There will be free school breakfast and lunch meal opportunities for kids and teens (18 and under) again this summer at Fair Haven Grade School. The program runs Monday - Friday, June 26 - August 14, 2019. Breakfast is served from 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.. Please contact Ashley Bride at (802) 265-3666, see the images below, or click here if you would like more information about the program.
School is officially out for summer! What will you be doing this summer?
How about taking a trip up to the ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain - in Burlington?
There are so many great things to do there, together as a family. Please see the images below, and click on the link to find out the specifics.
If you love a good deal and savings...I have an ECHO Library Pass that reduces the admission price to $7.00 per person and is valid for up to 4 guests. Please email if you would like to borrow the pass at any time this summer: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year has been a busy year, with the official launch of proficiency-based learning and grading, personalized learning, and so much more!
One of the things that we have been so busy with is a Social Emotional Learning project that I co-developed with English Language Department Chair Tricia Doran. Students read the book - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. I then created a Live-Binders full of authoritative information for the students, in regard to the various themes in the book. The students then chose a topic to research, based upon the themes the author addressed in the book. Students then used an adapted version of The Healing Library template, by Curious City DPW, to create a booklet, full of information on their topic of choice. The booklet includes specific information on a particular theme, such as depression, to include; the warning signs, a list of local counselors and activities to help community members cope with the symptoms.
The booklet the students created will be placed into a cloth bag, that Family and Consumer Science, Jennifer Clement has had her students sew, along with a variety of books on depression (picture books, books for teenagers, and informational books for adults). These "kits" will be available to check out from FHUHS and local public libraries!
The project is featured in April's School Library Journal - How Social Emotional Learning Transforms Students and Schools.
For more information on Social and Emotional Learning please see this web-page on the FHUHS Library website.
The Slater Book club is currently reading two books simultaneously! Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews!
Ready Player One Description:
Please see me in the library if you would like to join us. There are a limited number of books, so hurry in to receive a copy!
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Did you know that FREE Summer breakfast and lunch meals are available for children under 18 years of age? They are being offered at the following locations in Fair Haven:
If you have any further questions, please contact Ashley Bride (802) 265-3666.
Vermont State Parks Announces First Time Happy Campers Program:
Try out camping for free, gear included
MONTPELIER, VT – Vermont State Parks is excited to launch the new First Time Happy Campers Program at five parks during the months of July and August. Created in partnership with the Outdoor Gear Exchange, this program provides free camping for new campers, whose names will be chosen at random when they register here.
The program is designed to encourage families who haven’t camped before to give it a try. Participants will receive a free campsite, firewood, tents, camp stove, lantern and sleeping pads. If campers don’t have sleeping bags or don’t want to bring bedding from home, they can purchase sleeping bags online from the Outdoor Gear Exchange for a discounted rate of $34.95 for delivery to their home or pick up upon arrival at the park.
On Friday night, campers will be met by friendly park interpreters who will show them around and help set up their camp, providing camping tips and support throughout the weekend. Campers can attend interpretive programs, check out free fishing gear and enjoy all the parks have to offer.
Prior to the trip, participants will receive a packet containing a packing list and tips, meal and recipe ideas and other information to prepare them for their trip.
Participating parks are Bomoseen, Button Bay, Grand Isle, Stillwater and Woodford.
Interested campers can sign uphere and choose the park and weekend of their choice. Two families will be chosen each weekend with campsites located near each other, so they can meet other families new to camping. If many applicants choose the same weekend, winning entries will be selected at random (The Vermont Department of Libraries 2018).
Please view the video below to learn more about Vermont State Parks.
School is almost out for summer! Have you decided what you will be reading?
If you are looking for ideas you are in luck, because Vermont School Librarians have selected, and suggested the following books for Kindergartners through grade 12!
See the file at the bottom of this post, to download the brochure.
Please see the video's below, to learn about the books and hear what selected authors have to say about their new titles!
Did you know that the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) recently released new National School Library Standards? They align perfectly with Vermont's Proficiency-Based Learning and Grading Initiative! Please see this post to learn more about the new standards.
The new National School Library Standards support and align perfectly with Vermont's EQS Transferable Skills and recommended performance indicators.
Vermont's EQS transferable skills include and align with AASL's Shared Foundations:
1. Communication >> Inquire, Include, Collaborate, Explore, and Engage
2. Collaboration >> Collaboration, Include, and Engage
3. Creativity >> Inquiry and Explore
4. Innovation >> Inquiry and Explore
5. Inquiry >> Inquiry, Curate, and Explore
6. Problem-Solving >> Inquiry and Explore
7. Use of Technology >> Inquiry, Collaborate, Curate, Explore, and Engage
To learn more about AASL shared foundations, please click on image below.
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According to a New England Board of Higher Education white paper, titled How Selective Colleges and Universities Evaluate Proficiency-Based High School Transcripts: Insights for Students and Schools:
Proficiency-based learning is the system of instruction, assessment and grading based on demonstration of skills that meet performance standards or 'proficiencies.' The goal of proficiency-based learning is to better prepare students with the knowledge and skills necessary for success in higher education and 21st century careers...In a proficiency-based model or system, students progress through courses and grade levels by demonstrating individual mastery of specific learning standards. Learning standards may vary by state or school system, but generally represent educational objectives a student should achieve by the end of a course or grade level. In a proficiency-based system, a student struggling to demonstrate proficiency is provided additional support or interventions until the student achieves the required skill or knowledge. Students who demonstrate proficiency engage in learning opportunities to extend or accelerate their learning. Proficiency- based learning allows educators to identify a student’s strengths and weaknesses, and monitor learning progress over time.
The New England Secondary School Consortium maintains that "72 public and private institutions of higher education from across New England (also) provided statements and letters stating—unequivocally—that students with proficiency-based grades and transcripts will not be disadvantaged in any way." Harvard, the University of Vermont, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Castleton University are a few of the 72 public and private higher education institutions mentioned above. The statements are available for download here.
To learn more about Proficiency-Based Learning, please see the website I created, below.
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Did You Know That The Library Of Congress Has Added A "Susan B. Anthony Papers" Collection To Their Digital Collections Site?
Yes, the Library of Congress has added a "Susan B. Anthony Papers" Collection to their Digital Collections Site! This is an amazing site for both students and teachers alike, to learn deeper about Susan B. Anthony, using primary source materials.
Please view this collection here.
According to the Library of Congress
To learn more about the Library of Congress and how they are digitizing historical collections, please view the video below:
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