December 8, 2018

2018-19: Week 16

A Solon Salute to all of the students and faculty who put on the musical this week. Wow! What a fantastic show. Thank you Kianna Bromley, and Molly Clark for their leadership and thank you to all of the hard-working students that made this production so wonderful! (Short Video Clip) 
Photo by Adam Blair

A Solon Salute to registrar Nancy Fitzpatrick who saw an injured grosbeak in the tree near the flagpole. After school she masterfully captured the frightened and injured bird and later brought it to Vermont Institute of Natural Sciences(VINS) where they will help nurse it back to health. Way to go Nancy, even wise owls can help scared grosbeaks (From Myles and Val) 

A Solon Salute goes out to Paul Perley and Simon Moon. This semester, Simon is exploring the profession of a Luthier. Paul Perley, owner of Paul Perley Cellos, has graciously offered his time, energy and expertise to support Simon's aspirations. One of Simon's learning goals is to restore a Cello that will be donated back to the MHS Music Department. Nice work Simon!

A Solon Salute to Carly King for demonstrating the two outstanding Habits of Learning, persistence and perseverance as she has been working on her PSS Summative. She is also demonstrating questioning and working very hard at succeeding with her Look at the Maya Project. Well done Carly! (From Mr. Chater)

A Solon Salute to our local ExxonMobil for nominating Montpelier High School for a generous $500 gift. On December 3, MHS received an ExxonMobil Educational Grant to be used to support the areas of Math and Science. Thank you!

A Solon Salute to the MHS Honor Choir who sang for the raising of Ceres last week. VTDigger had this nice photo of the group. 

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  • Dec. 20th: Central Vermont Career Center Presentation 1:30 to 2:15 in the Auditorium: Any interested students and all 10th graders will attend. 
    • December Break: Dec. 24 to Jan 2 

    December 2, 2018

    2018-19: Week 15

    A Solon Salute to all of the Project Grad team members for their work to host Saturday Night's Winter Ball. A Salute to new project grad advisors Andrew Schumer and Molly Clark and to senior Izzy Banse who DJ'ed the event. Thank you to all of the faculty and parent/guardian chaperones as well!
    Thanks Erin, Nadia, Judith, Apollonia, Evie, Emma, and Siiri! 

    A Solon Salute to the new Ceres statue! Our MHS honor choir had the chance to help with the ceremony that was held at the statehouse on Friday to honor the raising of the newest Ceres statute. Several MHS students were able to attend as well. Many of us had a nice view of the 14 foot statue going up from out the window at school too.
    UES teacher Melissa Pierce and her 4th grade class
    Many MHS students were able to attend
    Checking out the view from school

    A Solon Salute and Congratulations to Sonya Sagan-Dworsky and Neil Rohan who placed third out of 28 teams at the Colchester Debate Tournament. Also Violet Tabacco placed 4th overall individual speaker out of 52 students and Neil Rohan placed 6th overall individual place. Basil Humke who joined our team last year from U32 placed third overall individual speaker at the Woodstock tournament two weeks ago. These students and all their team mates are all first or second year debaters. Debating is a skills that takes a growth mindset and it can take a few years to master. They absolutely rock!!!!
    A Solon Salute to the MHS Kitchen Staff. Our honor choir arrived later than expected from the Ceres ceremony and had missed lunch. After having cleaned up and nearly ready to head home for the weekend, the staff reopened the kitchen for the honor choir to get a chance to grab some pizza and salad. Thank you! 


    • Dec. 5th: Reminder that Wednesday will be a White Day.
    • Dec. 6-8, Fall Musical Production: Once on This Island
    Poster design by senior Randi Carpenter

    November 24, 2018

    2018-19: Week 14

    A Solon Salute to all the students who helped build, paint and create set and props for the upcoming musical on our long work day Sunday, November 18th. Be sure to come and see the musical next week! (Poster below)

    A Solon Salute to MHS graduate (2011) and gold medal winner Amanda Pelkey. Amanda stopped by over the Thanksgiving Break to sign a jersey that will hang at MHS. Thanks Amanda! Thanks also to Mr. Gallagher for facilitating the coordinating the jersey signing!

    A Solon Salute to our MHS Fall Athletic Coaches. With the support of Ms. DiLena (Flexible Pathways) and Mr. Gallagher (P.E.) they helped guide many students through independent study P.E. projects this fall. Ms. DiLena writes, "It's so clear that most learners never lost sight of what they set out to learn and do. The discipline coaches instilled also transfers to their preparedness for their summative meetings. The process has been very impressive."

    A Solon "take care of each other" Salute to Apollonia Tabacco, Daniel Jestes, and Hope Petraro for helping to move and stack firewood for an elder member of our community. Thank you!
    • Dec. 6-8, Fall Musical Production: Once on This Island
    Poster design by senior Randi Carpenter

    November 17, 2018

    2018-19: Week 13

    A Solon Salute to Snow. Its good to see you. 
    This picture was posted on our MHS ART instagram feed. Follow them @mhsartclass

    A Solon Salute to MHS for the good work while we had no internet last Wednesday afternoon too. Here are some photos shared on Ms. Monmaney's Instagram during that time.

    A Solon Salute to The MHS jazz combo Red Clay. This group auditioned and earned the opportunity to participate in the Vermont Jazz Center's Emerging Artist Festival on November 3rd in Brattleboro. They were the only high school combo in a two-day lineup of collegiate and professional ensembles. MHS students included Eleanor Braun, Grace Carlomagno, Mary Margaret Page, Evan Rohan, Neil Rohan, and Charlie Watson. This was a neat day for the MHS students. They got to participate in a professional jazz festival and saw students not much older than themselves pursuing jazz as part of their college experience. 

    A Solon Salute to the students who represented MHS at the 2nd Annual Youth Climate Leaders Academy in Fairlee, VT. We are very proud of this crew. They had a lot of fun over the 2 days, but also learned and did a TON of work. They did a great job. Thank you Saskia, Apollonia, Maple, Ben, Lila, Violet, and Carmen!

    A Solon Salute to Izzy Davis, Marshall Donahue, Jack Lever, Destiney Roberts, Cammi Raymond, and David Lovelette for their help in serving the annual UES Thanksgiving Dinner this week. Well done and thank you! 

    A Solon Salute and thank you to all the Club Action members who went door to door many times throughout the last six weeks encouraging people to vote and registering new voters. Hope Petraro put an incredible amount of time and energy into these efforts and was joined by Nadia Scoppettone, Eliana Moorhead, Callie Dalley, Gavin Corbett-Valade, Leyla Khasiyeva, Lila Markow, Apollonia Tobacco, Loren Stephens, Mae Browning, Alex Smart, Maryann Songhurst, Vega Rodriguez Sanchez, Mikaela Luke-Currier, Savvy Winston, and Libby Peterson. Thank you all for working to strengthen our democracy!

    A Solon Salute to our student leaders who led another edition of The Conversation this past week. Their leadership takes on rape culture and is open to all students during Solon Block several times throughout the year. 

    A Solon Salute to Destiny Roberts, who hand crafted 4 plyometric boxes for Solon Strength and the PE department. As part of her Independent Woodworking class, Destiny has also built a bench that will be used as a prop in the musical, "Once on This Island." Thank you Destiny for your hard work and craftsmanship.

    A Solon Salute to Jordan Allen-Brandon, Callie-Lyn Dalley, Emma Harter, Nadia Scoppettone and Alex Smart, who participated in a panel about how to engage youth in policy decisions at The Voices for Vermont’s Children conference in Stowe this week. Thanks for sharing your experiences and insights!

    • Nov. 21-25, Thanksgiving Break
    • Dec. 6-8, Fall Musical Production: Once on This Island
    Poster design by senior Randi Carpenter

    November 11, 2018

    2018-19: Week 12

    A Solon Salute to the 16 MHS students engaged in personalized learning at the Central Vermont Career Center (CVCC) this year. Pictured here are Ethan Eldred (Building Trades), Randi Carpenter (Digital Media Arts) and Curtis Hayden (Automotive Technology). 

    And Please join CVCC students, faculty and administration at their Open House to learn more about the fantastic opportunities afforded to students at the regional career center.
    • Enjoy free food and door prizes. Everyone in the Central VT area is welcome!!
    Current Programs: Digital Media Arts 1&2, Building Trades, Baking Arts, Cosmetology, Exploratory Technology, Human Services, Plumbing and Heating, Electrical Technology, Automotive Technology, Culinary Arts, Emergency Services, Natural Resources and Sustainability, Medical Professions, and Cooperative Education and Work-based Learning. Open to the public- no pre-registration needed.

    A Solon Salute to UES teacher Max Jennings. What a great quote in this past Wednesday's VT Edition on VPR. You rock! 

    A Solon Salute to Nancy Fitzpatrick for the ongoing dedication and care that she takes as the MHS Registrar! So many important things go unnoticed by many and yet, are such important elements of our school community. We salute you!!

    A Solon Salute to the many members of Interact Club for their hours of community service in October. They volunteered at the Enchanted Forest, the Rec. Department's Halloween party and the Karen Kitzmiller Coat Drive. They also picked over 1200 pounds of apples for food shelves. A special shout out goes to Alex Smart, Katie Desch, and Leyla Khasiyeva who volunteered at two or more of the events. Thank you for giving up your time to help others!

    A Solon Salute to Jalila Nazerali Ruddy, Sophia Clark, and Mikaela Luke-Currier, who participated in a Central Vermont Reading to End Racism event at Union Elementary School this past Thursday. Each of these students chose a book to share with a kindergarten class, developed discussion questions, and led a discussion with the students. Thank you, Jalila, Sophia and Mikaela for inspiring and engaging children through this activity!

    A Solon Salute to class-of-'89 MHS graduate, Kim D’Arthenay. Kim was recently named Colorado Art Educator of the year. 

    A Solon Salute to Susha Benoit (grade 9) and Leyla Khasiyeva (exchange student from Azerbaijan) who uncovered their shared knowledge and the chance to practice their developing skills in the Russian language through friendship and fun.

    • Nov. 15, CVCC Open House
    • Nov. 15 & 16, Winooski Valley Music Festival
    • Nov. 21-25, Thanksgiving Break
    • Dec. 6-8, Masque Fall Musical Production

    November 3, 2018

    2018-19: Week 11

    A Solon Salute to some of our Flexible Pathways Dual Enrollment college course students who recently met with CCV advisor, MK Dreher for a mid-semester check in: Sophia Robins, Evie Caserta, Adam Blair, Faith Bolques, Judith Witke Mele, Colin Desch, Ruby Jennings, Siiri Pombar, Emma Harter, Juna Nagle. And thanks to Flexible Pathways advisor, Stephanie DiLena, for supporting these students who are getting a jump of their college course experiences.

    A congratulatory Solon Salute to CBL faculty advisor, Sarah Loveless, for completing her Work Based Learning (WBL) endorsement through the Vermont Agency of Education. Sarah is one of only a handful WBL licensed educators in the state and her professional learning and credentials in this evolving field of Flexible Pathways will further deepen the experiences that students are having in their respective Flexible Pathway learning journeys. Way to go, Sarah! 

    A Solon Salute to the MHS Boosters and all of the MRPS Parent Groups who helped to raise nearly $10,000 during this year's Fall Festival. Special salute to 9th grader Taylor Nunnelley for being the top MHS student fundraiser. Thank you also to Adrienne Gil for her work in leading the project. The money supports the Parents Groups at each of the schools. Each of those groups play a critical role in supporting extra curricular programs and events that enhance the learning of our students. Thank you!
    Did you know that MHS is offering an eight week after-school series called Cooking As Medicine? There is still time for students to sign-up. Sign up here 

    A Solon Salute to the Capitol Showplace for helping to arrange a showing of The Hate U Give for our Racial Justice Alliance. Thank you!

    A Solon Salute to Allie Sullivan who teamed up with Katy Chabot (Science Teacher) and Lissa Knauss (MHS Wellness Initiative) to present in classes on 10-31-18. 
    • Allie is a 3rd year dual doctorate candidate in Clinical Psychology and Developmental Psychology at UVM. Her research area is in the intersection of adversity and biology and more specifically how stress affects biological symptoms. She presented on stress, its effects on the body, and how research psychologists test and measure stress levels for their research. She concluded with teaching about scientifically supported ways to reduce stress and the importance of practicing these skills regularly, when not under stress, in order to be able to use them effectively in times of stress. The interactive portion of the presentation was a stress evoking paradigm where the students collected data after stressing their partner out. (counting backwards by 7s from a large number while being told to hurry up :)

    • Nov. 6, Fall Sports Banquet 6pm 
    • Nov. 7, Picture Re-Take Day
    • Nov. 8, MHS Music Concert (7pm Auditorium) 

    October 27, 2018

    2018-19: Week 10

    A Solon Salute to the MHS Girls' Soccer Team. The Girls' advanced in the playoffs this week by beating Fair Haven on Tuesday. On Friday night they took on U-32 and gave their all in a 2-1 double-overtime loss. Congrats on a great season! (View video for highlights) 

    A Solon Salute to the MHS Boys' Soccer Team. The team finished their season in exciting and dramatic fashion when they pushed U-32 into a overtime penalty-kick shootout. U-32 advanced in the playoffs after the narrow 5-4 on penalty kicks victory. Congratulations on the season! 

    A Solon Salute to the MHS Cross-Country Team who had their final run this past Saturday. Congratulations on a great season and the effort in the rain and snow this weekend!

    A Solon Salute to Mandy Abu Aziz, MaryAnn Songhurst, and Hope Petraro who represented the Racial Justice Alliance as presenters during the recent Annual Rowland Conference at UVM. These members presented to around 50 educators and students from around the state. Well done! Follow the RJA @mhs.rja on instagram. 

    A Solon Salute to senior Lily Fournier who was recently featured in episode number 3 of the #findyourpurpose series. The series is put together by Curriculum and Technology Director, Mike Berry, and highlights the different flexible pathways for students to engage in.

    A Solon Salute to the folks at Forget Me Not Flowers in Barre for spreading flower cheer throughout our school district on Wednesday. In an effort called, pedal-it-forward, their team members brought more than twenty bouquets of flowers that were shared throughout our building, just because. Thank you! 

    A Solon Salute to MHS students Jenna Robinson, Jaeden Jagemann, Sophia Robins, Bob Powell and MHS staff Nolan Benoit and Katrina Phillips for volunteering their time last week to help with the 29th Annual Karen Kitzmiller Coat Drive. This annual event provides important (free) clothing resources to Vermonters in need of warm winter clothing. 

    A Solon Salute to Dominique Savard for finishing up her Extended Learning Opportunity reflection from last spring semester. Dominique took the time to organize the evidence that was necessary for her to demonstrate her proficiency abilities and understandings of the Reflection indicator in the Problem Solving LE. Here is a link to her slide show. Extended Learning Opportunities are fantastic ways for students to have voice and choice in the types of activities that they want to use to demonstrate their abilities in our school Learning Expectation graduation requirements. Great job Dominique.

    A Solon Salute and a big thank you to Mr. Miles for helping the Field Hockey team honor their seniors on senior night with little wooden field hockey sticks! (From the Field Hockey Team). And congrats to the field hockey team on finishing up their season too! 

    A Solon Salute to the MHS QSA. They hosted their first movie night of the year on Friday. They watched a short documentary about five queer Asians navigating the intersections of identity and family, and then watched the feature "Love, Simon." Special thanks to Ms. Waring and Amanda Payne for chaperoning - we're so glad you're part of our MHS community!

    • Oct. 29 & 30: MHS will host a small film crew from MIT. The film crew is making a film for a MOOC course about proficiency-based learning. 
    • Nov. 1 & 2, Family/Teacher Conferences
    • Nov. 6, Fall Sports Banquet 6pm 
    • Nov. 7, Picture Re-Take Day