Twin Valley Middle High School

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You're the Driver of Your Own Bus

This year we will all be passengers on the Energy Bus. This is a journey of positivity, where we'll learn to fuel our lives and classrooms with positive energy. There are 7 principles on the Energy Bus, and the first is "You're the Driver of Your Own Bus." Each person in our school community (students, teachers, custodial staff, administrators, cafeteria staff, paraprofessionals, etc.) needs to be responsible for themselves.


Being responsible for yourself as a student involves many things. First, students are responsible for getting themselves ready in the morning. They get dressed, brush their teeth, eat breakfast... and choose their attitude for the day. We hope students are choosing to come to school with a positive attitude and positive energy. This energy spreads to those around us, which will help us create a more positive school culture!


Next, students are responsible for being ready for learning. This means having all the materials they need to be successful, their homework done, and making a commitment to being positive participants in the classroom. All of our students are capable of being successful, and taking responsibility for ourselves as learners will help them find success.


Finally, being the driver of your own bus also means avoiding negative statements about ourselves, our circumstances, or those around us. Positivity leads to more positivity, just like negativity can lead to more negativity. Take charge of your outlook and stay focused on the positive- -and the opportunities, as I said last week.


Here's to being the driver of our own buses, and taking control of our lives.


Have a great weekend!


Ms. Roth

Reminders

As we start this new and different school year, I want to share some reminders/information:


  • Please wait at drop off until your child has completed their health screening. Students should not be dropped off prior to 7:45.
  • Buses are required to keep some windows open during travel. Please remind students to dress warmly when riding the bus, as this will continue even in cold weather.
  • All students need to bring their Chromebook to school each day. They are used daily in all classes, and are a crucial part of your child's learning. It is helpful if they are charged when students arrive at school.

Health Screenings

Our students have been doing a great job following directions for completing health screenings. We sent home slips in beginning of the year packets. If students arrive with these slips filled out, it makes entry much faster! You can print more of these slips whenever you need them from this link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1d9iWSzqVkqOteH-xuIGwCP4ItGnJ43gqY3h_0HstBdg/edit?usp=sharing


You can also call or email Dottie in the office to request more be sent home, 802-368-2880 or dfisher@tvhs.k12.vt.us

Picture Day Information

Picture day will be Friday, October 9 here at TVMHS. Information about packages will be going home soon. Please save the date!


We will be inviting our fully remote students to come have their photos taken by appointment between the hours of 12 pm - 3 pm. Parents will need to wait outside and students will be required to have health screenings before entering. If you are interested in making an appointment for your child(ren), please call or email Dottie in the office

802-368-2880 dfisher@tvhs.k12.vt.us

Notes from the Nurse

The health department has provided some helpful information for parents this week. Here are the links.

What to expect when your child is sick?


What Parents Can Expect Fall 2020 Pre-K to 12th Grade School


According to the World Heart Federation, Heart disease and stroke, is the world’s leading cause of death claiming 17.9 million lives each year.

People with underlying health conditions, such as heart disease, are more vulnerable to COVID-19.

On 29 September, #UseHeart to beat cardiovascular disease. Here is a link to learn more. World Heart Day



Please continue to remember if you are dropping off a student it is required to wait for your student to get a temp check and a thumbs up from the screener before leaving the school property. It’s important to continue what we're doing with wearing masks, washing hands, staying home when we are sick and physically distancing ourselves. Here is information on selecting a mask and mask care as it’s essential for them to be cleaned regularly. How to Select, Wear, and Clean Your Mask Thank you for remembering that bandanas, gaiters and one way valve masks are not allowed in our school district.

If you have any difficulty with acquiring a mask for your student we received a wonderful donation of cloth masks and I have disposable masks as needed. Please shoot me an email (jmahon@tvmhs.vt.k12.us and I will coordinate.


A reminder as well about the Vermont state travel guidelines that require a quarantine if you travel to a high risk area where the health department is reporting a large number of cases. This would be any yellow or red areas that you find in the map link. This map is updated every Tuesday. If the area is not on the map, it is outside of the northeast and that is a mandatory quarantine as well (14 days). Cross State Travel Information

PSAT Registration for Fall

PSAT - Oct. 14th, 8am

  • The PSATs will be given at TVMHS on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 8:00am.

  • If you are taking the PSATs, please register with Ms. Piffard as soon as possible.

  • When registering, please bring the $17 fee for the test. The fee can be paid in cash or by check made out to TVMHS. Please see Ms. Piffard if paying this fee will pose a hardship.

  • Once you have registered you will be given an “Official Students Guide to the PSAT” which has a practice test and information on Scholarship Competitions.

  • All juniors are strongly encouraged to take the PSATs in October. The PSATs will give you a good “feel” for the test, as well as make you aware of where your strengths and weaknesses are so that you are better prepared when taking the SATs this spring.

  • For further information, please see Ms. Piffard or go onto the College Board website at www.collegeboard.com

What's on the Menu?

Monday Breakfast: Breakfast Burrito

Monday Lunch: Chicken Tenders


Tuesday Breakfast: Yogurt Parfait

Tuesday Lunch: Szechuan Beef Stir Fry


Wednesday Breakfast: Breakfast Sandwich

Wednesday Lunch: Meatball Grinder


Thursday Breakfast: Breakfast Burrito

Thursday Lunch: Hot Dog


Friday Breakfast: Breakfast Sandwich

Friday Lunch: Meatball Grinder


Pizza, chicken sandwiches, alternate sandwich/grinders, PB&J/Sunbutter & Jelly, and salads will be available each day.


Menu subject to change. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Music Notes

It's great to be back! Music classes and lessons have resumed at Twin Valley MHS...It's been awesome to see many of our music students in person again, and to begin reconnecting with our remote music students online.

Although the Band and Chorus aren't able to meet for the time being, I'm planning to put out a mash-up of individual video recordings in November so that they can play and sing together with the help of technology. As the school year goes on, we'll see what other performance opportunities present themselves--I'm hoping for a chance to restart our marching band in the spring...


Thanks to all the students, parents, staff, and administrators who are supporting our music program through these strange times!


Have a great week,

Mike Kelly

Music Teacher

Twin Valley MHS




Important Note about Sports & Spectator Policy

The state has determined that schools can move to Step 3, which means we are allowed to play games against other schools! This is very exciting for our players, coaches, and fans. We need the help of our community spectators! Please see our fall spectator policy below.


Other schools are communicating their policies to us ahead of games, and those will be published next to game times in this newsletter. Face coverings and social distancing are required at all locations.

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Sports Schedule- -Week of 9/21

Monday


  • Boys Middle School 2:45 - 4:30
  • Girls Middle School @ Arlington 4:00 (Spectators allowed)
  • Boys Varsity 3:15 - 4:30
  • Girls Varsity Home vs. MSJ 6:00



Tuesday


  • Boys Middle School @ Arlington 4:00 (Spectators allowed)
  • Girls Middle School OFF
  • Boys Varsity Home vs. Stratton 6:30
  • Girls Varsity 3:30 - 5:15



Wednesday


  • Boys Middle School OFF
  • Girls Middle School 5:00 - 6:30
  • Boys Varsity OFF
  • Girls Varsity Home vs. Stratton 6:30



Thursday


  • Boys Middle School 2:45 - 4:30
  • Girls Middle School 2:45 - 4:30
  • Boys Varsity @ Rivendell 4:00 (2 family members per player allowed)
  • Girls Varsity 4:30 - 6:00



Friday


  • Boys Middle School Home vs. MAU 6:00 @ Old High School
  • Girls Middle School Home vs. MAU 4:30 @ Old High School
  • Boys Varsity OFF
  • Girls Varsity @ TSA 4:00 (2 family members per player allowed)


Saturday


  • Boys Varsity Home vs. Long Trail 6:00

Wings

Hello! From Wings Community & FRESH after school programs. We have had a slow start to the new year, but I am excited to present to you two new upcoming programs! Please reach out to Shelley Park by email if you are interested aspark802@gmail.com or text 802-681-6698 These programs are free! School day protocol will be followed: temperature checks, mask wearing when we can’t be 6 ft. apart, and hand sanitizing. *Days & times still being determined!



Deerfield Valley Trails Club In person, 100% outside: Led by Jen Nilsen, with occasional guests including Scott Salway. We will hike, explore, learn orienteering skills, practice responding to the “elements”, create & find geocaches, and help out with trail maintenance. This club will run 1 day a week* from 3:00-5:00 for 6 weeks each season. (May also include one longer day adventure!) We will start with trails that can be accessed from downtown Wilmington and see from there what else is possible. Students may need transportation if downtown Wilmington is not on their bus route. Remote students are welcome to join us.


Engineering Club for Girls in grades 5-8. Virtual, or possible Hybrid course brought to us by UVM students and a local program leader. A relaxed, free-of-charge “club” atmosphere during afterschool hours provides the platform for engineering experiences that engage youth “where they are” as learners. Activities will encourage persistence, creativity, and reflection on the rewards of engineering design as a pathway to caring for others in meaningful ways. All students will receive free kits with everything they need to participate.


More programs coming soon, be in touch if you have ideas for programs you would like to see offered outside of the school day!

Veggie Van Go at TVMHS!

We are excited to be hosting Veggie Van Go distributions every 4th Monday of the month here at TVMHS. This is FREE food sponsored by the VT Food Bank and Shires Housing. While this is a drive-thru event, if you are unable to attend we can grab a bag for you and send it home with your child. Just let us know by calling or emailing Dottie in the office. There is no income limit or requirement for this food distribution.
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Upcoming Events

  • Remote Wednesday's 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21
  • Picture Day 10/9
  • No School for Students 10/12