LSUU E-Newsletter November 21, 2019

A Message From Superintendent Tracy Wrend

Quarter 1 Mastery Reports have been mailed to high school students, and our improved transcript and school profiles are actively in use for seniors applying to college.  The first trimester ends today, and elementary and middle level students will get their first term Mastery Reports shortly thereafter.  

Faculty, staff and administrators are continuing to focus on social and racial justice as we work to deepen our culturally sustaining practices.  Administrators and faculty participated in professional development to better understand the impact of race on student learning and unconscious biases and the ways these may play out in educational scenarios.  Our work as a faculty to understand our own perspectives is increasingly expanding into our ongoing work with students.  

In October, the Mountain Film Festival visited PA to present their student-focused short movie selections to high school and middle level students. The festival aims to provide unique and new perspectives for students and features themes related to inner city and international cultures, women's rights and American black history and growth. 

Recently, the SMS 8th grade went to Rhapsody in Black at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center. This educational performance was a one-man show that explores LeLand Gantt’s personal journey to understand and eventually transcend racism in America. Students participated in a follow-up reflection on this performance.

In the classroom, SHS students recently participated in a group dialogue around immigration today and in the past.  During the conversation, students discussed white privilege and racism, assumptions that are made and what action steps their generation needs to take to make change.

Most recently, black author Arshay Cooper visited PA on November 20 to speak about his memoir titled Suga Water, which tells the true story of the first all-black high school competitive rowing crew in the United States. Concept2 sponsored the visit that included book signing, a small group question and answer, and an all-school presentation. 

I appreciate the courage and introspection of our students, faculty, staff and administration as we work together to raise the bar academically and socially.

Best,
Tracy 

 

Lamoille South Unified Union Board Brief
November 18, 2019

Policy Adoption and Policy Work Session
The board adopted the following policies: Education Records; Public Participation at Board Meetings; Responsible Use of Electronic Resources & the Internet; Use of Imaging and Recording Devices in School.  

The following policies were discussed and finalized for a first read at our December 2 meeting: Transportation; Participation of Home Study Students in School Programs and Activities; Title 1 Part A Parental Involvement Compact; Title 1 Comparability; Tobacco Prohibition.

Support Services Program Review
Jessica Spencer, LSUU Director of Student Services, provided an overview of the support services provided to students across the district.  She identified and explained the programs that fall under the Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS).  MTSS is a framework for supporting the academic and behavioral needs of all students within schools, and includes an Education Support Team (EST), Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and 504 Plan.

Quality/Equity Discussion
Based on earlier discussions, the board received a draft statement of what the definition of “Quality” for LSUU schools might include, as well as working definitions of “Equity” from VSBA/VSA and the National Equity Project.  We will continue discussions at a subsequent meeting.

Approval of Overnight Field Trip
The board approved the request of Stowe High School’s Model UN Club to travel to Boston from March 20-22, 2020.

Town of Stowe Use Fees Update
The Stowe Selectboard voted to not renew the School Field Maintenance Agreement and the Memorandum of Understanding Between Town of Stowe and Stowe School District effective July 1, 2020.  The Selectboard did leave open the option, if requested, for cause discounting or exempting uses or programs through the Arena fee schedule.  Norm Williams will attend the next Selectboard meeting to discuss the Arena fee schedule further.

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