Greetings Stowe Middle School Families!

Just a reminder… This Monday, January 17th there will be No School for students. Teachers will be working hard in collaborating, sharing, and growing our professional learning community and collaborative teams.

COVID UPDATE – I wanted to share with you that we are in a good position here at SMS. Our community is experiencing an increase in COVID cases and there have been changes in how we are operating on a daily basis. It is a change and a challenge when we have to refrain from being spectators at games and seeing an increase in absences… Even with these challenges, we can celebrate that we are remaining in school and providing a safe environment for our students. We need to continue to follow COVID guidelines so that we can continue to stay in the building. This means:

  •  we need to stay home when feeling sick or showing symptoms of illness
  • wearing good quality masks that are layered
  • washing hands regularly
  • responding quickly and appropriately when one is deemed a close contact in our community.

When students need to be absent we are encouraging students to first check Schoology for assignments and to reach out to teachers and/or a classmate to arrange accommodations.  We are looking forward to providing COVID testing options to our families as soon as we have the resources.  (See message from Superintendent 1/11/22)

As we have seen since the start of the pandemic, by working together and helping to support one another, we will emerge from this pandemic as a stronger community that has shown and embraced our SMS Core Values of Belonging and Kindness.

One way that we can help continue to stay healthy is to be able to take some mask breaks and to get outside for some fresh air. Please help your student come to school prepared to go outside for recess. We will begin to offer sledding once we get some snow as well as Snow Soccer. Recess is about a 15-20 minute break outside (depending on how fast or slow one gets ready to go outside). We want students to get outside even for just a few minutes to help with masks and just fill our lungs with some wonderful Vermont air.

Again, please make sure students have proper clothing to go outside. All of us appreciate this extra effort. If there is a need for items, please let Lauren.Conti@lsuu.org know and we’ll help out! Additionally, if you have some extra cold weather gear that could be used for students who forget their mittens and such, please connect with Paige.Emory@lsuu.org and we will find a place to store, share and clean the gear.

So much amazing learning happening in our building:

Mr. K and Mr. Yalikci, our Physical Education teachers, want everyone to know that next week January 18th-21 we will be exploring the sport of disc golf with our middle school classes as part of our two week frisbee unit that includes a variety of frisbee games including Kan Jam and Ultimate Frisbee.  Many people know that disc golf is a sport that is growing in popularity in Vermont every year.   Although it is primarily a summer sport, disc golf can be played year round and can be an excellent winter activity.   Teaching disc golf outside will allow us to expose students to another way to get outside, stay active, and have fun with peers during our cold winter months.  

In order to make this successful we are asking that parents send their children to school with proper attire to go outside in the snow and the cold.  This may include a winter jacket, boots/an extra pair of shoes, hats, gloves, etc.  

We will only go outside if the weather is safe to go out and will be outside no longer than 30 minutes.  We will be right next to the school and able to get inside quickly for warming breaks when necessary.   

If we can assist any families in providing outdoor clothing for this unit, please let us know. 

6th grade has PE class first period from 8:00-8:50

(Want to learn a little bit more about winter disc golf (Link) )

Mr. Kantlehner (Mr. K)
Mr. Yalicki
Health and Physical Education at SMHS

Have a great week!

Best,
Dan Morrison, Principal

Have a question or comment for the principal? Click here!


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 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
February 11th – Friday Program
February 18th – Friday Program
March 4th – Friday Program
March 11th – Friday Program

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

School Counselor Corner with Ms. Lauren Conti (lauren.conti@lsuu.org)

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?”  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 support 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 unless indicated otherwise. Please check the website and the practice schedule each week for any changes. 

Spectator Policy for the next two weeks (Email from LSUU District) – 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.

Upcoming Games:

**** Sorry No Fans Allowed at Stowe Elementary

Thursday January 13th – Boys Basketball vs Peoples Academy 5:30 PM at Stowe Elementary

                                       7/8th Grade Girls vs Peoples Academy 4:30 PM at Stowe Elementary

Monday January 17th – No Practices

**** Sorry No Fans Allowed at Stowe High School

Tuesday January 18th – Girls Basketball vs Craftsbury 4:00 PM at Stowe High School

7th Grade Boys Basketball vs Craftsbury 5:00 PM at Stowe High School

**** Very Little Seating at Barre City School a link will be sent out.  Fans are allowed.

Wednesday January 19th – Girls Basketball at Barre City School 5:00 PM

                                                      Boys Basketball vs Barre City  @ Stowe Elementary 5:30/6:30 PM

Thursday January 20th – 8th Grade Boys Basketball @ Williamstown HS 6:00 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.

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 (megan.herman@lsuu.org) or your school office.

Working Communities Challenge (WCC) Sharing Priority

5th annual Homelessness Awareness Day Walk and Vigil: Please come out to memorialize Vermonters who died while homeless, raise public awareness around our community’s housing and homelessness challenges and solutions, and amplify voices of community members who have experienced homelessness.

  • Masks and warm layers strongly encouraged
  • Thursday, 1/20
  • Noon-2
  • Meet at the Northgate Plaza (120 Northgate Avenue, Morrisville.) Walk ends at the Oxbow.
  • kanetsberger@lamoilleshelter.org, sherry.marcelino@lamoille.org.

In 2021, 53 Vermonters died while homeless. During December in Lamoille County, 65 households including 30 children experienced homelessness.

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. Home made cookies and hot cocoa will be served.

This GMAS get together in partnership with COC offers an opportunity to take a trip to visit the beautiful Nordic Center, borrow some equipment to try cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, or simply to observe other skiers zoom around the training area.

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 gage desire for adaptive Nordic skiing in the area. To read more or sign up for the program, click here.

We hope to see you at the event. All participants MUST pre-register using this online form by January 20th. Please provide us with some information about the individual with the disability so we can make sure they have a successful experience at Craftsbury.

Questions? Contact pascale@greenmtnadaptive.org.

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