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  • PRINCIPAL'S PAGE  |  January 17, 2017

    Dear U-32 Families,

    Our first semester has ended and report cards will be coming home with your student on Thursday, January 19th.  We continue to implement a proficiency-based graduation system that aligns our grading practices with the standards that students must meet.  Grades are meant to be a clearer indication of what students have learned, not simply a measure of how much work was turned in or how hard students might try in class.  Learning is the indicator of success.  Report cards for grades 7th - 9th will show student scores on each individual standard in that class along with student scores on the Transferable Skills.  There will also be an overall score calculated for each course based on content standards that will show on the report card and transcript.  I will use the transcript view to explain how the scores are calculated.  Transcripts and report cards for students in grades 10-12 will be the same as in previous years.

    This sample from the student transcript below shows only the Literacy Student Learning Outcome and the Graduation Standards associated with it. The full transcript will show all Student Learning Outcomes and Graduation Standards along with any additional courses or programs of study.  In the left column below under the heading “Courses” is the section of the transcript that will show the class name, the overall course score based on content standards that students get in a class, and the year in which it was taken. The scores in this section will be calculated by averaging the content standards assessed in that specific course.  This is the overall course score and it will be reported on the report card as well.  These scores are then used to calculate the Grade Point Average (GPA), which will appear on the transcript.

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    The right hand column, under the heading “Graduation Proficiency” is a student’s progress towards meeting the Graduation Proficiency on each standard.  Teachers will assess student progress towards graduation on each of the individual standards each semester. When students reach “Proficient” on any single standard, they have met the graduation requirement for that standard. Students will have to meet “Proficient” on each of the 37 content and 6 transferable skills standards in order to graduate.  In the first semester of the freshmen year it is unlikely that a student has demonstrated enough to meet “Proficient” on any single standard.

    We continue to align our classroom assessments and grading practices to ensure that the grades that students receive are indicative of how well they have learned and demonstrated their understanding of the standards.  If you or your child has a question about his/her score in a class, please contact the teacher.

    Sincerely,

    Steven Dellinger-Pate


     

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  • IC PARENT PORTAL SECURITY UPDATE - Washington Central Supervisory Union is updating their security protocol  in the IC Parent Portal to better protect the privacy and security of the users. All users will be required to add additional security preferences when registering a new IC account or logging into an existing IC account.  Security preferences are another layer of protection for your account and will allow you to reset your password should you ever need to.  Users can log in up to three times before these settings will be required.

    Here our security changes document that will walk any user through this one time process.  

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  • Our school uses Tandem for Schools to manage all school calendars and events.  It will be THE place for you to find all school event information.  Sign up for FREE to get great benefits such as all the calendar information you need in one place; integration of school calendars with other tools like Cozi, Outlook, Google or iCal based on the groups you specify and so much more!

    CLICK HERE for the link to a video that shows you how you can maximize your use of the calendar.

    CLICK HERE for the link to the U-32 calendar.

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Announcements & Upcoming Events

  • --  2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey  --

    U-32 is taking part in the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey. This survey is sponsored by the Vermont Department of Health and Agency of Education. The survey gathers information about health risk behaviors of 6th through 12th grade students. The survey will ask about nutrition, physical activity, injuries, tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use, and sexual behaviors. Schools, communities and state agencies will use the results of the survey to evaluate programs, plan new programs and to secure future funding.

    We are planning to administer the survey on March 13th during Callback

    The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in conjunction with state and local school officials, developed the YRBS. It has been administered in schools nationwide since 1991. The YRBS has the support of many national organizations including the National PTA. 

    The YRBS is anonymous, and survey procedures have been designed to protect your child’s privacy. It is important that all students, regardless of whether they have engaged in health-risk behaviors, are given an opportunity to participate in the survey. Students will not put their names on the survey. Individual survey responses will not be disclosed to any school employee nor will any student's name or survey responses be divulged in a report of the results. We would like all students to take part in the survey; however, the survey is voluntary. No student is required to take the survey. Students may skip any questions they do not wish to answer. In addition, students may stop taking the survey at any point without penalty.

    Please read “About the YRBS” for more facts about the survey.  As a parent, federal law affords you the right to inspect the survey before it is administered and to opt your child out of participating in the survey. More information about the Vermont YRBS and previous reports are available on the VDH website http://healthvermont.gov/stats/surveys .If you have any questions or concerns, please call Lisa LaPlante at 229-0322

    Should you decide to opt your child out of taking the survey please inform us in writing by returning the enclosed form or a letter to us by Feb 24th.

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  • -- GAP YEAR FAIR --

    South Burlington High School will host their annual GAP Year Fair on January 19th.

    • 6:00pm- 6:45 pm Speaker
    • 6:45pm- 8:30 pm Fair

    This event is open to the public!

    SBSH

    550 Dorset St

    South Burlington

    You can pre-register at usagapyearsfairs.org/fairs

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  • 8th GRADE WASHINGTON DC TRIP INFORMATION UPDATE

    JANUARY 2 - 13 - The last fundraiser for 7th grade and the second to last for 8th grade will be Little Caesar's Pizza Kits - January 2 - 13, 2017. Pizza delivery is expected on February 2.

    JANUARY 6 - all 8th grade students should have $330 in their DC account. Your student should know their balance or can get the information from their TA.

    WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1 - at 6 p.m. in the Middle School - Spaghetti Dinner, Silent Auction & Raffle planning meeting for 8th grade parents/guardians only. This is a huge night for 8th grade students and we will need a lot of parent/guardian help to make it a success for everyone.

    WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8 - at 6 p.m. in the Middle School is the final Spaghetti Dinner, Silent Auction & Raffle planning meeting for 8th grade parents/guardians.

    FRIDAY, MARCH 24 - Spaghetti Dinner, Silent Auction & Raffle. This is the big night!

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  • Yearbook Deadlines - Senior Information is due on or before November 18, 2016. All seniors should have received an email with the information sheet to be filled out. See Pat Fair if you have questions.

    Senior Parent Ad is due on or before December 21, 2016. Contact Pat Fair at 229-0321 extension 5133 if you have questions.

    Yearbooks are only $25.00 again this year.  See Pat to order at school or CLICK HERE to order and pay on-line.

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  • IC PARENT PORTAL SECURITY UPDATE - Washington Central Supervisory Union is updating their security protocol  in the IC Parent Portal to better protect the privacy and security of the users. All users will be required to add additional security preferences when registering a new IC account or logging into an existing IC account.  Security preferences are another layer of protection for your account and will allow you to reset your password should you ever need to.  Users can log in up to three times before these settings will be required.

    Click here for our security changes document that will walk any user through this one time process. 

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