Greetings Stowe Middle School Families,

If you love chocolate chip cookies, like your principal, you might find this family update a little more flavorful! Keep reading to find out why! Today, Ms. Garrett’s class was expanding their knowledge of rocks and minerals by planning a hands-on mining lab. Using the skills they’ve learned sixth graders will be “excavating” chocolate chips out of cookies. Sounds delicious! However, this lab will be used to simulate the work of geologists. Through this work, students will learn about the human and environmental impacts of mining. I’ll be sure to share photos from this soon!

(Above: 6th Grade students participating in a gallery walk of rock sketches!)

Another example of learning and innovative ideas to share work, provide feedback and create an authentic audience is below. Here we see a couple of examples from 7th Grade in Mr. Gordon’s Language Arts class. Students learned how to write a magazine article in response to a book. Additionally, to build on the core value of belonging they collected their articles to create a full magazine! How cool is that?!

(Above: 7th Grade Example of their magazine article and more chocolate chips!)

As a reminder, Monday, January 18th is an inservice day. Students will not be in session in-person or remote on the 18th. Teachers will be engaged in high levels of professional development ranging from Schoology classroom to home connections to interrogating the texts we use in the classroom to ensure equity!

Thanks again, for helping your student(s) off to a great start this week! I encourage you to review the rest of this message for announcements, updates, and upcoming events. Here you will find important information like Lamoille County happenings and our Winter Sports update.

I hope you and your family have a great rest of the week!

Best,

Dan Morrison, Principal
dan.morrison@lsuu.org

Submit a Question to Mr. Morrison

Announcements and Information Below

Athletics: Athletics Website – most up to date information

*Winter Sports UPDATE:  The Governor announced before break that school-based and recreational youth sports teams can begin training, but no contact–all training and practice must be distanced and masked.  Please visit our Stowe Middle School Athletics page for updated sport specific information.  Please note that STUDENT ATHLETES WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO PRACTICE until they have completed registration.

Winter Sports Registration:  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 Ellie at 253-6913.

Week of January 11th

Boys Basketball:          7/8th Graders will begin practice on 1/11/21 and will practice Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 4:15-5:15pm @ SHS Gym

*athletes who have the 4:15 practice must leave school at regular dismissal and can arrive no earlier than 5 minutes to the start of practice* athletes must use the auditorium entrance where they will be health screened*

Boys Basketball:          6th Graders we anticipate them to begin practice on Thursday 1/14/21 and Friday 1/15/21 from 3:00-4:00pm @ SHS Gym

Girls Basketball:           6/7/8th Graders we anticipate them to begin practice on Thursday 1/14/21 and Friday 1/15/21 from 3:00-4:00pm @ SHS Gym

Nordic Skiing:               6/7/8th Graders will begin practice on Tuesday 1/12/21 – CLICK HERE for more information

Stowe Middle High School Athletics Twitter: Follow us on Twitter @StoweAthletics for the latest updates.

Attendance on Remote Days:

We want to remind our 7th/8th grade families the importance of required remote attendance. We encourage families to review the steps below for remote attendance .
On 7th and 8th grade student’s remote days either Monday/Thursday or Tuesday/Friday, they are required to attend the remote attendance check-in with Ms. Ellie via Google Meet anytime from 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM. Below is the attendance link:
Here is the link: tinyurl.com/SMSAttendance2020 — we encourage our 7th and 8th graders to copy this address in the primary location of where they start remote learning days.

Community Service Update:
In recent years there was a requirement for students to have 4 hours of community service each year. This year due to COVID-19, we are not encouraging this and it is no longer a requirement. However, if you do have hours to submit, please complete the SMS Community Service Google Form

Stowe Middle High School Counseling Team Invites You to: Live Webinar: Transforming Stress & Building Resilience with Dave Melnick, LICSW. Click here for the details!

  • In this two part webinar series, we will:
  • Examine the positive and disruptive effects of stress
  • Discuss ways to reduce stress when it impacts our well-being & our childrens.
  • Explore the link between stress and resilience, in the context of living and working through the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Special attention will be given to worry and anxiety that exist for most people
  • Attendees will learn skills to better assess, anticipate and then address fluctuating stress states, as well as those of their children

Part I: Thursday, January 14, 2021 6:45pm-8:00pm

Part II: Thursday, February 18, 2021 6:45pm-8:00pm

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 253-6913.

Important Dates

1/18/21 – No School, Teacher Inservice

2/5/21 – No School, Professional Day

Reminders
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.

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, Stowe Middle School has devised a remote learning plan so that students can continue with their regularly scheduled learning day.  When we have a snow day, we will follow our current schedule remotely. Example – All 6th grade students attend remote classes. All 7th and 8th grade students stay with their hybrid schedule. 7th and 8th grade students would have instructional access on their matching in-person days and schoology assignments on their matching remote days.

For the Community
Stowe Middle School is excited to announce that we are implementing an application called CloseGap in January 2021 through our advisory program. CloseGap is an online student check-in tool that will allow teachers to teach emotional understanding and awareness. Through a fun, daily check-in and a library of self-guided activities, Closegap offers students an opportunity to practice emotional awareness, understanding and regulation. CloseGap will also allow teachers to know which students might need some extra support throughout the school day. This is an important step in ensuring the emotional safety of our students as we continue with the school year. To learn more about CloseGap, please visit: www.closegap.org

Eat Smart, Move More is a six-class distance learning opportunity through UVM extension, supporting families to be healthier and more food secure. Includes interactive instruction, recipes, and workouts. Click here to learn more.

Healthy Living Education
Healthy Lamoille Valley presents a three-part series on youth and young adult vaping prevention. Free and open to the community, join us for all three parts or any individual session that interests you. All sessions will be on Zoom. Contact Alison Link, HLV Outreach and Policy Coordinator, for more information at alison@healthylamoillevalley.org.

  • Session 2: Youth Vaping Prevention: An In-Depth Presentation

January 19th from 6:00 – 7:30pm

Please register in advance at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJctdOuvqD0sHtQN9u1cOwjEBPHcdC6khs-T.

  • Session 3: CATCH My Breath Curriculum Training

Session 3 is a curriculum training for interested folks who want to learn more about CATCH My Breath for using in schools or just as parents. Time and date TBD. Please contact Alison Link, alison@healthylamoillevalley.org if you are interested in this training. 

Racial Equity Alliance of Lamoille (REAL) has started a BIPOC Affinity Space for youth and adults to develop a sense of self while living in a predominantly white state and country.

The United Way of Lamoille County maintains an uber-comprehensive list of all the resources around the area: food, mental health, housing, employment, substance misuse and recovery, domestic violence, and much more. If you have any questions about what is available locally and on a state level, head to the UWLC website first.

Youth group leaders: Youth groups in the Lamoille Area interested in registering for a 6 week nutrition education series for youth grades 3-6, email katie.black@uvm.edu.

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