VUHS e-News, Week of April 29, 2019

Brought to you by the Commodore Parent Teacher Group 

Administrators’ Message

We continue to have many things to celebrate as the school year winds down.

On Wednesday, May 29th, two students along with VUHS Art Teacher, Carlie Guinane, and Principal Stephanie Taylor, attended the Vermont Schools Against Racism Conference.

On Thursday, May 30th, our students who have completed their career center programs were recognized at Mt. Abraham Union High School. Congrats to them for their dedication and hard work. See the list of accomplished students below.

On Friday, May 31st, eight VUHS students participated in the launch of the newest Lake Champlain Maritime Museum longboat “Annie O”. They have spent the past 4.5 months building the boat with other area students and Maritime Museum staff. Congrats to all of them. See some pictures and the list of students below.

Also on Friday, May 31st, our middle school band & chorus performed exceptionally well at the Trills & Thrills Music Festival at the Great Escape. Are you wondering how well they did? See details below.

Congrats to our spring sports teams, some who are continuing runs through the playoffs this week. Check out who is still competing and when the games are below.

Connection is the “C” for this week. Here is a link to a two-page flyer about connection. It contains guidelines and tips/ideas that are worth keeping in mind and using as we support our students. Human connection provides reassurance that we’ll be OK despite tough times, and it gives us a deep-seated security that convinces us we can take chances. Connection to other people tells us, “We can get through this together.”

The “Ok. You've Got This” campaign is sponsored by several organizations in Addison County (Addison County Parent Child Center, Counseling Service of Addison County, Vermont Department of Children & Families, Building Bright Futures, and the Vermont Department of Health) and is focused on building resilience in our youth. You can learn more about the campaign on their website.

Thanks to all the teachers, parents, and other adults who support the positive development and growth of our students, whether it’s building their resilience or providing wonderful opportunity for them to find success.

Stephanie, Ed, and Jay

CPTG Spring Fundraiser

The Commodore Parent Teacher Group (CPTG) facilitates educational enrichment grants at VUHS. In the last year we hosted a SAT Prep Class for students, helped the 8th grade fund a field trip to Hosmer Point camp, outfitted our math teams with team t-shirts, supported students on the French class trip to Canada, and helped sponsor a whole school presentation by Kevin Pierce and his "Love Your Brain" foundation, which was the focus of the senior walk-a-thon. Some of the funds are put to use for teacher/staff appreciation, open house, parent conference nights, and end of year celebrations. In appreciation for your donation we are offering a $100 gift certificate to the Antidote in Vergennes. For each $25 donation you will receive one entry into the drawing. You can donate by going here or dropping a check or cash off at the VUHS main office.

Thank you for your support.

Commodore Parent Teacher Group

School Calendar Reminders

June 6 - Walden Final Celebration - 6:00 PM

June 12 - Senior Awards Night

June 14 - 8th Grade Step-Up Ceremony - 1:00-2:45 PM, VUHS Auditorium

June 14 - VUHS Graduation - 6:00 PM, High School Gym

June 17 - Last Day of School - Dismissal 11:15

Hannaford Career Center 2019 Completers

Holden Clark - Automotive Technology

Brandon Jewell - Automotive Technology

Brandon Tierney - Automotive Technology

Maya Praamsma - Culinary Arts

Ruth Simpson - Culinary Arts

Hailey Cauchon - Design & Illustration

Maylee Desautels - Design & Illustration

Raven Duke - Design & Illustration

Trayshawn Floyd - Design & Illustration

Brendan Yantz - Design & Illustration

Dominic Fleming - Diesel Power Technology

Emily Jackson - Sustainable Agriculture

Brodie Martin - Sustainable Agriculture

Students Attend Vermont Schools Against Racism Conference

On Wednesday, May 29th, VUHS Art Teacher, Carlie Guinane, and Principal Stephanie Taylor accompanied students Una Fonte and Lexi Montgomery to the Vermont Schools Against Racism Conference at Randolph Union High School. The conference was organized and run by students. Una and Lexi were able to network with students from all over the state about the pressing issue of racism in our schools. We could not be more proud of these two students. They represented VUHS so well!

VUHS Students Launch Boat They Helped Build During Spring Semester

Congrats to Matt Forbes, Nathan Wojciechowski, Alex Barrows, Connor Pouliot, JJ Forbes, Taylor Sheldrick, Clem Simpson, and Cameron McLaughlin! See the proud crew here with Nick Patch, one of the LCMM instructors who guided the building of the newest longboat, Annie O. Thanks to Dennis West and all the staff members of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum who made this experience possible.

Middle School Band & Chorus Participate in Trills & Thrills

The Middle School Band and Chorus both earned superior ratings at the Trills & Thrills Music Festival on Friday, May 31st at the Great Escape. The students in both ensembles did their personal best! We had a great morning of music at the festival followed by some fun at the Great Escape in the afternoon. Congrats to all!

VUHS Sports Teams Find Success in the Playoffs

It's been quite exciting last few days in the VUHS athletic world.

On Friday, May 31, the Vergennes/Mt. Abe Girls Lacrosse Team hosted Woodstock in the quarterfinals. What a game this turned out to be! Vergennes freshmen Ryley Olsen rescued the team with an absolutely amazing goal with two minutes remaining in regulation to knot the score at six. After a scoreless 1st overtime period, Jalen Cook sent the team to the semifinals with an absolute laser of a goal with just :28 seconds left on the clock.

On Saturday, June 1st, Windsor High School hosted the Vermont Division 3 State Championship Track meet. Vergennes took home three state championships. Congratulations to 400m champion Zeke Palmer as well as the 4x400m relay team (Zeke Palmer, Ben Huston, Xander DeBlois & Wade Mullin) and the 4x800m relay team (Ben Huston, Erich Reitz, Gabe Praamsma, & Wade Mullin). Coach Brad Castillo continues to build state championship track runners - all without an actual track! Congrats to all the track & field athletes this spring.

Also on Saturday, June 1st, the baseball team hosted Oxbow in the quarterfinals. With a combination of quality pitching and timely hitting, the team posted a 6-3 victory in front of what looked like the entire town. The team heads to the semifinals on Tuesday, June 4th, with undefeated (8-0) sophomore Jarret Muzzy set to take the mound.

Class of 2021 Fundraiser

The car wash originally planned for this Sunday, June 2 is postponed. Please stop by Gaines Insurance on Sunday, June 9th 8:00 am - 2:00 pm to support the class and have your car washed.

Class of 2019 Graduation Event Dates

Click here to see all the dates and times of the events leading up to graduation on June 14th.

Library Info

Return Those Library Books!

Spring cleaning is upon us! Please encourage your student to locate and return any library books. We would love to have books back on the shelves by the end of the school year.

FREE Audiobooks All Summer Long

Taking a road trip this summer? Enjoy FREE audiobook downloads all summer long with SYNC, a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+. From April through August, SYNC offers two complete audiobook downloads a week, often pairing classics with new and high-interest titles.  

Looking for more? The Green Mountain Library Consortium allows anyone with a public library card to borrow ebooks and audiobooks. The GMLC has both the Dorothy Canfield Fisher (grades 4-8) and the Green Mountain Book Award (grades 9-12) lists available.

Please see Mrs. Kunkel in the library if you need any help downloading books to your device.

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Summer Opportunities

There are still a number of summer day camps with available space, including a Basic Boating Certification camp for students going into grades 8-12. Check out all of the possible day camps here. There is scholarship money for students who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend. It’s a great way for teenagers to spend the summer.

There is also still space available in the Champlain Discovery Program, our 5 - week kayak building/paddling adventure and we have three more 9O% scholarships available for this coming summer. The age range is 13-16. The qualities we are looking for in participants are a desire to build your own  kayak and paddle for 10 days on Lake Champlain and students with the maturity to handle an immersive peer group program positively. We have been running this program since 1994 and it has had a lasting positive impact on hundreds of teens. This is a great opportunity to have an amazing summer experience at an incredibly affordable cost. Check out this website for more information and application or contact Nick Patch at or 802-475-2022 x 113.


The school counseling office has received a variety of summer opportunities. Click here to access a list for students currently in grades 7-12. We are not specifically endorsing any of these programs (because we are not familiar with all of them) and encourage you to further research any in which your student might be interested. As we receive additional program information, we’ll add it to this document, so check back weekly.

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.

Can’t commit to meetings but want to get involved? Just let us know and we will add you to our email 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! We would love to have you in whatever way you can participate. Contact Lynne Rapoport at, if you are interested or just attend a meeting.

You can now follow us on Facebook!

Want to learn more about VUHS?

Check out the school website! There are lots of great resources and contact information for families and students.