Friday, April 14, 2017
This past week has been a super busy one. On Monday staff volunteers from KPMG, a business up by the water tower, came to school. We had an all school assembly where they introduced themselves and talked about how they use math every day. Then each class was read a book by a volunteer in their classroom. By the end of the day, each student was given two brand new books to take home. Overall, it was a great experience for the students and the volunteers.
Thursday and Friday were our spring parent-teacher conferences. As always, they were incredibly well attended by our families. We love having the opportunity to tell you all the wonderful things that your student(s) are doing during the day. For these conferences, our 5th graders lead their own conference. The 5th graders worked hard to create their digital portfolios to share their learning with their families. It was amazing to see how proud the students were of their hard work and growth.
We are in the middle of the educational hiring season. We have four openings for next year. This past week we hired Sara Poland as our K-5 music teacher for next year. Sara has been a K-6 music teacher in Highgate for the past 13 years. We are thrilled to be welcoming her to the Winooski community for next year! We are in the process of interviewing and hiring for a part-time guidance counselor, a kindergarten teacher, and a 3rd-grade teacher.
This year, our 5th-grade teachers departmentalized. Each teacher had a homeroom of students and that teacher is the point person for those students. During the day, each teacher taught a specific subject, and students rotated between the three teachers. This model has been very successful for our students and teachers. Teachers get the chance to become an expert in their subject. Students get the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with more adults. Due to the success, we have seen with the 5th grade this year, 4th grade will departmentalize starting next school year.
As many of you know we are in the process of creating a School-Based Health Center scheduled to open September of 2017. We will have 2 doctors here each week to assess and treat students with acute illnesses. Parents, we need your help! We are establishing an Advisory Council that will meet for approximately 1 hour in quarterly sessions beginning next fall. We are looking for 2 WSD parents to be a part of this council. Pending grant funding, we will be able to offer hourly compensation. Please contact the health office if you are interested.
Have a wonderful weekend.