Hark! the Herald

Friday, May 22, 2020

Wishing you all a beautiful Memorial Day Weekend...

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May we always remember and honor the brave men and women who served and died in the name of our great country.

Important Information for the end of the school year

  • No new work will be sent home after Friday, May 29th. Students should use the remaining time to complete any unfinished work, or return corrected work for reconsideration.

  • All work must be turned in NO LATER THAN 3pm on Tuesday, June 9th. This will allow teachers sufficient time to review all work and enter grades for report cards.

  • Report cards will be emailed home again, just as we did with progress reports.

  • All outstanding bills should be paid in full by the close of the school year on Friday June 12th. If you have an auto-payment scheduled to come out in FACTS later in the month, there is no need to worry about that. This is for anything outside of your normal tuition payment schedule.

  • Please plan to stop by the school sometime before the end of the year to collect your students belongings and empty out their lockers. We strongly suggest you call the school before you drive out here, just to make certain that someone will be here to let you in. The last day to collect items will be Tuesday, June 9th, along with the handing in of any final student work.
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Congratulations to our Seniors!

With schools closed and high school seniors navigating how to finish out their senior year in a meaningful way, Saint Michael School was able to celebrate our seniors, offering them one final academic challenge.

Today, Saint Michael Catholic School seniors observed an annual rite of passage - the senior thesis defense. The senior thesis is a year-long research project conducted by SMS seniors and is a capstone to the school’s classical liberal arts program.

In the Fall students select a research topic in an area of interest and formulate a trial thesis statement, which articulates an opinion on the topic. Since SMS uses Socratic dialogue - a conversation based instruction method - topics often originate from classroom discussions they have had in the high school’s Great Books program. In the months that follow, students conduct research - readings, interviews, observations and experiments - to substantiate their theses. They are aided in the process by a faculty advisor, chosen by the student, who serves as a mentor, a sounding board, against which the student can test his theories.

By early Spring, students have refined their ideas in light of their research and begun to compose the arguments they will make in support of their thesis. In May, students submit their written documents and prepare to defend their theses orally before a panel of the faculty members.

Today brought about the culmination of a year's worth of planning, research, and persuasive writing. During the defense, faculty members ask probing questions that challenge the student to articulate his or her ideas in the face of critical analysis. This experience prepares them for the college and job interviews that inevitably await them in the months ahead. The senior defense provides the forum in which the student can take full possession of his education and marks a rite of passage to the adult community of learners.

Congratulations to our seniors for surviving the gauntlet! You DID IT!

Next week! Check out this amazing opportunity here for those in need of some food assistance.

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We are excited to be able to offer our families summer camp this year!

Following Governor Scott's guidelines for reopening, space will be limited each week. So if you are one who will NEED camp as a form of childcare, please contact me ASAP.

For children age 3-5, we are still offering our Preschool Summer Camp with weekly themes and a schedule that supports play, learning, and rest time appropriate for preschool aged children. If you are unsure if you have signed up already, feel free to ask.

For children age 6-13, we have decided to offer a weekly Youth Summer Camp as well, in response to need for childcare from essential workers. Youth Camp is designed with older students in mind to include hiking, awesome science and art activities, week long project builds such as an escape room, academic support, and chapter book reading as groups in the afternoon, etc.

Please contact Lindsay O'Neil for details and a registration form if you are interested at lindsayoneil@smsvt.info.

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SMS presents: The Matchmaker

As you recall, we had Alfred New generously step in at the last minute to record the production for us. We knew that many of our families would not be able to attend the performance so we hope you will enjoy the recording below!

Thank you, Al!!! You are such a blessing to our community!

Acts 1&2:


Acts 3&4:


And Here is a link to our Facebook album of photos from the production.

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All of you are doing a wonderful job... one week to go!!!

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Private Music Lessons are Still Available

Hi Parents!

Are you looking for extra activities for your kids? Do you have more than one child and need some time to focus on one child while keeping the other child busy? Why not have them try piano lessons?

All lessons are offered online, via Skype, Facebook Messenger chat or other video call apps. All you need is a phone, tablet or computer and a keyboard/piano. You'll get immediate feedback from me about your child's progress after the lesson is over.

My rate is reasonable and competitive. Of course, if you're a parent and you're interested, I would be happy to teach you too. I will continue to offer the online option after the current Covid-19 situation resolves.

Please give me a call at 802-251-0644 or an email at breton@stmichaelvt.com if you're interested.

Breton Abbondanzio

SMS Music Teacher

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