E-News May 10, 2021

Vergennes Union High School

Returning to Full Time

Dear Middle and High School Families,

We are happy to report that no new cases of COVID-19 have been identified this week. We believe conditions are favorable to return to full in-person learning according to the schedule we shared previously (see below). We are able to comply with the updated health and safety guidelines even with more students in the building however we know you may have questions about the specifics. We have assembled some answers to questions you may have about our return and have added them below. Please know, this is not a decision we take lightly and we have proceeded with as much caution as possible as we closely monitor what is happening at the local level and we won’t hesitate to make a change if the situation changes.


Please note that next Wednesday, May 12, is a remote day for all students to give teachers an opportunity to revise seating or make other adjustments to accommodate increased class sizes.


Middle and High School Return Schedule

Vaccine Updates

VACCINE UPDATES


Please don’t forget students ages 16+ are eligible to receive their COVID-19 vaccine. If you have not done so already, please make an appointment for your child as soon as possible. Appointments can also be made through your local pharmacies. *16 and 17 year olds will need parental consent to register. This opportunity may soon be extended for children as young as 12.


Appointments through the Vermont Department of Health

  1. Here is the link to link to register through the DOH. Please watch this Video for registering and making appointments

  2. After you register, you can make an appointment. Students who are under 18 may need to register under their parents. How to add a dependent video


Appointments through pharmacies

Kinney Drug

CVS

Walgreens


Appointments by phone

Call Center Hours

Monday - Friday, 8:15 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

855-722-7878

ANWSD MAUSD Merger Study Commitee Invitation

To the Residents of the Waltham, Panton, Addison, Vergennes and Ferrisburgh,

Over the last 20 years, our school district has seen our school age population shrink by -35% and we will lose another -10% of our total student attendance into the future. These declines result in decreased revenues and that decrease places enormous pressure on our capacity to maintain excellent educational programs for all of our students at a cost acceptable to our taxpayers.

Due to continued declining student population and the resulting decreased revenue across the schools of Addison County, the school boards of Addison Northwest School District and Mount Abraham Unified Union School have agreed to form a Merger Study Committee (per 16 VSA §706) to analyze the advisability of forming a Union School District. The Committee’s work ideally will be completed within a timeframe that will allow a vote on a proposed plan by Town Meeting Day 2022.

To form this committee, the School Boards encourage community members who have the time, interest and commitment to be part of this work. If you are willing to serve in this capacity, please contact us. Meetings will most likely be held one to two times a month between late June 2021 and January 2022, though the final meeting schedule will be determined by the Committee once formed.

All interested community members from any of the ANWSD five-towns are asked to send a letter of interest to the ANWSD Board Chair, John Stroup jstroup@anwsd.org not later than June 1, 2021. Community participants will be appointed at a respective School Board meeting in the month of June. For further information please contact Chair Stroup or the Superintendent of Schools, Sheila Soule ssoule@anwsd.org.


News From the School Counseling Office

May 7th, 2021

News from VSAC:

Financial Aid and Managing College Costs for Wednesday, May 19 at 6:30 pm

Attention high school juniors & sophomores and their parents/guardians:

Join VSAC Outreach Counselor Carrie Harlow, to learn about financial aid and how to manage the cost of higher education! This event is publicized and geared towards those in the Addison County region, but all are welcome to register and attend! This Zoom event will take place on Wednesday, May 19 at 6:30 pm. Please click here to register.


Seniors:

Please continue to check your emails on a daily basis so that you can see all of the opportunities that may be headed your way.


UVM Summer Program


Virtual College Information

Sunday, May 16th from 1-3:00 pm EST

There are over 180 colleges that are registered to participate in the program. Registration for students and school counselors is required, but FREE!

To register and for helpful resources, please visit: https://www.neacac.org/virtual-spring-college-fair-student---school-counselor-registration-2021. We recommend registering ahead of the LIVE events. The booths will also be available through May 31, 2021. Please feel free to use the attached social media image and NEACAC letter to market these college fairs to your students.


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AP testing information for students taking AP exams


All testing will be done in the auditorium at Vergennes Union High School. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to your test.


Please note that cell phones and/or electronic devices are not permitted in the AP testing room. It is advised that students do not bring these items to testing. We will be collecting all cell phones and electronic devices before testing starts. Phones and electronics will be returned to students at the completion of the test.


  • Tuesday, May 4 - Calculus AB
  • Thursday, May 6 - US History
  • Wednesday, May 12 - Language & Composition
  • Friday, May 14 - Biology


All tests run 8:00am - 12:00pm


Please contact Ashlee Monk if you have any questions, amonk@anwsd.org or 802-471-2301

Classroom Highlights - Modern Citizenship

Students in Modern Citizenship have been learning about the Judicial Branch and analyzing several Supreme Court cases. They honed their debating skills in a court simulation and worked together in teams to find strong, credible evidence to support their respective positions. They debated self-selected topics from abortion to capital punishment. Both teams did so well they needed the Chief Justice to cast the tie-breaking vote. Can you guess who won?

News From PAHCC - A.R.T Presents

Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play will be presented LIVE! May 13-15 and May 20-22 at 6:45 each night. Tickets must be reserved in advance; audiences will be limited in size and socially distanced. There will be no charge for tickets, but donations are encouraged. The performance will happen outside behind the career center near the greenhouse. Please park in the parking lot and walk around to the back of the building.


Set in the near future after a cataclysmic event, Mr. Burns imagines the nature of storytelling and how today's pop culture may inspire the myths and legends of tomorrow. Please note that the subject matter may not be suitable for young children. The show runs for approximately two hours.


Please call 382-1036 or visit https://addisonrep.ludus.com/10890 for reservations.

Awards and Accolades: VT History Day

Since January several of our 5-9th grade students have participated in VT History Day. They researched a topic related to the theme of "Communication in History." The students presented their research in different formats: exhibits, documentaries, papers, or websites. These students worked with Josh Brooks and Rebecca Coffey after school through the Fusion program.


Our participants from the middle school were: Jing Williams and Sophia Johnson, and from the high school: MacKenzie Flint. We had two award-winning entries:


  • Myrrh Pitkin (3rd place, junior division research paper): "Helen Keller: Who she was, what she said, and how she should be remembered"
  • Quincy Sabick (3rd place, junior individual website): The Underground Railroad: On the Tracks to Freedom


See the picture below for the whole group from the awards presentation.

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