VUHS E-News February 1, 2021

Vergennes Union High School

COVID News - Quarantine and Remote Learning For 8th Grade

We ended the week with only the one new COVID-19 case at the middle school that we wrote about yesterday. While this seems to be an isolated positive case stemming from community exposure, there were many more potential close contacts identified during our analysis that lead to several staff members needing to be out on quarantine for a period of time. For this reason, we are shifting to remote learning for the 8th grade only for the week of February 1-February 5. School administrators have spoken with every family or staff member impacted by this situation. Administration and staff will be doing everything possible to plan for the support of our students and families during this period of remote learning. We hope this will be an isolated incident and that we might have happier news (a.k.a. no news) to report next week.

Thank you for everything you are doing as we persevere through these challenges.

Classroom Highlights - Art Essentials

Art Essentials is the pre-requisite class in the Visual Arts department at VUHS. This year, Art Essentials students Zoom with Mr. Spencer on remote Wednesdays for “Work of Art Wednesday”. During that class's scheduled zoom meeting, the students learn about one work of art and its creator. In an effort to respond to an urgent need for a better understanding of institutionalized racism in our nation, all artists explored during this partial-remote format are Black American Artists from various decades throughout our country’s history. The 9th and most recent artist viewed is Amy Sherald. She was chosen by the National Gallery to paint a portrait of “First Lady Michelle Obama”.

February Vacation Meal Kits

ADDISON COUNTY CHILDREN EAT FOR FREE OVER VACATION -- ACSD, ANWSD, and MAUSD School Nutrition programs are collaborating to distribute free meal kits for the week of February break. Any child aged 18 and under is eligible to receive a free vacation meal kit. Families can choose the pickup location that works best, regardless of where children are enrolled. PLEASE NOTE MEAL KITS MAY NOT GO HOME ON THE BUS WITH STUDENTS.

Meal kits will include enough breads, fruits and vegetables, deli meat and cheese, milk and more for meals for one child.

Please sign up here so that we are sure to have enough for everyone who would like to participate. An email confirmation will be sent with pick up details.

SIGN UP will close on WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3rd at midnight. Please sign up soon so that we have enough time to order and pack boxes.

Classroom Highlights - Integrated IV

This week in Integrated IV, students have been working on arithmetic and geometric sequences and series. Today they created a public record that summarized what they had learned this week with some students zooming in from home. Int IV is off to a great start.
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National Honor Society

On December 2, in a virtual Zoom ceremony, the following students were inducted into the National Honor Society. While the ceremony lacked the music, gowns, candles, and cake of previous years, it was no less meaningful. The presentation can be viewed here. Congratulations to all the inductees!

Class of 2021 Inductees:

  • Rebekah Duprey
  • Emalie Gernander
  • Emma Jackman
  • Jordan Norris
  • Gabe Praamsma

Class of 2022 Inductees:

  • Olivia Brooks
  • Alisdair Chauvin
  • Ila Collette
  • Allison Croke
  • Mykenzie Duffy
  • Kaitlyn Little
  • Clarinda McAllister
  • Ryley Olsen

News From the School Counseling Office

Course registration documents for 21-22 can be found HERE. Please note that the deadline for course registration forms is Friday, February 3.

21-22 School Choice information including the application can be found HERE. Applications must be received by the school counseling office by Monday, March 1.

Summer Programs 2021

It’s not too early to be making plans for summer. The school counseling office will receive a variety of summer opportunities over the next several months. Click here to access a list of these opportunities for students currently in grades 7-12. We are not specifically endorsing any of these programs (because we are not familiar with all of them) and encourage you to further research any in which your student might be interested. As we receive additional program information, we’ll add it to this document, so check back weekly.

FUSION After School Programs

Unfortunately, we have had to cancel the virtual cooking class, babysitting class, and the outdoor games sessions due to low enrollment. Hopefully, with better weather, we will be offering these same classes in the Spring. We are still running the learning labs. If there are activities your students would like to see offered, please let Sharon Mallory know at