Thursday, May 21, 2015

IMPORTANT: Stowe School Board Update

Education Reform (H.361) Passed in Legislature
H.361, the Education Reform Bill, passed the legislature on May 15, and so begins our work as a board to analyze the implications and options for Stowe schools.  The Vermont School Boards Association has published a Two Page Overview and a Section by Section Summary, and the final bill as passed can be found here (search the document for “H.361” or scroll down to page reference 2112).  We have asked Tracy to recommend a work plan and timeline that take into account various deadlines within the legislation, which we will discuss at our next meeting on June 1. A review of the facilities audit is also slated for the June agenda.  June 1 is our last scheduled meeting of the school year and will be held at 6:00 p.m. in the SES Music Room.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Fun and Work in the Final Days of 2014-15

Prom 2015 was a good time had by all. Students had fun, everyone conducted themselves appropriately, and even the chaperones got in on the dancing towards the end of a very successful event. Congratulations to the Junior Class Prom Committee and all the Junior Class Advisors. Well done! 

While marquee events are the highlights of May, class work continues at S.H.S. as illustrated by the following pics of recent classroom activities: 

Students in Mr. May's Health class engaged in CPR training courtesy of our friends at Stowe Rescue---including Lucas Hall, S.H.S. alumnus and now R.N. at Rutland Medical Center.

On May 8, five SHS students competed against 12 other VT high schools in the VT Treasury Cup Challenge, a quiz game format competition that tests students knowledge of economics and personal finance. While they did not bring home the trophy this year, coach Roger Murphy looks forward to bringing a team to the event next year as Stowe High's Financial Literacy initiative gains more traction and participants.

Important Up-Coming Events:
  • Spring Concert at Spruce Peak Performing Arts---Thursday, May 21 @7:00 p.m.
  • Grade 11 Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium State Tests in Reading and Writing---Tuesday, May 26 through Friday, May 29
  • High School Awards Assembly---Friday, May 29 @1:30 p.m. 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

May Days---

... are sunny at last as well as the fastest-paced month of the school year. Hang on for the ride because something is always happening over the next few weeks. Please remember that our Daily Annoucements are posted on the website:

Stowe Education Fund and Stowe Middle/High School Boosters Team Up to Host First Annual Talent Show

On behalf of Stowe Middle & High School I want to take a moment to thank Vicki Alekson and Amy Rolfe and the members of their respective organizations for all the time and hard work that went into making the Talent Show a success last Friday night. A fun time was had by all. All the student and adult acts were terrific---though the finale by those principal types was a bit lame by comparison. 

All profits from the event went to support the renovation of the Auditorium. Thank you!

Important News From the Stowe School Board

Stowe School Board Brief | May 6, 2015
Education Reform Bill (H.361) and visit from Rep. Heidi Scheuerman
The board continues to closely monitor and work to influence H. 361, an education reform bill passed by the House that aims to consolidate Vermont’s school governance structure. In addition to sending a letter and resolutions stating our position, board chair Cam Page recently testified encouraging legislators to assess school districts based on the quality of education they deliver, not the number of students they serve. The Senate version of the bill is currently in the Appropriations Committee and expected to move to the Senate floor. Representative Scheuerman attended our meeting this week to answer questions about H.361and to present her alternative education reform plan. With the legislature slated to adjourn May 15, we should have plenty to talk about at our next meeting on May 18. As always, the meeting is open to the public and will be at 6:00 p.m. in the SES Music Room.

Have a great Raider Day!