*FY2015 Budget Process Update
The Burlington School Board has spent much of March and April reviewing numbers in the budget and determining a new budget amount to bring to the voters. It is anticipated at the time of writing this article that a new budget will come for a vote on June 3. Please stay tuned at www.bsdvt.org for more information on the budget and its implications.
*Free 2014 Summer Camp Fair – Tuesday, May 6th, Sustainability Academy, 5 – 7 p.m.
Join representatives from local organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club of Burlington, Sara Holbrook Community Center, the YMCA, King Street Center, Burlington School District Summer School and Burlington Parks and Recreation for detailed information for parents and kids about upcoming summer programs.
Child Care Resource and interpreters will be available to help answer any questions. Refreshments, snacks and youth activities including face painting and kids games will be provided.
Come learn about these exciting summer programs and register your student on the spot!
*Pockets of Innovation in Burlington Schools – Partnership for Change
In our second year supporting Burlington and Winooski Schools to remodel the education system, the Partnership for Change is helping teachers pilot new, student-centered approaches to teaching and learning. The research, conversations and shared learning that occurred during our first year have informed these pockets of innovation.
One example is the work being done by a group of Burlington and Winooski teachers to pilot student-led conferences this spring. This new approach to traditional parent-teacher conferences will offer students a greater voice in the learning process and support families as partners in their children’s education.
Using technology to personalize learning for all students is another important lever in the school change process. Last month, Burlington High School faculty and technology specialists shared how 1:1 technology is shifting teaching and learning in our local schools at a Statewide conference in Lake Morey.
This spring, 50 BHS physics students are engaged in solving a real problem in our community. Based on the science and economics of energy use, they are finding ways for Burlington homeowners and landlords to increase energy efficiency. The next step is to partner with community businesses and organizations to design a prototype that can reach all Burlington residents.
To learn more about these and other pockets of innovation in our schools, visit http://partnershipvt.org.
*BSD Ranked #6 on Daily Meal’s 10 Best School Lunches in America
In the past decade, enormous changes have been made nationwide in the ways learning institutions feed our offspring. Initiatives have been undertaken where schools have students manage organic gardens on premises and take field trips to local farms to learn where their lunch originates and how it grows. Budgets have been utilized more thoughtfully and efficiently, investing in these same farms to supply students with the freshest ingredients and an abundance of healthy choices, and in other creative, culinary-geared ways.
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