Twin Valley Middle High School


A word from Mr. Mellinger

Greetings from Twin Valley Middle High School. We hope everyone survived the first big snow storm of the year! Basketball season is well underway. The coaches and players are preparing for their first games. There are lots of fun holiday events planned for the next two weeks, including our Twin Valley Middle High School holiday concert on Tuesday December 17 starting at 7 PM. This is a free event. There will be a bake sale. We hope you come out and support the students here and enjoy some holiday music!

Go Wildcats!

Who We Are

We have many new staff here at Twin Valley this year, and we would love to introduce them to you! Each week one of our new staff will be highlighted in the newsletter (and on our Facebook page). This week, we are happy to introduce one of our new administrative assistant, Dottie Fisher!

Dottie is well known to our school community as she has been a substitute here for 8 years. Prior to that she was a stay at home mother for 20 years, caring for her 4 children. Dottie and her family have lived here in Vermont for 11 years. We are so fortunate to have her here, greeting each person with a smile and helping out in any way possible.

Some fun facts about Dottie:

Dottie has been happily married for 33 years!

She and her family live completely off the grid.

Dottie enjoys collecting crystal and going antiquing in her time off.

Notes from the Office

We are aware of many glitches in family members receiving our communication via Blackboard Connect. If you did not receive either the phone call regarding our snow day on Sunday or the email from Mr. Mellinger on Wednesday afternoon, please contact us! Call the school or email and we will make sure your information is updated.
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Thank you ExxonMobil!

A big thank you to Jason Bliss from SBCollins for stopping by today to deliver a $500 gift from the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program! This money is put towards math and science programming here at TVMHS, such as the building of a greenhouse that is planned for this spring. We appreciate ExxonMobil for their support and the folks at our local Wilmington Jolley for nominating us!
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Notes from the Health Office

A few members of the local Lion's club assisted with eye screenings for 7th, 9th and 12th graders. It was extremely helpful with their Spot Vision Camera as we were able to go through the students very efficiently.

It's National Handwashing Awareness Week!

  1. Do it right

    Experts recommend washing your hands with soap and clean water for at least 20 seconds. Be sure to get a good lather going and clean the back of the hands, between the fingers and under the nails. Dry them using a clean towel. There is a lot of science behind these recommendations, so be sure to follow them each time you wash your hands.

  2. Memorize the five steps

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls hand washing "a do-it-yourself vaccine" and suggests remembering five easy steps: Wet, lather, scrub, rinse, dry.

  3. Learn the Four Principles of Hand Awareness

    Endorsed by the American Medical Association and American Academy of Family Physicians, the four principles are: 1) Wash your hands when they are dirty and before eating; 2) Do not cough into hands; 3) Do not sneeze into hands; and 4) Don't put your fingers in your eyes, nose or mouth.

5 Super Clean Facts About Hand Hygiene

  1. Handwashing equals happiness

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, handwashing can prevent 1 in 3 diarrhea-related illnesses and 1 in 5 infections, including the flu.

  2. Beware the twin killers for kids

    About 1.4 million children under age 5 die from diarrheal diseases and pneumonia — the two most deadly afflictions for children worldwide.

  3. The dirty secret of public restrooms

    The CDC also reports that only 31 percent of men and 65 percent of women washed their hands after using a public restroom.

  4. Handwash your way to health

    Using antibiotics creates antibiotic resistance. Handwashing prevents many sicknesses, so people need less antibiotics. Therefore, less antibiotic resistance.

  5. Sneezes are mini hurricanes

    A typical human sneeze exits the body at about 200 miles per hour and emits around 40,000 droplets into the air.

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Music Notes

Make sure to save the date and spread the word: The TVMHS Holiday Concert will take place on Tuesday, December 17 at 7:00 PM in our auditorium!

We're on the lookout for all sorts of helpers who can move equipment, greet the audience as they arrive, and provide baked goods for everyone to enjoy--let me know if you or anyone you know can help...My email address is, or you can call the school--thanks!

Mike Kelly

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Winter Activiites

Students received winter activity sign up forms the week of Thanksgiving break. Please return all forms to school by Monday, December 9th. We will send confirmation notices home by Thursday 12/19.

Winter activities will take place on 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, and 2/13. We will use 2/27 as a make up day if necessary.

If you have any questions about winter activities, sponsoring a student, or acquiring a scholarship, please contact Ms. Roth at school by phone or email,

Holiday Spirit Week

The week leading up to winter break will be Holiday Spirit Week!!

Monday 12/16: Holiday Pajamas

Tuesday 12/17: Family Photo Day (dress alike and take a cute holiday photo together)

Wednesday 12/18: Ugly Sweater Day (competition during our annual holiday lunch!)

Thursday 12/19: All Out Holiday

Friday 12/20: Frozen Friday

Future Planning- -Upcoming Visits

  • GPI Construction Career Spotlight 12/10

School Board Vacancy

The Twin Valley Unified Union School Board has a vacancy for a

Whitingham Resident Board Member

Please send letter of interest to:

Windham Southwest Supervisory Union

Attn: Board Vacancy

1 School Street

Wilmington, VT 05363

What's on the menu this week?

Monday Breakfast: Breakfast Burrito

Monday Lunch: Chicken Tenders

Tuesday Breakfast: French Toast

Tuesday Lunch: Macaroni & Cheese

Wednesday Breakfast: Yogurt Parfait

Wednesday Lunch: Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup

Thursday Breakfast: Breakfast Burrito

Thursday Lunch: Pierogies & Kielbasa

Friday Breakfast: Breakfast Sandwich

Friday Lunch: Chicken Lo Mein

Vegetarian option, pizza, sandwiches, and salads are also available daily. All meals accompanied by fruits and vegetables.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Sweet Rewards

Middle school math classes earned a reward this week for meeting a goal. Mr. Drew generously brought in supplies for the students to make pancakes Friday!

News from Family Consumer Science

It was a bit of a trying week in the cooking lab with a few hits and a few misses. The Food and Fitness Class created a chocolate avocado pudding this week. Yes, it is unusual but if you’ve never had this, and you’re a fan of fudgy goodness, perhaps you’d consider giving this a try. With very simple ingredients of mashed avocado, cocoa, milk, margarine, confectioner’s sugar, vanilla and cornstarch, this pudding was worth a try. (See recipe below)

Students also made a macaroni and cheese dish that had the added benefit of pureed cauliflower. Logan wasn’t a convert and Alexis agreed that the little extra something added more like a bit of nothing in terms of taste. Ok, been there, done that.

The handmade tortillas however were a victory in both their appearance and taste made by this same crew. Using flour, lard, salt and water, Logan expertly kneaded the dough and hand patted small flat disks that Alexis then cooked on each side in a frying pan. The result was a lovely, barely charred texture one could mistake as having been made South-of-the-border. Students filled their tortillas with a cooked mixture of ground turkey, crushed tomatoes, pureed carrot (!), onions and Mexican seasoning, then topped it off with sour cream, chopped tomato and shredded lettuce. They were quite happy with the results. Their week will end with fruit smoothies before they head to the library to do a bit of online and written work. There, they will determine the most appropriate daily calorie intake and benefit of fruits, vegetables, proteins, grains, and dairy.

For the Culinary Arts class, the shortened week began with a traditional form of Macaroni and Cheese. Students first cooked up their noodles, mastered the art of making a roux with butter, flour, and milk and then added their cheeses. This was all topped off with Panko breadcrumbs and finished off in the oven with a short stint under the broiler. Their results were fantastic. When asking their opinions, several students stated, “I liked it A LOT!”

As for the week’s cupcake capers, well that’s quite possibly a story of small crimes and misdemeanors. Sierra Brassor and Jazmyn Dix were not so thrilled with their red velvet cupcakes which turned into more like a brownish, overbaked something- or -other that collectively stood their ground and refused to be chiseled from the pan. The girls concluded to scrap the project as I witnessed their dashed hopes of a rich red cupcake with a funky mango colored frosting; it was sadness cupcakeified and incidentally, the only food fatality of the school year thus far. (That’s a plus!) Meanwhile, Cody Birch and Thomas Duncan set out to make “ugly cupcakes”, just for grins, and they exceeded their goal with a grainy looking homage to The Grinch. In their defense however, the two attempted to justify their confection crime by stating ,“It tasted far better than it looked.” Saving the day were Sylvia Mill and Jordyn Trowt, the only reasonably successful cupcake duo with their lemon cupcakes paired with a white frosting. These hero’s, in an act of kindness, ended up sharing with their less fortunate, although much appreciative peers!

-Ms. LaBrie

Chocolate Pudding

(from Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld)

¼ Cup trans-fat-free-soft tub margarine spread.

1 Cup avocado puree

1 Cup confectioner’s sugar

½ Cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

¼ Cup cornstarch.

In a medium saucepan, melt the margarine over low heat. Stir in the avocado puree, sugar, cocoa powder, and vanilla. Cook, mashing well with a silicone spatula to smooth out any lumps of avocado, until the mixture thickens, 3-4 minutes. Off the heat, gradually stir in the cornstarch. Serve warm.

Boys' Varsity Soccer Awards


Boys Awards Night


December 11, 2019 @ 6:30 pm


All parents and siblings are encouraged to attend.

**Please bring in all uniforms!

High School Winter Sports

Please click below to read a letter from Buddy Hayford, Athletic Director, regarding winter sports for HIGH school students. Any questions can be directed to Buddy at

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The waiver can be found below:

Wings is very excited to introduce Lauren Charnow as our new circus arts and aerial silks instructor. She has many skills in all different wonders of circus arts and she is coming from Iceland to work with all of you!

1:00 - 2:30 Grades 6 + for anyone that has tried silks at least one time before.

2:30- 4:00 Ages 8-80 Circus fun for the whole family. If you have never tried silks before, but want to come see if this is for you, come at 2:30. We will also have a chance to try other circus skills such as clowning, juggling, etc.

Please RSVP to Shelley at or call 802-681-6698 if you think you are coming. (Trying to get a general count)

In other Wings news, Chess Club is starting up with Mr. Salway on Tuesdays (Some Mondays) Sign up with Mr. Salway if interested.

Junior Iron Chef News!

It’s time to start organizing our teams and coaches for this years junior iron chef competition. Sign up a team of 3-5 with Lonny in the cafeteria or let us know you need some team members and we’ll help you build one. If you’d like to be a coach, reach out to Shelley Park or Lonny Paige at the school.

Community Events

Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday 12/17 Winter Concert 7 pm
  • Friday 12/20 Half day for students
  • Monday 12/23 - Wednesday 1/1 Winter Break