Spaulding High School

Quarter II Newsletter

Greetings from Administration

The winter season is now truly upon us, and I wanted to update you all on how we will be handling school closing and delays for this year and the future. For the past several years, James Taffel has collaborated with Dr. Bacon to gather information, make a decision, and communicate that decision regarding a school closing or delay. James and I are in the process of transitioning that role over to me, as I live much closer to Barre than Dr. Bacon did. I would like to thank James for his role in the past and for the continued support he will provide me as I get up to speed in this critically important task. Safety is our primary concern; we consider the safety of the road conditions for our school buses, our student drivers, our parent drivers, and our staff in making a weather related decision.


I am providing an outline of how the process works to make a decision:

1. Prior to a “weather event” and early in the morning of an event, we gather information in the following manner:


· We look at forecasts from a variety of sources well in advance.


· We contract with Roger Hill to provide regular updates and consultation, both prior to and on the morning of events.


· We communicate with the road crews and/or police departments for both Barre Town and Barre City.


· We communicate with other school superintendents in the region to coordinate closing/delay decisions when it makes sense, realizing localized conditions and other factors may necessitate different decisions for different SUs and districts.


2. Our goal is to have a decision made by 5:30am.

· This is not always possible, as there are a lot of things happening quickly.


· Most often, Roger makes a recommendation and we follow it, as he gets automatic input from many sources and has expertise we do not. The models that Roger has access to are much more detailed and specific to localized areas than the websites that we have available. Roger considers what has happened, what is happening currently and what is most likely to happen as the day goes on. It is rare that our own information does not align with his recommendation.


· If Roger’s recommendation has not come out yet by 5:30am, we wait a little longer.


· If we feel like we have information and circumstances that requires a different decision than Roger recommends, we review everything again carefully before making that decision.


3. Once a decision is made to delay or close, we communicate in the following ways:

· We initiate a “Call Em All” through the phone system

· We contact the media

· We send out an email to each schools “-everyone” list

· We post on Facebook, web pages, and phone greetings

· We contact the police and road crews

· We contact the Food and Bus service companies


Once school is in session, we use a similar process of data-driven collaborative decision making to determine if an early release or cancellation of after school activities is necessary, always making safety our top consideration. For all of these cancellations, delays, and early releases our goal is to coordinate as much as makes sense among our schools. With that said, when circumstances dictate different decisions for our different schools we will absolutely make those decisions, again with safety as our top priority.


The decision to delay or cancel is extremely important for everyone’s safety. We take it very seriously. Given the nature of how unpredictable weather is, there is no guarantee that we can make the correct decision every time, but we do our absolute best. Please help us by being patient and understanding, and providing appropriate and constructive feedback.


Sincerely,

John Pandolfo

Parent and Student Resources

SPOTLIGHT - OUR COMMUNITY MATTERS

Despite the bell ringing on Wednesday, December 23rd; indicating the closing of the day, Spaulding elves were very busy prepping for the holidays.

Under the direction of Mrs. Carpenter & Mr. Liff, our National Honor Society Advisers, students have spent a majority of the semester giving back to the community through a variety of service projects. One in particular that is dear to our hearts is the annual Holiday Dinner. This annual event began through the spirit of Greg Pinard, a former educator of Spaulding who taught Math, Driver's Education, and served as an Administrator during Summer school sessions. He truly believed in not only giving back to the community, but helping individuals who were less fortunate.

As noted by Marilyn Gray, retiree of Spaulding and now employed part time as an assistant librarian, "this was who he was... generous, willing to help not only his colleagues, but also students who may often be lost among the crowd." These sentiments were also echoed in the voice of former Spaulding High School English teacher and coach, Dan Rapalje who was good friends with the 'wind', a term used fondly in describing his presence. According to Rap, Mr. Pinard helped a Chinese family and their sons establish their roots here in the 1980s while Rap was a member of the City Council. The 'wind' helped them with their food business and acclimating to Barre, but more importantly he 'continued to be a supportive force when the boys lost their entire family due to a tragic car accident.'

In turn, members of National Honor Society will continue to help their community willingly and honor Mr. Pinard who passed away in the Summer of 2015 through the holiday dinner. In the words of Kate Paterson, Class of 2016 'establishing relationships with people in our community are important and hearing their stories from that night was bitter sweet as the evening ended and we had to say goodbye... there is so much more we can do as a community.'

One might say due to the warm weather around Christmas time, the 'wind' was present through the halls of Spaulding...

SPREADING TIDE PRIDE

FRIENDLY REMINDERS from ADMINISTRATION

Update Your Contact Information for Weather Announcements

To ensure that we have accurate information on file, please send your contact number, along with your name (first and last name) and son's/daughter's name (first and last name) in the form of an email to Mrs. Cross at ccrosshs@u61.net, so you can be on the automated call system. Please indicate in this correspondence that your number is either a cellphone or home number.


If adverse weather conditions cause the school to be closed or delayed, an announcement will be made by the superintendent by 6:30am through our automated notification system. Additionally, you may check local radio stations (WSNO, WORK, WSKI, WNCS, or WDEV), television stations (WCAX or WPTZ) or our website at www.shsbtc.org.

If the opening of school is delayed, the school will follow the late start bell schedule. The building will open at 9:30am and Block 1 will begin at 9:40am. If it is determined that road conditions will not be improving, an announcement cancelling school for the day will be made by 8:30am.

SAVE THE DATE - Public Forum for Act 46

Tuesday, Jan. 12th, 6pm

155 Ayers Street

Barre, VT

Please join the Barre Act 46 Study Committee for a Public Forum to discuss the consolidation of school governance under Act 46 which is in charge of identifying the major educational, financial, organizational and cultural opportunities and challenges any consolidation of the governance structures currently administering the educational programs in the Barre Supervisory Union under Act 46.

Start Thinking About the 2016-2017 Academic Year

In the coming weeks, students will be meeting with their counselors to review a program of study that meets their educational or career goals. Parents/guardians are welcome to join their son or daughter for that discussion.


Prior to that meeting, students are strongly encouraged to discuss course options with their current teachers. Course selections will be based upon student and parental requests, teacher recommendations, and students’ aptitude and interests. You may schedule a meeting by contacting the guidance department at 476-6411. Appointment windows are outlined below.


Class of 2017 – February 15th – March 4th

Class of 2018 - March 7th – March 11th

Class of 2019 - March 14th – March 18th

Class 0f 2020 – March 21st – March 22nd @ Barre Town

March 23rd – March 24th @ Barre City


Here is the link to the 2015-2016 Program of Studies that can help you begin with your planning:

http://shsbtc.org/joomla/images/pdfs/guidance/1415%20POS.pdf


but please note the 2016-2017 Program of Studies will be coming out shortly and an updated link will be on the Spaulding High School Website for you to access.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Senior Mid-Year Grade Release Forms Due Date - Wednesday, Jan. 13th to Mrs. Cross from Guidance


VSAC Financial Aids Form Night - Thursday, Jan. 14th at 5:30pm in the Computer Lab


R U Ready 4 Make a Wish Hockey - Saturday, Jan. 16th starting at 3:30 at the BOR


No School for Students - Monday, Jan. 18th due to an In Service Day


CVCC Presentation for Exploratory Tech Program for Potential 9th Graders - Friday, Jan. 29th at the beginning of Block 2


Think Pink: Cancer Awareness Games - Wednesday, Feb. 3rd - Friday, Feb. 5th at the Boys Hockey Game and the Varsity Girls & Boys Basketball Games


Mid Winter Break: No School for Students - Saturday, Feb. 20th to Tuesday, Mar. 1st


Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery Test - Tuesday, Feb. 12th at 1:30pm


Project Graduation Meeting - Thursday, Mar. 3rd in the Chorus Room


Scholar's Bowl - Friday, Mar. 4th at Spaulding High School

SAVE THE DATE - SEMESTER 1 FINAL EXAMS

Wednesday, Jan. 13th, 9:30am to Friday, Jan. 15th, 1pm

155 Ayers St

Barre, VT

Wednesday, January 13

Block 1: 9:30-11:00 am (Break 11:00-11:30)

Block 2: 11:30 am-1:00 pm

Morning Block: 1:15pm - 2:45pm


Thursday, January 14

Block 3/3B: 9:30-11:00 am (Break 11:00-11:30)

Block 4: 11:30 am-1:00 pm


Friday, January 15

Exam Make-Up Day Times to be arranged between student and teacher

SPOTLIGHT - MAKING A DIFFERENCE

CONGRATULATIONS

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The Sugarbush Student Achievement Program rewards current students who achieved high honors at least 3 out of 4 terms for the 2014-2015 academic year. This program rewards hard working students while also giving other students an incentive to achieve more. Their hope is to foster a stronger relationship between schools and communities. This year 29 Spaulding students were presented with a Sugarbush ski pass!

Seniors: Victoria Biondolillo, Aidan Reardon, & Gregory Thivierge


Juniors: William Bigglestone, Cody Gosselin, Isaac Hilton-VanOsdall, Dom Lacasse, Kaylee Martin, Savanna Ouellette, Gianna Somarriba, Christopher Toborg, & Adam Tosi


Sophomores: Alison Ahearn, Katelyn Alger, Anna Beach, Lauryn Bedard, Jesse Bryans, Connor Coache, Kayla Crowningshield, Logan Kennedy, Megan MacIver, Rachel Maurice, Joshua Morrill, Stella Otis, Whitney Renaud, Sarah Rouleau, Logan Taylor, & Cassidy Whitley


Congratulations and happy skiing and riding!

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Spaulding High School Unified Bowling Earns Several Medals

Gold Medal Recipients: Kelsi Ensminger,Felicity Garr, Dominic Hutchins, Jessica Jones, Devin LaPlante, Jason Morris, Hollis Ostrout, Erin Paterson, Ian Peake, Lillian Riddle, & Kaelyn Shannon

Bronze Medal Recipients: Noah Driscoll, Tyler Greenslit, MaKayla Hough, & Valery Weston

Congratulations to our athletes and keep the competitive spirit alive!

Thank You Community Sponsors and Local Supporters

On behalf of National Honor Society, we'd like to thank everyone who helped to make the 2015 Community Holiday Dinner a success. Without these donations, we would not be able to offer this to the community.

Food Preparation and Ingredients: Mrs. Brennan from English, CVCC Students & Chef McSheffrey, Fitz Vogt, Ms. Jessica Kulis from Learning Services, Ms. Jankowski from Learning Services, & Mrs. Saldi from English

Holiday Gifts: Andrea Bixler, Mr. Eaton and his Mom from Fine Arts, Ms. Cloutier and her brother from Learning Services, Maddy Cooley, Marilyn Gray & Joan Shedd from the Library, Mr. LaPoint from Science, Mr. Lewis from History & Social Sciences, Allison Morrow, & Ms. Wigren from English

Preparation, Clean Up, & Transportation: Miss Haley & Nancy LeBlanc from Transportation and Spaulding High School Members of JROTC

We are very fortunate to have a community that cares and is willing to help out.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Carpenter, Mr. Liff, & the Spaulding High School National Honor Society