Mentor, currently serving as the coordinator of the Vermont Principals’ Association.

    Joe was an active member of many Masonic groups.  He was raised at the Dorchester Lodge #1, F.A.M. in Vergennes, a dual member of Union Lodge #2, F.A.M. in Middlebury, Potter Chapter #22, Middlebury Council #14, Mt. Calvary Commandery #1 and Cairo Shriners in Rutland, and his true passion was the Cairo Shriners Mini-Monsters.  He held various offices including being Master at Dorchester Lodge and was the current President of the Cairo Shriners Mini-Monsters.  He enjoyed participating in the parades and helping prepare meals, especially breakfasts to earn money for helping various Masonic charities.

    He is survived by his wife, Priscilla; his step-daughters, Kim Lucia and Kate Lucia; and his sister, Kathy Turns.

    Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of Joe’s life on August 27th at the Waybury Inn from 1-3 p.m. The celebration will begin with a song performed by Justin Bouvier followed by a Masonic funeral, and closing with songs by Phil Henry.  Refreshments will be served.

    Contributions in Joe’s memory may be made to the Vermont Principals Association, 2 Prospect Street, STE 3, Montpelier, VT.  Monies will be used to establish a one-time scholarship for a student(s) pursuing a career in education.

    Arrangements are under the direction of the Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Home.

    Online condolences at



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  • The following VAMLE Board members have been elected as officers for 2017-2018:

    Monica McEnerny, President

    Ryan Becker, Secretary

    Kathy Johnson, Treasurer

    President-Elect, Lindsey Halman

    Past President, Betsy Memoe

    Congratulations to these new officers! Looking forward to an exciting year!

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    Rising Star - Kelly Spreen, Shelburne Community Schoo

    Master in Middle Level - Jennifer Boeri-Boyce, Hartford Middle School

    These teachers received their awards on June 7 at the Scholar Leader Dinner at Norwich University.

    VAMLE will be nominating them for the NELMS teacher awards for 2018.


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