Sept. 15, 2023
Below is the September Question of the Month. The results will be shared with the WSESU Board at the September 25th meeting. This survey will close on September 18th. Thank you in advance for taking time to answer the question.
News from our Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment team
Renaissance STAR Screening Tool
Each of our WSESU schools strives to provide the best educational experience for every student and we use many tools to accomplish this. Over the last several years, teachers utilized data from the Track My Progress Screening tool. This provided us with information we could use to make instructional decisions to support our students. Over the last few years, we conducted a needs assessment and began to explore other screening tools in search of a tool that provided us with more detailed and reliable information. After piloting a few different systems over two years, we have decided to move forward with Renaissance STAR. Renaissance STAR is not only a very reliable screening tool but also allows us to progress monitor students outside of the typical testing windows. This is a computer adaptive screener that does not limit students to only being assessed using their grade-level standards which gives us more accurate information in order to better provide students with both enrichment and intervention that is tailored to them. Our students will take their first round of the STAR assessment between September 18th and October 6th. While this assessment is only one small measure of how your student may be doing in school, we do look forward to sharing these results with you at conferences in November. For more information about Renaissance STAR, click here. If you have any questions please direct them to your student's classroom teacher.
Cell phones on field trips
Thank you all for your support of our cell phone procedures. Overall, students are following the procedures that we outlined. The administrative team met this week to discuss procedures for cell phones on field trips. For all K-8 students, we decided that cell phones will not be allowed on the bus ride to and from field trips. Students will be allowed to use their phone cameras to capture moments during the trip.
Students keeping cool during the heat wave last week!
Students are spending time learning how to work together!
Our staff members are working hard to make sure joy happens in our schools.
There are lots of reading, writing, and math activities going on!
Students pitch in to help keep our schools clean.
Our Students Have Great School Spirit!
It was Donuts and Decorating for our seniors this week!
Finance & Operations Update
Although Vermont passed a law for free breakfast & lunch for all of our students, it is still important to fill out the free & reduced lunch form as we are in our "base year". It can also affect Title funding as well. If you haven't filled it out or you aren't sure if you did or not, you can apply online by clicking the banner below.
Director of Finance & Operations
WSESU is still hiring support staff positions!
WSESU is hiring support staff to work with students in our schools. Positions include elementary and middle school staff supporting students in academics and social emotional skills. We offer flexible working hours. Please reach out to Katie Ahern Director of Student Support Services with your resume and three names of references with contact information; email@example.com.
Information About MTSS in our schools.
WSESU Multi-Tiered System of Support: Information Sheet
MTSS (Multi-tiered System of Support) is a framework for providing appropriate support for all students in the Windsor Southeast Supervisory Union. To meet the needs of all learners, we focus on: Providing high-quality instruction in the classroom setting. Utilizing data to determine appropriate...
The FY 24 calendar is below. You can also find it on our website.