Planning for 2017-2018 Placement

Dear Parents,

It is time to begin the process for creating new class lists for the 2017-2018 school year.  Creating new class lists is a complex, thoughtful and cooperative process that involves a variety of components and perspectives.  Teachers, guidance, reading and special education staff assist the principal in developing class lists for the new school year.  The placement process is dependent upon factors that work to ensure classrooms work cohesively.  Factors that influence the placement process include:

  • Even Distribution of Boy/Girl
  • Academic Strengths/Needs
  • Organizational/Study Habits
  • Peer Relations
  • Social Strengths/Needs
  • Emotional Strengths/Needs
  • Class Size

Parents are part of the placement process and we want to provide you with an opportunity to share your perspective regarding your child’s academic, social and emotional strengths and needs.   I invite you to complete the Student Information Form.  Please return this student information form to Fox Hill School by Thursday, April 13, 2017.

Please understand a parental request for a specific teacher is not a viable consideration for student placement.   Final placement decisions are the responsibility of the principal and all placement decisions are considered final.  After I review each Student Information Form, the instructional staff and I will collaborate to place your child in a cohesive and balanced classroom that best meets their instructional, social and emotional needs to maximize their learning.

Thank you for supporting this placement process and working in partnership with Fox Hill staff.  Fox Hill Elementary School is exceptionally fortunate to have highly qualified teachers who possess a high level of commitment for teaching and learning.  I am very confident your child’s new school year will be productive, meaningful and enjoyable.

If you have any questions regarding this process, do not hesitate to call me at


Ellen K. Johnson

Fox Hill Happenings ~ 3-31-17

I am very excited and proud of the fledgling success of our Fox Hill News Team under the supervision and direction of Ms. Scheffer and Mr. Murphy.  Students are responding with commitment and with enthusiasm to this learning opportunity that gives student voice in learning.  After our first news broadcast, students sought out Ms. Scheffer to communicate their interest to be on the Fox Hill News Team.  Ms. Scheffer then met with students to identify a topic relevant to kids and to Fox Hill School and students started to write their own scripts.  Ms. Scheffer met with students again and engaged them in the revision and editing process.  Once scripts were complete and of high quality, it was time to broadcast the news!  Students met with Ms. Scheffer during their recess time to write, to edit and to tape the news!  When complete, the news airs in the morning so the whole school can watch together!  Below is our second news broadcast, please take a moment to watch our students in action.  We have very talented students who seem to have quite a future in broadcasting.  I am so proud of all our students, and our staff for working together to give our students this learning opportunity!  Soon to come, Fox Hill News 3rd Edition but for now, please enjoy the second edition!

To view other information in the Fox Hill Happenings newsletter, please click here.

Fox Hill Happenings

I recently learned Mrs. Shields and Mrs. Walsh were nominated as Chopps Champions! Chopps Champions is a community-wide opportunity to honor Burlington’s local community heroes!  It is very exciting and we are filled with pride for two Fox Hill staff members being touted for their work in health care and for their work in the community!   Mrs. Shields is a healthcare worker extraordinaire as she extends herself daily for her patients at Winchester Hospital and her students and their families at Fox Hill School.  Suzy works to connect with her students at Fox Hill School with a smile and a bit of humor.  She instantly puts children at ease.  Mrs. Walsh gives her time, her care and her compassion, not only to the Fox Hill School community, but to the community group, People Helping People for over 25 years. There is nothing Judy Walsh would not do for someone in need and she does so with joy and with a smile.  Congratulations Mrs. Walsh and Mrs. Shields on your nomination! Please take a moment every day to vote for Mrs. Shields and Mrs. Walsh our community and Fox Hill School heroes!

The website is to vote once every 24 hours until April 7th.  

Fox Hill School also wants to celebrate and congratulate the many fine candidates that were also nominated.  What extraordinary people, what an extraordinary community!