Greetings Stowe Middle School Families,

I hope you were able to enjoy the snow this week! It was long overdue! At Stowe Middle School, we took advantage of this snow by shifting our recess opportunity to Sledding! Students and adults have been found behind the school sledding on our hill. You can see lots of happy smiling faces. Students are burning off a lot of energy too! As one eighth grader said, “This is so much better, MUCH better…(than the rec court)”! Recess is about 20 minutes and we anticipate going outside as much as possible.

Friday Program Updates – We are hoping for snow and warmer temperatures for Friday Program as our winter season progresses. Remember, Friday Program is K-12 and we look for temperatures higher than single digits! Please be on the lookout for emails and any other updates regarding Friday Program cancellations due to cold temperatures, etc. We will work with our community partners to see about make-up dates. Click here to preview our Friday Program slideshow. This will provide timely information, expectations and how to get ready for the program! I will produce a video going over the slideshow, expectations, etc. soon! Students have seen this once in their advisory.

Please review the information below from our school counselor. Ms. Conti is visiting and collaborating with each grade level this month on the following…

School Counselor Updates:

  • 6th Grade Healthy Relationship: 
    • SMS School Counselor, Lauren Conti will be partnering with Digital Citizenship class to teach a four part unit on healthy relationships.  If your child is currently taking Digital Citizenship please see the letter that was emailed to you for additional information.
  • 8th Grade: Suicide Prevention
    • Stowe Middle School is taking active steps to create awareness around suicide prevention. During the first 3 weeks of February the Lifelines Suicide Prevention curriculum will be taught in 8th grade classroom.  Families a letter that will provide additional information will be shared with you in the coming days.
  • 8th Grade: High School Course Selection Process
    • The week of January 25th  SMHS School Counseling team will facilitate a student presentation for all 8th grade students to help prepare students for the SHS course request process. This year, students will complete course requests through our online process. During the week of January 31st, 2022 school counselors will support students with completing the course request process in each 8th grade classroom. Please review the 2022-23 Program of Studies with your student.  For additional information please see the letter that was emailed to all 8th grade families.

Have a great week!

Best,
Dan Morrison, Principal

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Other Stowe Middle School News and Announcements
Important Dates to Remember and Other ResourcesThese events are always available on our website too! lsuu.org/schools/stowe-middle-school/
January 21st – Friday Program Canceled
January 27th – Winter Concert at Stowe Middle-High School. 
January 28th – Friday Program
February 1st – School-based Vaccination Clinics Dose 2 Date @ SES
February 4th – No School – Teacher Professional Development
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 Procedure
School Based Clinics
United Way Community Resource

COVID Update – Parents, would you please update your vaccination information with nurse Janet. You can do this by completing this form. Send the form in with your child(ren) or email Janet directly at janet.godin@lsuu.org. This will support expedited communication around close contact if needed.

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

Winter Sports

STOWE EVENTS – SPECTATORS UPDATE – Beginning Wednesday, January 19, any event that takes place at home games or in any LSUU building will be open to all spectators. We will continue to monitor our local COVID data and this situation on a weekly basis and adjust accordingly. Thank you again for your patience and support.

Upcoming Games: 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. 

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

Tuesday January 25th
Boys Basketball vs Lamoille @ Stowe Elementary 5:30/6:30 PM
Girls Basketball vs Lamoille @ Lamoille Union 5:30/6:30 PM ** 2 Spectators per player at Lamoille Events

Thursday January 27th
Girls Basketball vs Northfield @ Stowe Elementary 5:30 PM
8th Grade Boys Basketball vs Northfield @ Stowe Elementary 6:30 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.

Working Communities Challenge (WCC) Sharing PriorityYou can still get tested. At home COVID rapid tests have been difficult to come by.

Live Your Why: Passport Edition Update!

Hi Everyone,

Healthy Lamoille Valley is currently running a project called Live Your Why: Passport Edition, which encourages middle school students to engage with their community and participate in some fun activities. The project works by students getting a little passport (like a pamphlet), and then for each HLV sponsored activity or event, they can stamp a page in their passport for completing it. If all are stamped, then students can hand the passport in for a prize. Certain activities will be highlighted on HLV’s website, where more information can also be found. Currently, there is a display in the middle school lobby with passports which can be picked up, and more information. Feel free to ask your students about the display, or reach out to HLV youth intern, Kate Lewton: katherinelewton@icloud.com. More information is available at: https://www.healthylamoillevalley.org/passport/

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