E-News: April 1, 2022

Vergennes Union High School

REMINDER- Next Wednesday April 6 is an Early Release Day!

Student Board Members Appointed

Congratulations to Zoe Reid-St John and Cavin Gramling for their appointment as Student School Board Representatives. As student representatives, they will represent the entire student body by working to gather information, solicit input from a wide variety of classmates, and act as communication liaisons between the board and the student body. Board members Keith Morrill and Kirsten De La Cruz and ANWSD Admin Monica Desrochers will support these students in developing their leadership capacity to fill this role.

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.

Magic Show Redux

Not a fan of card tricks? We have more.... wait until next ERD day April 6th to be amazed!
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School Counseling News

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.

Final Reminder for Local Scholarships and cash awards for Seniors

Reminder for seniors that the local scholarship and awards deadline is approaching. Applications, a PDF version of the scholarship booklet and instruction sheet are available - click here to access this information. Deadline for all these applications is on or before 3:15 pm, Wednesday, April 6th. If there are any questions, please check in with your school counselor (Ms. Monk or Ms. Oliveira) or Mrs. Vincent.

There are also many other scholarships available on the school counseling website under Quicklinks, Scholarships currently available for application

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.

SBACs are Coming!

Dear VUMHS Students and Families,

This spring our school will join thousands of schools across the United States in administration of Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBAC). The SBAC tests are designed for students in grades 3 - 9 and 11, and will measure achievement in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science. The Math and English Language Arts SBAC will be administered to 7, 8, and 9th grade students between April 4th and April 8th. The science SBAC will be administered to grades 8 & 11 on May 11th and 12th.

The Smarter Balanced tests are not timed. This test will be spread out across several days in order to decrease the effects of test fatigue.

The tests employ a variety of innovations, including the following:

  • a secure online assessment system that includes a variety of tools and questions that are computer adapted in accordance with your child’s performance on test items

  • an array of embedded accessibility tools for special populations with features such as read aloud, color choices, expandable reading passages, key word glossaries, and more

To learn more about Smarter Balanced, log on to the VT Smarter Balanced Assessment Portal to find additional information for families, as well as practice tests that will allow you to try out sample test items like those your child will experience. Here is the link: https://vt.portal.cambiumast.com/students.html

Vermont’s test delivery system uses state of the art security features to protect our students’ privacy, and we adhere to all federal and state confidentiality regulations, including but not limited to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

How can families help?

Please work with your students to ensure that they have had ample rest prior to their testing days. Students will need to use a school issued chromebook so please have them charge their devices and bring their power cord. If they don’t have a school-issued device they will need to check one out from the tech department. Also remind your students to bring water bottles and their headphones if they have them (we will have extras on hand if they don’t). Please also ensure that your student arrives at school on time, as teachers are working to support students in their morning transition to make testing as enjoyable as possible!

Thank you!

Tuck Everlasting the Musical

Winnie Foster (age 11) yearns for a life of adventure, but when she becomes unexpectedly entwined with the magical Tuck Family, she gets more than she could have imagined. Many children read Tuck Everlasting as part of their school curriculum, and we want to invite them to see it come to life on the stage. For more about the show, visit http://www.middleburycommunityplayers.org/

Middlebury Community Players

Tuck Everlasting The Musical. Book by Claudia Shear and Tim Federle Music by Chris Miller Lyrics by Nathan Tysen Based on the novel Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt. Tuck Everlasting is a musical based on the 1975 American children’s novel Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt. Adapted for the stage by Claudia Shear and Tim Federle, it features a soaring score from Chris Miller and Nathan ...


This book has been read by many ANWSD students. This is an opportunity to see a book come to life, with peers in some of the roles. Seeing live theater (singing, dancing, acting) is an experience of which we wish to make all families aware. This was a very well received musical on Broadway and across the country in community theater productions, and we are excited to bring it to Middlebury. We will offer discounted group sales to make the tickets more affordable.

The show will be performed April 14 through 16 at Middlebury's Town Hall Theater. Shows are at 7:30 pm each evening, with a Saturday matinee at 2 pm at Middlebury's Town Hall Theater.

Online Film Screening- "Like"

Wednesday, April 6th, 7pm

This is an online event.

April 6 – "Like", explores the impact of social media on our lives and the impact of technology on our brains.

Click here to watch the trailer or register here for CSAC's virtual viewing and panel discussion.

Save the date: May 4th 7pm– "Upstanders", which explores strategies to overcome cyberbullying. Click here to watch the trailer. Stay tuned for registration details of "Upstanders".

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2022 Rotary Youth Leadership Award Conference Rotary District 7850 - Northern NH, VT, & Quebec

Challenge Yourself, Meet new people, get involved.

WHO: Students completing sophomore year this June.

WHEN: 8:00 a.m. Friday morning, June 24, 2022 to 1:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon, June 26, 2022

WHERE: Northern University - Lyndon campus, Lyndonville, Vermont

TO APPLY: Application is available from your MM teacher

Deadline for the application is Tuesday March 22 by 3pm.

Class of 2024 start your summer off attending a Leadership Conference!

The Vergennes Rotary will sponsor two members from the class of 2024 to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Conference (RYLA) at NVU on June 24-26, 2022. Information will be distributed to all sophomores through morning meetings. Any student interested in attending needs to submit their application by Tuesday March 22 at 3 pm. Students must be available on those days in June and have transportation; they are not allowed to drive themselves. This unique opportunity brings young people from VT, NH, and Quebec together to share, evolve and learn to be more effective and self-confident leaders in their schools, teams, communities, and other facets of everyday life. The most recent participant was Parker Kayhart and it was a virtual conference. This year is in person but must follow the college’s covid requirements.

What is RYLA?

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an international program that was created by Rotary International to encourage strong leadership in youth. Young people chosen for their leadership potential attend an all-expenses-paid camp to develop and enhance leadership skills through activities conducted in an atmosphere of trust and respect.

RYLA strives to teach what it takes to be an effective leader.

Every RYLA includes the following topics:

Fundamentals of leadership
Ethics of positive leadership
Importance of communication skills in effective leadership
Conflict management and problem solving
Building self-esteem and self-confidence
Elements of community and global citizenship
Rotary's purpose of service to the community and world


All VT Secondary students in any discipline can enter the 14th annual Entrepreneurship Business Plan/Model Canvas or Business Video Pitch contest now! Students have a chance to demonstrate a variety of skills to take their idea from inception to a business model plan or business video pitch. The experience of competing in these contests can be awe-inspiring on a student’s resume, application for employment, or post-secondary education! Submissions due – May 2nd. Click here to view requirements: https://www.vtsbdc.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/14th-Annual-Student-Bus-Entrepreneurship-Competitions.pdf

Contact: Laurel Butler – lbutler@vtsbdc.org or (802)922-3692 - Vermont Small Business Development Center

For more programs for students & educators: https://www.vtsbdc.org/specialty-services/youth-entrepreneurship/

Applications Open for AgroTek Innovation Academies

This new program is a free, week-long summer science opportunity at UVM for teens, offered by UVM College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and UVM Extension/4-H. Anyone currently in Grade 7-12 and with an interest in biotechnology is encouraged to apply, especially youths from groups underrepresented in agriculture and science. Two academies - "Culturing Cells for Healthier Soils" and "Shifting the Waste to Value Paradigm" - will be held concurrently on the University of Vermont (UVM) campus from June 26 to July 1, 2022, including lab time, field trips and mentoring. Participants will return to campus on August 5, 2022, for an Innovation Slam, a pitch-style competition to share outreach projects demonstrating what they learned. Applications are due by April 1, 2022. Visit the UVM Extension 4-H and Youth website to learn more and to apply.

Contact: Sarah Kleinman at mailto:sarah.kleinman@uvm.edu

VUHS Food Service - Lunch Menu

You'll find the lunch menu linked here. More information about the ANWSD and MAUSD collaborative food service is available through the school website under services.