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Please Join Us In Honoring Dr. John J. McCarthy!

Dr. John J. McCarthy, Superintendent of Schools, will be honored in two events to celebrate his years of service to the Franklin Northwest Supervisory Union.  Both events will take place on May 6th, 2014.  An Open House will be held at the Missisquoi Valley Union High School from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m., followed by a dinner at The Abbey Restaurant.  For details to sign up for the dinner, download the invitation by clicking on You’re Invited!

Winton Goodrich Hired as Superintendent

Winton Goodrich accepts position as new Superintendent at FNWSU.  Pictured left to right are Jason McConnell, chair of the Superintendent Screening Committee; Winton Goodrich; Mary Wood, chair of the Franklin Northwest Board; and Connie Beyor, Board member of the Superintendent Search Committee.

Winton Goodrich accepts position as new Superintendent at FNWSU. Pictured left to right are Jason McConnell, chair of the Superintendent Screening Committee; Winton Goodrich; Mary Wood, chair of the Franklin Northwest Board; and Connie Beyor, Board member of the Superintendent Screening Committee.

The Franklin Northwests Superintendent Search Committee has announced the hiring of Winton Goodrich as Superintendent. Mr. Goodrich will begin 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.

First Ever MVU Science Fair Held February 21st

MVU Middle and High Schools, in coordination with the MVU AfterHours After School Program, hosted the first ever MVU Science Fair on Friday, February 21.  34 projects were presented to judges from organizations such as the University of Vermont, St. Michael’s College, Northwest Counseling and Support Services, IBM and the Vermont State Science Fair, among others. The grand prize winner was Brian Zhang for his “Human Echolocation” project, second place was Jake Hubbard for his “The Effect Fertilizer has on Crop Growth”, and the third place winner was Victoria Deatherage with her “The Benefits and Dangers of Blue-Green Algae”. The three top place winners will be going to the Vermont State Science and Math Fair in March along with eleven project finalists: Kendall Spaulding, Gabriel Pena, Hannah Choinere, Monica Sherman, Brett Johnson & Andrew Hubbard, Emily Scott, Emily Mead, Veronica Cook, Jacob Evans, Bethany Fitzgerald and Emilie Manchester.

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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!

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Northwest Access TV Segments Highlight FNWSU

Superintendent Jack McCarthy talks about MVU Middle School with, left to right, Stephanie Hodgeman, MVU-MS Guidance Counselor; Rachel Dumeny, MVU-MS Student; and Dan Palmer, MVU-MS Principal.

Superintendent Jack McCarthy talks about MVU Middle School with, left to right, Stephanie Hodgeman, MVU-MS Guidance Counselor; Rachel Dumeny, MVU-MS Student; and Dan Palmer, MVU-MS Principal.

 

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:

The Best of Franklin Northwest: MVU Middle School

The Best of Franklin Northwest: Native American Circle of Courage Program

The Best of Franklin Northwest: After School Programs

The Best of Franklin Northwest: MVU’s New Leadership

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Abenaki Flag Flies at MVU

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“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 as explained below, or visit the link in the right-hand menu for Indian Education.