Wednesday, March 25, 2015

CESU #12 
2015-16 School Calendar Update

March 24, 2015

Dear Chittenden East Families,

      On behalf of the Chittenden East Governing Board, we would like to apologize for our failure to effectively communicate about the two-hour delays included in the 2015-2016 school calendar.  We should have provided more public information before we approved the calendar and posted the calendar on our websites. 
      The new Vermont Education Quality Standards (State Board Rule 2000) state supervisory unions shall provide professional learning for staff involved in student instruction that is embedded into the school day.  Requiring professional development during the school day will force modifications to the school day and school year calendar.  We will try to make this change as trouble-free as possible.  
       Like Chittenden East, some Vermont supervisory unions have delayed start times, while others have early release days, or half days, or a combination of those options.  In some supervisory unions, there are different delay or start times by school building.  Given a number of factors, we decided a delayed start once a month would be the best way to balance the needs of students, parents, and staff.
       Each school building will have a safe space available for students on these mornings.  Breakfast will be served, and some limited bussing may be available.  Teachers and staff will be able to collaborate not only within a building, but in other configurations that will enable us to improve our educational delivery.  Technology and planning will allow teachers from multiple elementary schools to work together on lessons, or teachers from the middle and high schools to collaborate in order to ensure a smooth transition for students.  Other areas of focus for staff will include:
  • Implementing Personal Learning Plans (PLPs) at Middle Schools and High School (state mandate)
  • Implementing Proficiency-Based Graduation Requirements (state mandate)
  • Implementation of Common Core (adopted by state)
  • K-12 Data Teams (New Education Quality Standards)
  • Effective training for Readers and Writers Workshop K-8 (local initiative)
       We are resolute in supporting students and families with this change to the school calendar, considering community feedback, and providing updates throughout the adjustment process.


Jon Milazzo, Chair                 Andrew Pond, Vice Chair                  John Alberghini, Superintendent 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

CESU #12
2015-16 School Calendar

               On Monday, March 16th, the CESU Governing Board approved the 2015-16 school calendar.  There are a few changes we wanted to share with you.  First, Labor Day is very late, so it feels as though school is starting earlier than normal.  This is due to the way the days of the month fall. 
               Second, it is the mission of our school district to engage all learners.  In the next year, we will be working on developing personal learning plans for students and personalizing our instruction so each child is challenged and supported.  Some of our changes require new learning for our teachers.  To assure the very best educational delivery​, it is vital that we​ allow time for staff training. 
               You will see on the calendar a number of two-hour late start days on the second Wednesday of each month (Sept 9; Oct 14; Nov 11; Dec 9; Jan 13; Feb 10; March 9; April 13; May 11).  On these days, our staff will be engaged in professional development and training to better serve student needs.  On these mornings​,​ the school day and morning bus pick up will start exactly two hours later than the normal schedule. The in-school day will be adjusted slightly. 
​               We will be working over the next several months​ to brainstorm possible steps to mitigate challenges this calendar change may cause families.
               We wanted to make you aware of the changes in our 2015-16 school calendar and look forward to our continued work together.  Please let us know if you have any questions. 
(Click HERE to view the 2015-16 school calendar)

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Thank you Mt. Mansfield Modified Union School Community for  supporting the 2015-2016 budget and your investment in our schools.  Your commitment to students and quality education make our school system special.  
Budget results below:
1842-Yes,   948-No