LSSU E-Newsletter October 4, 2018

A Message From Superintendent Tracy Wrend

We received excellent news this week with the preliminary release of last year’s SBAC test results. For almost every grade level, average student performance was above or comparable to statewide averages in all Elmore-Morristown and Stowe schools. These excellent test results are another indicator that our transition to proficiency based learning is helping our students achieve better outcomes. We look forward to diving into the data further and sharing additional results with you in the weeks to come.

Both EMUU and SSD school boards have been analyzing the capital needs of our educational facilities. School buildings in both communities do not meet current standards and are in desperate need of renovation and expansion. Some of our classrooms are too small and in certain cases do not have appropriate ventilation or lighting, at Peoples Academy there is not enough space for school-wide gatherings, physical education or proper musical instruction and Stowe’s elementary and middle schools are in need of expansion for increasing enrollment.

There is no question that updating these facilities will result in better outcomes for all of our children. As the boards of both communities continue to analyze our needs and potential improvements, we look forward to engaging the broader community. The Stowe School District Capital Committee invites the community of Stowe to meetings on Tuesday, October 16, from 6:30-8:00pm in the SHS library and Tuesday, October 23, from 6:30-8:00pm in the Gym at SES. The Committee will explain the identified needs, conceptual designs and rough costs, and the learning benefits of the proposed improvements. Building tours will be offered. All are welcome to one or both meetings!

Thank you. As always, if anyone has any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to be in touch at [email protected].

Best,
Tracy

 

EMUU Board Brief
October 2, 2018

At our board meeting this week we reviewed school closing policies. It’s time to be thinking ahead to winter weather. Please be sure the school has your updated contact information so we can notify you of any delays, closings or cancellations.

Speaking of winter, we accepted a bid from Sandri for our wood pellets this year. Sandri submitted the most competitive bid. Rest assured, our school family will be warm on chilly days.

Principals from all four EMUU schools, the Elmore School, MES, PAML and PAHS give monthly updates at our board meetings.  This week we learned about the Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF) grant at MES.  Kate Torrey, MES principal, gave us an overview of what this $25,000 grant will mean for MES students.  Over the course of the school year, each MES student will receive 10 free books. In addition, the grant provides funding for author visits, the first of which will be taking place on October 25, at 5:30 p.m., at the MES community dinner. Author David Martin will present to family and community members his insight into writing books and the importance of reading with your child. Don’t miss it! The CLiF grant will also provide additional classroom literacy support. It is a wonderful benefit to our students, and we are grateful to have it.

Board members have enjoyed interacting with the community at our recent open houses at PAML and PAHS. The board is collecting input on the most effective time to hold our annual meeting before town meeting. If you have an opinion about this, please email a board member or [email protected] with your thoughts.

The board continues to work on our goals for this year, including school safety and Proficiency Based Learning.

Regular meetings of the EMUU School Board are held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 5:00 p.m. in the Morristown Elementary School library. Meetings are open to the public.

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LSSU’s E-Newsletter, including Board Briefs, will be posted at https://www.lamoillesouthsu.org/blog.php the Thursday following each board meeting. You can read it there, or receive it directly by email by subscribing at https://www.lamoillesouthsu.org/blog.php. More detailed information regarding Elmore-Morristown Unified Union School Board meetings can be found in our board minutes: https://www.morrisville.org/emuu-school-board.php

 

SSD Board Brief
October 1, 2018

ALICE training of faculty and students has begun, and there will be drills throughout the year.

All three principals provided reports on new developments at their schools.

SES: The Cultural Arts & Diversity Committee has been working with Spruce Peak Arts to have artists perform at SES prior to their Spruce Peak shows. We are excited that two performances are currently scheduled.

SMS: A student leadership program has been developed, and these student leaders will present on student-led conferences at the open house. In addition, throughout the school year, they will help facilitate discussions about scholarly habits.

SHS: A new student government structure has been developed to encourage more transparency and student involvement. There will be a meeting every third Tuesday of the month from 6-8 pm.  The first 45 minutes will be used to train student leaders and the next hour and 15 minutes will be open to all students for work on committees of interest.

SES Supports for Students Who Are Not Proficient: Principal Lacasse presented information about the elementary school supports that have been created to raise the performance of students identified as not proficient. Depending on which of three tiers they are identified as being in, students are provided with the necessary additional level of support.

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LSSU’s E-Newsletter, including Board Briefs, will be posted at https://www.lamoillesouthsu.org/blog.php the Thursday following each board meeting. You can read it there, or receive directly by email by subscribing at https://www.lamoillesouthsu.org/blog.php.  More detailed information regarding Stowe School Board meetings can be found in our board minutes: https://www.stoweschoolsvt.com/ssd-school-board.php