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eNews Mar 9, 2020

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Administrators’ Message

Thank you to those who were able to attend conferences this past week. It was wonderful to see so many adults learning about what their students are doing at VUHS and many students sharing their work and growth. If you have questions for any of your student’s teachers, please email them directly.

Thank you to everyone who voted this past Tuesday. The approved 20-21 budget allows us to continue our work on personalized proficiency-based learning for all students both this year and next.


Save the Date

VUHS is hosting college admissions personnel from 10 colleges on Thursday, May 14 at 6:30 pm. See this flyer. College admissions representatives will share information about the college application and admissions process. Please submit any questions you would like the panel to address to [email protected] and we’ll submit them in advance to the representatives. Colleges attending include: Castleton University, Middlebury College, Northern Vermont University, Norwich University, Plymouth State University, St. Lawrence University, Saint Michael's College, SUNY Plattsburgh, University of Vermont, and Vermont Technical College.


Bullying, Harassment and Hazing

VUHS faculty and staff recently had a refresher on the reporting requirements for incidents that might qualify as bullying, harassment or hazing. These behaviors are sometimes complicated to identify and they come with complicated legal definitions. We ask that you review the Prevention of Harassment, Hazing and Bullying of Students Policy and the Prevention of Harassment, Hazing and Bullying of Students Procedures to familiarize yourself with the requirements and consequences for behaviors identified as bullying, harassment or hazing.

We work hard to create an environment that is safe for all students because this is essential for learning and building a positive, supportive community. It is important that students report behaviors/situations that are problematic in any way. All adults in the building know to do the same. It’s better to report a situation, so it can be dealt with, instead of just wondering if it’s reportable.

Thank you to everyone for working together to keep our community safe and supportive.


Stephanie, Ed, & Jay


Middle School News & Info

Middlebury College Brother-to-Brother Event - Saturday, March 14, 2:00-4:00 pm

  • Board Games Event at Tinker and Smithy (72 Main St)

  • See this flyer for more details.


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

  • 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 9, 10 & 11

The Governor’s Institutes of Vermont (GIV) Summer Programs 2020

GIV is for any Vermont 9th-11th grader with a passion for or particular interest in arts, engineering, world cultures and events, math, science, technology, entrepreneurship, or activism. Students who enjoy GIV tend to have a strong intellectual or artistic curiosity, possess academic skills equal to or above their grade level, and function well in a highly independent learning environment. Most institutes select students based on their application answers and referrals, not their grades. Ability to pay doesn’t matter.

Ten programs are being offered this year. Scholarships are available. Application (and more information) is online at Information (including the 2020 program catalog) is available in the School Counseling Office. The VUHS application is done online and the deadline is March 20, 2020.


Educational Trip to Italy

Dear Parents & Guardians,

Your student is invited to join me and some of their peers on a once-in-a-lifetime international travel experience to Italy in Spring 2021. Look for an emailed invitation about an informational meeting on March 18th! The trip has limited spots, so RSVP to the meeting as soon as possible when you get the invite! - Carlie Guinane


Grades 10 & 11

Opportunity to Visit the University of Vermont

Juniors and sophomores are invited to join us on this field trip to the University of Vermont on Tuesday, March 17th, regardless of their individual college lists/plans. Permission slip is here to print, sign, and return to the School Counseling Office in order to secure your space on the bus. Permission slips are due in the School Counseling Office no later than Tuesday, March 9th.


Grade 11

2020 Girls State Presentation

On Thursday, March 5th all junior girls were invited to attend a presentation regarding Green Mountain Girls State. If a student was unable to attend and/or would like an application, please see Mrs. Vincent in the School Counseling Office. Applications are due in the School Counseling Office on or before 3 pm, Wednesday March 11th.


Spring College Fair for Juniors

The Spring College Fair at Champlain Valley Union High School will be on Monday, April 6. The bus will leave at 11:30 am and return at approximately 1:45 pm. To ensure that VUHS students have an opportunity to take full advantage of this experience, we plan to provide a bus, available on a first-come, first-serve basis, to students who register in the School Counseling Office by turning in their permission slip on or before Thursday, March 26.  Permission slip can be found here or in the School Counseling Office.


College/University Open Houses

This time of year there are many campus open houses and visit dates for juniors. See more information here. Please stop in the School Counseling Office with any questions.


Grades 11 & 12

Selective Service Registration

Selective Service Registration information, all men age 18 are required to register.


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

Vermont Lions Hart Memorial 3/8/2020

American Legion Auxiliary Children of Warrior’s 3/9/2020

Knights of Columbus 3/10/2020

Alice Angney Scholarship 3/16/2020

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

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


School Calendar Reminders

March ANWSD Board Meetings Here

March 12 - High School Band/Chorus Concert, 7:00 PM - VUHS Auditorium

March 18 - Middle School Band/Chorus Concert, 7:00 PM - VUHS Auditorium

March 24 - Financial Reality Fair for Junior Class - Block 5 & Callback

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

April 1 - Spring Networking & Career Fair - VUHS Middle School Gym - 10 am - 2 pm

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


VUHS Wrestling - State Meet Results

  • Vergennes wrestlers placed 5th out of 21 teams at the state tournament, February 28-29. Top individual finishers were Aidan Gebo (2nd), Taylor Stearns (3rd) & Barret Barrows (3rd). As the top three place winners from each weight class represent Vermont in the New England Wrestling Championships, these three will be headed to Massachusetts to compete on March 7th & 8th.

  • Vergennes coach Eugene Stearns was named the Vermont State Coaches Association Coach of the Year!

  • The middle school/JV wrestling state championships were held on Saturday, February 15th. Two Vergennes students, Jamison Couture and Gabe Kadric, had outstanding tournaments and earned the recognition of VT State Champions.

  • Congratulations to all our wrestlers and to coach Stearns on an outstanding season.


Girls Varsity Basketball

Congratulations to the girls varsity basketball team for hosting a first round playoff game last week for the first time in over a decade. The other plus is they won the game against BFA Fairfax with a stellar second half. Nice work girls!

They unfortunately lost a tough game in the second round to Windsor, but they played hard and should be proud of a great season. Congratulations girls on a great season!


Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Longboat Open House - March 18th

See the boat our VUHS students are helping to build. More information and RSVP here.


Career Center Survey

The Hannaford Career Center is gathering feedback about everyone’s impressions of and hopes for the center over the next decade. This will help inform their mission and vision renewal work this year. Please complete this survey by March 11, 2020.


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.


Lifeguarding Class

The first class for February/March filled up, so there’s another one being offered at the end of March and beginning of April. See information here.


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

It’s not too early to be making plans for summer. The school counseling office will receive a variety of summer opportunities over the next several months. 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. As we receive additional program information, we’ll add it to this document, so check back weekly.


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.