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- Celebrating Earth Day with Enrichment activities
- Exploring flight
- Creating from recycled materials
- Biking, alternative transportation
- Up-cycling old tee-shirts
- Evans Woods trail maintenance
- Roasting local foods with handmade fire
- Puppets from found material
- Creating a fairy garden
- Making recycled bracelets
- Birdfeeders from recycled material
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Please come visit your child’s classroom and say goodbye to our sixth graders.
4:30 events start at the West School.
5:00 events start at the Center School.
6:00 the sixth grade Moving Up Ceremony starts at the Center School
If you have any other questions please do not hesitate to call us at 722-3241
Hope to see you there!
Last week the Westminster School Board of Directors hosted a forum – Community Voices: Our Children, Our Schools to gather ideas from community members regarding our schools. These ideas will help in developing a strategic plan for the Westminster Schools that will serve us as we move into the future. There is a second forum on Thursday, June 4 from 6:30 to 7:30 at the Center School.
We realize not everyone is able to attend, and would invite you to take the survey using the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8SLHZNT
Thank you for your time and ideas.
Westminster Community Voices – Our Children, Our Schools
May 26, 2015
David Ramos – How did your school experience influence…
1. Negative reinforcement and it influence.
a. Relationships, positive and caring
b. Non-relevant as a parent today
c. Importance of students as “teachers”
d. Teachers who care and communicate, intentional
e. Program that works with community
f. Lack of challenge, left on my own, every student should have an IEP (something similar)
g. Learned most in life from elementary school. Most important part of schooling
h. Learned the ability to learn. “Tenor & atmosphere” warm, open, liberal, broad-minded.
2. David Major – other countries and how they educate
a. DM: Gave examples of U.S. dropping to 49th in grad. Finland’s practices, S. Korea technology, home schooling, etc.
b. Opportunities in employment: Energy management at op expand programming?
c. Creative time is lacking in schools
d. What has changed? Concern that teachers are leaving. External realities i.e. Data/Assessment. Difference between testing and assessment. No public voice on these issues.
e. Maslov’s Hierarchy of Needs: Potential not being nurtured?
f. Parental investment in children’s education: “crucial”
g. Denmark: is child centered, teachers specialize and move from class to class. Many supports. People value education work programs – kids working in the community.
h. Outdoor education harbors creativity
i. Community involvement very important: curriculum and testing “necessary evil”
j. Multi age interaction not segregation
k. Sense of home, place, community-outdoor education let’s not be intimidated by external factors
l. Eastern Europe system based on “teaching to a test” failure to evolve critical thinking skills. No parental involvement
m. Precipitating factors/social inequality should be part of the discussion
3. Elise Manning: What programs do people like?
EM: Made the comment that the arts are important to her. Gave examples of engineering programs teaching the importance of match in the real world.
a. Bike program is incredible – writing every day is an example of a high standard that everyone can meet.
b. Unclear parameters i.e. testing mandates
c. Harry Frank: Responded, next week’s session will address this question
d. Chris Kibbe: pointed to material addressing that question
e. Do people know what the school offers? A lot of great programs being asked for are already offered.
f. West west school offers safe/friendly environment. Sense of safety is necessary for learning. Teaches may feel assaulted by external factors which can negatively affect climate.
g. Appreciation for community and respect for others most important aspect of early education
h. Access to teachers/administrators have been very important
i. Morning meetings? Parents “hanging out”
j. Kids who speak English as a 2nd language start from behind. English programs and tutoring has been very useful for these kids.
k. Rick Gordon shared list of school programs with the public. Asked looking at __’s in the world
4. Where do we want to be in the next 10 years?
a. Focus on occupational training less important than critical thinking
b. Career development plan. Connecting learning to real world. Post secondary education=preparation
c. Focus on critical thinking skills important to train kids to distinguish between good and bad information.
d. Compassion, non-isolation, caring competent children become caring compassionate adults
e. Too many demands on children and teachers creates a difficult environment fo teaching critical thinking and 20th century skills
f. Importance of technology possibly overstated. Technology is not necessarily used properly as a teaching tool. “Becoming better humans is more important”
g. To see that our schools still exist. Learning taking place in a small environment. Consolidation? Mergers?
h. Time away from technology in order to promote interpersonal skills
i. Inclusion of foreign language classes.
j. Performance gap=diction problems.
5. Additional comments: Participation of public, utilization of technology. Chris Kibbe
The Westminster Town School District Board of Directors will host a community conversation to bring us together and identify what we value and want for our children. The first of two forums will be on Tuesday May 26th from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Westminster Center School. There will be snacks and child care available.
If you are not able to attend the meeting in person, please join us using the Front Porch Forum which you may access through the following link: http://frontporchforum.com
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