Final E-News: June 10, 2022

Vergennes Union High School

Interim Principal Message

Dear VUHS Families,

This year has been one full of change, learning, challenges and triumph. VUHS is a community and you have been an incredible support for our school. Our students have persevered through many changes this year. We came back to school in the Fall wearing masks and learning how to be in the building with each other again. We were able to watch sporting events in person, have assemblies, concerts, marched in the Memorial Day parade and are ending the year with a traditional graduation. It has been with the support of our community that we have made it through this year. Thank you for all that you have done for us, your students and each other this year. I have enjoyed leading the Commodore ship this year and look forward to seeing where the next several years will take us.

Thank you,

Ed Cook

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Our middle school Student Response Team (SRT) is seen here in front of a bulletin board that they created as their final project for the year. After analyzing data from the YRBS (Youth Risk Behavior Survey) they realized that there were no questions about caffeinated drinks and they felt that it is currently an issue with middle schoolers so they created posters with facts and information about caffeine and alternatives to caffeinated drinks. We're excited to see what SRT does next year!

Rail Safety: Newly Expanded Ethan Allen Express

The Vermont Agency of Transportation and Operation Lifesaver of Vermont, Inc. prepared a short video to promote rail safety due to the expansion of the Ethan Allen Express from Rutland to Burlington beginning in July. Please visit Operation Lifesaver, Inc.'s for more information and resources.

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School Counseling News

Senior Awards & Scholarships

We are fortunate to have a very generous local community that has been committed to providing financial support to our students pursuing further education for many decades; $97,715.00 will be given to our students by the local community. It’s an honor and privilege to recognize students from the class of 2022 for the accomplishments and honors they have earned. This document lists all the scholarships and awards that are being "announced". This document is the Senior Awards Book; this book contains descriptions of all the awards and scholarships. Copies of this booklet will be in the envelope each senior will receive at graduation and there will be a QR code to scan on the graduation program.

Final Report Cards (all students) & Student Schedules for 22-23 (grades 9-12)

Final report cards for all grades 7-12 will be mailed home at the end of June/early July. Student schedules (students who will be in grades 9-12) for next school year 22-23 will be mailed home with the final report cards. The PowerSchool Parent/Student Portal will be closed at that time while we continue to prepare for the 22-23 school year over the summer. The portal will re-open around mid August.

Drive for Excellence - Burlington Subaru Hyundai Car Giveaway

Qualifying students (current Juniors and Seniors who are at least 16 years on or before 7/13/22) have the chance to win a new car or one of three $1,000 scholarships. Important information regarding this opportunity can be found here.

Job Opportunities for Students

The School Counseling Office is often contacted about job opportunities for students. Opportunities can be found here. This will be updated when information is received. This information is also posted on the School Counseling Web Page under Quicklinks.

June 2022 Hannaford Career Center Newsletter

In this edition we recognize our quarter four outstanding students, our National Technical Honor Society inductees, and our program completers and graduating senior program participants for school year 21-22. Our FFA members competed in their first in-person state convention since 2019 and were successful in a number of competitions. We highlight two student projects as well as future plans for a number of our seniors.

See link to the newsletter here
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Hannaford Career Center Summer Camp Opportunities

Hannaford Career Center Summer Camp Opportunity - June 20-24

We are offering two free program opportunities for students currently in grades 7-9 during the week of June 20-24 at our north campus facility. Programs will be 8:30-11:30 each day. Maximum enrollment is ten students in each program. Transportation will be provided for those who need it. Breakfast/Snacks will be provided as well. Contact PAHCC Assistant Director Jay Stetzel at for more information and to register your student.

Art of Welding

Have an interest in learning the "Art of Welding"? Students will learn to cut and weld metal using MIG (wire feed) welders, acetylene torches, and plasma cutters and use these developed skills to create. We will start the week getting comfortable with these tools while developing a plan for our final installation. We will tour the Lemon Fair Sculpture Park and develop an artistic vision for turning a pile of scrap metal into ART! No prior experience necessary!

Soapbox Derby Cars

Students will design and build soapbox derby cars with a race at the end of the week. The cars will be a one-rider design powered by gravity or being pushed by one teammate. Students will work in pairs. Learn about essential parts of a "car" and design characteristics that allow for maximum speed (and safety). Let your imagination run wild and build something amazing.

Last Day of School Is Monday June 13th - HAVE A GREAT SUMMER