April 23, 2017

2016-17: Week 34

A Solon Salute to the MHS QSA. Congrats to the QSA for winning the "QSA of the Year" at the annual Outright Awards, sponsored by Outright Vermont. This award honors a Vermont GSA that has achieved significant milestones in their school in the last year. The MHS QSA was recognized, along with the U32 QSA, for co-hosting the statewide queer and allied youth summit last spring. The summit drew nearly 200 youth from all over Vermont. The Mission of Outright Vermont is to build safe, healthy, and supportive environments for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth ages 13-22. And a salute to QSA advisors Mary Ellen Solon and Sylvia Fagin for the dedication and leadership!



Announcements:
  • Thai Visitors this Week: Please welcome 4 visiting students and 1 visiting teacher from Thailand. They will be visiting MHS throughout the week. You may see them in the hallways or in your classes. Please help them to feel welcomed as honorary Solons! Anne Watson will be leading their visit.
  • April 25th: Special Schedule for an assembly with MHS alumni and now author, Joshua Jelly-Schapiro. A question and answer session will be held in Ms. McCadden's room during 2nd block for any available and interested students. 
    • "Joshua Jelly-Schapiro possesses both a humanist's irrepressible empathy and a journalist's necessary skepticism. He reports carefully, researches exhaustively, cares deeply, and writes beautifully." --Dave Eggers, author of Heroes of the Frontier 
  • April 26th: AP Exam Pre-Administration Session: Any student participating in one or more AP exams this spring should attend this Wednesday 7:30am session.
  • Additional Exhibition Prep Sessions During Lunch April 27, 28th, May 1st & 2nd: Mr. McRaith will be offering exhibition prep sessions (rubric). If you would like more support in knowing what the expectation is and some guided work time, come to the MacLab during lunch.
  • May 3rd Exhibition Day: On Wednesday, May 3rd we will be hosting our 3rd Annual Exhibition Day. This day will be a day dedicated to reflection and planning for our 9th and 10th graders. Many of our 12th graders will be participating in the AP English exam and many of our 11th graders will be participating in AP exam prep on May 3rd. There are no regularly scheduled classes. 9th and 10th graders will be scheduled into 30-45 minute slots with with their advisors. Parents/Guardians will be invited by the students and advisors. Students also have the option of inviting anyone else they wish to have apart of their exhibition time. We hope you can join us.

April 14, 2017

2016-17: Week 33

A Solon Salute to Khylear Imbeau. Khylear challenged herself to take VTVLC's (Vermont Virtual Learning Cooperative) online Marine Biology course in the spring of 2016, which includes a hybrid of online and face-to-face learning, as well as an experiential, research trip to Bermuda! Her interest and passion further fueled, Khylear has spent this academic year continuing to investigate marine biology with a year-long online Marine Science course and will return to Bermuda this summer as a student leader and independent study student. For pushing her boundaries, pursuing her evolving passions, and having the courage and self-advocacy to personalize her path through MHS, we salute you, Khylear! ​(From Flexible Pathways Advisor Steph DiLena).

Khylear.jpg


A Solon Salute to Matt Hynes. This week Matt signed his national letter of intent to run cross-country at the University of Vermont. Congratulations Matt, we salute you!  

Matt Hynes Running for UVM.JPG

A Solon Salute to the MHS Jazz Combos who performed at Bagito's Thursday night with with professional jazz artist, George Voland from 6-8 pm. 


A Solon Salute to the MHS Earth Group. They helped to plan and organize this past week's youth rally for the planet at the statehouse. Over 52 schools around the state participated this year.
Photo taken by student Adam Blair
A Solon Salute  to Rachel Sucher who has been accepted to participate in The Adroit Journal's Summer Mentorship Program in creative writing, which pairs high school and college aged writers with professional writing mentors. Congratulations, Rachel! 


A Solon Salute to 9th grader Bella Parento. Over this past weekend Bella's regional U16 hockey team finished 2nd place in the nation

A Solon Salute to our students in Teen Jazz. They performed throughout the week in area schools. And they did a great job in their performance at the MHS assembly. Congratulations!


A Solon Salute to Ron Allen who took it upon himself to plant flower bulbs last year near the entrance of the high school. And now this spring these beauties grew. (Thanks to Sylvia Fagin for picture and salute). 


A Solon Salute to Brian Gallagher for helping to move chairs after the Winooski Valley Music Festival. The custodians appreciated the extra helping hand. (From John Balzenelli). 

A Solon Salute to Jason Miles. Jason recently went above and beyond on his own time to paint some wood for a special project in the gym. Thanks Jason!  

Announcements:
  • Spring Break: April 17-21st 
  • April 25th: Special Schedule for an assembly with MHS alumni and now author, Joshua Jelly-Schapiro. 
    • "Joshua Jelly-Schapiro possesses both a humanist's irrepressible empathy and a journalist's necessary skepticism. He reports carefully, researches exhaustively, cares deeply, and writes beautifully." --Dave Eggers, author of Heroes of the Frontier 


April 8, 2017

2016-17: Week 32

Dear MHS,

We have an extra busy week! In an effort to keep us organized, below are the events for each day of the week. Please also remember to check the athletic calendar for the tennis, lacrosse, baseball, track, and ultimate frisbee events taking place this week as well. 

Monday, April 10th:



  • Students from Sociology, Applied Chemistry, and Computer Programming will be participating in an interdisciplinary day of learning and performance as part of a collaboration with the Creative Schools Initiative. The day will include afternoon and evening student performances at Sweet Melissa’s (downtown). The project's essential question is, “How do we use communication to activate change in our world?”
Tuesday, April 11th:
Wednesday, April 12th:

Thursday, April 13th:


Friday, April 14th:

SALUTES:

A Solon Salute to all of the students, parents, and guardians that participated in this past week's conferences. Your partnership makes all the difference. Thank you!

A Solon Salute to Sunny Ingraldi, David Frey, Hugh Wallace, Joel Bansah, and Casarah Acosta who all represented the Engineering class at a recent bridge building competition. They all did a great job, and our bridges placed respectably, especially for our first time there, and we had a good time. (Link to More Pictures)

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2Ryj_btfxxrYTMyR3BCNzV1cTg


A Solon Salute to Navah Fried, who read her poetry alongside Former Vermont Governor Madeleine Kunin on this Sunday evening as part of Poem Town Randolph.


A Solon Salute to Ben Ward who recently traveled to the Keith Haring Foundation in New York City on a research trip in support for his CBL. Ben has embarked on a year-long, inquiry driven, course of study exploring the influences of Peruvian culture on the art and artistic expressions of Keith Haring. Ben is working with UVM's Fleming Museum and it's executive director, Janie Cohen, to write a scholarly article for publication in a professional art history journal. Excellent work, Ben.

Ben at the Haring Museum, in NY, New York on April 7, 2017.


A Solon Salute to Reverend Paul and his staff, the Montpelier Police Department, and the participating MPS employees for their positive energy and focus during our rainy evacuation drill last Thursday's in-service. Special thanks to the safety team for their time developing and organizing the plan. Many thanks!



Additional Announcements:
  • Spring Break: April 17-21st
 
  • April 25th: Special Schedule for an assembly with MHS alumni and now author, Joshua Jelly-Schapiro. 
    • "Joshua Jelly-Schapiro possesses both a humanist's irrepressible empathy and a journalist's necessary skepticism. He reports carefully, researches exhaustively, cares deeply, and writes beautifully." --Dave Eggers, author of Heroes of the Frontier 


April 2, 2017

2016-17: Week 31


A Solon Salute to Matt Koucky. Matt has been accepted at the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio, a nationally competitive summer program in Creative Writing for high school students, hosted by one of the finest writing programs in the country, The University of Iowa.  Congratulations to Matt! 

http://iowayoungwritersstudio.org/

A Solon Salute all of the students that participated in the Pops Concert on Thursday night. Great job to all the musicians and singers!  

A Solon Salute to our Green Mt. Youth Symphony members for their Spring Concert on Sunday at the Barre Opera House.


A Solon Salute to The Clean Team’s Rob Morissette and Bob Welch, who helped me to get my car unstuck from the mud lot on Thursday night. Many, many thanks! (From Sarah Loveless).

A Solon Salute to Myles Chater for volunteering to facilitate a class discussion so I could assess the participating students on their academic class discussion skills. This was a beta test and I appreciate Myles’ willingness to be the first—and to give up his planning time to do it! (From Sylvia Fagin).

A Solon Salute to Brian Gallagher who has been chosen as the first place winner for the Vermont High School Grades 9th-12th Teacher of the Year for the Department of Vermont Veterans of Foreign Wars. Congratulations Brian!

Announcements:
  • April 6th (12-3pm) & April 7th (7:30am to 3pm): Parent/Teacher Conferences. To sign up online: Click here or call at 225-8000
  • April 8th & 9th: The Student Choreography Showcase is this coming weekend, Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 2pm. It's at the studio, and features impressive dances by students who have been in the Student Choreography class this past year. Suggested Donation: $10 adults and $5. Refreshments by Teen Jazz 

March 26, 2017

2016-17: Week 30

A Solon Salute to all of the faculty and students involved in putting on the spring play performance: Rabbit Hole. The students worked really hard and put on an excellent production. A Salute to director Kianna Bromley, big support from Mr. Sam Bromley, Cast: Helen Cerutti, Adam Isaacs-Falbel, Lila Stratton, Evie Casserta and Nathan DeGroot. A Solon Salute to stage manager-Siiri Pombar, assistant director-Matt Koucky, assistant stage manager-Mandy Abu Aziz, Lighting Designer-Adam Blair, Sound Designer-Jackson Markow, Assistant Sound-Lily Fournier, Costume Designers-Nadia Scoppettone & Evie Casserta, Hair & Makeup Designers-Warren Cossett & Rachel Sucher, Props Manager-Sunny Ingraldi & Apollonia Tabacco, Set Manager-Maddie Friend & Violet Tobacco, Marketing and PR-Stella Best & Avi Isaacs-Corcoran, Front of House-Rafaella Hill-Mosher

http://www.timesargus.com/articles/hopping-good-time/
Click on Image to View TimesArgus Article. Image above from Times Argus.

A Solon Salute to Roger Medina Ruiz. After expressing an interest in playing lacrosse, Roger quickly stepped up to the plate to put himself in goal after learning the team didn't have a goalie. At first he was skeptical after hearing about how much getting hit with a shot can hurt, but after suiting him up in pads he immediately exceeded any expectations. After two practices he was already getting tremendous praise from the goalie coach seeing shots so early and being able to adapt. (From senior Connor Barrett).

A Solon Salute from the Unified Basketball Team. Thanks to all of the students and adults that came out in support of the Unified Basketball team this week. We appreciate it. And, additional thanks to Matt Link, Liam Mears, Helen Cerutti and Amber Pagani for some extra efforts also in support of the team. Thank you from Nancy, Whitney and Matt.


A Solon Salute and Congratulations to our students that participated in the New England Music Festival in Norwalk, CT last weekend: Liam Mears, Ada Rohan, Angus Fraser, Eleanor Braun, Colin Desch, Grace Carlomagno, and Matt Koucky (not pictured here). We are so proud of you and your representation of our school and the Montpelier community! 

A Solon Salute to Karen Tronsgard-Scott and Auburn Watersong from the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and Sarah Wolfe and Dan Brown from VPIRG for speaking with ninth grade social studies students about how their organizations work with the government to make change. These community members were well-prepared and engaging. We appreciate their help educating MHS students! (From Ms. McLane)

A Solon Salute to Matt Koucky. Matt recently was accepted into the Kenyon Review Young Writers' Conference with a full scholarship. This is an incredibly competitive summer program for creative writing, hosted by The Kenyon Review at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, taught by some of the country's finest writers. Congratulations Matt!  

The Debate Team Victorious at District Tournament in Pennsylvania: Two members of the Montpelier High School Debate team, George Huang and Omeed Fallahi, were crowned District Champions on Saturday in Sayre, Pennsylvania. The win gains them entry to the 2017 national tournament to be held this year in Birmingham, Alabama in June. Three other team members, Emily Sheftman, Jackson Markow, and Angus Fraser, won third place medals, all of them one point short of a second place finish that would also have gained them entry to the Nationals. The annual District tournament held at the end of the debate season attracts teams from the entire New England region, including Pennsylvania, all of them seeking a bid to the national tournament. This year's District debate topic focused on the Israeli-Palestine conflict debating the merits of a one-state versus a two-state solution.

Announcements:
  • Please take a minute to note the changes that have been made to the calendar in the Spring 2017 Outlook.
  • March 30th & 31st: MHS Pops Choral Concert (7pm in MHS Auditorium.
  • April 6th (12-3pm) & April 7th (7:30am to 3pm): Parent/Teacher Conferences. To sign up online: Click here or call at 225-8000.  

March 19, 2017

2016-17: Week 29

Reminder: We have adjusted this week's schedule. Wednesday, March 22nd will be a white day.  

A Solon Salute to Andrew Holt for his efforts to help make the concession sales at basketball games a reality. Andrew helped to pull together the schedule for workers for each game and he also worked just about every game as well. He was in charge of handling the money, and shopping for many of the resources for the games. His outstanding efforts helped Student Council set a record for concession sales. Thanks you Andrew for your hard and consistency with concession sales all season. (From Mr. Chater)

A Solon Salute to the two plus feet of snow this week. Impressive work snow. You were successful in your bid to get the school calendar changed. Here is the updated yearlong green and white calendar. Thank you to Mr. Tillotson for his help with this calendar.


Photo by Hilary Goldblatt

Announcements:
  • Please take a minute to note the changes that have been made to the calendar in the Spring 2017 Outlook.
  • March 21st (new date), 7pm to 9pm, there will be a public forum held in the MHS cafeteria to discuss the Roxbury & Montpelier Public School merger study. All are welcome.
  • On March 23rd & 24th at 7pm, Masque presents "Rabbit Hole" by David Lindsay-Abaire. (Poster created by students Avi Issacs-Coracan and Estella Best). Please not there is adult language in this play.
  • May 6th, Color Run (proceeds go to U-32's 8th grade class trip).

March 12, 2017

2016-17 Week 28

A Solon Salute to Montpelier's Scholars' Bowl team of Asa Richardson-Skinder, Matt Koucky, Angus Fraser, Graham Janson, and Nathan Grutchfield. They were the top Vermont high school team in Friday's National Academic Quiz Tournament championships held at Spaulding High School. This team went 6-3 on the afternoon defeating teams from Champlain Valley, Essex, St. Johnsbury, Woodstock, BFA-St.-Albans. By virtue of this achievement, MHS has qualified for the national NAQT championship! Our second team in the competition, made up of Henry Jones, Henry Valentine, Omeed Fallahi, and Clayton Winters, in a tough division, compiled a 3-5-1 record in the competition. The team did well in defeating Fair Haven, two teams from South Burlington, and tied St. Johnsbury.

A Solon Salute to English teacher Ms. McCadden who will have her poetry featured in an upcoming concert. (Click here for more details on the event)


Announcements:
  • Please take a minute to note a few small changes that have been made to the calendar in the Spring 2017 Outlook.
  • Moved to March 16th due to snowstorm: On March 15th, The Spring Sports' meeting will be held at 6:15pm in the MHS gym. For full details: Spring Sports Letter
  • Canceled Due to Snowstorm: On March 15th, 7pm to 9pm, there will be a public forum held in the MHS cafeteria to discuss the Roxbury & Montpelier Public School merger study. All are welcome.
  • On March 23rd & 24th at 7pm, Masque presents "Rabbit Hole" by David Lindsay-Abaire. (Poster created by students Avi Issacs-Coracan and Estella Best).

March 6, 2017

2016-17: Week 27

Welcome back from winter break. The Wednesday (3/8) we return is a green day. Here is a link to our green and white calendar for the year.
  • Please take a minute to review the Spring 2017 Outlook letter which includes several important dates and explanations of exhibition, SBAC testing days and more. A hard copy will be mailed home this week as well.
A Solon Salute to the Montpelier high school students that swept level 6 gymnastics meet SR. A division recently. Sophomore Zoey Dubois, and freshman Jenna Krussman and Mei Dwyer-Frattalone traveled to Woodman's Athletics in Brattleboro, VT for the 2017 Hip Hop Classic on February 26, 2017. Competing for CVGA located in Waterbury, VT they swept 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in All-Around and Beam in the level 6 SR. A division. Zoey Dubois won gold in all-around with a 36.025. She placed first on floor exercise (9.375), vault (9.2), beam (9.2) and third on bars (8.25). Jenna Krussman took silver in all-around with a 34.925 placing second on beam (8.825) and third on floor (9.2). Mei Dwyer-Frattalone took bronze in all-around with a 34.850 placing second on bars (8.350) and third on vault (8.9) and beam (8.775). Congratulations!

A Solon Salute to our girls' basketball team. Below is a picture of seniors on senior night. The girls have their round one away playoff game on Wednesday (3/8) 7pm versus Thetford.
Picture from Athletic Director-Matt Link

A Solon Salute to 9th grader, Bella Parento who scored all three goals for the 3-2 victory in the girl's ice hockey playoff game versus Stowe. Times Argus Article
timesargus.com

A Solon Salute to our boys' basketball team who finished their season this past week as well. Thank you seniors!
Picture from Athletic Director-Matt Link

A Solon Salute to our boys' ice hockey team who won their first round division 1 playoff game. Senior Lucas Eldred scored four goals in their win. 

Announcements:


  • On March 15th, The Spring Sports' meeting will be held at 6pm in the MHS gym. For full details: Spring Sports Letter
  • On March 15th, 7pm to 9pm, there will be a public forum held in the MHS cafeteria to discuss the Roxbury & Montpelier Public School merger study. All are welcome. 
  • On March 23rd & 24th at 7pm, Masque presents "Rabbit Hole" by David Lindsay-Abaire. (Poster created by students Avi Issacs-Coracan and Estella Best).

February 26, 2017

2016-17: Week 26

A Solon Salute to the MHS Unified Sports Team. They competed this week in the U32/Harwood/MHS Snowshoe Hoedown. The Times Argus has provided a whole page of photos. Check them out! Athletes include: Curtis Hayden, Sophia Robins, Bob Powell, Sabrina Hicks, James Coy, Chandra Becker, Kat Pringles and guest snowshoe team member from the class of 2014 Shaniah Bartlett. Advisors include Matt McLane, Whitney Machnik, and Nancy Fitzpatrick.
https://timesargus.smugmug.com/Feature-Photos/Unified-Sports-snowshoeing/
Screenshot from Times Argus

A Solon Salute to Evie Caserta, Warren Cossett, Samantha Murray, and Navah Fried for serving as high school student ambassadors in answering 8th graders questions during an early orientation and Q & A for the class of 2021. You all did a great job, thank you! (and thanks to Levi Beavin and Amber Pagani for their readiness to volunteer as well!) 

A Solon Salute to all the MHS students for their attentive and thoughtful watching and processing of The Hungry Heart. While many students noted they had seen the film before-quality reflection on our community needs and what additional action steps might be taken were well appreciated. Special salute to Mary Ellen Solon for her superb leadership of this work and to 9th grader Miles Lauderville for launching the work and seeing it through with care and diligence. Additional student leaders include: Nadia Scoppettone, Emma Harter, Apollonia Tabacco, Riley Cook, and Rachel Sucher. Audio-Visual thanks to Adam Blair, Elizabeth Cossett, and Kaitlyn O'Reilly. Thanks also to guest speaker, Raina Launderville and the faculty members who offered to help lead small groups: Carrie Cook, Colleen Purcell, Tom Sabo, Stephanie DiLena, Sarah Squier, Josh Parker, Liz Bailey, and Joe Carroll.

A Solon Salute to all who participated in this year's Poetry Out Loud school final: Evie Caserta, Tale Duggan, Kayla Woodman, and Rachel Sucher. It was a very close contest, but Rachel Sucher is this year's MHS Poetry Out Loud winner. She will represent MHS at the Poetry Out Loud Vermont State Semi-Finals at the Barre Opera House on March 8th.


A Solon Salute to 12th grader Leah Sagan-Dworsky. Leah is currently in Italy completing a year abroad through our local Rotary Club. Click here to read a recent blog post from Leah that compares her educational experience in Italy to her time at MHS.  

A Solon Salute to our students in Teen Jazz who had a successful preview performance last Saturday, Izzy Banse, Brynn Bushey, Emily Corbett-Valade, Isabelle Francke, Evan Lewis, Samantha Murray, Kailea Silvers, and Erin Sullivan.


A Solon Salute to our startup Gymnastics team who successfully finished their season last week. Congrats team!


Montpelier High School Finishes Strong at Harvard Debate Tournament
Between debating rounds Montpelier juniors pose in front of Harvard University’s historic Memorial Hall. From left: Emily Sheftman, Omeed Fallahi, George Huang, and Jackson Markow. Photo credit: Jim Higgins, team coach
The Montpelier High School Debate Club brought two teams to Harvard University last week to compete in the annual international tournament hosted by the college. Approximately 250 teams of two debaters each competed in the three-day event. Both Montpelier teams performed well. The Solon team of juniors George Huang and Omeed Fallahi (last year’s Vermont state champions) won five out of its seven debate rounds, which earned them a spot in the round of 16 play-offs. The team of juniors Emily Sheftman and Jackson Markow also competed strong with a final record of 3-3. This year’s debate resolution was Resolved: The United States should lift the Cuban embargo. Going into each round teams flipped a coin to determine which side of the issue they would be arguing. The Debate Club's final tournament of the year is the Iroquois Districts in Rochester, NY. at the end of March. A strong finish there automatically qualifies the team for the National tournament. (write-up provided by teach coach-Jim Higgins)

Announcements:
  • On March 15th, The Spring Sports' meeting will be held at 6pm in the MHS gym. For full details: Spring Sports Letter
  • On March 15th, 7pm to 9pm, there will be a public forum held in the MHS cafeteria to discuss the Roxbury & Montpelier Public School merger study. All are welcome.
  • May 6th, Color Run (register by 4/27, proceeds go to U-32's 8th grade class trip).