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eNews Week of Oct 7, 2019

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Administrators’ Message

Personalization is “a learning process in which schools help students assess their own talents and aspirations, plan a pathway toward their own purposes, work cooperatively with others in challenging tasks, maintain a record of explorations, and demonstrate their learning against clear standards in a wide variety of media, all with the close support of adult mentors and guides.” (National Association of Secondary School Principals)

The statement above describes the thinking behind VT’s Act 77 and the requirement that all VT students in grades 7-12 develop a Personalized Learning Plan (PLP). During the morning of the early release day this past Wednesday (October 2), we kicked off this year’s PLP process during an extended morning meeting. PLPs are intended to provide students with the opportunity to reflect upon their learning and develop a focus and goals both for their high school years and for their future. When done well, a PLP also enables the adults in their lives to better understand each student as a unique individual. At VUHS, morning meeting advisors support students in the development of their PLP and monitor their progress. Students in grades 10-12 made revisions to their existing PLP while students in grade 9 started their high school level plan with new prompts. A template of the plan is available here. Middle school students also complete PLPs with each team approaching the task differently. These often form the basis for student led conferences. Information about middle level PLPs will come from each team.

Like many high schools, we are working to make PLPs relevant to students, and motivate them to take PLPs seriously by applying some thought and reflection to the process. Later this year, we will ask parents to review and sign-off on students’ plans. Look for more information after the November early release day on 11/6. In the meantime, please ask your student to review their PLP with you. You may be able to suggest items they may not have considered. We find that students sometimes struggle with reflection just like we do. The PLP provides a structure to help students build their skills in this area. It is a tool meant to guide future plans, both in school and in the community. Students who may be considering dual enrollment courses or early college opportunities must indicate that in their plan. PLPs are also where students can include learning experiences outside of school that may provide evidence of meeting graduation requirements in other ways. At VUHS, the PLP is tied to the year-end presentations that all VUHS students complete in grades 9-12 and for seniors, will form the basis of their senior year presentation.

For more information about the personalized learning plan process. See the VT Agency of Education’s resource page here.

Thank you to everyone for supporting our students and their personalized learning.

Stephanie, Ed & Jay


School Calendar Reminders

October ANWSD Board/Committee Meeting Schedule

October 8 - District Restructuring Information Meeting - 6:30 pm - VUES

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)


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. We are creating an online donation link now to help increase the accessibility for donations. As soon as it is finished, we will send it out. For now, 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.


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.


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.


Informational Meetings - Proposed School District Restructuring

There is one more meeting at VUES. See this flyer. More information is available at on the main page, including a link on the right side called “School Reconfiguration Resources”.


2019-2020 Yearbooks

Order through the following links.

High School

Middle School



Job Opportunity for Students in Grades 9-12

Basin Harbor, Vergennes VT - Basin Harbor seeks weekend and evening babysitters on an as needed basis for the remainder of the season. Basin Harbor interviews babysitters and collects references. Successful candidates are placed on a list and contacted by the concierge when their services are needed. All monetary transactions are handled between the sitter and the guest.

If you are interested, available, and have reliable transportation please apply here.


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.