VUHS e-News, Week of May 14, 2018

Brought to you by the Commodore Parent Teacher Group 

Administrators’ Message

Please consider joining us for a screening of the documentary film, Most Likely To Succeed, scheduled for December 6th at 6:00 p.m. in the VUHS Auditorium. This acclaimed film offers an inspiring look at what students and teachers are capable of—if we have the vision and courage to transform our schools. Directed by acclaimed documentarian Greg Whiteley, the film has been an official selection of two dozen of the world’s top film festivals, including Sundance, Tribeca, and AFI DOCS. It’s been featured at leading conferences on education, including ASU/GSV, SxSWedu, Harvard/GoldmanSachs, and NewSchools Venture Fund.

The purpose of this event is to foster meaningful discussion among educators, administrators, parents, students, and community members about how current obstacles in education can be overcome and steps towards change can be taken on a local level. Born out of these conversations is a community-wide commitment to moving forward; transformational initiatives are undertaken and real change is ignited. This event is open to the public. Please visit for more information about the movement and the film, including a trailer.

Hope to see you there.

Stephanie, Ed, and Jay

School Calendar Reminders

December ANWSD Board/Committee Meeting Schedule

December 6 - Half Day for Students - Dismissal at 11:15, Faculty/Staff Inservice Afternoon

December 6 - Viewing of “Most Likely to Succeed” - 6:00 pm - VUHS Auditorium

December 12 - MS Instrumental & Vocal Concert - 7:00 pm - VUHS Auditorium

December 18 - HS Instrumental & Vocal Concert - 7:00 pm - VUHS Auditorium

December 22 - January 1 - Winter Break - No School

January 2, 2019 - School Resumes

Multiple Students Sleep-Out to End Homelessness

Winter is just around the corner (if it isn’t already here) and many Vermonters have no place to call home in this bitter cold. The Fifth Annual Sleep-Out to End Homelessness is December 1st starting at 4:00 pm by the falls in Middlebury. Walden has supported the John Graham shelter and their efforts for many years by asking for donations and participation in the sleep-out. Let’s make sure that no one is left outside. If you have any questions, please contact Marlie at: or Elizabeth Ready at:

For more information or to donate, visit Walden’s fundraiser page.

Thank you so much,

Students of the Walden Project

This time of year we often hear of people helping those in need and their communities. One way in which I (Robbie Bicknell) get involved is by participating in the Sleepout to End Homelessness to benefit John Graham Housing and Services in Vergennes. This Saturday night, December 1st, will mark my third consecutive year of raising money for this cause by sleeping out next to the falls in Middlebury. This event not only raises awareness in our communities, it also makes me appreciate how lucky I am to have a warm home to return to in the morning. I’ve become especially aware of how quickly a person or family can become homeless and need services as I’ve watched the horrific news of the recent wildfires in California. Everyone is vulnerable to suddenly experiencing the loss of their home. Jeffery Stearns is joining me again this year. Please consider donating to our fundraising page.

Donations can be made up to one week after the event as well. Thanks.

Music Department News

Wednesday, December 12 - Middle School Instrumental & Vocal Concert, 7:00 PM, VUHS Auditorium

Tuesday, December 18 - High School Instrumental & Vocal Concert, 7:00 PM, VUHS Auditorium  

Commodore Friends of Music Patrons Drive - Our annual patron drive is in progress. Click here for more information. Donations can be made by mail (see attached) or through our website via PayPal. Thank you in advance for all your support!

2019 Spanish Trip

If you’re interested in a trip to Costa Rica in June 2019, check out this flyer and see or email Ms. Kirkaldy. Students need to have completed at least Spanish II.

Prevent Child Abuse Vermont Workshop

On December 19th, Prevent Child Abuse Vermont will be at Addison Central School to conduct a parent night (5:30-6:00 Potluck dinner, 6:00-7:00 workshop) on healthy sexual development and preventing sexual abuse. Free childcare will be provided for those parents in the workshop!

Interested in Volunteering at VUHS (or any of our district schools)?

Do you have a talent that you might want to share with students? Do you want to chaperone field trips? How about working in the concession stand? We are now required to have all volunteers complete a background check process, the extent of which depends on your level of volunteering. Please use this link to access information about becoming a volunteer for any of our schools. If your volunteering is likely to be sports-related, questions can be directed to Peter Maneen (, otherwise contact Jay Stetzel ( Thanks.

Vermont Law Cadet Training Program

This program is sponsored by The American Legion Department of Vermont and the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council. Students with a minimum age of 14 years and who are currently a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior in high school are eligible to apply/attend this program. This will be held June 16 - 21, 2019 at the Vermont Police Academy in Pittsford, VT. Applications for this program are available in the School Counseling Office. Interested students are encouraged to get a packet early so all requirements can be accomplished, including sponsorship from the Vergennes American Legion. Fully completed applications (including all required signatures and medical certificates) must be submitted by April 15, 2019 - specific instructions are included in the application packet. An information sheet can be found here.

Speech and Writing Contests

As we receive information about various contests, we’ll post the information in the e-News. After a few weeks, we’ll move the information to this linked document, so it’s still accessible, but allows room for other opportunities.

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 January 9th at 6:30 in the VUHS Library. 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 a meeting.

You can now follow us on Facebook!

Want to learn more about VUHS?

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.