VUHS e-News, Week of February 19 & 26, 2018

Brought to you by the Commodore Parent Teacher Group 

Message from the Principals

Some of you may have seen this post on Front Porch Forum last week, but we wanted to make sure everyone saw it.

VUHS is excited about the soon to be completed installation of a new sign on Monkton Road. As we get ready to throw the switch (hopefully within the week), we want to thank everyone who has contributed over the years to finally make this a reality. The following groups generously supported this purchase. Thank you to all of them.

Classes of 2010 & 2017

Commodore Parent/Teacher Group

Vergennes Boosters Club

Friends of Music

ProCity AAU Basketball

Addison United Soccer Club

Vergennes Youth Wrestling Club

And, thank you to the community for supporting the bond. Construction starts soon and will extend through the summer to make much-needed improvements to the energy efficiency, comfort, and safety of the building.

From all of us at VUHS, thank you!

As mentioned in last week’s e-News, the VUHS Safety & Wellness Day is Friday, April 20th. It’s looking to be a fun and exciting day. We are hearing that some students are planning to not be in school that day, and we want everyone to know that despite the uniqueness of the day, it is still a school day. Parents, thank you for making sure your student is present, but as usual, please be in contact with the office if your student will not be in school.

Looking forward to longer and warmer days ahead.

Stephanie, Ed, and Jay

Support the Commodore Parent Teacher Group

This is the last week. If you would like to donate, go here or drop off a check (made out to CPTG) at the VUHS main office. We will sweeten the deal by entering you in a drawing to win a $100 gift certificate to the Antidote restaurant. For every $20 donation you will be entered to win the prize. Thank you so much for your support!

The CPTG Team

School Calendar Reminders

April ANWSD Board Meeting Schedule

April 9 - ANWSD Board Meeting, 6:00 PM - Addison Central School

April 17 - Half day for Students (Dismissal 11:15) - Teacher Inservice (PM)

April 17-19 - ANWSD Fine Arts Festival - VUHS Gym (more details coming soon)

April 18 - ANWSD Grades 5-8 Band/Chorus Concert at Fine Arts Festival - 6:30 PM

April 19 - Middle School Musical, 7:00 PM - VUHS Auditorium

April 20 - VUHS Safety & Wellness Day

April 23-27 - April Break

May 2 - HELP Awards Ceremony, 6:00 PM - Vergennes Opera House

Yearbook Ordering

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

Congratulations 2018 Boys’ State Delegates

Vergennes American Legion Post #14 will sponsor four VUHS delegates to Green Mountain Boys’ State held June 17-22 on the campus of Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, Vermont: Sepehr Belar, Jack Halpin, Wade Mullin, and Dylan Rapoport. The alternate for this year is Zeke Palmer. The boys were nominated by faculty and staff based on leadership, scholarship and citizenship.

Green Mountain Boys’ State is a leadership laboratory for rising high school senior boys. The main focus is Vermont town, county, and state government, and its organization, policies and procedures. They will work on issues relating to Vermont, and debate and discuss these issues during a session at the State House in Montpelier.

National Technical Honor Society

Congratulations to the following students who were inducted into the National Technical Honor Society on March 27th at the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center.

Benjamin Clark

Cody DeVries

Jacob Gonyeau

Jameson Haggett

Emily Jackson

Erin Lawrence

Madeline Smith

Cedar Winslow

The criteria for induction is an “A” average in the Career Center program, a B average in overall academics, evidence of community service, and recommendation by instructor for overall presentation - character, leadership, helps others in the classroom or field, shows remarkable development in attitude, commitment, pursuing excellence, etc. Often these students are also involved with co-curriculars at their high school, work a part-time job, compete in Skills USA, and are involved with FFA.

ANWSD Fine Arts Festival

Art students in the Addison Northwest School District, from Addison, Ferrisburgh, Vergennes and Waltham  have been busily preparing for our Fine Arts Festival to be held in the big gym (with the new floor) at VUHS.  The K-12 exhibit opens for visitors, classes and the community Wednesday, April 18th and Thursday, April 19th. There will be an instrumental and vocal concert of students in grades 5-8 on Wednesday evening in the gym at 6:30 pm. Exhibit hours are 8:30 am to 3:30 pm on Wednesday and 8:30 am to 3 pm on Thursday, and for an hour before the concert.

The show’s theme is Fantasy and will be sure to share students’ expression of their creative imagination and skill. All students have worked within the theme, each at their own developmental level.  All elementary schools in the district will visit during the day to see their own artwork, as well as their peers’ and visit with two local artists. Eben Schumacher, of Burlington, will demonstrate fantasy paintings with computer software and share his clay sculptures of dragons and other imaginary subjects. Chris Billis, from Huntington, will be sharing her paintings of animals. A treat for all who visit, this festival only happens biannually, and it was delayed an extra year. Everyone is invited to come celebrate the Arts!

Music Department News

April 10 (Snow Date 12th) - Vermont Jazz Educators Festival

    Commodore Jazz Ensemble @ Middlebury Union High School

April 13 & 14 - High School Cultural Trip to New York City

See our calendar of events for a full listing of the events this school year.

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.

School Counseling Department


It’s not too early to be making plans for summer. Click here to access a list of opportunities for students currently in grades 7-12. As we receive additional program information we’ll add it to this document, so check back weekly. Some of the local programs you have seen advertised directly in the e-News below are now listed on the document linked above.

Career & Technical Education Survey - Please consider filling out

Jay Ramsey, the Vermont State Director for Career and Technical Education, has released a survey for all stakeholders. It should take less than 15 minutes to complete. It is important that they hear as many opinions as possible about the current and future state of Career & Technical Education. Click here to access the survey which closes at midnight on April 9th.

Hannaford Career Center News

The latest edition (Friday March 30th) of the newsletter highlights the work of two VUHS students, Richmond Rathbun and Colby Bushey in the Engineering & Architecture Program.


As for the new gym floor...

The long anticipated re-opening of the high school gym has arrived. After water damage rendered the floor unplayable for the majority of the basketball season, work began over winter break to get the gym back in working order. After a couple weeks of sanding, sealing, painting, and finish work, the gym was unveiled to the student body as the opening of Student Council Spirit Week on March 20th. Vergennes Union High School has once again cemented its claim to having the best high school gym in the state!

Booster Club Fundraiser Continues During the Month of April

Another way to raise money for the Vergennes Union High School Booster Club!
It's March Madness time and Vergennes Laundry by CK wants in! Chef Christian Kruse has a love for sports and of course food, so why not support both? During the months of March and April, Vergennes Laundry will donate 15% of the Wednesday and Thursday night dinner sales from every VUHS family. The offer is not valid with any other promotion. Space is limited, so be sure to call ahead (870-7157) for a reservation, and make it known you are coming in for the March Madness promotion. Visit the website to browse through the dinner menu at

Community News

The Middlebury town hockey rink (Memorial Sports Center) is a finalist in the Kraft Hockeyville competition. That means the rink will receive $10,000–and up to $150,000-in funding for renovations. There are four finalists and the one receiving the most votes from midnight on Friday, April 13 - 11:00 am on Saturday, April 14, wins the grand prize of $150, 000. The rink could really use this money as they have been fundraising for more than 10 years to renovate. You can vote as many times as you want during the time period. We’re up against rinks that are in much larger cities/towns, so we need as many votes as possible. Thanks for your support.

Support the Vergennes Swim Team

The Vergennes Swim Team teens (the Swamurai Council) are hosting a BINGO Night on Thursday, April 12 from 6 - 7:30 pm in the Vergennes High School Cafeteria.

This evening of games and raffles will support activities planned by the VST Swamurai. A pack of ten BINGO cards (one for each game) will cost $3 or you can buy two for $5. BINGO prizes include gift certificates and products from all of your favorite local companies. We will also raffle off four gift baskets and hold a 50/50 raffle. Food and beverages will be available for sale as well. Please join us this Thursday. You will have a great time and you will be supporting a great cause!

Class of 2019 fundraiser

The class of 2019 is still selling Vergennes Commodore scarves for $20. They are raising money for the Junior Prom on May 12, 2018 at Basin Harbor. There are still plenty of cold days to come. You can place an order with any Junior class member, stop by room D1, or email

French Language Summer Immersion Experience

The Rotary club offers a free French language summer immersion experience in Sherbrooke, Québec as part of an exchange program. See more information here. If you have any questions, please contact Mme Clayton (

The dates of the 2018 exchange, planned around a major event in each locale, are:

15 au 29 juillet (July) à Sherbrooke ou Drummondville

29 juillet - 12 août (August) à Middlebury ou Vergennes

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 Wednesday May 2nd at 6:30 pm 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 the next meeting.

Want to learn more about VUHS?

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