Category Archives: 2015-16

Whitcomb Jr-Sr High School

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The Whitcomb Jr-Sr High School is located in Bethel, Vermont. The school serves approximately 124 students in grades pre-kindergarten through twelve. The Whitcomb team is participating in the Communicating School Redesign class during the 2015-2016 school year. The communications team includes: Krista Townsend, Anna Smith, and Max Stearns (students), Andy West (math teacher), Andra Bowen (Assistant Principal).

 

What the Whitcomb CSR team has been working on:

On May 17, 2016 all of the CSR teams presented to the Vermont State Board of Education, to learn more and view the complete presentation please click here. To view only Whitcomb’s presentation please click here.

Nearly 100 middle and high school students from Whitcomb, Rochester, South Royalton, and Chelsea schools gathered Monday, April 4 at the Bethel Town Hall for a day-long Spring Student Congress. The event was designed to promote student understanding of and support for Act 77: Flexible Pathways.
To learn more about the student congress watch this video!

Vermont Public Radio published an article about the student congress, you can read that here. Or check out “Students take the Reins: Bethel Pow-Wow Takes Up Act 77,” an article in the Herald of Randolph.

Article Featured in the Herald of Randolph: Whitcomb Students Brainstorm ‘I Dream of a School Where…’

Rochester School

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The Rochester School is located in Rochester, Vermont. The school serves approximately 140 students in grades pre-kindergarten through twelve.  The Rochester team is participating in the Communicating School Redesign class during the 2015-2016 school year.  The communication team includes: Olivia Shonio and Kevin Kingsbury (students), Cole Mason (design and technology teacher), Dea Kimball (school counselor).

 

What the Rochester CSR team has been working on:

On May 17, 2016 all of the CSR teams presented to the Vermont State Board of Education, to learn more and view the complete presentation please click here. To view only Rochester’s presentation please click here.

Student team member Olivia held several student forums to engage her peers in dialogue about school change using chalk talks. The Rochester presentation to the state board showcased some examples of the chalk talk strategies.   Olivia also created a website to share information about Act 77: Flexible Pathways.

Nearly 100 middle and high school students from Whitcomb, Rochester, South Royalton, and Chelsea schools gathered Monday, April 4 at the Bethel Town Hall for a day-long Spring Student Congress. The event was designed to promote student understanding of and support for Act 77: Flexible Pathways.
To learn more about the student congress watch this video!

Vermont Public Radio published an article about the student congress, you can read that here. Or check out “Students take the Reins: Bethel Pow-Wow Takes Up Act 77,” an article in the Herald of Randolph.

Article Featured in the Herald of Randolph: Whitcomb Students Brainstorm ‘I Dream of a School Where…’

Mt. Anthony Union High School

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The Mt. Anthony Union High School is located in Bennington, Vermont, nestled on the Massachusetts border. The school serves approximately 989 students in grades nine through twelve.  The Mt. Anthony team is participating in the Communicating School Redesign class during the 2015-2016 school year.  The communications team includes: Lindsey Restino and Charlotte Windover  (personal learning plan team student leaders),  Glenda Cresto (Principal),  Brook Remington (school-to-work coordinator).

This team is also integrating the resources of the “Mindset, Metacognition and Motivation” initiative to build a growth mindset culture as a foundation for personalization.

What the Mt. Anthony CSR team has been working on:

On May 17th the CSR teams presented to the State board of Education.  To view the Mount Anthony presentation, please click here!

School-to-Work Paves the Path for Act 77 at MAUHS” is an article published in the Bennington Banner that explores Act 77 at MAUHS and celebrates the work of CSR team member Brooke.

 

South Royalton School

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South Royalton School is located in South Royalton, Vermont. The school serves approximately 355 students in grades pre-kindergarten through twelve. The South Royalton School team is participating in the Communicating School Redesign class during the 2015-2016 school year. The communication team includes: Conor Lambert and Cassandra Wilson (students), Dalton Gomez (science teacher), Cass Bath (math teacher).

 

What the SoRo CSR team has been working on:

On May 17, 2016 all of the CSR teams presented to the Vermont State Board of Education, to learn more and view the complete presentation please click here.

To view only South Royalton’s presentation please click here.

Nearly 100 middle and high school students from Whitcomb, Rochester, South Royalton, and Chelsea schools gathered Monday, April 4 at the Bethel Town Hall for a day-long Spring Student Congress. The event was designed to promote student understanding of and support for Act 77: Flexible Pathways.
To learn more about the student congress watch this video!

Vermont Public Radio published an article about the student congress, you can read that here. Or check out “Students take the Reins: Bethel Pow-Wow Takes Up Act 77,” an article in the Herald of Randolph.

The South Royalton School also participated in the Shaping Our Future Together instagram and social media campaign #idreamofaschool and created this video to promote the campaign in their community:

 

Bellows Free Academy Fairfax

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Bellows Free Academy (BFA) is located in Fairfax, located 25 miles north of Burlington Vermont. The school serves approximately 970 students in grades pre-kindergarten through twelve. The BFA Fairfax team is participating in the Communicating School Redesign class during the 2015-2016 school year. The communication team includes: Zac McGuiness, Jake Hakey, Jazmyn Townsend, and Bailey Halliday (students), Elizabeth Daigel (teacher), Paul Chapman (Student Assistance Program Counselor), Katherine McElroy (school counselor), and David Buckingham (Director of Guidance).

What the BFA Fairfax CSR Team has been working on:

On May 17, 2016 all of the CSR teams presented to the Vermont State Board of Education, to learn more and view the complete presentation please click here.

The team created a video “Route 77,” to help message flexible pathways at their school. Check it out below!

Chelsea Public School

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Chelsea Public School is located in Chelsea, Vermont. The school serves approximately 178 students in grades pre-kindergarten through twelve.  The Chelsea School team is participating in the Communicating School Redesign class during the 2015-2016 school year.  The communication team includes: Nikole Garand (student), and Grace Kay (student),  Mindy Farnham (school counselor), and Rachel Allen (Spanish teacher).

 

What the Chelsea CSR team has been working on:

On May 17, 2016 all of the CSR teams presented to the Vermont State Board of Education, to learn more and view the complete presentation please click here.

To view only Chelsea’s presentation please click here.

Nearly 100 middle and high school students from Whitcomb, Rochester, South Royalton, and Chelsea schools gathered Monday, April 4 at the Bethel Town Hall for a day-long Spring Student Congress. The event was designed to promote student understanding of and support for Act 77: Flexible Pathways.
To learn more about the student congress watch this video!

Vermont Public Radio published an article about the student congress, you can read that here. Or check out “Students take the Reins: Bethel Pow-Wow Takes Up Act 77,” an article in the Herald of Randolph.


Hazen Union

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Hazen Union is located in Hardwick, Vermont, often referred to as the gateway to the Northeast Kingdom. The school serves approximately 350 students in grades 7-12, with staff and students who appreciate the value of a small school. The current communications team for the 2015-16 school year is: Molly Stanciu, Russell Shopland, Clara Lew-Smith, Ryland O’Connell (students), Mike Moriarty (Principal), Chris Miller (Director of Guidance), and Jen Burton (Technology Integration faculty).

The Hazen Union Communications Team is in its third year of engagement with the Communicating School Redesign course. They were one of the pioneering schools during the CSR 2013-2014 year and re-formed to participate in last year’s coursework in order to take their plan to the next level. This resulted in a team-led Hazen faculty meeting and a district in-service to illustrate the “why” of Act 77: Flexible Pathways, and proficiency-based learning. Subsequent data showed that, while these efforts were effective in explaining the “why” of school change, more needed to be done to communicate the “what” and “how” of personalization.

To that end, the Hazen Leadership Team developed a Teacher Student Advisory program and a long block schedule, building Hazen’s capacity to support Flexible Pathways and Personal Learning Plans. The CSR team organized recruitment of students from each advisory who were trained in engaging strategies to introduce their peers to Act 77 and a more personalized approach to their education. They also produced a very effective video to introduce the study body to PLPs.

Hazen is the only school team to avail themselves of the CSR course for a third year in a row, due to administrative turnover and a desire to ensure that this work become embedded within the school infrastructure. They also have merged their communications work with the “Mindset, Metacognition and Motivation” initiative, based on survey data that indicates that fostering a growth mindset culture is key to Act 77 and proficiency implementation.

Hazen plans to use the district’s Professional Development Academy model to help faculty further personalization efforts. The school has received a 1:1 technology grant to support the implementation of Personal Learning Plans going forward.

Resources developed by the Hazen CSR team to engage their community in dialogue to develop support and understanding of Act 77 can be found on there web site. Specific resource links are noted below:


Hazen Union Shaping Our Future Together Website
Hazen-Union-SOFT-Site

Student Teacher Advisory Activities: Communication Team students and student leaders from Teacher Advisory periods worked together to build knowledge of and enthusiasm for Flexible Pathways, Personalized Learning Plans, and Proficiency Based Learning at Hazen. Student leaders facilitated a series of activities that engaged students in critical exploration and dialogue about Act 77.

The Hazen CSR team presented at a supervisory union School Board Meeting. The presentation included activities that they had been conducting in their student-teacher advisory.

As a part of an ongoing series of community focus forums, the Hazen team held Community Forum on Act 77. The forum was attended by parents, school board members, and community members.

The Hazen team wrote letters to the editor in the Hardwick Gazette. Each letter discusses Act 77 from a different stakeholder group
Letter 1: Team Introduction – Jan 14th
Letter 2: Teacher Perspective – Feb 4th
Letter 3: Student Perspective – Feb 18th
Letter 4: Board Perspective – Mar 18th
Letter 5: Principal Perspective – Apr 8th

Hazen’s presentation to the Vermont State School Board on May 17, 2016