March 17, 2023
Dear CVU Community: Advisory Conference season is upon us, and you likely received an invitation from your student's advisor last week. As one teacher commented, "Conference" really isn't the best word to describe our goal for the meeting; we should probably call them "Reflections." There are few times in a high school when a student is asked to connect and reflect upon their whole experience. We often look at individual classes or assessments or activities or moments, but we also need to string those moments into the larger patterns that help us understand who we are more deeply. Below are some of the questions we will discuss in the conferences:
What three words would you use to describe yourself?
What would someone who cared about you say about your strengths?
Describe a moment when you stood up for something you believe in or for someone you care about.
Is there something you think people would be surprised to learn about you?
What Connections have been most important to you in the past year?
Think about a group you are part of, what do you add to the group dynamic that makes the group stronger, or more positive?
Who are your people and why?
Under what conditions do you do your best work?
What courses are you most engaged in and why?
What is something that you are interested in learning but haven’t yet?
What courses are you currently signed up for?
How do the courses reflect your current interests or strengths?
What might you consider outside of your current comfort zone? (CVU Flexible Pathways)
Friday, March 24: To make time for Advisor Conferences, we will not have a regular school day. Instead, students and families will meet with Advisors to discuss our students' connection, direction, proficiency and identity.
The Ready Set Go Radio Show, hosted by Garrett rocks on! Check it out this and every Sunday night from 6:00-7:00 pm either on 99.3 or at this Link. Just find the "Listen" button. Got a song to request, or a shout out to shout? Feel free to email Daniel Lyons at email@example.com and we will play the song or announce your appreciation for someone on our next show.
Delainey and Joe, Representatives on the Youth Advocacy Council, hit the CVU beat, interviewing the community to gather perspectives about the staffing shortage the state is experiencing in the education and human services fields. Look for the video on a CVU show coming in the spring.
The 15th Annual Jr Iron Chef VT Competition was held on Saturday, March 11 at the Essex Expo. Jr Iron Chef VT is a career exploration program and competition that teaches communication, teamwork, and problem-solving skills by empowering Vermont youth to create locally sourced meals that promote Vermont’s Farm to School efforts. The goal of the competition is to promote recipes that use local and seasonal ingredients that could be replicated in a school kitchen. Two teams from CVU participated and both teams won an award! The CVU Chefhawks: Jacob Medici, Alec Blevins, Harrison Young-Glatz and Devon Gamelin made Barbeque Bao Buns and won the Mise En Place award. The CVU Red Onions: Julian Olin, Magnus Nilsson, Benjamin Fina and Zev Barth made a Tofu Poke Bowl and won the Crowd Pleaser Award. Eleanor Marsh (Family and Consumer Science teacher) coached both teams. Both teams did an outstanding job! This link will take you to many pictures taken by Brian Fina. photo link
Both the Boys and Girls CVU Nordic Teams placed 3rd in their respective state meets. CVU racers for the boys individual 5k Skate Race were Owen Deale (5th), Matt Servin (6th), Jack Crum (12th), Anders Johnson (14th), Thomas Garavelli (15th), Dan Knight (23rd), Anders Erickson (24th), and Luke Buehler (37th). In the 5k classic race CVU competitors were Matt Servin (7th), Anders Johnson (14th), Jack Crum (16th), Owen Deale (17th), Thomas Garavelli (18th), Dan Knight (21st), Anders Erickson (29th), and Patterson Frazier (32nd). The boys placed 3rd overall in both the skate and classic relays. CVU competitors for the individual girls 5k skate race were Stella Laird (10th), Corinna Hobbs (13th), Ava Rohrbaugh (17th), Skylar Francis (20th), Zoe Zoller (22nd), Annalise Wood (23rd), Lilyanna Mittelstadt (24th) and Kate Silverman (29th). In the 5k classic race CVU competitors were Stella Laird (5th), Zoe Zoller (12th), Corinna Hobbs (14th), Lilyanna Mittelstadt (17th), Annalise Wood (21st), Skylar Francis (22nd), Carly Trapeni (23rd), and Ava Rohrbaugh (28th). The girls placed 3rd in both the skate and classic relays.
CVU's Scholars Bowl team was back in action on Friday, March 10 sending four teams to the Vermont NAQT Championships at South Burlington High School. Our varsity "A" team finished in 2nd place overall, losing to Hanover in the finals, defeating teams from Essex, Burlington and South Burlington. We have now finished first or second in this particular tournament 11 times since it started in 2007 and the team is 29-9 on the season. Our B and C teams also made the second round varsity playoffs, with the C team finishing as runner up in that bracket. Our D team swept through the JV bracket with a perfect 7-0 record to claim first place. On the individual level, many players scored well at the tournament, led by Elias Leventhal (6th place varsity), Charles Redmond (7th place varsity) and Leah Rauch (3rd place JV). Representing CVU on Friday included the following students:
12th grade- Keegan Jewell, Sam Kunin, Kai Mui, Keaton St. Martin, Ava Rohrbaugh, Sam Yager
11th grade- Frankie Fidler, Elias Leventhal, Colin Ravlin10th grade- Dylan Elder, Leo Elder, Jacob Graham, Zoe Mui, Nolan Sandage
9th grade- Leah Rauch, Charles Redmond
Pictured below - the JV D team which finished undefeated
From left to right: Leo Elder, Dylan Elder, Leah Rauch, Sam Yager
Thursday morning before school: Cameron Brownell and students make celestial music outside the CVU Theater in preparation for their evening performance.
St. Patrick's Day w/Dominick!
Delaney was very focused on Celebrations this week. D, here you go!!! Thanks for always bringing joy to our school!!!
Jen Bickel Hayes. You. Rock.
On behalf of the entire school district, we would like to express our sincere gratitude for your support in passing the budget for our students and our schools. Your decision to invest in education will have a positive impact on the lives of our students and the future of our community.
Your vote demonstrates a commitment to providing our students with the best possible educational experience, and we are grateful for your trust and confidence in us. We will continue to work hard to provide a safe, supportive, and inclusive learning environment for all of our students, and to help them reach their full potential.
Thank you again,
The Champlain Valley School District Board of Directors