Monday, January 18, 2016

Principal's Report January 2016

Principal’s Report
January 19th, 2016

Rainbow Food Week Celebrated at FES
School lunches aren’t what they used to be and thank goodness for that! Here at Fayston School we are fortunate to have healthy and delicious food every day. This past week was a special lunch week for Fayston students, staff, and families… it was RAINBOW  Week! Chef Cheryl Joslin and Sandy Morriseau provided students with wholesome meals each day in a single color and we were all encouraged to wear the color each day. Monday was red day, Tuesday was orange, Wednesday was yellow, Thursday green, and Friday blue/purple. A special thanks goes out to Cheryl for making this happen.

1st Day of Winter Sports    
Last Thursday was our first day of skiing and riding at Sugarbush’s Lincoln Peak. It was a fantastic day with sunny blue skies and temperatures in the upper 20’s. Students had a wonderful time and parent volunteers provided us with a lot of great support and positive feedback.
This year, I am pleased to have the support of two parents. Jamie Godfrey and Dave Knoop stepped up to the plate to coordinate this year’s Winter Sports program. Jamie’s connection with Sugarbush and Dave’s connection with Mad River Glen provide us with the strong connections to our ski resorts. We are thankful to both Jamie and Dave for making this commitment to our school and students! They have already put in many hours in preparation that began in November for a successful volunteer training on January 7th and first day with students and staff! Together we work well to insure that all details are taken care of each week for a smooth and enjoyable experience for our kids.  

Parent Workshop with Scott Noyes 
Scott Noyes, renowned speaker and educator is coming back to Fayston Elementary School on Thursday January 21, at 5:30-7pm to present another dynamic workshop: "Help Children Develop Healthy Sleep Patterns"  Scott has over 30 years experience working with teachers, parents, professionals and children. His trainings are described as fast paced, humorous and memorable. "Taking great care of children is possibly the most difficult endeavor known. With support, encouragement, respect, humor, and a few positive methods, adults can succeed in this wonderful effort." Hannah's House, Fayston PTO and Early Education group, The Waitsfield Children's Center and Spring Hill School have partnered to bring Scott's workshop to our community. All are welcome free of charge. Childcare is available by contacting Amy Yavitz at 496-3636.

Personal Learning Plans with 5th & 6th Grade Team
As Vermont moves to implement Act 77, Flexible pathways to secondary education completion there ‘s a lot of discussion on the best way to implement personalized learning plans, or PLPs. Here at FES and other 5th and 6th grades throughout the WWSU professional teams are working together with students to engage them in goal setting and reflection in learning. Using the Vermont Transferrable Skills: Clear and Effective Communication, Self-Direction, Creative and Practical Problem Solving, Responsible and Involved Citizenship, Informed and Integrative Thinking students have identified a goal that relates to these skills or they have specific academic goals. All students have a blog in which they are using to document and reflect on their progress and learning that relates to these transferable skills.                  
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PLPs are non-traditional pathways by which students can navigate from entrance to middle school to graduation in a way that’s personally meaningful. By studying topics they’re passionate about, students continue to stay engaged; by collaborating on the plans with educators and family, students’ passions can be translated into real-world learning that oftentimes exceeds standards for learning.

We continue to work together with our 5th and 6th graders on developing their PLPs. A Personal Learning Plan (PLP) is a great way to plan and document growth, provide a framework for reflection, and gain a better understanding of how to connect students with what they are learning and how they learn.

Project Lead the Way (STEM Education)
The Washington West Supervisory Union is considering Project Lead The Way (PLTW) as a means to offer STEM education to students K-12. PLTW is the nation’s leading provider of K-12 STEM programs that offers world-class curriculum and high-quality teacher professional development model, combined with an engaged network of educators and corporate and community partners that help students develop the skills necessary to succeed in our global economy.

PLTW’s success in preparing students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed has been recognized by colleges and universities, Fortune 500 businesses, and numerous national organizations including Change the Equation, the Social Impact Exchange, and more. PLTW is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Doug Bergstein and I (among other administrators and educators in the WWSU) attended a conference in Concord, NH on January 8th to connect with teachers and students who presented and spoke about the PLTW curriculum and professional development. On Tuesday, January 19th classroom teachers and tech integrationists will attend a presentation on PLTW at Harwood.

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