VUHS E-News January 25, 2021

Vergennes Union High School

Health Office News

Thanks for all you do at home to prevent the spread of Covid. It's because of your efforts that we remain in school and in person.

Classroom Highlights - Project Workshop

VUHS runs a class called Project Workshop. The outcome of the Rowland fellowship by Michael Thomas a couple of years ago, Project Workshop is one of our flexible pathways that create a space where students can develop a learning plan around a personal passion. This semester's students have completed their projects with summaries below. Check out the website for samples of their work at this link

Richard Cosgrove worked with a mentor to learn the art and science of tying trout flies. He studied the life-cycle and ecology of insects eaten by trout and created an impressive array of flies.

Ella Hameline worked with the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum to study invasive species in our local waters and created a video diary/public service announcement about protecting our lake. You'll find Ella's YouTube video about her project here:

Rhode Miguel wrote a story designed to educate students about depression. She also worked with Ms. Sweeney to use her story in a middle school lesson on depression.

Ashton Greenia worked to improve his digital photography skills by learning to look through the eyes of professional photographers and editors.

X-Country Skiing! Both Sarah Cook's and Annie Wilson's PE classes have been enjoying the snow and fresh air.

X-Country Skiing! Both Sarah Cook's and Annie Wilson's PE classes have been enjoying the snow and fresh air.

News From the School Counseling Office

8th Grade Course Registration Has Begun

Believe it or not it is time to start thinking about high school for your student. Randy Sweeney met with all 8th graders this week about high school and the registration process and all students have a copy of the Course of Studies booklet and a Course Request form for you all to look at together.

There will be an information night for parents and guardians on Tuesday, January 26 from 6:00p - 7:00p. This will be a Zoom presentation. Please see the email you received on Tuesday for the Zoom link or email Randy Sweeney at

High School Counseling News

Please remember to visit our Counseling Website for any updates and announcements.

Registration for the 21-22 school year is underway. Please make sure to schedule an appointment with your counselor if you have questions regarding this process. All registration materials will be due back to the counseling office the first week of February.

School Choice Information and Application for 21-22 can be found here

Grade 11 students and parents. Please log into your Scoir account and play around with the platform looking at colleges and universities. Now is the time to start talking with your counselor about next steps.

NACAC has put together virtual college fairs that we encourage you to attend in an effort to learn more about colleges and universities. The NACAC Link will bring you to the webpage that you will need to access these different events. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Student Response Team

The Student Response Teams ( SRT) are working hard to develop goals, conduct surveys, and work with members of the leadership team to create change. The 11/12th group is currently re-thinking the PLP process. They meet Monday’s during callback in Room D11. The Middle School SRT is working on a snack and SPARK proposal among other concerns while the 9/10th grade group is researching student experiences at school and in particular, focusing on how students can get access to metal, reusable, insulated water bottles to better utilize the water fountains throughout the school.

All are welcome to join! Interested students can email Julia Beerworth and/or Emily Rossier. They will then be able to direct you to the group leader in charge.

Athletics News

As the athletic department continues to follow the Governor's orders around school-based athletics, team practices have begun for our basketball players. While these practices have started, we recognize the disappointment of our students who have lost the opportunity to represent their school and community on the track and wrestling mat this winter. Our cheerleading teams have also taken a pause this winter as state guidelines have severely restricted their sport.

Our basketball teams received positive news last week that the governor has moved school-based sports to phase II. While this was an exciting step forward for winter sports, the safety of all remains the most important thing. Our coaches and players have done a wonderful job following all state-mandated guidelines and are looking forward to a potential move to phase III, the necessary level for teams to begin competitions.

All game schedules have been posted to the Vergennes Athletic Calendar linked below and will be updated as we learn more from the Governor. While spectators will not be allowed in the gyms this winter, fans can watch and support our teams live via the NFHS Network. Here is a direct link to the Vergennes live streaming page.

You'll find practice schedules here:

FUSION After School Programs

Please take a moment to view our new Fusion offerings this winter. I am very excited to announce that we will be having a Virtual Cooking class with Lisa Sprague and Millie Jean Castillo, Outdoor games with Griffin Schneider, a Virtual Babysitting Certification class with Jaime Wells, and of course our Learning Labs. We need students to enroll in order to keep these classes going. We can't wait to have them with us.

Here are the links:

News From Hannaford Career Center

As we register students for next year, registration for the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center is happening at the same time. See below for information about the wealth of programs available there for VUHS students.

High school students, consider the Hannaford Career Center to extend your learning opportunities and help you develop valuable skills for college, career, and life. Check out The Benefits of Career Technical Education (CTE), a 2.5 minute video to get you started about why this choice could be a great fit for you. Then use the links below to learn more or apply to a program. We look forward to seeing you at the Hannaford Career Center.

Program Videos

Be sure to check out our informational videos about each career center program on this MCTV YouTube Channel.

Course Descriptions

More details about all career center programs can be found in our course descriptions.

Your high school counselor is also a great resource for your questions about the career center.