Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Continuing the Journey

We’d like to remind you of the LSSU PBL Road to Proficiency website. This website is designed to help you learn about our shifts in delivery of education at Peoples Academy and across LSSU.

As we continue to share information, we don’t want to pass by a critical question; why are these changes being made? Below are some of the reasons that we’d like to draw your attention to:

1 - Today we know and understand a lot more about how students learn and how their brains function than we did even 20 and even 10 years ago. Read more

‘Making students redo their learning until it meets high expectations demands far more of both students and teachers than letting them take a failing grade— but it also results in far more learning.’ -Rick Wormeli, ‘Redos and Retakes Done Right’ teacher, author, presenter

2 - Our world and economy is shifting rapidly. Education in our schools must respond and adapt to these shifts. Read more

‘To prepare our young people and our community for a bright and hopeful future, we must “remodel” our educational system, much as one would remodel a house. When you remodel a house, you do more than just repaint it: you make substantial changes, keeping the previous shape of the house, but updating old parts, and making the house more modern and efficient.’ -Up for Learning

3 - Changing law and expectations for schools require us to develop new systems.  Read more
We look forward to keeping you informed and answering your questions as we go and answering your questions.  Please visit our site and send us your questions and ideas. Thanks.


AWOD Community Pizza Night


We had a wonderful turn-out for the A World of Difference Pizza Night on November, 29, 2016 - 18 adults and 18 students!  This informational evening was primarily run by students and they shared their reasoning for joining AWOD...here's a few common comments:
  • Good way to make a difference in our school.
  • I thought it was a really good idea.
  • Mr Boudreau asked me and it sounded like a useful program 
  • I thought it would be a way to make change in our school.
  • It seemed like it would be good for our school to have.
Activities were led by students and as they debriefed, some of the comments that came through were:  "I felt unique, I felt comfortable, I think it shows how to find common ground" 






Monday, November 28, 2016

PIZZA NIGHT REMINDER

Don't forget to join PAML A World of Difference students for pizza and a taste of what they are learning and teaching their peers at PAML around creating a kinder, accepting and inclusive community.

This is a student facilitated pizza night and a demonstration of  strategies they have learned to keep a positive school climate.

Please join us 11/29/16 from 5:30-7:00 for a fun and informative meeting- these middle level students are changing the world, one kind deed at a time! More information about A World of Difference can be found here.

Please contact Jeff Boudreau or Jessica Dambach at 888-1401.


Sunday, November 27, 2016

Grateful at PAML











We had a wonderful day on Tuesday at PAML.  8th grade students were able to visit the Green Mountain Technology and Career Center (GMTCC).  Here's a video that shows a bit about the center. 


















We also enjoyed a Lower House Thanksgiving Meal.  As a part of the day, lots of Thank You notes were passed around to many people who aren't always thanked!  It felt great!  

Theme of the day!

Amazing table!

Table Talk!

Thankful for good friends!

This one meant a lot to me!
The grand buffet!

MMMMMMMMM!

Desserts galore - thanks to many families!

One of many thank you notes!

A note to the Lower House teachers from one teacher who experienced the thoughtfulness that day: "Thank you all for a wonderful day for your students.  They were all so excited to share their meal with each other.  It really captured the essence of the holiday."

Friday, November 18, 2016

Friday, November 18th, 2016

8TH GRADE TOUR OF GMTCC:  Jessica Dambach, PAML Guidance Counselor, will be taking PAML’s 8th grade class to Green Mountain Technology & Career Center (GMTCC) in Hyde Park on Tuesday, November 22nd, from 8:45am-12:15pm for a tour of GMTCC technical programs available to them when they enter high school.  Students will return to PAML in time for lunch.

MANDATORY WINTER SPORTS INFO MEETING:  The Mandatory Winter Sports Student & Parent Info Meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 22nd, at 5:30pm in the auditorium.  This meeting will be for students who wish to register for basketball and Nordic skiing.

THANKSGIVING RECESS:  No school for students Wednesday, November 23rd through Friday, November 25th.  Students will return to school on Monday, November 28th.

A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE: An evening of Pizza and Activities to learn about A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE (AWOD) will be held Tuesday, November 29th, 5:30-7:00pm in the PA Library.  Participants will explore the ways in which this training program empowers young people through peer-to-peer education to facilitate positive social change in their school community.  

PROGRESS REPORTS:  December 2nd

PLAN AHEAD!  Students will be dismissed at 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, December 6th, for teacher in-service.  

TOYS FOR TOTS:  Now through Monday, December 12th, PAML will be collecting new unwrapped toys and stocking stuffers for children around Lamoille County.  Please bring your donations to the box located in the PAML Lobby no later than December 12th.  

SAVE THE DATE!  The PAML Winter Concert and EXPOsition will be held on Wednesday, December 14th. The evening will begin with the concert at 6:30pm in the gymnasium followed by student exhibits in the cafeteria until 8:00pm.  Plan on an enjoyable evening!

Pizza and Activity Night at PAML

Join PAML A World of Difference students for pizza and a taste of what they are learning and teaching their peers at PAML around creating a kinder, accepting and inclusive community.

This is a student facilitated pizza night and a demonstration of  strategies they have learned to keep a positive school climate.

Please join us 11/29/16 from 5:30-7:00 for a fun and informative meeting- these middle level students are changing the world, one kind deed at a time! More information about A World of Difference can be found here.


Please contact Jeff Boudreau or Jessica Dambach at 888-1401.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Improbable Players Coming to the Upper House!

On Wednesday morning the 7th and 8th graders will be treated to a performance by the acclaimed Improbable Players.  This troupe came last March for an evening performance and we thought it would be great to have them back during the day so all the students could attend.  Here's information from the group:

Information for Parents
about the Improbable Players’ presentation

On November 16th, Peoples Academy Middle Level students will be attending a program about alcohol and other drug abuse prevention presented by the Improbable Players, a theater company of young professional actors who are in long-term recovery.  “I’ll Never Do That!” has been welcomed in schools for over 32 years.  It’s a light-hearted play with a spectrum of scenes that explore stereotypes and issues about substance abuse and depicts a family and how they deal with drinking in their family.

After the performance, the actors share their own stories and engage in a question/answer session with the audience.  Students are encouraged to talk among themselves and with you, about the issues raised.  The school counselor will announce resources available in the community. 

This performance was made possible from Healthy Lamoille Valley, a community coalition that seeks to make heathy choices easier for our youth!  Visit their website at healthylamoillevalley.org.
          

What you can do to follow-up with your child


          You can play an active role in supporting your children through these years when they or their friends may be experimenting with substances.  We would encourage you to use this program as an opportunity to have a conversation about alcohol and drug use in our community. Visit  parentupvt.org for ideas and tips to discussing substance abuse with your teen. For example, you might:

1.     Ask about their impressions of the program.

2.     Listen to what your child has to say and try to follow his/her lead.  What did they find interesting about the presentation?  What did they find troubling or surprising? 
(Often students are most interested in the life experiences of the actors.)

3.     Ask them if the program felt relevant to them, given their own experiences.

4.     Take time to discuss your family’s values and rules about drinking and drugs. Does your child know where you stand on these issues, and why?

5.     Discuss the legal and school consequences of underage alcohol use and of drug use. School-based consequences are outlined in the school’s alcohol and drug policy.

6.     If needed, remind your child that there are local resources in addition to those on the list provided (if provided).  Encourage them to contact a guidance counselor, the school adjustment counselor or psychologist, a teacher, a coach, a relative or a religious organization.

From www.underagedrinking.samhsa.gov: “Real kids are curious about alcohol.  40% have tried it by the time they reach 8th grade.  Talking to your children early and often can make a difference.”

More information about Improbable Players,
their plays and workshops can be found at

www.improbableplayers.org

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Friday, November 11th, 2016

PRESS RELEASE:   The Elmore-Morristown Unified Union School District is seeking candidates for the Office of School Director.  The local election for school directors for the Elmore-Morristown Unified Union School District will be held on Town Meeting Day, March 7, 2017.  

Ida Mae Anderson, a Morristown resident, who has been serving as a board director since 2014, is planning to seek re-election to the office of At-Large School Director, Morristown or Elmore resident, Seat 1, for the Elmore-Morristown Unified Union School District Board for a 3-year term.

Stephanie Craig, a Morristown resident, who has been serving as a board director since 2012, is also planning to seek re-election to the office of At-Large School Director, Morristown resident, Seat 1, for the Elmore-Morristown Unified Union School District Board for a 3-year term.

John “Woody” Belt has indicated that he will be resigning from the Elmore-Morristown Unified Union School District (EMUU) Board of Directors effective March 7, 2017 due to changes in family circumstances.  Woody has served as a board director since 2013.  The Morristown School District and EMUU Boards are very grateful for his dedicated service on behalf of the children and communities of Elmore and Morristown.

To replace Woody, the Elmore-Morristown Unified Union School District Board of Directors is encouraging candidates for the office of At-Large School Director, Seat 2, for the remaining 2 years of the 3-year term.  Candidates may be a Morristown or Elmore resident.  The election will be by Australian Ballot at the next local school district election on Town Meeting Day, March 7, 2017.


Interested candidates may contact an Elmore-Morristown Unified Union School District Board Member or Lamoille South Supervisory Union (LSSU) Superintendent Tracy Wrend at 888-4541 for more information on board service.  Candidate Consent Forms and Petitions for Office can be obtained at LSSU or the Elmore or Morristown Town Clerk’s Office for all three board seats. Completed petitions can be submitted to either Elmore or Morristown Town Clerk’s Office and are due January 30, 2017.

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

ODWP TESTING:  PAML will administer the On Demand Writing Prompt (ODWP) test for grades 5-6-7-8 on Tuesday, November 15th.  

YRBS Field Trip:  Mr. Hathaway will be taking a group of YRBS students for a retreat day at the Morrisville VFW on Thursday, November 17th.  These middle level students will review and analyze the youth risk behavior survey, and develop three top concerns and strengths as part of the YRBS grant requirement..  Students will depart PAML at 8:00am and return at 2:30pm.  

PAML DANCE:  The first PAML Dance of the school year will be held on Friday, November 18th, from 7:00-9:30pm in the PA Cafeteria for students in grades 6-7-8.  PAML students may invite one guest from another school, and they must arrive at the dance together.  Students are required to sign up their friend in the PAML Office with Mrs. Herman prior to November 18th.

8TH GRADE TOUR OF GMTCC:  Jessica Dambach, PAML Guidance Counselor, will be taking PAML’s 8th grade class to Green Mountain Technology & Career Center (GMTCC) in Hyde Park on Tuesday, November 22nd, from 8:45am-12:15pm for a tour of GMTCC technical programs available to them when they enter high school.  Students will return to PAML in time for lunch.

MANDATORY WINTER SPORTS INFO MEETING:  The Mandatory Winter Sports Student & Parent Info Meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 22nd, at 5:30pm in the auditorium.  This meeting will be for students who wish to register for basketball and cross country skiing.

A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE presentation will be held for parents to learn their role in helping to prevent name calling, bullying and cyberbullying on Tuesday, November 29th, 5:30-7:00pm in the PA Library.  Parents will explore the ways in which this training program empowers young people through peer-to-peer education to facilitate positive social change in their school community, and identify strategies for parents to support their children’s efforts to actively promote an inclusive school community in which all individuals are respected and valued.  

TOYS FOR TOTS:  Now through Monday, December 12th, PAML will be collecting new, unwrapped toys and stocking stuffers for children around Lamoille County.  Please bring your donations to the box located in the PAML Lobby no later than December 12th.  Last year they were able to distribute toys to 353 children in our area.  (Some examples of items needed are socks, hair accessories for girls, Matchbox cars and card games.)  

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

PAML VOTES 2016

On Election day we had a wonderful experience for all of the students.  With help from many teachers and Mary Ann Wilson, we were able to borrow some voting booths that were not in use and give the 5th - 8th graders at PAML the experience of voting.

video
(If this video does not play on your mobile device, 
please view on a computer.)


Our results at the Middle Level were as follows:


President - Hillary Clinton - 57%
US Senator - Patrick Leahy - 49.5% 
Representative to Congress - Peter Welch - 64%
Governor - Phil Scott - 59%
Lieutenant Governor - David Zuckerman - 51.9%
State Treasurer - Beth Pearce - 57.5%
Secretary of State - Jim Condos - 56.5%
Auditor of Accounts - Doug Hoffer - 42.6%
Attorney General - T.J. Donovan - 49.7%

Our High School students also voted and the results were as follows:
President & VP
Hillary Clinton & Tim Kaine 46.2%
US Senator
Patrick Leahy 70.8%
Governor
Phil Scott 54.6%
Lieutenant Governor
David Zuckerman 61.6%
State Senator
George Gay 72.7%
State Representative
David Yacovone 57.1%
Gary Nolan 35.4%

Our students were so respectful and genuine as they voted, it was a wonderful day to be in the schools.  I'm proud of our student body and the teachers and of the community that we are all members.  A lot of thoughtful teaching has gone into this election, allowing students to gain an understanding of the process, the rights, the freedoms and the history surrounding this practice in our democracy.  We have worked hard to support our 5th - 8th graders, developmentally, in understanding the presidential election cycle as well as Vermont government in our work to teach civics at PAML.

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

ANNOUNCEMENT FROM SUPERINTENDENT TRACY WREND:  Ed Oravec will be retiring from Morristown Elementary School at the end of the 2016-2017 school year.  He has served the students of the Elmore-Morristown Unified Union School District for the last nine years, and his presence at the school will be greatly missed.  This means that the school board must make the very important decision of who will be the next principal at Morristown Elementary School.  The process will begin formally in December and include the appointment of a Search Committee, comprised of teachers, community members and facilitated by an administrator.  The information from the Search Committee will direct additional exploration of candidates and, ultimately, inform the decision of the board.  Our goal is to appoint Morristown Elementary School’s new principal during March 2017.  Please join us in wishing Ed the best, and contact me at any point if you have questions, concerns or suggestions.


NO SCHOOL ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH for teacher in-service and also in observance of Veterans Day.