Friday, April 15, 2016

The Third Quarter 

I wrote earlier this year about the rhythm that a school follows as we work through the days, weeks, months, and quarters. Typically, we center around the progress reports, report cards, assessments, vacations, whole school assemblies, and other ongoing activities. This year, our learning community came together in another way. We were called upon to support each other, our students and families in the loss of two children and one of our colleagues. Our community has been supportive, sensitive, understanding and professional as we have supported each other through these losses. 


During times of loss we become more aware of what sustains us. Connections to each other, routine, relationships, and human kindness are what helps us get through and move forward with compassion and strength.  Amidst the loss, we have much to celebrate as we think about the third quarter at BCEMS.


Our school was featured as a "Cool School" on ABC 22 and we were glad to share with the public some of the many things that make our learning community great. Here is a link to the videos from that day. 

http://www.mychamplainvalley.com/news/cool-school-barre-city-elementary-middle-school

We are very proud of Miranda Walbridge who was notified in February that she is one of two Vermont students who has earned a $1,000 award, an engraved silver medallion and a trip to Washington, D.C., courtesy of the Prudential Community Spirit Awards. The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States' largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. The program was created in 1995 by Prudential in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) to honor middle level and high school students for outstanding service to others at the local, state, and national level. Congratulations Miranda! We celebrated this at our whole school assembly earlier in the quarter.

Here is a collection of images that capture the moments that we celebrate each day at BC. 

https://animoto.com/play/0P2j0pi01I1fWiJVRsPMrQMS. 

Enjoy!