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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.
On Tuesday, September 27, 2011 Vermont's Commissioner of Education accompanied by Dr. Steven John, Superintendent of Schools, Emily Long, School board Chair, Dr. Dorinne Dorfman, Principal of Leland and Gray, all of Leland and Gray's roughly 400 students, faculty, staff, and her parents from China, offer their standing ovation to a deserving Ms. Chen, recipient of this year's "Teacher of the year" award. Congratulations Tong Chen!
Dr. Steven John's Comments ~
Ms. Chen is a remarkable teacher and most deserving of this recognition - Vermont's 2011 Teacher of the Year. In her classes I always observe intensely focused engagement by every student combined with high expectations for communicating effectively in Chinese. Students find Ms. Chen's energy, enthusiasm, and sense of humor irresistible. She loves all her students and they reciprocate by rising to her expectation, "You too will learn Chinese. I know you can!"
Perhaps the most important lesson our students learn from Ms. Chen is this. Extremely hard work to meet a challenging academic goal is well worth the effort. Congratulations Tong Chen, and thank you for teaching our students at Leland and Gray!
Steven B. John, Ed.D.
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ALL WCSU schools implemented Google Apps for Education as our primary communications platform in the summer of 2011.Schools launched their own "domain" names that will include individual eMail, web site, and document management tools as well as Google's significant suite of collaborative tools included in the Apps for Education upgrade. The goal of this move is to improve communication between teachers, schools, and families relating to class work and objectives.
Additionally, several schools are using Google collaborative tools to handle daily student work engaging kids in 21st century work processing.