Twin Valley Middle High School

Friday, May 13

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Middle School Dance, Friday, May 20, 6:30pm at TVMHS

Sponsored by the 7th Grade. Admission is $10 per person (cash at the door) and includes food and drink. *Middle School students from other schools are welcome, and will need to fill out guest form with parent and principal approval and return it to Dottie at TVMHS by Thursday, May 19th.

Notes from the Nurse

Did you know that teens and young adults are more likely than the average Vermonter to go to the emergency department for a heat illness? Protect yourself from the heat while working or playing outside. Drink plenty of water, or non-alcoholic and decaffeinated fluids. Limit outdoor activities during the hottest part of the day. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight. Seek relief in air-conditioned spaces or other cool and shady places. See more info- hot weather and health impacts



The National Weather Service is expecting unseasonably hot weather for the remainder of this week for most of the state, with temperatures forecast to reach the upper 80s in many locations. In Vermont, heat-related illnesses become more common when temperatures warm to 80°F and above, especially on sunny and humid days. During the spring and early summer, when our bodies are not acclimated to warmer weather, heat illnesses are even more common. While we adjust to warmer weather, it’s especially important to ease into outdoor activities, take frequent rest breaks, and drink plenty of fluids.

Populations most affected

Individuals who are generally at higher risk for heat-related health impacts include: older adults, young children, homeless people, outdoor workers and hobbyists, pregnant women, people who are overweight, those with chronic medical conditions, disabilities or mental illness, people using recreational drugs or alcohol, and those using certain prescription medications.

Children’s bodies generally warm up faster than adults, and children have less sweating capacity than adults, both of which put children at higher risk for heat illnesses. Hot temperatures in schools can also result in reduced concentration, impaired academic performance, an increase in behavioral issues, increased risk of asthma attacks, and other health problems.



The county rates are high in both Bennington in Windham for Covid positives, see the case dashboard. Learn more about

covid 19-protect yourselves and others.



Food Allergy Awareness Week- May 8- May 14th- Over 32 million Americans are living with potentially life-threatening food allergies. Learn more here- food allergies 101



Reminder on recent UPDATES- “As of April 4, 2022, and as public health conditions in Vermont relative to COVID-19 continue to improve, the Staff Assurance Testing and Test at Home programs will be discontinued in Vermont schools. With the conclusion of these testing programs, staff and student households may be reminded that they can make an appointment at a State of Vermont testing site to obtain up to eight rapid antigen tests (4 boxes) or one LAMP test per appointment for their use at home.


Per the Vermont Department of Health, school nurses should continue to conduct diagnostic testing in school using LAMP or antigen tests. Schools can also make take-home antigen tests available to students, staff and their households on an as-needed basis or at the clinical discretion of the school nurse, consistent with Health Department guidance.” AOE-Dan French


What does this update mean? Presumptive contact notification ended for cases in school. It is important to monitor symptoms at home. To help reduce the spread please:

Stay home when you are ill/ have a symptom(s) of illness. (Regardless if you test negative for Covid)

  • Fever (100.4 °F or higher Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Chills

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • Sore throat

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

Additional Precautions: If you are a close contact, you might choose to take extra precautions such as wearing a mask, which helps protect you and the people around you from getting or spreading COVID-19.

Covid Testing for Symptoms at School: If your student becomes symptomatic at school they will be sent home but you do have the option of the nurse testing for COVID at school before pick up. Complete these two forms: Response Testing Consent Form and the result communication platform Simple Report- Twin Valley Schools - simplereport.gov/register/XNWE9

Return to school post COVID-19 infection- A student or staff member may return to school after their 5 days of isolation if their symptoms have improved and they have been fever-free for 24+ hours without the use of medication

Return to school after a non-COVID-19 related illness -A student or staff member may return to school if their symptoms have improved, and they have met school criteria for that illness (e.g., it has been more than 24 hours without fever, diarrhea, or vomiting).

• If a student does not attend school due to illness, their parent/guardian may access LAMP or rapid antigen tests by picking them up at school. The parent/guardian can perform 1 LAMP test or 2 antigen tests on the symptomatic student. Antigen tests should be taken as close to 24 hours apart as possible. These tests can also be used for testing symptomatic individuals, or close contacts in the home who may not be fully up to date with their vaccinations. Parents/guardians may contact a Primary Care Provider or state testing site to access PCR testing.



Here is guidance for those who test positive and those who are a close contact of someone who tests positive


WSWSU Guidelines of When to Keep Your Student Home

Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine

GET THE MOST PROTECTION WITH A BOOSTER SHOT!

NEW: Certain people may also receive a second booster dose at least four months after their first booster:


- People age 50 or older can receive a second booster of Pfizer or Moderna

- For people who are immunocompromised, those age 12 and older can receive a second booster of Pfizer and those 18 and older can receive a second booster of Pfizer or Moderna

- People who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and Johnson & Johnson booster can receive a second booster of Pfizer or Moderna

GET THE MOST PROTECTION WITH A BOOSTER SHOT!

We encourage you to get vaccinated through your healthcare provider, a pharmacy or anywhere you get other vaccines. The COVID-19 vaccine is still free at any location and widely available across the state, including second booster doses! Find a vaccine near you at Vaccines.gov.

SVMC Covid Resource center is offering vaccination/boosters as well:

982 Mansion Drive, Bennington, VT HOURS: TESTING | Mon. – Sat. 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. VACCINATIONS | Mon. - Sat. 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

You should get a booster if you are 12 or older and you received: (12-17 ages- Pfizer only)

your Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago or

your second dose of Moderna vaccine at least six months ago or

your second dose of Pfizer vaccine at least five months ago


See Frequently Asked Questions about boosters


Jollene Mahon, RN, BSN

School Nurse, SU Covid Coordinator

Pronouns:She/Her/Hers


Twin Valley Middle/High School

4299 VT RT 100

Whitingham, VT 05361

(802) 368-2880

Fax (802)368-7382

7th & 8th Grade Homework Page

The 7th and 8th grade teachers have created a homework webpage. This page will be updated daily at the end of each day and assignments will be left posted for 2 weeks. Please use this resource if your child is not sure what assignments they need to complete! Teacher emails can be found at the bottom of the page.

What's on the Menu?

To see what amazing dishes Lonny and the crew are preparing, click here for the May menu

Sports

CLICK HERE to view the athletics schedule for the week beginning May 16


1) Paper Copies of the weekly schedule are always available from the coaches

2) The weekly schedule is always in the Friday Notes

3) The weekly and season schedule, as well as cancellations and up-to-the-minute changes can be found online through the DigitalSports App, or directly at https://digitalsports.com/

Wings News

**NEW** Summer Programs Have Been Announced! For the brochure Click Here

Summer Spanish Program is ON!

Great news! After two year's of COVID-caused break, the summer Spanish program is back!


Around 20 Spanish teens will arrive on June 25 and stay with volunteer host families for 3 1/2 weeks. Host families provide housing and food; students come with their own spending money and health insurance. They leave their hosts on July 20.


We organize an optional activity each week, plus two full-day outings. For those, we take charter buses to Boston and Six Flags. The program ends in New York City. Host siblings and families (or friends) can come along, too (even to New York City), just paying their own costs.

We plan to start matching students and host families in May (our Spanish partners, the STEP program, are interviewing the applicants now).


Ready to get started? Just fill out the easy host application!

Dinner Together

Dinner Together is a program designed to strengthen family connections by providing caregivers and youth opportunities to express care, provide support, share power, challenge growth, and expand possibilities through the preparation and eating of family meals.

Windham County Prevention Partnerships (WCPP), along with the Deerfield Valley Community Partnership (DVCP) is launching a free text messaging program available for anyone who is interested. For eight weeks, you will get a text message on Thursday afternoons, loaded with family-friendly meal recipes and activities to strengthen family connections during mealtime and beyond. If interested please visit Dinners Together to sign up

Gifted Students — Summer Opportunity

TDI (Talent Development Institute) is a summer camp/academic program, with overnight and commuter options, for advanced and gifted students who are entering grades 4-9. TDI combines the relaxed atmosphere of summer camp with new academic & creative opportunities. It is a great summer opportunity for your brightest students to learn, grow, and have fun with their intellectual peers. The 2022 Institute will be held for two weeks: June 19-25 and June 26-July 2. Participants may be involved for one or both weeks. We have a great mix of classes this year, with something for a variety of types of learners and thinkers! This year's classes--which include Rube Goldberg Machines, Movie Making, Just Some Rocket Science, Create a Culture, and Clowning Around-- nurture students' creativity and their love of learning. Campers have a blast learning alongside other smart kids on a small college campus (Northern Vermont University, formerly Johnson State College) nestled in the beautiful Green Mountains. Partial scholarships are available. Go to www.tdivermont.org.

'Free Degree Promise' Will Pay for Vermont Students to Attend Community College

The McClure Foundation announced on Tuesday that it will pay for an associate degree at the Community College of Vermont for all in-state students currently in grades 8 through 11. Click Here

Share Your America!

Host an exchange student!! Learn how here

Upcoming Events

  • Middle School Dance, Friday, May 20, 6:30p
  • Prom, Saturday, May 21, 8p
  • Red Note Day, Friday, May 27
  • Memorial Day, Monday, May 30
  • Arts Fair, Tuesday, May 31, 6:30p
  • Last Day for Seniors, Friday, June 3
  • 8th Grade Moving On Breakfast, Thursday, June 9, 9a
  • Last Day for Students, Friday, June 10
  • Graduation, Saturday, June 11, 1p