Vernon Elementary School is a public Kindergarten to Sixth grade school in Vernon, Vermont.
Staffed by one of the most educated and experienced staffs in Southern Vermont, Vernon prides itself in the education afforded to our students. With small classes and dedicated teachers, Vernon works to educate each student to their own needs.
Our yearly Fall Open House will be held on September 16th, from 5:30-7:00. We will start with an all-school barbecue, followed by an opportunity to visit your child's classroom. We hope to see all of you there!!!
From the Vermont Dept of Health website: "To better understand the percentage of students in a school immunized for each required vaccine, Act 157 requires each school to make “aggregate immunization rates of the student body for each required vaccine” publicly available. Immunization rates for the entire school are reported here in alphabetical order. This spreadsheet is organized by school name, but may be ordered differently (eg. by supervisory union, highest to lowest rate, etc.) by clicking on the sort button at the top of each column."
Next PTC meeting: Monday, June 1, 6 PM, Vernon School Library: Well behaved children are welcome to play quietly in the library with us.
Want to join the PTC? It's EASY! Just show up to a meeting, volunteer at one of our events, or bake for an event -- and you are a member! Whether you can donate a lot of time or only a little, we need you. And everyone's contribution is important! It's a great way to have a say in how your child's school operates. We're always looking for new ideas to make the school even better.
Have a topic you would like the PTC to discuss? Let us know. Everyone is welcome at the monthly meetings, or sign up for the meeting minutes email.
September 2, 2014
Dear Parents and Families,
The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), which was passed by the federal government in 2001, requires that all schools’ efficacy be measured annually based on their performance on standardized tests (New England Common Assessment Program – NECAP) in English and Math. The state of Vermont has set the bar for what adequate student performance on these tests should be, and schools that don’t meet the bar are identified under NCLB as being in need of “improvement” or “restructuring.”
As part of complying with NCLB, every three years, expectations for school performance on standardized tests have been raised. At this point, expectations for school achievement have reached the maximum level. In order for a school to be considered effective by the federal government, every student tested in the school must test as “proficient” on both standardized English and Math tests. This is an incredibly high bar to meet annually. This year, Vernon Elementary did not meet this goal; nor did any other school in Vermont. Our Vermont Secretary of Education, Rebecca Holcombe, in a memorandum dated August 6, 2014 stated, The Vermont Agency of Education does not agree with this federal policy, nor do we agree that all of our schools are low performing. Still, it is our obligation to report our school results.
2014 Adequate Yearly Progress Report (Based on 2013 Results)
Did not make AYP. Year 1 Corrective Action.
Reading – Did not make AYP for the first time.
Math – Year 1 Corrective Action
Academic Indicators – VES met the Academic Indicators
Participation – VES met all Participation requirements.
We know as educators that state testing provides one measure of what our students know and can do, but we do not rely on that measure alone to provide information to improve teaching and learning in our school. Our teachers utilize data and curriculum support from the Supervisory Union to maintain a close eye on student progress and achievement, ensuring that our students do not ‘slip through the cracks.’ This data indicates that we are holding steady as a school. Still, our goal is not to stay put, but rather to move forward. Toward that end, we will continue our progress monitoring efforts to refine and focus our work with students so that they can deepen their knowledge and understanding in all academic areas.
This year we also look forward to convening a Math task force. This team will work with the district Curriculum Coordinator to look at our student needs in math and develop systems of support to help fill in gaps when they are found as well as provide enrichment that is consistent with student interest and need. We will also be looking critically at our literacy routines to ensure consistent and effective instruction across our grade levels.
With that all of that said, we will keep our work focused on creating relevant, engaging, and authentic learning experiences for our students. We will continue to understand that, by building solid, trusting educational relationships, we encourage our students to stretch and grow, stepping outside of their comfort zones by taking scaffolded and supported risks inside and outside of the classroom. We will analyze student progress through multiple measures, not the least of which will be the quality of the educational relationships that we build.
With all of this work, it is our goal to maintain positive and sustaining relationships with our families. Please feel free to ask questions, share information, and get to know our classrooms. We welcome you and we value your involvement.
After much hemming and hawing, we have decided to move our newsletters to a new, easier to use website to make them readily available to you.
All Vernon School Newsletters can be found at Vernon News.