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Our School

Mission
The mission of Bellows Falls Union High School is to provide all students with the opportunity to expand their intellectual, social, and physical capabilities, to foster their emotional growth, and to assist them in recognizing and achieving their fullest potential.

Core Values

Bellows Falls Union High School’s mission is to provide all students with the opportunity to expand their intellectual, social and physical capabilities, to foster their emotional growth, and to assist students in recognizing and achieving their fullest potential.  

We are committed to the following beliefs about learning:

* Students learn best when the school environment is safe supportive, and cooperative.

* Students learn best when they are recognized as individuals and are fully engaged in lessons tailored to their needs, abilities, and educational goals.

* Students learn best when they become self-aware, self-motivated, community members, with short and long term goals.

* Students learn best when relationships are formed between faculty, students, parents and community, and when faculty members maintain a high degree of professionalism.

* Students learn best when the curriculum is flexible, challenging, appropriate, creative, and applicable to all aspects of life.

In order to to achieve these goals and standards, Bellows Falls Union High School has identified the following learning expectations for all students:

Academic Competencies:

* Literacy and Numeracy Skills
* Communication Skills
* Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills
* Creativity and Innovation Skills
* Technology and Media Skills

Social Competencies:

* Citizenship
* Collaboration and Cooperation
* Healthy Lifestyle
* Diversity and Tolerance
* Goal Setting and Pursuit
* Habits of the Mind

History
In 1969, the towns of Athens, Grafton, Rockingham, and Westminster formed Union High School District 27 and began plans for a District High School.  Residents wanted a school that could be also used as a community learning center for adult education classes, club meetings, and civic affairs.  Administrators and teachers wanted a school that would permit them to try out new ideas and allow for individual differences in learning styles.  All wanted a school that would not be obsolete in a few years by changes in the educational philosophies or requirements.  They found their answer in a school designed on a flexible, open space plan.  All interior walls (except those needed for noise control or privacy) were eliminated to obtain a fluid interior. Thus, the school is adaptable for traditional or innovative programs, lectures or discussions, team or individual teaching, large or small classes.  Each of the main function areas, academic, fine and applied arts, gymnasium, and industrial arts, are located in a separate section.  Each section can be closed off from the others and each has direct access to the outside so that several events can be held simultaneously without interference.  

Past Principals
1971-1981 - Charles Davis
1981-1996 - Ned Caron
1996-1999 - Warren Baugher
1999-2005 - John Doty
2005-Present - Chris Hodsden

School Song

Bellows Falls, ever glorious
Bellows Falls, to you we sing,
Bellows Falls, e'er victorious
Your praises ever ring
On the field, the field of conflict
We will fight for the right,
We'll be loyal, loyal ever
To the Purple and the White

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