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

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Road to Proficiency-based Learning at Stowe Elementary

What does proficiency-based learning look like at SES?  It is the cornerstone of our educational practice of instilling in our students the confidence and sense of purpose that will enhance their future life experiences.

All parents have the hope that their son or daughter will leave high school with the motivation and skills to embark on the next phase of their lives, whether at college or in the workplace, with confidence and a sense of purpose.  The development of these skills begins at a very young age, as students gain the understanding that their own learning and development is unique and personal, and most importantly, belongs to them.

One of the key benefits of proficiency-based learning is that, through the strategic process of goal-setting, students take greater responsibility for their education, are more thoughtful and goal-oriented about the academic choices they make, and use their time in school more purposefully. Teachers and students at Stowe Elementary work together to emphasize the importance of student input into the learning process.   At its foundation, students set goals and work deliberately and with serious intent toward mastery of those goals.  Along the way, they receive assistance from their teachers and classmates as they conceptualize, practice, revise, and rigorously apply their approach in the problem-solving process. 

While young students may set modest (even delightfully whimsical!) goals, we recognize that it is the intrinsic value of making personalized choices and the process of "learning to learn" that is central to this endeavor. In these first individual goal-setting experiences, we want to foster a love of learning that will endure throughout their lives.

To learn more about the additional benefits of Personalized Learning Plans, visit:  PBL 

Monday, December 19, 2016

Week of December 19

Happy Holidays!

The Faculty and Staff here at SES wish you 

Peace, Joy, Health, and Love

  • STEAM programs:  Learn more at STEAM!    
Recent 4th grade Art/Design project - A holiday backpack for Lulu

  • Yearbooks:  The yearbook team is already working to create a treasure for every child.  More information about ads or ordering:  Yearbook

  • Community Meeting:  Friday, December 23, at 8:20 in the gym. Señora Reina will be presenting Latin dancing for all.  Thank you to the PTO for sponsoring our artist-in-residence, Constancia Gomez.  Students will be dancing during Spanish classes as they learn the steps of the Cumbia, Salsa, Regeton, Bachata and Tango.  You're always welcome to join us!
  • Pulsera Project:  The Pulsera Project was a great success!  All of the proceeds from this project go back to Nicaragua to sustain employment for over 150 artists, in addition to funding educational programs, scholarships, workers' rights, environmental programs, fair trade advocacy, and human rights in Central America. Thank you, Señora Reina, for coordinating this.
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Monday, December 12, 2016

School Board Brief

School Board Brief | December 12, 2016

The school board is accepting submissions of interest to fill a vacant seat on the Stowe School Board of Directors. The temporary appointment will be made on January 2, 2017 and will end with the election of a board member on Town Meeting Day, March 7, 2017. Interested individuals may contact Superintendent Tracy Wrend at tracy.wrend@lssuvt.org or 802-888-4541 with questions or to indicate their willingness to serve. Any individual wishing to run for the remainder of the term should contact the Stowe Town Clerk for information about filing and a petition.  Thank you for your consideration!  

Upcoming meetings include a Special Meeting on Wednesday, December 14 at Peoples Academy and a regular school board meeting on Monday, December 19 at Stowe Elementary.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Road to Proficiency-based Learning at SES

The Road to Proficiency-based Learning at SES

Have you heard your student(s) talk about goal setting or Personalized Learning Plans and want to know more?

Personalized Learning Plans (PLP’s) are developed by students—typically in collaboration with teachers, counselors, and parents—as a way to help them achieve short and long term learning goals. Cognitive science supports that when students have ownership over their own learning we improve the learning environment and promote positive motivational, social and emotional habits and dispositions toward learning. Personalized learning means using a diverse variety of learning experiences, instructional approaches, and goal-oriented strategies that are intended to address the distinct learning needs of individual students. For more information and research on PLP’s: http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR1365.html
PLP’s in our Schools: Personalized learning, which we know contributes to a higher level of student performance and deeper learning, has always been an integral part of our schools’ missions. Our process is guided by an emphasis on creating students who are Thinkers, Problem Solvers, Effective Communicators, and Personally and Socially Responsible Citizens. As we head down ‘the road to proficiency,' the implementation of Personalized Learning Plans is helping students at Stowe Elementary set personal and academic goals based on their individual interests and needs. We look forward to implementing student-led conferences in March.  

Image result for illustrations of a cup of coffeeTo read more about Personalized Learning Plans grab a coffee and visit

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

2017-2018 Budget Public Information Meeting

The Stowe School Board will hold a public information meeting to present and discuss their proposed 2017-2018 school year budget on February 27, 2017, at 6pm, in the Stowe Town Hall Conference Room.  This meeting will be held in conjunction with the Stowe Select Board.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Week of December 5

Thursday, December 15

Grades K-2:  1:30
Grades 3-5:  6:30

Beginners Band, Advanced Band and Chorus will perform at both concerts.  Please come to celebrate the season with beautiful music presented by our students.

  • Yearbooks:  The yearbook team is already working to create a treasure for every child.  More information about ads or ordering:  Yearbook


  • Help Needed with Friday Ski & Snowboard Program:  We are looking for more volunteers to help with Friday Afternoon Ski and Snowboard groups.  Whether you can commit to certain days or can be on a substitute list, we need more volunteers to keep group sizes small (4-6 kids per group).   
What's required:
Attend a mandatory 1-day safety clinic on December 17 or 18

What you get:   
A day pass validated on the Fridays that you attend AND a 1-day lift ticket voucher than can be used Sunday - Friday, with the exception of some black out dates, and is transferable to family and friends!

Program dates:
Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27; Feb. 10, 17; March 10, 17

Please call SES at 253-4154 to receive more information!

  • SEF Raffle and Holiday Open House:  December 6.  More  HERE .  Buy your Santa's Nice List raffle tickets and get a chance to win more than $2000 worth of gift certificates, merchandise and gift baskets.  Visit the SEF Website to purchase your tickets today.   Stop in at all of the participating stores and take care of your holiday shopping.  Tasty bites and beverages will be provided at each shop.
  • Health Services:  Tips on how to know when your child should stay home due to illness.  LINK
  • Stowe Refugee Outreach Club:  This group is sponsoring a clothing drive.  For more information, please click HERE.
  • Birthday Book Club:  The forms are in and I want to thank all the families who signed up.  Our first celebration will be December 8. Children who have birthdays in August, September, October and November will come to the library to choose one book to donate.  Any remaining money goes to the SES library. If you would still like to sign up, please pick up a form in the entryway at SES.  Thank you for making this program such a success.  If you have any questions about the BBC, please contact Diane lepikko at flashflud1@aol.com.

Important Dates
This blog is for students, parents, faculty and staff. Announcements are posted on Mondays with new items added daily. Always refresh this page to view the latest news. Please click the Archive link to view past announcements, and Follow By Email if you wish to be notified when there are new posts.

Friday, December 2, 2016


The school board meeting on Monday, 12/5, includes a number of important agenda items, including a report from the Stowe Local Schools Initiative, a comprehensive review of Stowe's K-12 math program, an update on Stowe's Act 46 self-evaluation process, and discussion of the recent board member resignation and vacancy, among other items. The full corrected agenda can be found at HERE. PLEASE NOTE: THE MEETING WILL BE HELD IN THE STOWE HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM at 6:00 PM.