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 


All School News and Events


  • December 1, 2, and 3, Yoh Players perform: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

  • December 13, Coffee with the Principal 5:30-6:30 pm, Teagle Library

  • December 13, WUHSMS School Board - CANCELLED

  • December 23-January 1, Holiday Recess: School Closed


The Community Classroom Thanksgiving Luncheon

The Community Classroom recently held their Thanksgiving luncheon.  The process begins with each student picking a favorite food from their own Thanksgiving celebrations.  The menu then revolves around these student choices with food shared with a favorite adult they have invited.  Many students practice their cooking skills in making the food, setting the large tables, and holding pleasant conversations with the diverse group.  Each person attending receives a hand written card expressing a key point of why the writer is grateful for them.  This year’s feast was enjoyed by twenty- eight people representing administrators, teaching staff, support staff, and students.


Students Talk About Proficiency-based Learning

As we near the end of the third checkpoint, we decided to ask some students what they think of learning under this new proficiency system. We value their insight into how this system is working for them and are gratified to hear that they appreciate the opportunity to practice skills and receive feedback several times before the summative assessments. We will use their comments about the timing of summative assessments to evaluate other options for the future. Check out what the students have to say:


Additional context and definitions for terms used in the video

Tenth grade students are in their second year of proficiency-based learning and have been joined by 9th graders this year. Under this system, students work on skills for Anchor Standards (such as Reading, Writing, Language, Speaking/Listening for English class) completing practice work called formative assessments and receiving feedback on how to improve prior to completing the larger summative assessments.

The assessments are scored as follows:

1= beginning work on the standard

2= approaching the standard

3= proficient on the standard

4= distinguished on the standard

Students are given checklists and rubrics on assignments that tell them what needs to be demonstrated to reach these levels and only the summative scores are placed on report cards. A teacher will use summative Anchor Standard scores, along with their professional judgment about student achievement and growth over time, to determine the end of year assessment.



WUHSMS Outing Club Makes their Debut
Friday November 17 the Outing Club made their debut outing to Camel's Hump. It was a very successful first trip and we hope to be able to go on more adventures in the future. Through trips like this, we achieve the goals set forth in our mission statement that reads: The goal of this club is for students to participate in challenging, interactive outdoor activities, that are affordable and fun; which develop community learning opportunities, environmental awareness, and physical health.
Click here to Relive the trip

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Woodstock, Vermont 05091

  • High School: (802) 457- 1317
  • Middle School: (802) 457- 1330

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