Connect with Community Members – Drop-in fun!

Welcome back for Winter Term, students!

Have interest in connecting with community members of all ages and abilities? Join CSAC, the Counseling Service of Addison County, in some of their open programming. Check out these drop-in opportunities to get to know our vibrant community– and have a lot of fun!


12:00 to 1:00 at 109 Catamount Park- MONDAY FUNDAY!

Bring a brown bag lunch, participate in games, conversation as well as arts and crafts.

Craft donations items are welcome! Bring an idea, a good friend and create something fun with good company!


Tuesdays –

11-12 at 109 Catamount Park, Sing-a-long!

Come join us for song and dance on Tuesdays at CSAC- bring an instrument and enthusiasm! Join us for an hour of singing and dancing!


Wednesdays – 

1-2 at The Rec Department on Creek Road, Open Gym!

This is a group of peers who enjoy games such as Frisbee, basketball and other indoor activities. Bring a game, a friend and a bottled water to stay hydrated!

3:15-4:30 at 109 Catamount Park, Reading Group

Multi-Level group of individuals that meet up and share a reading adventure together- everyone is a reader in this group! Join for a quick word game or stay for a chapter reading of the current book, WONDER, by Raquel J. Palacio


*Note: Catamount Park is off of Exchange Street in Middlebury. You can take the Tri-town Shuttle Bus (fare free) from Merchant’s row (across from Sabai Sabai) to get there.

Have questions or want to get involved? Contact Megan Brakeley at the CCE or Heather Goodale, Community Associates Service Coordinator at CSAC.


DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship for Study Abroad in Germany – Deadline January 31, 2017

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) invites highly qualified undergraduate students from all fields to apply for scholarships funding study, senior thesis research and/or internships in Germany. The goal of this program is to support study abroad in Germany and at German universities. Preference will be given to students whose projects or programs are based […]

A new semester and a happy new year!

First of all, The Middlebury School in France would like to wish you all a happy and healthy new year!

We are starting off 2017 with 41 newcomers in Paris, 11 in Bordeaux, and 1 in Poitiers, as well as welcoming back our 22 annual students!   Orientation for our second semester students started on January 3rd, and since their arrivals, they have been busy getting settled in, learning their way around Paris, Bordeaux, and Poitiers, and are preparing to start classes. They have also taken the Language Pledge, been getting to know one another, signing up for classes, and learning about their host universities.

We are very excited for the semester ahead and wish all of our students a wonderful, happy, and enriching stay here in France.


Signing the Language Pledge

signing the Language Pledge 

reciting the Language Pledge

From MSA: January Financial Events and Tips to Start the New Year


Dealing With My Credit Cards (January 26th)

Credit cards can be a real pain. Find relief as you learn about and choose a strategy for managing your credit card debt. We’ll talk about communicating with your creditors, strategies for lowering your payments and fitting bills into your budget. We will also review the pros and cons of getting help through credit counseling, debt settlement and bankruptcy. After this presentation, you will be able to decide which strategy is best for you.



5 Money Habits To Quit In The New Year

We always make New Year’s resolutions, and they tend to be things we want to do, like exercise more. And we all know how that works out. Two weeks in, you get derailed. So, give yourself a break and, this year, create a list of resolutions you don’t want to do.To get you started, we’ve made a list of financial habits you’ll be glad to get rid of in the New Year because it’ll help you…


Take Action and Win!

You get the chance to win cool prizes when you engage in the financial wellness program, work with a Money Coach and attend classes.


Middlebury College provides access to website resources, financial events (see below) and 1:1 guidance with a personal Money Coach to help you transform your finances. Learn more at


January EFAP News: Setting Goals in Motion


Vision Boards: Creating the Life You Want

Thursday, January 26th 

12-1pm and 3-4pm EST
11-12pm and 2-3pm 
10-11am and 1-2pm 
9-10am and 12-1pm 

Set goals, dream big, and create a life of purpose. Vision boards are made up of images, affirmations, and quotes to visually display one’s goals, dreams, and desired accomplishments. In this interactive webinar, attendees will be able to write their vision and create a tangible artifact by following a three-step vision board process.

REGISTER TODAY!  Space is limited.

Click on the time you would like to attend above.
Shaping Your Future, One Goal at a Time

You’ve probably heard the saying, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” It’s another way of saying that great things often take time to materialize, and that certainly can be true of goal setting. As you strive to tackle your next major life challenge, keep the following in mind:

Write out your goals. Use clear, specific, positive language. Put these in a place where you will be reminded often. The more you make goal setting and review part of your routine, the more goals you will set, pursue, and meet.

Create a reward system. It is hard for any of us to hold out for rewards until we’ve reached the pinnacle of our pursuit. Think of how you will reward yourself along the way as you reach each of your intermediate goals.

Celebrate intermediate goals. Remember the rewards structure you set for yourself. Intermediate goals have a greater probability of attainment because they are smaller and closer to your original behavior than ultimate goals. It helps to preserve motivation by recognizing the accomplishment of intermediate goals. The motivation can also help you reach outside your comfort zone to excel to the next step in your action plan.

Enlist support. In athletic competition, “crowd support” is invigorating and helps competitors when their physical and mental resources grow thin. Such is the case with personal change. Get the support of others to help maintain your energy, drive and focus. 

Attend the webinar. This month be sure to register and attend the webinar, “Vision Boards: Creating the Life You Want.” Taking advantage of this free learning opportunity can help you can help you explore your aspirations in a fun, interactive, online forum. A full description and registration information is listed in the sidebar to the right. If you’re unable to attend at any of the times, log on to the website at a later time to view the archived presentation. 

PDF files of the monthly newsletter and posters will be available for download

on the 1st of the month by logging onto the website and clicking on

“Monthly Bulletins” on the home page.


Digital Annotation for Learning and Scholarship

From January 23 – February 3, the Office of Digital Learning will offer a special digital learning opportunity: a facilitated online experience called Digital Annotation for Learning and Scholarship. This experience is designed to give teachers, instructional designers and technologists, students, and others an introduction to digital annotation as both a means to greater engagement with digital texts, and an pathway to collaborative scholarly communication.

As a community, we will explore, among other things:

  • Digital reading vs. analog reading
  • Annotation as solution for deeper reading
  • History of annotation both analog and digital
  • Social annotation as a teaching modality, and as scholarly practice

Some of the questions we’ll be asking include:

  • Why collaborative annotation? Why social annotation?
  • What are the theories of annotation and learning? Is there a connection?
  • How are digital collaboration and community building related?

The digital learning opportunity is free and open to anyone interested in online and hybrid learning and teaching, digital collaboration, social networking, and digital scholarship. Pre-registration is required. To learn more, visit the Office of Digital Learning blog, or register to participate here.