May 21, 2017

2016-17: Week 38

A Solon Salute to Amanda Adams. Amanda recently won 2nd place (high school art category) in the Freedom and Unity Youth Film Contest with her film: Bringing Creativity to Vermont. Congrats Amanda!

A Solon Salute to our Boys' Tennis Team. The boys are enjoying an undefeated season and they were recently featured on WCAX. Click here to view the story

A Solon Salute to Jordan Allen-Brandon for being a good leader by sharing her PLP with her TA. She did a great job, and I believe that she inspired others in the group to want to share their work in the coming weeks. Great job Jordan! (From Mr. Gallagher)

A Solon Salute to Connor Barrett for scoring his 100th goal in lacrosse during Friday's win against Otter Valley.

A Solon Salute and thank you to the members of the MHS Girl's Ultimate Team who stepped up after school to assemble and fill hundreds of pocket schedule boxes for the Mountaineers. They earned a 50/50 night at the ballpark for their team this summer! (From Mr. Gallagher)

A Solon Salute to our visiting artist from Ethiopia, Behulum Mengistu Wude. Behulum worked with our art classes Monday through Thursday. We are grateful for his time with us and wish him well on his next artistry adventures. Click here to view the recent Times Argus Article featuring Behulum's visit to MHS


May 14, 2017

2016-17: Week 37

A Solon Salute to our school online newspaper, the Solon Spectrum. (Below are a couple of images from the latest edition).

A Solon Salute to Tom Allen and Bill Bugbee from Project Grad. Thanks for helping us with parking for the coin drop!  
A Solon Salute to Connor Barrett and Lucas Eldred who have been chosen to represent Vermont in the 2017 All-Star Hockey Classic to benefit the Make-A-Wish foundation. This is the 25th anniversary of the annual Twin State Hockey classic between Vermont and New Hampshire. This event alone has funded wishes for almost 100 special children with life-threatening illnesses. The game will be held Saturday, July 1st, at 6:30 pm at Gutterson Field house on the UVM campus. All are welcome to attend to see VT's All-Star hockey players take on the team from NH. Congratulations to Connor and Lucas!

A Solon Salute to the MHS Baseball Team. They are having a great year. Click to see a short video highlight from last week.
Video by Athletic Director Matt Link

A Solon Salute to Brooke MacDonald-Powden, Chandra Becker, Mr. Bromley, and all of the Applied Chemistry students for the beautiful work in this year's soap making production. Get one before they are all gone!

  • Please welcome visiting artist, Behulum Mengistu Wude. Behulum is visiting from Ethiopia and will be working on murals and some traditional mask painting in the art classes Monday through Thursday this week. Welcome Behulum!

May 7, 2017

2016-17: Week 36

A Solon Salute to our Unified Sports Basketball Team. The team won their round 1 playoff game in St. Albans early this week and then played a great game against defending champions CVU on Friday. Congrats on a successful season!
Photo by Dr. Ricca
Photo from @CVUAthletics
Photo by Dr. Ricca
A Solon Salute to the MHS Boosters and Hunger Mountain Co-op. On Wednesday, MHS Boosters treated all MHS faculty and staff to the annual Staff Appreciation Breakfast. Hunger Mountain Co-op generously sponsored the breakfast and provided quiches and baked goods made with locally sourced, all natural ingredients. Montpelier Food Service again lent a hand at all three schools ensuring the morning got off to a great start. A Special Community Solon Salute to Hunger Mountain Co-op!

A Solon Salute to Spanish Teacher, Colleen Purcell (Profa). Profa was recently chosen by a MHS graduate who is attending Saint Michael's College as an "Unsung Hero". Congratulations Colleen!

A Solon Salute to our programming students for competing in St. Anselm College's computer science competition. Jacob Bee Ho Brown, Asa Richardson-Skinder, Banyon Thompson, Omeed Fallahi, George Huang, and Jackson Markow represented MHS wonderfully! (From Ms. Machnik)

A hearty Solon Salute to Rachel Sucher, Will Rider, and Tale Duggan for participating in Lost Nation Theater's Budbill Outloud--a memorial tribute to poet David Budbill. These students chose poems by Budbill to read to an audience that included David's family. Lost Nation Theater presents Budbill's acclaimed Judevine through this weekend.

A Solon Salute to our Boys' Soccer Team and their coach Mr. Bill Basa. Members of the team worked together with some local Americorp members to plant trees and clean up along the river on Friday in honor of Arbor Day. We salute you!
A Solon Salute to prom advisor Barb Austin-Hutchins, the Junior Prom Committee: Amanda Adams, Joelyn Mensah, Noel Riby-Williams, Cricket Basa, Liam Frey, and Casarah Acosta, several other junior helpers, and the volunteer chaperones: Joe Carroll, Alison Lacivita, Steve Reinemann, Donna Gibbs, Kate Rowland, and Andrea Myotte. And special thank you to the MHS Boosters who pulled together some great door prizes that were given away throughout the night as well.


April 30, 2017

2016-17: Week 35

May 3rd: 3rd Annual Exhibition Day
  • There are no regularly scheduled classes this coming Wednesday. Instead, 9th & 10th graders will be participating in exhibition day. This is one day out of the year to take a moment to stop and reflect on the past year and look forward to the next. Many 11th & 12th graders will have AP exams or study sessions on May 3rd as well. Juniors can also use this time to prepare for their exhibition (Junior-Year Rubric) which they have been asked to schedule on their own before the end of the year. School lunch will be served

A Solon Salute to our fourth grade "jumping beans" and their UES teacher, MJ. This group of outstanding fourth grades came over to MHS to demonstrate their amazing jump rope students followed by a Q &A with MHS PE classes. (From Brian Gallagher and Carolyn Kiniry) 

A Solon Salute to Grace Carlomagno. Grace spends much of her time deeply involved in her music, playing, singing, composing.  Outside of her school days, she works with her teacher-mentor and independently to develop her skills and composition process. For pursuit of her passion with enthusiasm, for dogged persistence to reach her goals, and for having her composition "Traffic Lights" selected for Opus 32 (one of 26 selected from over 100 submitted), MHS salutes Grace! (Submitted by Steph DiLena, Flexible Pathways Advisor.)

A Solon Salute to Joshua Jelly Schapiro for his visit to MHS this past week. Josh provided a short, full-school assembly where he talked about his path from MHS graduate to published author. He also spent 2nd block with a group of available and interested MHS students discussing, travel, education, writing, and more. Thank you! 

Josh and Mr. Bate. Mr. Bate told Josh, "You did good kid."
A Solon Salute to 12th grader Charlotte Brace. Charlotte recently was chosen as the 1st place winner in the Be Money Wi$e Poster Contest. Congratulations Charlotte! 

Junior Prom, May 6th (8pm to 12am) Galaxy
We are looking forward to the fun and excitement that goes along with junior prom. There will be door prizes throughout the night, a photobooth, snacks, and a DJ throughout the night. Prom is held at National Life and tickets will be available throughout the week. 

  • Additional Exhibition Prep Sessions During Lunch  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 2nd: AP Computer Science & AP Spanish Exams 
  • May 2nd Evening: Jazz Concert & Band ConcertMay  
  • May 3rd: Exhibition and AP English Exam 
  • May 5th: AP U.S. History Exam 
  • May 6th: SATs (Saturday) 
  • May 6th: Galaxy-Junior Prom  
  • May 8th: AP Biology Exam 
  • May 9th: AP Calculus Exam
  • May 11th: AP Statistics Exam
  • May 11th-13th: All State Music Festival
  • May 15th: OPUS Concert 
  • May 16th: End of Marking Period 7
  • May 23rd Evening: MHS/MSMS Choral Band Concert 
  • May 25th: Art Show  

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!

  • 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.