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Important Information You Might Not Have Known About Porters Point School

Did you know some of these facts about Porters Point School?

PPS Has Implemented PBIS
During this academic year, Porters Point School successfully implemented PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports), a system of research- and training-based approaches to behavior management. As part of the comprehensive program implementation, PPS’s staff completed two professional training sessions. PPS is one of 175 Vermont schools to incorporate this program.

PPS Is Dedicated to Technology
Interactive whiteboards are being installed in all first- and second-grade classrooms. PPS has fifty laptops/netbooks used by its students for daily instruction, and more than iPads—which were partially funded by PPS’s PTO—are on the way.

PPS Emphasizes Literacy
PPS celebrates reading in a big way with Red Clover Day. Books come alive with small-group activities centered around books that are recipients of the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award and that are nominated for the yearly Red Clover Award.

PPS is a Recipient of the FAHC Community Benefit Fund Grant
PPS recently learned that it is a recipient of the Fletcher Allen Health Care Community Benefit Fund Grant. This $11,760 grant will fund a comprehensive community outreach program designed to reduce childhood malnutrition and childhood obesity for children and their families.

Wellness is Important at PPS
Wellness is an integral part of the day at PPS. The students participate in walkathons and the Five a Day Healthy Snack Month; offer input into meal choices; and enthusiastically participate in the breakfast program, Jump Rope for Heart (which raises funds for the American Heart Association), and the Jump with Jill assembly. PPS also recently had a surprise visit from the Harlem Globetrotter’s CHEER for Character program.

PPS’s Assessments Shine
With a poverty rate of 38.31 percent, PPS continues to meet AYP (adequate yearly progress in literacy and math), which is the target number set by the State of Vermont.

PPS Has Dedicated Community Involvement
PPS has strong connections with our community; grandparents volunteer from RSVP, the American Legion participates with students for the Constitution Day gathering, and PPS annually welcomes back over one hundred volunteers for Project Inside Out. Students also donate to the Colchester Community Food Shelf and sing holiday songs for senior citizens at the Visiting Nurse Association. Parent volunteers enhance the school’s literacy blocks by participating in the emergent literacy program for kindergarteners, and Four Winds science volunteers add a tremendous natural science program to PPS’s science curriculum.

Project Inside Out—One of PPS’s Honored Traditions
Project Inside Out is a school program that challenges students to apply skills in a non-school setting. Students have the opportunity to explore and expand the school curriculum in a variety of hands-on activities and life experiences. Within Project Inside Out, the students work in multi-grade small groups. Project Inside Out also provides an opportunity for teachers, parents, community members, and various performing artists to work together with and for the students of Porters Point School. This will be PPS’s thirty-second consecutive year! Some parents have remained involved with Project Inside Out for many years, even though their children have moved to another school. Project Inside Out is entirely funded by the money children earn through fundraising and donations from members of the community. The parent and community support has made Project Inside Out the wonderful and unique program it has been for the past thirty years.

PPS Mentors Student Teachers
PPS is a training site for student teachers from St. Michael’s College, the University of Vermont, Johnson State College, and the Community College of Vermont. It also hosts guidance interns from UVM and Johnson State College.

For more information about Porters Point School, please e-mail Principal Jim Marshall or call (802) 264-5920.

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