This week students are starting Semester 2 off with some heat.  Students will be raising awareness on issues of social and racial injustices, and discussing how this manifests into equity issues in our community and beyond.  This Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. inspired activity is promoting “Let’s set the world on fire…as in, let’s inspire others” which is encouraging students to Release their Dreams and Intentions for the Year Ahead into the atmosphere.    Throughout the day students will take their reflections, dreams and intentions to our fire pit and release them.

If you haven’t already noticed, check out our new communication board.  This addition to the grounds has been one of the highlights of the week and we are looking forward to posting games and events here in the hopefully near future.  Thank you to our facilities team for making it happen.

Senior Families: Project Graduation planning is underway!  With this planning comes the financial planning and fundraising needed to support this traditional event.  This year the parent committee has to dig deep and to find creative ways to support this event as traditional fundraising methods are limited.  Currently senior families are selling 20/20 raffle tickets which will provide 20 opportunities to win $100.  The next Project Graduation meeting will commence on January 20th at 6:00pm, check your email for an invite.

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

PA Athletics Website  is our one-stop shop for all athletic information

Follow us on Twitter @PeoplesWolves for the latest updates on current games.

Guidance Announcements

Attention Sophomores and Juniors, please check out this information about Virtual College Fairs happening all over the country!  BigFuture Days are meant to connect students directly with colleges in a way that helps them learn more than what is available online and take action to plan for college. See your school counselor for more information or if you have any questions!

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.

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

1/19                 Semester 2 Begins

2/5                   No School, Professional Development

2/18-2/19         PA Winter Carnival, Weather Depending

2/22-3/1         No School Winter Break

3/2                   No School, Town Meeting Day

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

Parent Workshops on Stress and Resilience

Transforming Stress & Building Resilience

This webinar series will:

  • Examine the effects of stress
  • Discuss ways to reduce stress when it impacts well-being
  • Explore the link between stress and resilience, in the context of the pandemic.
  • Address worry and anxiety
  • Teach skills to better assess, anticipate, and address fluctuating stress states, as well as those of children

Corona-silience: Surviving During a Time of Seemingly Endless Uncertainty & Chaos

  • 1/26/21 @ 6-7:30  Register here
  • Questions: jstanton@lamoillefamilycenter.org

People are adjusting to this new normal by becoming comfortable with the uncomfortable, but our minds are tired, not always knowing what to do or in which direction to turn. Now it is time to re-group and consciously create boundaries and structure, as well as to shift into a positive stress mindset.  Help Me Grow Vermont provides positive parenting supports to strengthen families and promote healthy child development.

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