They are entering their 15th year and will be adding a new program for their milestone year.
A Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Program (STEM) that is new to the school for this 2012-2013 school year will be part of that. STEM is an education coalition that works to support programs for teachers and students at the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, and other agencies that offer STEM related programs.
Although the program is designed for high school and college use, Maple Street School has integrated it into their K-8 age group.
"We are looking forward to working with St. Johnsbury and the Gloton School as we strive to implement this program," says Fran Bisselle, Maple Street's Head of School.
Maple Street will be the first school in Vermont to use it for the younger age group. St. Johnsbury Academy and the Gloton School, located in Gloton, Mass., use it solely for their high school students. Maple Street will be linking the K-8 program so it will be able to be developed into the high school program.
Maple Street School is also in their third year of the "Courge To Care" program that helps to assist students to improve character growth and development. The goal of the program is to teach students integrity, cyber citizenry, autonomous goal setting, and community values.
Maple Street will be enrolling
A curriculum map, which is a procedure for reviewing the operational curriculum into an electronic database, has been established for the 2012-2013 school year to help improve faculty organization and communication with students and parents. The goal is to integrate the curriculum map for the 2013-2014 school year. As of right now, Maple Street School is at 25 percent completion of the curriculum map.
"Our goal is to have the program at 75 percent by next year," Bisselle said.