This week congratulations are in order for a number of reasons.  Focusing on the positive can be difficult when there are so many negative distractions in our lives.  Here at PA we stand by our motto that the strength is in the pack, and our pack is filled with individuals who encourage perseverance, courage and commitment.

“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” -Willie Nelson

We are happy to announce Annie Boudreau, PA senior, as one of Vermont’s 2021 Presidential Scholars, who are chosen for their outstanding leadership and service to their communities. All students selected at the Vermont level of this program will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) for consideration as a Presidential Scholar at the national level. Congratulations Annie!

VTDigger has recently published an article by PA Senior Olivia Owen. The article is entitled “It’s still working: Art Class in the Pandemic.”  Thank you Olivia for this student insight and inspiration.  You can also see Olivia’s regular column on local high school alumni in the News and Citizen.

More congratulations to the 2020 Boys All State Soccer selections: Dylan Haskins, Charlie Veit, Landon Dubie, Oliver Nigro, and Gabe Carlson. In girls soccer, four PA players made All League Honors: Linden Osborne, Weslie Carlson, and Shelby Wells.  We would also like to once again recognize Coach Angie Faraci! For the SECOND time, Coach Faraci was named the Vermont Small Schools and Overall Vermont Coach of the Year (this puts her in the mix for USA Coach of the Year!!!)Way to go Angie – thanks for your hard work.

While on the note of successes, it is also a success that Peoples Academy has stayed open for in-person learning during the fall as COVID cases increase in our area.  Thank you for your part in keeping school safe. We realize that the most recent limitations on our private lives are difficult. These guidelines are meant to help keep us safe and to keep school open. It is extremely important that we remain vigilant about following guidelines and stay honest when considering sending your children to school. It only takes one exposed person to set off a chain reaction that could result in a school closure and jeopardize the health of the students and beloved adults who come to school every day. We need you to continue to cooperate with expectations to keep our staff and students safe. We have lots of supports in place to help keep learning going if your child needs to remain home.

Guidance Announcements
GMTCC Applications now live: The 2021-2022 Green Mountain Tech first year student application is live and available on GMTCC’s website at www.gmtcc.info/admissions!  Although they are currently not able to offer in-person tours, luncheons, visits and roadshows due to current COVID-19 restrictions, they are able to provide information about the center in a variety of other ways.  In addition, they are working on rolling out a virtual tour through our programs and facility, which will be available sometime in January.

Schoology: The Parent View in Schoology presentation is designed to help families understand and navigate Schoology.  As always, if you need support please call us at 888-4600.

Recommended Remote Day schedule for a high school student:  Whether or not a class meets during remote time, students need to complete work during remote days.  Remote days are not a day off. Thoughtful use of remote days will improve student connections and inspire engagement.  Having a structured and consistent schedule can be a key to success when working remotely. Hybrid learning Strategies.  It’s helpful to wake up and start your day within 1 hour of when you start your in-person day (your body and mind respond well to routine). Participating remotely will look different in each class. Our School Counseling Team has prepared our Recommended Remote Day and our Home Learning Expectations tools to help students plan their day.

Important Dates
12/11 –  NHS Food Drive Ends
12/24 – 1/1  December Break
1/4 – School Resumes

Athletics
Winter Sports DELAYED:  Due to recent guidelines issued by the governor, winter sports have been delayed.  This delay will be reviewed on a weekly basis.  If your student plans to play winter sports this year you will still need to register before the first practice.  As soon as we have more information we will communicate with families.

Winter Sports Registration is OPEN:  All student-athletes must be registered BEFORE the start of the season.  To register, parents/guardians must login to their PowerSchool Parent Portal (click for link) and complete the necessary eCollect form. We will NOT be offering paper forms this year.  Step by step Instructions for Registration, if you need support please contact Michele at 888-4600.  Sports physicals have been given a one year extension for all students in grades 10, 11, 12.  Incoming 9th graders will need one completed within the past two years. Please make sure you attach this physical to your registration form.

PA Athletics Website  is our one-stop shop for all athletic informationFollow us on Twitter @PeoplesWolves for the latest updates on current games.

Reminders
The NHS is hosting a Food Drive Competition! This food drive will be running from November 30th to December 11th. If you are able to, please bring in non-perishable food items. Here is the Food Shelf’s Wish List: canned fruit, cereal, canned soups, canned tuna, pasta/rice, boxed meals, pet food, peanut butter/jelly, coffee, canned vegetables, canned beans, pasta sauce, canned meats, toiletries/cleaning supplies.

Remember to make sure nothing has expired!  And remember, every donation/item counts! This food drive is a competition between the green and gold cohorts! Please drop off any donations in the box which will be on the bench in the lobby. Each cohort has a box, so make sure you put your food item in the box that correlates with your cohort!  Whichever cohort collects the most donations will receive a delicious prize at the end! The point system is: 1 point for each food item donated, 1 point for each $2.00 donation.   Thank you for your commitment to giving to those in need!

Holiday Travel:  As you likely are aware, all multi household gatherings now require a 14 day quarantine period as the virus again surges both regionally and nationally. With the holidays approaching, all of us here at LSUU ask that you pay close attention to the State Guidance and avoid travel to anywhere whenever possible.  Please do not put your child’s school at risk by sending your students back to school when they should be staying home.

Snow Days Are School Days: The colder weather is here and we are seeing snow in our mornings.  With this seasonal change comes potential school closings for snow days and inclement weather.  In the event of a snow day or inclement weather, PA has devised a remote learning plan so that students can continue with their courses.  When we have a snow day, we will follow our current schedule remotely. Example – Monday is a normal hybrid school day: green cohort comes to school. Tuesday is a snow day, so there is no in-person learning, but gold cohort students attend a ‘snow day’ google meet (green is welcome to join, but not required beyond normal remote day expectations).

Morning Screening:  It is highly encouraged that families complete their own LSUU Health Screening form prior to approaching the building, we will take your temperature when you pull up.  This speeds up the screening process as a whole.  For the safety of our screeners please wear a face covering while dropping off students in the morning.

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