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eNews Week of Nov 4, 2019

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Administrators’ Message

This week is Red Ribbon Week, which is designed to encourage students to focus on making healthy choices and avoid consuming drugs, alcohol, tobacco, or other harmful substances. In morning meetings, students will be asked to consider a different quote or saying each day and how it relates to making healthy choices. Vaping is a significant issue and is dramatically increasing among young people. We encourage everyone to read this article about teen vaping from the Child Mind Institute. Additionally, students in grades 9-12 will be asked to take a brief (5 minutes), anonymous survey to help inform some work that a group of UVM medical students are doing in this area. Here is a link to a document with additional information and the questions asked on the survey.

Thank you to our students for making positive, healthy choices and educating yourselves about the dangers of harmful substances. And thank you to the adults in our school and broader community for supporting our students in making positive, healthy choices.


Stephanie, Ed, and Jay



School Calendar Reminders

November ANWSD Board/Committee Meeting Schedule

November 6 - Half Day for Students (Afternoon B day classes held in the morning) - Dismissal at 11:15, Faculty/Staff Inservice in the Afternoon

November 7 - National Honor Society Induction Ceremony - 6:00 pm - VUHS Library

November 9 - Class of 2022 Bingo Night Fundraiser - 6-7:30 - St.Peter’s Parish Hall

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


National Honor Society

Congratulations to the new National Honor Society members! These students were selected on the basis of excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Character. The induction ceremony will be Thursday, November 7th at 6:00 pm in the library.  


Class of 2020

Luke Bergmans, Emily Brinkman, Kaleigh Campbell, Benjamin Curtis, Alder Donovan-Cook, Jackson Hameline, Erich Reitz, Robert Verburg


Class of 2021

Sophie Davis, Xander DeBlois, Aidan Gebo, Benjamin Huston, Reagan Kayhart, Hannah Kelly, Kobe Kessler, Jordan Kimball, Nima Mehregan, Anna Rakowski, Adam Sausville, Pearl Sutton

Congratulations to the Current NHS Members and Officers

Leah Croke - President

Adelaide Brooks - Vice President

Emily Rooney - Secretary

Sophie Hatch - Treasurer

Brianna Billings, Marlie Hunt, Rory Patch, Kai Williams


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 edition of the paper this week to learn more about our latest outstanding senior, Sophie Hatch. Congratulations Sophie!


DAR Good Citizen Award

Each year a Vergennes Union High School senior is chosen for the DAR Good Citizen Award by faculty members nominating three seniors and then the senior class electing one of those three as their Good Citizen. The DAR Good Citizen Award is sponsored by the local Daughters of the American Revolution, Seth Warner-Rhoda Farrand Chapter and is intended to encourage and reward the citizenship qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism to an outstanding degree. We are proud to announce that the 2020 DAR Good Citizen is Ben Curtis. Congratulations Ben!


VUHS Math Team

Congratulations to the VUHS Math Team for placing 3rd out of 15 teams at the meet on 10/28/19. We triumphed over BFA Fairfax, BFA St. Albans, Burlington, Colchester, CVU, Milton, Missisquoi, Mt Abe, Mt Mansfield, Rice, U-32 and Enosburg.

Congratulations to the following for perfect papers:

Xander DeBlois - Geometry
David Nicholls - Geometry
Kai Williams - Arithmetic & Algebra

We had one of the two perfect team tests. - Nice job to Ian Brons, Ben Curtis, David Nicholls & Kai Williams!

Top Category Tests:

Arithmetic: Kai Williams, Xander DeBlois & Erich Reitz
Geometry: Xander DeBlois, David Nicholls & Alex Rice
Algebra: Kai Williams, Ian Brons & David Nicholls
Adv. Math: Ben Curtis, Luke Bergmans, Erich Reitz

Top Scores Overall:
5th: Luke Bergmans
4th: Erich Reitz
3rd: David Nicholls
2nd: Kai Williams
1st: Xander DeBlois

Great Job to all the VUHS Mathletes: Eli Brace, Xavier DeBlois, Parker Kayhart, Shea McLaren, David Nicholls, Alex Rice, Xander DeBlois, Reagan Kayhart, Pearl Sutton, Luke Bergmans, Ian Brons, Ben Curtis, Erich Reitz and Kai Williams!


Girls’ Soccer

On Wednesday, October 30th, the girls’ soccer team hosted Leland & Grey in the state semifinals, the first semifinal at Vergennes since 2006. The girls got on the board early as Emily Rooney scored in the 7th minute on an assist from Hannah Kelly. Maya Praamsma doubled the lead late in the 1st half on an assist from Ali Croke. The defense did their job holding the lead, with goalie Kate Gosliga making some big-time saves, only allowing a goal with five minutes remaining, to seal the 2-1 victory, sending Vergennes back to the state championship game for the 2nd consecutive year.

The state championship was held Saturday at the Maxfield Sport Complex in White River in front of a large and spirited crowd. The opponent, Thetford Academy, came in riding a 12 game win streak. The rematch of last year's championship didn’t start the way the girls would have liked as they fell behind by 3 goals in the first 25 minutes of the game. The girls were not about to give up and barreled back to get on the board and make it a 3-1 game on a goal from Sydney Weber early in the 2nd half. However, Thetford would not be denied their third consecutive state championship and ultimately prevailed.

The loss in the title game should not overshadow the accomplishments of the team. The girls consistently competed against much larger schools and earned the #2 seed in the state tournament finishing the season with an 11-5-1 record. Congratulations Girls!

The Vergennes community should be proud of this group and the girls thank everyone for all their support over the season and especially during their postseason run to the championship.


IMPACT Class Students Raising Awareness

The 7th grade IMPACT class chose various organizations they were interested in and wanted to learn more about. While doing this research, they designed projects to benefit each organization. Three groups decided to host an activity night on Friday, November 8th and donate the proceeds to their organizations (4Ocean, Wounded Warrior Project, Breast Cancer Foundation). They will inform the other middle school students about the organizations during the activity night. If you would like to make a donation, you can send or drop off a check (made out to ANWSD) in the main office. Please write IMPACT class in the memo line.

A fourth group met with the Vergennes City Manager and designed a project to help clean up a park in the city.

A fifth group is holding a drive to gather needed items for Homeward Bound, our county’s humane society for animals. See this document for needed items.



Clothing Swap & Winter Coat Give-Away

See this flyer to donate clothing and coats as well as details about attending both events.


Class of 2022 Bingo Night

The Class of 2022 is hosting a bingo night class fundraiser on Saturday, November 9th, at 6:00 pm at the St. Peter’s Parish Hall. Doors will open at 5:00. Come support the class of 2022.


Elf the Musical

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

Available at:

Sweet Charity - during store hours
VUHS Auditorium Lobby

Wednesday, Nov. 6th: 6-8:30pm

Thursday, Nov. 7th: 6-8:45pm

Friday, Nov. 8th: 6-9pm

Sunday, Nov 10th: 1-5pm

Monday, Nov 11th: 6-8pm

Tuesday, Nov 12th: 6-8pm

Wednesday, Nov 13th: 6-8pm


ANWSD School Nutrition Cooperative News 

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


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

All are welcome. Fall is our busy time with fundraising help needed for concessions, poinsettia sales, and Breakfast with Santa.

We have kicked off our Annual Patron Drive for the 2019-2020 school year. Questions call Kathy Clark 349-7407 or Tara Brooks 734-0031.

Our e-mail is [email protected]. We have a Facebook page linked to our website where donations can be made through Paypal or sent by mail to:

Commodore Friends of Music
c/o Kathy Clark (treasurer)
4059 Vt Rte 22A
Addison, VT 05491


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!



New Resource: EBSCO LearningExpress Library

Online academic (college admission test prep) and career-related resources (job search and career exploration) To login to the EBSCO LearningExpress Library, use the VUHS registration link. As a new user, click on Sign In/Register, then click Register. Enter your name and email address and create a new password, but you do not need to enter a library card number. If you do not have an email address, or would rather not use it, click “I'd rather NOT register with my email”, and create a username, password, and security question. Once you’ve registered, you can use this link.


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.