This email arrived at 1:23 PM today (Wednesday) cancelling the special board meeting for Saturday at 10 AM.  Look at the reason for cancelling….tickets to the Superbowl!!!!???

Sorry Pam Vogel and the board…Superbowl tickets are acquired in advance, not the last minute..AND..every town has an alternate to the board that can attend in place of the regular member.

This disguise may pass the public eye in Iowa, but not here in New England. It is apparent when community members were going to show up in mass at the special board meeting to talk about scheduling and grading the board  folded like a cheap suit. 

And now at the regular meeting on Monday, public time to talk is limited, Well, guess what..maybe the parents and taxpayers will show up on Monday’s board meeting in mass and DEMAND to be heard.

Ms. can run but you can’t hide.










 Good afternoon everyone,
The meeting for this Saturday, February 3rd, will need to be re-scheduled.  One of our newest Board members has tickets to the Superbowl and will not be able to attend.  We will let you know the re-schedule date as soon as we have it.
Thank you,

Interesting….did you receive one of these? 1

Some people  are mentioning that when they choose option 2, and then click submit, that the attempt to submit is rejected. And a survey that skips number 3 and goes directly to number 4…..?

If you feel uncomfortable about the survey, call the school and ask questions, get answers and then let them know if you are going to fill the form out or not.

Click on this link to see form

We need your voice and body this Saturday, February 3 at 10:00 AM at H.V.R.H.S! Reply

This is important, on Saturday, February 3, the Region 1 Board of Education is holding a SPECIAL meeting at 10 AM in the superintendents conference room at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. On the agenda; just one item: Discussion of Board Goals and Mission. It is a SPECIAL meeting so no room for public comment will be allowed. I am suggesting, and hoping you will join me and many other concerned taxpayers, parents, grandparents, and students in showing up at 9 AM for a rally to be waiting for the arrival of the Board Of Education so BEFORE the meeting we can personally deliver our message of frustration! The more people that turn out, the better chance we will have to start to turn this disaster around before it is to late. Please spread this message far and wide and join us in a first step to turn Region One around and head it in the right direction. Share this message, and if you can come, please comment you are coming in the reply box. Moms, Dads, students, grandparents family members, teachers, taxpayers, remember that there is strength in numbers! Sign up below and share, share, share!!!!take-tests-cartoon-blogsize

H.V.R.H.S….This Is Disgusting, embarrassing…demand answers 5

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Subject: Winter Eligibility
Reply-To: Anne MacNeil <>

Just a reminder, Quarter 2 will end this Friday, Jan 26. When report cards are distributed on Feb 13, many (over 50%) of the current winter student athletes will not be eligible based on the new grading policy. This will cause forfeits of games and ultimately seasons for many of our teams. Please speak with your student athlete. Please contact their teachers and ask what’s going. Please help keep our students playing. Thank you for your support.

This is OUR high school….this is MY high school….this is DISGUSTING, this is UNACCEPTABLE. Contact our board, contact the administration. What the hell is going on in our beloved Housatonic. Our superintendent has a lot of explaining to do. It is time, if this email is true to make big changes.Shat was once a GOLD standard is now SUB standard. DEMAND ACTION.


From Mondays Repubican-American. Full story at
download The Region 1 Board of Education, after approving the 20182019 calendar Monday, realized the local school boards that comprise the region hadn’t seen it.
Falls Village representative Patricia A. Mechare noted after the vote that “maybe we should take a step back.” She said in the past the other boards looked at it and expressed any concerns or made suggestions before the Region 1 board took action.Superintendent Pamela Vogel acknowledged the administrators had seen it, but not the other board members. Vogel said in the past two years, the other boards haven’t voted on the calendar.Mechare said she wasn’t saying they should vote on it, “but I think as a courtesy they should get to look at it.”When Assistant Superintendent Lisa Carter said traditionally the Region 1 board approves it and then it goes back to the local boards for input, Mechare said: “That seems kind of backward to me.”Salisbury’s Jennifer Weigel agreed it needed to go back to the other boards. The proposal will be presented to all the other boards for recommendations.Because the Lee H. Kellogg board in Falls Village already met, Vogel will send the calendar to each board member and ask for opinions. If there are amendments to be made, the Region 1 board will make them at its February meeting.

Region One Grading Policy Is, Quite Frankly..Insane….. 3

From Sundays Republican American
Full story available at
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Parents are asking the Kent Board of Education to intervene and improve the school’s grading policy, claiming that changes implemented this year are detrimental to student learning.
Parent Melissa Woodin was one of several parents who attended the Jan. 10 meeting of the board. Others submitted letters to the board with similar concerns outlined. Woodin asked the board to consider her letter submitted. Grades from the first trimester at Kent Center School were posted before the holiday break and a number of parents believe there are problems.

The new grading system at the school specifies that there will be no zeroes given for academic grades, “work habits will not be included as part of academic grades;” “achievement grades will be based on summative assessments” and “retakes will be offered for summative assessments that do not meet standard (below 70 percent).” Parents report that there is not consistency among all the teachers in how this is being administered. Woodin’s letter states her concerns that the grading system “does not prepare them for public or private secondary school. This grading practice does not build or support homework or classroom skills,” she wrote. She also said it does not allow for different learning styles for students.

Teachers are not permitted to give Ds or Fs to students any longer. Instead, students may receive a “Not Yet Proficient” instead of a grade.The changes have shown an significant increase in the number of students earning honor roll status, according to Principal Florence Budge. “Our honor roll was more stringent,” Budge explained.

A Tree Won’t Grow In Falls Village 1

The Region 1 Board of Education will not plant a tree in honor of former Superintendent Patricia Chamberlain. During a meeting Monday, Cornwall member John Sanders said the Landscape and Arboretum Committee, which oversees the campus tree plantings, would rather not have any honorific trees because it would open the floodgates for approving all requests. The board voted last fall to plant a tree following a request from Phil Hart, a former Cornwall Board of Education representative. collegehumor.ef880dffcdf2d7a0519f61677b774642