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eNews Week of Dec 23 & 30, 2019

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Administrators’ Message

If you’ve seen the last few editions of the Addison Independent, you may have noticed a full page from United Way of Addison County focusing on having conversations with young people about underage drinking. When we look at the results of the 2017 Vermont Parent Survey we gain insight into this opportunity to engage and inform parents: 81.5% of parents in Addison County think it is “not very likely” or “not at all likely” that their child has used alcohol in the past 12 months, 81.6% for marijuana. Unfortunately, parent perception of youth use doesn't match what youth are reporting. It likely would surprise parents to learn that 68% of 12th graders reported to have ever drank alcohol and 22% reported to have binge drank in the last 30 days (according to the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey).

United Way of Addison County is promoting the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) free application ‘Talk. They Hear You’. See more information here. The app features an interactive simulation that helps parents/guardians learn the do's and don'ts of talking to kids about underage drinking. Using avatars, parents/guardians will:

  • Practice bringing up the topic of alcohol

  • Learn the questions to ask

  • Get ideas for keeping the conversation going


Consider having some conversations with your teen over the break. Students, talk with your trusted adults about your thoughts and concerns related to alcohol and drug use. It takes a whole community to keep everyone, especially our young people, safe. Thank you to everyone for taking the time to talk.


Social-Emotional Screener

This is a reminder that each year, the Addison Northwest School District administers social-emotional screening assessments to all students in grades 4-10. The purpose of this screening tool is to ensure all students are receiving the social-emotional and behavioral support they need in order to be successful. This assessment is a short survey that students will complete about themselves. It will be administered at VUHS during the week of January 27, 2020. 

In the event your student indicates that they are struggling and/or would like help in a particular social-emotional skill area, parents/guardians will be contacted by the school psychologist in your student’s school. If you would like more information about the survey and what it assesses, please contact your school principal.

We hope everyone has a wonderful break and we look forward to more awesomeness at VUHS in 2020.

Stephanie, Ed, and Jay



School Calendar Reminders

January ANWSD Board/Committee Meeting Schedule

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

January 17 - End of Semester 1

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

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

January 23 - JumpRope Drop-In Help Session - VUHS Library - 4:00-6:00 PM

February 1 - High School Mid-Winter Ball - Vergennes Opera House - Theme: Glow


VUHS Choral Students Accepted to Green Mountain Music District Honor Ensembles

Congratulations to our VUHS choral students for their acceptance to the GMMD Honor Ensembles!

Middle School District Chorus
Siobhan Potter, Madelyn Giroux, Kimari Collins, Torrey Hanna, Mia Kutchukian, Kendra Jackson, Matilda Seyler, Cal Gramling

High School District Chorus
Samantha Hallock, Isaiah Visser, Kai Williams, Olivia Brooks, Peyton Paquette, Reese Gernander, Adelaide Brooks, David Nicholls


Fusion After School Sign-ups - Session 3 (January 6 - February 14)

Please consider participating (or encouraging your student to participate) in our wonderful after school program. There are activities available for all students in grades 7-12. See the activities here. Sign-up online here. Questions can be directed to Fusion Coordinator, Asia Kruse ([email protected]).


Sophomores Visit Hannaford Career Center

On Friday, December 6, the Class of 2022 visited the Hannaford Career Center for the afternoon. All students visited two programs of their choice to learn about the opportunities available if they choose to attend in 11th or 12th grade. Students pictured here are visiting the Culinary Arts program. Jasmine, Colin, and David helped to decorate cookies.



ProCity AAU Basketball Information/Sign-up Night

JANUARY 9, 6:30pm in the VUHS Library

Interested in playing AAU basketball? Join a ProCity team, open to boys and girls in grades 5-11. If you are interested in playing basketball after the regular season, join us on the 9th to get more information and/or to fill out and submit the registration form and waiver. Information about the program is attached. Questions? Contact information here. Our registration deadline is January 24th.


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, January 27th.

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

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.