ADL Announcements 02/16/2023

(These are sent each Thursday school is in session.)


Thursday, February 16, Winter Band Concert

Wed-Sat, February 22-25, 51st Annual Basketball Tournament

February 27-28, Winter Break/No School

March 1-7 Winter Break/No School

51st Annual Basketball Tournament

After a two year absence, the ADL Basketball Tournament is making a return. This will be the 51st year of the event. We begin Wednesday February 22nd and finish with the two championship games on Saturday February 25th. Although this is a basketball tournament, it is so much more of a community event.

Six Chittenden County Schools participate in the four day event which shows off our ADL and Essex Junction Community. Our students volunteer, play, perform, and most importantly are members of our Dawg Pound in the bleachers of the gym. It is truly an event that can’t be explained in words. Although this video gives an overall feeling of the tournament, It is an event that needs to be lived by our students and community. Please check it out, ADL 50th Bball Tournament .

ADL students and community will always play a huge role in the atmosphere of the week. We start off with a pep rally on Wednesday with our student body being highlighted as well as a game between the faculty and our 8th graders. After the pep rally the tournament starts with three games each night. These games are filled with the energy that is the envy of any middle school. Spectators can be seen hanging out near the concession stand, watching the action, and following Stebbs lead with the cheering in the Dawg Pound. The week comes to a conclusion with the championship games on Saturday night. Throughout the week, spectators will be treated to our band in the stands, chorus singing the National Anthem, and our students playing in a variety of games beyond the basketball games.

Before the tournament we sell Dawg Pound tee shirts and advanced tickets. The advanced tickets are only sold to our ADL students, and are good for all four days of the tournament. A single night ticket is $3, and the advanced ticket is $10. The Dawg Pound T- shirts we sell are a great way for our students/community members to show their support for our school. We sell the shirts for $12. To purchase advance tickets or Dawg Pound shirts, please see Mr. Barber before Wednesday the 22nd. After this date, same day tickets can be purchased in the gym lobby each night for $3 and the Dawg Pound shirts will be on sale during the tournament. Coming to the tournament is a great way to see our school community at its best. We look forward to seeing you the week of February 20th.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kevin Barber,

8th Grade Fine Arts presentation follow up

Incoming 9th graders that are interested in the Academy of Visual & Performing Arts should submit an application by Feb 24th. (If you need an extension, you only need to send an email to The applications are available at Signing up for a Fine Arts course in your freshman year is ideal.

link to our slideshow to all 8th graders and their families.

Penguin Plunge 2023 Update

Due to the frigid temperatures forecasted for Saturday, the Penguin Plunge at the Burlington Waterfront has been canceled. The organizers of the event have encouraged teams to create a remote event in the spirit of the Penguin Plunge. ADL would like to participate in a remote activity as a team. On February 17 the students and staff who have registered for the Penguin Plunge are invited to participate in a remote plunge at ADL. Members of the Penguin Plunge team can choose to participate in an ice bucket challenge, and a pizza lunch. Students can select their level of participation for this event, and participation can range from cheering on our team to having ice water poured on them.

We greatly appreciate the support of our community! The ADL team raised over 5000 dollars for Special Olympics Vermont. We are looking forward to the ADL remote activity.

Please contact Catherine Parlante with any questions or concerns,

Brownell Library News

Brownell Library will be closed all day on Thursday, Feb. 16 for Staff Inservice and Appreciation.The library is also closed on Monday, Feb. 20 for Presidents' Day.

Comics Workshop at Brownell Library - Session 1 on February 17th, 4:30-5:30pm. Finish your comic during Session 2 on February 24th, 4:30-5:30pm. Join award-winning cartoonist and educator Marek Bennett as he leads a hands-on demo to show how YOU can cartoon the stories of your own family, neighborhood, and wider world. (No prior art experience needed - everybody can create comics!) This is a hybrid program and can be attended in person or online (register on our calendar to receive a virtual link). Participants will start their project in Session 1 and finish it in Session 2. Participants are highly encouraged to attend both sessions, and should not attend Session 2 if they did not attend Session 1. Be sure to bring paper and pencil if you are joining us virtually. For more about Marek’s work, see:

Yearbook News

Don't forget to purchase your yearbook from our new partner, TreeRing Yearbooks. The cost is $22.00.

Click here to buy your ADL yearbook now!

Any questions, please contact Yearbook co-advisor Helen Donahey at or 802-857-7857.

Message from PAWS

PAWS needs your help to support the ADL Community! Choose one month to return bottles donated to the ADL Bottle Barn. Proceeds are used by PAWS and the school to benefit all our students. Click on this link to sign up:


Thank you!

ADL Clubs

  • Art Club - will meet on Thursdays and Fridays, 3:15-4:30, in room C16. See Mrs. Logan if you have any questions.
  • Creative Writing Club -meetings on Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30, in room B25. Mrs. Holzman is the advisor.
  • D&D Club - meetings on Tuesdays 3:15-4:30, in room C10. See Mrs. Kurnit if you have any questions.
  • Geo Bee & Culture Club -meetings on Mondays, 3:15-4:15, in room C26. See Mrs. Tupaj if you have any questions.
  • Math Club - will meet on Mondays, 3:15-4:00, in room B16. See Mrs. Zimmerman if you have any questions.
  • Pride Club - will meet on Thursdays, 3:15-4:00, in the band room.
  • Yearbook Club -meetings on Mondays, 3:15-4:00, in room C2. See Mrs. Donahey or Mrs. Petralia if you have any questions.

ADL Paws

Want to keep updated on the ADL PAWS projects and events?

Don't miss out! "Like" the "PAWS ADL" page on Facebook today! The facebook page will share info about ongoing opportunities to support your school community at ADL. From volunteering your time, donating baked goods, to events we'll be hosting for ADL students and family, there are lots of things to like! Click below to "like" our Facebook page and stay connected and involved!

ADL Bottle Barn

Please drop off your clean bottles and cans to donate to ADL special programs!

Bottles and cans should be in bags! PLEASE DO NOT THROW IN LOOSE BOTTLES AND CANS.



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