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Communications from Mrs. Waterhouse

October 19, 2020

Message from the Principal | Student Clubs - SADD & Math Club Highlight | Community Connections Corner | Picture Retakes

Message from the Principal

Today is a progress check. Progress checks will be available for viewing in Infinite Campus (IC) after 8 AM. We will also send out academic alerts to students and their parents/guardians for those that have received a Below, Unsatisfactory or No Evidence for their progress check. Students that fall into these categories are at risk for not completing the course(s) satisfactorily, which means they will not have earned credit for the course(s). We understand that students and families are struggling to understand expectations and/or complete academic tasks during hybrid or remote learning, but we recommend looking at Google Classroom (parents/guardians may need to ask their students to show them their access). Students have weekly outlines posted by each teacher, as well as the lists of learning tasks for each course, in Google Classroom. We encourage parents/guardians to contact teachers and/or counselors with specific questions. We know that more than ever, students need our collaboration to be academically successful.

Tomorrow, October 20th, is parent/teacher conferences. All conferences will be held via Google Meet or by phone. Parents/guardians should have received a personalized letter last week to sign up for conferences using Pick-A-Time. Pick-A-Time will be shut down by 8 AM Tuesday. If assistance is needed, please contact Beth Bicknell at ebickshs@buusd.org.

While we continue to maintain safety for our students and school community, we are persistently looking at ways we can move forward. Last week, we announced that we were starting to schedule individual students for support services with case managers and counselors after their in-person instruction (after 11:25 AM). EST students were also going to be scheduled for support sessions. In addition to these supports, we are working on plans for teachers to work with individual and small groups of students that they prioritize for intervention, as well as a computer lab available for students that have wifi and chromebook issues. As noted before, the services will be limited to small groups and individuals and only be available by pre-arranged appointment to keep our students from being exposed to more groupings and to maintain our contact tracing.

As we continue to make plans for student supports and learning, we ask for students and parents/guardians to complete the feedback survey that will be sent directly to individuals via email. Our team will use the feedback for additional plans. We remain committed to doing our best to provide support and learning for all of our students, whether in-person, hybrid or fully remote, while doing so within the health guidelines as outlined by the Agency of Education (AoE) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC). We appreciate our students and families doing their part to stay healthy and to collaborate with us. Please be well!


Student Clubs - SADD & Math Club Highlight

This year continues to challenge us to do things in ways we have never done so before. Student clubs are one more aspect of our school community that we have had to consider how to do while maintaining the safety guidelines. Most clubs are continuing this year, although how and when they meet and the activities that they engage in, may look differently than they have in the past. We want to encourage our students to participate in any clubs that might be of interest to them. We know that more than ever student engagement and feeling connected will help them be more successful.

We will highlight a few clubs in the weekly newsletter, but encourage students and families to look at our website for a list of clubs. Questions can also be directed to Natalie Soffen at nsoffshs@buusd.org.

Spaulding High School's SADD Group (Students Against Destructive Decisions) is a group of students focused on identifying and educating our community on issues that we find prominent in our community. The SADD group at Spaulding has officially opened an Instagram page! Please consider following us @saddatshs. We want to be a page focused on hearing directly from students about what they need and how we can help educate. We want as many people participating as possible so that we can find some areas to focus our learning on. Questions about SADD can be sent to Dawn Poitras at dpoitbce@buusd.org.

Spaulding High School's Math Club is one of our largest clubs. We focus on having fun while doing math and making it accessible for all levels. Math League is a monthly competition solving math problems and we practice for the UVM Math Prize Contest held in March. We meet weekly on Thursday afternoons via Google Meet. If you are interested in joining or have questions, please contact Erin Carter at ecartshs@buusd.org.


Community Connections Corner

Due to COVID-19, we will not be holding our traditional monthly Community Forums. However, we have created an alternative for community members to provide us with feedback, ask questions and/or seek information. Our Community Connections Corner is found on our website. We do encourage community members to send any questions, comments and/or concerns to us. We will respond to inquiries and use this information to improve our overall system around communications.


Picture Retakes

Student photos are now available for pick up in the office during our regular hours 7:55 AM- 3:00 PM. If your student did not have their picture taken or if they wish to have it retaken, that can be done on November 2 & 3. A link with available times for sign up will be coming soon, questions can be directed to Beth Bicknell at ebickshs@buusd.org.