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.

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