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GISU News • Thursday, November 10th
ACT 46 Unification Update:

Residents of Grand Isle, North Hero, and Isle La Motte have approved a merger to create a new union school district known as the Champlain Islands Unified Union School District. The new district, serving grades PK-6 and offering school choice for grades 7-12, will begin operation on July 1, 2019.

Results in Grand Isle were 575-301 in favor, 394-170 in North Hero, and 243-60 in Isle La Motte. South Hero voters declined to join the union by a 737-380 margin. Alburgh did not vote on Tuesday, but has until November 30, 2017 to vote on joining the union district.

The following people will serve on the new Union School District Board:

Andrew Julow (North Hero), Gary Marckres (Grand Isle), Nathan Robinson (Grand Isle), Mike Talbot (Grand Isle) and Jane Zera (Isle La Motte). This Board will begin work on policies, procedures and the FY’20 budget, with an implementation date of July 1, 2019. School choice will begin for grades 7-8 in Fall 2019. The current school boards in each town will continue governance for FY’17 and FY’18.

The Act 46 Study Committee is deeply grateful for the thoughtful engagement of our communities throughout this process, culminating in great voter turnout on Tuesday.

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Joint Study Committee • Wednesday, February 25th
During the months of January and February Board Members and Community Members for the towns of Grand Isle, Isle la Motte, and North Hero conducted a study regarding possibilities for collaboration with each other.

Dr. Michael Deweese, representing the Vermont School Boards Association served as facilitator and author of the study.

The study is available below labeled "Joint Services Study Committee"
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Click Here to view the report
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Joint Services Study

Schools in the News • Tuesday, January 27th
We are very pleased to have one of our schools, Folsom School be recognized by WCAX TV’s “Thirty Schools in Thirty Days.” Grand Isle Supervisory Union is one of four districts in the state of Vermont participating in “Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation” or SWIFT. Each of the five school districts is working on school improvement with support from the Vermont Agency of Education and the University of Kansas. You may view this news story by clicking:
Click Here

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Encouraging Good Behavior • Monday, November 24th
Schools throughout GISU are encouraging good behavior through the use of PBIS or the Positive Behavior Intervention System. Teachers are making a habit of "catching" kids being kind, honest and responsible.
The following article profiles another Vermont school doing so:
Click Here

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Educational Challenges • Monday, November 10th
Vermont's Educational Climate is challenged by many factors as the state changes. Educational Secretary Holcomb presented the following perspective with groups of school board members across the state. Districts that tuition students to other schools are a focal point in this presentation.
Posted by on 2014-11-10
State of Education in Vermont

Outstanding Educators • Wednesday, October 22nd

2014 Outstanding Teachers   Annie Brabazon and Steve Vogl
Grand Isle Supervisory Union has many outstanding educators. The University of Vermont bestowed honors upon two of our own at the 2014 Outstanding Teacher Day at Ira Allen Chapel.

Students, colleagues and community members appreciate the quality, passion, and love of learning brought to our Supervisory Union by:

Annie Brabazon, Library-Media Specialist at Grand Isle School and Steve Vogl, Speech and Language Pathologist at Alburgh Community Education Center.
Posted by on 2014-10-22

Grand Isle students on VPR • Monday, October 6th

Event: Oct 6, 2014

Tune in to Vermont Public Radio Tuesday at Noon or 7 pm to listen in on a book discussion featuring 5th grade students discussing Better Nate Than Ever, a book on this years Dorothy Canfield Fisher 2014-15 list.

Amy Kolb Noyes from VPR visited Grand Isle School on September 23rd to record the discussion.

It airs during the last fifteen minutes of Vermont Edition. If you miss it, no worries, a podcast will be available.
Posted by on 2014-10-06
VPR Article and Podcast

Testy Testing • Tuesday, September 9th
State Board Releases Statement on Use and Misuse
of Standardized Tests - Calls for Changes to Federal No Child Left Behind Act

Click Here

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Secretary of Education • Thursday, September 4th

North Hero School has the pleasure of hosting Agency of Education Secretary Rebecca Holcomb as a guest in the Champlain Islands today!
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Welcome Back! • Tuesday, August 26th
School starts for all K-8 students on Wednesday, 8/27/14
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Summer is Here! • Tuesday, June 24th
Summer Homework

Read Books
Play Outdoors
Read More Books

Repeat Often!
Posted by on 2014-06-24

Graduation Week! • Monday, June 16th
Busy Week for Graduates!
6/16 Isle la Motte and North Hero
6/17 South Hero's Folsom School
6/18 Alburgh Community Education Center
6/19 Grand Isle School
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Congratulations • Tuesday, May 27th
2014 Recipient of the Gail Lynk Special Education Administrator of the Year Award, Beth Hemingway
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Folsom School K-4 Play • Sunday, March 23rd
Look here to see excerpts from the fantastic Folsom School K-4 Performance of "Down by the Bayou" Click Here
Posted by on 2014-03-23

Guidance in the News • Monday, March 17th
Guidance Counselor, Mary Ann Fisher's work on Abuse Prevention was the feature on WCAX News recently. Ms. Fisher, serves students in South Hero's Folsom School, North Hero and Isle la Motte Schools. View the clip here:
Click Here
Posted by on 2014-03-17

Snow Day • Thursday, March 13th
All Schools will be closed on Thursday, March 13, 2014 due to the winter storm and significant snowfall.
Posted by on 2014-03-12

Snow Day • Wednesday, March 12th
All schools will be closed for the day on Wednesday, 3/12/14 due to concern for the safety of transporting students due to the impending snow storm.
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Thank You! • Wednesday, March 5th
Thank you to all of the voters who came out to support the schools on Town Meeting Day.

Results are:
Grand Isle Supervisory Union

Yes No
Alburgh 163 229 defeated
North Hero 139 85 approved
South Hero
Budget 361 172 approved
Bond 385 149 approved
Isle la Motte 94 69 approved
Grand Isle 357 388 defeated

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Town Meetings • Monday, February 17th
Each of the school boards in the five towns within Grand Isle Supervisory Union has worked hard to develop a budget to present to voters within your town. Please check the webpage of your local school or with your town clerk to determine when informational meetings are being held prior to voting. Thank you for your support of your local school!
Posted by on 2014-02-17

Vermont Education Quality • Wednesday, November 13th
Vermonters rightfully expect our schools to provide our students with a quality education. A new analysis of how all U.S. states stack up against countries around the world shows that 8th grade students in 35 states outperformed the international average in math and those in 46 did so in science.

The federal report , released today, showcases the academic prowess of high-achieving states, such as Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Vermont, which outperformed all but five of 47 countries, provinces, and jurisdictions abroad in mathematics. The top performers in that subject were South Korea, Singapore, and Chinese Taipei (Taiwan).

The study may be viewed here:

Click Here

If Vermont were considered a country, our eighth graders would be within the top seven math and science students throughout the world!

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Great Teachers! • Thursday, October 17th
Congratulations to Colleen Cobb and David McDermott of Isle la Motte and South Hero's Folsom Schools. Both were recognized as Outstanding Educators in a statewide ceremony hosted by the University of Vermont on 10/16/13.
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Calendar 2.0 • Tuesday, September 3rd
Regional Forums are scheduled to provide opportunities for community members to learn more about and discuss Calendar 2.0.

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Welcome Back! • Monday, August 26th
School starts for all students on Wednesday 8/28/13!

Faculty and Staff will be in In-Service Activities on Monday, 8/26 at Grand Isle School and Tuesday, 8/27 at each local school.
Posted by on 2013-08-21

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