E-News March 15, 2021

Vergennes Union High School

ANWSD Climate Survey

Dear Parents/Guardians:

We want to hear about your experience with your student’s education. We invite you to participate in completing the School Climate Survey. This survey includes questions about your student’s learning, school safety, and interpersonal relationships, as well as your attitudes about the institutional environment. Your responses will be very helpful in improving student relationships, learning conditions, and the overall school environment.

Beginning Monday, March 15, 2021, we invite all parents, guardians, and caretakers to complete this survey for our school. The survey is completely anonymous and brief; it contains 15 questions and takes about 5 minutes to complete. You can take the survey online by using the unique school link below. (If you cannot access this online survey, please pick up a paper copy in your school office, complete it, and leave it in the box designated for that purpose.) Please submit your responses by Monday, March 22, 2021.

All your responses are completely anonymous. We have no way to connect you to your answers, and results will only be reported as group responses. There are no right or wrong answers. We just want to know about your personal experiences.

As you respond to each item, think about your own personal experiences as a parent, caregiver, or guardian at your student’s school. Please answer all of the questions, or your answers won’t be recorded. We hope you will take the time to provide us with this valuable information.

Each school’s total survey results will be used to inform and develop appropriate strategies, procedures, and/or programs to enhance our school climate.

The link to complete the survey is

High School Level Students Grades 9-12

Middle School Level Students Grades 7-8

Thank you for your time and participation!

Student Highlights

Hannah Kelly has been chosen to represent Vermont in the 46th Lions Twin State Soccer game on July 17. Only 24 players from VT are selected to play. She will join other students from Vermont to play against seniors representing New Hampshire. The Lions Twin State Soccer Association is a non-profit organization devoted to the celebration of athletic achievement while promoting fellowship through combined charitable acts and interpersonal relations. The net proceeds from the games benefit the Green Mountain Lions Camp for hearing impaired children and the Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation of New Hampshire that provides assistance for those needing hearing aids and eye surgeries. Both the boys and the girls matches are planned to be held at Hanover High School in Hanover, New Hampshire. We hope to see you there!

Classroom Highlights - Drivers Education

It has been extremely challenging to operate a Driver Education program since the beginning of the pandemic, but I feel we have made great progress and will continue to do so as things return to normal.

According to the Rutland Herald (March 11, 2021) traffic crashes are on the rise in Vermont once again due to the pandemic. It is our job to help students become the safest drivers they can be since motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in this country.

I cannot stress enough the importance of driving with your teen on a regular basis under many different conditions. This is especially important after your teen completes the driver education program and is waiting to become eligible to take the Vermont License Exam.

It is my mission to provide the students with the best experience that I possibly can while they are learning how to drive. The process of learning to drive is two-fold. I will help prepare my students to pass their Driver's exam but more importantly, I will provide them with safe habits that will help keep them safe on our highways throughout their lives. One of the best tools we have in helping our teens be safe is to set the example by demonstrating safe driving habits. Seat belts save lives, it is simple. We as adults set the example that our children will follow.

During the pandemic, I became a third-party tester for DMV and can administer license exams right at VUHS. Most exams are scheduled for after-school times based on my availability.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to help you give your children the skills needed to become the safest drivers they can become.

Rod Hull

VUHS Driver Education

News From the School Counseling Office

Grade 11 Information Evening: We are excited to offer an information session on the night of March 16th, for rising grade 12 students and their parents. This is a great time to learn more about your post-secondary options, and have a chance to ask your counselor questions about your own process towards graduation and beyond. The Zoom link for this event was sent in an email to parents of the class of 2022. Email Abby Ruble at aruble@anwsd.org if you need the link shared again.

Six of the nation's top liberal arts collegesAmherst, Bowdoin, Carleton, Pomona, Swarthmore, and Williams—are joining forces to host two events.

We're also hosting two events for juniors and their families to help answer questions about the college search process. Students register here

  • Junior Jumpstart - April 20 at 8 pm EDT or April 22 at 8 pm EDT
  • Navigating and Belonging: A Special Session for First-Generation and Low-Income Students - May 24 at 8 pm EDT or May 26 at 8 pm EDT

We know that everyone is spending a lot of time on Zoom these days, but we hope you’ll join us.

If you are interested in taking the ASVAB, please let your counselor know.

Check the school counseling page on the VUHS website often for other news and announcements. https://www.vuhs.org/school-counseling.php?