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eNews Mar 16, 2020

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Administrators’ Message

This is a unique and challenging time. New developments are occurring every day and adjustments have to be made to how we all operate from day-to-day. Many of you are probably monitoring news media and other information sources like the Department of Health or Center for Disease Control. Below are a few links to articles and other information that might be helpful as we navigate the current situation.

  • How to Talk to Kids and Teens About the Coronavirus - There’s a section dedicated to each group, include high school students, plus comics, podcasts, and links to support your efforts.

  • An article and video (more focused on middle school and younger) about talking to children about coronavirus.

  • This guide was developed by the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). The content is more focused on younger children, but may still be helpful for all parents, to talk about the COVID-19 virus and basic hygiene habits.

  • An article about how to manage stress during an infectious disease outbreak.

We will continue to provide information as it becomes available and share decisions as they are made. The current plan is for school to be in session on Monday. Thanks for staying in touch as this is the best way to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Access to Internet Service at Reduced Prices

Knowing that there is a strong possibility that we will have a period of time that we are not able to be learning in the VUHS building, we want to support families and students to make sure they have internet access to allow them to continue learning while we are not in school. Below are some low cost programs to help families obtain internet access or reduce the cost of current internet service.

  • Internet Essentials from Comcast - This program offers internet at $9.95 per month (although right now they are offering two months free given the current COVID-19 pandemic) for qualifying households. Unfortunately, Comcast is not available in all parts of ANWSD.

  • Lifeline Program - This is a federal benefit that lowers the monthly cost of phone or internet service. Click here for a recertification form that allows one person in a household to apply for Lifelines for either phone or internet service, but not both.

  • Link to Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom. This is the company that has supplied the Lifelines form linked above.

Stephanie, Ed, & Jay


Middle School News & Info

Middle School Activity Night - Friday, March 20, 6:30-8:30 pm

  • Communication will be forthcoming as to whether the activity night will occur.

  • All 7th and 8th graders are invited.

  • Parents/Guardians who wish to chaperone need to make sure they have completed the background check process. See how to do this in a section below.


High School News & Info

Grades 10 & 11

UVM Visit March 17th

This trip has been cancelled; we are hoping to offer this again early next school year. 


Grade 11

Spring College Fair for Juniors

The Spring College Fair at Champlain Valley Union High School scheduled for Monday, April 6 has been cancelled. They plan to offer it again in spring 2021. We will be sure to advertise the college fair that happens at St. Michael’s College in fall 2020.


Grade 12


There are scholarships available for application at this time. Scholarships are posted on the School Counseling web page here and updated on a regular basis.


Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

Ben Kinson Memorial 3/25/2020

Heritage Family Credit Union (membership not required) 3/20/2020

Mahana Magic Scholarship 3/28/2020

St. Andrew’s Society Scholarship 3/28/2020

American Legion Department of Vermont Scholarships 4/1/2020

VT EPsCOR Center for Workplace Development and Diversity Scholarship 4/1/2020

VAEOP Scholarship 4/1/2020

American Legion Auxiliary Past Presidents Parley Nursing Scholarship 4/7/2020

2020 “Live United” Volunteer Scholarship Award 4/7/2020

Vermont Federal Credit Union Scholarship 4/8/2020


School Calendar Reminders

March ANWSD Board Meetings Here

March 18 - Middle & High School Band Concert, 7:00 PM - VUHS Auditorium

March 24 - Financial Reality Fair for Junior Class - Postponed to Fall 2020

March 27 - Full Day Inservice for Faculty/Staff - No School for Students

April 1 - Spring Networking & Career Fair - Postponed to a later date

April 7- Black & White Cabaret, 6:30 PM - VUHS Library

April 8 - Half Day for Students - Dismissal at 11:15, Faculty/Staff Inservice Afternoon

April 20-24 - Spring Break - No School

May 6 - Half Day for Students - Dismissal at 11:15

  • Grades 9-11 End-of-Year Presentations in the morning

  • Senior Presentations in the afternoon


National Honor Society

On Saturday March 7th, the VUHS National Honor Society hosted Date Night Babysitting. In lieu of charging families for the NHS students watching their children, the NHS asked for food or monetary donations for the Vergennes Food Shelf. The night was a complete success! The kids had a great time and the students raised $252 and donated about 5 bags of food. Thanks to all the NHS students who helped out that night!


Clothing Swap

The VUHS Environmental Club is hosting the first ever Addison County Clothing Swap on March 21st. This event is the result of a collaboration between the Vergennes, Middlebury, and Mount Abe Environmental Clubs, and will take place at Mount Abe High School from 10-2. If you have any clothes that you no longer need, please drop them off in the VUHS main lobby anytime before the swap. We accept all different styles of clothes, and are putting an emphasis on prom attire. For more information, please watch this informational video. Thank you for donating! We hope to see you there!


Commodore Parent Teacher Group Winter 2020 Fundraiser/Raffle!

The Commodore Parent Teacher Group (CPTG) is planning another great year of supporting academic and enrichment activities and community engagement at VUHS. Please consider supporting the CPTG to help us fund great activities such as: Staff Appreciation - SAT Boot Camp - Outreach Programs - Project Graduation - Enrichment Grants for Teachers and Staff

We recognize that everyone’s schedules are full, so we’d like to keep this simple – no buying, no selling, no events. Please consider making a donation toward our goal of $2000.  Send your donation to the main office by March 31st, (make checks payable to CPTG), or visit our GoFundMe site. Every $25 of your donation earns a raffle entry for a $100 gift certificate to the Antidote! Donate to a great cause, and earn a chance for a great dinner! More information here.


Commodore Friends of Music

The Commodore Friends of Music is looking for people to join our group. We are a 501c3 non-profit run by family and friends to help support our students in music. We need help in a variety of ways. Our next meeting is March 17 at 6:30 in the band room. Meetings are not usually too long. Any questions, please contact Tara Brooks (734-0031) or Kathy Clark (349-7407) or email us at commod[email protected]. Hope to see you there.


Lifeguarding Class

This late March/early April class has been cancelled, but may be offered before summer. We’ll advertise it here when details can be confirmed.


Volunteering for School Events

We'd like to thank everyone who has volunteered in the past and are planning to volunteer in the future. There’s so much that wouldn’t be possible without you. With that said, we have to make sure we are keeping everyone safe and complying with the law in regards to background checks. Any event hosted at the school that involves non-school personnel interacting with students will require that all volunteers be background checked at some level, depending on the level of access to students. Examples of this would be middle school activity nights, selling concessions, and high school dances. Most events will require at least Level 2, but a Level 3 certification with fingerprinting is necessary if there is any possibility of being the only adult with a group of students.

For a background check, you need to complete an online application and fill out paperwork with Dianne Marcotte. Dianne will contact you after you have completed the online portion to set up a time to meet. You will need to have your license and a check for $11.25.

To register online with Volunteer Tracker:

1. Click on this link:

2. Click on "New Registration".

3. Fill out required information.

4. You’ll receive an activation email - click link in email to activate.

5. Complete and submit volunteer application.

Thank you very much!


Summer Programs 2020

New opportunities are added almost every week. Click here to access a list of these opportunities 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.


Commodore Parent/Teacher Group

Our meetings are on the 4th Monday of the month from 6:30-8:00 PM in the VUHS library. The next one is Monday, March 23rd.

Our new email address is [email protected] and you can find us on Facebook at:



Want to learn more about VUHS?

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