March 18, 2020
Dear Falcon Families,
I hope this letter finds you all safe, healthy and able to address the many challenges that the COVID-19 ‘Corona-Virus’ emergency has presented to us. It is times like these that remind me of the value of living and working in such a close-knit and supportive community. The faculty and staff have begun the work of planning for the closure, and I am amazed, but not surprised, by the level of commitment, creativity, dedication, and willingness to do whatever it takes to support our students during this time.
The primary purpose of this letter is to ensure that we have at least one way to communicate with you during the school closure. By the time you receive this letter, there will have been a parent email, a student email, and a SchoolMessenger alert sent as well. If you did not receive any of the emails or phone messages, please call Tiffany Gray at 334-7921 ext. 3024 to let us know the best way to contact you. It will be absolutely essential that we are able to communicate with each and every one of our families during the closure, regardless of whether it is electronically or via mail delivery.
There will be many more communications in the upcoming weeks with information about access to technology, food service, provision of student services, suggested routines, assigning work, grading and assessment, and many more. Again, please let us know if you have not received any emails or SchoolMessenger alerts to your phones so we can either update your contact information or establish an alternate way of communicating during this time.
Thank you all for your continued support. The teachers and administration have been working extremely hard to prepare for this closure, and I am sure there will be many more challenges along the way. We will continue to work collaboratively to solve the problems as they arise, and will do our best to ensure that your children have access to the support they need to persevere through this time. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.
March 14, 2020
Letter from Secretary French on the Orderly Closure of Vermont Schools:
VERMONT AGENCY OF EDUCATION
Dear Superintendents and Independent School Heads:
Please refer to the attached directive and press release from Governor Scott regarding the orderly dismissal of schools, and cancellation of all school related activities, no later than Wednesday, March 18, 2020.
Governor Scott’s directive tasks local districts with three key components to support the State response:
- Food and special needs services for children;
- Childcare options for healthcare workers and others essential to the response; and
- Systems for ensuring maintenance of education during the initial dismissal; and a continuing education plan if schools are dismissed for an extended period.
The Agency of Education (AOE) will release additional guidance to help you develop your continuity of education plans next week. This will include guidance on how to provide grab-and-go or distributed (non-congregate) school meals to students.
Thank you very much for your attention to this matter. I am grateful for the work you and your staff are doing during this difficult time.
Daniel M. French, Ed.D.
Secretary of Education
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UPDATE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
NCUHS Proficiency Conversion Scale
Below, please find the scale that converts proficiency scores to letter grades and GPA. Please review this and contact us if you have any questions. Please keep in mind the following
- This scale is primarily intended to provide families, colleges, and employers with easy to understand and access information regarding students’ profiles.
- It is important to remember that the Proficiency Score is the one that is most indicative of what students have learned in a class.
- The scale emphasizes the importance of attaining Proficiency in order to be awarded credit.
- It is likely that the lowest proficiency levels would be removed over time in order to emphasize the importance of being proficient in order to graduate.
*Does not include weighting for AP courses, which is a 1.0 addition.