January 20, 2018

2017-18: Week 21

A Solon Salute to everyone in the MHS Learning Community. After a three day weekend, we began last Tuesday morning normally. By mid-morning we were in a full lock-down with police teams from around the state on our campus. The scary and stressful standoff outside of Montpelier High School on Tuesday ended tragically with the loss of former student Nathan Giffin. My heart goes out to all those that have been affected. I extend my well wishes to his family, the employees of VSECU, and to the police involved Tuesday. I wish to also extend my well wishes to our students, student families, and staff. Your teamwork to work calmly through a harrowing scenario was incredible. We have heard from many of you this week, extending your gratitude and support--please consider that gratitude and support mutual. I expect that as a school community (and beyond) we will be working to understand what happened from many angles and viewpoints over the coming weeks and months. Please know that no matter how or when this event affects you--the community at MHS is strong and available when called upon. As a way of sharing the strength and resilience of our amazing students and staff, I'm sharing a few photos and a video from Thursday at Montpelier High School. 

Sincerely,

Mr. McRaith 

Apollonia and many other art students were working on their self-portraits this week
The Outing Club gathered their gear and headed up for an after school ski on Thursday
Asa, Ericson, Machlan, and Liam found some time to play a few chords
Nick Gambill kept us laughing with this great dance poster and his daily announcements about the dance.
And we were well cared for by our extended community. Thank you to all for your thoughts and compassion!

A Solon Salute to Leo Riby-Williams. Leo was named the Times Argus athlete of the week. Congrats Leo!

A Solon Salute to all of the students that led and attended THE CONVERSATION this past Friday. This is important work and leadership!

A Solon Salute to the MHS Debate Team. The team started the new year with a very busy schedule and has been debating the topic: "Spain should grant Catalonia its independence". At the Montpelier High School tournament Angus Fraser and Omeed Fallahi obtained first place, followed by Emily Sheftman and Jackson Markow in second place and Violet Tabacco and Neil Rohan with the first novice award. At the Bellows Falls Academy Tournament this Saturday Violet Tabacco (MHS) and Basil Humke (U32) obtained first novice team place. Next month they will engage with a topic on tax reform and attend the Novice state tournament, the Harvard National Tournament, and District national qualifier tournament".

SUMMATIVE RE-TAKE WEEK
(Note: The afternoon Solon Block is split into two different sessions)
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Join Us for Ghanaian Culture Night!

Announcements
  • January 22nd: Off for District In-Service 
  • January 31st: Central Vermont Career Center Showcase Day. 8:00-12:30pm.
  • Feb. 10th: Ghanaian Cultural Night: 6:30 to 10:00pm
  • Feb. 13th: Incoming 9th Grader Parent/Guardian Night, 7pm. 

January 15, 2018

2017-18: Week 20

A Solon Salute to the Racial Justice Alliance (formerly Diversity Club) student group. On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, your work in the past year has been a highlight for the growth and development of our learning community. Thank you for your inspiration and dedication in helping to strengthen our community by better recognizing our individual and collective implicit biases and privileges. With your leadership, we continue our work on being the just and inclusive community we all want and deserve. We are looking forward to supporting your concentrated efforts for justice and learning in our community over the next six weeks.
Image from Carnegie Mellon University

A Solon Salute to Micah Blomberg, Avi Isaacs-Corcoran, and Lila Markow for their impressive photography exhibit at Bagitos, which is on display through the month of January. An additional salute to CBL Community Partners Stefan Hard and Jeb Wallace-Brodeur for their steady mentorship throughout the CBL experience, and to Soren Pfeffer at Bagitos for his ongoing support of MHS artists.

A Solon Salute to the MHS Boosters for the quick help in having a snack ready for last Tuesday's special schedule. Thank you Boosters for your friendly, expert, and timely support!

A Solon Salute to English teacher Kerrin McCadden and the MHS students who recently launched the literary journal Mandatory Assembly. Mandatory Assembly is hosted and edited by MHS as a publishing outlet for poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction by students from schools outside MHS--nationally and internationally. We are now open for submissions. Please help us spread the word--and visit us at www.mandatoryassembly.com, ​on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
This journal is hosted by Montpelier High School and edited by students, under the guidance of Kerrin McCadden, Jonathan Helland (a former MHS intern and fiction writer) and Samuel Kolawole (a graduate student at VCFA's Masters in Writing and Publishing program).

Announcements
  • January 19th: End of Marking Period 4 
  • January 22nd: Off for District In-Service 
  • January 31st: Central Vermont Career Center Showcase Day. 8:00-12:30pm.
  • Feb. 10th: Ghanaian Cultural Night: 6:30 to 10:00pm
  • Feb. 13th: Incoming 9th Grader Parent/Guardian Night, 7pm. 

January 6, 2018

2017-18: Week 19

A Solon Salute to Ms. Katy Chabot (Science) and Profa Colleen Purcell (Spanish) for earning their National Board Certification. This rigorous undertaking is both an honor and a tremendous amount of work. Please join us in congratulating them on this accomplishment! (To read more about National Board Certification).


A Solon Salute to John Jose of Central Vermont Solid Waste Management and the MHS Earth Group. Together they recently completed a full MHS waste stream audit. Click here to view the full report and be sure to visit MPS full website dedicated to Sustainability Education.

Dear Families and wider MHS community,

Please join us on January 8th for an evening with Michael Nerney. The event will be held from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in the MHS Auditorium. There is no charge to attend. Michael will share his Risky Business Presentation. The student assembly will be on Tuesday, January 9th.  

(SPECIAL SCHEDULE for JANUARY 9th)

Risky Business: Why Adolescents Love Risk-Taking, and How We Can Help Manage It: 110 mph on the highway, music blaring, open containers, four teens in the car…why do adolescents find drinking alcohol and engaging in high-risk behaviors so attractive? Recent research on the adolescent brain clearly demonstrates that adolescents perceive and process risk assessment in ways that are remarkably unlike adults. Changes in receptor site numbers and sensitivity, neurotransmitter action, and social-emotional responses all combine to influence how teens evaluate risk. In this program, Mr. Nerney will offer new ways to think about and talk about adolescent risk reduction, including access to structured risk taking, and the use of “gist” language. These concepts can be applied across the spectrum of adolescent risky behaviors, including drug and alcohol use, sexual activity, and others.
Michael Nerney is an internationally known lecturer on Adolescent brain development, who acquired is expertise by teaching Middle School and High School students for 13 years, followed by 4 years as a Substance Abuse Counselor in Hamilton County NY.  For 10 years after that he was the Director of the Training Institute of the Narcotic and Drug Research Institute located in New York City. 

Announcements
  • Please consider supporting a family in our community that had a fire in their home last week. Go-Fund-Me
  • January 8th: Michael Nerney Parent/Guardian Risky Business Night: 6:30pm to 8:30pm in the MHS Auditorium 
  • January 15th: Off for Martin Luther King Jr. Day 
  • January 19th: End of Marking Period 4 
  • January 22nd: Off for District In-Service 
  • Feb. 10th: Ghanaian Cultural Night: 6:30 to 10:00pm
  • Feb. 13th: Incoming 9th Grader Parent/Guardian Night, 7pm. 

January 1, 2018

2017-18: Week 18

Dear Parents/Guardians and wider MHS community,

Please join us on January 8th for an evening with Michael Nerney. The event will be held from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in the MHS Auditorium. There is no charge to attend. Michael will share his Risky Business Presentation.

Risky Business: Why Adolescents Love Risk-Taking, and How We Can Help Manage It: 110 mph on the highway, music blaring, open containers, four teens in the car…why do adolescents find drinking alcohol and engaging in high-risk behaviors so attractive? Recent research on the adolescent brain clearly demonstrates that adolescents perceive and process risk assessment in ways that are remarkably unlike adults. Changes in receptor site numbers and sensitivity, neurotransmitter action, and social-emotional responses all combine to influence how teens evaluate risk. In this program, Mr. Nerney will offer new ways to think about and talk about adolescent risk reduction, including access to structured risk taking, and the use of “gist” language. These concepts can be applied across the spectrum of adolescent risky behaviors, including drug and alcohol use, sexual activity, and others.
Michael Nerney is an internationally known lecturer on Adolescent brain development, who acquired is expertise by teaching Middle School and High School students for 13 years, followed by 4 years as a Substance Abuse Counselor in Hamilton County NY.  For 10 years after that he was the Director of the Training Institute of the Narcotic and Drug Research Institute located in New York City. 

A Solon Salute to senior Jackson Markow. Jackson was nominated by all three VT national representatives to the US Naval Academy recently. Congratulations Jackson! 
Jackson with Senators Patrick Leahy & Bernie Sanders and Congressman Peter Welch.


Announcements
  • January 8th: Michael Nerney Parent/Guardian Risky Business Night: 6:30pm to 8:30pm in the MHS Auditorium 
  • January 9th: Assembly with Michael Nerney & Extended TA 
  • January 15th: Off for Martin Luther King Jr. Day 
  • January 19th: End of Marking Period 4 
  • January 22nd: Off for District In-Service 
  • Feb. 10th: Ghanaian Cultural Night: 6:30 to 10:00pm
  • Feb. 13th: Incoming 9th Grader Parent/Guardian Night, 7pm. 

December 23, 2017

2017-18: Week 17

Dear Parents/Guardians and wider MHS community,

Please join us on January 8th for an evening with Michael Nerney. The event will be held from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in the MHS Auditorium. There is no charge to attend. Michael will share his Risky Business Presentation.

Risky Business: Why Adolescents Love Risk-Taking, and How We Can Help Manage It: 110 mph on the highway, music blaring, open containers, four teens in the car…why do adolescents find drinking alcohol and engaging in high-risk behaviors so attractive? Recent research on the adolescent brain clearly demonstrates that adolescents perceive and process risk assessment in ways that are remarkably unlike adults. Changes in receptor site numbers and sensitivity, neurotransmitter action, and social-emotional responses all combine to influence how teens evaluate risk. In this program, Mr. Nerney will offer new ways to think about and talk about adolescent risk reduction, including access to structured risk taking, and the use of “gist” language. These concepts can be applied across the spectrum of adolescent risky behaviors, including drug and alcohol use, sexual activity, and others.
Michael Nerney is an internationally known lecturer on Adolescent brain development, who acquired is expertise by teaching Middle School and High School students for 13 years, followed by 4 years as a Substance Abuse Counselor in Hamilton County NY.  For 10 years after that he was the Director of the Training Institute of the Narcotic and Drug Research Institute located in New York City. 

A Solon Salute to Micah Wagner. We want to thank you again for sharing your time, many talents and your genuine kindness for others in your performances over the past few weeks at area assisted living residences. We also want to admire and appreciate your desire to integrate and grow your creative talents, skills and aspirations into your public school education. (From Matt McLane)

A Solon Salute to Boys' and Girls' Basketball Teams who both had strong weeks this past week. Times Argus Article

 https://www.timesargus.com/articles/montpelier-girls-rally-past-northfield/
 

A Solon Salute to Juna Nagle and the 9 students that joined representatives from the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, Department of Labor and Agency of Education to have a thoughtful discussion about the relationship between their K-12 education and future career plans. Juna helped organize the event and the feedback I [Ken Jones] am receiving from state officials is that it was a valuable discussion. Thanks!

Announcements
January 8th: Michael Nerney Parent/Guardian Risky Business Night: 6:30pm to 8:30pm in the MHS Auditorium 
January 9th: Assembly with Michael Nerney and Extended TA 
January 15th: Off for Martin Luther King Jr. Day 
January 19th: End of Marking Period 4 
January 22nd: Off for District In-Service 
January 23rd-26th: Summative Re-Take Week 
Feb. 13th: Incoming 9th Grader Parent/Guardian Night, 7pm. 
Athletic Calendar
2 Hour Delay Schedule (Just in case)

December 17, 2017

2017-18: Week 16

Happy Holidays MHS Learning Community! A reminder that we are off for the holiday break beginning 12/22/17 and returning 1/2/18. (Green & White Calendar)
 
A Solon Salute to all of our winter sports teams. Nordic, Basketball, Gymnastics, and Hockey are now in full swing as their seasons have begun. Come out and support the Solons! Athletic Calendar. And follow MPS Athletic Director Matt Link on Twitter: @MHS_Solons
A Solon Salute to the QSA for hosting a movie night on Friday. We screened "The Way He Looks," a movie from Brazil about a romance between two high school boys, one of whom is blind. Discussion afterwards ranged from how same-gender relationships are portrayed in movies, to what it means to "see" someone without sight, to the difference between high school parties in Vermont and Brazil. Thanks to everyone who showed up and made it a super fun event! (From Sylvia Fagin).

A Solon Salute to The Capital Store, our local Exxon Mobil dealer, for nominating Montpelier High School for this generous $500 grant! MHS recently received an Exxon Mobil Educational Grant.

Announcements:
  • Solon Sauce: Our own MHS produced hot sauce is now on sale. Pick up a bottle in the main office for $7! 
  • Feb. 13th: Incoming 9th Grader Parent/Guardian Night, 7pm.

December 9, 2017

2017-18: Week 15

A Solon Salute to Sadie Chase-Tatko, Evie Caserta, Mary Margaret Page, Nadia Scoppettone, and Emma Harter for volunteering to sing carols at Westview Meadows residence.
Photo and Salute from Ms. McLane

A hearty Solon Salute to the 43 MHS PLAY Mentors who, over the past few weeks, began meeting with mentees from MSMS and UES Wednesday mornings before school. Your willingness to share your time and energy is awesome and inspiring. We salute you!
Photos and Salute from Ms. Loveless

A Solon Salute to Samir Drljacic and Nick Colwell who spent Monday morning at the Agency of Education for the 2017 Hour of Code. They used code that they had written in class to show state representatives and agency employees what students at MHS are currently working on. Samir and Nick represented our class and our school well!
Photos and Salute from Ms. Machnik

A Solon Salute to all of the students who starred in, directed, managed, and supported the 5 one act plays over the week. Great job everyone! 
A Solon Salute to all of the students and faculty who participated in the end of the season Unified Sports Bowling Solons event this past Thursday. A great time for all!
Photos by Matt McLane

A Solon Salute to the MHS Scholars' Bowl Team at the recent Pre-Holiday Academic Tournament held at Essex High School. The Montpelier A team was led by top scorer Graham Janson with 205 points on the day, followed by Matt Koucky (190), Asa Richardson-Skinder (175), first year player Julian Stoller (115), and Clayton Winters (80). These players went 5-3 defeating teams from Burlington, South Burlington, and Mt. Mansfield, among others. The Montpelier B team, which went 4-4 on the day was led by Anders Shenholm with 195 points, followed by Henry Jones (170), Hayden Stumpff, another first year player (115), Henry Valentine (60), and Cole Bingham (50). Falling to Montpelier B were teams from Essex, Rice, Mt. Mansfield, and Crown Point, NY. Our next competition will be January 5 at Champlain Valley Union.
Photo and Salute from Coach Mr. Tillotson

A big Solon Salute to the following students for taking time out of their busy lives to spend two days at the Lake Morey Resort, helping make the first ever Youth Climate Leaders Academy a huge success. They attended numerous workshops and training sessions designed to provide the knowledge and to teach the skills necessary for them to carry out climate-related projects at their respective schools. Our MHS representatives were leaders among the leaders! Thanks to Machlan Pettersen, Grace Valentine, Asa Richardson-Skinder, Liam Mears, Isabelle Francke, Avery Paull, Lila Markow, Josie Gingold, Violet Tabacco, Brynn Bushey, Maple Perchlik and Emily Sheftman.
Photo and Salute from Mr. Sabo
A Solon Salute this week from Flexible Pathways: Junior Sidney Ordway designed her fall semester independent study around her passion for and interest in drawing. Each green day Sidney arrives in the Flexible Pathways room and dives immediately into her sketch book! Her marking periods one and two drawings currently adorn and brighten up the space; visitors are welcome anytime to tour the "gallery." Sidney, for the engagement you show weekly in your independent study and for what you add to the Flexible Pathways space with your presence and your drawings, we salute you!
Photos and Salute from Ms. DiLena

A Solon Salute to Rory Hynes and Henry Valentine for the thoughtful pick-me-up candy bar gift for Jen Wall Howard after a long day of covering as a sub in multiple rooms and so much more. Thanks Rory and Henry!

Announcements:
  • Solon Sauce: Our own MHS produced hot sauce is now on sale. Pick up a bottle in the main office for $7!

December 3, 2017

2017-18: Week 14

A Solon Salute to all those who made the Soccer-Jersey-Thank You to Montpellier, France possible. Sue Monmaney and Adam Blair provided heroic level support on audio/visual needs. Jackson Markow pitched in too. Thank you to Noel Riby-Williams for serving as the student speaker, Mike Martin in representing Montpelier Public Schools, Tom A. and John B. for the setup, Brian G. for letting us use the gym during a class, and Matt Link for organizing the participating students. Thanks also to Jamie and Sue at City Hall for their collaboration and all of the participating students. The story was picked up by the Associated Press again, so the news traveled around the globe. Here are some of the local news stories: WCAX video, WPTZ video, Times Argus Article.

A Solon Salute to members of the Interact Club: Emily Sheftman, Brynn Bushey, Josie Gingold, Isabelle Francke, and Ruby Bryant who helped prepare Thanksgiving meals for members of the community who needed the support. Thanks Interact!

A Solon Salute to the Unified Bowlin' Solons for a great showing of team spirit and real fine bowling at the Central Vermont Bowling competition versus U32 and Harwood this past week!

A Solon Salute to Mr. Gallagher's Personal Wellness Class. The class prepared fitness lessons and a video to share with UES' 3rd grade class with Mr. Riby-Williams. This past week they visited to share the lessons in person.

A Solon Salute to the Barb Austin-Hutchins and the Project Grad Team who hosted the Winter Ball over the weekend. A big thank you to all of the chaperones and volunteers!

A Solon Salute to Violet Tabacco, Lila Markow, Avery Paull, Alex Boes, Evan Rohan, Kali Kahn, and January Simpson. They did an outstanding job representing Montpelier High School at the Vermont Youth Climate Summit at UVM. They attended numerous workshops and are returning to school with many great ideas to combat climate change.

A Solon Salute to senior Cricket Basa who was chosen as The Times Argus' Soccer Player of the Year

Announcements:
  • December 8th and 9th: Student Directed One Act Play Festival (7pm Friday and Saturday Night) 

November 26, 2017

2017-18: Week 13

 A Solon Salute to the MHS Scholar's Bowl Team who hosted the Green Mountain Regional Scholars' Bowl competition last week. Here is a summary of the event written up by advisor Jerry Tillotson:
  • The five teams from Champlain Valley Union may have ruled the Green Mountain Regional Scholars' Bowl competition hosted by MHS last week, but the Solon A team managed a tie for second place going 4-1 on he day winning by a respectable combined total of 320 points. The MHS A team was made up of seasoned veterans Graham Janson, Angus Fraser, Asa Richardson-Skinder, Matt Koucky, and Nathan Grutchfield. Nine of the 16 teams at the regional belonged to MHS and CVU. It was tough competition for the other three teams from MHS, given that fact that having to face CVU teams two or three times was unavoidable. MHS B, Clayton Winters, Henry Valentine, Henry Jones, Omeed Fallahi, and Jackson Markow, all experienced players, went 2-3. First year Scholars' Bowler, Hayden Stumpff, who has participated in two competitions so far displaying great potential, joined veterans Anders Shenholm, Emma Harter, and Cole Bingham, won one round and tied another. And first year team members Aliaya Shannon, Julian Stoler, Josh Golonka, and Faith Bolquez, facing tough competition in their first time out managed to win one round. It was great to have 18 Solons participating in this event. We have a strong core of senior veterans and good roster of novices to build on for the future.
A Solon Salute to Montpelier Public Schools Business Manager, Mr. Grant Geisler for preparing and reading the Veteran's Day Remarks. Here are the remarks he shared. Thanks Grant.  

A Solon Salute to 9th grade Wyll Hoerres. During his 4th block study hall, Wyll has been helping our local parks and rec crew at Hubbard Park. We salute you Wyll! And thank you to Alec Ellsworth for welcoming the collaboration.
Davis Hart and Wyll Hoerres

A Gratitude Salute from all of the MHS Faculty to our extended learning community. Using Thanksgiving a good reason to practice gratitude, we extend a big thank you to our students, families, and guardians for your help in making this a wonderful place to be!


Announcements:
  • "Good news! The holiday gift and gift wrap fundraiser to raise funds for new play equipment at Union Elementary has been extended. You can now shop on-line through Monday, December 4th, and about 40% of your purchase will go to support this important project. In this linked letter and flyer, you will find instructions for purchasing holiday gift wrap, kitchen and home goods, and personalized gifts for the holidays.

  • Winter Ball: Saturday, Dec. 2nd, 8pm to 12am at the Barre Auditorium. All proceeds go to MHS Project Grad 2018. 
  • December 8th and 9th: Student Directed One Act Play Festival (7pm Friday and Saturday Nights) 

November 18, 2017

2017-18: Week 12

A Solon Salute to Ruby Jennings, Chanti Haas, Liam Mears, Rebecca ("Reb") Vanden Bergh and Brecken Shea for volunteering at Union Elementary School's Annual Thanksgiving Celebration. Way to go crew. Thanks for giving up some of your time to engage in and support this important annual UES community celebration. Thanks you five! (From Mr. McLane)
Photo credit to Ruby Jennings
 
A Solon Salute to Attorney General TJ Donovan for coming to speak with MHS this past week. Thank you!
Joelyn and Noel advocate and ask questions with the attorney general

A Solon Salute to the MHS Debate Team on the success of their recent fundraiser. With the delicious and dedicated support of Elmira Behzadikia, the team sold out around 140 meals in no time at all! And a successful first debate tournament for the team as well. Emily Sheftman and Angus Fraser placed first overall team. Omeed Fallahi placed first place speaker and Emily Sheftman placed second.
Jackson Markow, Elmira, and Omeed Prepping the Chana Masala Meals

A Solon Salute to all of the music students that participated in the Winooski Valley Music Festival this past week. Thank you for representing MHS so well and congratulations! Chorus students that attended but are not pictured: Juna Nagle, Violet Tobacco, Leila Cain, Mary Margaret Page, Warren Cossett, Clayton Winters, Daniel Jarvis, Angus Fraser, Riley Craig, Faith Bolques, Christie Cecere, MaryAnn Songhurst, Rehana Nazerali-Ruddy, Erin Kelley, Eve Taylor, Jaeden Jagemann
Jack Heyerdahl, Max Hughes, Nadia Scoppettone, Eleanor Braun, Graham Janson, Simon Moon, Colin Desch, Sadie Chase-Tatko, Sydney Dunn, Ruby Bryant, Althea Torrens-Martin
Katherine Desch, Havvah Keller, Jenna Krussman, Ada Rohan, Alex Boes, Grace Carlomagno, Matt Koucky, Eliana Moorhead, Asa Richardson-Skinder, Joseph Mensah, Leah Acosta, Evan Rohan, Danny Bruce, Liam Mears, Neil Rohan, Charlie Watson

A Solon Salute to Mr. John Bate. Talk about modeling growth mindset! Mr. Bate is taking Latin II in Mr. Carroll's class this semester. He claims the class is challenging but enjoyable. We salute you Mr. Bate!
Mr. Bate and his classmates
Latin Teacher Mr. Carroll in his third year teaching at MHS with his student Mr. Bate...teaching in his 51st(!!) year at MHS.

Announcements:
  • November 21st: Spirit Wear orders will be available for pick up beginning at 12:00pm in the main office lobby. Popcorn will be avaialble as well. (Thanks Boosters!)
  • November 21st: Deadline to Sign up for the After School Ski Program's first session. The program goes on Thursdays (3pm-9pm Dec-Jan). Departs and returns to MHS. Click here to learn more. 

  • November 22-24: Thanksgiving Break
  • December 8th and 9th: Student Directed One Act Play Festival (7pm Friday and Saturday Nights)