February 16, 2019

2018-19: Week 26

A Solon Salute to the Racial Justice Alliance and the community partners who hosted workshops on Monday morning as a part of Black History Month. Thank you to:  
  • Leon Walls is an associate professor at UVM in STEM and multiculturalism science education. He also teaches a class about race and racism at UVM. 
  • Flor Diaz Smith is an architect and the owner of diazsmithSTUDIO in Burlington.
  • Mark Hughes is the co-founder and executive director of Justice For All an organization that pursues racial justice within Vermont's criminal justice system.
  • Amanda Garces is a local advocate for racial justice, as well as founder of the Vermont Coalition for Ethnic and Social Equity in Schools. 
  • Christine Longmore is a lifelong Vermonter, she has worked at the Community Justice Center in Burlington. Her professional and community service includes accomplishments in restorative reentry, racial justice, and law enforcement accountability.
  • Sha’an Mouliert is the co founder of the African American Alliance of the Northeast Kingdom, a grassroots organization committed to racial justice.
Photo by Adam Blair
Photo by Adam Blair
Photo by Adam Blair
A Solon Salute to the MHS Gymnastics Team who competed in the state tournament on Saturday. Our small-in-number but big-in-heart 2nd year team came in 4th for the whole state. Well done and congrats on a great season! 

A Solon Salute to the entire MHS Functional Fitness Crew for the completion of an incredibly challenging 12 week program! Each and every one of you gave 150% to every training session. Your ability to over come immense challenge and positively support one another while doing it was both motivating and inspirational. You are all SO SO STRONG! We are incredibly proud of all of you. Thank you for your commitment to each other, kindness and perseverance!! (from Dave Bennett)  How Strong?
Violet Tobacco, Saskia Cousins-Joyce, Nadia Scoppettone, Jordan Allen Brandon, Susha Benoit, Leyla Khasiyeva, Lucia McCallum, Maple Perchlik, Eliana Moorhead, Emma Harter, Jalila Nazerali-Ruddy, Mae Browning
A Solon Salute to Jordan Allen-Brandon, who was featured in The Vermont Network's Annual Report for her work around changing the narrative of violence in Vermont. Thanks so much for your ongoing commitment to this important work, Jordan!

A Solon Salute to these matching senior advisors, Liz Swindell and Adina Trager. They want to remind Seniors that dues are due this Friday (2/22)! Here is the Full Letter of Explanation regarding Senior Dues and the 2019 Graduate Information Sheet

A Solon Salute to local ceramic artist Elmira Behzadikia @potterybyelmira for giving texture workshops to Art 1 students. Thanks Elmira, the work looks great! (To keep up with more of the art happening at MHS follow the art room's Instagram feed @mhsartclass.

Upcoming for MHS
  • Feb 19: Composition Concert 7pm MHS Auditorium
  • Feb 21: Pops Concert 6pm MHS Auditorium
  • Feb 23: Robotics Match, please come and watch this free event! This is an excellent opportunity to see what the program is all about. Matches start around 10:00 am at Champlain Valley Union High School. Contact Anne Watson for more information.
  • Feb 25 to March 5: February break through Town Meeting Day is off from school. See you on March 6th. 
  • March 11: Spring Sports Meeting, 6:15pm in the MHS gym (Full Letter
Announcements
  • Announcement of MRPS Partners in Education Corporation: First Meeting, Friday February 22, 2019 from 5:00 – 6:30 PM at the Montpelier High School Cafeteria. The purpose of this meeting is to review and adopt bylaws and discuss financial structure. (Full Announcement/Press Release)
  • April 1st: Presenter Dr. Michael Thompson, author of Raising Cain-Protecting the Emotional Lives of Boys, 6pm-7:30pm at UES Auditorium (Open to all). Full Flyer
  • Host Families Needed for All-State Musical Festival
U-32 and MHS are teaming up to host the 92nd All State Music Festival this year. It's a pretty big honor, but a large undertaking for our small community! We need to find 380 beds in the greater Montpelier area for Vermont High School musicians outside of a 30 mile radius from U-32. It's quite a daunting task, so any help would be greatly appreciated. The festival is May 9-11th, 2019. You can help by sharing this with the community and hosting if you're able! Host families do not need to have kids at U-32 or MHS...empty nesters, retired folks, music lovers, etc. All are welcome to apply. Information and requirements are as follows:
  • Dates: May 9-11
  • Location: U-32
  • Provide: place to sleep (bed, sofa-bed, air mattress, camping pads etc), breakfast, a few snacks for the day and transportation to and from school. Lunch and dinner provided by U-32 
  • CompleteBackground Check
  • Questions? Contact Choir Teacher, Molly Clark mollyclark@mpsvt.org
2018-19 Handbook & Schedules

February 10, 2019

2018-19: Week 25

A Solon Salute to all of the MHS Musicians who earned All-State recognition for their outstanding skills: Eleanor Braun, Katie Desch, Edie Donofrio, Mei Dwyer-Frattalone, Erin Kelly, Hope Petraro, Evan Rohan, Neil Rohan, and Charlie Watson. The All-State Festival will be hosted by U-32 and MHS this May. We need host families! Please see below for the full announcement of how you can help. Grace Carlomagno (not pictured), Warren Cossett, Juna Nagle, Charlie Watson, and Evan Rohan also participated in Winooski Valley Jazz this past week as well. Great work!

A Solon Salute to visiting artist Gowri Savoor who joined our Art II class for the second day of her residency teaching. She taught our students how to make collaborative paper lanterns. The finished products will be the largest sculptures to parade in the Montpelier festival of lights Thursday February 21st.

A Solon Salute to the Boys' Basketball Team who recently one their matchup against Milton on a last second shot by Ben Gambill! Check out the game winner in this video: 

A Solon Salute to 12th grader Sanela Bikic who recently was selected as a presidential scholar for her outstanding work in the Medical Professions program at CVCC. Congratulations Sanela! 

A Solon Salute to 10th grader Luke Brassard. Luke recently earned his Star Rank. Star comes after First Class and precedes Life and Eagle. The rank is attained by holding a position of responsibility in the Troop, staying involved, earning merit badges, completing a community service project, and teaching younger scouts. Congratulations Luke!

A Solon Salute to 9th grader Jules Caserta for the recent feature in The Bridge for Jules' regular ORCA TV show, "All Things LGBTQ". Well done Jules!

A Solon Salute to the staff, Ms. Butterfield, Ms. Abrams, Ms. Chabot, Mr. Carroll, and Mr. Sabo, and 12th grader Meredith Stetter who are in this fifth MIT MOOC video that features MHS. The MOOC is being accessed by people from around the world this winter. The video provides a nice overview of some of the core pieces of our proficiency based system. 

Upcoming
  • February 12: First day with Yondr in many classes
  • February 13: 10am Start for Students (in-service for staff) 
  • Feb 23: Robotics Match, please come and watch this free event! This is an excellent opportunity to see what the program is all about. Matches start around 10:00 am at Champlain Valley Union High School. Contact Anne Watson for more information. 
Announcements
  • Feb. 20th has been changed from a white day to a green day. Due to the snow day earlier this marking period, we are changing 2/20/19 from white to green. This will result in 11 green days and 11 white days in MP5. 2018-19 Green/White Calendar
  • Host Families Needed for All-State Musical Festival
U-32 and MHS are teaming up to host the 92nd All State Music Festival this year. It's a pretty big honor, but a large undertaking for our small community! We need to find 380 beds in the greater Montpelier area for Vermont High School musicians outside of a 30 mile radius from U-32. It's quite a daunting task, so any help would be greatly appreciated. The festival is May 9-11th, 2019. You can help by sharing this with the community and hosting if you're able! Host families do not need to have kids at U-32 or MHS...empty nesters, retired folks, music lovers, etc. All are welcome to apply. Information and requirements are as follows:

    • Dates: May 9-11
    • Location: U-32
    • Provide: place to sleep (bed, sofa-bed, air mattress, camping pads etc), breakfast, a few snacks for the day and transportation to and from school. Lunch and dinner provided by U-32 
    • Complete: Background Check
    • Questions? Contact Choir Teacher, Molly Clark mollyclark@mpsvt.org

2018-19 Handbook & Schedules

February 2, 2019

2018-19: Week 24

A Solon Salute to all of the city workers who worked quickly in the cold weather to fix the broken water pipe in town. And a Salute to our MHS community for making things work at school during the boil-water days.  
Photo by George Cook
A Solon Salute to senior Meredith Stetter. Meredith competed recently in the Supertour 10k Classic Mass Start Race on the very difficult Olympic Course at Lake Placid, NY. Several Olympian and World Cup skiers were in the race and Meredith placed 46th overall out of 95 Skiers. Most impressively she placed 5th in her U20 age group and beat out skiers from Williams College, St Lawrence College, Stratton Mountain School, and Carleton University. Great job Meredith! 


A Solon Salute to Racial Justice Alliance advisor Sarika Tandon, and members MaryAnn Songhurst and Hope Petraro, for their recent testimony in support of House Bill H.3. They bill passed unanimously with the House Education Committee and will now be on the house floor for consideration. 


A Solon Salute to the MHS Student Council and advisor Ron Allen for their leadership in hosting the Red Cross for a Blood Drive this past week. Well done, thank you!
Sam Watson helped to check in donors
A Solon Salute to 9th grader, Taylor Nunnelley who put together this great video footage from Monday's trip to Jay Peak which several students attended with Community Connections (during the teacher in-service). 

A Solon Salute to Noam Hessler who obtained fourth place as an individual speaker out of 56 participants at the Burlington High School Debate Tournament last Saturday. Nice work Noam!

A Solon Salute to the Racial Justice Alliance who hosted two short assemblies for the school this week, welcomed the I AM VT TOO photo gallery, and hosted the Music of Color Dance on Friday night. Thank you!

A Solon Salute to Hope Petraro who represented MHS Earth Group and the VT Youth Lobby during a Press Conference at the VT State House on Wed 1/23. The Youth Lobby is 1 of 25 signatories on the Climate Action Plan for 2019. 

A Solon Salute to Warren Cossett, Saskia Cousins-Joyce, Isaak Donahue, Sina Fallahi, Lily Fournier, and Jenna Krussman for volunteering to give a tour and host a group of visiting students during Student Shadow Day. They did an impressive job presenting our school to our guests and represented MHS proudly. Thank you for a job well done! (From Nancy & Val)

A Solon Salute to Davis Hart, whose work with Community Partner Sheriff Sam Hill of the Washington County Sheriff's Department has grown and evolved since his first CBL experience during his freshman year. During this time, Davis has participated in many ride-alongs and court observations. Davis also obtained paid employment within their office over the past summer and potentially this summer as well. These opportunities have opened up because of Davis's ability to form strong professional relationships with everyone he has encountered over the past several years; he has respectfully and wholly pursued each and every connection as a learning opportunity. Davis also works as a Tobacco Minor for the Department of Liquor Control (stemming from a CBL placement last year) and is applying to participate in the summer Vermont Law Cadet Program. We salute you, Davis, for seizing these opportunities so fully and earnestly!

A Solon Salute to senior Adam Blair for his kind willingness to help all things audio and visual that happen at MHS. And for the great photos along the way too. Thank you Adam! 

A Solon Salute to Jordan Allen-Brandon, who spearheaded last week's Digital Narrative Project in collaboration with The Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and The Threshold Collaborative. Jordan, along with Community Partner Chani Waterhouse of The Vermont Network, organized a two-day workshop for students to explore digital storytelling and build their own narratives which illustrate what healthy and empowering relationships look like. Jordan's commitment to building a more just, healthy and peaceful community is apparent in her past and present CBL experiences with Vermont Commission on Women and The Vermont Network. We salute you, Jordan! And...a hearty Solon Salute to the students who devoted two days (including Monday's inservice day) to the project: Ethan Rubin, Evie Caserta, Maddie Friend, Apollonia Tabacco, Alex Smart, Emma Harter, and Lila Markow. It was a powerful two days of collaboration and creativity. Thank you all for your commitment to this project!


A Solon Salute to the Intro to Computer Science students and our community partners who worked together to make these videos on the application of computational thinking. This project was in conjunction with the Maine Math Science Alliance. Nice job everyone! Click image to view. 

Upcoming
  • Feb 4: Extended TA through Solon Block for STAR updated literacy and math screenings
  • Feb 7Yondr group begins visits to math classes for school-wide implementation 
Announcements:
  • 2019-2020 School Choice Letter

  • Volunteers Needed: Westview Meadows Retirement Community Dance in Montpelier is 2 weeks away- The National Guard is unable to assist with sending volunteers as was planned. The Valentine's Day dance is from 2-4:00PM on February 14th. It would be wonderful if anyone is able to volunteer that day to dance with residents. We are looking for both men and women- Retired military or active, even Norwich Cadets! If there are any High School students who are able to assist that may be another great option! If you are able to assist or are interested please e-mail: ndupont@westviewmeadows.com or call 802-223-1068 ext 3.
2018-19 Handbook & Schedules

January 27, 2019

2018-19: Week 23

A Solon Salute to all of the MHS community. Despite the vacation day and an unexpected snow day, we managed to get Semester 2 launched and marking period 5 underway! Thank you for welcoming our new students this semester and remember that this Monday (1/28/19) is not a school day for students but is an in-service day for faculty. 
From Ms. Reid's Room
Upcoming
    • Jan 28: No school for students. In-Service for faculty with guest presenter: Alex McNeece
    • Feb 4: Extended TA through Solon Block for STAR updated literacy and math screenings
    • Feb 11: Yondr group begins visits to math classes for school-wide implementation 

    January 19, 2019

    2018-19: Week 22

    Upcoming
    • Jan 22 & 25: Extended TA through Solon Block for STAR updated literacy and math screenings
    • Jan 23: Rescheduled CVCC Shadow Day
    Salutes
    A Solon Salute to the MHS Gymnastics Team. They won their meet against Randolph on Saturday. Click here to read the full Times Argus Article. Congratulations! 
    Seniors Judith and Zoey
    A Solon Salute to Catherine Hennessey who recently offered her time to present about PLPs for the Barre Middle School faculty. Thank you for professional and hard work Catherine!

    A Solon Salute to 2018 MHS graduate, Ada Rohan. Ada was recently featured in the Times Argus for her official commitment and scholarship to the national champion division 1 Georgia Bulldogs Equestrian Team. Click to read the full article.

    A Solon Salute to Bob Powell, Destiney Roberts, Kat Pringles and Jack LaPera who have been baking all week for the Ice on Fire Festival in Montpelier on February 3, 2019.


    A Solon Salute to our Nordic skiers who were out on the courses this past week. This weekend's snow should make for some nice skiing!

    A Solon Salute to our MHS Basketball Teams who had winning weeks again last week. Congrats on all of the hard work! 

    A Solon Salute to twelfth grader Maxwell Hughes. Max, recently completed an "About Me" video to go along with his college applications and did an outstanding job in doing so. Nice work Max!

    A Solon Salute to everyone at MHS for hosting the film crew from MIT this past fall. Over several visits, the film crew followed a few students, interviewed teachers, and filmed some classes in order to put together short videos to accompany their Massive Open Online Course about proficiency (competency) based learning. The course will go live on January 31st. MIT expects students from over 100 countries to participate. Here are four example videos that they shared with us ahead of the course opening: 

    Ms. Chabot & AP Bio

    Ms. Butterfield & World History

    Ms. Abrams and Geometry 

    Mr. McRaith: Intro

    January 12, 2019

    2018-19: Week 21

    Reminder that this Tuesday is the start of our Semester 1 Re-Take Week. If you have questions please contact your teachers, TA, administration, or school counselor. 

    A Solon Salute to Boys' Basketball Time for the Friday night win! Time Argus Article

    A Solon Salute to Girls' Basketball Team who won their game against Stowe this week as well. Click here to read the Times Argus piece on that game.
    Photo from the 1/12/19 game versus Hazen at MHS via @MHS_Solons
    Announcements
    • Water Safety: To view an update from our district regarding some extra precautions that are being taken to ensure safe drinking water, please read the following: Water Safety Letter.
    • CVCC: To view details about how you can participate in a "Re-Visioning" community forum for our Central Vermont Career Center please read the following: CVCC Community Forum Announcement.
    • 3Squares VT Benefits: Please click the following link for important information regarding a 1.15.19 deadline for new applications and recertification for 3Squares Benefits Deadline. Note that if there is anything MHS can do to support your family or any family impacted by the partial government shutdown, do not hesitate to contact guidance and/or administration. 
    Upcoming
    • Jan 14: End of Marking Period 4
    • Jan 21: Martin Luther King Day (no school)
    • Jan 22: Day One of Semester 2 & Marking Period 5 
    • Jan 23: Rescheduled CVCC Shadow Day
    • Jan 29: Whole School Assembly during Solon Block to Introduce Activities for 2019 Black History Month 

    January 5, 2019

    2018-19: Week 20

    A Solon Salute to Zoey Dubois who was nominated for the Burlington Free Press Athlete of the Week. Congratulations Zoey. You've got our vote! The nomination: "Zoey Dubois, Montpelier gymnastics: In a home duel meet vs. powerhouse Essex, Dubois won floor (9.2) and finished second in vault (8.65) to claim all-around honors with a score 33.05. Dubois finished 10th in the all-around at last year's state championships."

    A Solon Salute to Lily Fournier and Ian Keene, for their recent appointments by the Montpelier City Council, to seats on the city's Historic Preservation Committee and the Conservation Committee respectively. Their appointments through the new Solons on Boards initiative demonstrates their growing interest in taking part in the democratic processes of our government. Nice work, Lily and Ian.

    A Solon Salute to Eve Taylor, Sharon Boateng, Mandy Abu-Aziz, Vega Rodriguez Sanchez and Izzy Maine-Torres for giving up a day of vacation to volunteer at the Aldrich Library moving furniture and books. Your dedication to helping others is really appreciated!


    A Solon Salute to poet Lizzy Fox. In collaboration with the Montpelier High School Wellness Initiative and through the generous support of a Vermont Arts Council Artist in Schools grant, she joined Julie Morton's and John Bate's English 9 classes right before break. She taught poetry as a means of exploring sensory language and observing the present moment. They also practiced reading their poetry aloud. Thanks Lizzy! 
    Upcoming
    • Jan 14: End of Marking Period 4
    • Jan 21: Martin Luther King Day (no school)
    • Jan 22: Day One of Semester 2 & Marking Period 5