E-News: April 8, 2022
Vergennes Union High School
Spotlight on Students
We have a big shoutout for the VUHS Parent-Commodore Teacher Group for making our students goodie bags! Every student who is taking an SBAC this year in grades 7-12 received a Goodie bag full of special testing treats!
Sexual Assault Awareness Month Walk-Out
On Wednesday, our VUMHS joined other students across the nation to hold a walk-out designed to bring awareness to Sexual Assault Awareness month. Students carried signs, chanted, and shared stories in support of ending sexual violence through stronger education, laws, and public policies. The protest organizers partnered with administration to ensure everyone's safety and to maintain the integrity of a peaceful protest.
Here at VUMHS, we have been focusing on spotlighting student voice, especially those who have been historically silenced. We are incredibly proud, grateful and humbled by our students' commitment to advocacy and social justice. As a District, we are listening and learning, and we will continue to think about ways to support students and teachers in addressing sexual violence in their classrooms.
Social Justice Festival Planned
On May 4th, 2022, our student leadership group, Full Send, is in the process of curating an event to spotlight and raise voices that have been historically silenced. Full Send recognizes that all injustices are rooted in misinformation, limited education and lack of awareness. Through meaningful conversations and play, the Social Justice festival aims to educate and humanize all of our students, especially those who have felt systemically pushed out.
Black Lives Matter, LGBTQIA+ Pride, environmental justice, migrant workers rights, domestic violence survivor support are topics that will be raised. This festival aims to support students and educators in making connections and reflecting on personal and peer experiences in order to develop a greater understanding of social justice and what it means to be seen and heard as fully human.
Class of 2023 Fundraiser
The class of 2023 is holding a fundraiser for their Junior Prom and you can help!
This fundraiser can be accessed online at Meadows Farm Fundraising . It runs from
3/29/22 until 4/15/22. Any orders placed under this link will be credited to the Junior
Class. Thank you for your support.
Vermont History Day
ANWSD Vermont History Day press release
Sixteen Addison Northwest School District (ANWSD) students competed in the Vermont Historical Society’s annual Vermont History Day Contest, held in-person and virtually at the University of Vermont’s Davis Center on Saturday, April 2nd. These students, grades 5-11, joined competitors from around the state in presenting their historical research projects to a panel of judges. Students participated under the auspices of the ANWSD Fusion Afterschool program. Fusion at Vergennes Union Elementary (VUES) is funded by the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program (21CCLC), a federal grant administered by the state of Vermont to support high quality afterschool and enrichment programming. Fusion at Vergennes Union High School (VUHS) is funded through the Vermont After School for All Grant. This grant is administered by Vermont Afterschool in partnership with Vermont’s Child Development Division.
Coached by ANWSD humanities teachers Rebecca Coffey (VUHS) and Josh Brooks (VUES), students began in October by choosing a topic suited to the theme ‘Debate and Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures and Consequences’, then got to work reading and citing primary sources, taking notes, writing annotated bibliographies, and putting it all together in a final presentation. Students chose from five types of presentation: website; documentary; exhibit board; research paper; and performance.
The entire ANWSD team did a fantastic job at this year’s History Day competition, with the following students receiving specific recognition:
1st place, junior division, individual website: La Malinche- Traitor or Survivor? Ellie Brooks; VUES grade 6
3rd place, junior division, individual website: Benedict Arnold- Traitor or Hero? Quincy Sabick; VUHS grade 8
1st place, senior division, group documentary & the Vermont State Archives Award for Outstanding Use of Primary Sources: Power and Pandemonium- How the Partition of India Resulted in the Indus Water Treaty; Jing Williams, Mia Kutchukian, Sophia Johnson; VUHS grade 9
2nd place, junior division, individual exhibit & the Freedom and Unity Civics prize: Civil Unions- Debate and Diplomacy in Vermont; Caeleigh White; VUES grade 6
2nd place, senior division, individual exhibit & the Mollie Beattie Memorial Environmental prize: The National Parks- Was it America’s ‘Best Idea’? Makenzie Flint; VUHS grade 11
1st place, junior division, group exhibit & the Deborah Pickman Clifford Vermont Women’s History prize: Clarina Howard Nichols- The Woman Who Took a Stand; Reese Muzzy, Roxanne Griffin; FCS grade 5
3rd place, junior division, group exhibit & the International Studies Award: Cleopatra- More Than Just a Pretty Face; Casey Clark, Ella Maneen; FCS grade 5
In addition, Ellie Brooks, Makenzie Flint, Jing Williams, Mia Kutchukian, Sophia Johnson, Reese Muzzy, Roxanne Griffin and Caeleigh White all qualified for the National History Day competition which will be held virtually June 12-16.
Congratulations to all of our ANWSD student historians!
School Counseling News
Job Opportunities for Students
The School Counseling Office is often contacted about job opportunities for students. Opportunities can be found here. This will be updated when information is received. This information is also posted on the School Counseling Web Page under Quicklinks. New opportunities have recently been added including Lu Lu Ice Cream in Vergennes.
Vermont Tech Try a Major Day (Randolph Center Campus)
Sophomores and Juniors - Are you interested in learning more about Vermont Tech’s majors? Join us on May 4 for Try a Major Day, designed to let you experience first-hand all that Vermont Tech has to offer. We’ll tentatively be offering: Engineering Technology, IT & Computer Engineering, Nursing & Allied Health, Veterinary Technology, and many more. To register please click here. This event is on Wednesday, May 4, 9:45 am - 1 pm at the Randolph Campus. Students will need to provide their own transportation.