VUHS E-News December 7, 2020

Vergennes Union High School

School Lunch Isn't What it Used To Be. It's Better And It's Free!

By now you know that all Vermont students aged 18 and younger can eat for FREE under a new child nutrition waiver granted by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the entire school year. Our food service has been working hard to create nutritious and appealing meals while also dealing with the challenges of safe food delivery in a covid environment where we can't use the cafeteria. They are knocking it out of the park! They continue to feature a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, salads, and even a vegetarian option all in a to-go package available at kiosks located near students' classrooms. Even though breakfast, lunch, and a take-home afternoon snack are free to all students, amazingly, the food service is only distributing lunch to around 60% of students each day. In case you wondered what lunch looks like without the benefit of the cafeteria serving line, here are the lunch options available today. Please consider taking advantage of the opportunity for your child to eat both breakfast and lunch at school for free and give the school meal program a try. The monthly menu is available here.

DAR Good Citizen's Award and VT's 2021 Presidential Scholar

Each year a Vergennes Union High School senior is chosen for the DAR Good Citizen’s Award by faculty members nominating three seniors and then the senior class elects one of those three as their Good Citizen. DAR is sponsored by the local Daughters of the American Revolution, Seth Warner-Rhoda Farrand Chapter and is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship. The DAR Good Citizen’s Award recognizes a student that possesses the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism to an outstanding degree. We are proud to announce that the 2021 DAR Good Citizen is Xander DeBlois.


We are also very proud to announce that Xander DeBlois, has been selected as one of Vermont’s 2021 Presidential Scholars, chosen for their outstanding leadership and service to their communities. All students selected at the Vermont level of this program will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) for consideration as a Presidential Scholar at the national level. The DOE will select two students from Vermont to be part of the national recipients. This is indeed an honor and we wish Xander the best of luck in the DOE portion of this program.

Congratulations Xander!

Community Engagement Committee - Our District, Our Future

Tuesday, Dec. 8th, 6:30-8:30pm

This is an online event.

Register in advance for this webinar:

On December 8, 2020 the ANWSD Community Engagement Committee (CEC) will give a presentation which will be pre-recorded (in case the event gets canceled due to COVID) followed by a live session. At the conclusion of the evening, every participant will receive a follow-up survey with questions related to the CEC’s presentation.

The recorded presentation will be in two parts. Part 1 will include an overview of the New England School Development Council (NESDEC) demographic and facility study. The study contains information about demographics, enrollment trends, the District’s facilities, and provides options for consideration for building use within ANWSD as well as shared considerations with MAUSD. Part 2 of the presentation will contain budgetary information related to ANWSD’s fiscal realities and the trajectory we are on.

We will then be live to break out into small groups to answer any clarifying questions and receive feedback on the evening’s presentation. Every attendee will receive a follow-up survey with questions related to the NESDEC study and the long-range district/facilities planning the School Board is working on. You can learn more and read the entire study here:

Hannaford Career Center Outstanding Students - Quarter 1

The following students were recently recognized by their instructors as outstanding students for the quarter based on their stellar academic performance and a strong commitment to PAHCC Habits of Work (empathy, respect, safety, collaboration, resilience, work ethic, and responsibility). Congratulations to all of our well-deserving students for quarter one of the 2020-2021 school year.

Culinary Arts - Nima Mehregan

Conservation Equipment Operation - Chris Therrien

Automotive Technology 101 - Trent Richardson

Civil Engineering & Architecture - Thomas Lawrence

Diesel Power Technology 1 - Joshua Ramon

Intro to STEM - Spencer White

Mechanical Science - Walter Schondube

Medical Professions 2 - Sydney Jewell

Human Services Foundation - Hailey Lynch

Wildlife Management - Jack Chaput

School Counseling Corner

Coming soon, an updated School Counseling page on the school website, but in the meantime, here is the most recent edition of the counseling blog.

News From VSAC

News from the Middle School:

Check out the Middle School counseling page here for some new resources for parents & guardians specifically around social media and whether or not to get your adolescent a phone.

Check out these awesome offerings from the UVM Extension 4-H programs:

  • Virtual Teen Science Cafes: Every Wednesday afternoon from 3:30 - 4:45 pm. You will meet a scientist, learn about their work, explore different science pathways, engage in informal discussions and ask questions. Open to all youth in grades 7-12 in Vermont and beyond; starts September 16 - December 16 and then resume in January 2021. See the attached flyer with the schedule of topics (Flyer, PDF).
  • Babysitting Course: The Youth Babysitting course is designed to help youth in grades 5-8 learn what it takes to be a responsible, caring, trustworthy, competent, capable, and safe babysitter. Learn more here.

New From the High School:

Beginning in December we will begin to roll out SCOIR, which will assist with the college counseling process, and allow for families to work together differently. Grade 11 will be our focus for next semester, and then we will continue to introduce this platform to grades 9 and 10 towards the end of the school year. Stay tuned for more information on this program.

Athletics - A Note From Peter Maneen, ANWSD Athletic Director

Hello Students & Parents:

I hope this email finds you well. I am writing to follow up on my previous email regarding the start of the winter season.

If you've been following the Governor's press conferences, you heard today that winter sports will remain on hold. To quote Governor Scott: "Our data does not support the return of school or recreational sports at this time. I will continue to evaluate this each week." While this announcement may be frustrating for many, it does come on the heels of yesterday's record 178 positive cases in our state.

While we wait for the Governor and his team to give us the go-ahead, I once again ask that anyone planning to participate in winter athletics to please register online. Here is a direct link to the registration page. Your timely registration will go a long way in making for a smooth start to the season, I thank you ahead of time for taking care of this.