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Back to School

i Aug 26th 1 Comment by

School starts this week (Vermont summer sure flies by quickly!) for public schools. As we send our children back to the classroom, let’s send a huge THANKS to the entire school community-teachers, office staff, bus drivers, school nurses, PTs, OTs, SLPs, reading and math specialists, kitchen staff, maintenance, custodians, special educators, behavior interventionists, administrators, paraeducators, substitutes, ELL specialists, guidance staff, librarians, IT specialists, intensive needs specialists, coaches, social workers, EEE staff, after-school staff, and counselors- who have dedicated their lives to the education and enrichment of our children. Let’s also acknowledge the importance of partnerships with our local businesses, collaborations with cultural, environmental, and agricultural organizations, parent and community member involvement and volunteerism, civic service on behalf of education, and the many mentoring (formal and otherwise) alliances that support and enhance education. This dedication is a key reason that the Champlain Valley is one of the best places in the country to raise a family.
Let’s work together to preserve our community’s broad and inclusive definition of a successful path in life. Let’s recognize that successful learning and teaching are not defined by standardized test results alone. And let’s keep our reform discussions positive, informed, open to the voices of all stakeholders, and focused on the needs of our unique community. It’s the Vermont way!


  1. Buddy Dubay
    September 13, 2013 at 2:22 am

    Calendar 2.0 would be like putting a band aid on a gaping wound in our education system. We had a great educational reform going that was based on real research by the likes of Piaget and other geniuses. Education was on it’s way to greatness. It would have been based on meaningful receptive learning…how kids actually learn, not how they perform on tests.Then the C student was elected and he decided that no test, er child should be left behind. Politicians with no understanding of how kids learn took control of our class rooms. Teachers and administrators became scared and had no way to get these bully politicians off the playground. Now they talk about changing the calendar because this is supposedly going to fix some percieved problem. Let’s try and tackle the real problems. Depriving kids of any part of thier well earned summer vacation after overworking them with the crazy piles of homework they get now is not going to solve anything.


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