A well-informed citizen has strong geographic knowledge. L&G students entering grades 7 through 11 need to take the time this summer to learn the countries and landforms of the continents and/or regions listed for the social studies course or courses which they will be taking during the next school year. When students start the course in August or January, they will be tested on their knowledge of the regions. If students come across vocabulary (e.g., ice shelf) or names of regions (e.g., Patagonia) that they are unfamiliar with, they should research them for definitions.
Geography packets have been mailed home, though students can access their assignments at these links:
The Windham County Sheriff's Department in conjunction with the Vermont Army National Guard conducts a camp in the summer months for youth, ages 12 to 17 years of age. It allows up to thirty students an opportunity to learn leadership skills, experience military and law enforcement life, and participate in a variety of exciting activities. The DDR Camp provides youngsters with an introduction to military life, skills and experiences. Opportunities are available for hands-on interactions with various community based organizations including the Windham County Sheriff's Department, Vermont State Police, Fire & Rescue, Fish and Game as well as military units. This overnight camp for teens ensure that planned activities are fun, engaging and flavored with military traditions. The setting is military in nature, with the intent to make young people familiar with career directions available in the military and civilian world. Activities include presentations from public safety agencies, court systems and includes static displays of the Army's Abrams Tanks and the OH-58 helicopter. Fire aid and safety, computer-simulated games, orienteering and adventure based teaching models that provide positive reinforcement opportunities. Staff of the camp includes members of the Windham County Sheriff's Department, the Vermont National Guard and state and local government officials.
Students will learn to master and implement the concepts of duty, honor and integrity. Through teamwork, learning to work together in an integrated and collaborative manner and taking a few risks, students will learn first hand what it is to be a winner when the winning has value. The application is available here!
Cost: $75.00. Financial assistance is available by contacting the camp director.
For more information, visit: https://www.windhamsheriff.com/page.php?id=16
On June 9th, the Vermont Deputy Secretary of Education, Dr. Amy Fowler, visited Leland and Gray Union Middle and High School to learn about the school’s Collaborative Peer Review evaluation process. The eight students, staff, and community member who participated in the new school evaluation, along with Windham Central Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steven John, presented each aspect of process. The Collaborative Peer Review, which was supported by the Vermont-based educational organization Unleashing the Power of Partnerships for Learning (UP for Learning), served as a locally-developed alternative to traditional accreditation.
First the group discussed the advantages of directly involving high school students in a school evaluation. Working with professional educators, they formed youth-adult partnerships to observe teachers and students in classes and analyze school documents and data. Senior Alexa Litchfield explained to Dr. Fowler her interaction with a teacher resistant to feedback. He believed that only the teaching profession, unlike medicine or law, was subject to scrutiny from outside the field. Not only did hearing directly from all observers provide helpful insights, Alexa had told him, she also described in detail his way of addressing UP for Learning’s “Four Rs” (Rigor, Relevance, Relationships, and Responsibility), which she had observed in his classroom.