Principal's Blog

  • Learning Targets: Helping Students Aim for Understanding in Today's Lesson

    Posted by Colleen Byrd on 10/19/2018 4:00:00 PM

    The Hoosac Valley High School administratros and educators are working to raise student achievement by reevaluating teaching and learning.  Our Instructional Leadership Team has been working hard to develop a solid working turn around plan that addresses four needs: Leadership, Shared Responsibility, and Professional Collaboration; Intentional Practices for Improving Instruction; Providiing Student Specific Supports for Providing Instruction to All Students; and School Climate and Culture.  
    Part of this plan, specifically our goal to develop and create intentional practices for improving instruction, include raising student achievement by conducting a performance of understanding in classrooms (a learning experience that deepens student understanding and produces compelling evidence of where students are in relation to the learning target of each lesson).  Both halves of the team (the teacher and the student) need to create a learning team in order to raise student achievement.  

    One of the goals this year is to provide teaching and learning around Learning Targets and how targeted daily lessons help the teacher understand not only what the students are learning in each particular lesson, but whether or not the student actually understood the target and outcome.  We are utilizing a book called Learning Targets: Helping Students Aim for Understanding in Today's Lesson.  The authors' theory of action is that "the most effective teaching and the most meaningful student learning happen when teachers design the right learning target for today's lesson and use it along with their students to aim for and assess understanding."  Read a synopsis from the book by clicking here, and ask your students if they have noticed the "I can" statements in their classrooms.  

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  • Family Guides to the Standards

    Posted by Colleen Byrd on 9/27/2018 5:00:00 PM

    Learn about Massachusetts learning expectations by exploring the new Family Guides to the Standards from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

    The Family Guides cover some of the learning standards that every student will master in each grade and how families can help them achieve these learning goals!

    Guides include standards for English language arts and literacy, math, and science and technology/engineering.  Check it out online: CLICK HERE

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  • The Class of 2018 Yearbooks, "A Brighter Tomorrow" are here!  Class of 2018 students and parents/guardians are welcome to come to Hoosac to pick up their yearbooks in the FIRST office (MS Office).  Books will be available along with a sign-out sheet.  

    Other students who have purchased yearbooks are welcome to come to the HS office to pick up their books.  Questions?  Call 743-5200.

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  • 2020 Barcelona and Madrid

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  • Principal

    Colleen Byrd


    Dean of Students 

    Molly Meczywor



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