‘Forged with Fire’ design course – new in Semester 2

The start of a new semester typically reignites some of the student excitement we see in August. Specifically, we see optimism, joy, and curiosity about new courses, new groups of friends in classes, and new learning opportunities (though your child probably doesn’t say it this way :)). It is also a good time of year for us to look back on the first semester and reflect on things that went well and areas where we need to improve. The teachers spent time during in-service on MLK day reflecting and planning for semester 2. We will continue this work on February 4th. We would also like to hear from you! In particular, we’d like your feedback on our communication. If you could please complete this short Communication Survey, it would help us improve our ability to meet your needs.

Speaking of communication, we are seeing an up-tick in student use of potentially dangerous ‘apps’, such as Yik Yak. These ‘apps’ are developed to ‘bring people together’, but can often lead to bullying and harassing behavior, especially among high school students. Our students are not immune to the harm that is generated on these platforms. We strongly encourage you to talk to your students about ‘apps’ like Yik Yak, monitor their use, and stay connected to their social lives. These can be difficult and uncomfortable conversations, but your child and our school system need your help to counter the potentially harmful language and discussion that occur on these social media platforms. At home you can do things, such as, enforce time limits, keep phones in common spaces, and provide alternate activities, such as watching TV together or playing card games.

If you are looking for help and advice for how to manage your child’s use of social media and technology there is help around the corner (see below) or reach out to your student’s counselor.

TECHNICOOL: Keeping kids safe on the internet – 2/7, 6-8PM. Virtual. – Register here

Learn the digital risks for children, ways to keep children and youth safe, and effective strategies for dealing with  digital behaviors that are concerning.  

Co-Curricular Activities
Spectator Guidance Update:  – We have been closely monitoring our local COVID data and at this time we feel it’s safe to welcome spectators to events.  Beginning Saturday, January 19, we are no longer limiting the amount of spectators at events.  We will continue to monitor air quality and adjust accordingly. Thank you again for your patience and support.

Our Streaming Links are available on our website and typically don’t open until just before start times.

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 Announcements
GIV is in-person for 2022!  This summer, high school students in 9th-11th grade are invited to join a community of young Vermonters as passionate as they are at one of GIV’s nine residential Institutes!  At GIV, students will spend 1-2 weeks living on a college campus, totally immersed in a topic of their choosing. They’ll learn from industry professionals, participate in hands-on projects and research, explore career options, and make new friends!  Applications are open until April 3rd, and tuition starts at just $20.  Visit the website for more info, and to apply today!

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.

Quarantine Absences Reminder: In the event that you are required to miss school please remember to 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.

IMPORTANT DATES
February 1:                  SES Vaccine Clinic, 9:00am-3:00pm
February 4:                  No School, Professional Development
February 21-25:          Winter Break, No School

Community
WCC Sharing Priority
The Morrisville JobLine lists job opportunities around the area. Download the list from the Employment page on the United Way resource page. VocRehab prepares a new list every other week, and you can add jobs by emailing dj.masi@vermont.gov.

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

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