As we enter the final weeks of school, we continue to focus on improving student achievement. Burlington High School is piloting a student-centered, end of the year studies program (YES Program) for all students that will involve internships, independent studies, and collaborative problem solving in areas of student interest. This pilot enters the concept of learning proficiencies, also known as graduate expectations, as the two communities have been discussing all year. If you are interested in weighing in on this discussion of graduate expectations, you can offer feedback electronically at http://www.partnershipforchangevt.org, where you can see our first draft and add your voice to the discussion.
*The Partnership for Change Announces Director
The Partnership for Change is pleased to announce the hiring of Hal Colston as its Director. The Director is responsible for leading the Partnership’s efforts to help build a prosperous future for the Burlington and Winooski communities by remodeling our schools for the 21st Century. Hal will work closely with a broad and diverse group of stakeholders, including school administrators, students, teachers, parents, and community partners, to support school change. He will guide the Partnership as it enhances the capacity for new and innovative practices in our schools and advances our vision of an educational system in which every student graduates well prepared for success in today’s world. For more information about Hal and the Partnership for Change, visit http://www.partnershipforchangevt.org/.
*Summer Camps in Burlington!
Representatives from six Burlington organizations (Boys & Girls Club, Sara Holbrook Community Center, YMCA, King Street Community Center, Burlington Parks & Recreation, Burlington School District Summer School) and Child Care Resource will gather to present detailed information for parents and kids about upcoming summer programs. Interpreters will be available to help answer any questions. You can sign your student up for any of these programs on the spot. Refreshments, snacks, and youth activities including face painting will be provided!
Champlain Elementary: Tuesday, May 7th from 5 pm – 7 pm.
Flynn Elementary: Monday, May 13th from 5 pm – 7 pm.
Contact Ali Dieng with any questions: (802) 316-0731 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Weekly Release Day Schedule Considered for 2013-14
The Burlington School District is considering a weekly release Wednesday schedule for the 2013-14 school year for grades k-8, with a 1:45 p.m. dismissal on Wednesdays all year. This schedule would replace all other early release days except for two parent conferences. The change is being considered due to a state mandate for restructuring that includes identifying dedicated time for Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) intended to increase student achievement. We have posted information to the web at http://www.bsdvt.org to explain PLCs and answer common questions about the changes being considered. The decision on the weekly release Wednesdays will be made by mid-May as we complete our restructuring mandate.
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