Friday, April 11, 2014

Rumor has it ... 

... that spring is finally in the air. Let's hope---we could all use it. With some luck, we will get our spring sports teams out on the fields shortly after break. 

Before you and your family enjoy spring break, I just want to highlight a couple of events from the last week or so at Stowe High School. 

A World Cafe ... took place last Tuesday evening. Sponsored by the Parent-Student-Teacher Team at SHS, this event was addressed at substance abuse issues, within our community and around the state. Mr. Skip Gates was our keynote speaker. Mr. Gates is featured in the film The Opiate Effect, a somber, powerful examination of the tragic death of his son from a heroin overdose. Mr. Gates shared his perspective, as he has done for the last several years, to raise awareness of the danger of opiates---especially among individuals and families who you wouldn't consider 'typical' users. Productive discussion followed the presentation. Mr. Tris Coffin, US Attorney for Vermont, Chief Don Hull, and other area service providers participated in discussion with parents and community members.  Mr. Gates also presented to the high school student body during an assembly earlier that day. 

I would like to thank PSTT, the Stoweflake, and Pierre LaFlamme for all their hard work in making this event happen. Thank you too to the many parents and community members who attended. Please share what you learned with others---the dangers of these drugs are real and present. 

Anagnorisis Presentations ... for the junior class began last Friday and will continue on Friday, April 25. This junior  class is the first group to be graduated with the requirement that they demonstrate progress towards our building-wide expectations of communication, problem-solving, decision-making, service, and, initiative. Using their digital portfolios, juniors developed presentations evaluated by faculty committees. Following completion of the process on April 25, students will receive feedback and notification whether they received .5 of the Anagnorisis graduation credit. If notified they did not receive the credit, they will receive conditions by which they can attain the credit. The other half of this graduation credit will be awarded during senior year for a Senior Reflection Paper

We are excited by the implementation of Anagnorisis, a now 4-year process. Anagnorisis is our version of a personal learning plan---something the state of Vermont is now mandating. We are even more excited that our students are self-recognizing the value of Anagnorisis for 'discovering their identity' and 'planning their future'! 

Have a great break!! 

Jeff Maher