Future Speakers of America – students present their final Oral Presentations in Public Speaking class.

This week marks the end of a challenging semester.  Though we’ve currently hit a bit of a bumpy patch on the road, our focus this week is on celebrating and demonstrating the growth and learning that occurred in the first half of the year. Despite facing numerous COVID dilemmas, absences, and a changing landscape, the hard work, discipline, and trust from you, your children and our staff has allowed us to stay open, stay safe and keep the learning going. As our week winds down we are looking forward to all sorts of student demonstrations of learning that will come in the form of things like the Artstonomy show, guided group discussions & reflections, debate, portfolio and oral presentations, exams, and well crafted essays.

Exams in Chemistry & Cellular Biology

Final Debate about Israel/Palestine conflict in World History

TA Door Decorating Challenge winners!  Students put a lot of work into these and we are all enjoying them. We wish you could see them all – they are awesome!

COVID UPDATE: Despite the current wave of increased COVID cases in our region, cancellations of things like spectators at games, and increased absences we remain in a good place at school. In order to stay in this place we need everyone to continue following over COVID guidance. This means staying home when sick or showing symptoms of illness, wearing a good mask or multiple masks at once, washing hands regularly and responding appropriately when deemed a close contact in or out of school. When students need to be absent we are encouraging students to reach out to teachers to arrange accommodations.  We are looking forward to providing testing options to our families as soon as we have the resources.  (See message from Superintendent 1/11/22) Most of all we are in this together and we will make it through this together.  Our hope is that all of these things combined will help alleviate some of the stress that is associated with our daily hurdles and the series of events that has a ripple effect on us all. 

High Quality masks & Test Kits will be available at school

The levels of anxiety that come at the end of semester coupled with increased concern around COVID is a lot for all of us to balance. Fortunately, we have the PA Mental Health Awareness Student & Adult Group that has been working on an initiative to help improve the mental health of students and strengthen the relationships between students and teachers.  This initiative was designed around feedback that was gathered from students in October and focuses on how to reduce stress for students. From this the Mental Health Awareness Calendar has been generated.  Teachers fully support this initiative by adding some homework free weekends and encouraging self care. 

PHOTO of ArtstonomyArt Show Postponed (Public part…it’s still happening during the school day): 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.  The good news is that our students are preparing a virtual version of this art show that will highlight the in-school Art Show complete with student interaction and interviews. This show was inspired by Astronomy and AP/Advanced Art students completing a collaborative project. Enjoy the sneak peek and keep your eyes out for the release of our virtual event.  Our hope is to have an in-person Art Show this coming spring, keep your eyes out for more information. 

Co-Curricular Activities
Spectator Guidance: 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 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. 

Our Streaming Links will be available on our website and typically don’t open until just before the start.

We appreciate your support as we navigate this current situation while keeping the best interests of our students and community at the forefront.  We hope that you will be able to join us virtually, Go Wolves!

Guidance AnnouncementsQuarantine Absences Reminder:  It is near the end of the semester and our hope is that students will finish strong with their school work. Email your teachers to ask what you should be working on and check Schoology frequently to find and submit assignments. If you need more assistance, our school counselors are more than ready to help – contact them by phone (802-888-7551) or email. Our main concern is that students return to school healthy and rested. If you are not feeling well enough to do your work, please contact your teachers to let them know your status. Everyone here wants to help you succeed.

Semester 2 Schedules:  We have handed out 2nd semester schedules, if there are any questions please contact your students guidance counselor.  Semester 2 classes will begin on January 18th.

Here are some Senior checklist items:

-Please update Naviance asap with any decisions from schools. We need to know where to send your 1st semester grades.

-The VSAC Scholarship application is due Friday February 11th. Please don’t wait until the last minute to gather materials. I will be in the library for flex on Tuesdays and Thursdays to help with anything!

-Please check Naviance scholarships regularly, they will be updated as they come in.

IMPORTANT DATES

January 14:                  End of Quarter 2/Semester 1
January 17:                  No School, Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 18:                  Quarter 3/Semester 2 Begins
February 4:                  No School, Professional Development
February 21-25:          Winter Break, No School

CommunityTeen Workshop:  Did you ever wonder about the actual impacts of marijuana on youth? Next week we seek to answer that question for the community. Join us as we host public health data expert John Searles, PhD. for a look at cannabis data from Vermont and around the country. A Q&A will follow the presentation.

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.  Teens and CannabisA look into the data on the impacts of legal retail markets on youth, January 13th, 7:00pm, Zoom, Learn more and register here.

Adaptive Cross Country Ski Open House:  Looking for something new to do on a Sunday in January? Join Green Mountain Adaptive Sports (GMAS), on Sunday, January 23, 2022 from 1:30pm to 4pm for an afternoon of fun in the snow at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center (COC) in Craftsbury Common.

This event is free and is targeted at Vermont youth and adults with disabilities. Present will be trained ski instructors from the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, and other professionals serving individuals with disabilities to provide instructions, and support as needed. Homemade cookies and hot cocoa will be served.

Green Mountain Adaptive Sports is in the process of developing a partnership with Craftsbury Outdoor Center and other centers in Lamoille County to offer Adaptive Nordic Skiing for the 2021-22 season. The main goal of the event is to introduce individuals with disabilities to the sport of Nordic Skiing, as well as to gauge desire for adaptive Nordic skiing in the area. To read more or sign up for the program, click here.

More information can be found in our LSUU Return to School Handbook 2021-2022.

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