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eNews Week of Feb 10, 2020

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Administrators’ Message

We hope everyone enjoyed at least some part of the snow days this past week. It’s nice for those who enjoy winter to have some great snow to get outside and recreate. Hopefully the snow will stick around for the vacation week.

As a result of the snow days, our course selection process has been delayed. 8th grade students and families will receive course registration materials and information tomorrow, Monday, February 10th. Students will learn about high school in classes during the day and parents/guardians are invited to join us in the evening at 6:30 pm in the auditorium. Students can attend the evening meeting, but are not required.

We need all course request sheets returned with a parent/guardian signature by Friday, February 14th. While changes/adjustments can always be made after Friday, we need at least initial requests before February break. This allows us to enter all requests into PowerSchool over the break. Questions can be directed to your student’s school counselor or Jay ([email protected]).

Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences are during the afternoon and evening on Wednesday and Thursday, March 4th and 5th. We are putting together the online sign-up and will share that with everyone later this week or during the break.

Parents and Students Needed for Hiring Committees

Due to some long-time, dedicated teachers retiring at the end of this school year as well as some individuals deciding to branch out on new adventures, we will soon begin the hiring process for several positions at VUHS. We are in need of students and parents to serve on hiring committees. This is a great opportunity for students to build their transferable skills and be exposed to the interviewing process. If you are interested in helping us out, please complete this google form as soon as possible.


Thanks for being in touch.

Stephanie, Ed, & Jay



ANWSD Annual Meeting & Annual Report Notice

Click here for more information related to the 2020 ANWSD Annual Report and meeting.


Middle School News & Info

8th Grade Family Information Night - VUHS Library - February 10th, 6:30-7:30 PM

  • Join us to learn more about high school and have your questions answered as your 8th grade student begins the process of transitioning to grade 9.

  • See the info/links immediately below for additional information.

  • Course selection sheets are due back to Ms. Sweeney by Friday, February 14.


High School News & Info

Grades 8, 9, 10 & 11


The Program of Studies and course request sheets were distributed to high school students last week. 8th graders will receive them on Monday, February 10th. All course request sheets are due back in the School Counseling Office on or before Friday, February 14 (extended due to the snow days). A parent signature is required on the course request sheet. If you have any questions, please contact your student’s school counselor. Below are links to all of the documents passed out to students.

2020-2021 Program of Studies

Grade 8 Course Registration Sheet

Grades 9-11 Course Request Sheet (taking courses only at VUHS)

PAHCC Course Request Sheet for grades 9-11 (taking courses at career center and VUHS)

Walden Application


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 and on posters throughout the school. The VUHS application is done online and the deadline is March 20, 2020.

The following programs are offered this summer at GIV

Environmental Science & Technology, July 5–11 at University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

Mathematical Sciences, June 21 – 26 at the University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

Global Issues & Youth Action, June 27 – July 6 at Landmark College, Landmark, VT

Engineering, July 5 -  11 at Norwich University, Northfield, VT

Arts, June 28 – July 12 at Castleton University, Castleton, VT

Technology, Design & Coding, June 20 – 28, at Champlain College, Burlington, VT

Entrepreneurship, June 27 - July 2  at Vermont Technical College, Randolph, VT

Young Writers, June 16 – 22 at Bennington College, Bennington, VT

Astronomy, July 19 – 25, at Northern Vermont University, Lyndon Campus, Lyndonville, VT

The Governor’s School, July 12 - 19, Norwich University, Northfield, VT

Health and Medicine, June 16 - 22, Norwich University, Northfield, VT


Grades 10 & 11

VSAC’s College & Career Pathways Event

On Wednesday, February 26, VUHS will bring interested sophomores and juniors to VSAC’s College & Career Pathways event at Castleton University. Students will participate in workshops of their choosing, eat lunch in the cafeteria, and tour the campus. There is no cost to attend and lunch is included.

Interested students need to sign up in the school counseling office by Wednesday, February 12. Students will select from the following workshops upon arrival at Castleton. Permission form with additional information is available here and in the School Counseling Office. 

  • Paying for College & Career Training 101

  • Strategies for the SAT & ACT

  • College Search: Finding the Right Fit

  • Navigating the Admissions Process

  • Career Search: Finding the Right Fit

  • Great Careers with Local Employers

  • Crafting a Resume & Cover Letter

  • Scholarships - Free Money

  • Writing the Admissions Essay

Permission forms (or at least an indication of interest) are due in the School Counseling Office by Wednesday, February 12.

Evening College & Career Pathways Opportunities Available for Parents and Students

Get your questions answered, talk to Vermont experts, learn about improving your job skills, and discover ways to help you pay for more training/school. Each evening event features:

  • Light dinner served from 4:30–5:30 pm

  • Career Training Resource Fair—meet with reps from programs in your area. 

  • Career & training info sessions—Navigating Your Way to a Better Job and Funding Your Training Program. 

  • Onsite approval for free grant money to help pay for training or college courses. 

  • Drawing for a $100 VISA gift card. 

This year, choose from 4 different dates at 4 different locations:  February 26 @Castleton University, Castleton, March 11 @Landmark College, Putney, March 19 @Saint Michael's College, Colchester, April 6 @Northern Vermont University–Lyndon, Lyndonville


Grades 10, 11, 12

MEDQUEST Health Careers Exploration

MedQuest is a six-day, summer, residential health careers exploration program for Vermont high school students currently enrolled in grades 10,11 or 12. Admission is competitive and scholarships are available upon parent request. MEDQUEST information and application. Application Deadline is March 6, 2020.


Grade 11

SAT Prep Workshop - Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 8:30 am - 12:30 pm - VUHS Library

Whether you plan to take the SAT this spring or in the fall, this is a great opportunity to be better prepared for the exam. See more information here, including a more thorough explanation of the workshop, cost (including financial assistance), and how to register. Thank you to the Commodore Parent/Teacher Group for making this opportunity possible.


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.


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.

New England Red Sox Scholarship:  Deadline extended to 2/14/2020.

VSAC Scholarship Deadline:  2/12/2020. More information about VSAC scholarships can be found on the School Counseling Scholarship webpage and/or here.

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

VSAC Scholarships 2/12/2020

New England Federal Credit Union Nursing Scholarship 2/29/2020

Knights of Columbus 3/10/2020

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


School Calendar Reminders

February ANWSD Board/Committee Meeting Schedule

February 14 - Course Request Sheets Due in the School Counseling Office

February 17-21 - Winter Break - No School

February 24 - ANWSD Annual Meeting - VUHS Library - 6:00 PM

March 4 & 5 - Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences - More information coming soon

March 4 - Half Day for Students - Dismissal at 11:15, Faculty/Staff Inservice Afternoon

March 6 - No School for Students/Faculty/Staff following evening conferences March 4 & 5

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


Career Center Quarter Two Outstanding Students

Congratulations to the following VUHS students who were recognized by their Hannaford Career Center instructors for their work ethic, creativity, approach to problem-solving, effort and attitude, collaboration, and/or center-wide Habits of Work.

Zach Botala - Conservation Equipment Operation

Mitch Clark - Automotive Technology

Amanda Cook - Design & Illustration

Matt DeMatties - Precision Measurement & CNC

Gage Lalumiere - Engineering/Mechanical Design


Career Center Open House - Tuesday, February 11th 4-7 PM

This is the rescheduled date due to the snowstorm last week. Check out all the Hannaford Career Center in Middlebury has to offer students. See more information here.


Peer Educator Available to Students

Do you have questions about sexual and reproductive health, birth control, healthy relationships, or anything else related to sexual health? You can ask me! My name is Marlie, and I’m a senior at Vergennes Union High School. I’m a trained peer educator with PPNNE. Email me to set up a conversation in person at VUHS. Like adults at VUHS, I am a mandated reporter, which means that while I can keep most conversations private, I have to report situations that involve harm or abuse to the authorities.


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.


Environmental Club

The VUHS Environmental Club: Green Team is looking for more students (and adults) to further its cause Meetings are during high school callback on Wednesdays in the library. Please stop by and see what it’s all about. More information here.

  • If anyone is interested in helping with composting at VUHS, please contact Jay ([email protected]). There are a number of different ways to get involved.


Lifeguarding Class

Interesting in becoming a certified lifeguard? See information here about a class being offered in our area.


Opiate Epidemic Education Opportunity

Hardly a week goes by that there isn’t a news story in Addison County that in some way relates to opioid drug use and its effects on individuals and our community.  The Vermont Department of Health (VDOH) reported 89 opioid-related fatalities in Vermont in the first 10 months of 2019. In response to this public health crisis, VDOH and the Hannaford Career Center are partnering to offer a series of workshops, starting February 11, aimed at building understanding and community resilience to respond to this epidemic.

This workshop series is an opportunity to learn and share about the opiate crisis, signs of opioid addiction, the effect of opioid addiction on people and their families, and what you can do to help.  The three-class series is recommended for anyone who wants to make a difference in their community – parents, grandparents, educators, healthcare professionals, social workers, employers and anyone who has felt confused, scared, or frustrated by the use of opiates in our communities.  Each session incorporates participatory opportunities so people can share their own experiences and ideas if they choose, including guest perspectives from emergency service first responders. Dinner is provided.

To register for this series, contact Denise at the Hannaford Career Center (382-1004). Space is limited. Workshops Scheduled 6:00-8:15 PM on February 11, 18, and 25. For more information, click here or contact Len Schmidt at 382-1005.


School Choice Information for School Year 2020-2021


Vergennes Union High School, along with all other Vermont high schools, participates in a statewide system of high school choice. Under this system, students from VUHS may apply to transfer to any other high school in the state. For the 2020-2021 school year, the maximum number of students eligible to transfer to another school is limited to fifteen (15). The actual number will depend on the number of students selected in prior years that are choosing to continue their enrollment at other high schools.

To apply to participate in the program for the 2020-2021 school year (grades 9-12):

  • Complete an application here or from the VUHS School Counseling Office;

  • All applications must be signed by a parent or guardian;

  • File the application with the School Counseling Office no later than March 1, 2020.

Notification of decisions to all students who have applied to participate will be no later than April 1, 2020. Additional school choice information, including a timeline, is available from the School Counseling Office or by contacting Jay Stetzel ([email protected]).

If selected to attend another high school, students shall be guaranteed enrollment in that receiving school until graduation as long as they remain residents of the Addison Northwest School District and are not subject to expulsion as a result of the receiving school’s policy and federal and state law.


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.

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Summer Expeditions - Learn more here.


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, February 24th. Due to the ANWSD Annual Meeting being at the same time, the group will meet in the health room right next to the library.

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!



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.