It’s hard to believe that it is assessment week and we are quickly moving through January.  Families please take note of our modified schedule(below) for this Thursday and Friday.  This year our assessment days are full school days which students are expected to attend as some classes will not end this semester and may not have an assessment.  Busing will run on it’s normal schedule at the conclusion of the day, 2:45pm.  Once assessments are complete we plan on having semester grades out to families, along with corresponding information, as soon as possible. 

Yearbooks:  Now is the time to order your copy of the 2021 Peopleonian! The yearbook committee is hard at work taking pictures and making pages to document this interesting and different school year. A yearbook costs $55. Seniors can pay an extra $5 to have their name embossed on the cover. Payment plans are available – just order one with at least a down payment to make sure you have one in June as extras are not ordered. Contact Michele in the office to order or with questions.

Athletics
We are so excited to have our student athletes back on the court and on the trails.  January 4th marked the official start of winter practices while maintaining social distance and non-contact.  Trails: We do welcome and encourage people to get outside in the winter and use the trails.  When using the trails please keep in mind that the trails are very challenging to manage with fluctuating weather and we appreciate your willingness to be thoughtful and respectful when using the trails. To minimize group encounters please be advised that trail practice is from 3:00-5:00pm on weekdays. Registration is expected to be completed before the first practice, here are Instructions for Registration, if you need support please contact Michele at 888-4600.

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

Guidance Announcements
As the very first Virtual Entrepreneurship Day, an exciting agenda offers an opportunity for high school and technical school students to showcase their work as well as a chance to hear from leading experts on their stories and experiences.  A panel of inspiring entrepreneurs will share their expertise followed by a Q&A. Students will also be able to learn about personal branding from a leading expert in her field. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners of the themed Bumper Sticker and Video Contests. (Please note: all are welcome to join this free event – you do not have to submit a contest entry).  To sign up for February 10th Student Entrepreneurship Day go to:  https://www.vtsbdc.org/ved/.

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 two 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

1/14-1/15         Student Assessments

1/18                 No School, Professional Development

1/19                 Semester 2 Begins

Reminders
Daily Schedule during a School Closure: If we are required to shift to a fully remote schedule we will move to the *Daily Schedule during School Closure.  With this remote schedule all students will participate in each class on a daily basis and continue their valuable work and learning. There will not be Green and Gold Days, but we will continue with a Flex Schedule on Wednesdays. Please see our previous News & Announcements communication on this subject for more details.

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).

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.

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.

For the Community
Transforming Stress & Building Resilience with Dave Melnick.  Stowe Middle High School Counseling Team invites you to join this live webinar.  Part I: Thursday, January 14th 6:45-8:00pm and Part II: Thursday, February 18th 6:45-8:00pm.  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

Dave Melnick, LICSW, is the Co-Director of Outpatient Services at NFI, Vermont, a statewide mental health agency primarily serving children, adolescents and families. For the past 35 years, Dave has worked in a variety of settings including outpatient, residential treatment, and in public and day treatment schools. Along with his focus on Developmental Trauma, Dave has expertise in family therapy, adolescence, attachment, and Trauma-informed Schools. 

Dave received his master’s in social welfare from UC Berkeley in 1988 and is licensed in both the state of Vermont and New York as a clinical social worker.  Dave teaches graduate classes for the Vermont Higher Education Collaboration, and is a presenter and consultant in Vermont, New York and Canada.

Use this Link to Register for the Event : A zoom link will be emailed to you the day of the event

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