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Principal's Newsletter

January 2019

Community Forum | New Course Highlights | Flexible PathwaysWork-Based Learning


As we welcome in 2019, we are preparing for the 2019-2020 school year. In this issue of the Principal’s Newsletter, please find information that highlights of some of our new academic courses and programs. The 2019-2020 Program of Studies will be posted to our webpage in the next couple of weeks and students will start to meet with their counselors by mid-February to register for next year’s courses. Additional information can be found by contacting our school counselors: Ry Hoffman at, Laurie Berryman at, Sue Chickering at, Emily Graham at, and Peggy Portelance at

Community Forum

The next Community Forum will be held on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, in the Spaulding High School cafeteria from 5:30 PM-6:30 PM. The topic will be the safety and supervision of our students. All are welcome to attend.

New Course Highlights

Next year, we have some new anticipated course offerings. Course offerings are finalized after initial registration, based upon pre-registration, thus some of these courses may not run. Questions about these courses can be directed to Ry Hoffman, Head of Guidance, at

Intro to Robotics

This course provides an introduction to programming and robotics through a series of individual and team based design activities and labs. Students will develop key engineering and programming skills in the field of robotics. This includes learning about the design and iterative process, written and block programming, systems and controllers and how mathematics, science and statistics apply to engineering.


The Introduction 2 Design course provides an introduction to engineering through a series of team-based design projects based on the First Year Projects Course taught in the Integrative Teaching and Learning Laboratory (ITLL) at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Students will develop key engineering skills on topics including electrical, mechanical, and software design. The course integrates mathematics, programming.

Intro to Computer Programming

This course introduces students to object oriented programming with an emphasis on effective programming practices. Communication and flowcharting will be included as well as the study of a programming language. Astronomy: This is a science elective for those students who want to learn more about the cosmos. This course explores the size and scale of the
universe, electromagnetic radiation, the life cycle of stars, and the evidence supporting the Big Bang theory.


This course is designed to familiarize students with Earth's atmosphere and the weather events that take place in it, such as cyclones, hurricanes, and tornadoes. Students will study the effects of pressure fronts, wind systems, cloud formation, and global weather patterns.

Concurrent/AP Chemistry

This course is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken during the first year of college. For most students, the course enables them to undertake, as a freshman, second year work in the chemistry sequence at their institution or to register in courses in other fields where general chemistry is a prerequisite.

Freshman Humanities

This is a yearlong survey course in which students will explore major themes and essential questions about human civilizations over a broad period of time across the globe. Course sections will be taught collaboratively by an English and a social studies teacher, and students will generally rotate between two classrooms on an A/B schedule. As students explore achievements and conflicts in world history, they will analyze literature with a thematic connection to each period in the English classroom.

Challenging Truths-Coming of Age

This course reinforces and continues the development of reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Students will examine themes such as identity, coming of age, and morality. Students will develop context reading skills and comprehension of words and phrases by discovering meaning and applying knowledge to practical situations. Students will connect themes to argument essays.

Challenging Dynamics-Personal Growth

This course reinforces and continues the development of reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Through close reading, interactive discussion, and type II writes, students will examine real-life themes such as wellness, family dynamics, and learning challenges. Students will develop context reading skills and comprehension of words and phrases by discovering meaning and applying knowledge to practical situations. Students will connect themes to explanatory essays.

Concurrent English Composition

This course is designed to be the equivalent of a college's English Composition course, as it will be taught by an SHS English teacher through CCV. The goal of this offering is to make available for interested 12th graders next year the equivalent of an English Composition requirement at the college level, a requirement for most 2- and 4-year degrees.

Flexible Pathways

Flexible pathways encourage and support the creativity of school districts as they develop and expand high- quality educational experiences that are an integral part of secondary education in the evolving 21st-century classroom. Flexible pathways also promote opportunities for Vermont students to achieve postsecondary readiness through high-quality educational experiences that acknowledge individual goals, learning styles, and abilities; and increase the rates of secondary school completion and postsecondary continuation in Vermont.
Flexible Pathways provides for:

In addition to our other flexible pathways we currently offer, we will be piloting concurrent courses, which will be offered for limited courses available next year in this format. Concurrent courses are college courses taught on the High School campus by high school teachers during the regular school day wherein students can receive both high school and college credit at the same time. The benefits of concurrent courses are that students can use their Dual Enrollment vouchers (or for a small fee if they have already used both vouchers) to take on-site courses and receive college credit, while also receiving support and oversight by SHS teachers, counselors, and administration. The concurrent courses are college approved, taught by SHS teachers and are part of the regular SHS schedule. Source: Vermont Agency of Education

Work-Based Learning

We are currently in our second year of Work-Based Learning (WBL). The program allows for students to investigate career pathways in areas of expressed interest. This spring, we have students exploring pathways in Human Services, Allied Health, Engineering, Business, Marketing, Sports Management, Archiving, Accounting, Physical Therapy, Manufacturing, Sculpting & Design, Vet Tech, Social Work and Athletic Training (see below). Our community partners are wonderful and valuable resources in helping our students investigate these pathways. Their support and collaboration allow for students to gain first-hand experience in career pathways as well as help them refine areas of interest and further educational pursuit. We currently have 85 community partners and are continuing to build affiliations with community partners to provide as many learning experiences as students have expressed interest in. WBL is an opportunity generally for juniors and seniors, vary in length of time for placement and may have requirements specific to the placement, such as immunization for medical placements. For more information about WBL, please contact Michelle LaFrancis, WBL Coordinator, at

Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources

Central VT Humane Society & Barre Animal Hospital

Arts, AV Technology, Communications & Information Systems

Granite Museum, Greater Eastern Radio: Frank FM

Business, Human Resources, Management, & Finance

Capstone Community Action, Rock of Ages, Granite Industries of Vermont, Central VT Council on the Aging, Norwich University, Stone & Browning Property Management, VT Bicycle Shop, Tender Loving Homecare

Manufacturing & Engineering (WBL STEM Rotation)

Buttura & Gherardi, Central Vermont Medical Center: University of Vermont Health Network, City of Barre: Civil Engineering, Dessureau Machines, GW Plastics, Filabot, Granite Industries of Vermont, VT Creamery, Rock of Ages, Cochran's Inc.

Allied Health

Barre Internal Medicine, Granite Primary Care, Berlin Pediatrics, Occupational Medicine, Woodridge Nursing Home, Choice Physical Therapy, ReHab Gym, Occupational Therapy at Barre Town Elementary & Middle School, Main Street Dentistry

Human Services/Education

Aldrich Library, Project Independence, Capstone: Head Start, Barre Town Elementary & Middle School, Barre City Elementary & Middle, Montessori School, YMCA Program at Barre Town Elementary