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eNews Week of Dec 16, 2019

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Administrators’ Message

The Addison Northwest School District values and appreciates volunteers in all our schools. There are so many events and activities made possible because of parents/guardians, graduates, and community members volunteering their time and talents. Thank you.

We also take very seriously our responsibility to keep all students safe and to follow the law. All adults working with our students - employees and volunteers - are required to undergo background checks.

VUHS is making a renewed effort to comply with ANWSD policy B2 Volunteers and Work Study Students. 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 field trip volunteers, middle school activity nights and high school dances.

ANWSD requires an online application process through AppGarden - Volunteer Tracker and the following screening requirements shall apply to those individuals interested in volunteering in our schools. For procedures of how to access and create an account on AppGarden, click here. As a proactive measure, signing up through the volunteer tracker now will ensure you are approved in advance of events where we need parents to assist with supervision.

To register 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 for your time and dedication to VUHS and ANWSD. In addition, thank you for your cooperation with this important safety protocol.


Stephanie, Ed, and Jay


School Calendar Reminders

December ANWSD Board/Committee Meeting Schedule

December 23 - January 1 - Winter Break - School Resumes Thursday, January 2nd

January 11 - High School Mid-Winter Ball

January 17 - End of Semester 1

January 20 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - No School

January 21 - No School for Students - Faculty/Staff Inservice


Addison Independent Student of the Week

Every other week a well-deserving VUHS senior is selected as an Addison Independent Student of the Week. These students are actively involved in the community and working hard to make the most of their education. Be sure to check out the Monday, December 16th edition of the paper to learn more about our latest outstanding senior, Colby Beinhaur. Congratulations Colby!


VUHS Math Team

Congratulations to the VUHS Math Team for placing 3rd out of 15 teams at the meet on Dec. 11th. We triumphed over BFA Fairfax, BFA St. Albans, Burlington, Colchester, CVU, Milton, Missisquoi, Mt. Abe, Mt. Mansfield, Rice, U-32 and Enosburg.

Congratulations to Kai Williams for a perfect paper in Advanced Math.

We had the second highest team test. Nice job to Ian Brons, Xander DeBlois, David Nicholls, Erich Reitz & Kai Williams!

Top Category Tests

Arithmetic: David Nicholls

Geometry: Xander DeBlois, Alex Rice & Leah Croke

Algebra: Ian Brons, Xander DeBlois and Leah Croke

Adv. Math: Kai Williams, Leah Croke and Pearl Sutton

Top Scores Overall

5th: Alex Rice

4th: Ian Brons

3rd: Kai Williams

2nd: Leah Croke

1st: Xander DeBlois

Great job to all the VUHS Mathletes: Xavier DeBlois, Morgan Hurlburt, Parker Kayhart, Alisdair Chauvin, Shea McLaren, David Nicholls, Alex Rice, Xander DeBlois, Adam Galuska, Reagan Kayhart, Tommy Lawrence, Nima Mehregan, Pearl Sutton, Luke Bergmans, Ian Brons, Leah Croke, Erich Reitz and Kai Williams!


VUHS Musicians Accepted to Green Mountain Music District Honor Ensembles

Congratulations to our VUHS musicians for their acceptance to the GMMDistrict Honor Ensembles!

High School Symphonic Band

Maddie LaBerge, Anna Rakowski - Flute

Kai Williams - Clarinet

Trudy Cosgrove - Bass Clarinet

Allie Croke - Alto Sax

Kobe Kessler - Baritone Sax

Richard Cosgrove - Trumpet

Xander DeBlois - French Horn

Reese Gernander, Parker Kayhart - Trombone

Alisdair Chauvin, Gideon Palmer - Percussion

Middle School Jazz Ensemble

Calder Rakowski, Jing Williams - Trumpet

Middle School Concert Band

Riley Gagnon - Tenor Sax

Kimari Collins, Ethan Croke, Mia Kutchukian - Trumpet

Alaina LeBeau, Calder Rakowski, Jing Williams - Trumpet

Grey Fearon - Trombone

Luke Davis - Euphonium

Megan Mentzer - Mallet Percussion

Devin Brisson, Cal Gramling - Percussion


Hannaford Career Center News

Check out the December 2019 career center newsletter here. Students Daniel Anguish and Grady Devoid are recognized as quarter one outstanding students. Nice work Daniel and Grady!


VUHS Holiday Food Drive

Please help feed our neighbors this holiday season. Some food will go directly to VUHS families and the rest will be donated to the Vergennes Food Shelf. Our goal is to fill up the blue bin in the main lobby by December 18. We are looking for non-perishable, non-expired food items specifically: canned foods, pasta, macaroni and cheese, pasta sauce, canned soup, canned vegetables, peanut butter, granola bars, healthy cereal, and healthy snacks. High school students bring items to your morning meeting room to be counted toward points for your class. Middle school students can put items directly in the bin.


New England Young Writers' Conference

Hey potential writers in grades 10, 11, and 12. The applications for this year's New England Young Writers' Conference are finally available! Come get one from Mr. Steen or from the school counseling office. They are due by December 19, 2019.

Please see either Mr. Steen or Mr. Schlein with any questions about the application process or conference in general. This is a conference that will literally change your life as a writer. It's an opportunity not to be missed.


Trees & Wreaths for Sale

Beginning on Saturday, December 7th, Scout Troop 539 of Vergennes will sell trees and wreaths at the lot next to the police station in Vergennes each Saturday and Sunday through December 22.  The price of the trees is $35 and the homemade wreaths are $25. The proceeds from the sales help support activities and learning opportunities for the scouts in Troop 539. Thanks for your support.


Commodore Parent/Teacher Group

Our meetings are generally on the 4th Monday of the month from 6:30-8:00 PM in the VUHS library, although the next one is Monday, December 16th because of the December break.

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


VUHS Athletics

VUHS is the first high school in the state to offer an automated live video stream of it's athletic events! Thank you to the Vergennes Boosters Club for the purchase and installation of this camera system. Vergennes Athletics continues it's advancement forward and our Boosters Club is a major reason why. Please consider offering your support by joining the Boosters Club. They meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 7-8 p.m. If you are interested, please contact Kirsten De La Cruz, Booster Club President ([email protected]).

To view upcoming events live, please click here. The link is also on the VUHS website on the Athletics page. Thank you and enjoy the games!


Writing & Speech Contests/Opportunities 2019-2020

Sen. Sanders State of the Union Essay Contest

Senator Sanders has launched his tenth annual State of the Union Essay Contest. This is an opportunity for Vermont high school students to describe what they think are the most pressing issues facing the United States and what they would do to solve them. Students submit 250-500 word essays on an issue they would prioritize if they were president. A panel of Vermont teachers will judge the essays based on students' ability to describe the issue and proposed solution. Senator Sanders will enter the top ten finalists' essays in the Congressional Record - the official archive of the United States Senate and House of Representatives. Additionally, in celebration of the tenth year of the contest, Sen. Sanders will invite the finalists to record videos about their essays to be posted on his official social media accounts. Learn more and submit essays online. Deadline January 8, 2020.

See other opportunities that have been in previous editions of the e-News here.


2019-2020 Yearbooks

Order through the following links.

High School

Middle School



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.