This is that super busy time between Thanksgiving Break and the December school vacation! With much going on, lots to celebrate and the weather changing, we are working on keeping up with it as I’m sure you all are as well. Remember to take some time for yourselves, try to stay in the moment and be healthy!
Teachers continue to work together planning units, looking at assessments and designing instruction. We used grant money to support release days for teachers to meet with Sharon Wight, our Curriculum Coach this month. Here’s a link to a brief slideshow that describes our work with curriculum mapping since early last year.
Supporting a Positive Learning Environment:
I’ve shared work using the Responsive Classroom curriculum, Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports framework and our discipline practices and procedures several times over the years. From the perspective of the “state”, we are currently focusing on “Tier II” interventions, or “how to support the children who are not consistently responding to our universal strategies”. Universal strategies are things like “Bling”, “Take a Break – Buddy Room – Planning Room”, in-class check in supports with the teacher, simple behavior plans, parent conferencing, consulting with other professionals, etc… The state goal is that 80% of our students respond to these measures and behavior problems are minimal. Happily, at BES, we tend to see that approximately 90% of our kids are successful with that level of support. So, now we are working intentionally to provide stronger systems for supporting kiddos who are not finding that level of success. We’ve convened a “Tier II Behavior Intervention Team” consisting of administrators, counselors and our RC trainers to design this system with the help of our state PBIS coach from UVM, Richard Boltax. We’ll keep you posted on our work. In the meantime, we are looking forward to the school-wide celebration next week to highlight the overall positive culture and progress at BES!
Points of Pride:
What an unbelievable concert this week! A huge thanks goes out to San Gordon, Sandy Dahl, Carol Spaid-Bergeron and Karen Amirault for their tireless work with our talented students! Much appreciation to the entire staff and school community for their support of the arts and this ambitious program! Congratulations to all!
Our annual Collection Convention was another huge success! Many students in grades 4-6 brought in their collections to share with us. There were over 40 collections on display in the cafeteria and the collectors were very proud to talk about their hobby as students and staff walked through the gallery. Thank you to the student council, Andrea Murnane and Bridget Nardiello for keeping this tradition going!
Congratulations to Eva Ginalski and Emma LaRose who auditioned for the Green Mountain Music District Festival! Eva and Emma were selected to perform with the Middle School Symphonic Band. Eva placed 2nd out of 5 bass clarinetists and Emma placed 5th out of 24 clarinetists! Emma also auditioned for and was selected to participate in the Green Mountain Music District Festival Middle School Chorus! These are wonderful accomplishments and we look forward to seeing the performances in March.
12/13: Parent Advisory Group, 6:30
12/15: School-wide PBIS Celebration, 8:45-10:00
12/16: Celebration of Learning, 8:20
12/23-1/2: School Vacation