LSUU E-Newsletter December 19, 2019

A Message From Superintendent Tracy Wrend

As we head into winter break and the New Year, high school seniors at Peoples Academy and Stowe High School are in the middle of one of the most exciting and pivotal phases of young adulthood. They are making choices about the next chapter in their lives and most are preparing to move away from home for the first time. For months our seniors have been visiting colleges and universities and submitting applications, planning to enter technical schools, planning to join the workforce or preparing to enlist in the armed services. These are big transitions and ensuring our seniors are fully prepared for the next chapter in their lives is a top priority for the teachers and administrators throughout the Lamoille South Unified Union. 

To achieve this goal we need to ensure academic success is an outcome that is available to all students, regardless of their personal circumstances. Proficiency-Based Learning, or PBL, promotes academic success for all by providing a system of academic instruction, assessment, grading, and reporting that is based on students demonstrating proficiency with the knowledge and skills they are expected to learn.  PBL opens the door of opportunity to all students and enables the flexibility for learning to be personalized for each individual. We are proud of our progress to implement PBL and see evidence of growth in the application of research-based instructional practices and learning design as well as increased student engagement and higher achievement across subject areas.  

The successes of PBL are evident in LSUU college acceptances. This is the third year that Peoples Academy students are successfully applying for and getting accepted to rigorous colleges and universities with a proficiency-based transcript. This will be the first year Stowe High School is using proficiency-based transcripts. Early college acceptance information is beginning to arrive and our students from both high schools are being accepted to a wide range of highly regarded schools throughout the United States.  

Examples include Brown, the School of International Service at American University, Wesleyan, Indiana University at Bloomington, Ohio State, University of Pittsburgh, Baylor, Loyola University – Chicago, Temple, Michigan State, Fordham, Northeastern, and the University of Arizona. Closer to home, our seniors have already been accepted into Southern New Hampshire, Norwich, Castleton, Vermont Technical College, Northern Vermont University, Husson and the University of Vermont. 

LSUU is committed to continuing our efforts to communicate with parents, students and the community about the implementation of PBL, how it is improving learning and outcomes and how it will help our students pursue their post-secondary goals. We encourage parents or anyone who is interested in the process to visit our website to learn more. 

We are enthusiastic about the learning environment in our schools and the opportunities created for our students by the PBL framework. We are very proud of our students and the hard work they do along with our educators who support them every step of the way. Graduating from high school and going into the world is a big step. We owe it to our students to provide them with the tools they need to be successful. 

Best,
Tracy 

 

Lamoille South Unified Union Board Brief
December 16, 2019

Stowe Arena Use Fees
The Town and District have agreed to pricing for the District’s use of the Stowe Arena for the 2020-2021 school year.  We are appreciative of the support received from the Selectboard and their willingness to work together to support the students of Lamoille South.

FY21 Budget
We reviewed and discussed the revised draft FY21 budget, including an outline of building-level expenditure detail grouped by elementary, middle and high schools.  Finalized revenue estimates, equalized pupil and Common Level of Appraisal (CLA) information have not yet been received from the State.  The proposed $32,168,450 draft budget reflects an increase of 3.43%.  This increase is primarily due to rising health care costs and not the merger of Elmore-Morristown and Stowe.  We will continue to revise and review the FY21 budget at our January meetings and encourage your attendance and participation.

Juul - Exploration of Litigation
Lamoille South will be joining with districts across Vermont in exploring potential litigation against Juul Labs, Inc. and others.  Health officials and lawmakers now consider teen vaping an epidemic, and marketing efforts by the companies targeted minors with advertising designed to appeal but failing to warn about potential health risks associated with using the products.

FY19 Audits
Board members reviewed and approved the FY19 audits of Lamoille South Supervisory Union, Elmore-Morristown Unified Union and Stowe School District.  RHR Smith & Company completed the audit of the financial statements of the governmental activities, each major fund and the aggregate remaining fund information for the year ended June 30, 2019.  Copies of the audits can be obtained by contacting Andrew Lundeen at [email protected] or calling 888-4541.

Winooski Valley Regional Public School Choice
Public High School Choice, Act 129,  allows students to apply to attend any other public high school in the state. The board reaffirmed Lamoille South’s participation in the Winooski Valley Region for the administration of the choice lottery process.  Information and application materials are expected to be available for students and families in January.

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