Here we go again! Evidently the number of kids with 2 or more NYPs is “large” in Housy’s vicious cycle of chaos. 4

Here we go again! Evidently the number of kids with 2 or more NYPs is “large” in this vicious cycle of chaos. See the note below from the High School!

From: Ian Strever <>
Date: Tue, Mar 20, 2018 at 4:16 PM
Subject: Step Two Notice as of 3/20/18

28277020_10211471934896001_7451179428152337281_nDear Students and Parents,

As we explained recently, every fifteen school days, we are monitoring the progress of our students toward being proficient in courses, and today was the end of the second reporting term of the third marking period.
As of today, you have more than two NYPs for the third quarter, and are being placed on Step Two. This means that you must demonstrate your efforts to become proficient in order to maintain your eligibility for sports and extracurricular activities.
You can do this by keeping a Progress Report (see below) with you that must be signed by teachers to vouch for the fact that you spent at least four hours of time with them in Flex, Open Table, or some other time to work on learning the material.
Again, the purpose of this is to make sure that you are learning material and putting in the necessary effort to stay on top of your learning. We want everyone to be successful, and we need you to complete this responsibility in order to help us help you.
Please see your PLP teacher or come to the APO if you need a paper copy of the report, and you will submit it to themon or before April 11, when we review grades again. If you have resolved your NYPs at that time, you will no longer be on Step Two, but if you do not demonstrate effort on your Progress Report, you may move to Step Three, which would make you ineligible to compete in athletics and extracurricular programs, and could involve changes to your schedule to address the problem.
Please contact me directly with any questions you have about the procedures or with any questions or suggestions.
~ Mr. Strever

GRADING POLICY UNDER FIRE Kent parents express frustration at end of board meeting 3




Kent parents express frustration at end of board meeting



KENT — A group of Kent Center School parents waited two-and-a-half hours to express their anger and frustration to the Kent Board of Education on Monday evening about the Region 1 school district’s new grading policy.

The group of 10 parents and community members had to wait until the end of Monday night’s board meeting for the public comment portion. A group of teachers also attended.

Parent Melissa Woodin said she has watched her daughter struggle this year because of the policy, which, among other things, replaced Ds and Fs with NYPs (not yet proficient).

A note from Patrick Bower 2

From Patrick Bower

Some advice and watch outs on Dr. Roy — the dirty dozen …
1. Look for budgetary deceptions – the board of finance uncovered mini “slush” funds in payroll accounts used to fund her pet projects. Nothing illegal – just mucho deceptive.
2. Follow submissions to the State from special education parents – most of original complainants of Roy’s were NF SPED parents.
3. Look for misguided and unproven focus on technology at the expense of core learning values and systems
4. Observe and capture examples of glaring lack of empathy to parents and students
5. Keep an eye out for vastly inappropriate, social immature comments (such as the Olive branch with ears)
6. Look for fake CABE awards – there are a number of self-nominated awards that CABE offers each year. These are fake awards – meant to burnish her resume but do not lead to student achievement.
7. Track all measurement of student performance. All of the “awards” in NF only meant declining scores.
8. Observe staff pandering. She will reward her loyal toadies with dept chairs, team leadership roles, etc.
9. Watch her focus on the physical infrastructure before student achievement – scores have declined in NF – but the building are looking pretty good.
10. Look for vague mission statements – instead of saying “we want to be a school of distinction” you will get blah blah blahtity blah.
11. Watch for political machinations – either dividing the BOE, or aligning herself to political leaders in town (or both)
12. Hold her accountable to teacher surveys – most businesses do 360 degree appraisals – listen to your teachers – they will let you know fairly quick when she turns into a stinker.

A note to North Canaan from New Fairfield Reply

As one of the advocates for a better school system in NF – I suggest strongly that you read news accounts and ask anyone you know in NF about Dr. Roy. Her narrative about the vote of no confidence from the teachers – rings deceptive – and I note a group of parents were asking for her removal before the teachers voted no confidence. NF scores have trended down during her tenure. SPED parents were treated poorly, there was budgetary deception, and handfuls of fake self nominated awards. (from CABE and others). I think people learn and improve over time, and deserve a chance to reinvent themselves elsewhere – but you cannot grow if you are not honest about the circumstances that got you where you are …. do your homework folks and ask her tough questions.

Words From The Past That Are Important For The Future Reply



Here is what Fairfield residents have said in the past….

We represent concerned citizens, relatives, friends and parents of special needs children in the New Fairfield Public School District. Since our children have been attending New Fairfield Schools, there has been a systemic lack of effective educational programming, appropriate behavior management techniques, and a lack of current knowledge of contemporary teaching methodologies for children with special needs. Special needs children in New Fairfield with behavioral health issues are contained in isolation, restrained by staff and frequently traumatized in an environment where they should feel safe, by personnel they should be able to trust and rely upon. New Fairfield faculty and staff do not receive current and consistent training to enable them to properly educate our children according to lawful Free and Appropriate Public Education requirements, and according to the laws of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. This broken and callous system is causing widespread emotional and psychological damage to the students, their families and the New Fairfield community.
The New Fairfield Schools Superintendent has constructed a Special Education Department run by an administration that is unprofessional, unresponsive and downright hostile to the needs of our children and our families. They are rude and intransigent in Planning and Placement meetings, do not return calls or e-mails, and marginalize our children as being “problems” within the larger district that must be “dealt with”. We, as parents, are made to feel unwelcome and disrespected, and as if our children are unwanted and a financial drain on this community. In keeping with this, the administration has also failed to provide any enrichment or after-school activities for special needs children in this town. While typical children are attending clubs, athletic and social events each day that enhance their education and enrich their lives, our children are surreptitiously bused back to their homes and hidden from public view.
While there are clearly some children who will always require outplacement to meet their academic goals, this school district leaves many special needs parents with no alternative but to hire legal representation and pursue private outplacement as a last resort. These subsequent private outplacements are not the least restrictive environments for our children, nor are they a solution to the problems that plague this district. They are expensive, and further isolate our children due to the long commutes and separation of our children from their community, their families and their peers.
For the foregoing reasons, we are requesting a reputable, independent evaluation of the New Fairfield Special Education Department to be conducted immediately. This evaluation needs to encompass programming and training, as well as the overall performance of Special Education administration and staff. Any evaluation must include a thorough examination of all record-keeping, paperwork and the appropriateness of, and adherence to, existing Individualized Educational Plans and subsequent accommodations. We also request an independent audit of district-wide special education policies and procedures, and want the recommendations of this evaluating body implemented forthwith, to include an immediate restructuring of the Special Education administration and the creation of meaningful enrichment opportunities for our children.

Advice To Region One From New Fairfield! 2


Here is a compilation of advice sent to the Region One Report from Fairfield Residents…read and learn:

Our school performace declined.

Her (Dr. Roy) narrative about what happened is false.

The teachers only jumped on the bandwagon after parents softened her up.

Please note – nearly the entire BOE has turned over in 3 years

And note – nearly the entire BOE has turned over in 3 years

Reach out the the new fairfield efducation forum and join. Lots of content there.

Pam Vogel’s Sad List Of Accomplishments With Participation Of Local Boards Of Education So Far In 2018 5


1 Not listening to teachers, students and parents in the set up and implementation of a new schedule system and new grading system

2) An announcement is made that possibly 50% of athletes might not be able to participate due to the new grading policy

3) When the system crashes Mrs. Vogel schedules a speaker with a (“dubious history”), and  the scheduled speaker also having  been convicted of bank fraud….

4) After years of not only being superintendent, but also being the de facto principal of the high school, the principal of the high school finally resigns….

5) The Boards Of Education under the direction of Pam Vogel have “frozen out” public participation in search committees for administrative positions with internet surveys of parents and poorly publicized meeting. When such meeting occur, it is to be interviews by another paid consultant provided to the region by CABE (a waste of taxpayer dollars to an organization that is against public participation in searches and is anti-teacher)…

6) Mrs. Vogel if you watch almost all the board of education meeting videos runs almost every board meeting she is at…and look very close and see that with the Region One Board..the Board Chair and the ABC Chair do not even know the proper way to execute a “executive session”….

7) Most of the “executive sessions” are not called properly with correct information on the notice of the meeting….

8) Transparency and teacher, student and taxpayer participation are now basically non-existent (except the board of educations, who, for the most part with a few individual exceptions), appear to be caught under some spell of total support of Vogel and lack of support for teachers, student and taxpayers…

9) Vocal student disgust with Pam Vogel and her handling of all of the above, and teachers who can not speak out public for fear of losing their jobs, and parents and taxpayers who do speak out fear retribution to their family members in school in Region One….

10) And now, déjà vu all over again with the hiring of a new principal who brings a load of negative excess baggage to our system at a time when it is NOT needed (Vogel and the board learned nothing from the outrage taxpayers, students and parents showed just months earlier to the speaker who Vogel selected to come to try and explain the benefits of the new grading system)…

Lies and false promises right from the start of her tenure….secrecy and back room deals right from the start of her tenure…poor decisions, poor understanding (or not caring to understand)  local taxpayers, students and teachers and a bad selection of character right from the start……

When will the local boards become independent again, when will they realize that THEY are the boss, and Pam Vogel responds and answers to them, not the other way around. If you are elected to the board, we appreciate your service, but please, stop following Pam Vogel dragging Region One down the drain.

Please, local board members, stop this madness, it is in your hands.

And PS

Does anyone in the administration, or on the boards know about “Google”?