Thursday, September 13, 2018

From Our Houses to Yours

We came across this article earlier, celebrating a high school in California. They are doing a terrific job looking out for the well-being of their students by creating a house structure for their ninth graders. This helps to ease them into life at high school by creating smaller communities to build relationships and provides support. Teachers work in teams to truly meet their students’ needs. Advisory groups are in place to offer further support and relationships.

Sound familiar? Upon further research, we determined that the ninth grade house system at CVU was put in place 34 years ago! We often pride ourselves on leading the way, and this is a perfect example. Our ninth graders are settling in, building relationships, and have started classes within the core and are exploring a few electives beyond as well. The house system also continues in many of our K-8 schools, which has been a part of culture for years for many of the same reasons.

Thank you to the forward-thinking educators who made this happen 34 years ago and to those in CVSD today who keep us on the leading edge.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Time to Connect with Your Schools

It’s that time of year, the time where parents and guardians have the opportunity to connect, learn, and meet the educators who make a difference in lives of their children. Curriculum Nights are upon us and we hope you take advantage of these offerings. Here’s a rundown of what’s happening in our schools.

CVU: Please join us on Thursday, September 13, for our annual open house, CVU at a Glance! Starting at 6:30 pm and running until 8:30 pm, you will get a chance to move through your child's advisory and schedule, getting an overview of the curriculum and meeting teachers.

Charlotte: Fall Open House and Potluck Picnic, Thursday, September 13. Join us as we celebrate the beginning of a new school year at CCS. Open House: 5;00-6:30, Potluck Picnic: 6:00-7:30.

Hinesburg: We hope those of you who were able to attend the middle school curriculum night earlier this week found it helpful. The K-4 Essential Arts & Open House/Curriculum Night is on September 20th from 5:30 -7:00 pm.

Shelburne: Please look over the community calendar for details. We have taken care to list all of our upcoming Open Houses and Curriculum Nights. You will find that all of our teams and grade levels will be holding some type of event in the coming weeks. If you have questions or concerns about one of these events, please reach out directly to the teacher/team.
  • The 5th Grade Curriculum Night happened earlier this week.
  • September 13th - 3rd Grade Curriculum Night - SCS Library 6:00-7:00pm
  • September 17th - Holden Curriculum Night - common area 4:45-6:00pm
  • September 20th - 4th Grade Curriculum Night – classrooms 5:30-6:30pm
  • September 25th - Alpha Team Curriculum Night – common area 5:00-6:00pm
  • September 25th - Winton Curriculum Night – common area 5:00-6:00pm
  • October 4th - Kindergarten Open House – classrooms 6:00-7:00pm
Williston: Curriculum Nights and Learning Expo Dates
  • Thurs. Sept. 13 / Grade 3/4 Curriculum Night & Learning Expo / 6:30 pm / WCS
  • Thurs. Sept. 20 / ABS Curriculum Night & Learning Expo / 6:00 pm / ABS
  • Thurs. Oct. 4 / Upper House Curriculum & Learning Expo / 6:00 pm / WCS

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

We Are Underway!

Welcome to the 2018-19 school year.  On August 29, nearly 4,000 students will enter our bright, cheery, and squeaky clean educational spaces.  They will be greeted by staff -- from the bus drivers to the lunch workers, from the classroom teachers to the school principals, from the para-educators to the school nurses -- all as eager as their students to begin a new year filled with hopes and dreams for the the best year ever.

All summer long, we’ve been preparing for this day and cannot wait to see the bright shiny faces and begin the journey of ensuring that everyone’s hopes and dreams are realized.

Have a wonderful year!

~ Superintendent, Elaine Pinckney

We have so much to celebrate about things that occurred during the summer. See the graphic below for a small window into some highlights.

In addition:

  • There were 2 ELL camps in our schools, many students attended summer programs at the schools, and students also learned in their own way through varied summer experiences.
  • Our building administrators, administrative assistants, bookkeepers, maintenance staff, IT staff, and more worked hard throughout the summer to get things ready for students. 
  • Team Vermont, largely made up of participants from the CVU Unified Sports basketball team, winning gold at the Special Olympics USA Championships was a huge highlight too! If you didn't hear about this wonderful accomplishment, watch this short video

Friday, August 24, 2018

Convocation and Pre-Service 2018

Our annual opening at CVU for the whole district was amazing yesterday. We began with convocation, including talented district musicians welcoming us as we arrived. 

This was followed by a touching welcome from the chair of our School Board, Lynne Jaunich. 

As always, the co-presidents of CVU's student council greeted us and they reflected on the impact CVSD educators had on them over the years. 

Educators then were immersed in Fill Your Bucket sessions, in which they learned from their colleagues about many topics. There were over 20 different sessions led by our own talented professionals. 

After lunch, we divided up by grade span and focused our energies on other pertinent work with colleagues. 

And finally, for the 3rd year in a row, we culminated the day with the Annual Trike Race. Defending champions, Charlotte Central School eventually passed the golden helmet to CVU, who won this year's race. We're off to a tremendous start! 

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Welcome New Educators!

Today we welcomed new educators to CVSD with a full day at CVU. In the morning they learned about and from their mentors. In the afternoon, they engaged with many faces from the Central Office and learned about systems and structures. There was a game show competition of sorts, assessing how well they understood proficiency-based learning and assessment. Some enthusiastic participants shared their knowledge. We look forward to a wonderful year.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

In Search Of... Bus Drivers!

CVSD continues to staff up for the 2018-19 school year and is still in need of bus drivers. If you know a responsible adult who has a clean driving record and understands customer service have them get in touch! 

We are looking for both regular drivers and subs. Working hours for regular drivers are typically 6:30  - 8:30 AM and 2:00 - 4:00 PM  (additional hours for sports or field trip are also possible)

CVSD offers competitive benefits

For more information contact Ken Martin at 802-485-7120 (office)

Monday, August 13, 2018

Teaching and Learning Math in CVSD

Wow, the CVSD Central Office conference room is packed this week! Educators from all of our schools are working with CVSD instructional coaches and math coordinators. These educators, most of whom are new to our district in the last year or so, are being trained in "math best practices" to support and enhance student learning. Most CVSD educators have been engaged in this work for a number of years. We are ensuring that all educators are informed about math best practices and ready to work with students, regardless of which grade span or math program used.

We appreciate the commitment and hard work of our instructional coaches and coordinators, as well as the amazing room full of dedicated professionals.