VUHS E-News February 8, 2021

Vergennes Union High School

COVID News - ANWSD Update

We ended the week with one COVID-19 case at AWE which resulted in the need for that school community to enter into a period of remote instruction through Thursday, February 11. Like the last situation, this case appears to also be an isolated positive case stemming from community exposure, however, due to the nature of that particular program, most everyone fell into the "close contact" category necessitating the shift to remote learning. As always, school administrators spoke directly with every family or staff member impacted by this situation and we will do what is necessary to support our students and families during this period of remote learning. We also had an isolated positive case at VUHS in which the individual had no close contacts in the school community.

On a positive note, the Governor announced a return to competition for school sports beginning next Friday, with certain restrictions and parameters in place. See the message from our athletic director, Pete Maneen, below.

We hope we can continue to keep students and staff safe with our protective measures. Please be safe this weekend. We hope not to have a community outbreak as a result of an increase in gatherings.

Athletics News - Games Can Resume!

As many of you know, the governor has moved athletics to phase III beginning Friday, February 12th. Phase III allows for games to be played between Vermont schools. All schedules are posted online,, which is the best place to look for the most up-to-date information on game status. Please note that no spectators will be allowed at any contests per state regulations. All Vergennes home games will be live streamed via the NFHS Network. Here is a direct link to the Vergennes page.

Also attached are the Athletic Operations & Procedures for Basketball Games. I ask that all players and parents review these ahead of the first games.

While this is an exciting time for our winter athletes, now is not the time to let up on the precautions that got us to this point. Please be sure to continue to follow all safety procedures so that our students can have the best winter season possible. Mask up and stay safe!

Thank you and Go Commodores!

Classroom Highlights - Statistics

The fall semester Statistics class ended their learning with projects dealing with topics relevant to them. The topics included:

How VUHS students feel about the PLP process & format, Student feedback on the Hybrid Model at VUHS, The impact Covid-19 has had on our school, How well our school is composting & recycling, and How the mandates impacted Covid-19 in our state and nationally.

The students were assessed through the Transferable skill for Inquiry on asking questions, gathering information, analyzing, and drawing conclusions. All of the projects were very informative and interesting.

Classroom Highlights - STEM

The students in the new semester of STEM class have been working on a "warm-up" activity. The instructions are: "Design and construct a simple (or complicated!) structure to hold as many textbooks as possible. You may use only the following materials: One 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of paper, Two paper clips, Four inches of scotch tape, Six toothpicks, One stir stick. The bottom textbook must be held at least two inches off of the table." The attached photos are of a record-setter (upwards of seventy books!) from a couple of years ago, and students working on the challenge this week.

News From the School Counseling Office

Course registration documents for 21-22 can be found HERE. Please send in course registration forms this week. Students without completed enrollment forms will be enrolled in courses according to their graduation requirement needs by their school counselors. There is no guarantee that other courses will be available later.

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.

Check the school counseling page on the VUHS website often for other news and announcements.


Monday, Feb. 8th, 5-6pm

This is an online event.

Got questions about the Career Center? The priority application deadline for the 2021-2022 school year is February 12. (Applications will continue to be received through the first week of school and eligible students will be admitted on a space-available basis.)

On Monday, February 8, 2021, 5 pm – 6 pm, Assistant Director, Jay Stetzel, and School Counseling Coordinator, Ms. Logee, will hold a drop in Google Meet for students and parents to get answers to their questions. If you are interested in attending, please email Ms. Logee ( and the google link will be sent to you. All are welcome.

News from PAHCC

Students are selected by their instructors as outstanding students for the quarter based on their stellar academic performance and a strong commitment to our center-wide Habits of Work (empathy, respect, safety, collaboration, resilience, work ethic, and responsibility). Congratulations to all of our well-deserving students for quarter two of the 2020-2021 school year.

ART Performance - Alex Rice

Conservation Equipment Operation - Hunter Morin

Construction Technology - Jeremiah Moulton

Culinary Arts - Emma Campbell

Design & Illustration - Avery Husk

Diesel Power Technology 1 - Joshua Ramon

Intro to STEM - Spencer White

Mechanical Science - Spencer White

Medical Professions 2 - Tucker Stearns

Sustainable Agriculture 2 - Karrie Ayer

Wildlife Management - Zachary Botala