VUHS E-News November 9, 2020

Vergennes Union High School

VUHS Remote Learning Survey

As the COVID pandemic continues we must prepare for the possibility of having to transition to full remote learning at some point during the school year. We hope that won't happen, but if it does we want to be able to plan for the necessary supports to ensure we are prepared. Please complete this survey related to your technology needs and other necessary supports. There is a question at the bottom if you have additional questions you would like us to address.

A Letter From Superintendent Sheila Soule

Dear ANWSD Families,

The first two months of school have passed so quickly and the Holidays are right around the corner. Having endured a very challenging 8 month time period I am sure many of you are anxious to spend the Holidays with your family and friends as you normally would this time of year. As disappointing as it is for all of us, this year needs to look different. The state of Vermont has put into effect several travel restrictions that directly impacts our school community. You can review these restrictions, including the restricted travel maps, by visiting

If you are traveling and returning to Vermont from out of the state for anything other than an essential purpose, you will be required to quarantine. There are very few exceptions to this mandate. Quarantine means that students who have traveled will not be able to come to school for two weeks following your return. To protect the health and safety of the school community we trust that each family will abide by these restrictions. During this two-week time period, students will not have access to the same level of classroom instruction and learning opportunities as they would if they were in person, however, our staff will do what they can to help provide some assistance to students during this time period.

To help us gauge the number of students who will be in quarantine following the Thanksgiving holiday, and to ensure parents understand the health requirements for attending school we have created the following survey. Please remember that all students must comply with daily home health screenings which include questions about COVID exposure, COVID- like symptoms, and compliance with travel restrictions. Students must not come to school if they fail to meet the requirements including mandatory quarantining with travel. Please contact your school nurse for return to school information following an absence for any of these reasons.

Please respond to the survey by Wednesday, November 11th.


On another note, just a friendly reminder that our busses are running very cold these days as COVID regulations require that they operate with some windows open to increase circulation. Please make sure your child(ren) dresses appropriately for a very chilly ride in.

My best to you all during this season of renewal and gratitude. With so much stress and uncertainty, we may have to look a little harder to find the things we are grateful for but I am hoping your list is long.

With Kind Regards,

Senior Class Annual Walkathon

For this year's senior class walkathon, the class voted to support the Champlain Valley Alzheimer’s Association. However, with the current circumstances of COVID-19, the class also felt an obligation to extend support to the elders in our community. To incorporate both Alzheimer’s research and support our struggling elderly population, our class has taken a slightly different approach to the walkathon.

This year, with an understanding that cash donations may prove challenging, the class of 2021 will also be collecting food donations for a local food bank. With the walk taking place so close to Thanksgiving, we will also be purchasing turkeys for the John Graham Shelter and a few senior care facilities in Vergennes. Donors will have the choice to contribute either through cash donations to support the Alzheimer’s Association or non-perishable donations for a local food bank.

Please be on the lookout for additional information regarding ways to donate and drop off centers for non-perishable items. There is a GoFundMe page linked at the bottom for direct donations for the Alzheimer’s Association. The walk will take place on Wednesday, November 18. Students will walk from VUHS to FCS and back. GoFundMe

For any questions, please contact Jordan Kimball at


It was a busy week for Commodore Athletics. Look for a summary by Pete Maneen in the next issue. In the meantime, you can tune into the girls soccer state championship game being streamed live on the NFHS Network. You'll find the link Here. Game time today vs. Stowe is 1:00pm.

Thanks and Go Commodores!

Burlington Free Press Athlete of the Week

Jonathan Willis won the Burlington Free Press Athlete of the Week for Oct 19-23 with over 10,000 votes! Thanks to all in the community who helped him achieve this.

Here is a link to all ANWSD calendars including the athletics calendar.

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Math Team News

Congratulations to the VUHS Math Team for placing 3rd out of 9 teams at the meet on October 29th. We triumphed over Burlington, Colchester, Milton, Mt Mansfield, Rice, and U-32.

Top Category Tests:

Arithmetic: Parker Kayhart, Ben Hargett & 3rd place tie to Peyton Paquette & Shamus Rooney

Geometry: Xander DeBlois, Paul Thurber & Alisdair Chauvin

Algebra: Reagan Kayhart, Alisdair Chauvin & Ben Huston

Adv. Math: 3 Way Tie- Xander DeBlois, Reagan Kayhart & Paul Thurber

Top Scores Overall:

5th: Parker Kayhart

4th: Alisdair Chauvin

3rd: Paul Thurber

2nd: Reagan Kayhart

1st: Xander DeBlois

Great Job to all the VUHS Mathletes: Ben Hargett, Calder Rakowski, Xavier DeBlois, Parker Kayhart, Peyton Paquette, Shamus Rooney, Alisdair Chauvin, Alex Rice, Paul Thurber, Nima Mehregan, Xander DeBlois, Ben Huston, and Reagan Kayhart!

Our next math team meet will be Wednesday, Dec. 9th:) If you have a student that you think would enjoy the math team...have them see Mrs. Kayhart! It's not too late to join the Math Team!