VUHS e-News, Week of Mar 13

Brought to you by the Commodore Parent Teacher Group 

Message from the Principals

Thank you to everyone who voted and supported the Addison Northwest School District budget for school year 2017-2018. This positive vote allows us to continue our most important work of helping students learn and grow as they develop the skills to be positive contributing adult members of our community.
It was wonderful to see so many parents and students at conferences on Thursday afternoon/evening. When students attend, and in the case of the middle school, lead, their conferences, they develop and demonstrate some of the transferable skills required for graduation. Specifically…

Personal Learning: I understand my own strengths and challenges and use this knowledge in identifying goals, setting priorities, managing progress, and planning for my future.

Clear and Effective Communication: I use written and oral communication for a variety of audiences and purposes.

And for middle school student-led conferences… 
Technology: I use technology to find, organize, and communicate information for a variety of purposes.

Thank you to those who allowed, encouraged, and expected their student(s) to be at conferences and extend their learning and growth.

Springing forward to new and great things,
Stephanie and Jay

Are you looking for a way to get involved at VUHS?

The Commodore Parent Teacher Group is always looking for new members to work toward their mission of promoting family involvement in the school, improving communication between parents, teachers and administrators and providing enrichment programs for students.

For those interested, we will next meet on April 5th at 6:30 in the VUHS library We would love to have you in whatever way you can participate. Contact Carla Mayo at, if you are interested.

Plan Ahead! The CPTG will sponsor a showing of the documentary “Screenagers – Growing Up in the Digital Age” in the VUHS auditorium on March 29th at 7 pm. Follow this link to learn more about the movie and look for more information in upcoming editions of the e-News! Screenagers Movie

Building Resilient Students: Understanding & Preventing Suicide

An informational/conversation night for parents, students, and community members to learn about and discuss ways to support youth to build resilience and prevent suicide is on Tuesday, March 14th, 6:30-7:30 in the VUHS library. This conversation is facilitated by VUHS school counselors and school psychologists. Please join us for this important event.

Class of 2018 Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

The spaghetti dinner is Saturday, March 18th 5 – 7 PM at VUHS. The menu consists of spaghetti with plain or meat sauce, salad, rolls and butter, drinks and various desserts. Prices are $9 for adults, $5 for children ages 3-12, a family max of $28 (only includes immediate family - parents/guardians and children), and kids under 3 eat for free.

Support the VUHS Rowing Team –

2nd Annual Chili Challenge – March 18th 12-5 PM at the Village Café & Tavern in N. Ferrisburgh. More information here.

Curious about the Walden program?

Second semester visitor days at Walden have begun. Students interested in seeing Walden in action are invited to spend either Monday or Wednesday out at the Willowell property. Please get in touch with Matt Schlein to get a permission slip!

Walden in the News - An online article about the Walden Project was recently published by Motivis Learning. Be sure to check it out here.

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum - 

Watershed Science Apprenticeship for Young Women:

Are you a young woman interested in water sciences? LCMM is starting up a new program this spring. Students can choose to participate in all components of the apprenticeship (independent learning assignments, field classes, and meetings with watershed professionals) or only the components that fit into their schedules. Participation can start at any time. The program is for young women in grades 7-12. Some outings take place during school hours, others are after school.

The upcoming schedule of outings is listed below. If you have a student who would like to join one or more of these outings, please use the contact information below to register.

  • Saturday March 18, Addison County RiverWatch annual training (details to follow)
  • Wednesday, March 22 World Water Day celebration  for local schools, 4:30-6:30 pm at ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain. This event is the culmination of a competition for students to submit entries about water use. There will be a speaker, student exhibits, awards and some refreshments.
  • Tuesday, March 28, 9 -12 am. Meet Lindsay Dreiss, Teaching Fellow in the Department of Geography at Middlebury College. She’ll talk about her path as a forest ecologist to becoming a teacher of Geographic Information Systems, then we’ll see the GIS lab and try some mapping tools.
  • Thursday, April 6, 12:30-1:20. Historical Marine Ecology Informing the future by learning from the pasta lecture by Loren McClenachan at Middlebury College. This talk will focus on focus on in coral reef ecosystems, and ways in which knowledge of past ecosystems can be applied toward conservation.
  • Check out a recent blog about some of the activities that took place last fall.

LCMM’s Watershed Science Apprenticeship is the beginning of a project we plan to grow. We look forward to meeting new young women scientists.

Elizabeth Lee
Ecology and Summer Programs Director
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
4472 Basin Harbor Road
Vergennes, VT 05491
802-475-2022 x 102


The Guidance and School Counseling Office has received and continues to receive information regarding summer programs offered by various colleges, universities, and other groups. Any current 8th-11th grade student (or their parent) who is interested in pursuing a summer program is welcome to come to the office and peruse our folder of programs at any time.

Grades 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12: Camp Daybreak: 

Exciting Summer Opportunities in 2017 for campers and volunteers!

Camp Daybreak is a program that serves Vermont kids ages 8-11 with a range of social, emotional, and behavioral needs by pairing them with a high school volunteer. These relationships are extremely powerful for both our campers and our volunteers. Our campers, many of whom would not be successful in traditional camp settings, are provided with constant support and encouragement while our volunteers receive a unique hands-on training on mental health conditions and kids. Everyone has fun and leaves Camp Daybreak being positively affected. Join us and help create a life changing experience for our campers and volunteers! Space is limited. See:

General Information:
Camp Daybreak
Dates: August 6 - August 13, 2017 (Campers arrive on Monday August 7th)
Location: Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, South Hero, VT
Contact: Dan Osman, Director (

Camp Daybreak creates a sense of community that extends beyond the camp session. Not only are our high school volunteers exposed to a group of like-minded peers but they are given the opportunity to contribute to their community. This intensive experience can create life-long friendships and keep volunteers coming back year after year.

Students in grades 9, 10, 11, 12:

Are you looking for a summer job? The Vermont Youth Conservation Corps Conservation Program: Work on a team, get outside, and make a difference. Corps members enjoy intense and challenging assignments, make lifelong friends, and walk away with an experience of a lifetime. Work with stone, wood, and earth to improve trails and parks, and make wildlife habitats and watersheds healthier. The Vermont Youth Conservation Corps Farm Program: Work outside, get your hands dirty, and make difference. The Food and Farm Program empowers youth to unite with their community to address the complex issues of hunger, nutrition, food access, sustainable agriculture, and responsible land use.

You do not need experience to qualify; VYCC hires young people who are prepared to work hard, learn and contribute to a team. Applicants must be at least 15 years old to apply. Graduating seniors are also encouraged to apply. The pay is $10 per hour. For more information about the Conservation Program and/or to apply click here and choose spike crew member. For more information about the Farm Program and/or to apply click here.

Grades 9, 10, 11:
The Governor’s Institutes of Vermont (GIV) Summer Programs 2017

GIV is for any Vermont 9th-11th grader with a passion for or particular interest in arts, engineering, world cultures and events, math, science, technology, entrepreneurship, or activism. Students who enjoy GIV tend to have a strong intellectual or artistic curiosity, possess academic skills equal to or above their grade level, and function well in a highly independent learning environment. Most institutes select students based on their application answers and referrals, not their grades. (Due to demands of their curricula, Math and Asian Cultures Institutes may have additional academic requirements.) Ability to pay doesn’t matter.

Eleven programs are being offered this year. Scholarships are available. Application (and more information) is online at Information (including the 2017 program catalog) is available in the Guidance Office and on posters throughout the school. Applications are available online February 1st. The VUHS application will be done online. The application deadline for VUHS students is Friday, March 17, 2017.

The following programs are offered this summer at GIV
Environmental Science & Technology, June 25 – July 1 at the University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
Mathematical Sciences, June 25 – 30 at the University of Vermont, Burlington
Current Issues & Youth Activism, June 29 – July 8 at the School for International Training, Brattleboro, VT
Engineering, June 25 – July 1 at the University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
Arts, June 25 – July 9 at Castleton University, Castleton, VT
Information Technology & Digital Media, June 24 – July 2, at Champlain College, Burlington, VT
Entrepreneurship, June 2 – June 30 at Vermont Technical College, Randolph, VT
Asian Cultures, June 25 – 28 at the University of Vermont, Burlington, VT (Application deadline was 1/16/17).
Young Writers, June 18 – 24 at Bennington College, Bennington, VT
Astronomy, July 23 – 29, at Lyndon State College, Lyndonville, VT
Architecture, Design & Building, July 16 - 22, Norwich University, Northfield, VT

Community Energy Efficiency Program

Coming to Vergennes! Follow this link for more information – including how you can save money on your energy bill!

Adventure Camp -

Even though it is “technically” winter, it is time to start signing up for summer camps! Adventure camp is open to students going into grades 5-8 and is held on the ropes course at Vergennes High School. The camp will run the week of June 19-23 from 9am to noon each day.

Come experience games, low rope activities and high ropes elements as well.

For more information visit the website where you will find the forms, or contact Sarah Cook at scook@anwsu.orgCost per participant is $100.00 which includes a T-shirt. You can send in a $50.00 deposit with the form which will hold your spot. The remaining cost can be paid on the first day of camp.

Vermont Tech's Summer Camps – Registrations now open!

Do you learn by doing? Fly, code, fight fires, design and build or launch a business. Try one of our hands-on camps and have fun! Camps/institutes are for middle and high school students.

2017 Dates

Rosie's Girls STEM Leadership Camps: June 19-23 or July 10-14
(Overnight camps - for girls entering 9th -10th grades with follow-on mentorships - Randolph Center Campus)

Coder Camp for Girls: July 17-21 (day camp - for girls entering 8th-10th grades – and mentorships -Williston Campus)

AeroCamp: July 31-Aug 4 (day camp - for boys & girls - ages 12-18 - Williston Campus)


GIV Entrepreneurship: June 24-30 (Governor’s Institutes of Vermont)
(Overnight residential Institute for students entering 10th - 12th grades
Randolph Center Campus - this includes social entrepreneurship - doing good)

Expedition Champlain – A Rowing/Wilderness Voyage of Discovery and the Champlain Discovery Kayak Program:

Follow this link for more information about both summer programs at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. There are still spots left and scholarships to help defray the cost.

Want to learn more about VUHS?

Check out the VUHS Blog. We hope to make regular posts to keep everyone updated about the wonderful things happening at VUHS. You can subscribe to the blog with your email account and get regular updates and/or follow @VergennesUHS on Twitter (blog posts feed the Twitter account automatically). Please share this with others (alumni, friends, relatives, and community members).

Don’t forget that you can also check out the school website! There are lots of great resources and contact information for families and students.

E-news special note:

Did you miss an edition of the e-News? Never fear! Beginning with editions in January 2017, they can be found archived on the website! Click on “e-News” under the “Student & Parent Links” tab.

Upcoming Events

March board meetings: Follow this link for dates and times.
March 14: Building Resilient Students: Understanding & Preventing Suicide presentation from 6:30-7:30 in the library
March 15: ANWSU (6:00 pm) & VUHS (7:00 pm) School Board Meetings
March 20: Commodore Friends of Music meeting at 6:30 in the band room
March 29: Showing of “Screenagers – Growing Up in the Digital Age” at 7 pm in the VUHS library. Sponsored by CPTG.
March 31: End of quarter three and no school for students because of teacher inservice.

Guidance & School Counseling Office

Please use the Guidance link below to find out more about underclassmen career exploration opportunities as well as dates and information for SAT and ACT testing.

Music Department

Upcoming dates:

March 14 - Commodore Jazz Ensemble at the VT Jazz Educators Festival. Schedule TBA.

March 16 - Middle School Concert @ 7:00 PM Auditorium

March 21 - High School Concert @ 7:00 PM ****** NEW DATE*******

The Commodore Friends of Music have changed their March meeting date to March 20th at 6:30 band room.

Remember we have concessions for the concerts on the 16th and 21st and we will be looking for donations of treats and refreshments. Watch for the sign up genius!

The Commodore Friends of Music is a group supporting the musicians at Vergennes Union High School. We fundraise several ways. We have an ambitious list of support to give our music students this year. There are many ways YOU can help. Contact us by email We also have a website and a Facebook page.

For more music department news, follow the link below:

Local Business Discount Cards
The Commodore Friends of Music have provided the students with an opportunity to fundraise for either their Philadelphia trip or for the group as a whole. The discount cards are $10 and can be used until the end of November 2017 at participating businesses throughout Vergennes, Bristol, Middlebury and more. All the businesses are listed on the back of the card. Our goal is to sell 500 cards and we receive 100% of the profits!! Thank you for all your help supporting the music program of Vergennes Union High School! Please or connect via their Facebook page to find out how to purchase cards.

Sports News

Vergennes Area Little League has extended the registration deadline to March 17th. More information is on this flyer. There is an upcoming throwing/pitching clinic on March 18 and 19.

For a schedule of upcoming events and practices for this week, go to…