It was a peaceful demonstration of non-violent American protest rights. Over one hundred H.V.R.H.S. students under the watchful eyes of administration ( there to make sure the press and the students did not mix) and apparently some teaches (taking names for later punishment).
The note from Ian at H.Y.R.H.S says….
Harvard School of Education professor Dr. Doug Reeves will be at Housatonic on Tuesday evening for talks on the new grading system at 4:30 and 7 PM. Ian referred to him as Harvard School of Education professor..THAT IS INCORRECT…he has twice been named to the Harvard University Distinguished Authors Series, that is quite a difference.
Well, anyway here are some articles to “bone” up on for his appearance….just a question: Thi s is undoubtedly costing Region One (and thus YOU the Taxpayers money!). Don’t you think they could have found someone with not so quite a educationally questioned background? I found someone who lives right here in Salisbury….
Douglas Reeves, a former Swampscott resident, author and international education consultant served time in federal prison in the early 1990s.
This April 10, 2014 article by Catherine Gewertz from “Education Week” covers the acquittal but notes as well that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ended its relationship with Dr. Reeves.
Then there’s this 2011 post, “The ‘90/90/90 Schools’ Myth,” from Justin Baeder, a blogger for “Education Week,” that questions Reeves’ findings specifically. Below this article are two additional articles critical of so-called “miracle” schools that claim to have rapidly boosted student performance. These articles are extremely relevant, and quite critical of what the authors view as exploitation by for-profit educational companies ultimately unable to maintain their claims of high speed, high level growth.
We know a local supporter of this type of grading system who is willing to speak to local parents on why it was the implantation of the program as to why it is failing. If enough parents show interest, we can set up a local Q and A with her so you can get information that is not biased, or paid for by Region One.
Dr. Douglas Reeves is the founder of Creative Leadership Solutions. The author of more than 30 books and 80 articles on leadership and organizational effectiveness, Doug has twice been named to the Harvard University Distinguished Authors Series.
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. VOGEL..you can run but you can’t hide.
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.
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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!!!!
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This is NOT ACCEPTABLE
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Subject: Winter Eligibility
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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.