Principal's CornerStudents from Ms. Perkins's AP Literature class perform "3D Monster Essays" while their classmates develop thesis statements responding to the prompt, "Is Shelly's Frankenstein a moral being?"

Next week is mid-term exam week. Students should remember that eating well and getting plenty of rest are important parts of preparing for exams. A link to the mid-term exam schedule is included in the "All School News and Events" section of this newsletter.
This week, I share two invitations to WUHSMS stakeholders to join school-community dialogue about how to shape our school program and offerings to best serve students.
First is an invitation to attend a screening of the award-winning documentary Most Likely to Succeed and a follow up panel discussion. This event is brought to us by WUHSMS Rowland Foundation fellows, Nerissa Edwards and Luis Bango.
The second is a reposting from last week's newsletter of Superintendent Banios's invitation to join the Portrait of a Graduate working group. Please consider applying or encouraging someone else to apply to join this group and be a part of this exciting process. More details about these invitations can be found below.
Best Regards,
Mr. Smail


"Most Likely to Succeed" @ The Town Hall Theater | Thursday, Feb. 8th
Join us for a screening of this award-winning film and an evening of dialogue about what matters most for students today.
Thursday, February 8th
Woodstock Town Hall Theater
Most Likely To Succeed examines the history of education in the United States, revealing the growing shortcomings of conventional education methods in today’s innovative world. The film explores compelling new approaches that aim to transform learning as we know it. After seeing this film, the way you think about “school” will never be the same.
Participants will be required to attend 3 working group retreat days (8:30 - 3:00) and to read 2 texts
To apply to be part of this group, please click here. Applications due 1/26/18

Portrait of a Graduate Work Group
Windsor Central Supervisory Union is looking for educators, parents, community members, business leaders and current and former high school students to participate in a working group that will help create our district’s “Portrait of a Graduate.” Simply stated, a portrait of a graduate defines what we believe is most critical for our students to know and be able to do by the time they graduate from Woodstock Union High School. To get a better sense of the goal, please click here to see what Fairfax County, VA Public Schools developed for their Portrait of a Graduate .
Having this profile well articulated will help inform the district’s strategic priorities that will be developed next fall and the instructional decision making across our schools. Please consider lending your voice and perspective to this important project.                  
This work is part of an ongoing community discussion that started early this year and includes an upcoming screening of the Most Likely to Succeed documentary and the establishment of a district-wide Innovation in Learning Study Group. Our conversation is focused on how Windsor Central Supervisory Union can best prepare students for a rapidly changing, interconnected digital world and exploring and learning from how other learning institutions are meeting this challenge.
Participants will be required to attend 3 working group retreat days (8:30 - 3:00) and to read 2 texts
To apply to be part of this group, please click here. Applications due 1/26/18


Grace Voller '18 Recognized as Vermont Presidential Scholar Nominee

Monday January 8, the Vermont Agency of Education recognized the state’s 2018 Presidential Scholar nominees in a ceremony at the Vermont Statehouse. Senior Grace Vollers is one of the 2018 nominees.
The Vermont Presidential Scholars Program recognizes graduating high school seniors who show outstanding scholarship, leadership and service to their communities. Twenty (10 male and 10 female) scholars are nominated in the general category, and five scholars are nominated in the Career and Technical Education category (CTE).
All Vermont scholars will be invited to apply to the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, which will announce its winners in May 2018. Additional Vermont students may be chosen to apply by the U.S. Department of Education based on ACT and SAT scores. Each year, up to 161 students are named as national Presidential Scholars – one of the highest honors for high school students. 


All School News and Events


  • January 10, Coffee with the Principal, 5:30-6:30 pm
    January 10, WUHSMS School Board meeting ,7:00 pm

    January 15, Martin Luther King Jr. Day: School Closed
    January 16-19, Mid-term exams, link to exam schedule