The Barre Town Middle and Elementary School offers students a wide range of clubs and activities to help foster learning, community service, and growth. If you're interested in learning more about a particular club, ask your teacher for more information. Clubs being offered during the 2018-19 school year include:
Peer Mentoring: An excellent community service opportunity, peer mentors are matched to younger students at Barre Town, building relationships while supporting the younger students in a variety of ways. The first Peer Mentoring club meeting and new mentor training typically takes place sometime in the Fall. Mentor/mentee matches are made soon after and throughout the year.
Student Council: Students in grades 5 through 8 are invited to join Student Council. Student Council offers a variety of skill building, event planning and community service projects throughout the school year. At each meeting we work on learning and developing leadership and communication skills. Our Student Council members are responsible for planning for and carrying out school-wide events such as school dances, the school store, the annual David Stefaniak Memorial Holiday Food Drive, the annual Barre Town's Got Talent show, pep rallies and more! The BTMES Student Council is a great opportunity for kids to interact, grow and be involved in our school community.
Dissection Club: Dissection club offers an opportunity for seventh grade students who are interested in learning more about how body systems differ between classifications of organisms. We perform a minimum of 5 different dissections (but have done as many as nine). We explore each organisms unique body systems, focusing on skeletal, circulatory, digestive, respiratory and muscular. There is a progression of organisms starting with some of our simpler common organisms like earthworms and culminating in a fetal pig dissection.
Drama Club: The Drama Club has been enriching the Barre Town School Community for many years. It evolved from the traditional one-act play, in which students were required to try out for a limited number of parts, to an all inclusive musical production. Any 5th through 8th grader who desires to be in the Drama Club is invited to participate in a way that shows off their unique talents, including acting, singing, set building, costume design and choreography.
Spelling Bee: Barre Town participates in the Team Spelling Competitions organized by the Vermont Principals' Association. Each fall we have a 5th and 6th grade team and a 7th and 8th grade team that participates in a district competition. If they win that competition, they proceed to the regional competition and then perhaps to the state competition. The teams of 6 students each are chosen based on performance in spelling. Barre Town also participates in the Scripps Spelling competition in the spring. Twenty to twenty five 7th and 8th graders participate in a school spelling bee in February, and the individual winner represents our school at the state competition in March. For more information, see the VPA Team Spelling Page, the Scripps website, or contact Karen Heath, district literacy coordinator, at email@example.com.
Bridge Building: Model bridges promote the study and application of physics and engineering and help students develop “hands-on” skills. Participating students get to experience what it is to be an engineer, designing structures to a set of specifications and then see them perform their function. Teams of students construct bridges in advance of the competition -- using only popsicle sticks, Elmer’s glue, toothpicks, and dental floss. Bridges are judged on aesthetics and originality of design, presentation, ultimate load carrying capacity, strength-to-weight ratio, and predicted failure point. The competition is designed for students/teachers interested in math, science, physics, research, and engineering (STEM areas). Teams receive awards for overall 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place as well as awards for aesthetics, presentations, bridge designs and team spirit.”
Homework Club: Homework Club is available for all grade 5-8 students for the purposes of catching up on past assignments and getting ahead on current assignments. This is an opportunity for students to extend the time that they are able to work at school with a teacher or paraeducator present. It is not designed for students who have their assignments completed. Homework club begins at the end of the middle school day and ends at 3:30. Students may be picked up at that time or ride the B-run buses as space allows.
February 19th Vote to Amend the Default Articles of Agreement:
On February 19, 2019, the voters of the BUUSD will vote in their respective polling places: Barre City residents vote at the Barre City Municipal Auditorium and Barre Town residents vote at the Barre Town Middle and Elementary School Gymnasium; on whether to amend the Default Articles of Agreement which the Vermont State Board of Education provided as part of the Order to Merge in November.
There are two ballot articles to be voted on. If neither ballot article passes the BUUSD will operate under the Default Articles of Agreement as they were drafted. If either ballot article passes the Default Articles of Agreement will be changed as described below. To see the ballot warning, the Default Articles of Agreement, and the proposed Amended Articles of Agreement in their entirety go to: https://www.bsuvt.org/resources/merger-update
What Do the Ballot Questions Mean?
· A YES vote means it would take a future public vote to change the current school configuration. It also means that Barre Town students cannot be forced to go to Barre City School, and Barre City students cannot be forced to go to Barre Town School unless the public votes in the future to change this.
· A NO vote means that after two years, the Board can decide –without a public vote – to change the current school configuration; as well as where students can (or must) attend school.
· A YES vote means that the New Union Board will be comprised of 9 members; 4 members from Barre Town elected by Barre Town voters; 4 members from Barre City elected by Barre City voters; and 1 at-large member elected by voters of both towns.
· A NO vote means that the New Union Board will be comprised of 4 members; 2 members from Barre Town elected by voters of both towns, and 2 members from Barre City elected by voters of both towns.