E-News: March 4, 2022

Vergennes Union High School

Remember, Wednesday March 9th is an Early Release Day

Principal Finalist Selected

The VUHS Principal Finalist is Jody Chamberlin. Ms. Chamberlin began her career in education as a Social Studies teacher and has worked for over a dozen years with students in grades 6-12 covering related skills and content. Currently, Jody is the Co-Coordinator of Student Support at Williamstown Middle High School, a position that has provided her with experience in supporting students to work on their problem-solving skills, enabling them to return to participation in the classroom. She holds a BA in European History and an MEd in Secondary Education, both from the University of New Hampshire and is currently completing a Principal Certification Program at Upper Valley Educator's Institute. Jody values multiple aspects of education and is excited to move into an administrative leadership role where she will be able to support and encourage students, teachers, staff, parents, and the broader community in their learning environment. In her spare time, Jody enjoys exploring Vermont, whether is it the woods near her home or checking out one of the state parks.

The ANWSD School Board will finalize the hiring process at their March 14 board meeting.

Thank you, Voters!

Thank you for your support of the FY23 School Budget! VUHS is pleased to know we can head into next year with all of our academic and co-curricular programs and adequate staffing to meet the needs of our learners. Your support means so much to the school community and we appreciate you!

Spotlight on Student Voice

Pep Rally March 9th

Students and Staff will come together to have fun and grow our Commodore Spirit in a Pep Rally this Wednesday, March 9th. Students should wear their class elected colors and be ready for some fun competitions and challenges. Which class will show the most School Spirit? Stay tuned.

Class Colors for the Pep Rally

7th Grade- Green

8th Grade- Blue
9th Grade- Purple and Pink
10th Grade- Black

11th Grade- Red

12th Grade- Commodore Swag

Universal Masking Requirements Changing March 14

  • Beginning Monday, March 14, masks will no longer be required for any of our schools or buses regardless of an individual’s vaccination status or the overall vaccination percentage of the school

  • Masks may continue to be worn by individuals based on personal choice

  • Schools will continue to provide access to COVID-19 antigen tests through our Test-At-Home, and Staff Assurance Testing programs. In the future, those programs will be phased out in favor of students and staff accessing the same testing programs provided to all Vermonters.

  • The Vermont Department of Health will be releasing changes that simplify isolation and quarantine guidance. We will share more information on this once it’s available.

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School Counseling News

March 4, 2022

Hannaford Career Center Open House

The Hannaford Career Center is hosting an open house on March 17, 4-7 pm, a flier for this event can be seen here.

American Legion Auxiliary Green Mountain Girls State 21-22 (Grade 11 Students)

On Tuesday, March 1st there was a presentation regarding the American Legion Auxiliary Green Mountain Girls State (ALAGMGS). Green Mountain Girls State will be held in person Saturday, June 18 to Thursday, June 23 at Vermont Technical College, Randolph, VT. COVID vaccine and applicable boosters will be required to attend this year for all delegates and staff (required by VTC). Information regarding Girls State can be found here. Application packets are available in the School Counseling Office and the application deadline is 3 pm, Thursday, March 10. If you were unable to attend the presentation on March 1st, additional information can be found here about the application process, etc. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Vincent in the School Counseling Office.

ASVAB Testing

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) will be offered to students in grades 10,11, and 12 who are interested in exploring occupations in line with their interests and skills. This test may also qualify students for entry into the military. The results will not be released to recruiters, unless students choose to, and there is no cost. The ASVAB will be administered on Tuesday, March 29, 8:30-11:30 am, in the School Counseling Office Conference Room. Students interested in taking the ASVAB should sign up with their school counselor or Mrs. Vincent on or before Friday, March 25. Students will need to bring their ChromeBook to take the test.

Financial Reality Fair

The Addison County Workforce Alliance (ACWA) is hosting a Financial Reality Fair on March 22, 4-6:30 pm at the Hannaford Career Center in Middlebury. More information and how to register can be found here.

Student Business/Entrepreneurship 2022 Competitions

This is sponsored by the Vermont Small Business Development Center for all VT secondary students. OPen now through May 2, 2022 (submission deadline) - Cash Prizes

  1. Business Model Canvas (BMC) Plans

  2. Business Video Pitch Plans

Students prepare a Business Model Canvas (BMC) plan and Executive Summary or Business Video Pitch up to 5 min. (MP4 or YouTube) and Executive Summary of a product(s) and/or service(s). Explanations/Rubrics/Guidelines https://www.vtsbdc.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/14th-Annual-Student-Bus-Entrepreneurship-Competitions.pdf

Drive for Excellence

Qualifying students (current Juniors and Seniors who are at least 16 years on or before 7/13/22) have the chance to win a new car or one of three $1,000 scholarships. Important information regarding this opportunity can be found here.

VUHS Mathletes

The VUHS Mathletes placed 5th out of 10 Teams for the 4th meet on Feb. 15th. They were victorious over the following teams: BFA Fairfax, Burlington, Colchester, Milton and Mt Mansfield. Congratulations Mathletes!

Top Scores

Arithmetic: Xavier DeBlois

Geo: Xavier DeBlois & Peyton Paquette(9 pts each)

Algebra: Grey Fearon

Adv. Math: Parker Kayhart

1st: Xavier DeBlois

2nd: Ben Hargett

3rd: Parker Kayhart

4th: Grey Fearon & Peyton Paquette

Thanks for participating and helping to spread your love of math!

Applications Open for AgroTek Innovation Academies

This new program is a free, week-long summer science opportunity at UVM for teens, offered by UVM College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and UVM Extension/4-H. Anyone currently in Grade 7-12 and with an interest in biotechnology is encouraged to apply, especially youths from groups underrepresented in agriculture and science. Two academies - "Culturing Cells for Healthier Soils" and "Shifting the Waste to Value Paradigm" - will be held concurrently on the University of Vermont (UVM) campus from June 26 to July 1, 2022, including lab time, field trips and mentoring. Participants will return to campus on August 5, 2022, for an Innovation Slam, a pitch-style competition to share outreach projects demonstrating what they learned. Applications are due by April 1, 2022. Visit the UVM Extension 4-H and Youth website to learn more and to apply.

Contact: Sarah Kleinman at mailto:sarah.kleinman@uvm.edu

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New Day's Lyric by Amanda Gorman

May this be the day

We come together.

Mourning, we come to mend,

Withered, we come to weather,

Torn, we come to tend,

Battered, we come to better.

Tethered by this year of yearning,

We are learning

That though we weren't ready for this,

We have been readied by it.

We steadily vow that no matter

How we are weighed down,

We must always pave a way forward.


This hope is our door, our portal.

Even if we never get back to normal,

Someday we can venture beyond it,

To leave the known and take the first steps.

So let us not return to what was normal,

But reach toward what is next.


What was cursed, we will cure.

What was plagued, we will prove pure.

Where we tend to argue, we will try to agree,

Those fortunes we forswore, now the future we foresee,

Where we weren't aware, we're now awake;

Those moments we missed

Are now these moments we make,

The moments we meet,

And our hearts, once altogether beaten,

Now all together beat.


Come, look up with kindness yet,

For even solace can be sourced from sorrow.

We remember, not just for the sake of yesterday,

But to take on tomorrow.


We heed this old spirit,

In a new day's lyric,

In our hearts, we hear it:

For auld lang syne, my dear,

For auld lang syne.

Be bold, sang Time this year,

Be bold, sang Time,

For when you honor yesterday,

Tomorrow ye will find.

Know what we've fought

Need not be forgot nor for none.

It defines us, binds us as one,

Come over, join this day just begun.

For wherever we come together,

We will forever overcome.


You can view Amanda Gorman reading her poem via this link

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VUHS Food Service - Lunch Menu

You'll find the lunch menu linked here. More information about the ANWSD and MAUSD collaborative food service is available through the school website under services.