Ghost Update

November 16, 2021

Dear RU Families,

This evening it feels like winter is on its way. Although I haven’t seen snow yet this year I know that it has fallen in our area and that several student hunters have been successful this weekend. Next week we students will be home, Monday through Friday to observe the Thanksgiving holiday.


This school year has thrown many challenges to our students, families, educators and community, but we continue to come to school, work together and move forward. This pandemic has been hard, but we as a community are capable of doing hard things. That doesn’t mean that we don’t need time to pause, breathe, and think about how to improve, but it does mean that we continue to be capable of navigating the challenges ahead, together.


In this newsletter, there is information about students who have continued to excel academically regardless of the circumstances of their education. Some of our newest National Honors Society inductees were in the spring of their Freshman year of high school when schools were ordered remote because of the pandemic, yet, they have continued to learn and grow.


Our Cross Country team competed at the State Championships in Thetford a few weeks ago, but middle school students are not eligible to compete in that race. The team wanted to host a 5K to wrap up their season as a whole team, and also include the community. When they heard that a scholarship fund had been created in memory of Brenda Flint, who loved running, they knew that the race needed to be about more than their team. They organized the race in less than 10 days, and were able to raise over $13,000.00 for the scholarship fund.


I have been reading a lot about self care during the pandemic, but recently came across an article about collective care, the ways in which we take care of ourselves by taking care of each other and continuing to build our community. This reminded me of one of the important foundational principles of project based learning; the idea that learning in a way that helps our community helps students build their own self efficacy skills and confidence. I have seen the effectiveness of this work and the ways in which it helps our students through their connections with our community and their peers. To this end, we will be celebrating the end of fall with a staff vs. varsity athletes soccer game on the afternoon of November 19. Advisories are being encouraged to make signs to cheer for their favorite team, organize to bring snacks to share and plan to come help our community celebrate fall and have fun!


The first quarter has wrapped up, report cards are going in envelopes and home with students. We are a week into the second quarter of this school year, and basketball season is on the horizon. We wish you all a happy Thanksgiving.


Sincerely,


Caty & Lisa

Academic Spotlight: NHS Induction

Last week our 2021 National Honor Society Induction occurred. 11th and 12th grade students celebrated their academic successes and leadership within Randolph Union High School. Families were able to celebrate in person, and attend the ceremony which was planned and facilitated by Randolph Union NHS Advisor, Kelly Tucker. Pictured below are the students who make up our National Honor Society this year. Back Row (left to right) Marcus White (grade 11), Colton Fordham (grade 11), Cameron Kennedy (grade 12), Levi West (grade 12): Front Row (left to right) Vivvy Davis (grade 11), Sam Mason (grade 11), Maeve Kennedy (grade 11), Wilder Grimes (grade 12), Abigail Becker (grade 12), and Emma Rogers (grade 12). Not pictured is Drew Messier (grade 12).
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Grade and Report Card Update

Report cards were printed and distributed to students today as well as placed in the mail. In addition, information about how students can access grades in PowerSchool was included. There have been errors in the reports flagged, and we are working to address them as quickly as possible. The errors seem to be syncing errors or errors in the ways in which grades migrate from one computer system to another. We are working out these issues and will send out re-prints as soon as possible. We thought it was best to send home as much information as we could and to continue to work on the technology side of things. Please check the online portal and know that we will communicate updates as they occur. Most of all, thank you for your patience.

Brenda Flint Memorial 5K/8K

“Brenda (Flint) loved running amongst many other things. She led by example and inspired others to push themselves. She especially liked races that were supporting worthy causes.” This reflection was shared at the first annual Brenda C. Flint Community 5K/8K on Friday, November 5th. Brenda would definitely have endorsed her own race! The outpouring of community support was a testament to Brenda’s impact on the larger Randolph community. The race was put together in about 10 days with the help of the Randolph Union Varsity Cross Country Team, RU Sports Boosters and Vermont Technical College. This unique collaboration allowed for a large and healthy fundraising event to happen quickly and successfully. Donations were given in lieu of an entry fee, and thanks to the generosity of the community, over $6500 were raised. Furthermore, Vermont Technical College offered to match all of these funds, so the scholarship earned more than $13,000. VTC will continue to match funds until December 31st of this year, so it is not too late to contribute to this effort.



Winners: 5K Female: Tanner Drury, Lydia Garrow, Maeve Kennedy; 8K Female: Kara Merrill, Paige Allen, Harmony Bradshaw; 5K Male: Owen Schulz, James Abbott, Drew Best; 8K Male: Ben DeFlorio, David Mattern, Cameron Kennedy.

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Pictured above are Randolph Union Freshmen Chase Gardener and Nick Jumisko Amidon competing in the Brenda Flint Memorial 5K/8K held at VTC. Photo Credit: Jessica Allen

Interact PBL is Fundraising

The Interact class is doing a fundraiser for Together We Rise, an organization that help children in foster care have the things they need. They are selling sweatshirts for $28 . Order now, pay later. Let's all wear these around school in December. Please use this link to see the image they have designed and order your shirt!

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