Ghost Update

October 12, 2021

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Environmental Science Gets Outside!

Above, Environmental Science student Avi Wheeler measures the diameter of a tree, as part of a study into how much carbon our local forests sequester from the atmosphere.

Dear RU Families,

We have made it to the middle of October! This coming weekend we will celebrate our school and our athletes and drama is gearing up for a production of Annie! We hope that you have scheduled your student's SLC and that we will see many of you in the building or in screens tomorrow. If you have not scheduled a conference yet, please reach out.


Sincerely,

Lisa and Caty

Ghost Pride Events

This Friday we will be hosting a bonfire at 7:00 PM behind the high school! Please join us.


Wednesday, October 13 there will be a Sport's Boosters meeting at 6:30 via Google Meet - more volunteers are needed to support our student athletes. Please email our Co-Curricular Director, Ben Diller, if you need the link (bdiller@orangesouthwest.org)


This week in Ghost Nation the following is happening in Randolph;

- Tuesday: MS Girls vs. Barre Town at 4:00

- Tuesday: MS Boys vs. Barre Town at 5:00

- Wednesday: Varsity Girls vs. Lyndon Institute at 4:00

- Saturday: Varsity Girls vs. People’s Academy @ 12:00

- Saturday: Varsity Boys vs. Lamollie Union @ 2:00

Student Led Conferences: October 13

We have Schoology, our new Learning Management System set up for teachers to access and they have been busily entering grades. The family portal will be accessible soon, and we will send out links, and communicate the best ways to get training from us, in terms of how to access grades. For now, know that teachers will be in communication if your student is struggling, and you should always reach out to us if you have concerns.

Opportunities for Juniors and Seniors

PSAT at RU

October 26th 8-12pm, RUHS Middle School Gym

We will be holding the school day offering of the PSAT on Oct. 26th, 8:00am until 11:45am. There is still time to sign-up. Although many colleges are still test optional, due to the pandemic, this is still a worthwhile opportunity to have a practice run for the SAT. If you have signed up to take the PSAT, during advisory on Friday, 10/15, we will have breakout groups to discuss navigating the test and overall preparatory recommendations. If you would like to familiarize yourself in advance, these are links to test preparation sites below.


NEACAC

NEACAC College Fair, St. Michaels College, Oct. 12th

The NEACAC college fair is going to be in-person this fall. This year it will take place on October 12th at St. MIchael's College (more details can be found in the post from earlier this week). To attend in-person, you must register. You can register by clicking on this link. As there is no school, this will be an on your own event. It is also possible to attend virtually at any time. This is typically the college fair that seniors attend, however, if you are able to go, take advantage of this opportunity. In the Spring, we will be attending the annual college fair that is held at NU/VTC.


College Admissions Workshop

Middlebury College is sponsoring/presenting a “College Admissions Workshop for Vermonters.” The date of the event is Thursday, October 14 from 7 until 8 pm. The link for students/families to register is here. Admission directors from Champlain, UVM and St. Michael's will serve as key presenters, along with Sarah Soule, postsecondary planning counselor from Middlebury UHS and a VSAC counselor.


Upcoming College Admission Visits

University of New England: Friday, 10/15, 1pm, Student Services

Northern Vermont University: Monday, 10/18, 1pm, Student Services

Champlain College: Tuesday, 10/19, 1pm, Student Services

University of Southern Maine: Monday, 10/25, 1pm, Student Services


Academic Spotlight: Flexible Pathways

VAST, Early College (CCV, Norwich), and Tech & Career Education

In addition to the array of classes that students can take at Randolph Union, we also have students who choose different pathways, particularly in their junior and senior years of high school. In addition the the Independent Learning opportunities and Project Based Learning opportunities, as well as Advanced Placement options at RU, we also collaborate with other entities, such as the Randolph Technical Career Center and the Burlington Technical Center to make sure our students are able to take advantage of the flexible pathways available to them. Please reach out to school counselors Bev Taft or Kara Merrill for more information. (btaft@orangesouthwest.org or kmerrill@orangesouthwest.org)
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Pictured above, RU seniors Emma Rogers and Levi West study at Norwich University, where they are completing their final year of high school and freshman year of college concurrently.
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Junior, Axel Grady, above, who is attending the Burlington Technical Center, poses with an engine that he is working on.

Kimball Public Library Needs Students to Help them Help the Community

Saturday, Oct. 23rd, 1:30pm

67 North Main Street

Randolph, VT

the Kimball Public Library is asking for students to join them in a conversation around how to help youth in our community feel valued. Participants receive a $25 gift certificate to a local business of their choice! Please join the librarians and make your voice heard. Adults are also welcome to join this conversation.

Teen Time at Motio Rec

Friday evenings will be be free for teens thanks to the generosity of Motio's sponsors. Events will be happening from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Corn hole, ping-pong, tug of war, bocce, yardzee, and dodge ball are just a few of the optional activities available. Please see the Motio Rec website for more information. Open to students ages 12 and up.

Contact Us!

We appreciate hearing from all of you. It's useful to hear your feedback when you have a concern, and when you see or hear something that you think is worth celebrating. Please reach out!


Caty Sutton - csutton@orangesouthwest.org

Lisa Floyd - lfloyd@orangesouthwest.org


Co-Principals