November 6, 2015

posted Nov 9, 2015, 4:50 AM by Kurt Gergler

Hello Families,

On Tuesday night a group assembled in the high school auditorium to view a documentary, “Most Likely to Succeed.” This film makes a case to change public education away from the traditional format to one that emphasized creativity, collaboration, problem solving and communication. The argument is that these skills are needed for jobs in the 21st century. (This differs from the traditional view of school, focus on the 3 Rs and learning the facts.)

We were joined by parents, students, school leaders, educators, the NH Commissioner of Education, other state education leaders and the producer of the film. Those in attendance engaged in short discussion about the film and collectively we could help move schools in a direction that supports creativity, collaboration, problem solving, and communication. A thread in the conversation developed, which focused on barriers. One barrier was identified as a rigid, broad based thinking around what a school is and is not. The film’s producer suggested that dialog is the best way for communities to come together on this issue.

I would like to offer opportunities for this dialog and would like to show the movie and have a discussion. On Thursday, November 12th, I will be in the cafeteria starting at 6:00 PM to show the film and meet with parents, educators and citizens. I will have a short list of topics to share and I will leave time and space for discussion. In relation to the topic of the movie, I want to share about competency education. Competency education is where we are heading and dovetails with encouraging creativity, collaboration, problem solving and communication. I also want to share about the report cards coming out in December as the levels will look different than last spring. The report card change is in support of our competency work.

We at BES are very excited about the conferences scheduled for Monday and Tuesday. We enjoy seeing parents and we can talk about children for hours!!! We hope you all can make it to see your child(ren)’s teacher.

Also next week we will send home the Smarter Balanced assessment scores for our current 4th graders. The SBAC (the state test) was given last spring when the children were in 3rd grade. We will mail the scores home on Thursday the 12th so look for them on Friday or Saturday.

Keep in touch.


Kurt Gergler