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.