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Principal's Message

Dear EFHS Students, Parents, and Guardians:

 

Greetings from your new Principal: Welcome to the 2019-2020 academic year! I, along with all our educators, support staff, and service providers at Enosburg Falls High School, look forward to seeing our students on Wednesday, August 28th for the first day of school. This year we will continue to explore proficiency-based teaching, learning, and standards reporting for our students within the four-marking period model. Recognizing that not every student learns in exactly the same manner, EFHS teachers are becoming increasingly more committed and dedicated to discovering and understanding the learning style of every student and doing whatever is possible to provide access to high-quality educational instruction in the most creative, flexible, and equitable ways possible.

 

Side by side with offering access to quality academic instruction in both core subject content and electives, students will be provided with excellent opportunities to become more skilled and proficient in Social Emotional Learning (SEL). SEL focuses on developing and sustaining those skills that help and prepare our students to become knowledgeable, responsible, caring adults. In addition to offering students avenues to master standards-based core subject content, EFHS can also be a place where students:

 

  • Acquire a knowledge base plus a set of skills, work habits, and values for a lifetime of meaningful work.
  • Feel motivated to contribute responsibly and ethically to their peer group, family, school, and community.
  • Develop a sense of self-worth and feel effective as they deal with daily responsibilities and challenges.
  • Are socially skilled and have positive relationships with peers and adults.
  • Engage in positive, safe, healthy behavior practices.

 

As we move further towards greater personalized proficiency-based learning, additional diverse options are being made available to all of our students. Along with AT support and our student-driven enrichment system, all students have access to and can choose a wide variety of traditional and college course offerings both here at school and on college campuses around the area. Further, we will continue to offer concurrent dual enrollment courses in which students can earn credit from CCV, as well as, Vermont Technical College. Additionally, we have worked to increase our structured independent study and internship options. This includes an expansion of the WISE project-based learning program for all students, as well as, an expansion of our Extended Learning Opportunities (ELO) Program, where students can develop interest–based independent studies as a flexible, alternative pathway to meet standards, become proficient, while earning academic credit. Our school counselors can be very helpful in addressing any questions or concerns students, parents /guardians may have not only about scheduling but also about academic programming. Please feel free to reach out to the School Counseling Department staff.

 

I want to thank the entire community for having extended to me a very warm welcome to Enosburg Falls High School. I am very pleased to be your new educational leader and specifically to be the Principal of this wonderful school. I look forward to working in collaboration with all of you in helping every EFHS student be as successful as possible.

 

Respectfully yours,

 

 

Joseph F. Donarum, Principal