VUHS e-News, Week of November 27

Brought to you by the Commodore Parent Teacher Group 

Message from the Principals

Despite all the changes we’ve experienced over the last ten years at VUHS, the Five Guidelines for Success have remained the same. We originally established these expectations when a small group of educators from VUHS attended our first Positive Behaviors Interventions & Supports (PBIS) conference. While there are a large variety of things we expect members of the VUHS community (students and adults) to exhibit and demonstrate on a daily basis, we felt these five guidelines in various ways embodied all of them. The five guidelines have remained through all the changes because our community values the positive aspects they require.

  • We are here. We are on time.

  • We exemplify personal integrity.

  • We are respectful.

  • We are kind.

  • We challenge ourselves.

We are fortunate to be part of a school community where the significant majority of our members regularly follow these five guidelines. When the community is aware that someone is not following one or more of the guidelines we work with that individual to be accountable for their actions and work to make things right. We can all recognize that there have been times that we have made mistakes, needed to own them, and needed to make things right with those we have hurt. Our restorative practices allow us to learn and grow.

Equally important is recognizing the times that members of our school community follow and demonstrate the five guidelines. While it is impossible to recognize every time, because there are so many, we are seeking more ways to let each other know when we appreciate something about others in our community. Over the next couple of months each family will receive a Commodore postcard for each student who attends VUHS recognizing something positive about that student. We hope this tradition spreads to adults recognizing adults and students recognizing other students as well as adults.

As always, we welcome your feedback (positive and critical) and want to hear your questions and concerns.

Stephanie and Jay

School Calendar Reminders

December ANWSD Board/Committee Meeting Schedule

December 13 - High School Winter Concert, 7:00 pm in the Auditorium

December 14 - Middle School Winter Concert, 7:00 pm in the Auditorium

December 22 - January 1 - Holiday Break - No School

January 15 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - No School

January 19 - End of Quarter 2 & Semester 1

January 22 - Teacher In-service - No School for Students

Math Team News

The VUHS Math Team placed 3rd out of 14 teams at our last meet on December 5th. They earned a victory over BFA Fairfax, BFA St. Albans, Burlington, Colchester, CVU, Milton, Missisquoi, Mt. Abe, Mt Mansfield, Rice, and U-32.

Top Scores for Categories:

Arithmetic: Kai Williams

Geometry:(Tie) Leah Croke & Bess Gramling

Algebra: (Tie) Connor Gill & Erin Lawrence

Adv. Math: Kai Williams

Top Scorers overall:

4th: (Tie) Ian Brons, Xander DeBlois & Erin Lawrence

3rd: Lydia Sabourin

2nd: Leah Croke

1st: Kai Williams

Special shout out for making VUHS history.  Our team placed 1st on the team test with a victory over Essex & South Burlington.  Our team consisted of Ally Atkins, Connor Gill, Kristina Jochum, Dylan Rapoport & Kai Williams! Congratulations Team!

Our next meet is January 4th at Colchester High School.

National Honor Society News

Congratulations to the new National Honor Society members! The induction ceremony was Thursday, November 30th at 6:00 pm in the library.  These students were selected on the basis of excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Character.  Congratulations!

Class of 2018

Kaitlyn Brace

Lillian Clark

Nora Hatch

Casey Kimball

Erin Lawrence

Aaron Premont

Bailey Smith

Class of 2019

Emma Bryant

Kylie Comeau

Bess Gramling

Jack Halpin

Marin Howell

Emily Jackson

Morgan Lynk

Ezekiel Palmer

Dylan Rapoport

Madeline Smith

Paiton Tolmer

Cedar Winslow

Congratulations to the current members and officers:

Ally Atkins - President

Ben Praamsma - Vice President

Emma Husk - Secretary

Kristina Jochum - Treasurer

Lance Bergmans

Anneke Boelens

Mason Charlebois

Norah Deming

Anya Sonwaldt

Megan Tarte

Class of 2018 Fundraiser

Who doesn’t love a delicious plate of spaghetti? The class of 2018 is hosting a spaghetti dinner on December 16th, 5 - 7 pm in the VUHS cafeteria. Adults $9, Kids 3-12 $5, and under-3 eat free! Family maximum $28.

Class of 2019 Fundraiser

Need a special holiday gift? The class of 2019 is selling Vergennes Commodore scarves for $20 all through December. You can place an order with any of the Juniors or email Check out the scarf (front and back) here.

Class of 2020 Fundraiser

Get a head-start on your holiday shopping! The Class of 2020 is currently having a PartyLite candle sale fundraiser.  If you would like to see a catalog or purchase some candles or other products, please see a member of the Sophomore class or email Beth Adreon (

Yearbook Ordering

Time to order your 2017-2018 middle school or high school yearbook.

Food Drive

From now until December 20, the high school student council is sponsoring a food drive for our community food shelf. Students in all grades (7-12) are collecting items and we encourage you to participate if your family is able. The Morning Meeting who brings in the most non-perishable, non-expired, non-dented food will win a continental breakfast. Some items that often are not thought of, but are definitely needed, are toilet paper, soap, wrapped toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, and tissues.

Sports News

Congratulations to the following stand out athletes from our fall sports teams.

Boys Soccer

Zeke Palmer - 1st Team Lake Division

Ben Kayhart & Josias Salamao - 2nd Team Lake Division

Jeffrey Stearns - Honorable Mention Lake Division

Zeke Palmer & Ben Kayhart - All State D3 Selections

Girls Soccer

Emily Rooney - 1st Team Lake Division

Morgan Lynk, Sophie Hatch & Sydney Weber - 2nd Team Lake Division

Emma Husk & Kaitlyn Brace - Honorable Mention Lake Division

Emily Rooney - All State D3 Selection


Casey Kimball & Cyrus Devine - Division 2 All State 2nd Selections

Casey Kimball- Selected to the North/South Football Senior All-Star Game

Congratulations to all!

Basketball season is just around the corner and the Commodore Booster Club will need help with our concession stand during high school games. This year, we will assign teams to a basketball game, so each team will know ahead of time the game they are responsible to help at. Look for a link in the future to sign up! Thank you all that were a huge help with outside concessions! We couldn't do it without you.

Booster Club President

Kirsten De La Cruz 802-349-7152

Music Department News

High School Winter Concert - Wednesday, December 13, 7:00 PM VUHS Auditorium

Middle School Winter Concert - Thursday, December 14, 7:00 PM VUHS Auditorium


Looking for ways to help the VUHS music department?

You can now donate to the Commodore Friends of Music via PayPal by visiting their online site. Commodore Friends of Music is now a 501c3 non-profit organization, so your donation is tax deductible.

Guidance News

VISUAL MEDIA COMPETITION: Vermont 9-12th grade students in any discipline may enter the ninth annual bumper sticker and/or mini video YouTube competition - themed: “Vermont Entrepreneurship….. It’s amazing for all ages” Cash and other prizes; deadline for entries December 13, 2017. Awards presented at the annual 2018 Vermont Entrepreneurship Day in Montpelier, Feb 8, 2018 - at the Statehouse and Capitol Plaza Hotel. For information: or Contact: Laurel Butler @


WINTER WEEKENDS 2018: Two weekends - Ten topics to choose from - One epic adventure in learning!

Weekend of Feb. 9-11: Social Entrepreneurship, Global Education & Youth Voice, Disaster Health & Epidemiology, Design/Build Engineering, Creative Writing Workshop.

Weekend of Feb. 23-25: World of Musicology, AstroPhotography, Debate & National Issues, Directing Theatre, Advanced Robotics.

For more information and to apply visit anytime beginning December 10th.  Application deadline is January 15, 2018. Apply early - spots fill up fast. Winter Weekends are held at Goddard College in Plainfield, VT.

Maple Sugaring Scholarship Opportunity

Addison County Sugarmakers offers a $500 scholarship to a young person in Addison County that wishes to pursue experiences in maple sugaring (tapping, boiling, selling their own syrup) or wishes to further their knowledge in a post-secondary setting. Some of our past scholarship winners have used their scholarship award to upgrade and expand their operations while others have used the award toward academics. Click here for the application.  The deadline is December 31. Scholarship award announcements will be made the second week of February during our Association annual meeting. Visit our website - in the weeks to come and sign up for our annual maple seminar held in January.

Hannaford Career Center Newsletter

Check out the latest information from our community career center in Middlebury. Several of our students are recognized in this edition as Quarter 1 Outstanding Students. Congratulations to these stellar students representing VUHS at the career center.


Maddy Smith - Addison Repertory Theater Performance I

Malcolm Donovan-Cook - Addison Repertory Theater Technical II

Chelsey Jerome - Medical Professions II

Ryan Emmons - Automotive II

Cody DeVries - Sustainable Agriculture

Holden Clark - Automotive I

Leigah Burbo - Human Services

Bixby Library Open for Students After School

Bixby Library would like to remind families that we are open after school until 7 pm on Mondays and Thursdays and 5 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Students are invited and welcome to come after school to relax, do homework, chat with friends. There is Wi-Fi throughout the building and we have laptop computers to borrow while here. A library card is not required!


Writing & Speech Contests

LOCAL, STATE and NATIONAL SPEECH AND WRITING CONTESTS AVAILABLE. See this document for details from previous e-News editions.

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, our next meeting will be January 10th at 6:30 in the Resource Response Center (Room C15 across from the principal’s office).  Can’t commit to meetings but want to get involved? Just let us know and we will add you to our distribution list. You will receive not only agendas of our monthly meetings but also periodic requests for help with different school initiatives that might be a better fit for you and your schedule! Please let us know if you would like to join us in our efforts. We would love to have you in whatever way you can participate. Contact Lynne Rapoport at, if you are interested or just attend the next meeting.

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.

Have a great week!