Greetings Stowe Middle School Families,

Monday was exciting! We waited a long time to see all of our 6th, 7th and 8th graders together again! This week has felt successful, positive and we are still finding a few things we can modify to be a little more efficient. First, we encourage all families to have students complete their health screening before coming to school. The health screening form can be found at tinyurl.com/SMHShealth. This needs to be completed each Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Our greeters are equipped with a device to assist if someone needs the form but for efficiency to have as many families as possible complete this in advance is helpful.

We had the return of outdoor recess for all students too! Four square was popular. However, we felt the wind today with gusts up to 15 mph. This is a great reminder to include gloves and a hat with your belongings.

Our grade levels utilize a 40 minute period to achieve both lunch and recess. If the weather cooperates we can be outside for lunch too. We split our groups in half and swap at the midway point. This allows us to follow state guidance and make sure students have what they need.

Space will continue to be a premium and we encourage you to help your child(ren) bring as few items as possible to school. We are still following the guidance from the Vermont Department of Health and the Agency of Education but from the photo below you can tell our learning spaces are full.

On THURSDAY, we will use our Academic Flex session to train our students for next week’s SBAC assessments. Please review the schedule below and try your best to have your child(ren) here on those days. We will offer Wednesday, May 19th as our make-up day. We have limited staffing to support the make-up day and encourage families to review the student checklist too.

SBAC Testing Schedule – revised 4/26/21
5/04/21 Pajama Day or Comfy Clothes!8:50 am – 10:50 am     English Language Arts
5/06/21 Green & White School Colors Day / How many pieces of Green or White can our ENTIRE SCHOOL WEAR at once?!8:50 am – 10:50 am     English Language Arts
5/11/21 Outrageous Hat and/or Socks Day (Yearbook Opportunity for Pictures!)8:50 am – 10:50 am     Math
5/13/21 Mismatch Day or Inside Outside Day8:50 am – 10:50 am     Math
5/19/21 Make-up for students who are absent on one of the above days.TBD

Please continue to read below to learn more about other news and announcements within our school community.

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

Reminders:
Please have students to school by 7:58AM. Classes will begin promptly at 8AM for all.
Stay home when sick.
Health screening form encouraged to be completed at home.

Important Dates:
April 26th: Return to in-person learning for 7th & 8th Grades
May 31st: No School – Memorial Day
June 10th: 8th Grade Graduation
June 11th: 11:45AM Early Dismissal

For Educators, Parents/Families, Students
Green Up Day Survey 2021
May 1st and beyond
Join us in raising awareness of substance misuse in our communities when you participate in Green Up Day on May 1st or any other day you green up your community. You can help us collect information about the impact of substances in our region. All are welcome to help out. Learn more at www.healthylamoillevalley.org/greenup2021.

Join Us for Our May Coalition Meeting!
May 4th | 6:00 – 7:00pm
We’ll talk about tips for hosting fun parties without a focus on substances and explore ways to  ensure that youth cannot access alcohol and other adult-use substances at home and  community gatherings. We look forward to seeing you! Visit www.healthylamoillevalley.org/may-meeting to learn more and register.

For Educators/Parents
Spring Vaping Prevention Series
April 28th | 1:00 – 2:00pm
Session 3 of our Spring Vaping Prevention series is a conversation for interested folks who want  to learn more about the CATCH My Breath curriculum and other curricula for using in schools  (or just as parents). We’ll be joined by Marcella Bianco, the Program Director for the CATCH My  Breath program. Learn more at www.healthylamoillevalley.org/vaping-session-3.

Vapor Alert: Vaping and Dabbing Devices Overview
An overview (attached) of what vaping devices look like and what you can do about teen vaping.

For Parents
New Parent/Caregiver Workgroup
April 28th | 7:00 – 8:00pm
We are starting a workgroup for parents and caregivers to share tips that are helpful in raising  teens and tweens! Healthy Lamoille Valley coalition member Deb Schoepke will be co facilitating a monthly parent workgroup to support parents in identifying and addressing issues  that contribute to youth substance misuse. Learn more at www.healthylamoillevalley.org/parent-workgroup.

April is Alcohol Awareness month
Check out this new Alcohol Guide for families (attached) from Partnership to End Addiction, providing  facts and steps to address underage substance use.  

For Students
Poster Contest
Healthy Lamoille Valley is launching a poster and social media graphic contest to educate about the harms tobacco and nicotine products have on the environment. All 5th-12th grade Lamoille Valley students are invited to participate (including all of Lamoille County and the towns of Hardwick, Greensboro, Craftsbury, Stannard, and Woodbury). The top ten submissions, as voted by the Lamoille Area Youth Council, will be entered in a drawing to win a $25 gift certificate from a local merchant. Entries due by May 21st. Winners will be announced on World No Tobacco Day, May 31st.  Instructions and submission can be found here: www.healthylamoillevalley.org/environment

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