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eNews Week of Mar 2, 2020

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Administrators’ Message

There’s a lot of information in this edition of the e-News. Please scroll through the bolded titles to make sure you read the portions that are important/relevant for you.

Be sure to vote on Tuesday, March 3rd!
There is much at stake and everyone’s voice matters.


Update Regarding Coronavirus

The Vermont Department of Health is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention in planning for and responding to the novel coronavirus, now called COVID-19. Although the public health threat from COVID-19 is potentially high for countries around the world, there has been no spread in U.S. communities (although there is new information about this out today (Sunday, March 1st) from Washington state), and there are no cases of people with COVID-19 in Vermont. The risk to Vermonters is low – and there are no special precautions for schools to take at this time. Should the situation in Vermont change, the Health Department will alert schools about specific preparedness and response guidelines to follow. Updated information and resources are available on the Vermont Department of Health's website and the department’s Facebook and Twitter sites. Vermonters can also dial 2-1-1 for information. Respiratory viruses are common right now, and flu is currently widespread in Vermont. To help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses, get your flu shot and take everyday actions to prevent illness from spreading. There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. Person-to-person spread of the virus is thought to occur mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Much is still unknown about how the virus spreads. 

Take these everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.


Letter from Sheila Soule, ANWSD Superintendent

Sheila has signed on to be our superintendent for two more years. See her letter to the ANWSD community here.

Looking forward to seeing many of you at conferences.

Stephanie, Ed, & Jay


Middle School News & Info

Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences are during the afternoon and evening on Wednesday, March 4th, 3:00-6:15 pm and Thursday, March 5th, 3:00-8:00 pm.

The online sign-up can be accessed here for Phoenix (7th grade) families to schedule a time with their student’s morning meeting advisor for a student-led conference. You can also select a time to meet with your student’s exploratory teachers.

Team Endeavor (8th grade) Conference Sign-ups - see more info here.


High School News & Info

Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences are during the afternoon and evening on Wednesday, March 4th, 3:00-6:15 pm and Thursday, March 5th, 3:00-8:00 pm. The online sign-up can be accessed here.

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.


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.


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

2020 Girls State Presentation

Thursday, March 5th all junior girls are invited to the auditorium at 8 am. There will be a presentation regarding Green Mountain Girls State. Students should check in with their morning meeting for attendance and proceed to the auditorium. Information regarding Girls State can be found here. Applications will be distributed at the presentation. If a student is unable to attend the presentation, please get an application from Mrs.Vincent in the School Counseling Office.


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.


Grades 11 & 12

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) will be offered to juniors and seniors who are interested in exploring occupations in line with their interests and skills. This test may also qualify students for entry into the military. The results will not be released to recruiters, unless students choose to, and there is no cost. The ASVAB will be administered on Wednesday, March 11. Students interested in taking the ASVAB should sign up with their school counselor, Mr. Stetzel or Mrs. Vincent on or before Friday, March 6th.


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

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

Marine Corps Tech Ed Scholarship 3/1/2020

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

American Legion Department of Vermont Scholarships 4/1/2020


School Calendar Reminders

March ANWSD Board Meetings - 6:00 PM - March 9 at VUHS & March 16 at FCS

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


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, March 2nd edition of the paper to learn more about our most recently recognized outstanding senior, Rory Patch. Congratulations Rory!


Music Department News

March 6

  • Green Mountain District Music Festival at Mount St. Joseph Academy, Rutland

    • Middle School Honor Band and High School Honor Choir Concert at 7:00 pm

March 12

  • High School Concert featuring the Commodore Jazz Ensemble, Commodore Singers, Concert Choir, and Symphonic Band at 7:00 PM, VUHS Auditorium

March 18

  • Middle School Concert featuring the Concert Band, Chorus and Jazz Jammers at 7:00 PM, VUHS Auditorium

March 27 & 28

  • High School Band/Chorus Cultural Trip to New York City

April 7

  • Black & White Cabaret at 6:30 PM in the VUHS Library


Congratulations to our VUHS musicians for being accepted to the All-State Music Festival! 

All States will be in Newport, VT this year. The band, chorus and orchestra concert will be on May 9th in the afternoon at North Country Union High School.

  • Orchestra - Kai Williams, Violin 

  • Band - Anna Rakowski, Flute, Xander DeBlois, French Horn, Parker Kayhart, Trombone

  • Chorus - Reese Gernander, Soprano, Olivia Brooks, Alto, Peyton Paquette, Bass


HOBY Youth Leadership Delegates

Every year, each high school in the United States may choose at least one sophomore to represent them at their state’s Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership (HOBY) Conference. This year, Vergennes Union High School’s HOBY Ambassadors are Ila Collette & David Nicholls.

Ila and David were nominated and selected for this honor based on their demonstrated and potential leadership skills and traits. Ila and David will attend the HOBY Conference on May 21-24, at St. Michael’s College in Colchester, VT, where they will participate in seminars and meet with leaders in the fields of education, government, and other professional careers to discuss present and future issues. Ila is the daughter of Aaron and Maria Collette of North Ferrisburgh and David is the son of Allan Nicholls and Nancy Bercaw of Ferrisburgh. Congratulations Ila and David!


VUHS Indoor Track - State Meet Results

The boys’ indoor track team placed 3rd out of 12 teams in the Division II State Track Meet on February 16th, despite having no competitors for the field events. Way to go boys!

  • 4 x 800m relay - Erich Reitz, Jarret Muzzy, Gabe Praamsma, and Ben Huston, 1st, breaking a division II state record. They finished almost 13 seconds ahead of 2nd place. Their time was the fastest time run in all divisions in the state that day.

  • 55m dash - Julio Quiles, 2nd with a personal best time of 6.98 seconds

  • 1500m - Gabe Praamsma, 7th

  • 600m - Jarret Muzzy, 6th with a personal best

  • 1000m run - Ben Huston, 1st, Erich Reitz, 3rd and Kai Williams, 4th

  • 300m dash - Julio Quiles, 1st, Jarret Muzzy, 3rd and Xander DeBlois, 4th All three ran personal best times.

  • 3000m run - Kai Williams, 8th and Chris Therrien, 9th

  • 4 x 400m relay - Ben Huston, Xander DeBlois, Julio Quiles, and Gabe Praamsma, 1st, winning by almost 11 seconds


National Merit Scholarship Finalists

Congratulations to Ian Brons and Kai Williams who have been selected as National Merit Scholarship Finalists. Approximately 16,000 students throughout the country are first identified based on their junior year PSAT scores as National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists. Those students are then invited to apply for finalist status. It is a very prestigious honor and we commend Ian and Kai for being selected.


Student Advocacy at the Statehouse

  • Thank you to Alder Donovan-Cook & Addie Brooks for traveling to the Vermont Statehouse at the beginning of February to advocate for the formation of a Vermont Youth Council. They stressed the importance of young people having a voice in all forms of government


  • Thank you to Clarinda McAllister, Audrey Tembreull, Grey Fearon, and Calder Rakowski for traveling to the Vermont Statehouse in early February to advocate for a universal afterschool program in Vermont. They stressed the importance of students having things to do after school and the direct correlation to a reduction in risky behaviors among young people.


Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Longboat Open House - March 18th

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


Teen Broadway Class

Interested in musical theater? Check out a class at the Vergennes Opera House with Spotlight Vermont. There are still spots available. Class starts this week. More information 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.


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 this Monday, March 2nd. This is the re-scheduled meeting from February 24th.

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.