JR IRON CHEF WINNERS 2017
MVU ThunderChefs high school team W O N
"Crowd Pleaser Award" for their recipe
"Quinoa Spicy Stuffed Peppers" (and it is spicy!)
More photos on MVU Crossroads and MVU AfterHours page at left
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H I G H G A T E C R O S S R O A D S
<----------- See photos on Highgate Crossroads page
Highgate Actors Theater
"The Bremen Town Musicians"
February 23rd & 24th
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M V U S T E M F a i r 2017
Outstanding Youth Presentations ~ January 19, 2017
Sending our top 20 finalists onto the Vermont State STEM Fair !
The MVU Science Fair started as an after school program 4 years ago with 20 students participating,
since that time the Science Fair has been tremendously successful, with increasing participation,
to 120 student projects for this year's MVU STEM Fair.
Wish the students luck at the State Fair ...... In years past our students have won scholarships as well as cash prizes !
Congratulations to our FIRST LEGO League "ROBO BIRDS" Team
These five guys competed with 23 other teams from across Vermont !
This is the first team that FNWSU schools have sent to this competition !
It was challenging, exciting and fun....
Consider being part of the team next year !
Crossroads ~ Increasing hands on STEM experiences for our youth
Contact your school's
After School Program Site Coordinator
to share your ideas for after school programming
or to ask any questions.
The Franklin Northwest Supervisory Union has made a choice to actively pursue the provision of high-quality after school and summer programming that can positively impact academic skills, school day attendance and reduce substance abuse. A Vermont Agency of Education 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program Grant and local funding, provide a 50/50 funding partnership for the creation and operation of these programs. Local funding includes, but is not limited to, school budget support, other educational funds, local donations, vendor discounts, agency program/staffing partnerships and fund raising events.
The Crossroads After School Programs held in Franklin, Highgate, Sheldon, Swanton and at MVU are programs specifically for middle school students. Highgate and Swanton after school programs provide programming for younger students in grades 2 through 4 as "Crossroads Explorers". Sheldon Crossroads Explorers is programming for grades 3 and 4. MVU Crossroads provides after school programming for 7th & 8th grade students. Our MVU AfterHours provides after school programming for high school students in a variety of formats from year round clubs, extended school library hours, career exploration field trips, Saturday programs, one on one tutoring as well as our multi week program sessions.
With our new 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program Grant award for 2014 through 2019, all our 2014-2015 programs run 30 weeks during the school year with early fall, fall, late fall, winter, mud-season and spring sessions ranging from 3 to 8 weeks program sessions. The exception to this, is the Franklin Crossroads program which runs 24 weeks during the school year. After school programming runs Monday through Thursday. All Crossroads programming is currently free for all students. All programs provide transportation home and free snacks or meals.
With our new 21st Century Learning Community Centers Program grant we also have expanded our programming to include 5 week "Summer Academy" day camps at each of our elementary schools. This programming supports summer tutoring and summer school to include a full morning of activities including enrichment and recreation, in addition to the academic support. Transportation and meals are also provided, to support family participation. For our MVU Summer Academy, we have programming building upon the 6 week summer school, where enrichment and recreational programming are available 8:00am through 2:00pm with transportation, breakfast and lunch are available. Families are encouraged to register early as space is limited.
As part of our Vermont Agency of Education (VT AOE) 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant, our after school programs have an academic component. Everyday has homework time or quiet study time along with a variety of literacy, math, science and technology hands-on activities. Our FNWSU After School Programs have provided fun, skills reinforcing and challenging classes like Robotics, Claymation, Digital Photography, Weird Science, Grossology, Electricity Excitement, Math Games, Readers Theater, Literally Art, ABC123, Improvisation, Art & Poetry, Odyssey of the Mind and more. Our creative programming has been inspired by the abilities of many teacher, school staff and community members exploring and sharing their own hobbies and skills with the students.
After school programming includes homework support, tutoring, science, technology, math, arts and literacy enrichment programs as well as recreational opportunities and fitness challenges. With the partial funding of the Vermont Agency of Education 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program Grant, these programs continue under the guidance and oversight of the Vermont Agency of Education which requires the elements of high-quality programming to be met and reported annually, which include:
Arts, mentoring, community service, nutrition, health and fitness programming are another key component to our after school programs. With Franklin County having the second highest obesity rate in Vermont, the after school programs are taking on the challenge to incorporate fitness activities and wrapping health and nutrition education wherever we can, trying to help youth make healthy choices that can possibly follow them throughout their life.
Art classes are a big attraction for all our after school programs, where youth have opportunities to learn techniques, develop hobbies and create beautiful art. FNWSU After School classes include jewelry, pottery, crafts, dance, drumming, mural art, guitar and more.
FOR the 2016-2017 School Year, in alignment with our commitment to providing high quality youth programming, through our new 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program grant FNWSU After School Programs have added more professional development training and opportunities for our staff.
Our after school staff have up to an additional 10 days of training time with their Coordinator during the week prior to the Fall, Winter and Mud-Season Sessions start.
Additionally, we have arrange a special "After School Staff In-Service Day" training on Friday August 26th, providing an engaging half day training exclusively for after school program staff. Youth Program Quality Assessment training and implementation will be facilitated at all our after school sites. Not only does this "assessment" serve for program evaluation and reporting, this assessment provides a starting place for professional development planning and implementation, that will improve our program quality. It is an exciting time in education as schools are involved in a "transformation" with Common Core Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, Personal Learning Plans (PLPs) and 21st Century Skills implementations, and we look forward to linking and supporting school day learning with our after school programs and set a high bar for youth program quality.
If you have any questions on any of these programs or would like more information, please contact Carol Lizotte, FNWSU After School & Summer Programs Director, at 868-4967 ext 21 or email@example.com.