The Franklin Northwest Supervisory Union (FNWSU), with offices in Swanton, Vermont, serves the school districts of Franklin, Highgate, Sheldon and Swanton and the five schools in these communities: Franklin Central School (K-6), Highgate Elementary (K-6), Sheldon School (K-8), Swanton School (K-6), and the Missisquoi Valley Union Middle School and High School (7-8 and 9-12). FNWSU also provides Early Education (pre-Kindergarten) services (FCECP-a partnership with FCSU), After-School, and Indian Education programs, and the Franklin – Grand Isle Bookmobile.
Crossroads Students Get the Shutter Bug
Highgate Elementary student participants in the Highgate Crossroads After School Program eight week photography class learned the ropes from professional photographer Paula Yandow, covering topics such as framing and other ways to improve their images. (The students, as photographed by Ms. Yandow, are pictured in our banner photo above.) Here are some samples of student work.
Vermont DOH Issues Ebola Information
The Vermont Department of Health has created a webpage with information on Ebola that includes downloadable documents–among them, a letter to parents of Vermont school children dated October 22. To visit the DOH webpage, click on Vermont DOH Ebola Information. Links for additional information are found on this page. To read the DOH October 22nd letter, click on DOH Letter to Parents and Guardians Concerning Ebola.
MVU 8th Graders Have “Day of Flight” Activities
The 8th grade students at MVU Middle School had a spectacular autumn day to enjoy their “Day of Flight” activities that included tethered hot air balloon rides, courtesy of Ken Levesque, a local balloonist (http://www.hotairballoon.org/vermont).
Along with the balloon flight, students participated in an interactive day of learning about flight as groups of kids launched rockets they designed in science, flew kites they built in math, and learned about the atl-atl (a type of spear) and other activities connected to our country’s past experiences with aerodynamics and flight.
Club Football Agreement (MOU) Detailed
Detailed conditions of agreement have been set between the Missisquoi Valley Union School District and the Club Football Team, working through the MVU School Board. This agreement, or Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), can be viewed in its entirety by clicking on this download: MVU Football Memorandum of Understanding.
School Leaders Rally Around SWIFT Initiative
The final “Best of Franklin Northwest” televised program for the 2013-14 school year brings together the principals of three FNWSU elementary schools with Former Superintendent Jack McCarthy to talk about their schools’ participation in a federally funded program known as SWIFT (School-Wide Integrated Framework for Transformation). The program offers an excellent overview of the goals for SWIFT in general, and from the perspective of each participating school: Sheldon Elementary, Swanton Elementary and Highgate Elementary. Click this link– The Best of Franklin Northwest: SWIFT Schools –to view the program at any time, or tune into Northwest Access TV for scheduled airings.
“SWIFT is a conversation about the possibilities for schools. What does an ideal school look like for kids, for parents and communities, as well as for staff? … The greatest challenge we have is that SWIFT is asking us to stand in the future and act from vision and predict what our kids’ needs are going to be in three years, four years, five years.”
“Everyone is really coming together, looking through the lens of SWIFT, looking at the whole child. … I feel that there’s a wraparound of supports. The academics are not going to be lost—we know how important that is—but we know the social, emotional well-being of our children is vital as well.”
“Our staff is excited about taking all of our supports and putting them together in a meaningful way. … It’s about what are the approaches that you need to ensure are part of every child’s experience, learning life at the school?… To assure that students are always moving forward in their achievement, no matter what area it is. … How are you making sure that everyone is implementing those approaches with fidelity?”
“The next step for (Swanton Schools) is ‘How do we continue to engage the community at large and continue to increase that engagement of community?’ “
New FNWSU Curriculum Guidelines Rolled Out
Curriculum Director Libby Bonesteel has created a new Curriculum area Goggle site for FNWSU which reveals learning goals for our students that will mesh with the new Common Core (SBAC) standards and assessments that will be implemented starting with the 2014-15 school term. Use the FNWSU Curriculum Link in our right-hand side-bar menu, or click on https://sites.google.com/a/
Winton Goodrich Hired as Superintendent
The Franklin Northwests Superintendent Search Committee has announced the hiring of Winton Goodrich as Superintendent. Mr. Goodrich began his duties effective July 1, 2014. Mary Wood, FNWSU Board Chair, stated: “The search committee worked diligently with the FNWSU Board to complete a thorough and comprehensive recruitment process. We are all very pleased to bring forward an educational leader who has strong leadership experience, extensive state connections, and experience with boards and system development. These skills can help us provide the best educational opportunities for the children in our community.”
For the full press release with information about Mr. Goodrich, his background, family and more, click on FNWSU Hires New Superintendent News Release
New WIKI Available for VCAT Users
A support WIKI on the new front end features of the Vermont Comprehensive Assessment Tool (VCAT) was taken live on the web on January 31. Users can learn all about the new features–referred to as VCAT2–by going to the wiki at http://wiki2.vcat.us/ and clicking on the Basic Skills menu item. Revisit often, as the support team at VCAT will be continuously updating and adding to this wiki. And when you are in VCAT2, be sure to check out the tool’s ability to show you NECAP questions and how your students answered for learning insights!
Northwest Access TV Segments Highlight FNWSU
The latest show in “The Best of Franklin Northwest” series on Northwest Access TV Channel 15 features Missisquoi Middle School, with guests Dan Palmer, MVU-MS Principal; Stephanie Hodgeman, MVU-MS Guidance Counselor; and Rachel Dumeny, MVU-MS Student. Superintendent Dr. John McCarthy moderates. Shows air the first two weeks of each month: Mondays at 8:30pm; Wednesdays at 1:30am and Thursdays at 1:30pm. You can also watch each show segment at any time by clicking on the links below:
Abenaki Flag Flies at MVU
“As long as the sun rises and the water flows and the grass is green, we shall remain.”
This is the message of the flag that represents Missisquoi’s band of the four tribes of the Abenaki in Vermont–the St. Francis/Sokoki–as explained by Brenda Gagne, Circle of Courage coordinator. The bright colors of the Abenkai flag are officially on display at Missisquoi Valley Middle and High School. The flag was raised November 21, 2013, in a ceremony that included a performance by the Circle of Courage student drummers. For more information about education programs for American Indian students, tune in to The Best of Franklin Northwest: Native American Circle of Courage Program featured on Northwest Access Television, or visit the link in the right-hand menu for Indian Education.