VUHS e-News, Week of May 14, 2018

Brought to you by the Commodore Parent Teacher Group 

Message from the Principals

This time of year is exciting for so many reasons, but one of the biggest ones is celebrating our students who complete years of work leading up to the next stage of their lives. On Thursday, May 31st, we had the pleasure of watching a number of our career center students in a ceremony recognizing their completion of their respective programs. Some of these students are juniors, so they do have one more year with us, but others are graduating and we wish them well as they venture out with their new knowledge and skills. Congratulations to Philip Armell, Cody DeVries, Tucker Dike, Malcolm Donovan-Cook, Ryan Emmons, Chelsey Jerome, Samir Kadric, Brody King, Erin Lawrence, Vincent Moore, Howie VanderWey, Raymond VanderWey, Cedar Winslow, Marigrace Wojciechowski, and Jordan Yandow.

On Friday, June 1st, we witnessed an amazing performance by our middle and high school bands and choruses. This was also an opportunity to recognize students who have excelled in music this past year as well as the seniors who have left a significant mark on the VUHS music program. Congratulations to Ally Atkins, Lance Bergmans, Anneke Boelens, Guin Brownell, Lillian Clark, Rudy Davis, Norah Deming, Malcolm Donovan-Cook, Peighton Duprey, Nora Hatch, Olivia Hawkins, Emma Husk, Kristina Jochum, Samir Kadric, Erin Lawrence, Ben Praamsma, Aaron Premont, Ethan Sausville, Bailey Smith, Megan Tarte, Marigrace Wojciechowski, and Will Wormer.

On Wednesday, May 23rd, we recognized a number of 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students who have excelled in various academic areas throughout this past year. You can view the slideshow here that highlights each of those well-deserving students. This same night we announced several juniors who were selected to receive college scholarships/awards related to their excellence in academics, leadership, and service. See these awards and the students who earned them here. Congratulations to all of our students. We look forward to their continued leadership, dedication, and service at VUHS and beyond.

The week of June 11th, we look forward to recognizing our middle school students, including our 8th graders who are stepping up to begin high school next year, and all of our seniors at graduation. Hope to see you there.

Thank you to our 7th, 8th, 9th, and 11th graders who persevered through one or three days of standardized testing this past week. We witnessed our students taking these tests seriously and working diligently to do their very best. Thank you to the adults who supported them through this process as well.

Lastly, thank you to our seniors who walked (or ran) 14 miles on Wednesday to raise money for the John Graham Shelter. See more about their efforts below. And thank you to the adults (especially Lee Shorey) who made the whole event possible.

It’s all of these things that make us proud to be Commodores and a part of this amazing school community.

Have a great week.

Stephanie, Ed, and Jay

School Calendar Reminders

June ANWSD Board Meeting Schedule

June 15 - Last Student Day - Half Day of School - Dismissal 11:15 AM

June 15 - 8th Grade Step-Up Ceremony, 9:30-11:00 - VUHS Auditorium

June 15 - VUHS Class of 2018 Graduation, 6:00 PM - VUHS High School Gym

Graduation Events (this week and next) - Click here - Everyone is welcome.

Yearbooks Are In

There are a limited number of high school yearbooks available for sale. If you are not already on the list (meaning you previously emailed or spoke to Ms. Kirkaldy about being on the yearbook purchasing list), please email her ( to check for availability. Thanks.

If you need to purchase a middle school yearbook, please email Carlie Guinane ( Thanks.

Senior Walk-A-Thon

With the support of morning meeting advisors, parents, community members, and other faculty, the Class of 2018 went above and beyond expectations to benefit a very valued and local organization, The John Graham Emergency Shelter. The shelter staff were amazed and extremely appreciative when handed a check for over $4000 by the seniors at the end of the walk. Congrats to our seniors.

Thank you seniors for making this event a success. I did not hear complaints the whole day even though it was a lot of miles (14 to be exact) on a hot day. I did not have to pick up any litter when I drove the route after the walk-a-thon. - Lee Shorey

Please Return Your Library Books

Students must return library books before the end of the school year. Please see Ms. Kunkel if you have any questions about your account or need to pay library fines for lost books. Notices have been emailed weekly to students.

Remember, books are available at the Bixby over the summer, as well as free downloads from the Green Mountain Library Consortium and SyncYA . Keep on reading!

Title 1 Annual Information Meeting

During the 2017-2018 school year, Vergennes Union High School qualified for Title I federal funding to support our students. We applied that funding to support the following activities:

  • Employment of Literacy Teacher(s)

  • Employment of Mathematics Intervention Teacher(s)

  • Employment of Literacy Coach

For further information, please reference the ANWSD Annual Report Card. We welcome any input or suggestions with regards to the spending of Title 1 funding. As a Title 1 recipient, VUHS is required to offer an opportunity for parents to learn about how we spend our Title 1 funds and hear suggestions for next years’ spending. On Wednesday, June 6 from 3:00-3:30 pm, our math interventionist and literacy coach will be available to meet with parents in the library to answer any questions. If you can’t make the meeting, but have any questions, please direct them to Stephanie Taylor, Principal, at

School Nutrition Services Newsletter

See all the great things happening in our nutrition programs across ANWSD (and ANESU). Please also make sure all negative balances are paid prior to the end of the year. It’s not too late to apply for free school meals or fill out the school meals survey. More information in the newsletter.

Music Department News

Future VUHS Music Performances:

June 5 - Middle School Band & Chorus Concert tour to the ANWSD Elementary Schools (during the school day)

June 6 - Piano Class Recital - Blocks 4 & 5

June 6 - Commodore Jazz Ensemble performance on Church Street at the Discover Jazz Festival - 3:45 PM

Vergennes City Band

Rehearsals from 6:45 - 8:30 PM, May 21 and June 4 & 11, VUHS Band Room

Concerts in the Park at 7:00 PM on Monday evenings beginning June 18th.

All VUHS Band students are welcome and encouraged to be a part of the Vergennes City Band. You play lots of fun band tunes, meet instrumentalists of all ages, and improve your personal playing. And best of all, it's free! Contact Mrs. O'Daniel for more information.

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


Click here to access a list of opportunities for students currently in grades 7-12. Some of the local programs you have seen advertised directly in the e-News are now listed on the document linked above.


The Vergennes Union High School Booster Club would like to thank everyone who helped this school season with the Booster Club. Boosters would not be successful without all of the effort from our community. If you would like to join our Booster club, we meet the first Monday of each month at 7 pm. Have a wonderful summer.

Kirsten De La Cruz, Booster President

FREE Youth Golf Clinics in July at Basin Harbor
Andrew Thayer Junior Golf Clinics are open to local youth ages 6-16. Participants will be introduced to the game of a lifetime. Basin Harbor staff will use unique activities and drills to better the students’ understanding of the athletic golf movement. See more details here.

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 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.