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eNews Week of Nov 11, 2019

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Administrators’ Message

The Communicating School Redesign (CSR) group is comprised of students and faculty that are working to build public understanding and support for student-empowered education. This week they are seeking input from students about their school and community. Students and adults are being asked to discuss in morning meeting and be on the lookout for a banner that says “I dream of a school…” There will be markers attached to the banner for students to add their thoughts, ideas, and dreams that help finish the sentence. The banner will be in different parts of the school starting on Tuesday. Thank you, The CSR group

We are always working on ways to improve what we are doing. The Communicating School Redesign group is another way to seek input and make positive change at VUHS. We look forward to seeing and hearing what students write and say about their dreams for our school and community.

Thank you to all of our veterans everyday, but most especially today as we specifically recognize their dedication and sacrifice for our country on Veteran’s Day.

Stephanie, Ed, and Jay


School Calendar Reminders

November ANWSD Board/Committee Meeting Schedule

November 14-16 - VUHS Musical - “Elf the Musical” - See details below.

November 20 - High School Musical Concert - 7:00 pm - VUHS Auditorium

November 21 - Middle School Musical Concert - 7:00 pm - VUHS Auditorium

November 25 & 26 - No school for students (Faculty/Staff Inservice)

November 27-29 - Thanksgiving Break

December 4 - Half Day for Students (Afternoon A day classes held in the morning) - Dismissal at 11:15, Faculty/Staff Inservice in the Afternoon

December 10 - Proficiency-Based Learning Conversation - 6-8 pm - VUHS Library

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


Items Needed for Homeward Bound

Support a group of four students who are holding a drive to gather items for Homeward Bound, our county’s humane society for animals. See this document for needed items, which can be left in the blue collection bin in front of the main office.


Clothing Swap & Winter Coat Give-Away

See this flyer to donate clothing and coats as well as details about attending both events. See this flyer for specifics about the clothing swap at ACS on Saturday, November 16th.


Elf the Musical

Happening this week! Don’t miss this amazing show! Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. See the flyer here and more details about the musical here. Thursday, November 14 & Friday, November 15 at 7:00 pm. Saturday, November 16 at 3 pm. Tickets - Adults: $12 and Students/Seniors: $10

Tickets Available - VUHS Auditorium Lobby

Tuesday, Nov 12th: 6-8pm

Wednesday, Nov 13th: 6-8pm

Before each show depending on what tickets remain available.


Proficiency Based Learning -- Continuing the Conversation, December 10th, 6:00-8:00pm, VUHS Library

Please join us for an evening of conversation on proficiency-based learning with Vermont Principals' Association Assistant Executive Director, Mike McRaith. Mike will discuss student-centered learning practices at ANWSD including personalization, proficiency-based reporting and state-wide trends. Parents, students, educators and community members are welcome! See this flyer for details.



ANWSD School Nutrition Cooperative News 

Check out the latest newsletter and November menu. These are also posted on the website.

Many families have turned in their school meals application, but some haven't. We want to make sure that all students are able to eat school meals. Much of our grant money for various programs in the school and/or district is dependent on having an accurate count of those eligible for free/reduced meals. If you haven't filled out an application or you did and now your circumstances have changed, please complete one.

You can find more information by going to the VUHS website and clicking on "Services", then "ANWSD Food Services Cooperative" or by clicking here. You'll see a link to "School Meals" on the left side of the page. You can also access the application here.

If you need help filling out the application, please let Jay ([email protected]) know. We can figure out a time for you to stop by school.


New Signs

Are you wondering why there are new signs up around the school relating to icy conditions? Check out this link for more information.


Commodore Parent/Teacher Group

This year we have exciting plans for middle school events, staff appreciation, and specialized community dialogue nights! We continue to maintain an enrichment grant budget. We're also putting the FUN back in fundraising with a really cool event in the works! Come to our meetings and help us plan, or be on the lookout for sign-ups to volunteer for upcoming events. We truly appreciate your help!

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

Our meetings are generally on the 4th Monday of the month from 6:30-8:00 PM in the VUHS library. The next one is Monday, November 25th. If you can't commit to meetings, that's okay - please know we can always use all kinds of help, please reach out to us if you'd like to be involved!


VUHS Booster Club

The Booster Club is looking for a parent volunteer from each elementary school (Vergennes, Addison, and Ferrisburgh) to join our club as a member-at-large. We need more people to create fundraising committees and bring new ideas to our group! We meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 7-8 p.m. If you are interested, please contact me ([email protected]). Thanks! - Kirsten De La Cruz, Booster Club President


Commodore Friends of Music - Poinsettia Sale

It's that time of year when we sell poinsettias to help fundraise for our band/choral program. Poinsettias come in a 6.5” pot with foil and are Vermont grown at Claussen’s Florist & Greenhouse. The cost is $15.00. Orders must be placed by November 29th and picked up at Commodore-Breakfast With Santa on Saturday, December 7, 2019, between 8am-10am. Place your order in the lobby during the intermission of the musical, contact a VUHS student, or email us at [email protected]. Your support of the VUHS music department students is greatly appreciated! Each sale raises $6.75!


Bolton Ski/Snowboard After School Program

Interested in skiing or snowboarding on five Thursday evenings this winter (December 12 & 19, January 9, 16, 23)? The cost is on the registration form and depends on what you need. Everyone has to pay for the transportation fee. If you haven’t skied or snowboarded previously, there are lessons and rentals available. Leasing gear for the season is a great option. There are a few scholarships available if paying for this opportunity is preventing you from participating. You can pick up registration and/or rental forms in the school counseling office or print them by going to these links (Registration - Rental - Lease Package Info). Please contact Jay with any questions by emailing him at [email protected]


Polar Express Volunteers Needed

The Vermont Children’s Trust Foundation needs more volunteer elves to welcome passengers as they pull into the station (North Pole) on THE POLAR EXPRESS™ 2019. Volunteers are needed on Saturday, December 14th and Sunday, December 15th from 11:30am to 4pm and from 3:30-8pm. Individuals, small friend and family groups, scouts, and student groups looking for community service are welcome! Find more information and online registration here and here.


Order VUHS Gear Online

To help facilitate everyone looking sharp in Vergennes Commodore gear, you can now use this link to view items, order the sizes and quantities you'd like, pay online and have it shipped right to your door. This is available only until November 17th.


Writing & Speech Contests/Opportunities 2019-2020

American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program

This is a competitive speech program (Oratorical Brochure) for students in grades 9-12.  Information and application are available in the School Counseling Office as well as here. Application must be postmarked no later than December 4, 2019.

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.