Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Varsity Girls Soccer Players Help Plant New VUHS Garden

Thank you to Caroline, Shay, Kaitlyn, Lexi, and Breanna for helping plant our four new garden beds at VUHS. Michael Johnston, parent and community member, has been instrumental in establishing the beginning of a community garden at VUHS this summer. We look forward to "growing" this project in the future to provide food directly to our cafeteria and incorporate it into the curriculum. This year we hope to have carrots, leeks, tomatoes, and basil for school lunches. Thanks girls, Michael, and all the businesses that have donated materials or provided them at a significantly reduced cost...Aubuchon's, Greenhaven Gardens, Gardener's Supply. See some pictures here.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

VUHS Student in WCAX Story about Governor's Institute for Engineering

Ben Clark, VUHS Sophomore, is featured in a WCAX story about the work and learning that happened at the Vermont Governor's Institute for Engineering at UVM this past week. Check out "Young VT Engineering Minds Tested at UVM" here. Congrats Ben! Thanks for representing VUHS so well. For more info on the Governor's Institutes, check out www.giv.org. Great opportunities for students.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Team Phoenix Good Intention Convention & Student Genius Hour Reflections

All year students have engaged in a number of challenges during weekly Genius Hour time. From building with recycled materials to coding to planning a vacation on a budget, students have had different opportunities to try new things and be creative. 

You may have heard that our final Genius Hour challenge to students was to do something to make the world better. Students came up with a variety of ways to accomplish this. One group asked students to write kind notes to their classmates which they then delivered anonymously. Other groups are raising money for various organizations: the John Graham Shelter and Homeward Bound, etc. We also have groups who are using their expertise to teach others about things like engines and circuits.

Everyone is invited to the culmination of this particular challenge and our first year of this Genius Hour experiment. We are ending this challenge with a Good Intention Convention where students will show off the work they did for this challenge and explain who and how they've helped the world. We would love you to come and see what they did. The Good Intention Convention will be held from 1:45-2:15 in the VUHS Library on Wednesday, June 8th. We hope to see many of you there!

Check out this short video to learn what the students and teachers think about Team Phoenix Genius Hour.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

VUHS Middle School Students Participate in Girls on the Run 5K

Middle schoolers Lauren, Reagan, and Lexi represented VUHS Saturday June 4th at the Girls on the Run 5k at the Champlain Valley Expo. All three girls finished the race with smiles on their faces. Great job girls! Thanks also to coaches Lori Stith and Meghan McGrath for making the experience possible. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Student Reflections on I Am Malala

Wonderful work in 7th grade language arts class. The summary below was written by ELA teacher Meghan McGrath. Check out the student responses to Malala's story.

This week we finished up reading the book, I Am Malala. Students have been really thoughtful in our discussions of the text, and I think Malala's story has been interesting and inspiring to a lot of students. To read just a few students' responses, click this link here. Next week we will watch the documentary, He Named Me Malala which follows the book fairly closely as it tells Malala's story. This parent discussion guide is really well done, and if you'd like to talk to your child about the movie, this could be a good place to start. As we've read this story, we've also learned about rhetorical devices and listened to a couple of Malala's speeches as well as one by her father. Now that students understand a bit about rhetoric and hopefully are inspired to speak up about issues that matter to them, they will be working to write and deliver a short speech about someone or something that inspires them. I'm interested to hear what they have to say!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

8th Grade Student is Recognized for his Accomplishment on the UVM Mathematics Exam


The University of Vermont’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics sponsored the 59th Annual High School Prize Examination in Mathematics on March 9th. This year students from 51 schools throughout the state participated in this test, including nine brave souls from VUHS. This is a 2-hour test that does not allow calculators. There are 41 questions, which include Algebra, Geometry, Pre-Calculus and lots of problem solving. UVM recognizes the students who place in the top ten percent of all students who took the test and the person with the highest score from each school. This is the 2nd year in a row that Kai Williams received both honors for VUHS. He placed 6th overall in the state of Vermont, which is a very impressive accomplishment. He was honored and received his award at Math Day May 17th at UVM. Congratulations Kai, we are very proud of you!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

VUHS 10th Grade Morning Meeting Helps Stock New Haven River

This month Sandy Chicoine's morning meeting helped the Vt. Dept of Fish and Wildlife stock 1500 trout in the New Haven River. It was a fun and  interesting learning and community service experience! Check out the pictures below.