It seems that the congratulations for Boys’ Soccer Coach Angie Faraci will not stop!  We would now like to celebrate her for being nominated for the National Coach of the Year Award in the New England region. Angie comments “I am truly speechless and honored. So overwhelming…

Snowball exchange anyone?  We are so happy to report that some of our students and faculty took advantage of the snow while we had it in a playful snowball exchange last week.  Many smiles and laughter were had by all, especially the spectators.

One Small Action:  The holidays are here and our very own Peoples Academy OSA group has prepared some holiday tips on how to approach the holidays with sustainability.  Special Edition: The Green Butterfly.

Fabric Drive:  The OSA group is also looking for any scrap fabric you may have. As you know, it is important that everyone wear masks when in public. It’s easy to forget that single-use masks really are not the best for our planet. We are trying to make a group effort to get more reusable masks out to people in our school and community. That’s where you can help! If you have scrap fabric at home or any fabric you’re willing to part with we’ll accept it happily. Newly laundered donations may be brought to Michele in the PA office and we will take it from there.

The NHS has extended the deadline for the Food Drive Competition! This food drive will end on December 18th. If you are able to, please bring in non-perishable food items.  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!

Winter Gear Drive: NHS is holding a winter gear drive now through the end of February! You can drop off WASHED clothing (boots, coats, socks, hats, gloves, scarves, etc.) that is new, like new, or gently used in the gym lobby during check-in times each morning. There will be a big blue bin to drop off your donations in. If you want to pick something up, you can return to the gym lobby after school on Thursdays and Fridays and choose what you would like from the bin! If you pick something up, make sure you wash it when you bring it home to be extra safe.

Guidance Announcements

Semester 2 Planning:  We will be handing out second semester schedules to students this week, on Thursday (12/17) and Friday (12/18), during period 2. Please take some time to review them and submit any requests for changes to the guidance office by Wednesday January 6th;  no later. As always, we will do our best to accommodate students and families. Students will remain in their assigned cohorts for the second semester. Please contact Lindsey (lindsey.yablonowski@lsuu.org) or Carrie (carrie.felice@lsuu.org) with any questions or concerns. If you would like to provide any feedback or have unanswered questions regarding Semester 1 please fill out our Family Communication Survey, your feedback and perspective are always welcomed and encouraged. 

Green Up Vermont Opportunities: we would like to mention a few other opportunities Green Up Vermont offers:

  • $1,000 scholarship – Students should apply and find all info on the Green Up Scholarship at http://vsac.org
  • Running clubs challenge to participate in “Plogging” – intrigued? Contact us for details and how to earn prizes for participants.
  • Mentorship – program for high school students who love green up to get involved with their town’s Green Up initiative as a capstone project.
  • Green Teams – We will help your school set up and learn more about recycling, composting and reducing our carbon footprint.
  • Apply to be a Student Representative on our Green Up Vermont board of directors.
  • Good Citizen Challenge partner – we are so excited to be a part of the Kids VT Good Citizen At-home Challenge this year – visit GoodCitizenVT.com for further details – and your Green Up Vermont project will count for both our contest and their challenge.

GMTCC Applications now Live: Our 2021-2022 Green Mountain Tech 1st year student application is live and available on our website at www.gmtcc.info/admissions!  Although we are currently not able to offer our annual in-person tours, luncheons, visits and roadshows due to current COVID-19 restrictions, we ARE able to provide information about our center in a variety of other ways.  In addition, we are working on rolling out a virtual tour through our programs and facility, which will be available sometime in January.

Dual Enrollment:  Attention Juniors! If you are interested in taking a dual enrollment class next semester and using one of your 2 free vouchers to take a college class, please reach out to Lindsey (lindsey.yablonowski@lsuu.org) ASAP to set up an appointment, classes are filling up quickly!

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

12/24 – 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

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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