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Partnership for Change

December 19, 2014
With funding from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, the Partnership for Change has supported the Winooski and Burlington School Districts as they move toward a collective vision of student-centered, proficiency based education. Our Fellowship and Partner Teacher Programs have laid the foundation for a new kind of instructional practice, one that is grounded in collaboration among teachers and increased student voice and agency. Other innovative efforts we have supported include the iLab, the Year End Studies Program, Neighborhood Learning Conversations, and the Family Friendly Report Card, among others.


Recently, we submitted the requested reapplication for the Nellie Mae Education Foundation for another three-year cycle of funding. The Foundation has encumbered the funds, but will defer its decision until later this spring, when it can better determine if the new leadership in Burlington – namely, the Superintendent and School Board – will continue to embrace the vision and its full implementation.


The Winooski and Burlington Schools have diligently worked with all stakeholders in the community to build understanding and support for student-centered, proficiency-based learning. We will make every effort to respond fully to the Foundation’s concerns in the hopes that we can continue the important journey we have embarked up on together. We thank our faculty, students, parents, and the community at large for your commitment to this work.


Please direct any further questions to:
 Winooski Superintendent Sean McMannon –
smcmannon@wsdschools.org or
Burlington Interim Superintendent Howard Smith –

North Avenue News - December Superintendent's Column
December 18, 2014

*Greetings from Interim Superintendent Howard Smith!
Apparently I did not get the memo about heading south for the winter, so I went north instead. I have to confess that I wake up some mornings feeling a little bit like a very bewildered and confused migratory bird. But although the temperature is cold, the reception from the community, School Board, and School District Staff has been very warm. For my part, I am already enamored when it comes to the School District. In meeting after meeting, I have encountered bright, talented, and dedicated Board and Staff Members who are enthusiastically engaged in doing some really great work with our students. I am looking forward to learning more about all of the good things that are going on so I can focus on how to support them. Clearly, there are also some challenging issues to deal with, primarily revolving around ensuring financial stability and equitable handling of situations related to our increasingly diverse student population. I am already working with our Board Committee structure to refine our goals for the remainder of the year so that they are aligned with priority concerns in these areas. 

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December 17, 2014

It is with great sadness that the Burlington School District has learned about the untimely passing of Mr. Jeff Lu. Jeff died of a heart attack this past Saturday while visiting his beloved mother in Vietnam. Jeff worked for several years at Hunt Middle School as a Custodian during the evening shift. He was also a devoted father of two sons, Minh John Lu and Hoang-Jesse, both of whom attended school in Burlington and are graduates of Burlington High School. A Buddhist funeral service is planned to take place in Vietnam. Jeff will be missed.

In lieu of sympathy cards and flowers, a monetary donation is being accepted to help defray the cost of Minh Jon and Juan Jesse’s flight to Vietnam to attend their father’s funeral. Donations can be sent to Hunt Middle School, in care of Rich Amato, Assistant Principal.  
“May everyone be happy,
May everyone be free from misery,
May no one ever be separated from their happiness,
May everyone have equanimity, free from hatred and attachment.”

IMPORTANT: 3SquaresVT Replacement Benefits Due to Power Outage
December 16, 2014
With the recent winter storm leaving many Vermonters without power for various amounts of time, it is important to remember that 3SquaresVT households may be eligible for replacement benefits if food they bought with their benefits spoils due to loss of electricity for four hours or more.  
If you hear from Vermonters in this situation, please let them know they must request replacement benefits within 10 days of the loss, either orally (by calling 1-800-479-6151 or visiting the local district office) or in writing to the local district office.
More information about replacement benefits can be found here: 


Please contact asmith-dieng@hungerfreevt.org with additional questions.
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Celebrating Young Adolescents at Edmunds Middle School
December 12, 2014
EMS Principal Bonnie Johnson-Aten and EMS 8th Grader Alex Contreras participated in an interview earlier this fall about navigating the middle school years. 

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BHS Grad Leads Norwich Freshmen Rugby
December 2, 2014

Recent graduate Ilona Maher is shining on the rugby field! 

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