Principal's Corner

Welcome to 2018! I hope that everyone had a rejuvenating break and is looking forward to the many great things that will happen throughout the second half of the school year.
 
In the spirit of ushering in the new year, I'm highlighting an exciting opportunity for members of the WUHSMS community to be involved in shaping the future of the school. See the announcement below explaining how you can be part of the Profile of a Graduate Working Group.
 
Being a member of the working group is one way that you can be a part of this important community discussion. Some other ways include attending the community screening of the Most Likely to Succeed documentary (date and time to be released soon), joining a discussion at a monthly Coffee with the Principal, and following the Innovation Study Group blog.
 
Best Regards,
Mr. Smail

Principal's Corner

 

Over the next few weeks, I will feature questions and trends that emerged from the School Culture and Practices survey in my newsletters. This week, I highlight one question that came from several responses to the “School communicates well with me” prompt. What is the best way to get up-to-date information about my child’s progress? This is an important topic as we near the end of the first semester. Teachers provide information to parents and students on PlusPortals and through regular feedback on assignments and assessments. When these sources of information lead to new questions or perhaps more context is needed, the best way to get answers is to contact the teacher. Email usually is best. 

Also, check out the new link to the  WUHSMS proficiency based learning frequently asked questions document.  As two survey respondents put it, “(with regards to communication) We can always use more than less information” and “Communication always has room for improvement.”

Best regards,

Mr. Smail

 

Principal's Corner

Student Vid ProfLearning2In this week’s newsletter, I want to highlight a few examples of students’ voices and projects. These include interviews with students about proficiency based learning, the new website for The Buzz, and students sharing their passions through the adopt-a-shelf program at WUHSMS library. I also want to share the updated Innovation Study Group blog posts in which students, teachers, and board members share their reflections and reactions after visiting a variety of schools. The theme is continual growth and improvement. We aspire to become an ever more student-centered learning environment.

 

Help us improve. Take a few moments to complete a four-question survey concerning WUHSMS school culture and practices.

 

Warm Regards,

Mr. Smail

Principal's Corner

Happy Thanksgiving! In this newsletter, I want to highlight several of the things that I am thankful for as principal of Woodstock Union High School and Middle School. They are…
  • The inclusive Woodstock school community that embraces the diversity of the student body as an important part of the school.
  • Students taking the initiative to develop a mission for their club and then putting that mission into action by leading a group of students and teachers to the top of Camel’s Hump.
  • Students, teachers, board members, and administrators seeking inspiration and working together on the continuous improvement of the school.
  • Students leading the way and having fun while celebrating WUHSMS school spirit.

 

Enjoy your holiday weekend,
Mr. Smail 

 

Principal's Corner

This week, I'm highlighting one of our community partnerships. WUHSMS enjoys a close relationship with the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park. Over the past several years, this partnership has developed to the point that the park has, in essence, become an extension of our campus. In this newsletter, you will have a chance to see some examples of this partnership in action. The park partnership is one of the many ways that local organizations offer their assets to our students These community partnerships are a powerful tool that WUHSMS uses to extend learning opportunities for students. Thank you community partners!

Principal's Corner

Student autonomy was one of the topics of discussion at last week's Coffee with the Principal. We talked about the great learning that happens when strict guidelines are lifted to allow students room to explore their creativity on some of their own terms. This week I'm sharing some examples that show this process in action.

Best Regards,

~Mr. Smail

 

Vermont Supreme CourtPrincipal's Corner

This was a big week in the history of our school. As Justice Harold Eaton (WUHS ’73) told the 300+ people audience gathered in the WUHSMS Yoh Theatre on Thursday morning, the Vermont Supreme Court held its first hearings in the 250 year history of the Court in a public school.

 

Students and teachers from fourteen Vermont schools along with members of the general public joined WUHSMS students in the day-long event that included five hearings, two question and answer sessions, and the justices joining students for lunch.

Principal's Corner

This was spirit week at WUHSMS. Students and staff shared their Woodstock pride by dressing on theme days: class colors, camouflage, USA, jerseys and tie dye (pictured above). See the schedule below for a list of the homecoming games that happening on campus this weekend. Here are some other ways that WUHSMS students also showed pride in their school this week. Three student organizations, the Spanish Honor Society, Interact and Students for Social Change, are combining efforts to raise money for hurricane relief at our partner school in Puerto Rico. A student developed a survey to gather input for bettering cafeteria food options from students. She and I are planning ways to share and process the data. And Wednesday morning one of our bus drivers stopped me to let me know how one student is helping other students on the daily ride to school. It was week filled with good spirit... We are Woodstock.

 

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