Friday, September 15, 2017

NEWS FROM WES - September 18, 2017


  • Monday, September 18 - PTO Meeting 7 PM
  • Tuesday, September 26 - Parent luncheon with Superintendent Banios and Ms. Mills 11:00 AM (Please RSVP here by Friday, 9/22) 
  • Thursday, September 28  - Picture Day
  • Wednesday, October 4 - Sculpture Fest school-wide field trip
  • Thursday, October 5 - Sculpture Fest rain date 

What Are Paw Prints? 

Paw Prints are part of our Positive Behavior Intervention System (PBIS). Students are recognized with a paw print when they meet a school expectation by being safe, respectful, or ready to learn. There are class and school-wide goals for earning paw prints towards whole group celebrations. 
More important than the paper ticket are the words adults use to acknowledge students' positive behavior. A teacher might give a student a paw print and say, "I noticed that you are lined up quietly and ready to go and learn in the STEM lab." This approach follows the research of psychologists Marcial Losada and Daniel Kahneman. Both found that in order to create positive changes in human behavior, people need a ratio of 5 positive pieces of feedback for everyone 1 negative interaction. 

A first grade student earned a paw print for respectfully offering to help Mr. T collect hotspots in PE.

Lunch with Superintendent Banios

Mary Beth Banios began work as our new superintendent in July. Mary Beth brings with her to WCSU great experience in Massachusetts public schools as a teacher, instructional coach, assistant principal, principal, and assistant superintendent. Parents are invited to lunch in the freshly repainted WES café on Tuesday, September 26th with Ms. Banios and Ms. Mills. We are eager to hear from WES parents your hopes and questions leading into the new school year. Please click the link to RSVP for lunch by Friday, September 22. Lunch on 9/26 will feature local Cloudland Farm beef tacos prepared by our café team. 

Scenes From Around School

Second graders practice tapping out words.

Fourth graders create maps of Vermont geographic regions. 

News from WES 6-20-19

Dear WES Families,  Happy Summer! I hope this email finds you well. Please see updates below about the playground, report cards, and mor...