SSD News & Announcements

Public news and announcements from The Stowe School District.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

School Board Brief - April 24, 2017

Representative Heidi Scheuermann briefed the board on work she has been doing with the legislature and a meeting she coordinated for board chairs and Superintendent Wrend with several key employees of the Vermont Agency of Education, as well as the legislative teams from both districts. Representative Scheuermann continues to provide legislative support for Stowe and Elmore-Morristown Unified Union’s application for an alternative governance structure under Act 46.

            The board decided on several updates to board operations policies, which will be warned for adoption at an upcoming meeting.

The board also began to review its Policy on Public Use of School Facilities use. A number of community members spoke about an upcoming event on May 20 that a community member will be hosting, which will take place in Stowe High School but which is not sponsored by the district. This discussion will continue, as the board fulfills the district’s obligation to honor the free speech rights of individuals and groups using the facilities.  The board will be exploring ways to get broad community feedback on options for changes to the facilities-use policy in the coming months.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

School Board Brief

Lamoille South Supervisory Union Curriculum Coordinator Val Sullivan presented the timeline for the rollout of Proficiency-Based Learning (PBL). A cross-supervisory union team has been working to prepare teachers for PBL implementation and grading, and we will see most of the transition in place by September 2017. For students currently in the upper-level high school grades, transcripts will contain a hybrid of the current grading system and proficiency standards in order to create continuity throughout their high school years.

Superintendent Tracy Wrend presented Advanced Placement (AP) data in preparation for the June annual report.

The board reviewed our board operating policies and began the process of updating them as necessary to reflect current recommendations from the Vermont School Boards Association.