Introduction

It is hard to believe that spring is in full swing and we are almost halfway through April.  Students have recently spent class time outside enjoying the sun and taking advantage of outdoor classroom spaces. Next week is Spring Break. We hope that our students and families get to enjoy some time together embracing all that our community has to offer such as the local trails, parks and restaurants.  A simple glance from the PA front steps confirms that getting outdoors is a top priority.

The Peoples Academy Class of 2021 Project Graduation is hosting a donation raffle drive and monetary donations of any amount are greatly appreciated. Over 25 prizes valuing over $1,800 have been kindly donated from a variety of local businesses.  Any PA Project Grad supporter who donates to the Class of 2021 from April 1st through May 1st will be entered into a drawing to win one of the amazing prizes.  The drawing will take place on Green Up Day, Saturday, May 1, 2021, at 2:00 PM in the Morristown Municipal Parking Lot between the post office and MOCO.  You do not need to be present to win.  Donations of any amount can be emailed to Project Graduation Class of 2021, Peoples Academy, 202 Copley Avenue, Morrisville, VT 05661 or dropped off to Michele Walker in the high school front office.  Please make checks payable to “Project Graduation” and include your name and telephone number so we can contact you should you win! Thank you for your support!

Yearbooks:  Now is the time to order your copy of the 2021 Peopleonian! We only have a limited number of copies available, so please ORDER NOW.  The yearbook committee has finalized the 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. Contact Michele in the office to order or with questions.

Athletics: This week we would like to continue our acknowledgements from The Vermont Basketball Coaches Association by recognizing Mychaela Watson who had Honorable Mention in the Girl’s Mountain League Awards.  Annually, each team can nominate a teammate for the Peter Hartt Award which honors the former editor of the Stowe Reporter and longtime Vermont sportswriter. This award goes to a player who demonstrates a strong work ethic, compassion and devotion to her team, and respect to coaches, teammates, officials and opponents.  This year, we would like to congratulate Natalie Barbour for this achievement. 

For more information, including how our spring sports teams are getting started, follow us on twitter @peopleswolves & instagram #GoWolves. 

Guidance Announcements: SENIORS! If you would like to be considered for any scholarships that are given out at graduation time you must complete the Local Scholarship Application. Applications can be picked up in the guidance office, accessed via Naviance and Carrie has also emailed one to all seniors. The deadline to turn in your completed application is May 11th. If you do not complete the application on time and completely you will not be considered for any of the scholarships. NO EXCEPTIONS!   NO EXTENSIONS!

We are currently in the process of building our schedule for next year.  Students have been given course registration sheets and have been meeting with Carrie and Lindsey about their thoughts.  We want you to let you know that a fully remote option will still be available this coming school year, but it will run a little differently than the current option.  We will still use VTVLC classes.  However, students will be managed through Peoples Academy rather than the Lamoille South Collaborative Virtual Academy (LSCVA).  Please let us know as soon as possible if you are thinking about the fully remote option for next year.  VTVLC classes are also available to students who attend in-person but are interested in taking only one or two classes online.  This may be because of scheduling conflicts, making up for lost credit, getting ahead, or the class is something we don’t offer at PA and it sounds interesting.   Again, reach out as soon as possible to Carrie, carrie.felice@lsuu.org, or Lindsey, lindsey.yablonowski@lsuu.org, if this is something you wish to pursue or learn more about.

Leadership Opportunity! The American Legion Green Mountain Boys’ State:  Boys’ State is nationally recognized as one of the premier leadership activities in the country for rising high school senior boys. Delegates work with a dedicated staff and state officials to organize and administer various facets of Vermont government.   Who: Junior Boys Class Members  When: June 20-June 25, 2021  Where: Northern VT University-Lyndon  Application Deadline: May 13, 2021  Information: Reach out to Lindsey, lindsey.yablonowski@lsuu.org, or Sheila, sheila.jones@lsuu.org, in the guidance office

Important Dates
4/12-4/16         SBAC ELA Testing for 9th Grade Students
4/13                 SAT Testing for Juniors
4/19-4/23         Spring Break

Community
Sharing Priority
In Vermont, development review boards and planning commissions decide the use of our land. These town committees shape our downtowns and set the direction of our neighborhoods. Read more here about DRBs and planning commissions and how you can help encourage diversity on these important committees.

Our LAH2S-RCC YouTube channel offers several short videos from local practitioners to help boost mental health and immune systems. These are perfect to play at the start of a meeting to get off on the right foot.

Kids, Teens, Families
Camp Agape offers a cost-free, fun-filled week of summer camping to Vermont children with an incarcerated parent. Learn more here.

Auditions for Teens: The Listen Up Project is an original musical inspired, written, and performed by Vermont teens.  The musical will bring voice to current youth issues including mental health, trauma, resiliency, friendship, love, family, community as well as issues that affect Vermont and the world. Audition information here.

This is the last week of the Lamoille North Winter Meal Kit Program, and they will take the week of spring break off. Starting April 28th, Lamoille North will begin a new Family Meal Kit that will include breakfast and lunch for 5 days and will still contain pantry staples, ready-to-eat foods and fresh fruits and vegetables. The Spring edition of Family Meal Kits will go to the end of school. Pickup 4-6PM, some locations have changed, so check here after this week for more information.  More information to come on summer meals.

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