Greetings Stowe Middle School Families,

We are working hard behind the scenes here at Stowe Middle School to bring back our annual events in an attempt to return to and show ‘normalcy’. From my perspective, this is a good thing. Some of the students I had lunch with had mixed feelings. How could that be? Well, the first annual event is our upcoming Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBAC). As your principal, I know this is a sign of education returning to normal but for students, it was a good spot to negotiate things like pajama day, green and white day, etc. I suppose things like a school spirit week are another indicator of schools transitioning to more normalcy! We encourage families to mark on their calendars for the upcoming testing dates below. We are hoping we could be back to full in-person learning at this point but we’re not sure yet. As always, Stowe Middle School will be ready to pivot to any potential changes.

The grid below is our ‘projected’ testing windows for Grade 6, 7, and 8 at Stowe Middle School. We have intentionally moved tests to the afternoon this year as we see a greater need for learning opportunities in our morning rotation of humanities, literacy, math, and science. 

Another annual event we are excited to welcome back is our 8th Grade in-person graduation! Yeah! We have been working hard behind the scenes for a YouTube Premier Edition of Graduation, this was successful last year. However, we are optimistic that we will be able to do something in-person and potentially stream it live for family and friends who are unable to attend. These are likely details we will be working out post-April vacation and seeking our students’ input on. Exciting for sure! You can save the date of June 10th for our projected 8th Grade graduation.

I am also excited to announce that this week’s Advisory session will be connected to King Arthur’s Program Baking for Good! Students will be bringing home flour, yeast, and other materials to bake two loaves of bread! Thanks to our fabulous advisory committee for securing this opportunity: Ms. Garrett, Ms. Gerretson, Ms. Conti, Ms. Vietze, Ms. Anthony, Mr. Morrison, Mr. Waite, and Mrs. Doda. Want to watch the video our students have been unpacking? Here is the link to last week’s advisory slides and the video is on slide six!

On a different note, I wanted to share with you the LSUU Board affirmed the resignation of Mairead Harris, our Chinese Language Teacher at Stowe Middle High School. Mairead served this year as our Lamoille South Collaborative Virtual Academy Coordinator. I had the pleasure of supporting Mairead’s Curriculum Director Internship this year as well. Mairead is planning to pursue other opportunities in administration, consulting, higher education, and literary translation. We appreciate Mairead’s contributions at Stowe Middle School and wish her well in her future endeavors. We have posted for the Chinese Language Teacher position.

Additionally, the LSUU Board of Directors and Administration are asking for your feedback.  We are seeking to better understand what families and students need, and want your feedback to establish more two-way channels for communication.  Please complete the survey, LSUU Family Survey – Spring, 2021, by Friday, April 2.

As always, we recommend that all students exercise the utmost care in following all health and safety guidance from the Vermont Department of Health.

  • Do not gather outside your household except for essential purposes. Stay home when sick.  Wear a mask, wash hands frequently, and ensure physical distancing with others. Consider how best to follow these guidelines in your home without compromising social-emotional well-being.
  • Contact your primary care provider if you have questions about your or your student’s health, or if anyone in your household has COVID-19 symptoms.
  • If your student or anyone in your household is symptomatic or thinks they were in close contact with someone who tested positive, please get tested.
  • Contact Jordan Myerson (802-585-4087) if your student or someone in your household has symptoms of COVID-19 or received a positive COVID-19 test result.  Learn more about getting tested in Vermont.

Best,
Dan Morrison, Principal
dan.morrison@lsuu.org

Important Dates:
March 31st: Bake for Good
April 2nd: Early Release
April 19-23th: No School – Spring Break
June 10th: 8th Grade Graduation

Math Update: Here is the link to listen to Mr. Morrison review the slides in a video recording.

Advisory Update: Please click this link to learn about the Bake for Good program we are participating in this month!

Athletics: Thank you for a great season! Please return your Middle School Basketball uniform to Ellie in the main office.

For the Community:
The Lamoille South Cooperative Baseball Team is moving forward with fielding our 7th-8th grade kids! For anyone that doesn’t know the team, the two LSUU middle schools currently do not have a baseball team. To help keep kids playing the sport until HS, parents have formed a volunteer cooperative team.

Here’s the TeamSnap sign up link, please feel free to share it with anyone that you think may be interested.

If you have any questions, contact Kim Lund via email: kim@lundfam.com

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