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Two SHS Staff Members Recognized
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Burlington, VT - At the annual meeting of the Vermont School Counselors' Association, SHS counselor Jade Dunn Costello received the 2013 New Counselor of the Year Award. Both Bob Thibault, SHS Principal, and Julie Lannen, SHS & RMS Special Educator and parent of recent graduate, nominated Jade for the award. We are very lucky to have counselors of Jade's quality!!
Boston, MA - At the annual meeting of the Massachusetts Society for Medical Research, awards were given to science teachers from around New England (one from each state). Our Math/Science Instructional Coach, Liz Mirra, received the Vermont award. This follows up on her national award from 2011 for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. We are thrilled to have Liz on our staff, working with our teachers on instructional improvements!
Last Updated (Friday, 27 September 2013 13:06)
Tutoring Services for Elm, Union, and Riverside
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Your child may be eligible for additional tutoring outside the school day. This tutoring would come at no cost to you. Tutoring is provided via a federal program known as Supplemental Education Services (SES).
What is SES?
The requirement for some schools to provide Supplemental Educational Services (SES) is built into the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLBA). Under NCLBA, any school that receives Title 1 funds from the federal government and has not made test score expectations for two consecutive years must begin to offer Free and Reduced Lunch students the opportunity for additional tutoring outside of the school day or during the summer. This tutoring is known as Supplemental Educational Services (SES).
Free and Reduced Lunch students are eligible at which schools?
This year students at Elm Hill Primary School, Union Street School and Riverside Middle School are all eligible for this service.
How much money is available for my child’s tutoring?
The federal government mandates that we set aside Title 1 money we receive to ensure that Free and Reduced Lunch students have an opportunity to access tutoring.
Who does the tutoring?
You cannot just pick anyone to tutor. The Vermont Agency of Education has screened companies who want to offer tutoring services. The list of companies, which the state refers to as “providers,” is included in this mailing. You will notice that some of the providers are local and some are as far away as California. Some offer face-to-face tutoring, and others offer services
that are web-based. In the case of face-to-face tutoring, a provider will often look for a local teacher or paraeducator through which to contract the work. When this occurs, it cannot be your child’s regular day educator. At the moment, Springfield School District, like most districts across the state, has not requested to be a tutoring provider itself.
What do I need to do for my child to start receiving tutoring?
First, please fill out the Notification of Intent to Access Supplemental Tutoring Services form. You will need to supply us with the name of the tutoring company you have chosen as well as your contact information. This form must be submitted to your school’s front office no later than Monday, September 30, 2013. If you miss this opportunity, you will have a chance to sign your child up next spring.
Second, we will contact the tutoring company on your behalf and send a contract to them. We will also send you a letter of understanding about the guidelines for your child’s tutoring. This letter must be signed and returned prior to starting services. Then the provider will contact you to set up appropriate times, dates, and subjects of the tutoring.
Is there anything else I should know?
The federal funds do not provide for transportation to the tutoring, so if you arrange for a student and a tutor to meet in a location that requires travel, you will need to make your own arrangements.
What if I think my child may be eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch but my paperwork is not up-to-date with the school?
For your convenience, we are also including the Application for Free and Reduced Price Meals in this packet. Please fill it out and return to your child’s school with the Notification of Intent to Access Supplemental Tutoring Services form. If your child is already receiving free or reduced lunch, you do not need to complete this form. If you aren’t sure of your child’s lunch status with the school, please call Martha Tarbell in the Business Office at 802-885-5141 x 10 for clarification.
Graduation Date Changed for the Class of 2014
On Monday night, August 5th, the Springfield School Board agreed to move this year's graduation date back. This year's graduation ceremony will now be held in the late afternoon/early evening of Friday, June 13th. This change will add back necessary instructional days for seniors and make graduation a centerpiece of Springfield's alumni weekend.
Be sure to make your calendars!
Last Updated (Wednesday, 07 August 2013 14:43)
Curriculum Director Honored by Tony Danza and the American Federation of Teachers
Last Updated (Wednesday, 07 August 2013 14:38)
Green & Gold Scholar for Class of 2014
I am pleased to announce that, in accordance with the requirements set forth by the University of Vermont, Erin Chlebak has been awarded the Green and Gold Scholar designation! From the UVM Website: "The University of Vermont Green & Gold Scholarship is an academic merit scholarship awarded to the academically strongest rising high school senior from every Vermont public secondary school. The scholarship fund was established through a gift made by the family of the late Genevieve Patrick." The Award is accompanied by a full tuition scholarship (a $13,334 yearly value). On behalf of the entire Springfield School District, Congratulations Erin!!
Last Updated (Wednesday, 24 July 2013 13:24)