“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world;
indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead
Dear Lamoille North Supervisory Union Staff, Parents and Community:
Welcome to the start of the 2016 – 2017 school year in the Lamoille North Supervisory Union! I hope you have had time to do the things you enjoy this summer and feel rejuvenated and ready for what I am sure will be an exceptional year! I am honored to serve as your superintendent and to support all students and families in our school community. I continue to reflect on the importance of building connections with our students and with the community to create equity, access and opportunities for all. These are the building blocks of success and it is in this spirit that I hope that you become involved in our schools and community. I believe that we can accomplish great things together.
We are experiencing a time of unparalleled change in education. This year begins our journey towards consolidation under Act 46. Concurrently, we are moving away from the No Child Left Behind Act and towards the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This Act is the first to narrow the United States federal government's role in elementary and secondary education since the 1980s. The ESSA retains testing requirements of the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act but encourages multiple means for evaluating student success. Additionally, we are working diligently to build acumen in proficiency based learning and meaningful assessment of that learning. Beginning with the class of 2020, schools are now required to create, in partnership with students and their families, individualized paths to graduation which will allow each student to develop the necessary content knowledge and skill sets by exploring individual interests. Graduation requirements will become rooted in demonstrations of student proficiency, as opposed to time spent in classrooms. Individualized paths to proficiency will be built through personal learning plans and include community-based learning, internships, college courses, online coursework, independent studies, Early College, and career and technical education. And finally, we responsibly seek to build the best possible support systems in our schools so that all students get what they need to succeed.
By working together, we can ensure that every child receives an exemplary education. It is our responsibility to encourage both academic and social-emotional wellbeing so that our students are college and/or career ready and are successful, responsible, and contributing members of society. As always, I stand fiercely proud to support our schools and the greater community. I welcome you to Central Office, and encourage you to come with ideas about how to make our schools the best they can be.
Catherine Gallagher, M.Ed.
Superintendent of Schools