March 24, 2023
Dear CVU Community: As you are (hopefully) aware, CVU will not hold regular classes tomorrow in lieu of Advisory Conferences. We look forward to seeing you and wish you a relaxing weekend!
March 24 - No school, Advisor/Student/Parent conferences for grades 9-11
The Spectrum SleepOut was a huge success! On Friday, March 17, 40 CVU students braved the cold and slept outside in solidarity with unhoused youth in our community. This important event is one of the main annual fundraisers for Spectrum and supports a variety of programs that help teens and young people in Chittenden and Franklin counties. So far our CVU team has raised $4,500 and we still have two weeks to meet our team fundraising goal of $5,000. If anyone in the community would like to to donate to the CVU team, you can use this link
Hey Sophomores! Are you interested in having a fun leadership experience with sophomores from all over Vermont this summer? The Rotary Youth Leadership Academy conference is currently taking applications. Students from Charlotte, Shelburne or Hinesburg can apply at using this link or using the QR code on the poster. Students from Williston or St. George should email Elizabeth Davidson at email@example.com for application information! If you have any questions, please contact Amy Wardwell for more information.
New CVU Climbing Club
Gabriel sent some pics from the new climbing club - looks like a blast! If you are interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org as there is a group chat and classroom to be notified of future plans.
A new episode of The CVU Show was just released. https://youtu.be/XlDkUQTzfWM Along with CVU news and sports, this week's student question was "What was the luckiest moment in your life?". Thanks for watching and keep an eye out for our next episode.
On Sunday, March 19, the CVU Madrigal Singers performed a concert with the Hofstra University Chamber Choir at Charlotte Congregational Church. Here they can be seen performing a piece that was featured on last week's concert, "Sure on this Shining Night" by Morten Lauridsen.
Last weekend, Iris Miller-Bottoms and Ananya Rohatgi competed at the State Debate Tournament against 17 other teams from across the state. They spent weeks researching and refining their arguments for the topic: Outer Space Cooperation with India. After a successful season in which they won another statewide tournament and received the award for best overall speaker, at the State championship they lost a close debate to Colchester. Other students that have competed in speech and debate tournaments this year include: Ava Flint, James Haines, Zoe Jenkins-Mui, Yvonne Miceler, Zorah Ngu, Abigail Niquette, Jaden Parker, and Myrrh Pitkin.
Kathryn Kernoff, Advisor
On Saturday, March 18th, CVU Penguin Plungers finally made it to the icy waters at Shelburne Beach in support of Special Olympics. CVU raised over $16,000 and registered over 100 plungers. This plunge was in response to the cancelled event at the Burlington waterfront due to inclement weather. CVU found a way - promises made, promises kept!
Garett and Rachel's Advisory - Tower building activity
Congratulations Basketball Players!
- Addi Hunter, Shelby Companion and Elise Ayer for being selected to the Vermont Basketball Coaches Association Senior All-Star team.
- Addi Hunter for being named First Team All-Metro in girls' basketball.
- Elise Berger for being named Second Team All-Metro in girls' basketball.
Here are the awards from from FBLA members who attended the Spring Leadership Conference, at Champlain College, on Friday, March 17:
1st Place Advertising: Zorah Ngu
1st Place Business Calculations: John Dasilva
1st Place Financial Math: Patterson Frazier
1st Place Parliamentary Procedures: Mikaela Montoya
1st Place Political Science: Patterson Frazier
1st Place International Business: Kylie Tolan and Charles Lehman
2nd Place Business Ethics: Zorah Ngu and Patterson Frazier
3rd Place Accounting: Ryan Boehmcke
3rd Place Business Calculations: Emma Allaire
3rd Place Economics: John Dasilva
3rd Place Marketing: Sam Bartley and Chase Whitman
In addition to the competitive events above, Harper Anderson was recognized as the Vermont FBLA Who's Who of the Year.
The following students were elected to State officer positions:
Zorah Ngu: State President
Jack Bryan: State Treasurer
Patterson Frazier: State Secretary
Mikaela Montoya: State Parliamentarian
Brianna Armstrong was recognized as the CVU Chapter FBLA Who's Who for her outstanding contributions to the CVU Chapter.
Tamie-Jo Dickinson was recognized as Outstanding Advisor of the Year
Please congratulate these students and Tamie-Jo on their amazing accomplishments.
Tamie-Jo Dickinson won FBLA Advisor of the Year and was honored in a ceremony last Friday. Congratulations, Tamie-Jo!
This year's Film Club Oscar Ballot winner was Leo LaForce. We had over 120 entries, and Leo lead the pack with 19 out of 23 correct predictions! Congratulations Leo, and thanks to everyone who participated. Watch for our Oscar Ballot next year!
From John Bennett: Kudos to CVU teachers/coaches Ute Otley and Katie Kuntz. On Monday, March 20, they generously shared their stories of Title IX and other athletic experiences with my US and the World-Sports students.
It's time for the annual CVU Pride Gear Sale! Please join us in showing your support for the LGBTQ+ youth in our CVSD community by proudly wearing your CVU Pride shirts, hoodies, hats, and more. We have 2 logo options this year: our classic rainbow pride logo and a new trans flag pride logo. If you don't need another piece of clothing for yourself, consider donating an item to our students--there's an option to purchase a hoodie for a student, which will allow us to ensure that all members of our school GSA can afford their own pride gear. Now, more than ever, our young people need to know that we are there for them. Thanks for your support! Here's the link to the store: https://cvugsa2022.itemorder.com/shop/sale/
CVSD benefits from a number of federal grants to support our system. A key factor for some of these grants is the desire and need to engage students, families, and community members in decisions about how to best use these funds to support our students. We invite you to send your feedback to Sarah Crum, Director of Learning & Innovation, at email@example.com or submit feedback through the Academics Let's Talk button on our website.
You can find information about all of our grants on our website, cvsdvt.org, under Curriculum: Grants. We are specifically seeking input regarding our investments for the Title IV federal grant which is intended to improve students' academic achievement by increasing the capacity to 1) Provide all students with access to a well-rounded education; 2) Improve school conditions for student learning; and 3) Improve the use of technology in order to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students.