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Berlin, VT 05602
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WCSU School Start Time
A message from the WCSU School Start Time Subcommittee Chair, Karen Bradley: The Washington Central Supervisory Union committee on school start times has held 2 public forums. At the first one, held March 26, participants viewed a TED talk: https://www.ted.com/
talks/wendy_troxel_why_school_ should_start_later_for_teens a nd then discussed in small groups the research and information available about student learning and sleep and the associations with what time school commences on these. The question was asked, if we were to change school start times in our district so that middle and high school students start later (like 8:30 or 9) what information further would you need?
During the second forum, held April 11, participants worked in groups to explore options for shifting school start times and identified further areas that will need to be addressed in order to serve the most students. Transportation is an obvious question and the district leaders understand that we have quite a bit of flexibility in this area. Extracurricular activities were also identified as something that is important to accommodate including reviewing how far our students travel for sports events and when (weekdays or weekends). Importance of considering special needs and underprivileged students in a school start time change was also identified as important. Another point that was raised is that sixth graders are actually considered middle school students yet they do not currently attend our U-32 middle school and are instead kept at the elementary schools. Some families rely on older siblings to care for younger ones after school was also discussed.
At both forums, the consensus was clear that middle and high school students should start school later. Research supports that this change results in many positive benefits: lower tardiness and absenteeism rates, lower rates of depression, higher graduation rates, higher test scores, better athletic performance, in general—better student outcomes. Check out the WCSU School Start Times webpage for links to studies and information on this subject: https://www.wcsu32.or
Another forum meeting will be held on Monday, April 23 from 5:30-7:30pm at U-32 rooms 128-132. Information will be provided on options for school start time changes and further community input gathered. Students, teachers, parents, and community members are invited to attend and participate.
School Board Member Vacancy
The Berlin Elementary School Board seeks a board member to fill a vacancy until Town Meeting Day 2019. The board meets typically once a month and members have additional opportunities to serve on various committees. Potential candidates should be a registered voter of Berlin and possess the ability to maintain confidentiality, professionalism, open-mindedness, and objectivity. This is a great opportunity for someone who wishes to serve all our kids within the community.
If you would be interested in this role please send a letter of interest stating your reasons why by May 1, 2018 to the board, in care of Chris Winters, Chair, at email@example.com.
Berlin Elementary School
If your child turns 5 before September 1st, 2018 they are eligible for Kindergarten. Please come to the school between April 23rd —April 27th to pick up a registration packet! There will NOT be a Kindergarten Screening this year for incoming students to the 2018-2019 school year.