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.

  • FNWSU Central Office
  • Franklin
  • Highgate
  • MVU MS/HS
  • Sheldon
  • Swanton
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Christie Martin to be Sheldon Principal

Christie Martin, new principal for Sheldon Elementary School

Christie Martin

The Sheldon School Board is pleased to announce that Christie Martin has been hired as the new Sheldon Elementary principal, effective July 1, 2015.  Christie currently serves as the Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning at Missisquoi Valley Union, after many years as an English teacher, teacher mentor, and administrator.  In recent years, instructional coaches and administrators from throughout the five schools that comprise the Franklin Northwest Supervisory Union have come to know Christie’s talents and expertise.  She has a strong reputation across the SU for leading and promoting effective teaching and learning.

Christie knows the needs of students, families, and staff, and the education and social service resources available in Franklin County, having grown up in the St. Albans area.  She also has family roots in Sheldon community.

Christie succeeds Linda Keating, who led many school transformation initiatives at Sheldon over the past three years.  We thank Linda for her exemplary work and wish her well in her new role as the Director of Curriculum and Assessment for the Franklin West Supervisory Union.

We welcome Christie Martin to the Sheldon community.

 

Schools Begin SBAC Assessments

Schools across the state, including here in Franklin Northwest Supervisory Union, are beginning to take the new Common Core standards-based assessments known as SBAC.  AOE Secretary of Education Rebecca Holcombe issued a letter to parents and caregivers about the process.  To see this document, click on Smarter Balanced Assessment: Another Measure of Learning.

 

School Budgets Pass on March 3rd

All five school budgets for Franklin Northwest Supervisory Union schools passed on March 3:  Franklin Central School, Highgate Elementary, Missisquio Valley Union Middle and High Schools, Sheldon Elementary and Swanton Elementary.

FNWSU Superintendent Winton Goodrich leads discussion on Northwest Access TV around the MVU budget up for passage on Town Meeting Day, March 3rd.

FNWSU Superintendent Winton Goodrich leads discussion on Northwest Access TV around the MVU budget up for passage on Town Meeting Day, March 3rd.

Watch MVU Budget Show

Chanel 16 Northwest Access TV filmed an in-depth look at MVU and this year’s budget, which you can view at any time by clicking on the link MVU School Budget Show Filmed by the Channel 16 Public Access TV Station. (The show is 29 minutes long.)

 

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.   Here are some samples of student work.

Highgate Crossroads student photographer's photo of Superintendent Winton Goodrich and HIghgate Principal Marcel Choquette's juggling demonstration.

Highgate Crossroads photography students got an action shot “photo op” with Superintendent Winton Goodrich and Highgate Principal Marcel Choquette’s juggling demonstration.

Highgate Crossroads student captures a unique perspective of the American flag.

Highgate Crossroads student captures a unique perspective of the American flag.

 

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

MVU 8th grade students were treated to tethered hot air balloon rides as part of their "Day of Flight" activities on October 13th.

MVU 8th grade students were treated to tethered hot air balloon rides as part of their “Day of Flight” activities on October 13th.

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.

Highgate Principal Marcel Choquette talks about the concept of SWIFT school structure.

Highgate Principal Marcel Choquette

“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.”

 

Swanton Co-Principal Dena St. Amour talks about the concept of SWIFT schools.

Swanton Co-Principal Dena St. Amour

 

“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.”

Sheldon Principal Linda Keating talks about the concept of SWIFT schools.

Sheldon Principal Linda Keating

“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?”

Swanton Co-Principal Brent Coon talks about the concept of SWIFT schools.

Swanton Co-Principal Brent Coon

 

 

“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?’ “

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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/fnwsu.org/fnwsu-curriculum/home — and take note of the Powerpoint Presentation under the “What’s New?” link in the site to better understand the structure of these learning units.

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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

The Best of Franklin Northwest: SWIFT Schools

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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, or visit the link in the right-hand menu for Indian Education.