E-News April 12, 2021

Vergennes Union High School

Increasing In Person Instruction - We want to hear from you.

Dear VUHS Parents,

Vermont’s Safe and Healthy Schools Guidance is expected to be updated and re-released later this week to align guidelines with the recent changes coming from the CDC. In anticipation of this guidance changing, we have been exploring ways to increase the amount of in-person instruction happening at VUHS. We would like to provide an opportunity for parents to provide input through this survey: https://forms.gle/ZQVXQdFUJ7dVagK89

All VUHS students are also being sent a survey with the same questions. As previously mentioned, if we are able to make changes they would not go into effect until after the April vacation.

Every day seems more hopeful with vaccines being increasingly available. While it's tempting to think we are no longer at risk, it is important to realize that is not true yet. Thank you for your continued cooperation with distancing, mask-wearing, hand washing, etc. With your help, we can continue to keep the school environment safe and keep students in school.

Thank you for your thoughtful consideration of the ideas presented in the survey.

With gratitude,


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Classroom Highlights - SAILS Vocational Exploration

The VUHS Rowing season is right around the corner! But before the VUHS Rowing Team hits the water and races toward victory, another VUHS team is hard at work getting the Pilot Gig rowing boats ready for the season...the SAILS Vocational Exploration team. This winter, Mike Alexopoulos and Sam Visser helped prep several of the boats, including the boat we pulled out to prep on our last day, which was built by the SAILS class last year... "Rising Tide". So, if you're on the VUHS Rowing Team, be sure to give Mike and Sam a shout-out for their hard work getting the fleet ready for the 2021 rowing season!

Boys State

Please congratulate the following students on being selected as this year's Boys State delegates and alternates. These students will be going to the campus of Northern Vermont University - Lyndon Campus June 20-25 where they will learn about Vermont town, county and state government. These students were nominated by faculty and staff based on leadership, scholarship and citizenship.

Alisdair Chauvin

Ethan Gebo

Andrew Kachmar

Jonah Mahe

The alternates for this year are Richard Cosgrove, Adam Clark and Hayden Bowen.

Richard Cosgrove will be attending in Andrew's place as Andrew has a conflict and can't attend.

Congratulations to all!

Skills USA Finalists

Congratulations to these two VUHS students who attend the PAHCC and have been named the 2021 Skills USA Finalists! This award reflects their dedication, hard work, and above & beyond skills in their craft!

Nima Mehregan has won GOLD in Culinary Arts

Ashley Tierney has won SILVER in Medical Terminology

Pictured here is a shot of Nima's winning entree. Let's all wish Nima Good Luck at virtual NATIONALS on June 14!!! Nima has won a scholarship to his first-choice school, The Culinary Institute of America!

News From the School Counseling Office - AP Exams and College Fairs

Newsletter Items from School Counseling

April 9th, 2021

AP testing information for students taking AP exams

All testing will be done in the auditorium at Vergennes Union High School. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to your test.

Please note that cell phones and/or electronic devices are not permitted in the AP testing room. It is advised that students do not bring these items to testing. We will be collecting all cell phones and electronic devices before testing starts. Phones and electronics will be returned to students at the completion of the test.

  • Tuesday, May 4 - Calculus AB
  • Thursday, May 6 - US History
  • Wednesday, May 12 - Language & Composition
  • Friday, May 14 - Biology

All tests run 8:00am - 12:00pm

Please contact Ashlee Monk if you have any questions, amonk@anwsd.org or 802-471-2301

Virtual College Fair:

NEACAC Virtual College Fair on Wednesday, April 14th, 2021 from 7-8:30 pm. Please check out our Counseling Website /Calendar for more information.

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What's The Story?

What’s the Story? (WTS VT) empowers young people to become informed, strategic, and empathic change agents on topics of social concern that they choose. At no cost to students or schools, WTS VT nurtures and networks self-reflective young leaders through authentic, challenging, and collaborative work.

WTS VT is an innovative, credit-bearing course that invites middle and high school students from across Vermont and beyond to work in teams that are united by a common passion around a topic of social concern. Cohorts of young leaders extend across geographies, schools, ages, and academic interests and are connected to the Middlebury Bread Loaf Next Generation Leadership Network (NextGen) of young people and teachers who are pedagogically and practically committed to responsible and involved citizenship.

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