Monday, May 23, 2016

One of our high school co-principals, Amy Rex, has been selected as Vermont’s representative for the Lawrence O’Toole Award through the Nellie Mae Education Foundation.  Vermont (Harwood) will compete with representatives from the other New England states for the grand prize of a $100,000 grant for the school.

Please see more info below, but PLEASE, pass this along to as many folks as possible… we need people to vote! We will have to make up for the population disparity, with a super effort!

Voting starts on Monday, May 23, but let’s get this out there!

Help Harwood Win a $100,000 Grant

At Harwood Union High School in Vermont, students are not only taking an active role in designing their own education, but they are leading efforts to change systems and make sure that student voices are heard and acted upon. As Harwood's Co-principal, Amy Rex has served as a champion of student voice and student-centered learning, leading efforts to develop personalized learning opportunities for every student.

Amy has been nominated for the Nellie Mae Education Foundation’s 5th Annual Lawrence W. O’Toole Award. This honor is bestowed upon a leader who has exhibited great leadership through innovation in moving student-centered approaches to learning forward in New England. One educational leader from each of the New England states has been nominated. 

Each nominee will have an online profile on the Students at the Center Hub, where visitors will be able to vote between May 23rdat 12:00 PM EST – June 3rd, 12:00 PM EST, 2016. This year, the Nellie Mae Foundation has expanded the voting options. Individuals can cast their vote by email or text message - 1 vote per email address or text number. Voting instructions will be placed on the Students at the Center Hub (

The winner (nominee with the most votes by the end of the contest) will be presented with the $100,000 grant for their respective school at a ceremony to follow.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

From Our Superintendent

Dear WWSU Staff:

On this May 9th, 2016 I would sincerely like to wish all of our teaching staff Happy Teacher's Appreciation Week. That being said, I would like to express my sincerest appreciation for all our school employees. It takes a full compliment of all employees to make our schools the very best they can be for our students everyday of the school year. It isn't easy. We are all stretched to our limits by challenges to do our best, fiscal constraints, and especially just never having enough time to accomplish all that we wish to well.

I thank you ALL for your hard work, dedication, integrity, thoughtfulness, teamwork, and determination. Each of our seven schools demonstrates every day the essential, continuous improvement needed to make our schools great, by not allowing complacency to keep us in our comfort zones. Doing the right thing isn't always easy - in fact it is often real hard - but remember that doing the right thing is always right.

Thank you for bringing your best to our schools and the WWSU as a whole. We have almost made it through another successful year. I remain very proud to call you my team!

With warm thoughts of appreciation,

Brigid Nease

Monday, May 2, 2016

Walk and Bike to School is Wednesday, May 4th. Please join us at the Waterbury train station between 7:00-7:15am for light breakfast items provided by Waterbury in Motion and stickers and bookmarks provided by Vermont Safe Routes before we head to Thatcher Brook and Crossett Brook Schools. Students can walk or ride bikes/scooters (helmets required). Parents are invited and encouraged to participate with their children.