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eNews Week of Feb 3, 2020

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Administrators’ Message

Wednesday, February 5th is an early release day for students and a half-day inservice for faculty and staff in the afternoon. These half-days give us the opportunity to personalize learning through whole-grade focused activities. Students in grades 9-11 will learn about course enrollment information for the 2020-2021 school year. We’re excited about the new and continuing opportunities for extended learning beyond the high school classroom available to our students, including, but not limited to, the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Project Workshop, Dual Enrollment, and Community-Based Learning. Look for Program of Studies booklets to come home on Wednesday. Thanks for talking with your student about their continuing educational path.

8th graders will receive 9th grade course information on Thursday, February 6th. There is an 8th Grade Parent Night on Thursday, February 6th, 6:00-7:00 pm in the VUHS library to help parents navigate the transition from middle to high school. Students are welcome, but not required, to attend.

High school students will also utilize the half-day to continue developing and revising their Personalized Learning Plans (PLPs) and begin work on their year-end presentations in morning meeting groups. Career center students will stay at VUHS for this morning, so they can complete this important work as well. While all students in grades 9-12 give a year-end presentation, the expectations for seniors are higher as this is a required element for graduation.

Middle school teams are planning their schedules for the half day. Bottom line is, just like every day, important learning, reflection, and growth will be happening, so all students should be present. Parents/Guardians, don’t let your student(s) convince you there’s nothing happening.

Happy National School Counseling Week (February 3-7). Thank you to Ashlee Monk, Susan Oliveira, and Randy Sweeney for all they do everyday for VUHS students. Their support and dedication is an essential element for our students’ success in school and beyond.

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 even 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 Parent Information Night - VUHS Library - February 6th, 6:00-7:00 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.


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 and on posters throughout the school. Application is available February 1st. 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, 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.


Grades 11 & 12

Drive for Excellence

Qualifying students have the chance to win a new car or one of three $1,000 scholarships. Deadline to register is April 15, 2020 and report cards are due by Monday, April 20, 2020. Students will need to bring a signed release to Mrs. Vincent in the School Counseling Office in order for report cards to be submitted. Students can pick up a release in the School Counseling Office or here. Requests for report cards are due no later than April 16 to be sure the deadline is met.


Grade 11

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.

VSAC Scholarship booklets have been distributed. More information about VSAC scholarships can be found on the School Counseling Scholarship webpage and/or here.

The Red Sox Foundation Scholarship is now available. As long as three VUHS students submit applications for this scholarship, one VUHS applicant will receive a $1,000 scholarship.  Information is on the scholarship page and/or here.  

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

New England Red Sox VT Scholarship 2/7/2020

VSAC Scholarships 2/12/2020



School Calendar Reminders

February ANWSD Board/Committee Meeting Schedule

February 5 - 2020-2021 Course Information Given to Grades 9-11 Students

February 6 - 2020-2021 Course Information Given to Grade 8 Students

February 6 - 8th Grade Parent Information Night - VUHS Library - 6:00-7:00 PM

February 12 - 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 as it gets closer

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


Addison Independent Students 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, February 3rd edition of the paper to learn more about our most recently recognized outstanding senior, Leah Croke. Congratulations Leah!


Middle & High School QSAs Help VUHS Recognize “No Name-Calling Week”

Words can hurt and words can heal. Recognizing the power of words is the goal of No Name-Calling Week, sponsored by GLESN, an organization that advocates for the protection of LGBTQ students and other students with marginalized identities. It is based on the concept #KindnessInAction which aims to recognize the importance of kindness and actively add kindness to all of our actions. During the week of January 27 the middle school QSA (Queer Straight Alliance), aka the Rainbow Squad, and the high school QSA recognized No Name-Calling Week by:

  • Hanging posters around the school from Duke University’s "I Don’t Say” campaign. This campaign was created to encourage people to think before they speak and bring awareness to the negative impact words can have - even unintentionally.

  • In morning meetings, students discussed ways that they can stop bullying, and middle school students were invited to sign a pledge committing to ways they can support an end to bullying behavior.

  • The high school created a Kindness Wall titled “Lift Each Other Up Instead of Tear Each Other Down” where high school students were invited to write kind messages.  

  • In the middle school there was a box in the hallway where students were able to write positive messages that the Rainbow Squad will use to create a mural to hang in the middle school hallway.

  • Also in middle school, there was a poster describing how bullying feels and students were able to add how it feels to them to be bullied.


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.


Career Center Open House - Thursday, February 6th 4-7 PM

Check out all the Hannaford Career Center in Middlebury has to offer students. See more information here.


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.