Friday, December 15, 2017

Student Assemblies Reach Student Body

Two student assemblies had a positive impact on the student body of both schools during December.  FK Police Chief Tom Pelletier and Special Agent Chuck Ainsworth (above), from the Department of Homeland Security, delivered an eye opening presentation on Cypersecurity and Cyberbullying.  How learners can recognize Cyber-predation and other legal aspects of the internet were discussed.  "See Something, Say Something" was the message left with our learners!
Motivational Speaker David Whitley (below) spoke to our learners about reaching their full potential.  David's presentation was courtesy of Ricky and Cassie Daigle of Too Far North Fitness Center. 

Monday, December 4, 2017

VRMS Author's Conference

The 2017  VRMS Author's Conference was held on Wednesday November 29th.  Learners attended seven sessions from seven different genres of story telling.  The conference was kicked off by Humorist Charles Dufour, originally from Madawaska. Thanks to Ms. Beal and  Ms. Cyr who organized the event!

Monday, November 20, 2017

"Anne, The Musical" Wows Them!!

ANNE, The Broadway Musical was performed by the VRMS/CHS Drama Club to near capacity audiences on November 16-18.  The Doug Clapp production featured students from FKES, VRMS, CHS & UMFK!  The phenomenal performance was the highest grossing play ever produced and directed by Mr. Clapp.  Congratulations to all performers and set personnel!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Circle of Warriors

Valley Rivers Middle School in Fort Kent recently inducted its newest members into their Circle of Warriors. A total of 23 learners from 7th and 8th grade were recognized for their exceptional character, leadership and citizenship, for their adherence to the district’s Core Values and for helping to promote a positive school climate. These nominees join the students who were previously nominated during the 2016-2017 school year. Together the students are helping to grow the Circle of Warriors and are helping to make Valley Rivers Middle School a safe and positive place to learn.

Current 7th and 8th Graders who make up VRMS Circle Of Warriors
(front row kneeling)
Toby Bouchard, Chase Eirman, Logan Wood, Josey Desjardins, Ethan Raymond, Genevieve Michaud-Naranja, Mira Kelly, Tia Saucier, Shelby Carson, Connor Pelletier, Sadie Pelletier, Shania Morin, Mackenzie Corriveau.
(back row standing)

Gracy Labbe, Cole Guimond, Abby Pelletier, Lucas Hebert, David Chouinard, Cody Taggett, Hudson Labbe, Shaye Labonte, Abby Pettengil, Hannah Chasse, Emma Deprey, Mallory Sirois, Esther Grange, Morgan Cyr, Emily Fournier, Amanda Pinette, Allee Morgan, Gianna Babin, Elly Sirois, Jocelyn Morin, Kassidy O’Leary, Ethan Pelletier, Evan Deschaine, Morgan Plourde, Devin Gagnon, Collin Bennett, Darci Pelletier, Ben Davis, Nancy Martin, Annabelle Reardon, Nathalie Nadeau, Gracie Ouellette, and Toby Caron. Missing from the photo:  Rebekah Robichaud

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Class C North Soccer Finals

Due to the limited parking at UMFK, we are asking all Warrior fans to please use parking around Community High School for today's Northern Maine Championship Game.

In order to accommodate the rainy conditions, MSAD27 will be providing a shuttle bus service to and from the CHS parking lots and UMFK alumni field.  The shuttle service should run every 10 - 15 minutes before, during, and immediately after the game.

Go Warriors! 

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Caught Doing Good!

CORE Values in Action!

Congratulations to Caleb Carney, the first weekly winner of our CORE Values Card, for doing a positive deed!  All students who receive a CORE Values Card during the week for their positive behavior are eligible for our weekly drawing.  All students who receive a card throughout the year are in the running for the grand prize in June!  Thanks, Caleb, for volunteering to collect funds on Tuesday's soccer playoff!  Thanks also for the 50+ individuals who were "Caught Doing Good!" this past week!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Seniors Win Spirit Week Truck Parade!

The annual "Truck Parade" was held in between varsity soccer games on Friday the 13th!  All four classes displayed incredible Warrior Spirit and had fun during the event!  The Class of 2018 was victorious in this opening event of "Spirit Week"! Congratulations Seniors, continue to lead the school with class!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Middle School Math: Group/Regrouping

This year the middle school team is approaching math with a different spin.  For each group of related learning targets, for example ratios and proportions, every learner will take a pretest to determine their level of understanding of the concepts, of from 6-10 related learning targets.  Learners are grouped with one of three teachers and several students who are at a comparable level for a particular level for several of these targets.   After learners reach proficiency for these targets they are regrouped with other learners and another teacher.  This occurs until students reach proficiency in the 6-10 learning targets.  Learners are then given a pretest for the next group of related learning targets and the process continues.  In this way learners get the material that is just the right fit at just the right level for them.  Learners also get the chance to work with three different teachers and different classmates on a rotating basis.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Advisory Time at CHS
All CHS students are members of a daily advisory group, of about 10 learners, who meet every afternoon for a 1/2 hour.  Advisory groups focus on: building relationships between staff and learners; academic progress monitoring; school governance; post-secondary preparation and school administrative activities, such as surveys/scheduling.  The ninth grade advisory focuses on "Who am I as a learner and individual", tenth grade focuses on "How am I doing" and eleventh and twelfth grades focus on  "What are my plans for the future".  

In the above photo, seniors research their top college choice and create a banner of the school.

Friday, August 25, 2017

It's Alive!

The music program is back at CHS/VRMS after a three year hiatus!  First year music instructor, Mr. Taylor Martin, is building learner's interest every afternoon in the old band room.  Here, a troop of seventh graders have quickly taken to their new found instruments and are jamming after only one week!  We wish Mr. Martin success in restoring music to our learners over the next few years!  

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Welcome Students and Staff. School year for 2017-2018 officially starts on Thursday August 17th.

Hope you all enjoyed your summer break and are ready to begin fresh. We are ready for the new school year, hope you are too. Let's have a great school year!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

New library Circulation Desk!!!

It's here and installed - a new circulation desk in the FKCHS/VRMS library.  As you can see from the before and after photos it was high time for this update. (As a matter of fact the furniture in the library is original to when it was first built!)

This is what we have been using the last couple of years! (Not very pretty OR professional looking!)

Here are the pieces as they came out of the crate! 

And this is the new desk! It looks great and adds a professional touch to the library!

(Thank you Mr. Martin for getting it installed so quickly!)

Monday, March 6, 2017

Trimester 2 Summative Assessments

Trimester 2 Summative Assessments

It has been a while since the last blog post but we are attempting to get back to a normal routine in terms of blog posting! This return post is about Trimester Summative Assessments!

I have had several questions about Trimester 2 summative assessments and I've compiled them into Frequently Asked Questions!n (FAQ's)

1) What are the dates and the schedule?
     They begin Wednesday, March 8 and continue until Friday, March 10.  Each day there will be an
      assessment in the morning and one in the afternoon.  Here is the schedule:

2) Is the Middle School schedule changed too?
The answer is yes.  Since the High School and Middle School share some teachers, in order to make it viable for all teachers to give an assessment we have to mirror the 2 schedules.  Middle Schoolers do not have assessments but instead have extended periods that affords the teachers opportunities to go deeper into the curriculum with students.  The schedule adjustment for middle school is here:

3) Why are we having them again?
We use a system of trimesters - our classes are either 1 trimester, 2 trimesters, or 3 trimesters.  This means that some class need a summative to end the course, some need a summative as a "mid-term", and some classes are taking a 2nd summative as they finish 24 weeks of a course.

4) Will we have summative assessments to end the year?
Here again the answer is yes.  That schedule will be announced in May.  Seniors will have a shortened assessment period to finish all academic requirements before graduation on June 2.  The rest of the student body will have trimester assessments scheduled for the last week of school.

5) What if I'm absent?
The student should immediately see the teachers to arrange a make up time.  (We encourage students to avoid scheduling appointments that happen during school hours to avoid this situation.)

6) What does incomplete mean?
An incomplete is granted when there are extenuating circumstances that a student needs to be out of school.  An incomplete is a temporary extension.  The student will have up to 10 school days after the close of the trimester to make up all work otherwise it is graded according to our reporting standards. Example: March 10 is the close of the Trimester - incomplete work must be completed by Friday March 24.

7) May I come in late or leave early if I don't have a assessment?
The answer is no.  We expect all students to be at school for the full assessment days.

8) Can I make up a Summative Assessment?
The answer to this question is no.  This is an assessment to see what the learning is up to this point an time.  Therefore this is a one shot test, which simulates other national standardized tests.  This gives a picture of student's achievement toward the course standards.  

As more questions arise I will add them to this list! Good luck to our students as they get ready for these assessments! Go warriors!