Three schools within Windham Central have been acknowledged for their efforts in implementing Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBiS). PBiS is designed to help school teams form a proactive, school-wide, systems approach to improving social and academic competence for all students.
Over the past few months many schools applied for Vermont PBiS (VTPBiS) Annual Acknowledgements which required schools to meet a variety of criteria to receive the following awards. These acknowledgements were awarded by the VTPBiS state team to the following schools in Windham Central:
- NewBrook Elementary School received the VTPBiS Certificate of Recognition "...for achievement in one or several areas including increased staff collaboration, increased use of data to make decisions, and decrease in behavior problems."
- Both Jamaica Village School and Wardsboro Elementary School received the VTPBiS Exemplar School Ribbon "... awarded to schools that meet criteria for the first two Awards and show evidence of:
- Sustaining fidelity of implementing Universal PBIS as demonstrated by 2 consecutive years of Benchmarks of Quality at 70% or 80% on School-wide Evaluation Tool
- Sustained implementation has had positive effects on their academic and behavioral data.
Currently 39% of Vermont schools (126 schools) in 79% of Supervisory Unions/Supervisory Districts (49 SUs/SDs) are implementing PBiS practices. Of those, only nine received the "Exemplar School Ribbon" and two the nine are part of Windham Central Supervisory Union!
Apply or re-apply for school meals today! Starting this year, all students who qualify for school meals will receive both breakfast and lunch at no cost. Every family should complete and return their school meals application. You will receive an application in the mail with a stamped return envelope. If your student(s) were approved last year the approval was only good for that school year and for the first several days of the new school year. You must send in a new application for the 2013-14 school year unless your school has told you that your student(s) were already eligible. If you need a paper application the front office of your school will have them available. You can also print the application here on the website.Click here for: Application for Free or Reduced meals.
Many who apply are surprised to learn they qualify. Please contact me if you have any questions.Deborah MearsAdministrative Assistant / Medicaid ClerkWindham Central Supervisory Union1219 VT RT 30Townshend, VT 05353802-365-9510 ext.121fax 802-365-7934
Voluntary Regional Education District Study Committee
Brookline Town School District Jamaica Town School District
Newfane Town School District Townshend Town School District
Windham Town School District
For Immediate Release
August 21, 2013
Emily Long, Chair, Voluntary Regional Education District Study Committee
Steven John, Superintendent, Windham Central Supervisory Union
The Vermont State Board of Education has approved the Voluntary Regional Education District Study Committee’s (VREDS) Report. This report concludes the committee’s two years of public meetings examining the pros and cons of forming a Pre-K – 12 single school district combining the five member towns of the Leland and Gray Union Middle/High School District. Articles of Agreement to create a Windham Central Education District (WCED) are detailed in the VREDS Report. (Online at www.windhamcentralboard.org > RED Committee > RED Proposed Articles of Agreement > VREDSC Articles Approved by SBE 8-20-13)
The State Board’s approval means that the citizens of the five towns will vote by Australian ballot on October 8 on the Articles to create the WCED. The Study Committee will hold a number of information meetings for voters to learn how this proposal could provide students with increased opportunities for learning that are sustainable.
The state law that makes such a regional education district possible requires that directors for the WCED Board be elected on the same ballot on October 8. Directors elected would serve only if the Articles of Agreement to create the WCED were approved by the voters.Candidates for Directors of the proposed WCED Board are required to file a petition with the Town Clerk in each town including “30 signatures or 1% of the voter checklist, whichever is less”. Petitions must be filed with the Town Clerks on or before 5 pm Tuesday, September 3. All citizens are encouraged to stand for election. Petitions are available from Town Clerks, any member of the study committee, the Superintendent (802-365-9510), or the Vermont Secretary of State.
Parents, guardians, students ages 16 and up, and other adults can now learn from a Resource Coordinator at NewBrook Elementary School, Townshend Elementary School, Jamaica Village School, Wardsboro Elementary School, and Leland and Gray Union Middle and High School. The Resource Coordinator will explain and help people sign up for one or more of the following programs:
• Housing Assistance
• Credit Assistance
• Childcare or Eldercare
• Transportation Services
• Healthcare Services
• Disability Services
• Community Resources
• Other Government Programs
The Resource Coordinator is Amanda Sabo, a certified Information and Referral Specialist with Southeastern Vermont Community Action, a non-profit organization serving Windham and Windsor counties. Expanded federal funding will bring Amanda to area schools to help individuals and families through times of hardship from the recession, Tropical Storm Irene, or other personal challenges. This is a free and confidential service. Once a week in September through November 2013, Amanda will be available at each school.
Amanda will begin with appointments for Leland and Gray parents/guardians and students on Monday, September 9th at 3:30-5:30 pm. For more information or to make an appointment at L&G or an elementary school, contact Amanda Sabo at 802-722-4575 ext. 153 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact: Dorinne Dorfman, Principal
Leland and Gray Union Middle and High School
Windham Central Supervisory Union —
Individual student special education records which have been collected by the Windham Central Supervisory Union related to the identification, evaluation, educational placement or the provision of special education in the district must be maintained under state and federal laws for a period of five to seven years after special education services have ended for the student. Special education services end when the student no longer is eligible for services, graduates, completes his or her educational program at age 22 or moves from the district.
This notification is to inform parents/guardians and former students of the Windham Central Supervisory Union’s intent to destroy the special education records effective August 25, 2013 of students who are no longer receiving special education services and whose birth year is between 1991 and 1995. These records will be destroyed in accordance with state law unless the parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student notifies the school district otherwise.
After five to seven years, the records are no longer useful to the district but they may be useful to the parent/guardian or former student in applying for Social Security benefits, rehabilitation services, college entrance, etc. The parent/guardian or eligible adult student may contact the Special Education office at 802-365-9515 to make arrangements to pick up their records or you may contact us in writing at the following address:
Windham Central Supervisory Union, 1219 Vermont, Route 30, Townshend, Vermont 05353. Attn: Student Services.
Your request for the original file must be received by August 25, 2013. For more information call - 802-365-9515.
This year, Digital Wish taught its Digital Citizenship Course in five schools in the Windham Central Supervisory Union, targeting 196 students in grades 3-6. The students from Jamaica, NewBrook, Townshend, Wardsboro, and Windham were given a standard curriculum covering digital citizenship, cyber safety, and media copyright. The curriculum was developed through the School Modernization Initiative, a program that has deployed one-computer-per-child programs across more than 30 schools in New Hampshire and Vermont.
Special thanks to (Brattleboro Community Television) BCTV for sending us this video!
photo courtesy of (Zachary P. Stephens/Brattleboro Reformer):
Brattleboro Reformer Article
Vilaseca said "Test scores are not the measure of our students' success or challenges," he said. "It's one snapshot." ... "These teachers are doing a fabulous job,"
"There really is a sense of community and teamwork here," FitzSimons said.
"We have a lot of positive things going," John said.
The Vermont Department of Education, as part of their community outreach effort, has launched a teacher recognition presence in the social medium "facebook" entitled "Teacher Feature." Please note that Nancy Baker of Dover Elementary School and Tong Chen of Leland and Gray are among the most recent honorees. Enjoy!
The Voluntary Regional Education District Study Committee is comprised of 5 member town representatives from Jamaica, Newfane, Brookline, Windham, and Townshend.
charge of this committee, with facilitation and support from the
Vermont School Boards Association is to "complete a three-phase
governance merger study for the Brookline, Jamaica, Newfane, Townshend
and Windham School District Boards (Boards). In doing so the VSBA agrees
to assist the Study Committee to identify the benefits and challenges
of creating a Regional Education District (RED) and the resulting
articles of agreement for a k-12 unified union school district as
outlined in Act 153 of 2010 and 16 V.S.A. § 706.