Last week grade level community circles met to discuss community and to think about what a peaceable community looks like. Then I asked students if they believed we had a peaceable community at Fox Hill School. Students overwhelmingly said yes and we acknowledged we have more work to do to create a strong peaceable community. Our students were thoughtful and reflective as they shared their thinking about what they envisioned for a peaceable community. Their ideas were inspirational, they were deep and they were endearing and I was very proud of our students. I am also very proud of our school and how we interact with each other and how we work to accept each other every day. Every day I witness kindness and every day I see smiles all around Fox Hill School. I am grateful our students have that experience at Fox Hill School. As a result of our discussion, I created a bulletin board that shares our students’ thinking and reminds us about what it means to be a peaceable community. Our plan is to add to our bulletin board over the course of the school year. As we add ideas for what makes a peaceable community we are also strengthening a school community that is peaceable.
Fox Hill School in partnership with Burlington Public Schools is giving the school improvement plan a new look. This new look has been created by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education called Planning for Success. This model includes a multi-year improvement plan and annual action plan that supports implementation and provides simple resources so individual schools can have an inclusive planning process. The goal of “Planning for Success” is to create a quality plan while building community ownership and support.
Fox Hill School has embraced this new model and at a today’s staff meeting, teachers were given time to give input and feedback towards creating the plan. The Planning for Success plan will be shared with the School Improvement Council to gather the council’s feedback and input too. Our School Improvement Council is made up of two teachers, two parents and two community members. David Daley, Natalie Stone, Courtney Fine and Susan Kadilak are our council members, I encourage the parent community to recommend community members they think may enjoy this work at Fox Hill School and to support our school.
This is exciting work and more importantly will benefit our students! I look forward to what we can create together as a community.
Fox Hill School
School Improvement Council Agenda
October 20, 2016
Fox Hill School Where Children Succeed
The vision of Burlington’s Elementary Schools is “Belong Together, Work Together, Success Together”. Members of the each school will collaborate to promote a safe, nurturing environment where all children are accepted. Individual student strengths will be maximized and individual needs will be met by developing and using strategies that encourage student growth. By promoting independence, curiosity, and learning, students’ academic and social potential will be fostered.
- Planning for Success Model & School Improvement Council
- Review of the Fox Hill Planning for Success Plan
- Next Steps
- Next Meeting
This week Fox Hill School had a practice fire drill and our kids and their teachers did a great job! Also, Sergeant McDonough attended our school crisis team to explain our new school protocol about Lockdown and Lockout. Sergeant McDonough will attend a staff meeting in November to speak to all staff about the protocol and the new terminology, then we will be ready to practice a Lockdown in November. On Monday, October 17, 2016 Officer Schipelliti will teach our students about bus safety and they will practice a bus evacuation. We are very well prepared! On a personal note, I want to extend a sincere thank you to the Burlington Police Department and to Chief Kent. Our police department is second to none and with them looking after us, attending to our every need and always being there when we need them helps us feel safe and be safe! Thank you!