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For Immediate Release: April 3, 2017
Media Contact: Alison Thomas, 802-371-9975

Vermont Wildlife Course for Educators, July 16-21


MONTPELIER, Vt. -- Vermont’s popular fish and wildlife summer course for teachers and other educators will be held July 16-21, 2017.

The hands-on field course that gets educators out into Vermont’s streams, forests and wetlands with some of the state’s leading natural resource experts takes place at the Buck Lake Conservation Camp in Woodbury. 

Now in its 32nd year, “Wildlife Management for Educators,” is a one-week, three-credit graduate course taught by Vermont Fish & Wildlife and other Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) staff through Castleton University.

“Wildlife resources are important to all Vermonters in one way or another,” says Fish & Wildlife’s Education Manager Alison Thomas. “If educators can get connected with the outdoors and in turn expose their students, then many of these students will be able to make informed decisions about Vermont wildlife and their habitat needs when they become adults.”

“This course is unique in that it helps non-formal, pre-service educators, as well as pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade teachers from any discipline -- math, language arts, physical education, or history -- improve their instructional strategies and make their lesson plans more relevant to their students.”

“Course participants will include other ANR staff members as well, which provides a valuable opportunity for educators to not only learn from, but also work with Agency staff.”

“This course is hands-on and experiential,” added Thomas. “The course continues to evolve and incorporate new environmental education ideas and activities. But, we also continue to do traditional programs that have been part of the week for 31 years. It’s a great mix of new and old with all of it being incredibly helpful and memorable.”

Tuition is $650 for the course with credits and $275 without credits. Books, food and overnight facilities are included. A limited number of partial scholarships are available. A course description and schedule of activities are available from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s website at You can also contact them by calling (802) 371-9975 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Buck Lake Conservation Camp in located east of Route 14, north of Woodbury Village.

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John Hall, Outreach Division
[phone] 802-828-1000 [fax] 802-828-1250
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Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department
1 National Life Drive, Davis 2
Montpelier VT 05620

Barre 2017 BYSA, Lacrosse Families

Registration Form

Barre Lacross Flyer

Who: Boys and Girls Grades K—2
When: Sundays, April 30, May 7, 14, 21, June 4 (5 Week Program)
Time: 2:00 p.m.—3:00 p.m.
Where: Bond Field (Morrison Road, Barre)
Fee: $20.00 for the program:/$10.00 for those who participated last year and have the provided stick.

Due to safety issues a BYSA lacrosse stick is required in order to participate.

Registration Location: Barre Auditorium Lobby: March 21 & 23 5:30 p.m.—7:00 p.m.

Registration Information:

It's time to register for the 2017 Barre Lacrosse Season!! The Barre Youth Sports Association (BYSA) Lacrosse Program’s primary focus is on developing in players a love for the game of lacrosse, an understanding of and passion for good sportsmanship, and the habit of regular exercise while having tons of fun!

We are pleased to announce that this year's apparel sales will be offered online. This should streamline the ordering process for all involved. Additionally, the board is excited to offer two new fundraiser opportunities. One is a more local, Closebuy catalog and the second is a Fresh Ideas option with new items which we think players and their families will be enthusiastic to sell. Of course, the recently added option to “opt out” of fundraising through paying a reasonable fee will also still be available.

Yet another exciting change this season will be the recruitment of a local business to provide concessions at our home jamborees at Carpenter Field in Washington. Our hope is that this approach will allow us to continue to provide visiting teams and spectators the hospitality that we feel concessions offer, while freeing up families from concessions volunteer duties. We believe this will allow parents the ability to be front and center, actively engaged in positively supporting their young athletes and coaches, whether it be by filling essential timing and score-keeping volunteer slots, or cheering on our teams from the sidelines.

Sideline etiquette and fan sportsmanship will be a focus this upcoming season. We expect that all parents will support BYSA and NVTYLL in our renewed effort in setting a stellar example for our young athletes in appropriate gamesmanship. For additional information, see the NVTYLL Code of Conduct located under the “Parents” section of their website.
Registration forms for grades 3 through 8 are attached to this message and also located at Registration forms will be accepted at the Barre Auditorium on March 21 and March 23 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Apparel samples will be available for viewing during registration nights. We will also have fundraiser packets available for pick up.

Practices are scheduled to begin inside the BOR on March 28. We are booked in the BOR from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on March 28 & 30 and April 3,5,6,13. The boys will practice from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. the first week and 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. the second week. We hope to move outside the week of April 17. Practice nights are subject to change once we move outside and depending on field availability.

While the exact dates of the Northern Vermont Youth Lacrosse League (NVTYLL) playoff games for the 5/6 (U13) and 7/8 (U15) teams are not always known at the beginning of the season; it is always anticipated that the season will run from late March through the second weekend in June with playoff games sometimes played as mid-week games.

We are also offering the K-2 program again this year (thank you Mike Sweeney and Tommy Boutin!). Like last year, the program will run five Sunday afternoons from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Bond Field beginning April 30 through June 4, 2017. Registration forms are located on the site.


Students on the Move would like you all to know that we raised $501.05 for Pennies for Patients!!


We would like to thank everyone for your help and support for this great program and helping to fight cancer!


Again, thank you! 


Students on the Move



Grade 4 and 8 Science NECAP assessments are not given until May,

but for the purpose of their field trip planning and SBAC scheduling,

we wanted to let you all know that the Science NECAP's will be given

on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, May 9, 10, and 11,  

with make-ups on Friday, May 12, and all of the following week...May 15-19.  Grade 4 and 8 teachers


 Food Bank

Veggies/Fruits at BCEMS

Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday

For families of our students 




Vermont Promise Community


Book: Read Me

Barre City and Barre Town have been selected as a Vermont Promise Community. The Promise Communities project focuses on helping our youngest children have the best possible start in life. Right now, a group of people from Barre including parents, community members, and school staff, and people from child care, mental health, churches, libraries, non-profits and the state are working together to help draft a plan based on what Barre families want to see in our community to help our children succeed. Once our plan is complete, we will be eligible to receive $200,000 to implement our plan. We need your help as we work together to craft this plan to help support our children. Please join us!

Link to Barre Promise Community Questions: 


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School Board Governance Committee

On June 3, 2015 Governor Shumlin signed into law Act 46, intending to move the state towards more sustainable models of education governance. On June 11, 2015 the Barre Supervisory Union Board approved the formation of a study committee to gather information and answer questions. This committee will have 12 members. Each of the school boards for Barre Town Middle and Elementary School, Barre City Elementary and Middle School, and Spaulding High School/Barre Technical Center will have two representatives on the committee. Additionally, there are three community representatives that are non-board members on the committee from Barre Town and three from Barre City. Our plan is for this committee to meet 3-6 times over the 2015-2016 school year

ct 46 identifies the following goals as central to any decision aimed at consolidating existing school governance structures:

To provide substantive equity in the quality and variety of educational opportunities statewide.To lead students to achieve or exceed the State's Educational Quality Standards.To maximize operational efficiencies through increased flexibility to manage, share, and transfer resources, with the goal of increasing the district-level ratio of students to full-time equivalent staffTo promote transparency and accountability.To achieve these goals at a cost that parents, voters, and taxpayers value.

If you have questions about the work of this group or would like more detailed information please contact John Pandolfo, Superintendent of Schools, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the Barre Supervisory Union Office at 476-5011, ext. 1017.

For more information about Act 46, please see the following links:

Barre Supervisory Union Act 46 web page:

Vermont Agency of Education Act 46 page:

John Pandolfo
Superintendent of Schools
Barre Supervisory Union
120 Ayers St.
Barre, VT 05641




Barre Youth Mentoring Program

Since the 1999-2000 school year, the Barre Youth Mentor Program has provided mentoring to students in grades 6th-8th at Barre City Elementary and Middle School. In an effort to fund recruitment efforts for all our mentoring programs, we are now participating in the Funding Factory Program (formerly the Green School Project). This project reduces waste and provides us with funds through the collection of empty printer, fax, and copier cartridges as well as cell phones, digital camera, MP3 players, GPS systems and laptop computers. You can support our mentoring programs and our participating students by bringing in any of the above items and dropping them off in front of BCEMS library or in the front office. If you have friends or family who would be willing to support this effort by requesting that their work sites participate in this recycling/fund raising project, please contact Liz Bevins for additions information @  476-7889 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.