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July 9, 2014

(from the Vermont Agency of Education website)

Doug Davis is the Director of Food Service for the Burlington School Food Project. Doug co-chairs the Food Service Directors Association of Vermont, is past President of SNA-VT and was a ten year board member of the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger. Doug has been working in child nutrition programs for over 20 years and has been actively involved in the Farm 2 School movement for over 10 years. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, and resides on a farm in North Ferrisburg, Vermont with his wife and children.


In our schools we look at sensitivity training as vital to our success. All staff members are trained in cultural competence and made to understand that all students in our buildings are to be respected and treated equally.

In the food services, we work to make all students feel safe, welcome and comfortable in our kitchens and cafeterias. All schools have students with special dietary needs - they could be religious, food allergies, food intolerance, and or diets affected by disability, medication or illness. It is imperative that students want to participate in our programs and that parents feel comfortable allowing their children to do so. Food safety is also a vital part of the school day for children participating in any school meal programs. Child nutrition professionals are trained in all aspects of food safety and recognize how important it is that our children receive nutritious, delicious and healthy food, but also that all food safety rules are understood and followed.

BHS Food Truck Hits the Road

July 3, 2014

(excerpted from June 25, 2014 Seven Days article)

BSFP teamed up with Burlington Technical Center (BTC) to helm the project, made possible by a sustaining grant from Dealer.com, and BTC culinary instructor Jason Gingold has been training 10 BHS students to transform a simple truck and trailer into their mobile café.

After this weekend, the truck will return to Oakledge most Saturdays, with stops along the way at Summervale (Thursdays starting July 3), the Community Sailing Center, BHS, the South End Truck Stop and at the WYSIWYGfestival in August. For a full schedule, find the Fork in the Road food truck on Facebook:


Click here to read the full Seven Days article.

Proficiency-Based Learning at BHS
July 1, 2014
Last quarter, BHS teacher Molly Heath shifted her chemistry classes to a proficiency-based model. In a proficiency-based education system, all students clearly understand what skills and knowledge they need to learn, have multiple opportunities to show mastery, and are supported to meet high expectations. Her results were astounding! The class average on their final test was a full 10 points higher than on any other test. 
Molly created a video that explains her process, captures student voice, and provides compelling data that demonstrates the effectiveness of this new approach to teaching and learning. Her classroom is one example of how proficiency-based learning is emerging in Burlington Schools.

June 20, 2014
EMS Shines in 2014 8th Grade Hildene Lincoln Essay Competition
June 19, 2014

Topic: Abraham Lincoln persevered, against all odds, to advance the cause of liberty and justice for all. Identify a leader who is currently striving locally, nationally, or globally to make the world a better place, despite considerable obstacles. Explain why she or he inspires you and compare his or her leadership qualities with those of Lincoln’s.

First Place, $1,000: Zoe Moskowitz
Teacher: Librarian Carole Renca
Essay subject: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia

Second Place, $750: Cara Davis
Teachers: Kathy Gallagher and Librarian Carole Renca
Essay subject: Maya Angelou, American poet,author, actress, civil rights activist

SA Recognized as Ashoka Changemaker School
June 17, 2014

The Sustainability Academy has been selected to join Ashoka’s Changemaker Schools Network, which includes 40 innovative and influential schools across the country. Ashoka launched the Network in 2012 to identify, recognize, and collaborate with innovative, influential elementary schools that are rethinking education. The Network is a national growing community of elementary schools that serve as models for cultivating students as Changemakers, leading the way to ensuring every child develops agency, empathy, and voice.

Learn more about Ashoka and the Changemaker Schools Network, and download a free Empathy Toolkit at www.startempathy.org.

Engagement, Equity, and Student-Centered Learning
June 12, 2014

C.P. Smith Wins 2014 BSD Elementary Spelling Bee!
June 10, 2014

Congratulations to Macey Allard, Helen Argraves, Nash Barlow, Rory Stein, Nation Tyler, and Heath Walker, and their coaches,
Mr. Joshua Safran and Mrs. Kim Hamlin.


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