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Memorial Day Parade

Our students and school community were honored to participate in this year's Memorial Day Parade this past Tuesday, and it was a powerful learning experience for all.  I had a chance to connect with BTMES, BCEMS, and SHS marching bands to hear their thoughts on participating in the ceremony, and we also go to catch up with the SHS J.R.O.T.C. program.

Command Sgt. Major Arianna Little (Junior, SHS) said it best:  "It's so important to honor those that have served our country and to show our patriotism."  Indeed it is, and all of our students respectfully honored our veterans on this perfect day for a parade!  Many thanks to our Band Directors Bobby Booth (SHS), Ally Tarwater (BTMES), and Angela Garcelon (BCEMS) for providing this opportunity for our students to shine on such an important day.  And of course, thank you to SHS J.R.O.T.C. Instructors Sgt. Danny Boone and Lt. Colonel Paul Stafford for leading our efforts in having our students be such an integral part of these events that honor our veterans.  It was a day to be truly proud of our school community!

Student and Curriculum Director Karen Fredericks

This week's school showcase highlights a recent Math Night at BCEMS that brought the Barre Town and Barre City elementary communities together last Thursday night. BUUSD Math Coordinator Jen Bisson and Director of Curriculum Karen Fredericks put together a fun night for students and families, and this is just one example of how wonderful it has been to get the community back in our schools this year! Here is Karen's take on the night:

"We had an excellent turn out for our first post COVID Barre Math Night (with a count of 175 attendees). Jen Bisson, Barre UUSD PrK-8 Math Coordinator, organized the event in partnership with All Learners Network. It was such a pleasure to see equal representation of both Barre City and Barre Town families and teachers! Thank you for supporting our students, and the learning that is happening in the classroom."

Teachers and Superintendent Chris Hennessey in office

On behalf of all of us in the Barre Unified Union School District, a sincere thank you to the Barre community for supporting our school budget!  As you can see here, the fact that the passing of our budget occurred in the middle of Teacher Appreciation Week was a big deal to us!

SHS teachers Margo Austin and Pam Smith shared just two of many examples of the community stepping up to support our schools this year!  We've been saying all along that we don't take your support for granted and that your voice matters. You can count on that continuing!

Finally, many thanks to the BUUSD School Board for joining us and providing delicious breakfasts to the faculty and staff at all of our schools this week.  The support has been truly appreciated!

barre poppins cast

Happy Spring!  The month of April has been a remarkable one for the performing arts in the BUUSD.  Among many highlights, last Friday saw the first drama production at BCEMS in 15 years!  For those who got to see the kids' production of "Barre Poppins'' last Friday night in a packed house, it was a treat indeed!  First year BCEMS 5th grade ELA teacher Adam Jacobs saw an opportunity to get a drama club together this year, and he took it!

student of the week celebration

For the second Showcase in a row, we are happy to welcome back an SHS alum into our schools!  Last week, 2010 SHS grad and BCEMS dad Steve Rich visited BCEMS Art Teacher Kate Hawley's 1st grade class.  Steve was interested in sharing his experiences as an artist in the granite trades with these young learners, and it was a great visit!