SSD News & Announcements

Public news and announcements from The Stowe School District.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

School Board Brief - August 14, 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.

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 15, 2017

Monday, May 15, 2017


Parent Announcements

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NEW

  • Garden Work Session Thu. 2:45 - 4:00 - Community Service hours will be awarded. See Mr. Smith or Mr. Grogan to let him know you can help out


  • A World of Difference Students will be meeting this Friday the 19th in the art room during active study.


  • Memorial Day Poem Wanted: We seek a poem to be read on Friday, May 26th. The poem will be posted on our school's blog and read aloud. The poem theme is "The Meaning of Memorial Day." Please email or give a copy to Ms. Ortiz elisabeth.ortiz@lssuvt.org.


  • Annual Remembrance Run 5K: June 11th, 9:30am, at PA.  Registration available here.


  • Special Olympics Torch Event: Walk/Run with the torch at SMS during Active Study, Friday, June 2nd.  $20 gets you a t-shirt and allows you accompany the torch around the track.  Turn in money to Mrs. Marshall or the MS Office.


  • Fall sports registration is now open! Please register your athlete by July 1, 2017.  Register info here.

  • Yearbook Ordering DEADLINE is May 26th!!! Yearbooks can still be purchased. Orders can be placed online or you can drop off $20 (cash or check made out to Stowe Middle School) to the office.


  • Band/Chorus Rehearsal - TUESDAY, 9:50-11:15am, mandatory


  • High School Transition Night - Tuesday, the 16th, 6:30pm in the auditorium (for 8th grade parents and students alike!).


  • Stowe Bible Camp Registration open: June 19-23, 9am-12pm, Register here.


OLD

  • Adventures in Public Art Making HDAC Camp: Maisie and Georgia Schnee, together with artist Kelly Holt, are launching a public art project, in our community to activate interest artists in a response to advancements in global warming.  They are leading a camp at Helen Day Art Center in July. If you are interested, please sign up! Join the team and bring a powerful idea to life to share in our community! Campers will get to work in various media and collaborate on something BIG. The group will create a mural responding to the idea of BELONGING. The sky's the limit! In this camp, we will look at what artists are putting out into the world and share ideas of how we respond to art as we live alongside it. Instructor: Kelly Holt  

    • July 10th-14th

    • Ages 9-13

    • 9:00am-3:00pm

    • $275 (member) | $300 (non-member)

  • Also, you can sign up to help with this project on Beautification Day!  Stay tuned for more details on Beautification Day activity sign-ups. This group will participate in painting part of the canvas!


  • Type 1 Diabetes Presentation: Thursday, May 18th, at UVM, 6:30-8:30pm.  Living well with Diabetes in the Family presentation given by Moira McCarthy Stanford.


  • Call for Substitute Teachers: Do you know someone who might like to be a substitute? If so please contact LSSU and get on the sub list (very easy application packet).  We now use an electronic sub system (AESOP), so you can look at and sign up for vacancies from wherever you are at any time of day.


Summer Camps

  • *NEW* Stowe Bible Camp Registration open: June 19-23, 9am-12pm, Register here.

  • Summer Camps at HDAC: For more information, see their brochure!

  • Musical Theater Camps at PA:

    • June 19th-24th - Aristocats, ages 6 and up

    • June 26th-30th - Pirates of Penzance, 6th grade and up

    • Registration information


Visit Stowe Middle School Music website for upcoming events and details.


Community Service Opportunities

  • The Friends of the Stowe Free Library Book Sale July 5th thru July 24th. Your hours can be flexible and we will work with your schedule. We need volunteers to get boxes out of the library basement, via an elevator, to the porch or gazebo, and also to shift boxes around on the porch. Please email  Bonnie Knight me for more information or if you think you can help. bonniesknight@gmail.com

  • Leadership/Community Service: 6th/7th Graders interested in helping on 5th Grade transition night on TUESDAY, May 16th at 6:30pm please sign-up outside the office. This is an opportunity to be help teachers tell our 5th grade parents about SMS.



Calendar - Full calendar on website


May 17th-18th: 6th-8th SBACs

May 16th: 5th Grade Parent Transition Night, 6-7pm

May 18th: SMHS Spring Concert, 7pm

May 22nd: 6th Gr Field Trip to Fairbanks Museum

May 24th-25th: 8th SBAC

May 26th: Beautification Day

June 2nd: 6th Gr Field Trip to Montpelier

June 7th: Step Up Day

June 9th: 8th Gr Field Trip to Great Escape

June 12th: SMS BBQ

June 15th: 6th Gr Field Trip to Smugglers Notch / 7th Gr Field Trip to Spare Time / 8th           Grade Graduation, 6pm

June 16th: Last Half Day, Field Day!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

attendance

Meeting Attendance
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StudentGradePhone1
Bowen, Macklin Tait7802-253-2890AU
 
Collins, Caleb Michael8802-793-9538UT
 
Cooney, Thomas Harvey6443-831-4223ET
 
Fitzgerald, Ava Lorraine6802-760-0473AU
 
Fuss, Alexander Thomas7802-888-5539UT
 
Glanz, Adam7516-455-3404AE
 
McNeil, Brodey Patrick6603-998-7100AE
 
Nissenbaum, Benjamin Isaac6207-316-9601AU
 
Ogden, Oliver8802-730-3923UT
 
Riley, Henry6802-253-0801UT
 
Taylor, Rowan Grace6802-224-6348AU
 
Wahler, Gemma Marin8802-586-2009UT
 
Wheelwright, George William8802-793-3200AU
 

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Elisabeth Ortiz
Administrative Assistant
Stowe Middle School
413 Barrows Rd.
Stowe, VT 05672-4740
802-253-6913 x2330

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

School Board Brief - May 08, 2017

In a joint meeting with the Elmore-Morristown Unified Union (EMUU) and the Lamoille South Supervisory Union, the Stowe School Board interviewed Peter Clarke, a consultant who specializes in Act 46. After discussion, the Stowe and EMUU boards voted to hire Mr. Clarke to help structure the process of our Act 46 study and response.

The boards added two new meetings to discuss Act 46. The next three Act 46 meetings are:
  • May 31, 2017, 6:00 PM, Morristown Elementary School
  • July 10, 2017, 6:00 PM, Stowe Elementary School
  • August 16, 2017, 6:00 PM, Morristown Elementary School