Greetings Stowe Middle School Families!
2022 has started by keeping all of us busy! We all know it takes a team effort to make things work and work well. Part of this team here at Stowe Middle School is Nurse Janet Godin (firstname.lastname@example.org) in our health office. I have been working with her each day this week and she is working tirelessly to answer emails, phone calls, get your frequently asked questions answered and is still able to provide the necessary support to students’ needs ranging from the jammed finger at a recess game to the student who needed to connect with her about a medical need. Janet’s email is included above, if you would like to take a moment and say thanks! Please feel free to!
Educators have been commenting how great it’s been to welcome students back this week! Educators are asking parents to please check in with your student about bringing at least TWO masks, a coat, a hat and gloves. We are wanting to take students out for mask breaks but some are showing up without proper clothing for cold temperatures. If we can provide any assistance in cold weather gear, just let us know! Please remind students that appropriate outdoor attire will help keep everyone healthy!
Have a great week!
Dan Morrison, Principal
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Other Stowe Middle School News and Announcements
Important Dates to Remember and Other Resources
These events are always available on our website too! lsuu.org/schools/stowe-middle-school/
January 11th – School-based Vaccination Clinics Dose 1 Date @ SES
January 14th – Friday Program
January 17th – No School, Martin Luther King Jr. Day
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
School Counselor Corner with Ms. Lauren Conti (email@example.com)
Family Educational Opportunities – Hello and Happy New Year! I wanted to share this upcoming event with you. Your teens are welcome to attend. This could be a good opportunity for you to talk with them and ask questions about their experiences. If you choose to watch with your teens, I recommend a quick visit to parentupvt.org to prepare for the conversations that would follow. It can also equip them with conversations with their classmates.
We are often asked, “How are youth impacted by marijuana?” Next week we seek to answer that question for the community. On Thursday, 1/13 at 7:00 pm Healthy Lamoille Valley is hosting an online event: Teens and Cannabis: a look into the data on the impacts of legal retail markets on youth. With retail cannabis coming to our region it’s important that we help youth, parents, and the broader community to understand the impacts of marijuana on our student populations. When we understand the impacts we can take steps to intervene and reduce the risks for our children and youth. Please join us in sharing this event with other families. We hope you can make it! Note: We are hoping to record this event.
Parenting to Promote Mental Health & Wellness in Youth
Parents and caregivers have been working overtime through the pandemic!
Please join us for this interactive workshop to learn about parenting/caregiver supports and strategies that promote children and youth mental health and wellness. The presentation will be followed by group discussion and brainstorming!
Family Community Connection Opportunity Healthy Lamoille Valley: Our children and teens need us more than ever. As parents/caregivers we need support too. Consider signing up for HLV’s new Pilot Parent Community. This community will be hosted in Basecamp and will provide a platform for Lamoille Valley parents and caregivers to access and share resources, interact with each other, and participate in community projects that benefit our kids/teens. We will launch the platform mid-January. If you would like to be part of this supportive and active community please email Jessica@healthylamoillevalley.org. Subject line: HLV Parents
Note: This group is about lifting each other up and supporting our kids with action. It is not a place to share specific grievances, those should be taken up with the parties directly involved. We seek to support parents as they support their kids.
Please feel free to forward this message to other parents in your network that might be interested in this opportunity. This is a free opportunity.
Athletics Update from Tim.Albertson@lsuu.org – Co-Curricular Activities Director
Winter Sports – All Middle School Basketball HOME games are played at Stowe Elementary School. Please check the website and the practice schedule each week for any changes.
Spectator Policy for the next two weeks (Email from LSUU District)
Dear LSUU Families,
Due to the current increase in COVID-19 cases in our state and community, we are pausing all spectators at any event that takes place at home games or in any LSUU building for the next two weeks starting today, January 5, 2022. Our goal is to preserve the season for our athletes and live streaming will be available when possible. We have made this decision in conjunction with other local districts in the Winooski Valley Region.
We appreciate your support as we navigate this current situation while keeping the best interests of our students and community at the forefront.
Matthew Ehrenreich, LSUU Director of Athletics
Tim Albertson, Stowe Athletic Director
Ryan Heraty, Superintendent
Sorry No Fans Allowed at Crossett Brook or Stowe Elementary
Thursday January 6th – Boys Basketball @ Crossett Brook 5:00/6:00 PM
Girls Basketball vs Crossett Brook 5:30/6:30 PM at SES
Sorry No Fans Allowed at Stowe Elementary
Tuesday January 11th – Boys Basketball vs Barre Town 5:30/6:30 PM at SES
Girls Basketball @ Barre Town 5:00/6:00 PM
Wednesday January 12th – 7th Grade Boys @ Barre City 7:00 PM
6/7th Grade Girls @ Barre City 6:00 PM
Sorry No Fans Allowed at Stowe Elementary
Thursday January 13th – Boys Basketball vs Peoples Academy 5:30/6:30 PM
7/8th Grade Girls vs Peoples Academy 4:30 PM
Check out our athletics page! lsuuactivities.com/smsraiders
Below are openings we currently have at Stowe Middle School. You are welcome to share the links with those who may be interested.
- Stowe Middle High School is looking for Facilities – Second Shift. This position is posted here.
- Stowe Middle School is looking for a Speech Language Aide. This position is posted here.
- Stowe Middle School is looking for a paraprofessional. This position is posted here.
Guest Teachers Needed! – Have you ever considered being a guest teacher (substitute)? We are in need of additional guest teachers this year and it could be a way to help your school community while also making some money near the holidays. Guest teachers are paid $125 / day and can sign up to teach in whatever building they feel comfortable in. Passing a background check is a requirement, along with a willingness and desire to help bring good energy into our classrooms. Other than that, we can train you! If you’d like to learn more, please contact Megan (firstname.lastname@example.org) or your school office.
Working Communities Challenge (WCC) Sharing Priority
SUBJECT: Boosters for 12 and older
Vermonters 12-15 years old can NOW get a COVID vaccine booster shot. Boosters are highly effective at preventing serious illness from COVID-19. You are eligible for a booster:
- 2 months after the Johnson & Johnson vaccine
- 6 months after the second Moderna dose
- 5 months after the second Pfizer dose.
To sign up for a booster, visit the state site or a pharmacy website. If the state site does not allow you to sign up for a booster, register for a first shot and then tell your vaccinator this is a booster. You can also go to the Berlin Mall 8-6 every day of the week for a walk-in. Bring your vaccination card when you go to get a booster.