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eNews Week of Nov 25 & Dec 2, 2019

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Administrators’ Message

The “Ok. You've Got This” campaign began last year and is focused on building resilience in our young people. It is sponsored by several organizations in Addison County (Addison County Parent Child Center, Counseling Service of Addison County, Vermont Department of Children & Families, Building Bright Futures, Vermont Department of Health, and all three school districts). You can learn more about the campaign on the website. The school counseling team attended a meeting last week to continue building on the campaign through their daily work with students. As they determine next steps, they will keep the ANWSD community apprised of events and opportunities. In the meantime, there is more information about the campaign below, including a resource to be shared widely.

What Is Resilience? (From the “Ok. You’ve Got This.” website)

Resilience is the capacity to rise above the difficult circumstances, the trait that allows us to exist in this less-than-perfect world while moving forward with optimism and confidence. Resilience is the ability to recover from setbacks; the quality of bouncing back. It is similar to buoyancy. When pushed under water, our bodies instinctively rise back up to the surface. Resilient people are more successful because they push their limits and learn from their mistakes. We are all born with resilience inside of us, that ability to recover from adversity. We all have the mental, emotional, and physical capacity to bend and flex and then come back to our original form. When raising children, our work is to recognize, nurture, and encourage the qualities that strengthen resilience—just like exercising our muscles to grow physically stronger. Using Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg’s model for raising resilient children and teens, there are 7 Crucial C’s (7Cs), or characteristics that we can foster in our children, each other, and in ourselves, as role models. These seven integral and interrelated components are: competence, confidence, connection, character, contribution, coping, and control.”

Here is a link to a two-page flyer about coping. It contains guidelines and tips/ideas that are worth keeping in mind as adults support students, and take care of each other and ourselves. We will highlight additional characteristics in future editions of the e-News. 

Thanks to all the teachers, parents, and other adults who support the positive development and growth of our students.

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

We hope everyone has a wonderful, thankful week.

Stephanie, Ed, and Jay


School Calendar Reminders

November ANWSD Board/Committee Meeting Schedule

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 6 - Holiday Craft Fair - 9 -3 - VUHS Gym - Benefits ANWSD After School Programs

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

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


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, November 18th edition of the paper to learn more about our latest outstanding senior, Kai Williams. Congratulations Kai!


Winter Coat Give-Away

Friday, November 29 & Saturday, November 30 - Middlebury United Methodist Church, North Pleasant Street


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.


SAILS Holiday Donation Drive

The holiday season is upon us!  That means good food, time off from work and school, ugly sweaters, shopping, gifts, and holiday cheer...but not always for everyone.  The holidays can be a difficult time for individuals and families that are in need and struggle to make ends meet. The SAILS Community-Based Learning class wants to help those in need this year, and you can donating gifts and winter apparel to the SAILS Holiday Donation Drive.

WHAT:  We are looking for donations of unopened gifts/toys and clean/gently used winter apparel (hats, mittens, gloves, scarves, and coats...please no boots unless new).

WHEN:  The SAILS Holiday Donation Box is outside the SAILS classroom in the main hallway and will be available until FRIDAY 12/13. Donations will be brought to local donation centers the weekend of December 14.

All donations are greatly appreciated and will make a difference for someone in the community this holiday season.  Thank you VUHS and Happy Holidays!


2019 Youth Sex Education Summit

This summit will provide leadership training for high school age youth to expand access to sex education statewide and to increase knowledge of and access to sexual and reproductive health care. Wednesday, December 11th, 2019, 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. See this flyer for more information and to register. Contact Jay ([email protected]) if you want to be connected with other students planning to attend.


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.


Holiday Craft Fair

Benefits ANWSD After School Programs

The 19th Annual Holiday Craft Fair is a holiday tradition that brings the community together to support the ANWSD after school programs helping to purchase supplies and other materials needed to run our programs.  The event will be held at Vergennes Union High School and allow for more vendors and easier parking. If you are unable to provide goods, please consider donating your time to this event. Sign-up here. Items can be dropped off Monday-Thursday at any of the schools. On Friday, December 6th, please drop items off during school hours to Vergennes Union Elementary School or after school hours from 3-6 pm in the Vergennes Union High School GYM lobby with the after school staff.

Please contact Tara Brooks with questions.  

[email protected]



Trees & Wreaths for Sale

Beginning on Saturday, December 7th, Scout Troop 539 of Vergennes will sell trees and wreaths at the lot next to the police station in Vergennes each Saturday and Sunday through December 22.  The price of the trees is $35 and the homemade wreaths are $25. The proceeds from the sales help support activities and learning opportunities for the scouts in Troop 539. Thanks for your support.


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!


Addison United Soccer Registration

See this flyer for more information. Deadline of November 30, 2019 for U12-U19.



Writing & Speech Contests/Opportunities 2019-2020

American Legion Oratorical Contest, a Constitutional Speech Competition

  • This speech contest presents participants with an academic speaking challenge that teaches important leadership qualities, the history of our nation’s laws, the ability to think and speak clearly, and an understanding of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship. See more information here. Application deadline to indicate interest is December 4th. Initial speech competitions are in January 2020. If you need help getting started, contact Jay ([email protected]).

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. Deadline January 8, 2020.

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.