A newsletter from Stowe Elementary School

PO Box 760, 254 Park Street, Stowe, VT 05672 USA
P: 802­.253.­4154 F: 802.­253.­6915 W: www.stoweschoolsvt.com

Thursday, August 17, 2017


Lamoille South Supervisory Union Curriculum Director Valerie Sullivan briefed the Stowe School Board on our progress implementing Proficiency Based Learning, including a review of what it is, work done to date, and next steps for the coming school year.  
Board members are enthusiastic about our district’s progress toward proficiency based and personalized learning systems.  Our teachers have developed standards by which they will measure and report each student’s progress towards mastering important skills and concepts. The district is customizing a reporting system, which teachers will use to organize and track data about student progress and to communicate that progress to students and  parents. Plans are also in place to strengthen student understanding of mindset, motivation, and metacognition to support their transition to Proficiency Based Learning. There will be a great deal of communication between the administration, teachers, parents, and students as we continue to implement this new process, which will serve students’ learning needs.

The Board is looking forward to regular updates on the work in our schools on Proficiency Based Learning and Personalization at meetings throughout the school year.  

Superintendent Tracy Wrend briefed the board on the ramifications of Act 85, which determines how the state will capture savings from changes in teacher health insurance. Lamoille South Supervisory Union’s contractual net employer/employee contributions to healthcare are close to the target plan laid out by the state, and we do expect to generate savings from the health insurance transition to offset amounts expected to be withheld from state education fund payments.  In addition, Act 85 set yield amounts and non-residential tax rates at a different level than projected  during budgeting, and ultimately local tax rates are lower than was projected in March.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

School Board Brief - June 05, 2017

Stowe School Board held its final regular meeting for the 2016-2017 school year. Superintendent Wrend shared the annual report for 2015-2016, which is available here.

Please click this link to see the regularly scheduled meetings for the upcoming school year, as well as Lamoille South Supervisory Union and joint Act 46 meetings.

Monday, June 5, 2017

School Board Brief - May 31, 2017

In a joint meeting with Lamoille South Supervisory Union’s and Elmore-Morristown Unified Union’s boards, the Stowe School Board continued work on our Act 46 Alternative Governance Proposal. Consultant Peter Clarke reviewed the portions of passed legislation that are relevant to our proposal, as well as additional guidelines from the State Board of Education. The boards reviewed achievement data pursuant to both our Alternative Governance Structure Proposal and our continued goal of providing a strong education for all students in the Supervisory Union.

The next Act 46 meeting will be Monday, July 10, 2017, at 6:00PM at Stowe Elementary School.

June 5, 2017


Celebration Day!
Tuesday, June 13
12:00 - 2:30
Only 4 volunteer spots left
Time is running out so please contact us if you can help.
THANK YOU!

Volunteers Needed

Swab the Deck, Pizza Delivery, Meltdown, Wet your Noodle and Atomic Clothesline Blast are just a few of the many games to be played on Celebration Day.  
Come and join the fun by volunteering!

Volunteers will meet by the scoreboard (beyond the playground fence) promptly at 12:00.  Games will begin shortly after noon and will end around 2:30.

Please email Jeff Dacales (jeff.dacales@lssuvt.org)  if you plan to volunteer, and be sure to include name and classroom teacher(s).

In the event of inclement weather, the status of Celebration Day will be posted on the SES Website the evening of June 12.

Thank you for your support!

Celebration Day Committee:
Brian Barney, Patty Boerger, Marcy Pelkey and Jeff Dacales



NEWS AND EVENTS


5th Grade Egg Drop Design Challenge
These teams' eggs survived 60 feet!
  • Community Meeting:  Friday, June 9 at 8:20.  Students from Mr. Terwilliger's class will be our main presenters.  You're always welcome to join us!

  • Stowe Education Fund:  Faculty Donation Program.  Our practice here at SES is not to give class gifts to teachers; however, individual families may choose to give a gift. Teachers always appreciate handmade cards and notes. 
  • Girls on the Run
    Congratulations on your 5K!
  • Summer Reading:  Learn more about the Stowe Free Library summer reading program for children.  Summer Reading Program
  • Youth Mountain Biking:  Stowe Mountain Bike Club and Stowe Rotary present Wednesday Night Kids' Rides, starting May 24 from 5:30 - 7:00 PM.  All ages and abilities are welcome to join these supervised rides.  Volunteers needed!  For more information, please contact Evan Chismark at stowemtb@gmail.com
  • Stowe Cross Country Team:  Umbrellas, umbrellas, umbrellas..the Stowe Cross Country Team has extra umbrellas to sell.  They are large green and white golf umbrellas with the Stowe Loves Sports logo on them.  You don't want to be caught in the rain without one!  Contact Becky McGovern at 253-2252 to have one delivered to you.  They are $20 each.  Thank you in advance for your support! 

Important Dates

June 5:  5th grade to Fort Ticonderoga
June 7:  4th grade to Lowell Wind Farm
June 8:  3rd grade to Montshire Museum
June 13:  Celebration Day
June 14:  5th grade graduation
June 14:  Kindergarten to Enchanted Forest at Spruce Peak
June 15:  4th grade to Shelburne Museum
June 16:  Last Day of School (noon dismissal)


LINKS

SEF Faculty Donation Program

Plugged In: Technology, the Internet and Child Safety

Scout Film Festival

Apple Tree Summer Camp

Stowe Free Library Summer Events

Stowe Free Library Summer Reading Program

Helen Day Art Center Summer Camps

Smuggs Vermonter Daycation Pass

Stowe Children's Theatre Summer Musical Theatre Camp

Stowe Children's Theatre Registration Form

Vermont Family Theatre Summer Theatre Camp

Rugged Adventures Summer Camp

Stowe Mountain Resort's After School Golf Program

Smuggs Vermonter Camp
















Tuesday, May 30, 2017

May 30, 2017

Congratulations to our Fifth Graders
 for your production of

THE MUSIC MAN! 









Calling all SES Families!
Celebration Day, Tuesday, June 13
Kindergarten through 5th grade

There is no rain date planned - think sunshine!

Volunteers Needed

Swab the Deck, Pizza Delivery, Meltdown, Wet your Noodle and Atomic Clothesline Blast are just a few of the many games to be played on Celebration Day.  
Come and join the fun by volunteering!

Volunteers will meet by the scoreboard (beyond the playground fence) promptly at 12:00.  Games will begin shortly after noon and will end around 2:30.

Please email Jeff Dacales (jeff.dacales@lssuvt.org)  if you plan to volunteer, and be sure to include name and classroom teacher(s).

In the event of inclement weather, the status of Celebration Day will be posted on the SES Website the evening of June 12.

Thank you for your support!

Celebration Day Committee:
Brian Barney, Patty Boerger, Marcy Pelkey and Jeff Dacales



NEWS AND EVENTS
  • Community Meeting:  Friday, June 2 at 8:20.  Students from Mrs. Bradford's class will be our main presenters.  You're always welcome to join us!
  • Growing Up Stowe:  Stowe Middle and High School students invite all community members, business owners and parents to a follow-up of the dinner theater presentation about the strengths, challenges, concerns and pressures they face daily in their school and community.  We will show performances again and work on next steps.  Out students invite you to improve our town with action and with proactive thinking.  Complimentary coffee and dessert provided!  Registration required at this link, or search "Growing Up Stowe" on eventbrite.
  • Miles for Smiles:  June 4 is the 2nd Annual Miles for Smiles Race.  All proceeds go to PTO school programs and Stowe Recreation summer camp scholarships. We welcome runners of all ages and abilities and hope you will come out to support our children!  Please call Stowe Recreation at 253-6138 to register.  We are looking for volunteers and food donations for the day of the event.  Please contact Rachel Putnam at rachelputnam@rocketmail.com if you are able to help.
  • Law Enforcement Torch Run:  On Friday, June 2nd, some of our students will be participating in the "Law Enforcement Torch Run" to benefit Special Olympics. Officer Bruce Merriam from the Stowe Police Department will be meeting some of our students with the torch at the Memorial Building at 1:00 PM.  At 1:10, they will run from the Memorial Building to the SES bus loop where students will be waiting to cheer them on.   There are T-shirts for sale in the SES office for $20 to raise money for Special Olympics.  Students may also make donations.
  • Summer Reading:  Learn more about the Stowe Free Library summer reading program for children.  Summer Reading Program
  • Youth Mountain Biking:  Stowe Mountain Bike Club and Stowe Rotary present Wednesday Night Kids' Rides, starting May 24 from 5:30 - 7:00 PM.  All ages and abilities are welcome to join these supervised rides.  Volunteers needed!  For more information, please contact Evan Chismark at stowemtb@gmail.com
  • Stowe Cross Country Team:  Umbrellas, umbrellas, umbrellas..the Stowe Cross Country Team has extra umbrellas to sell.  They are large green and white golf umbrellas with the Stowe Loves Sports logo on them.  You don't want to be caught in the rain without one!  Contact Becky McGovern at 253-2252 to have one delivered to you.  They are $20 each.  Thank you in advance for your support! 

Important Dates

May 30:  Memorial Day Parade, 10:00
June 1:  5th grade to Maritime Museum
June 2:  Grade 1:  Kids on the Block presentation
June 2:  5th grade egg drop
June 4:  2nd Annual Miles for Smiles Fundraiser
June 5:  5th grade to Fort Ticonderoga
June 7:  4th grade to Lowell Wind Farm
June 8:  3rd grade to Montshire Museum
June 13:  Celebration Day
June 14:  5th grade graduation
June 14:  Kindergarten to Enchanted Forest at Spruce Peak
June 15:  4th grade to Shelburne Museum
June 16:  Last Day of School (noon dismissal)













Tuesday, May 23, 2017

School Board Brief - May 15, 2017

The board reviewed Stowe’s and Elmore-Morristown Unified Union’s math and literacy progress monitoring tools. Lamoille South Supervisory Union (LSSU) has recently begun using the STAR assessment, which takes 20 minutes and will be given three times a year, with the flexibility to add screenings for some students. Students progress through the assessments once they have demonstrated proficiency.  These screenings provide data that enables more focused instruction in areas where students haven’t mastered skills and provide ongoing indicators of the extent student learning is on track to meet our goals.  
The board began discussion of the formation of a committee to address our capital improvement needs. The board will solidify plans over the summer.

Emily Rosenbaum was named the Stowe School District board representative to the Regional Advisory Board.

Monday, May 22, 2017

May 22, 2017

THE MUSIC MAN! Jr.

5th grade musical performance
Akeley Memorial Building
6:30 PM, Wednesday, May 24



Calling all SES Families!
Celebration Day, Tuesday, June 13
Kindergarten through 5th grade

There is no rain date planned - think sunshine!

Volunteers Needed

Swab the Deck, Pizza Delivery, Meltdown, Wet your Noodle and Atomic Clothesline Blast are just a few of the many games to be played on Celebration Day.  
Come and join the fun by volunteering!

Volunteers will meet by the scoreboard (beyond the playground fence) promptly at 12:00.  Games will begin shortly after noon and will end around 2:30.

Please email Jeff Dacales (jeff.dacales@lssuvt.org)  if you plan to volunteer, and be sure to include name and classroom teacher(s).

In the event of inclement weather, the status of Celebration Day will be posted on the SES Website the evening of June 12.

Thank you for your support!

Celebration Day Committee:
Brian Barney, Patty Boerger, Marcy Pelkey and Jeff Dacales



NEWS AND EVENTS
  • Community Meeting:  Friday, May 26 at 8:20.  Students from Ms. Meagle's and Ms. Economou's classes will be our main presenters.  You're always welcome to join us!
  • Summer Reading:  Learn more about the Stowe Free Library summer reading program for children.  Summer Reading Program
  • Youth Mountain Biking:  Stowe Mountain Bike Club and Stowe Rotary present Wednesday Night Kids' Rides, starting May 24 from 5:30 - 7:00 PM.  All ages and abilities are welcome to join these supervised rides.  Volunteers needed!  For more information, please contact Evan Chismark at stowemtb@gmail.com
  • Stowe Cross Country Team:  Umbrellas, umbrellas, umbrellas..the Stowe Cross Country Team has extra umbrellas to sell.  They are large green and white golf umbrellas with the Stowe Loves Sports logo on them.  You don't want to be caught in the rain without one!  Contact Becky McGovern at 253-2252 to have one delivered to you.  They are $20 each.  Thank you in advance for your support! 
  • New Personnel and New Assignments:  Next year, two of our faculty are moving to new assignments here at SES.  Mr. Sean Semler will be joining the 4th grade team and Mrs. Stanton will become our Literacy Interventionist, providing specialized support for students.  New personnel include:  Mrs. Mary Karen Crawford, school nurse; Ms. Caroline Souter, grade 1; and Ms. Ashley Goddard, grade 5.
  • 6th Grade Chromebooks:  Parents, for your planning purposes, 6th graders at SMS are provided with a Chromebook.  

Important Dates

May 24:  5th Grade Musical (The Music Man!) at 6:30
May 25 & 26:  4th grade to Boston Museum of Science
May 29:  Memorial Day - School Closed
May 30:  Memorial Day Parade, 10:00
June 1:  5th grade to Maritime Museum
June 2:  Grade 1:  Kids on the Block presentation
June 2:  5th grade egg drop
June 4:  2nd Annual Miles for Smiles Fundraiser
June 5:  5th grade to Fort Ticonderoga
June 7:  4th grade to Lowell Wind Farm
June 8:  3rd grade to Montshire Museum
June 13:  Celebration Day
June 14:  5th grade graduation
June 14:  Kindergarten to Enchanted Forest at Spruce Peak
June 15:  4th grade to Shelburne Museum
June 16:  Last Day of School (noon dismissal)