SMS School Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Student drop off starts at 7:30 a.m. Please do not drop your child off prior to 7:30 on any day. Attendance is taken promptly at 8:00 a.m.
SMS Phone Number: 802-253-6913
SMS School Nurse: 802-253-6913 x 1099

Greetings Stowe Middle School Families!

I would like to wish you and your family a safe and healthy Thanksgiving Break! We are in the final stages of wrapping up our first trimester. Our second trimester will begin on Monday, November 29th. Shortly after that time you’ll receive your first Mastery Report for your child(ren) at Stowe Middle School. The Mastery Report communicates your student’s performances on specific learning targets. Look for this soon!

On Wednesday, I had the opportunity to observe Stowe Middle School student leaders at the GSA (Gender & Sexuality Alliance) Conference with Outright VT. Members of our middle and high school GSA participated in the statewide GSA Conference on Wednesday, November 17. There were 43 other schools from across the state in attendance with over 600 participants!  Outright VT hosted several virtual sessions with opportunities to share work and participate in community building activities with other GSAs from our region.

In break out sessions, Stowe GSA members participated in team building with ice breakers and reflection on their own gender identities and gender expressions. Then they discussed the three different functions of a GSA – to create a social space for LGBTQ+ students to feel comfortable, to provide adult and peer support for LGBTQ+ students who may need it, and to participate in activism in the school and broader community to promote acceptance and belonging for all community members. They also planned for the future of their middle school GSA by thinking about goals they have for upcoming meetings and events as well as how the GSA can play a more active role in making the middle school a welcoming place for everyone.

Above: Student leaders participating in a statewide GSA Conference

Our faculty and staff are committed to providing opportunities for our students’ to increase their sense of belonging, promote kindness and develop a willingness to grow. All core values at Stowe Middle School!

Our educators have been working on collaborative teams to increase the success of students in the learning environment. We continue to work at classroom management through activators.

Next up we will be looking at the instructional time after the activators. You’ll see and hear your students reporting how we’re increasing their engagement through things like more hands-on learning, more critical thinking, etc. I am proud of educators who are working on collaborative teams to examine their instructional practices. Our upcoming faculty meetings and team time will be examining things like:

  • How quickly are students engaging in the learning opportunity?
  • How do we support students who may be struggling to get started in the learning opportunity?
  • Who is getting called on to share and answer questions?
  • What happens if you call on someone and they don’t know the answer? What do you do?
  • How do students interact with each other and our learning scales?

This is just a sampling of what we’re working on. We have seen an increase in the last two weeks with more students ready for learning and more urgency to get ready for learning. This is decreasing our behavioral referrals too! I encourage you to give a shout out to your child’s teachers. They’re working extremely hard in creating the best learning environment possible.

Thanks for reading this week’s update! Have a great holiday!

Best,
Dan Morrison, Principal

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Other Stowe Middle School News and Announcements

School-based Vaccination Clinics

Click HERE for the link to register for school-based vaccination clinics. The state has also scheduled two local clinics:
Stowe Elementary Dose 1 Date – 01/11/2022
Stowe Elementary Dose 2 Date – 02/01/2022

Information on how to register for these, as well as dates of other local in-school clinics, can be found on the VDH site. Please note: You do not need to be a student at these schools to register for the clinic. Also, these dates were selected by the Vermont Department of Health. We asked if they could move them up but were told that was not a possibility at this time.

American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter Town Halls on COVID-19 Vaccines for Children

The AAP Vermont Chapter is inviting Vermont families to join them for a conversation about COVID-19 vaccines for children from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. via Zoom on the below dates. Check the AAP website for updates as additional dates are scheduled.

Test to Stay – The LSUU School District is excited to announce we are ready to begin the antigen Test to Stay (TTS) program. If you would like your child to participate in this program, please provide consent HERE. Only if your child is unvaccinated and a close contact would this apply.

The TTS program is activated when a student or student(s) are identified as a close contact to a confirmed case of COVID-19. The intention of the TTS program is to allow students that would otherwise be required to quarantine to remain in school. A detailed description of this program can be found on the Agency of Education Test to Stay website and you can also take a look at how the program will work in this flowchart.

Important Dates to Remember and Other Resources These events are always available on our website too! lsuu.org/schools/stowe-middle-school/

November SMHS Music Concert PPD.
November 24th – 26th – No School (Thanksgiving Break)
November 29th – First Day of Winter Sports
December 3rd – Early Release
December 24th – 31st – December Break
January 7th – Friday Program
January 11th – School-based Vaccination Clinics Dose 1 Date @ SES
January 14th – Friday Program
January 21st – Friday Program
January 27th – Winter Concert at Stowe Middle-High School. 
January 28th – Friday Program
February 1st – School-based Vaccination Clinics Dose 2 Date @ SES

Links:
Attestation Form
District 2021-22 Calendar
Return to School Procedures
School Based Clinics
United Way Community Resource

Athletics Update from Tim.Albertson@lsuu.org – Co-Curricular Activities Director

Winter Sports – Please make sure to return all fall sports uniforms.  Student-athletes will be unable to start participating in winter sports, if uniforms haven’t been returned. Sign ups have begun for winter sports.  Parents and athletes are encouraged to sign up through PowerSchool.  Finally, there will be individual sports meetings this week: Nordic Skiing (Wed. 11/17 @ 5:30 PM in Cafeteria), Boys Basketball (Thurs. 11/18 @ 6:30 PM in Cafeteria) and Girls Basketball (Thurs. 11/18 @ 5:30 PM in Cafeteria). Practices begin on Monday November 29th.

Check out our athletics page! lsuuactivities.com/smsraiders   

Working Communities Challenge (WCC) Sharing PriorityMorrisville Department of Children and Families (DCF) is offering three ways the community can support families in the foster care system: Thanksgiving foods (immediate need), Adopt a Family Christmas Project: buy presents the children put on their wish lists, and Gift Card Drive to fill foster children’s stockings. Contact: Penny.Wilson@vermont.gov

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