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eNews Week of Sept 23, 2019

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Administrators’ Message

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for open house this past Wednesday. We hope it allowed you to connect with teachers and feel a part of our VUHS community. For those of you who were not able to make it, here is a link to the slideshow presentation about proficiency-based learning and grading as well as using JumpRope. We want to make sure everyone has the Proficiency-Based Handbook, which is also linked on the VUHS website on the parent dashboard as well as the student dashboard. If you need a hardcopy of the handbook, let us know. Many of you submitted questions prior to the open house that were answered there, but this document contains the questions and answers in written form. Please continue to send questions and thoughts our way. We are open to feedback and want to make sure that everyone has the best possible understanding of proficiency-based learning and grading. Please continue to use this google survey to record your questions. If you need help with access to either PowerSchool or JumpRope, let Stephanie ([email protected]) or Jay ([email protected]) know.


One question that came up during the open house presentation was consistency around assigning 3’s and 4’s. We were aware of this prior to the open house, which allowed us to discuss it at our faculty meeting this past Wednesday, so we could better ensure that grading is consistent across all classes. If students demonstrate proficiency or satisfactorily complete an assignment, they should receive a three (3). Four’s (4) are reserved for times when students have demonstrated advanced work or understanding and/or have demonstrated a skill consistently over a longer period of time.


On Friday, September 20th, we had a wonderful Peace One Day celebration as well as workshops on both peace and our climate/environment. It was great to see our students and adults engaged in meaningful activities and learning outside of our regular classes. Thank you to Allison Mahoney who helped our student organizers make this day possible. Who will you make peace with?


Thanks for being in touch.

Stephanie, Ed & Jay


School Calendar Reminders

September ANWSD Board/Committee Meeting Schedule & Additional Meetings

September 25 - District Restructuring Information Meeting - 6:30 pm - ACS

September 26 - District Restructuring Information Meeting - 6:30 pm - FCS

September 27 - Homecoming Parade 5:30 pm & Bonfire 6:30-8:30 pm

September 28 - Homecoming Soccer Games vs. Mt. Abe - Girls 11:00 am, Boys 1:30 pm

September 28 - Homecoming Dance - 8:00-11:00 pm (Middle School Gym)

October 2 - Half-Day for Students (AM)- Dismissal 11:15, Inservice for Faculty/Staff (PM)

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

October 18 - No School - Fall Recess Day


Health Classes Start Initiative to Encourage Physical Activity & Healthy Nutritional Choices

By Raia Bryant

This year our school is participating in the “Fuel Up to Play 60” program through middle and high school health classes taught by Kyle Vickers. An online program launched by the National Dairy Council and the NFL, in collaboration with USDA, “Fuel Up to Play 60” encourages students to dedicate themselves to 60 minutes of physical activity in addition to making healthy and nutritional choices each day. The goal is to earn as many points as possible. Students earn points by accepting and completing challenges that the program offers. These challenges range from taking a walk with your family to creating your own obstacle course to making your own playlist. The more points you earn individually and as a school, the higher the possibility is that you and/or a classmate will be able to meet a few NFL players. Students can join this program by going to and creating an account for themselves by using our school code, “Commodores.” Parents can also support their students by helping them complete various challenges. Our overall goal as a school is to have everyone do 60 minutes of physical activity and make healthy nutritional choices everyday.


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.


Informational Meetings - Proposed School District Restructuring

Dates and times for a meeting at each elementary school are included on 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.