School Newsletter

Quarter II - 2020


Academic Planning

Our mission at Spaulding High School is to prepare students for success in an ever-changing world.

In the following weeks, students will have the opportunity to plan out their coursework for the 2020-2021 school year with their school counselors.

In response to this, we encourage students to maximize their learning experiences and spend time with their parents/guardians by examining the Program of Studies to determine which courses and/or programs best support their college/career pathway.

The schedule for each class is listed below:

Class of 2021 - Starting the week February 18th & March 4th

Class of 2022 - Starting the week of March 9th

Class of 2023 - Starting the week of March 16th

Class of 2024 - Barre City - March 23rd & 24th / Barre Town - March 25th & 26th

Parents are welcome to join in that discussion and schedule a meeting with their student's school counselor by calling the School Counseling Office at 476-6411.

SAVE the DATE: Town Meeting

Tuesday, March 3rd, 7am

Barre, VT, USA

Barre, VT

To watch the latest video that highlights our community, please click on the link below:



SAVE the DATE: Girls Ice Hockey - Quarterfinals

Tuesday, March 3rd, 5:30pm

16 Auditorium Hill

Barre, VT

Join Tide Ladies as they continue their mission during playoff season.


Interact Club: Teaching Service Above Self — One Breakfast at a Time

For the past semester English teacher, Ms. Sam Loesch has been helping students develop leadership skills through community service projects. One of those projects is pictured above as students prepare community breakfasts at local churches.

As advisor to the Interact Club, the Rotary International Service Club for teens, Ms. Loesch sees her students at their best.

“I'm so proud of my students,” she said, “because even though they're occasionally 'bleary eyed' in the morning, they are experiencing something that is transformative. And usually they report feeling invigorated by starting their morning off by doing something good."

Ms. Loesch cites freshman newcomer, Jacob Huckins as being a beacon of light this semester,” she says. “He is kind, loyal, and above all, leads by example. He truly understands the benefits of helping his community.”

She also praises junior, Camden Kelley. “Camden is an incredible leader who embodies the core values of Interact,” says Ms. Loesch. “She's incredibly organized and has a caring heart. She wants to collaborate with others, she wants to seek out creative ways to help, and she wants to be inclusive.”

Ms. Loesch added, “Like many Rotarians, our Interact students possess the willingness to serve and help others in order to make our community a better place.”

Save the Date: Post Secondary Night

Tuesday, March 10th, 6:30pm

155 Ayers Street

Barre, VT

We believe having a plan for life after high school helps you achieve your dreams and life

goals. This includes not only college options, but trainings, apprenticeships, employment, and/or military.

Join us in the School Gymnasium and learn about what options you have in high school and post-secondary, so you are prepared for making your plan (and living the life you want)!

At this event, you can explore

 Flexible Pathways in High School

 2- and 4- year College Options

 Training and Apprenticeships

 Military and Service Opportunities post High School

 Conversations with your family about future planning!

For more information contact Ry Hoffman at or Margo Austin at


Tide Pool: Helping Students Learn to Swim — Academically

Upon hearing the words, Tide Pool, some people may reminisce about summer days in the pool or learning how to tread water lightly.

However, for our students, Tide Pool has become the true aquatic center much needed for our community, so students can grow academically and personally.

Why you ask? because Tide Pool houses a number of academic and personal supports.

Staffed by teachers, it is open from 7:35am to 3:05pm each school day. Students can self-refer as they need assistance, or can be sent by teachers, school counselors or other staff. Services provided include academic assistance in subject areas like Math, Science, English, & Social Studies and proficiency support.

According to Kendra Tabor, Class of 2023, Mrs. Benoit & Mr. Willis are her "lifeguards" because they have been extremely helpful in terms of academic support. They are able to sit down with students one on one by explaining concepts in a way that students can understand better.

As she noted with a warm smile on her face, "I just love those guys! They have provided a peaceful space where I can learn and feel supported."

Like lifeguards who take their roles seriously, Mrs. Benoit & Mr. Willis respond quickly and intelligently to a problem. They are able to communicate with other teachers and students within the building effectively and they take their roles seriously because they care about students.

This is evident in 3,500 student visits (or “laps”) last semester documented by Mr. Willis. He observes, “students are coming back, they are taking a chance and going for it," knowing Tide Pool is available to them.

Clearly students are not treading water lightly, but instead diving head first into safe waters.


Hockey Frosh Highlights

Both the boys and girls hockey teams had gratifying regular seasons as the play-offs loom. The boys jumped out to a 7-1-1 start and settled for a 10-win season. With a final record of 10-8-1, the Tide boys are ranked fifth in Division I.

The girls, 19-0, became the first girls hockey team in Vermont history to go undefeated through the regular season. The Tide girls are the No. 1 seed in the D-II play-offs.

We asked some of the Fab Frosh players on the teams to recall their top three personal highlights of their first season.

Rebecca McKelvey: 1. Scoring two goals to tie our game in the third period against Harwood to lead to OT. 2. When Elise Atwood scored her first high school hockey goal against Hartford. 3. Winning the Middlebury tournament against the home team, Middlebury, in OT.

Cami Bell: 1. Winning our first game this year against Harwood. I knew at that moment that this year's team would be something special. That has proved itself this season. 2. Winning against Middlebury and winning the tournament. They're a big D-I team, just having the feeling that we accomplished something huge. For ourselves and our hometown. 3. The OT win against Harwood. There was a lot of tension between our teams. The crowd was huge. To think about the Barre community coming to support us was just awesome. I think that win made us stronger as a team.

Kieran McNamara: Looking back at the season I would say some things that stand out were games when our team really came together to pull something off. I look at our third game of the season against BFA and how we scored a big power play goal early in the game and had to defend that lead for the rest of the game. In the locker room between periods we were all fired up and it was fun to watch the team come together and win a crucial early season game.

Tyler Boutin: 1. Dressing for my first game. 2. Getting my first shift. 3. Going out for my second shift right after. -Jim Higgins

SAVE the DATE: Parent Conferences

Thursday, March 19th, 12:30-7pm

155 Ayers Street

Barre, VT

The Pick-A-Time Parent Portal will be open on Wednesday, March 4th, so please see school website to begin scheduling a time, along with the latest mailing with specific information on how to login.

If you would like to schedule a conference with a teacher or with a counselor before then, please contact them directly to schedule a time.


Good Luck, Tide Ladies!

The entire Spaulding High School community is incredibly proud of your accomplishment earning a perfect regular season record. First ever in the history of Vermont hockey!

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Robert Burdett Award - Quarter II

The Robert M. Burdett Memorial Award was named after Robert M. Burdett, a former assistant principal and principal at Spaulding High School (1971-1979).

It is presented to students who contribute to the positive atmosphere of the school based on their regular attendance, friendly demeanor, cooperative behavior and earnest desire to do their best.

Mr. Burdett was known to be a champion of the “unsung hero,” and this recognition continues to honor the good citizens of the student body. Mr. Burdett believed, as we do, that this core of earnest, hardworking students form the backbone of Spaulding High School and that they will become, in time, the nucleus of their communities and of our country.

The award is based on nominations from teachers and staff at Spaulding High School based upon several categories: Unsung Hero, Good Citizen, Exceptional Perseverance/Resilience and Exceptional Growth/Improvement.

The following are recipients for Quarter II:

Zane Arthur, Teagan Atkins-Leslie, Tasia Avery, Anna Bailey, Nicholas Barcomb, Francesca Barney, Chesnee Barney, Lillian Beun, Katherine Blakely, Emma Boulanger, Alan Burnor ,Dante Carrasco, Kayla Clouse, Ethan Codling ,Kailey Craig, Steven Derouchie, Jaidyn Deyo, Emily Dion, Annie Duprey, Maggie Duprey, Matthew Durgin, Dylan Dusablon, Destini Feccia, Allyson Felch, Camryn Fewer, Sage Frost, Abigail Geno, Lyndsey Giroux,, Myria-Ann Guyette, Madison Henderson, Zoey Henry, Alexis Huckins, Claire Isabelle, Aliyah Jewett, Sage Johnson, Hailey LaFaille, Jacob Lamphere, Alyssa Larivee, Autumn Lewis, Briona Litchfield, Kaden Luster, Riley Madison, Taite Magoon, Anna Mayo, Raymond McCuen, Emily Morris, Kaiden Morse, Conner Neddo, Mason Otis, Lillian Parker, Madison Pembroke, Nicholas Pierce, Ezme Quittner, Samantha Reed, Mykala Rieder, Nathan Romeo, Devon Surprenant, Brian Sweeney, Matthew Tacey, Natalie Taylor, Jennah Thompson, Ariana Thurber, Richard Torre, Seaaira Turner, Abigail Violette, Taylor Wheatley, Carson White, & Justice Womers

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SAVE the DATE: Drama Club presents Mamma Mia

Thursday, April 2nd, 7pm

155 Ayers Street

Barre, VT

For more information regarding times and tickets, please feel free to reach out to Sue Brennan at