We are looking forward to the student planned Winter Carnival this Thursday and Friday afternoon starting at 12:45pm. PA National Honor Society has been hard at work organizing activities which will allow for students to safely embrace all this snow!  We ask that you remind students to dress warmly and plan accordingly for outdoor Winter Carnival activities.  While there will be multiple activities for students to enjoy these beautiful winter days, there will also be indoor activities to keep students warm.

In previous years, Winter Carnival has been a schoolwide tradition that sends students into February Break with positive lasting memories.  This year we have no desire to change this long standing tradition. 

Speaking of break: While we are all looking forward to the upcoming break, we would like to take this opportunity to remind our school community to please follow the Vermont State guidelines.  Thank you in advance for keeping our school safe.

As the 2020-2021 school year progresses, other annual highlights are being determined.  This week we would like to congratulate Olivia Owen as this year’s Valedictorian.  Olivia has shared her academic passion and dedication in Student Leadership, National Honor Society, and at the prestigious Breadloaf Writing Conference.  Olivia is also an accomplished dancer, dance instructor and has facilitated new PA programs such as Rowing Club and Literacy Supports for Students. 

The high academic achievements were too great this year to just recognize one Salutatorian, so this year we have named four.  Thank you Alyson Black, Gabriel Carlson, Linden Osborne and Anthony White for your continued dedication to your academic studies and countless other ways you have positively contributed to our school. In the coming months, you will learn more about these students and all the other seniors who have contributed to make PA a great place for learning.

On that note, we have started planning for end of the year celebrations. We are planning on a senior parent meeting in March to update you on our progress and ideas. We will also provide you with ways to give us your ideas, ask questions and provide feedback. 

Athletics
Congratulations to our Boys and Girls Basketball & Hockey teams for the successful start of their winter season.  Today’s Boys Basketball game vs. Stowe has been moved to tomorrow, 2/17.  JV at 5:30, Varsity at 7.

Today’s virtual learning day has impacted the weekly schedule, the plan is to move Friday’s Boys game vs. Hazen to SATURDAY, to accommodate the state guidelines requiring 3 days between games.  Our game times on Saturday will be 5:30 for JV and 7:00 for Varsity.   Live Streaming is available through our Athletics website or you may access it directly here.   Follow us @peopleswolves on Twitter and Instagram.  We are thankful to have Basketball & Hockey join our Nordic Team in competition.

Guidance Announcements
College & Career Pathways 2021VSAC’s annual College & Career Pathways event will be taking place virtually this year in March. Whether you’re college-bound, training-bound or not sure, this event is for you. This year’s event will include:

  • Videos and reflection activities to walk you through planning for life after high school
  • Live workshops for students on identifying career interests, building and communicating skills, and finding the right fit
  • Live workshops for families on paying for college and career training, scholarships, navigating the admissions process, apprenticeships and careers in the skilled trades, and more
  • Virtual tours and info sessions of Vermont colleges, universities, and short-term training programs
  • Weekly contests with the opportunity to win prizes for watching videos and attending workshops

Find out more and register at vsac.org/ccp.

GMTCC Virtual Tour:  The 2021 GMTCC Virtual Tour is now available. All students who attend GMTCC are working toward high school graduation as well as the acquisition of industry credentials, college placement credits, and real-world technical skills.  The virtual tour was filmed and edited by one of our second year Creative Media and Design students as a paid cooperative experience, and we could not be happier with the result.

Attention Sophomores and Juniors, please check out this information about Virtual College Fairs happening all over the country!  Big Future Days and NACAC Virtual College Fairs 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!

Important Dates

2/18-2/19         PA Winter Carnival 12:45pm – 2:40, Weather Depending

2/22-3/1           No School, Winter Break

3/2                   No School, Town Meeting Day

Reminders
Snow Days Are School Days: 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).

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. 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.

Community
Parent Cafe Series:  Healthy Lamoille Valley is pleased to invite all parents/caregivers to our monthly Parent Cafe Series.  These monthly gatherings are designed to highlight a community resource or parenting skill and then encourage conversation with other parents/caregivers from around the region.  Breakout groups will be facilitated by local school and mental counselors arranged by children’s ages. ie elementary, middle, and high school parent discussion rooms.  Join us on the first Thursday of each month from 4:30-5:30! Please pre-register at: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJErf–srTwtHtZEcgMQ9CQUYAgsir_NU4y5

Family Sharing Priority
The Everyone Eats program offers free, delicious frozen meals at these locations in Lamoille County:

  • Lamoille Community Food Share (197 Harrel St, Morristown): Monday-Saturday, 9-11:30
  • Wolcott United Method Church (4023 VT Route 15): Fridays, 3:30-5:30
  • Lamoille Health Family Medicine, Morrisville (formerly Morrisville Family Health Care): take from freezer in waiting room during open hours.
  • Copley Hospital: Available for patients during appointments and on Tuesdays 3-5; call ahead 802-851-8894

No pre-registration needed, and all the food is made by local restaurants.

Questions: ereid@capstonevt.org

Virtual Vaccine COVID Information Session: Do you have questions about the COVID Vaccine? Or do you know someone who might appreciate more information? Get answers from Dr. Melissa Volansky in a live, virtual presentation and Q&A: Tuesday, February 23, at noon, Send questions in advance to hancel@lamoillehealthpartners.org.  Log on at noon on 2/23: Click here for Zoom link, Meeting ID: 978 1752 8562, Passcode: 495791, Phone: (301) 715-8592

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