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eNews Week of Nov 18, 2019

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Administrators’ Message

Congratulations to the cast, crew, and additional students and adults who made “Elf the Musical” possible. It was, once again, an amazing show. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication. You are awesome!

Part of our efforts to communicate academic progress is to send out periodic progress reports. In order to help all families better understand the JumpRope grading platform, we mailed hard copies of all students’ progress reports along with an information sheet. In the future, in order to save resources, we’ll email progress reports to the email addresses we have on file. We hope the progress reports are useful. If you have questions, your student may be the best first source of information. The JumpRope family portal will allow you to see more detailed scoring information for each of the learning expectations in each course and specific assignment information. If you have remaining questions for particular classes, please reach out to your student’s teachers.

As a reminder, there is no school next week for students because of the Thanksgiving holiday. This includes Monday (11/25) and Tuesday (11/26). These two days are faculty/staff inservice days. There is an early release day the week we return from Thanksgiving break on Wednesday, December 4th.


Stephanie, Ed, and Jay



School Calendar Reminders

November ANWSD Board/Committee Meeting Schedule

November 19 - FFA Meeting - 6:30-8:00 pm - Ag Classroom (A2)

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 25 - Commodore Parent Teacher Group Meeting - 6:30 pm - VUHS Library

November 26 - Middle & High School Winter Sports Parent/Player Information Night - 6:00pm - VUHS auditorium

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


Career Center Quarter One Outstanding Students

Daniel Anguish - Civil Engineering and Architecture

He consistently demonstrates an understanding of and engagement with the quarter course content and models the transferable skills an engineer needs to be successful. Daniel proved an effective survey team leader as he used his thinking, research, self-management, and communication skills to guide his classmates to conduct a 4+ acre survey of the Patricia Hannaford Career Center's North Campus farm. Daniel's final survey submittal package was professional in appearance and detail, and will serve as an exemplar for future students to reference. Congratulations Daniel on this accomplishment!


Grady Devoid - Automotive Technology

He is consistently engaged in class and asks a lot of great questions. His work in the shop is professional and he regularly helps other students when they need it. When he has completed all of his tasks in the shop, he grabs a broom and cleans without being asked. Grady is a role model for the other students and will be an asset to any business lucky enough to have him work for them. Congratulations Grady on this accomplishment!



Otter Creek Challenge 2019

On Saturday, November 9th, over 170 rowers from high schools in Vermont participated in the Otter Creek Challenge, sponsored by the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. The race was held at the falls in Vergennes as a tune-up for Youth Rowing Championships taking place in Boston on November 23.

The team of Nathan DeVos, Zeke Clark, Aidan Gardner, Jackson Hameline, Ryan Baringer, Mitch Clark and Mike Davis continued their winning tradition and captured first place in the Experienced Six Oar Division.

The other first place team was a true underdog. Congrats to Addie Brooks, Emily Brinkman, Olivia Brooks, Alex Rice and Emerson Rice in the Intermediate Four Oar Division.

To finish out the day the team of Sam Michaels, Una Fonte, Kaitlyn and Jasmine Little, Audrey Tembreull, Matilda Seyler and Jonathan Forgues captured second in the Novice Six Oar Division.

Congrats to all rowers!


Sugarbush Student Achievement Program

Each year Sugarbush Resort offers VUHS students a full season’s pass to ski or ride at their resort based upon academic achievement from the previous year. To be eligible a student must achieve High Honors for three marking periods in the previous academic year. Students are eligible when they are in grades 10-12. This year 31 VUHS students were awarded a pass from Sugarbush. Congrats to all!

Luke Bergmans, Addie Brooks, Alisdair Chauvin, Ila Collette, Leah Croke, Ben Curtis, Xander DeBlois, Ryley Dubois, Una Fonte, Aidan Gebo, Ella Hamline, Sophie Hatch, Marlie Hunt, Ben Huston, Emma Jackman, Reagan Kayhart, Kobe Kessler, Jordan Kimball, Bradley Kutchukian, Jonah Mahe, Clarinda McAllister, David Nicholls, Ryley Olsen, Rory Patch, Anna Rakowski, Alexandria Rice, Emily Rooney, Antonio Socinski, Pearl Sutton, Audrey Tembreull, Kai Williams


Congratulations to Jonathan Lapell

He was selected to play in the annual North-South All-Star Football Game on Saturday, November 16th. Way to go, Jonathan!


VUHS Soccer Players Honored

  • Josias Salomao & Jonathan Willis - Division III All-State and Lake Division First Team All-Stars

  • Jeffrey Stearns & Tucker Stearns - Lake Division Second Team All-Stars

  • Kai Williams - Lake Division Honorable Mention

Nice work, boys!


Vergennes FFA

It's fruit ordering time! Vergennes FFA is selling navel oranges, grapefruit, clementines and more. Our standard items are:

- 1/5 bushel box of Clementines - $22

- full cases (4/5 bushel) California Navel Oranges, Florida Grapefruit or a mixture - $38

- half cases - $22

- quarter cases - $12

Go to this website to order, where there are even more options. You can order and pay online through today, Sunday, November 17th.

Delivery and Payment

Fruit will be available for pickup on Wednesday December 5th from 3-5:30pm at the VUHS shop next to our greenhouse. Payment is due when placing an order. Please make checks payable to "ANWSD."  

Thank you!

Your support of FFA and Ag Education allows students to grow as leaders, to travel and meet FFA members from around the country, and to gain skills to lead toward career success. Thank you!


Bill VanDeWeert and Vergennes FFA


FFA Meeting

There will be a FFA meeting this Tuesday, November 19th from 6:30-8:00 pm in the Ag Classroom, A2. All high school students are welcome.


Middle & High School Winter Sports Parent/Player Info Night

Tuesday, November 26th at 6:00pm in the VUHS auditorium. All parents and players are encouraged to attend as we will be reviewing policies and procedures as well as having the opportunity to meet with coaches.


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, 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.



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

(Due This Friday, Nov 22nd)

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]


Addison United Soccer Registration

See this flyer for more information.


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

Sen. Sanders State of the Union Essay Contest

Senator Sanders has launched his tenth annual State of the Union Essay Contest. This is an opportunity for Vermont high school students to describe what they think are the most pressing issues facing the United States and what they would do to solve them. Students submit 250-500 word essays on an issue they would prioritize if they were president. A panel of Vermont teachers will judge the essays based on students' ability to describe the issue and proposed solution. Senator Sanders will enter the top ten finalists' essays in the Congressional Record - the official archive of the United States Senate and House of Representatives. Additionally, in celebration of the tenth year of the contest, Sen. Sanders will invite the finalists to record videos about their essays to be posted on his official social media accounts. Learn more and submit essays online.

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.