Tuesday, November 15, 2016

8th Grade VUHS Student to Participate in the Vermont State Legislature Page Program

Congratulations to Summer Chabot! She has been selected for the Vermont State Legislature Page Program. She will spend six weeks in April and May working with our legislators and learning about the legislative process. We are proud to have Summer representing VUHS in Montpelier.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Sugarbush Student Achievement Program Recognizes VUHS High Honors Students

Each year Sugarbush Resort offers VUHS students a season pass to ski or ride at their resort. This offer is based upon academic achievement from the previous year. To be eligible a student must achieve High Honors for three marking periods in the previous academic year. Students are eligible when they are in grades 10-12. Packets were distributed to students by Principal Stephanie Taylor on Friday, November 11. This year 27 students from VUHS were awarded a packet from Sugarbush and can ski or ride for free this winter. Congratulations to all! Keep up the good work! Ally Atkins, Lance Bergmans, Anneke Boelens, Leigah Burbo, Lillian Clark, Kylie Comeau, Brandon Cousino, Norah Deming, Bess Gramling, Nora Hatch, Marin Howell, Emily Jackson, Kristina Jochum, Caroline Johnston, Eva Kamman, Sadie Kass, Erin Lawrence, Ezekiel Palmer, Hannah Philbrook, Shay Pouliot, Dylan Rapoport, Lianna Sargent-Maher, Lauren Scott, Madeline Smith, Megan Tarte, Carter Visicaro, Cedar Winslow

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Commodore Community Project - Peer Prevention Group Focuses on Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week - a time to focus on the prevention of drug and alcohol use among teens.

Commodore Community Project - Peer Prevention Group - a group of high school students dedicating their time to learn and educate others about healthy life choices.

One day the group focused on encouraging peers to identify their natural highs that make them feel good and help them stay away from drug and alcohol use. See a couple pictures below from the day. Visit naturalhigh.org to see some videos about role models and their focus on natural highs.

Thanks CCP-PPG!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

VUHS Teacher of the Year

VUHS Teacher of the Year – Meghan McGrath
Meghan McGrath goes above and beyond to not only provide her classroom students with exceptional learning opportunities, but also strives to bring unique and innovative programming to the entire middle school. Her initiatives last year alone included Genius Hour, which was hugely successful in engaging students who don't generally feel successful in school, independent study opportunities for students ready to take their learning to a higher level; planning and running a 2 day creative writing event and linking middle school work to Personalized Learning Plans (PLPs) and the Proficiency Based Graduation Requirements (PBGRs). She strives to challenge herself by teaching complex and provocative texts, modeling the things that feel hard, like talking about race with students, and providing students with meaningful opportunities to be heard. The students she works with have true voice and choice in her classroom. She has arranged several student-centered action projects including having students lead team meetings, writing entries for the school news and helping them present to the entire faculty. As if this work alone does not qualify her to be teacher of the year she has also stepped up as a leader for Team Phoenix and models the middle school practices we all strive to implement. This school community benefits greatly from her presence. Thanks and congratulations, Meghan.

Meghan, VUHS Principal, Stephanie Taylor, ANWSU Superintendent, JoAn Canning, along with VUES Teacher of the Year, Melissa Haggett, and VUES Principal, Matt DeBlois attended the Teacher of the Year Awards Ceremony on Tuesday October 18th at the University of Vermont.

Vermont State PE Teacher of the Year

Congratulations Ed Cook! On Friday October 28th at the Vermont State Physical Education Conference, Ed Cook was recognized as the Vermont State Physical Education Teacher of the Year. This is a great honor for him and our school. It is a testament to his dedication to the physical and emotional health of VUHS students as well as the development of a comprehensive PE program.

VUHS Math Team Places 3rd at CVU Meet

Congratulations to the VUHS Math Team for placing 3rd out of 12 teams in the meet at Champlain Valley Union High School on 10/26/16.
VUHS was successful at defeating BFA St. Albans, Burlington, Colchester, CVU, Milton, Missisquoi, Mt. Mansfield, Rice, and U-32! 

Top scorers for the meet were:
4th: Four-way tie - Lillian Clark, Charlotte Haigis, Erin Lawrence and Megan Tarte 
3rd: Sadie Kass
2nd: Brandon Cousino
1st: Kai Williams

Top Scorers for Categories:
Arithmetic: Kai Williams
Geometry: Ben Praamsma
Algebra: Kai Williams
Advanced Math: Brandon Cousino

Special shout out to our team test members who placed 2nd at the meet: Ally Atkins, Brandon Cousino, Kristina Jochum, Sadie Kass and Kai Williams.

Congratulations! Our next meet is at Missisquoi Valley Union High School on Thursday, Dec. 1st!

Congratulations to the Newest National Honor Society Members

Congratulations to the new National Honor Society members! The induction ceremony is Tuesday, November 29th at 6:00 pm in the library. All are welcome to attend.

These students were selected on the basis of excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Character. Congratulations!
Class of 2017
Alexandria Brace
Brandon Cousino
Abigael Dobson
Rebecca Unger

Class of 2018
Ally Atkins
Lance Bergmans
Anneke Boelens
Mason Charlebois
Norah Deming
Emma Husk
Kristina Jochum
Ben Praamsma
Anya Sonwaldt
Megan Tarte