Wednesday, September 13, 2017

VUHS Teacher Receives Regional Honor

Allison Mahoney, our newest teacher in the VUHS English Dept, has been selected from among candidates across New England as the 2017 recipient of the Marion Gleason Most Promising New Teacher Award by the New England Association of Teachers of English (NEATE).

The Marian Gleason Award, which is presented annually at the NEATE Fall Conference, goes to a teacher with one to three years’ full-time experience teaching English/Language Arts who exhibits the following qualities: extensive knowledge of his or her discipline, interest in and concern for students and the ability to challenge and motivate them, and involvement in professional organizations and/or staff development.

Congratulations Allison! A well-deserved honor. We are fortunate to have you working with our VUHS students.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Class of 2017 Goes "Back to Their Roots"

The VUHS Class of 2017 spent the morning of Friday June 9th going back to their elementary schools to celebrate their 13 years of education (K-12) back where it all started.

Check out pictures here.

Lee Shorey and 23 FCS seniors came back to “Run Through the Halls” one final time. They also shared their future plans and their successes in high school. They presented a check to FCS for a thousand dollars to help increase student voice from their May Walkathon. They also presented Mrs. Lawrence with a heart shaped stone they found when they were in 6th grade. At the end of the assembly they gave Annie Cohn a group hug for all she has done for the school.

Students also opened their time capsule which contained notes, tee-shirts and a video. Then they visited classes to talk with favorite teachers and answer questions for the FCS students. Of course some grads had "fond" memories of the office. - Beth Brodie, FCS Principal

Seniors came to our building today. Traditions are invented and good ones continue. The advent of returning to your roots started a while ago here in Vergennes and continued today. Students came to see where they started their public school journey. Some saw the teachers they had, the spaces where they learned, and visited the lunch room where they may have tried kumquats or stroganoff for the first time.

These seniors attended here before they joined math team, sang in the play for a packed house, played a single minute of varsity, ran a leg of a 4 x 400, took a final, passed their driving test, wrote a play, spoke in a national oratorical competition, had a job or thought too much about their future. They did come back here today, to remember some pieces of their past. In order to see really where we are, to appreciate the lengths of our successes, we must recall the roots from which our branches sprang.

They came in blue and wore robes and mortar boards. They talked about their memories, they discussed their future, and most importantly they let students know that this place, this little nook, in a tiny state is indeed precious and worthy. We appreciate that students came here to remember, but we very much appreciate that they inspired greatness in our students. Thanks and good luck to the VUHS class of 2017. - Matthew DeBlois, Principal

Today as a school, we were privileged to host “Back to Our Roots” and welcome back Addison Central’s graduating senior class of 2017. During their visit they shared their goals as they embark on their next adventure after graduation. They also were able to reflect on their time at ACS and share memories of their time here. - Travis Park, Principal

Friday, June 9, 2017

Class of 2017 Celebrates Senior Awards Night

On Wednesday June 7, 2017 the VUHS Class of 2017 was honored with numerous awards. You can view the program on the VUHS guidance webpage which includes the awards and recipients. All students in the class were honored and recognized by their morning meeting advisor during the evening as well. Advisors shared accolades, fond memories, and thank you's of each student they have come to know over the last four years. The evening ended with a video of senior pictures, including baby pictures. It was a wonderful celebration. We wish all the best to our newest graduates.

Monday, May 22, 2017

VUHS Students at New England Young Writers' Conference

Congratulations to the New England Young Writers' Conference attendees! We had a great weekend, and our students represented Vergennes with distinction. Please give an extra pat on the back to Aliya Hugo and Wade Mullin, both of whom were chosen by their writing groups to read their work at the final celebration: a great honor for both of them.

Monday, May 15, 2017

VUHS Student Earns State Math Honor

Congratulations to Kai Williams who was honored on Thursday, May 4th for earning the 3rd top score in the 2016-17 Mathematics Talent Search sponsored by the Vermont State Mathematics Coalition. He was invited to a dinner, presented one of his solutions to a problem, and received a book award and graphing calculator. Congratulations Kai for earning this honor! 

Congratulations VUHS Future Farmers of America (FFA) Members

They made us proud at this year’s state convention.
·       Howie Vander Wey earned 4th place and Raymond Vander Wey 1st place in the safe tractor operation competition.
·       Tianna Riviat earned 3rd place and Brody King earned 2nd in the dairy handling competition.
·       Andrew Woods scored 2nd place in the extemporaneous public speaking event.
·       Emily Jackson submitted the best FFA secretary’s book in the state and earned $50.
·       Our Parliamentary Procedure team gave the best demonstration seen at the state level in years and earned the right to compete nationally. Great work Andrew Woods, Robert Verburg, Emily Jackson, Brianna Vander Wey, Breanna De Smit, Howie Vander Wey, and Tianna Riviat.
·       Our Ag Mechanics team won the state competition for the first time in several years and each member earned a $7,000 scholarship to the University of Northwestern Ohio. Congratulations Grady Devoid, Michael Davis, Jacob Barnes and Cody DeVries. Michael also won 3rd place individually and Cody won 1st place individually.
·       This past year the majority of the state officers were VUHS alumni: Nick Jackson, Shawnna Vander Wey, and Nicole Stearns.
·       Breanna DeSmit, our chapter President, earned her state degree and was also elected Vermont FFA Vice President.

Amazing job Vergennes FFA!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


Montpelier - On April 8th, over 300 students from around the state gathered at Montpelier Union High School to participate in the state's annual Vermont History Day. Students were tasked with researching and presenting a topic relating to this year’s theme, “Taking a Stand”.

Vergennes Union Middle School students Adam Clark and Jarret Muzzy came in first place in the junior group exhibit category for their exhibit, "Lucy Terry Prince". The two were also awarded the Deborah Pickman Clifford Vermont Women's History Prize for an outstanding entry focusing on a Vermont woman. Clark and Muzzy will represent Vermont at National History Day in Maryland on June 11-15. Vergennes Union High School student, Ian Gramling, will also represent Vermont at National History Day for his second place win in the senior individual exhibit category for his exhibit, "The Winter War: Finland defies the Soviet Juggernaut". Also taking home a prize were Ferrisburgh Central School students, Sam Michaels and Henry Anderson, for their exhibit on Bernie Sanders. Michaels and Anderson won the Vermont History Award for demonstrating outstanding use of primary sources.

Other local students competing at History Day were Vergennes Union Elementary School students Evan Rakowski, Carlyn Rapoport, Morgan Hurlburt, and Vergennes Union Middle School student, Ryley Olsen. These students all competed in the junior individual exhibit category and their topics were as follows: "Theodor Geisel's Fight for the Environment and Against Nazi's" by Evan Rakowski, "Benedict Spinoza: Crusader of Free Beliefs", by Morgan Hurlburt,  "Helen Keller: Champion of the Disabled" by Carlyn Rapoport, and "Joan of Arc: Fighting the French", by Ryley Olsen. The adult advisors for the students included Rebecca Coffey, Melissa Muzzy, Josh Brooks and Kathy Douglas.

Vermont History Day is open to Vermont students in grades five through twelve and home study students ages 10 to 18. This educational program is designed to encourage students to develop research and critical thinking skills through the study of history. Students spend months researching their project, writing a process paper, and creating their exhibit. On the day of the event, the students are interviewed by a panel of judges and their exhibits are scored based on a combination of the interview and how well their exhibit visually represented their research while addressing the year’s theme. Students can also chose to enter a research paper, performance, documentary or website.