Saturday, December 17, 2016

VUHS Garden Has Positive Impact on School Food Program

This past spring and summer a small group of people, lead by parent and community member Michael Johnston, built raised garden beds to grow vegetables for the VUHS food program. It was a small, yet successful, venture. Carrots, tomatoes, and basil were harvested this fall and utilized in the VUHS cafeteria for various dishes, salads, and pesto. The last of the carrots were recently used for a local foods feast on Friday December 2nd. Thanks to Michael, students who helped plant (see previous post), Lynne Rapoport, Joallen Vincent, and the local businesses (Aubuchon's, Greenhaven Gardens  & Nursery, Gardener's Supply) who all helped make this possible. We look forward to more gardening success in the coming season.


Friday, December 16, 2016

VUHS CAD Class Takes "Quick" Activity to the Next Level

In an effort to break the monotony of CAD work, I decided to have the students do a quick (or what I thought would be quick) "settle-in" hands-on activity. It took on a life of its own. 

I told the students that each of them could have two sheets of paper, one paper clip, six toothpicks, and four inches of tape. The goal was to build some type of structure that would hold as many textbooks as possible, at least two inches off the table.  Some students immediately blew it off as "silly", and others took it to heart.  A few managed to hold a couple books, some five, and others ten. Then things got interesting. 

The photos below show Gabe Quinto's completed design. His structure held an enormous stack of books, magazines, and a ream of paper. After stacking the first ten or fifteen books, others started to notice and gather around. Then the questions started. "How did you do that!?" "How is that possible?" Next thing I knew we were into a discussion about structural failure modes of compression, tension, overturning, twisting, and shear. The students were debating how the structure would ultimately fail. We discussed center of gravity, torque, inertia and momentum. Gabe's simple yet sophisticated design was impressive.

Carl K. Crawford, P.E.
Hannaford Career Center
Teacher



Middle School Peer Leaders Identify Strengths and Areas of Concern from Survey Data

From the middle school student prevention group, VRED (Vergennes for Responsible Educated Decisions). On November 11 and 14, eleven members of VRED spent the morning at the Boys and Girls Club working with data from the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). They analyzed data on middle school attitudes and health choices. Topics included wearing safety equipment, using sunscreen, getting bullied, using substances, exercise, nutrition and communication. VRED narrowed about 30 pages of statistics down to a few key strengths and concerns that they thought deserved the most attention. They formed action plans to help reduce the risk of suicide, bullying, and access to alcohol. A key strength that the group recognized was the high percentage of students who believed their parents do not want them to smoke, drink or use drugs. VRED also noted that VUHS exceeded the state average of middle school students who talked with their parents about school on a regular basis. VRED will present their findings and plans to the Commodore Parent Teacher Group at their meeting on January 11th at 6:30 pm in room C2 in the middle school wing. Anyone who is interested is welcome to attend.


Congratulations VUHS Rowing - Fall 2016

I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know how much we appreciate our collaboration with Vergennes middle and high schools in the after-school rowing program. The LCMM rowing program in the Champlain Valley consist of nine teams and over two-hundred students. Vergennes is the largest team in the Vermont rowing community.

We just wrapped up an incredibly successful fall season with over forty Vergennes students participating. I particularly wanted to give a shout out to Dennis West. Since we built our first boat in the winter of 1999/2000 with Lee Shorey’s ACT program, Dennis has spearheaded the rowing effort at Vergennes. He consistently goes above and beyond, practicing three times a week, coordinating all the out of state and in-state rowing races for Vergennes and also drives the bus to all practices and races. Dennis’ enthusiasm and caring for the students is contagious and that effort is reflected in the incredible turnout we have had.

I was lucky enough to attend the fall rowing awards and dessert ceremony at Vergennes on December 1st (see pics). Over one hundred people filled the cafeteria with energy and enthusiasm. What was particularly obvious to me at this event was that rowing clearly crosses all the academic and socio-economic boundaries. The diversity of the audience and the shared ownership of accomplishment at the ceremony was very evident.

We so appreciate this unique collaboration and look forward to many more years working with Vergennes middle and high school.

Thank You,
Nick Patch
Director of Outdoor Education
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

 

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

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

VUHS Senior Honored as DAR Good Citizen

DAR GOOD CITIZEN’S AWARD: Brandon Cousino has received the DAR Good Citizen’s Award.
Each year a Vergennes Union High School senior is chosen for the DAR Good Citizen’s Award by faculty members nominating three seniors and then the senior class elects one of those three as their Good Citizen. DAR is sponsored by the local Daughters of the American Revolution, Seth Warner-Rhoda Farrand Chapter and is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship. The DAR Good Citizen’s Award recognizes a student that possesses the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism to an outstanding degree. We are proud to announce that the 2017 DAR Good Citizen is Brandon Cousino. Congratulations Brandon!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Vergennes Future Farmers of America at FFA National Convention

Our Vergennes Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter had a successful trip to the National FFA Convention last week (October 19-21, 2016). This year we had two teams representing Vermont compete at the national level. Emily Jackson, Brianna VanderWey, Raymond VanderWey and Andrew Woods made up our Farm Business Management team. The team earned the bronze category with Emily earning the silver category individually. Cody DeVries, Ryan Emmons and Howie VanderWey made up our Milk Quality and Products team. The team earned the bronze category, with Cody earning the silver category individually. FFA members: Thanks for working hard to represent Vermont!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

VUHS Soccer Teams Host Youth Soccer Clinic

Vergennes Union High School boys & girls soccer teams held a youth clinic on Saturday, October 1st. Over 30 local elementary students, grades K-6, participated in skill development and games with high school coaches and players. It was a great time and fun was had by all. Thank you to all who attended.



Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Vergennes FFA Competes at the Big E

Vergennes FFA’s farm business and milk quality teams represented Vermont in competition against other northeastern states, Virginia, and Ohio on Saturday September 17th at the Big E in Springfield, Massachusetts. Both teams worked hard, but the competition was challenging. Congratulations to Cody De Vries for earning 7th place individually in the Milk Quality competition! It was a great experience for all who attended. Congratulations Vergennes FFA!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Join Us September 21st For Two Wonderful Events at VUHS

Back to School Night is Wednesday, September 21st from 6:00 to 8:00pm. Please join us for our 6th annual back-to-school night. See the school, meet with teachers, see what opportunities are available for parents and students, and have your questions answered. We hope you can join us for the entire evening, but you’re welcome to attend for any part of the two hours as well. Go to this document for more details, including schedules!

Peace One Day Celebration at VUHS
September 21st
9:45 - 11:00 am
Behind the high school near the varsity soccer field.
Everyone is welcome.

Monday, September 5, 2016

A Great Start to the 2016-2017 School Year at VUHS

We've had a great start to the school year at VUHS. Walden completed their first trip of the year. Peace One Day planning is in full swing (join us on Wednesday September 21st to celebrate), Team Phoenix opened their 8th grade year at Kingsland Bay (see this video by Language Arts teacher, Meghan McGrath), and some learning has already happened (even if students won't admit it). Stay tuned for more to come.

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

UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT MATHEMATICS PRIZE EXAMINATION AWARD

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.



Senior Participates in Congressional Art Show

On Monday May 9th, Nora Hubbard, class of '16, went to the Congressional Art Show. The show was at the Vermont College of Arts and is annually hosted by Congressman Peter Welch. Nora had entered a painting and competed with high school students from all over the state. Although her painting did not win an award, Nora received a certificate of participation and was able to meet the Congressman! Nora was supported in this endeavor by VUHS art teacher Carlie Guinane.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Students Excel at the 89th Annual All-State Music Festival

On May 5th-7th, the 89th Annual All-State Music Festival took place in the town of Swanton, VT at Missisquoi Valley Union High School. Three students from VUHS participated. (Emma Gardner was accepted to the Festival Chorus, but was unable to attend.) Congratulations to Kyra Duggento, who sang in the Festival Chorus, and to Nora Hubbard and Eva Kamman, who played in the Festival Band. Students rehearsed challenging music for long hours over the three days, enriching their musical skills and knowledge with outstanding conductors who challenged them, but with humor and positive encouragement. The All State Chorus, Band and Orchestra performed in the Festival Concert on Saturday, May 7th. The audience jumped to their feet for standing ovations and thunderous applause for all ensembles, as the performances were spectacular. We are so proud of our VUHS students who participated in the 89th Vermont All State Music Festival. Bravo! Check out a picture of the whole All-State Festival Chorus here.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

VUHS Student Video Makes Top Five in Contest

Emma Gardner and Lathrop Brownell's video made the top five of the Goethe Institute, Step Into German Video Contest. Congrats Emma and Lathrop!

The final video will be picked by the artist, Joris, sometime in the next week. First prize is a trip to Germany to see Joris in concert.

Here is the link to the final five videos. (No voting required.)

VUHS Lacrosse Player Scores 100th Goal

On Tuesday May 3,2016, Tyler Crowningshield became the first Commodore in boys lacrosse program history to surpass 100 career goals.

An outstanding accomplishment from an outstanding player! Congratulations Tyler!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Taiko Drumming & Other Musical Happenings on Team Phoenix

On Friday April 15th, Stuart, from the Burlington Taiko Drummers, joined Team Phoenix and their musical mission. He was a dynamic and engaging presenter and workshop facilitator. He had a calm yet strong presence with the students, and they had an interesting time with him.

In addition to Taiko drumming, students engaged in a day of music immersion, and we culminated our day with a fantastic lip sync battle/talent show with the team. We had 7 groups get on stage to act out and lip sync to songs that ranged from Grease to Little Einstein to Justin Bieber. Interspersed throughout the lip sync performances, students also displayed their musical chops by playing their instruments and singing for us. We really have a talented (and brave!) group of students. It was a wonderful way to spend the day after SBAC testing and the day before spring break. Check out the photos below to see some of the fun we had!

As we look to the end of the year, students on our team will be working on their final Genius Hour challenge, which, in simplest terms, asks them to create something to make the world better. We are hoping to have an expo of sorts during the last week of the year when students can display their projects. We'd love to have anyone available come to see what they create.

Thanks to the Commodore Parent Teacher Group for their generous donation to help support bringing Stuart and his Taiko drumming to VUHS.

Best, Meghan McGrath, Chris Oxley, Ralph Bernardini, Deb White, Elizabeth Brisson, Laura Husk, and the rest of Team Phoenix



VUHS Students Travel to Washington DC over April Break

The students that went to our nation’s capital over April break 2016 came away in awe and involved in their own history. Whether it was touring Arlington National Cemetery, the Holocaust Museum, Smithsonian Museum of American History, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, touring the White House or visiting the war monuments, the group enjoyed great weather, and knowledgeable and engaging guides. The Washington Zoo and the baby panda was also certainly a hit as was the Madam Tussaud’s Wax Museum, but the surprising favorite hands down for the travelers was attending a live theater show called Shear Madness at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The trip went quickly and all the students who went took hundreds of photos to record their memorable adventures. While at Mount Vernon, the group even learned a lot about our founding father and first president. With spring in full bloom in Washington, the warmth, flowers and breathtaking beauty of the capital set the stage for a trip where great learning, great food and great fun were a part of each and every day. As one traveler expressed, “My world keeps getting bigger!” Indeed, it did! Thanks to Cookie Steponaitis and Pam Taylor (and some adult chaperones) for making the trip possible for our students. Below are a few pictures from the trip.



Sunday, May 1, 2016

German Exchange Trip 2016

On April 13th, 32 VUHS juniors and seniors and three teachers started their adventures to Germany. They first spent three days in Berlin, where they saw the Brandenburg Gate, Holocaust Memorial, Reichstag, Winged Victory, TV tower, Tiergarten, Gedächtniskirche, as well as other sights around Berlin.

Afterwards, they took the train to Bochum, where they met their host families. Each student and teacher stayed with a German family for ten days. They experienced what it was like to live in a German family. They traveled to Düsseldorf, Cologne and Münster as well.

If you have a chance to go on the exchange, students all recommend it. You must have completed German Two to go, but more German is recommended. See Frau Kepes for more information.


VUHS Students Attend Vermont Youth Climate Rally

On Thursday April 28, 2016 students from VUHS attended the Vermont Youth Climate Rally on the Statehouse lawn in Montpelier. Charlotte, Kareena, and Lynne were instrumental in helping plan the event. Lynne reported, "It was a successful, peaceful, powerful day with almost 1000 people participating. Great speakers, music, Ben and Jerry ice cream for all, and most importantly representatives coming out of the state house and speaking directly to youth in the crowd. Amazing!"

Here is some coverage from WCAX.
Vermont Youth Climate Summit

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Vote for a VUHS Student Video - One of Ten Semifinalists

Emma Gardner and Lathrop Brownell, VUHS Seniors, have made the semifinal round of a video contest. Please check out this link and vote once every 24 hours. Vote for your favorite Joris interpretation! The deadline is April 28. German students from around North America have discovered Joris, Germany’s “Newcomer of the Year”. In our video contest the students have produced clips based on a Joris song. Now you can vote for your favorite Joris interpretation. Danke! Pass this email/link on to friends, family and acquaintances. Share it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Congrats to Our Vermont History Day Participants

Congratulations to Emily Rooney, Rory Patch, Kai Williams and Addie Brooks for stellar performances at Vermont History Day. Moving on to nationals in the exhibit division for middle grades are State Champion Rory Patch and her exhibit on Apollo 11 and Second Place Finisher Emily Rooney and her exhibit on stem cell research. Good day for the Commodores. They placed 1 and 2 in a field of 38 entries. In all, 200 students from across the state competed in exhibit, thesis paper, performance, video, and website categories. Rory and Emily will represent the middle school at National History Day in College Park, Maryland in June.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Team Phoenix Coding During Genius Hour

Team Phoenix students exploring the coding world. Who knew school could be this fun?!?

Friday, April 1, 2016

Congrats Boys' State & Girls' State Representatives

CONGRATULATIONS 2016 BOYS’ STATE AND GIRLS’ STATE REPRESENTATIVES


The Vergennes American Legion Post #14 will be sponsoring four VUHS delegates to the Green Mountain Boys’ State held June 19-24 on the campus of Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, Vermont: Brandon Cousino, Devon Kimball, Hunter O’Connor, and Max Ratti-Bicknell. The boys were nominated by faculty and staff based on leadership, character and honesty, cooperativeness, community participation and service, and scholarship.

Green Mountain Boys’ State is a leadership laboratory for rising high school senior boys. The main focus is Vermont town, county, and state government, and its organization, policies and procedures. They will work on issues relating to Vermont, and debate and discuss these issues during a session at the State House in Montpelier.

The Vergennes American Legion Auxiliary has selected three junior girls from Vergennes Union High School to attend Green Mountain Girls’ State this year. The Auxiliary will sponsor Alyse Beauchemin, Charlotte Haigis, and Caroline Johnston as they spend the days of June 18-23 at Vermont Technical College in Randolph, Vermont.  Three alternates were also selected:  Alyssa Saunders, Annika Vorsteveld, and Sophia Parker.  

The purpose of Girls’ State is to provide citizenship training for girls of high school age; to afford them an opportunity to live together as self-governing citizens; and to inform them about the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of American citizenship, in order that they may understand and participate in the functioning of their government.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Cara Filler Presentation

Cara Filler spoke to Vergennes Union High School students in grades 9-12 on Tuesday March 22. She inspired many students and adults to think about the choices they are making and that while taking risks is important to learning and growth, we have to know when to avoid or remove ourselves from dangerous situations. Her real-life stories were funny, sad, and intense. She captivated the audience for a full hour. Ask your student about the presentation to see what she/he thought. Below are some photos from the assembly. Check out Cara's website. This presentation was paid for by one of the ANWSU prevention grants. - Jay


Thanks Class of 2016

Tom Thelen's presentation to the middle school was made possible by the generosity of the senior class of 2016, who donated money they raised through their fall walk-a-thon. It would not have been possible without the hard work of Sara Stearns, Lee Shorey, and a few others. - Jay

Tom Thelen Presentation

Tom Thelen spoke to VUHS Middle School students on Tuesday March 22. He inspired us all to "Be the Change" and make a difference by helping us
  • identify bullying and how to respond with respect.
  • break free from bullying and develop emotional intelligence.
  • have positive self-esteem in any situation.
  • “Be The Change” at our school.
We see a difference in the ways students are interacting with each other and we hope that lasts for a long time. Ask your student about Tom's message. Check out Tom's website. - Jay

Best of Intentions

I had every intention of getting this blog up and running consistently at the beginning of this school year, but obviously that did not happen. No time like the present though, right? So check back to see what's new at VUHS (and some stuff that's happened earlier this year that will be posted over the next week or so), enter your email address to get regular updates, and/or follow @VergennesUHS on Twitter. Every post on this blog automatically feeds to the VUHS Twitter page. - Jay