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Over Hard or Easy?

Many years ago I was employed by a prestigious institute, which partnered with an esteemed university, to visit elementary schools across Vermont (all names withheld) and closely observe classrooms in action. There was a scoring form used, the rubrics were primarily oriented towards engagement, involvement, inspiration, and critical thinking.

One classroom I visited was vaunted in advance as a high scoring classroom on standardized tests, the teacher a veteran known for their effectiveness. This was an early ed room, first or second grade. The teacher was brusque, professional, their M.O. seemed to be some kind of tough love. My work began as usual with the start of the day-- sessions lasted a whole day-- our role was akin to the Star Trek prime directive, observing only, being careful to not interfere.

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Program Execution: Yes, Black Girls Can Code

Even though I’m a writer, I imagine I’d have difficulty mastering source code. Code is written using text described as “human-readable computer language.” I’d like to think I write human-readable language, it’s the computer technical writing I fall down on.

Morse code, an electrical coding system, has been around for over 150 years. You might think of it in laymen’s terms as an early simplified form of source code.Then and now, coding is a way to convert plain language to communicate information or data through a medium using text and symbols and re-convert them (called encoding) back to a medium any recipient can understand.

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Brattleboro Union High School Board Meeting Agenda

BRATTLEBORO UNION HIGH SCHOOL BOARD
53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
www.wssu.k12.vt.us

NOTICE OF MEETING

The BUHS #6 Board of Directors will meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 2, 2015 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.

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Brown Bag Lunch at the River Garden: Technology That You Can Borrow From Brooks Library

Bring your lunch and learn about tech toys you can borrow from Brooks Library! As part of the Strolling of the Heifers Brown Bag Lunch Series, Reference Librarian Jeanne Walsh and Library Director Jerry Carbone will talk about the technology that you can borrow from Brooks Memorial Library.

The library has pre-loaded Kindles, Nooks, and iPads and more. The library also has a LCD projector, Canon Digital camera, and portable screen, which were received as part of a Vermont Economic Development Project from the Vermont Department of Libraries. The policy and procedures needed to borrow these items will be reviewed at that time. 

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Seminar Series About Money

What: Arriving Together At the Power of Mutual Credit - offered by John Root jr of Just Abundance, Common Good Finance and rCredits.

Where: 15 Grove St, Brattleboro, VT 05301 (Behind the Stone Church)

When: Wednesday night, Jan 18, 6:30-9pm and subsequent Wednesday eves.

The first two sessions are historical and conceptual: First, the history of money and control of the banksters, with the emphasis on American history of money.  “Why is the almighty dollar the basis for the American Empire?”

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SeVEDS Request for Proposals for Windham Higher Education Cooperative Website Project

Request for Proposals for Project Design and Intern Mentoring

The Windham Higher Education Cooperative (WHEC), which includes Community College of Vermont (Brattleboro), Landmark College, Marlboro College, SIT Graduate Institute, Vermont Technical College, and Union Institute and University, is seeking proposals for their Consortium’s Website Design.

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BUHS and Brattleboro School Budgets and Issues

Glenn wrote:

"Perhaps someone could start a new thread to talk about school issues? While they all end up boiling down a town tax bill, they're not really in the same category as town and selectboard issues. BUHS, the Brattleboro school district, and the municipality are all a little different"

Good idea, and wish granted. Carry on...

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Fabulous Custom Electric Guitar - Raffle for Compass School International Travel Program

As a fundraiser for our international travel program, the Compass School is running an Online Raffle of a Custom Electric Guitar

For a $10 ticket, you could win this custom made guitar built by father and son guitar makers Rory Struthers (compass junior) and his dad Dick Struthers.

Secure online ticket purchasing, and more information on this link.

Compass student, Rory Struthers, and his guitar building father, Richard have collaborated to build a unique electric guitar entirely out of construction scrap.   This first-of-its-kind, prototype guitar is worth well over $1,000! 

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BUHS Public Information Meeting Postponed To February 5

BRATTLEBORO UNION HIGH SCHOOL BOARD
53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
www.wssu.k12.vt.us

NOTICE OF MEETING

The BUHS #6 Board of Directors will hold a Public Information Meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 5, 2015 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room. The regular board meeting will immediately follow. (rescheduled from 2/2)

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Brattleboro Union High School Board Meeting Agenda - Annual Informational Meeting On Budget

In anticipation of the BUHS District #6 Annual meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 10 in the high school gymnasium, the BUHS District #6 Annual Reports are available at all WSESU schools, Superintendent's Office, Brooks Memorial Library, District Town Offices (Brattleboro, Dummerston, Guilford, Putney, Vernon), and www.wssu.k12.vt.us. A public Forum to discuss the proposed FY '16 budget will be held at 6:30 p.m on Monday, 2/2/15 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.

BRATTLEBORO UNION HIGH SCHOOL BOARD
53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
www.wssu.k12.vt.us

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Brattleboro Union High School Board Meeting Agenda

BRATTLEBORO UNION HIGH SCHOOL BOARD
53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
www.wssu.k12.vt.us

NOTICE OF MEETING

The BUHS #6 Board of Directors will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 26, 2015 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.

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Great Board Training Opportunities in Brattleboro

T​his spring, ​Marlboro ​College ​will offer its first Board Leadership Institute​. ​The Board Leadership Institute is a series of skill-building workshops in March and April that, taken together, introduce board members to the most important knowledge and skills for successful board service. Board Teams and Individual Trustees should register here to reserve their place in the Board Leadership Institute.

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Brattleboro Union High School Board Meeting Agenda - Public Information Meeting on the Proposed FY16 Budget

BRATTLEBORO UNION HIGH SCHOOL BOARD
53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
www.wssu.k12.vt.us

NOTICE OF COMMITTEE MEETINGS

The BUHS #6 Finance Committee will meet at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 8 in the WSESU James E. Kane Conference Room, 53 Green Street.

NOTICE OF MEETING

The BUHS #6 Board of Directors will hold a Public Information Meeting on the Proposed FY ’16 Budget at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, January 5, 2015 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room. The regular board meeting will follow at approximately 7:00 p.m.

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Teaching with Technology Courses Start Jan 9 at Marlboro College's Graduate School

Here's our Marlboro courses that start Jan. 9th!

  • Making in Education. Intro and advanced. Fully online with in-person making. Instructor: Bryant Patten. UVM rate. More Info.

  • Online Collaborative Tools. Teaching the Google Generation.  Fully online. Instructor: Lucie deLaBruere. UVM rate. More Info.

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Brattleboro Union High School Board Meeting Agenda

BRATTLEBORO UNION HIGH SCHOOL BOARD
53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
www.wssu.k12.vt.us

NOTICE OF COMMITTEE MEETINGS

The BUHS #6 Planning and Policy Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, December 15 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room

NOTICE OF MEETING

The BUHS #6 Board of Directors will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, December 15 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.

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Vermont Wins $33 Million for Pre-K, Delegation and Governor Announce

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 – Vermont was awarded $7.3 million in what is expected to be a $33.4 million, four-year federal grant for pre-kindergarten programs at public schools and Head Start agencies throughout the state.

Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) announced the grant today.

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Heat Pump Workshop Offered January 12

Are you paying too much to heat your home, business, or rental property, or looking to cut your use of fossil fuels? A new generation of super-efficient electric heat pumps, suitable for northern climates, may be the answer for you. These devices provide heat and domestic hot water using 25-50% less energy than conventional systems. They are environmentally-friendly as well – 87% free of carbon emissions in Green Mountain Power territory. Heat pumps can also be combined with solar electric panels to provide 100% renewable energy.

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Vermont Works For Women: Introduction to the Trades Workshop at Brooks Library Dec 10

Save the date! Come learn about wages needed for economic security in Windham County, occupational segregation, the gender wage gap and its effects over a lifetime of earnings and hear a personal story from a local woman in manufacturing. 

Andi Waisman, Brattleboro Project Director for Vermont Works For Women (VWW) will be offering an “Intro to the Trades workshop” to inform attendees about non-traditional careers that earn a livable wage including an upcoming Brattleboro-based training in skilled manufacturing. The presentation will begin at 5 PM on Wednesday, December 10, in the library's meeting room. 

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Brattleboro Union High School Board Meeting Agenda

BRATTLEBORO UNION HIGH SCHOOL BOARD
53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
www.wssu.k12.vt.us

NOTICE OF COMMITTEE MEETINGS

The BUHS #6 Finance Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, December 1 in WRCC Room 294. RE: Special Education Budget

The BUHS #6 Planning and Policy Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, December 1 in the WRCC 1st Floor Conference Room.

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Brattleboro Town School Board To Hold Community Forum On 'Testing' 11/19

The Brattleboro Town school board is holding a public forum this coming Wednesday, 11/19, on the role and the effects of various standardized testing that takes place in our schools.  This has been a point of lively discussion on iBrattleboro and it would be worth encouraging the school board to continue this process of public engagement by attending.

The forum takes place at Academy School on Wednesday, November 19, 6:00-7:30 pm.

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