2021-22 Budget Feedback

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The district is seeking feedback into additional spending that will take place in the 2021-22 school budget. The district is continuing all its core operations next year with additional planned changes/additions that are being proposed. See the preliminary budget presentation here.

The district is seeking feedback into additional spending that will take place in the 2021-22 school budget. The district is continuing all its core operations next year with additional planned changes/additions that are being proposed. See the preliminary budget presentation here.

Student Support Needs

As we are planning for next year, we have been working on providing the following:

  • academic support
  • mental health support
  • support for students with special needs
  • learning environment improvements
  • assessments to know where students are

What have we missed that your student needs? What within these buckets does your student need?

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    Stressed about

    by MGM76, 5 months ago


    My son has attended our neighborhood school since KG. We realize that Covid had some real interruptions in learning for everyone. But I have become appalled at how little of the basics of reading, writing and math has been a focus at our school over the years. My child still does not demonstrate correct use of English conventions. He has never been taught grammar, there has never been any spelling (that we know of) and he uses little to no punctuation.

    The entire first half of his 4th grade year (covid) was online and was, for the most part, a... Continue reading

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    Structured Literacy Instruction Needed

    by Decker , 5 months ago

    Structured literacy instruction is needed in all elementary classrooms. I have had to "unteach" my son poor reading strategies that he is being taught through the use of the current reading curriculum, despite having excellent wonderful teachers.

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    Access to online learning games/sites

    by Carmel, 5 months ago
    As a parent of average achieving kids at Columbine Elementary, I would love for them to keep up the progress they made last year by having access to some of the learning based sites they used with their online teachers during the school year. I’m thinking of Prodigy, Epic, Raz-Kids, WootMath and Brain Pop. I don’t know what it would cost to extend those licenses, but that would be the most natural way for many of our students to build academic skills into their summers so we can start 2021-2022 on a strong note. They already have the habit of... Continue reading

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    Orientation and social connections check-in for students who spent 2019-2020 fully remote

    by Stephanie Pease, 5 months ago
    Because of high risk family members, both my kiddos (age 13 & 15) spent all last year remote. My older son missed his orientation to freshman life at Fairview, and the (albeit limited) opportunities for social connection he would have made as a normal freshman. My younger son began as a new student at Manhattan Middle in January, and couldn't have had a better experience for the situation he was in, but obviously will be starting his 8th grade year as essentially a brand-new student to the school, with all the social-emotional complications that go along with that. I'm hoping... Continue reading

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    Options for special home learning

    by Hybrid Kiddos, 5 months ago

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    My child, a rising sophomore, has had a terrible experience in BVSD for YEARS. We’ve tried several different schools and had to pull her out for two years when her teachers and the environment became so toxic that she became suicidal. Despite the efforts of several lovely teachers and staff, she still finds school to be frightening, exhausting, and wasteful of her time and efforts. She is highly gifted but also in an ILC program due to her needs. COVID provided an amazing opportunity to see what she can accomplish WITH her amazing support team AND the removal... Continue reading

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    TAG instruction needed

    by Cham2207, 5 months ago

    In order to meet the needs of ALL learners there needs to be targeted instruction provided to students in TAG! I have two students identified as TAG and the most they’ve gotten are some independent projects to do on their own time. This is really sad and a detriment to their learning. I saw several other comments addressing the same issue and I know it is a problem across the district. Just like special education, there needs to be direct instruction and money targeted for advanced learners! Too often if this does not happen the advanced students are not getting... Continue reading

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    Outside space/playground/structures for Middle schoolers is important for mental and physical health

    by Morag, 5 months ago

    As many students return to schools from a learning from home environment I am concerned about their mental well being. I think part of mental well being is having a healthy body. I think it is very important for Middle Schools to have appropriate outside space and activities for students overall health. My son is returning to SHMS after a year of BU. SHMS does not have any kind of play structure or natural play area for recess. I think it's important for BVSD to consider putting an age appropriate play structure in the grounds of the school (out front?)... Continue reading

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    Missed needs

    by Dana Scritchfield , 5 months ago

    There is a huge need for development of those within the talented and gifted program. More activities and development of their skills.

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    budget diversification

    by ryan@me.com, 5 months ago

    I am super glad to see that you are prioritizing mental health---it is THE MOST IMPORTANT thing to me. I would really like the district to see about funding for more extracurricular school/academic activities. For example, things like Battle of the Books or chess club. A place and opportunity for our children to connect with each other in a new way and gain vital experiences that can inspire them. It is these experiences that in a create a love of learning and more in-depth investigations and learning. I know the idea is to focus on paying master-level teachers, but I... Continue reading

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    TAG instruction is lacking

    by Tiffany G, 5 months ago


    I'm shocked that in this "advanced" school district, our elementary schools share TAG teachers. The TAG program in BVSD is woefully inadequate. Schools that have anything approaching a workable solution for this have it funded and led by parents, not teachers. That's ridiculous; schools should be providing education, not parents. My school does not provide TAG education in a meaningful sense (Pioneer). Contrary to popular opinion, students who qualify for TAG do need these services. They shouldn't be considered a fun extra. Each elementary school should have its own TAG teacher providing actual TAG education weekly to all qualifying students.

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