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eNews Week of Oct 14, 2019

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Administrators’ Message

Dear VUHS Families,

It’s been three weeks since we opened the JumpRope portal. As we prepare for conferences on Tuesday, October 29 and Wednesday, October 30, the faculty wanted to check in and give parents the opportunity to ask questions ahead of time so we can be as prepared as possible during parent conferences to not only discuss your student’s progress but hopefully answer questions you may have about proficiency-based learning in general. We’ve created an FAQ document that’s available on the VUHS website here from questions gathered at Open House, and we frequently monitor this survey as a way for you to ask your questions. 

The end of the first reporting period of the 19-20 school year will occur on Thursday, October 31. After allowing teachers time to ensure that scores are up-to-date, we will print progress reports and mail them out to all families. The progress report will be accompanied by an information sheet that will provide some help in understanding what you see in your own student’s report. During conferences, teachers will be able to open your student’s JumpRope account for you to look at and describe your student’s progress as measured by our learning expectations in each content area. 

We’ve listened to the feedback that has come in from parents since we’ve introduced proficiency-based learning and as an additional component of our reporting system, we are planning on including a traditional letter grade in addition to the proficiency score on report cards and transcripts for students beginning with the class of 2021. This is in line with area high schools, including South Burlington, CVU and Middlebury. The transcript for the class of 2020 will remain the same, with grades reported on a 100-point scale. More information will follow and there will be continued opportunities to ask questions about this element and others. The VUHS Leadership Team will host information sessions on proficiency-based learning and teaching later this fall and winter. Dates will be announced soon.

We are committed to clear and effective communication. Please take advantage of the survey linked above to bring your questions forward. Thank you for supporting our students and their personalized, proficiency-based learning. 


VUHS Leadership Team:

Kristine Kirkaldy, World Language

Julia Beerworth, Global Citizenship

Beth Adreon, Special Education

Beth Adreon, Special Education

Michael Thomas,  DH - Humanities

Sarah Thompson, DH - STEM

Becky Ebel, 9th Grade Team

Peter Garrecht, DH - Special Education

Jeff Spencer, DH - Unified Arts

Stephanie Taylor, Principal

Jay Stetzel, Director of School Counseling

Ed Cook, Assistant Principal

Violet Nichols, Director of Learning

(DH = Department Head)


School Calendar Reminders

October ANWSD Board/Committee Meeting Schedule

October 15 - Commodore Friends of Music Meeting - 6:30 pm - VUHS Band Room

October 16 - PSAT for interested Juniors and Sophomores

October 16 - Senior Walk-a-thon to benefit WomenSafe

October 16 - Commodore Parent/Teacher Group Meeting - 6:30 pm - VUHS Library

October 17 - Picture Retake Day (Morning)

October 18 - No School - Fall Recess Day

October 29 & 30 - Afternoon/Evening Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences (more information coming this week)


No School This Friday, October 18th - Fall Recess Day for Students & Faculty/Staff


Congratulations to Pearl & Xander

Pearl Sutton and Xander DeBlois have been selected as peer leaders for Getting to 'Y' training events (facilitated by UP for Learning) with both middle and high school students. UP for Learning is a non-profit organization that seeks to elevate youth voice and engagement in their own education and health. Xander and Pearl are working with three other students (from Montpelier, People's Academy, and U32) to prepare for two state-wide training events in October where they will share information about the importance of youth voice, and model leadership as they help lead other youth through a learning experience to prepare them to lead Getting to 'Y' in their own communities. Pearl and Xander's participation will help to improve the health and well-being of youth around the state by helping them gain tools and confidence to use their YRBS data to engage peers and adults in positive change. Thanks to Pearl and Xander for representing VUHS so well.


Congratulations to Marlie

Marlie Hunt has been selected to participate in Planned Parenthood of Northern New England’s community-based Peer Education Program, Advocates for Sexual Knowledge (A.S.K.). A.S.K. seeks to equip young people with the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to achieve and promote sexual and reproductive health for themselves, their peers, and their communities. Since 2013, A.S.K. Peer Educators have acted as resources for friends, peers, and families by answering questions and facilitating activities and events in schools and the community. Congrats Marlie and thanks for representing VUHS so well.


Senior Walk-a-thon

The Class of 2020 has chosen to “walk” for WomenSafe on Wednesday, October 16th. WomenSafe is “a nonprofit that works to serve people across the gender spectrum who experience sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking”. The class is fundraising to help support the work that WomenSafe provides for Addison County by educating people and providing a safe place and housing to those in need in our community. We will walk and run to the green in Middlebury, Vermont where WomenSafe is located. Please consider supporting this cause and sponsoring a senior on this walk. Checks are made out to ANWSD with VUHS Senior Walk in the memo line. This is a non-profit donation. Our goal is to raise at least 100 dollars per senior. Any donation is appreciated as this is an amazing organization that has provided crucial resources for students and families in our community. You can donate here or each senior has a paper fundraising sheet to accept donations in person. Please contact Emily Rooney ([email protected]) or Beth Adreon ([email protected]) if you have any questions.


Commodore Parent/Teacher Group

This group supports academic enrichment at VUHS. They are restructuring and need more parents to be involved. There is no commitment even if you attend the meetings. You can determine your level of participation. The next planning meeting is Wednesday, October 16th, 6:30-8:00 pm in the VUHS Library. Please consider attending.


VUHS Booster Club

The Vergennes Union High School Booster Club would like to thank everyone that volunteered time and food for the Homecoming weekend! 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

Commodore Friends of Music meeting this Tuesday 10/15 at 6:30 PM in the band room. 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


Hannaford Career Center News

Check the latest edition of the career center newsletter here.


Picture Retake Day

Pictures will come home with your student early this week. If a student didn’t get their picture taken in September or they need a re-take, October 17th, 8-10 am is the time. If you want to order re-taken pictures, you can get an order form at the main office.


Queer Straight Alliance (QSA) Meetings

Middle school QSA meets every Monday during callback in Ms. Sweeney's office. The high school QSA meets every Monday at 2:45 pm in Suzanne Monzel's office in RRC. Anyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.


Youth Environmental Summit - Friday, November 1st

This event is FREE and open to students in grades 6-12 who want to learn about environmental issues and take action in their communities. Click to see a list of workshops. There are a wide variety of topics and presenters. And, every year there is an Exhibitor Scavenger Hunt to learn more and connect with environmental organizations. Watch a video to see what the day is all about. Register here by October 18. If there is enough interest from VUHS students, we will provide a bus. Please let Jay ([email protected]) know if you are interested.



More UVM Extension/4-H Program Opportunities for Students - Fall 2019

Teen Science Cafe: When Will I Know My Results - register by Oct 16 (event on Oct 19)

VTeen Leadership Weekend - register by Oct 25 (event held Nov 15-17)

TRY for the Environment - applications due by Nov 8

Teen Science Cafe: Infectious Diseases-How Do We Combat Them? - register by 11/6 (event 11/9)

See information, including additional links and registration, about these free events here.


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 the shorter link - 


2020 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Students in grades 7-12 are eligible to apply. This award is sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Applications are now open for 2020 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, honoring students in grades 7-12 for making meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer services. One middle school and one high school student will be selected from VUHS and receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award. They will be eligible to earn a $1,000 scholarship at the state level. For more information and to apply click here. Information is available in the School Counseling Office. Application deadline is November 5, 2019.


Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Voice of Democracy Program

This is a patriotic audio essay competition open to students in grades 9-12. Information and the application can be found 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.