Friday, January 17, 2020

Report Cards


Assessment week was a success bringing semester one to a close. A sigh of relief was heard when the assessment week schedule was not interrupted by a snow day! 

Over the next several day's teachers will be working hard to score assessments and enter them into Unified Classroom. Scores will go through two rounds of verification before the final report is run. Final scores are scheduled to be published to parents on Friday, January 24th, at 4:00 pm.

If the timeline changes, parents and students will be notified through the school digital contact system.



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Principal Search Update

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend Wednesday's Principal forum to determine the skills and attributes we need in our next Principal.  For those of you who were not able to attend, here is the hiring process:

January 22nd, 3:30 to 5:30 - First meeting of the committee to determine the key indicators for the selection process, development of interview questions, and selection of candidates.

January 28th and 29th - 1 to 6 pm - Conduct first-round of interviews and select two finalist.

February 3rd - 5th - Finalist, half-day visits to BFA.

The principal hiring committee will have 15 members including myself.  Seven of those positions being reserved for BFA staff, five slots for teachers, one for a staff member and one member of the administrative team. Also, there will be two parents/community members, two students, two central office administrators, and a NWTC representative.  

Once again, thank you to all who help us in our process.

Business Department News



Contest Winners

BFA St. Albans Business Department participated in the Lights, Camera, Save video contest through their Personal Finance course. Peoples Trust Company awarded all students for their participation, and the winning class video won $500.

Congratulations to the winning video produced by Greg Torbert, Keira Wells, and Daniel Hill.







National Business Honor Society

The BFA St. Albans Business Department held its annual National Business Honor Society Induction Ceremonies this past Sunday. 

Congratulations to our newest members of the National Business Honor Society: Maddy Giroux, Ben Archambault, and Jacob Benware. And a big welcome back to Meghan Connor.

The National Business Honor Society is an organization that recognizes juniors and seniors who truly excel academically in all their classes and are interested in pursuing a career in the business world. Students are also selected for recognition based on their overall academic, character, and leadership skills.

Chamber Singers performed for the St. Albans Area Chamber of Commerce

"Chamber Mixer"

BFA Chamber Singers were invited to perform at the People’s Trust Company for the St. Albans Area Chamber of Commerce first “Chamber Mixer" of the year. This was a wonderful experience for our students to meet and sing for local business owners and community leaders. 

Repertoire performed included the 16th century madrigal, “Awake Sweet Love,” followed by “Follow the Drinking Gourd,” (an African-American folk song) and “Seasons of Love,” from the Musical, Rent. Chamber Singers rendition of “Follow the Drinking Gourd,” helped highlight the historical context of the Underground Railroad which had prominent routes and locations throughout St. Albans City. 

With the Martin Luther King holiday approaching, it was especially important to sing about the Underground Railroad highlighting efforts by enslaved African-Americans to reach free states in the North and Canada. Thus, some of the very first steps leading in the long road of our nation’s civil right’s movement.


Friday, January 10, 2020

Invitation to Community Forum Re: Principal Search

Wednesday, January 15th, 6-8pm
BFA Library


As many of you are aware, I have been asked to facilitate the hiring process for BFA’s next Principal.  The process will include staff and community forums and the selection of a hiring committee.  At each of the community forums, the group will determine the skills and characteristics they would like to see in our next principal.  This information will help to inform the hiring committee as they build their selection process.

Therefore, I would like to invite all of you to attend the community forum to contribute to our hiring process on Wednesday, January 15th in the BFA library at 6pm.

Bill

Assessment Week Schedule

Assessment Schedule - 1st Semester
4 Block Brunch
The first day of Semester 2 is January 21st



Tuesday
1/14/2020
Wednesday
1/15/2020
Thursday
1/16/2020
Friday
1/17/2020
7:00 – 7:55
Breakfast in Cafeteria
Breakfast in Cafeteria
Breakfast in Cafeteria
Breakfast in Cafeteria
8:00 – 9:45
Assessment
Period 2
Assessment
Period 3
Assessment
Period 5
Assessment 
Period 7





9:55 – 11:35
Enrichment/Brunch
Enrichment/Brunch
Enrichment/Brunch
10:00 – 11:45 *Assessment Make-ups
9:55 – 10:20
Lunch 1
Lunch 1
Lunch 1

10:20 – 10:45
Lunch 2
Lunch 2
Lunch 2

10:45 – 11:10
Lunch 3
Lunch 3
Lunch 3

11:10 - 11:35
Lunch 4
Lunch 4
Lunch 4






11:40 – 1:25
Assessment
Period 1
Assessment
Period 4
Assessment
Period 6
Teacher Prep
1:30 – 2:45
Teacher Prep
Teacher Prep
Teacher Prep
Teacher Prep
                                                           

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Parent Meeting held on 1/6/20 Re: Proficiency Based Learning, Scoring & Reporting


We would like to thank all of the parents and community members who attended our parent forum this past Monday night.  We had approximately 45 people in attendance who provided feedback on the goals for our reporting and scoring system through both real-time surveying and small discussion groups.



We will be using the feedback to adjust our goals and to look at what BFA must provide to create a clear and equitable, scoring and reporting system that all can understand.  We will have future parent forums to collaborate on the construction of the system.




If you were not able to attend Monday night's forum, please click on the link below to view the presentation, watch the video, and see the feedback we received.  We expect it will be another 4 to 6 weeks until we have another forum, so please stay tuned to this blog as we will post announcements about upcoming dates.


BFA Website page: click here

Vimeo direct video link: click here

Parent Group exercise - responses: click here

Also, note that this information can be found on our BFA campus website. Go to the MRUSD website, within Campus, choose BFA. Go to Menu. Click on Student/Parent, which gives a list of items. Click on Proficiency-Based Learning.