Why Slate Valley Unified School District?
The schools within Slate Valley Unified School District are the centers of their close-knit, vibrant communities. While each community within the district celebrates its own unique identity, we are unified in our mission and vision for our children. Our classrooms are enriched by the history, community, and landscape surrounding our rural schools.
S.L.A.T.E. - Student Learning Achieved Through Engagement
Our Students are curious and creative learners. They are critical thinkers and learners who seek knowledge and possess technological competence and collaborative skills.
Our Educators believe in providing for the social, emotional, and academic needs of every child so that they feel connected, safe, and respected. They are committed to offering a challenging and engaging atmosphere in which all members of the school community can learn and grow.
Our Families and Community are integral to the success of our students and schools. Families are active, engaged, and welcomed partners in their child’s education.
The Slate Valley Advantage
Our advantage is our community. While education traditionally has taken place inside the classroom walls, we are moving beyond those four walls and expanding the classroom to our communities.
Community Engaged Learning
We are working to become a collaborative center for engaged learning.
This initiative will support:
- Entrepreneurship opportunities
- Field research
- Capstone projects
- Cooperative experiences
- Job shadows with “anchor institutions” in our communities
Pilot projects for this collaborative initiative include The Binding Site in Benson, Hubbardton Forge in Castleton, and Camara Slate Projects in Fair Haven. As a result of this emerging initiative, students will be better prepared to engage in life after high school. Students will be leaving school having had an experience where they can apply learning from the classroom to an area of interest to them in their own communities.
Valley Commons Project
Slate Valley students engage with their communities through a deeper form of learning called experiential learning. At the high school level, FHUHS students will be participating in a Valley Commons Project. These projects create connections across the Slate Valley between school and community for the common good.
A Valley Commons Project results in content and skill development for students. Collaborative learning experiences are developed between community partners, teachers, students, and parents.
The goals of a Valley Commons Project are to:
- Make strong connections between their Personalized Learning Paths (link)
- Experience content proficiency through community-based applications
- Make interdisciplinary connections between Transferable Skills (real world skills) and science, math, social sciences, English, arts, health, and physical education
- Reflect on and refine an understanding of themselves as learners and members of their greater community
All of our students are engaged in rigorous, authentic, experiential, individualized learning that is supported or accelerated to ensure that they meet or exceed standards. Our community is passionate about equitable educational outcomes for all students. When our students leave our schools, they embrace diversity and culture, act responsibly, and contribute to our communities.