August 9, 2017

Summer 2017

We are wishing you all a relaxing and fun summer! Take a look through this summer posting for the latest news and updates from Montpelier High School:

Upcoming Important Dates

  • August 29, 7:00pm:       Principal’s Update: New in 17-18 (Optional Info Night)
  • August 30, 8:00 am:      First day for Central Vermont Career Center
  • Sept. 14, 6:30-8:30pm:   Open House

Photos from Some of the Building/Grounds Updates

New Sculpture in the Courtyard
New paint, carpet, and lighting in Mr. Carroll's Room
New lighting for Ms. Butterfield's Room
New paint, carpet, and lighting for the music rooms
New lockers downstairs (upstairs next year)
New sets of bathrooms upstairs and downstairs
Bathroom renovation in progress
New concrete slope and pad for a new bike rack
Our new community wood fired pizza kiln has its first firing

The chickens keep getting out!
Mr. Sabo's summer program has done a fantastic job in the garden!

June 25, 2017

2016-2017: Week 43 (Final Week of the School-Year)

A Solon Salute to the incoming Class of 2021! On June 22nd, we welcomed the class of 2021 to Montpelier High School. As a part of their welcome, we showed them this short slide show. We emphasized that Montpelier High School is a school where everyone belongs and a place where there is tremendous opportunity to get involved. We encourage the class of 2021 to jump in and make a positive contribution to our shared community. The slideshow uses images from the 2016-17 Solon Salutes.

A Solon Salute and a humble thank you to the Estate of Alan Weiss and his family. They recently made a significant donation to Montpelier High School. The donation will help support student leadership and the theater program for years to come. In order to help make decisions about the distribution of funds, MHS will be setting up a committee with school administration, staff, students, and parents represented. To read the full article recently posted in the Times Argus: Click Here. 

A Solon Salute to the following students who went the entire 2016-17 school year with perfect attendance! Mallory Belleville, Danny Bruce, Luke Hawley, Isaac Maddox-White and Azwayla Taylor. 

A Solon Salute from the Flexible Pathways corner of MHS! Independent learning is when an individual is able to think, act, and pursue his/her studies without the same level of support from a teacher at school. It requires a certain skill set to be successful: motivation to do your work; resilience to overcome challenges; excellent time management; and often times, but not always, strong reading and writing skills; organization and the ability to multi-task; as well as initiative and self-advocacy. We recognize the way Heather Swiatocha took the foundation she had of these skills and improved them significantly as she journeyed through her online "Game Design with Scratch" course. Congratulations on your highly successful course completion, Heather! (From Ms. DiLena)

A Solon Salute to Noel Riby-Williams and Rosie Harper who recently finished independent projects that culminated with the publications of their respective books. Rosie and Noel worked with Ms. McCadden and Ms. DiLena in the Flexible Pathways program. 

A Solon Salute to the The AP Spanish class who spent the last marking period exploring what life is like for immigrants living and working on Vermont's dairy farms. They created a half-hour radio program to share their learning. They put a lot of work into this project and the results are impressive! The program aired last Thursday at 11am on WGDR

A Solon Salute to Emma-Murray Clasen and Joelyn Mensah for recently being awarded the 2017 Solon Award. To read the details of this award and a short explanation of their contributions click here.

A Solon Salute to MHS alumni, Garrett Graff who was recently interviewed on NPR's Fresh Air about his new book. Click Here to Listen

  • Construction: Starting on June 26th, there will be significant construction taking place in the pairs of bathrooms on the west end of the building. The downstairs lockers will also be replaced starting on June 26th. There will be construction noise and traffic in the building, please plan accordingly.  
  • Announcing Solon Block! Additional information will be shared at the start of 2017-18, but the MHS leadership team is happy to share the news about our new daily schedule. This 30 minute block will allow all teachers and all students to be available at the same time. An easy-to-use piece of online software will help us stay organized. The software will allow students to "book" themselves with a teacher, and teachers to "book" students into their classrooms as well. The goal is to provide additional support on challenging topics, time to connect on missed work, run some small groups, increase the time dedicated to personalized learning plans, and have a built-in time for the assemblies that come up throughout the year. Here is the New Bell Schedule for 2017-18.

End of the Year Report Card-Supplemental Information:

June 18, 2017

2016-17: Week 42

A Solon Salute and Congratulations to the Class of 2017! On Friday, we celebrated their graduation in the gym with hundreds of family members and friends. The students giving speeches, performing, and singing all did a great job. Thank you to all of the staff that make the graduation ceremony possible, with a special thanks to senior advisors Heather McLane and Val Belanger. (Times Argus Article)

Photo by Adam Blair
A Solon Salute to Mary Ellen Solon, Sylvia Fagin and the MHS QSA for hosting their first annual Lavender Graduation last week. The first of many!

A Solon Salute to the Boys' Soccer Team and Coach Bill Basa. On Saturday morning from 8:00am to 12:00pm, 14 boys soccer players and 2 coaches do the VT Food Bank 'Sort-a-thon.'  They worked hard and steady for that time. They packed food boxes to supply 720 Seniors for one month and over 600 families for a month. This work is a part of a pilot program with the Helper Helper APP. The boys' soccer team is currently using the a APP to learn about local volunteer opportunities and track the time they spend volunteering in the community. In two different events, the team has logged 84 hours of service. 

Photos provided by Bill Basa

A Solon Salute to Heather McLane and her PSS Students for sharing their formulated opinions in local newspapers over the last month on important societal issues. Several student opinion pieces have been published and they provide the central Vermont community with the important perspectives, opinions and ideas for action that MHS students have. Thank you for helping to build an informed Vermont citizenry.

A Solon Salute to Emma Harter, Nadia Scoppetone, Matt Koucky, and Izzy Maine-Torres for spending a couple of hours tackling invasive species along the bike path when they had a lot of other work to do to finish summatives. Thank you also to community member Emily Markstein for leading us in the work and teaching us how to "girdle" a tree.

A Solon Salute to all of those who contributed to making the canoe gift possible in honor of former MHS teacher, Bill Haines. The canoe served as part of the celebration of Bill's life over the weekend, and it will join the canoeing program at MHS next fall.
Photo from Brian Gallagher
A Note from our Health & Wellness Coordinator:
As we celebrate the end of another great year, check out the Health and Wellness Blog and bookmark it for future reference. You will find helpful information there about programs to support your child's health and wellness here at school. Also, welcome Adrienne Gil, our new coordinator, who is also a parent of 2 students at UES. She will lead the team in focusing on improving the Food Service this year by providing support to our new Food Service Director. We will need the help of all those interested! To join in the fun, contact Adrienne at


June 10, 2017

2016-17-Week 41

A Solon Salute to the state champions Girls' Ultimate Team! They won their championship game last Wednesday night against St. Johnsbury 15-4. Congratulations on the win and a great season! 

Photos from Carolyn Scoppetone
A Solon Salute to Boys' Ultimate Team who finished the season state runner's up and had a great season, Boy's Golf-state runner's up, the Girls' Tennis Team who finished as the state runner's up as well, to the Boys' Tennis Team who finished their season 16-1, and the Boys' Baseball Team who played a close 4-3 game in the semifinals.

A Solon Salute to the MHS Track Team who finished their season last weekend, including a first place finish in the 1500 and 3000 by Matt Hynes. To view the full results click here.

Many students and teachers (too many to name) volunteered time to help construct the base for our soon-to-be wood-fired pizza oven. There were three kids, however, that truly went above and beyond. At 3 o'clock, when high school kids generally become scarce, Connor Barrett, Lucas Eldred, and Ethan Eldred hung around to help finish construction. Nearly 2 hours, and 16 - 80 lb bags of cement later, we were done! A strong Solon Salute to Connor, Lucas, and Ethan!
(From Mr. Sabo & Mr. Bromley)

photos from Mr. Bromley
A Solon Salute to the following students who participated in the PLAY Mentoring program this year: Mandy Abu-Aziz, Cole Bingham, Charlotte Brace, Nelson Brown, Tyler Cain, Gavin Corbett-Valade, Angus Fraser,  Katie Gibson-Davis, Ben Hancock-Song, Adam Isaacs-Falbel, Graham Jansen, Emma Murray-Clasen, Siiri Pombar, Miles Rappaport, Sarah Rose, Henry Valentine, Davor Vukoja, Julie Richardson, Apollonia Tabacco, Josh Golonka, Noel Riby-Williams, Kayla Woodman, Christianna Cecere, Lily Fournier, Olivia Hennessey, MaryAnn Songhurst, Jenna Krussman, Aiden Murphy, Juna Nagle, Andrew Scully, Nathan Grutchfield, David Ackerson, and Avi Isaacs-Corcoran. These students met with their mentees at UES or MSMS on Wednesday mornings before school from October to June- a considerable commitment of time and energy. Thanks for making a difference in the lives of young people in our community! 

A Solon Salute to our Art-2 Students and the Friends of the Winooski River. Together, they are auctioning off re-purposed and artistically painted rain barrels. The barrels are placed around town and the silent auction closes on June 21st. Click here for more details about the auction 
Photos from Shawn White
A Solon Salute to Helen Cerutti, Hayden Ellms, Navah Fried, Shianna Heim, Khylear Imbeau, Evan Lewis, Machlan Pettersen, and Siiri Pombar, who participated in the CBL Music, Photography, and Poetry Showcase last Tuesday at Bagitos. These students shared their poetry, photography, and music with a packed house, and it was a great event. (From Ms. Loveless).

Photos from Ms. McCadden
A Solon Salute to Mr. Gallagher who was recently honored by VFW Post 792 (Montpelier) as the high school Vermont Teacher of the Year. Congratulations!

A Solon Salute to Theresa Noonan. Theresa was selected as one of the three seniors in the state as a Green Mountain Athletic Association Scholarship Winner. Green Mountain Athletic Association Scholarship Winners Press Release

A Solon Salute to Rachel Sucher who was recently a finalist for the Rita Dove Prize in Poetry--a 2017 International Literary Award sponsored by Salem College Center for Women Writers. 


June 4, 2017

2016-17: Week 40

A Solon Salute to both the Boys' and Girls' Ultimate Teams. They recently advanced in the state tournament to reach the championships. The state title game will be hosted in Montpelier this coming Wednesday. Aidan Casner, Reed Browning, Hayden Elms, Anders Shenholm, and Sarah Rose were named to the All-State teams. The Boys' will host Burlington (5:30pm) and the Girls' will host and St. Johnsbury (7:00pm). Come out and cheer for these home-hosted title games!
Image from Times Argus-Jeb Wallace-Brodeur on Staff Writer James Biggam's Twitter Page

A Solon Salute to the Girls' Tennis Team who won their playoff match and will take on Burr and Burton in the semifinals this Tuesday. 

A Solon Salute to the Boys' Tennis Team. They were 7-0 winners in their playoff match on Friday and will take on Burlington on Monday.

A Solon Salute to the Boys' Baseball Team who won two playoff games this week and will be playing Randolph in Wednesday's semifinals.
A Solon Salute to Nathan DeGroot whose year-long participation in the What's the Story? culminated with Outright Vermont presenting his co-created film 'Trans What?' A Breaking Binary Production. The event was held at Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center in Burlington on June 1st at 7pm. The film will be released for general viewing' look for it here soon. We salute you for the film, Nathan, as well as for being so articulate, informative, and funny as a member of the Q & A panel that followed the film. 
  • What Nathan says about the film ~ "It shows the dichotomous experiences for transgender students in two Vermont schools, one really bad and one really good, and how to bring those two stories together to learn now to make positive changes for transgender students in all our schools." 
  • What Nathan says of What's the Story? ~ "The real driver of this course is passion. All the students are here because they care about something; all the teachers are here because they care about the students. To have access to a course that allows you to advocate for the issues you are passionate about, learn things, and propel yourself into the world of film making is truly a gift." (From Ms. DiLena)

A Solon Salute to Riley Cook and Rachel Sucher, members of MHS' Substance Abuse Prevention group, for promoting awareness on World No Tobacco Day. At the May 31st event, students learned about the harmful impacts of tobacco products on the body and the consequences of nicotine use on the brain. Community members were also given the opportunity to share their concerns about flavored tobacco products and the lengths to which tobacco companies advertise to youth by participating in a postcard writing campaign sponsored by Counterbalance ( A special thanks to Ann Gilbert and Ginny Burley of the Central Vermont New Directions Coalition for supporting this effort with resources and materials (


May 26, 2017

2016-17: Week 39

A Solon Salute to the Boys' Ultimate Team who won the spirit award in their division at the Pioneer Valley Invitational last week. 

A Solon Salute to Owen Carswell-Damiano, Sabrina Hicks, Jack LaPera, Brooke MacDonald-Powden, Bobby Powell, and Sophia Robins for their recent contributions at the Voices and Choices Conference in Burlington. Students enjoyed speakers, workshops, socializing, and a flash mob all about self-advocacy.

A Solon Salute to our 2017 Valedictory Group: Richard Holt, Adam Isaacs-Falbel, Andrew Holt, Jacob Bee Ho Brown, Charlotte Brace, Jeremy Hoyne-Grosvenor, Mary Wilcox, and Leah Sagan-Dworsky (pictured below, as she is currently studying abroad in Italy). Congratulations to all our 2017 valedictory group students! 
Photo by Mr. Tillotson
Senior: Leah Sagan-Dworsky
A Solon Salute to the members of FLVT, Ericson Scott, Machlan Pettersen, and Chase Ruel for providing the great music during the art show!

A Solon Salute to Barb Austin-Hutchins and all of the art students who pulled off another fantastic art show. Thank you to all of the family and friends who came out to support our young artists. A Solon Salute also to the Clean Team for their extra work in the set up and take down. Congratulations to all of the artists on their beautiful show! 

Photo by Adam Blair
Photo by Adam Blair

A Solon Salute to the freshman baseball players. They and their families created a bag of goodies for each senior player, making senior night a more special evening. (From Cathy Grupp)

A Solon Salute to Kim Kidney for being a go-to person for information, done with kindness and patience. Thank you Kim! (From Cathy Grupp)

A Solon Salute to the Class of 2017 for their thoughtful gift to the MHS community. Thank you for the beautiful picnic table. And thank you to the Clean Team who handled the pick and delivery of the table.

The MHS Bocce Team, The Solon Lawn Rollers, completed their spring season at the Vermont School Unified Bocce Tournament in St. Albans this past Thursday. It was a super fun statewide event with over 350 school Unified Bocce competitors. Congrats to Sophia Robins, Sabrina Hicks, Curtis Hayden, Bob Powell, Jack LaPera, Chandra Becker, Niina Abu Aziz, James Coy, Owen Carswell-Damiano, Kat Pringles. And to wrap up the season, the following MHS Unified student athletes presented highlights of their season on Friday to a group of Union Mutual employees who volunteer their time at Special Olympics events- Bob Powell, Zak Grupp, Sophia Robins, Sabrina Hicks and MHS alum Shaniah Bartlett (Class of 2014).  Special thanks also to Sarah Olson for her support.