August 12, 2018

Summer 2018: Post #2


Dear MHS Learning Community,

There are so many fun and important things to share that we needed a second edition of Summer Solon Salutes this year!
  • The 2018 Summer Letter will arrive in the mail at home this week. The letter will be accompanied by several forms as well.


A Solon Salute to the members of Masque who attended the NYC trip this summer. They are feeling inspired for the upcoming musical this year! Special thanks to advisor Kianna Bromley




A Solon Salute to the Vermont Youth Ultimate Frisbee Team! On August 4th-6th, Vermont's youth club Ultimate Frisbee team, Team Equinox, competed at the Youth Club Championships as part of the US Open in Blaine, Minnesota. The mixed gender club team, made up of a selective group of athletes from around the state of Vermont, attended the championship to compete in the U20 Mixed division. Vermont would go on to finish in 6th place in the country!
  • Originally seeded 16th, Vermont went on to win several upsets and win their pool, defeating teams from Maine, Wisconsin, and Ohio. They won their cross over with San Francisco's Happy Cows, which set them up for a tough loss against Seattle's Powerline, who would go on to win the tournament. At the beginning of the third day of competition, Vermont squared up against the Madison Mufabots, in a fifth place semi-final game that was streamed by USA Ultimate (link here to watch). And to read the coverage by ultiworld scroll to mixed division, pool C. Participating Solons included: Casarah Acosta, Mae Browning, Hayden Ellms, Eliana Moorhead, Nadia Scoppettone, Kaleth Torrens-Martin, and Grace Valentine. Nolan Benoit helped coach the team.


A Solon Salute to recent graduate Noel Riby-Williams for completing the fundraising work she has been working on with Joelyn Mensah and others for the past year. Noel delivered $8,500 to her home village in Ghana this summer. Stella Khan traveled along with Noel. To read the recent Times Argus article click here.
 
A Solon Salute to 2003 MHS alumni Carmen Lagala. Carmen was featured on the CBS Late Show as a stand-up comedian. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpHl8vZMQXc&feature=youtu.be

A Solon Salute to MHS alumni and bestselling author Garrett Graff. Garrett was recently in VT on a book tour for his new book: Raven Rock. 

Important News! The old Montpelier Public Schools Website crashed on July 1st. We are building a new website from scratch. It is still a work in progress. The new website's address is: www.mrpsvt.org. The links that most MHS folks will be looking for can be found at: MHS-Student Links

You can also now follow Montpelier Roxbury Public Schools in the following ways:

2018-19 Letter/Handbook and Schedules

Upcoming Important Dates
  • August 28, 8:00 am: First day for Central Vermont Career Center (CVCC calendar)
  • Sept. 13, 6:30-8:30pm: Montpelier High School Open House
  • Sept. 24 to 29, Homecoming Week
  • Oct. 18th, Fall Harvest Celebration 

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August 5, 2018

Summer 2018

Important News! The old Montpelier Public Schools Website crashed on July 1st. We are building a new website from scratch. It is still a work in progress. The new website's address is: www.mrpsvt.org. The links that most MHS folks will be looking for can be found at: MHS-Student Links

You can also now follow Montpelier Roxbury Public Schools in the following ways:

2018-19 Handbook and Schedules

Upcoming Important Dates
  • August 28, 8:00 am: First day for Central Vermont Career Center (CVCC calendar)
  • August 29, 8-12:00pm: Grade 9--First Day of School
  • August 29, 12-3:00pm: Grades 10, 11, 12--First Day of School
  • Sept. 13, 6:30-8:30pm: Montpelier High School Open House
  • Sept. 24 to 29, Homecoming Week
  • Oct. 18th, Fall Harvest Celebration 

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Some Photos from Around the School This Summer

Rooms 206, 207, and 208 have had big updates

The whole school gets a full cleaning. Lots of work for our custodial team!
The team paints for the students all summer! Rock Stars.

Guess what's in there. I think the basketball teams will be happy. 😀
Most of the school's roof is being redone
The shop has been cleaned, reorganized, and painted. CBL will work out of there more this year too.
This machine helped lift heavy things onto and off of the roof
The upstairs has new lockers. Almost all are replaced now.
Be sure to thank a custodian!

June 23, 2018

2017-18: Week 43

A Solon Salute to the MHS Community for a great year. Check out this short video collage that we shared with the incoming class of 2022 during their Step-Up Day.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Z9Ru5_TTanZflzoSKSYY4fRCPJVQOnTb/view?usp=sharing


A Solon Salute to Jackson Markow, Violet Tobacco and Neil Rohan who participated in the Speech and Debate National Tournament, that took place in Fort Lauderdale, Florida this week. Jackson working in an unfamiliar format of debate such as congressional debate, and Violet and Neil, novice debaters this year, all faced experienced and undoubtedly superior competitors during the nationals tournament. Neither of them "broke" past elimination rounds, they working immensely hard, holding their own and learning precious lessons and skills that they will bring to their team for the next debate season. We wish the best to Jackson, Emily, Omeed, Angus, and George (whom we met at the national tournament) in their future endeavors. (From Coach Marijke Russo)

Announcement from Community Based Learning:
Is your student enrolled in the CBL course this coming fall semester and interested in exploring the field of medicine or health care?   

If so, please be sure to have them read this time sensitive information regarding summer requirements from the University of Vermont Health Network, Central Vermont Medical Center.
 
Owl Sculpture Go-Fund-Me:
  • Art teacher Barb Austin-Hutchins is collaborating with MHS alumni Sean Williams to raise money for a 10 foot tall original granite sculpture to be placed in the MHS roundabout. For more details on the project click: "Life is short, art is long.

Announcements

Summer Meals for Kids & Teens

June 28th:
We are hosting a blood drive at MHS. We are looking for as much support from our community as possible to make it happen. In order to donate blood, you need to be over 16 years old and have parent permission. If you are interested, please contact either Christie Cerere (cecerec@mpsvt.org) or Olivia Hennessey (hennesseyo@mpsvt.org) for more information and to sign up.

District School-Year Calendar: 2018-19

June 16, 2018

2017-18-Week 42

A Solon Salute to Val Belanger and Heather McLane. Val and Heather serve as the senior class advisors and successfully planned and delivered the senior breakfast, senior day of service, and the 2018 graduation ceremony. This is a tremendous amount of extra work and they do a great job! Thank you Val and Heather. 

A Solon Salute to the MHS custodial staff who put in extra hours and effort to make graduation and the special events of the final weeks of school happen. The team set up and took down 800 chairs--even with the chair truck having to be towed in late on Friday! 

A Solon Salute to the Class of 2018. Congratulations on your graduation. You did an excellent job during the Senior Day of Service and during the graduation ceremony. To read the Times Argus Article from graduation click here, and the photos below are from the day of service. The seniors helped weed the community garden, improve the Mountaineers field, work on the hoop house, and clear out the MHS stage storage. Click here for a full photo album of the senior day of service.

Photo by Jeb Wallace in the Times Argus 6-16-18
Photo by Adam Blair
Photo by Adam Blair
Photo by Adam Blair

Photo by Adam Blair
Photo by Adam Blair
Click Image to View Time Lapse Video by Angus Fraser
Seniors had some after-volunteering-pizza from the MHS pizza wood fired kiln
Cleaned out the basement with Tom Allen
helped to fix the hoop house with Mr. Sabo
A Solon Salute to the MHS students, Amanda Adams, Randi Carpenter, Ray Sparrow, Riley Cook, Elizabeth Engelhard, Damon Cadwell-Dunham, Jalen Royea, and Casimer Isaacs-Corcoran, who completed their programs at the Central Vermont Career Center this past week. Amanda Adams and Elizabeth Engelhard were two of three student speakers at the celebration event. Click here to view the Times Argus Photos.

A Solon Salute the MHS QSA and advisor, Sylvia Fagin. The QSA hosted graduating members, Rachel Sucher, Avi Isaacs-Corcoran, Liam Frey, and Len Sawyer for our second annual Lavender Graduation. The ceremony was beautiful, thank you and congratulations. 

A Solon Salute to Sean Sullivan. Sean is pictured here with retired teachers Mary Redmond and Paula Dolan receiving the Washington County Retired Educators scholarship. The scholarship is given each year to graduating senors who reside in or attend school in Washington County and plan to major in education at college in the fall.

A Solon Salute to Quim Comas Colomer. Quim built this excellent bench in Woodworking and Design. He plans to give it to his Montpelier host family before heading back home this summer. 

A Solon Salute to the Project Grad Committee, their advisor Barb Austin-Hutchins and chaperones Myles Chater and Andrea Myotte. Participating seniors enjoyed a fun evening after graduation at Spare Time in Colchester with laser tag, bowling, massage, henna, arcade games, and a hypnotist. 
Rory found a place to catch a little nap

A Solon Salute to Ryan McSweeney for his efforts to raise money for those in need due to the recent Volcano in Guatemala. Money raised with go to Mayan Families Relief Fund. With the help of Spanish teacher Meegan Winslow, they enlisted the generous Mr. Tillotson for a pie-in-the-face fundraiser. Thank you to all of you!
Ryan and Mr. Tillotson
The crowd gathers
Willem, "But I have so much respect for you"
Good Sport!
A Solon Salute to MHS Girls' Ultimate Team on their back-to-back state championships! The girls won both the state championship and the state spirit award. An truly remarkable combination. What a great way to represent MHS, Congrats!


A Solon Salute to senior Stella Kahn for her Bottle Tree project. Members of the school community enjoyed the beautiful display and interactive art/poem experience throughout the end of the week. Great job Stella!

A Solon Salute to Ethan Eldridge for making sure Jen had a chance to try to the pizza from the kiln on Thursday. Thanks Ethan! 

**Notice: Lunch Money Reminder**
As the school comes to a close, please be sure to pay any outstanding charges to our school lunch program.

Owl Sculpture Go-Fund-Me:
  • Art teacher Barb Austin-Hutchins is collaborating with MHS alumni Sean Williams to raise money for a 10 foot tall original granite sculpture to be placed in the MHS roundabout. For more details on the project click: "Life is short, art is long.

Announcements

June 18th-22nd: Semester 2, Summative Re-Take Week

June 22nd:
Step-Up Day for Class of 2022 & Final Day

June 28th: We are hosting a blood drive at MHS. We are looking for as much support from our community as possible to make it happen. In order to donate blood, you need to be over 16 years old and have parent permission. If you are interested, please contact either Christie Cerere (cecerec@mpsvt.org) or Olivia Hennessey (hennesseyo@mpsvt.org) for more information and to sign up.

District School-Year Calendar: 2018-19

June 10, 2018

2017-18: Week 41

A Solon Salute to the 40 MHS PLAY Mentors who volunteered their time on a weekly basis to make a difference in the lives of UES and MSMS students. End-of-the-year celebrations took place over the past two weeks, and mentors and mentees came together to celebrate their time together. Thank you all for your time and dedication over the past seven months!
Mentors at UES
Mentors at MSMS

A Solon Salute to Melanie Winters, Cypress Levitt, and Noel Riby-Williams who play girls LAX with U-32. They won the state championship over the weekend! Congratulations on a great season and the big win. 
Photo by Emmanuel Riby-Williams
A Solon Salute to the many people who made the 2018 Senior breakfast and Awards Assembly possible. Special thanks to senior advisors Val Belanger and Heather McLane, the big help and fresh cut flowers from Linda Baker, Mr. Kreitz and the members of the band, and our Food Service Team members who prepared the senior breakfast and the school picnic. Thank you! 
Linda and Val getting the flowers set for the Senior Breakfast
Band prepping for the Award's Assembly
Some seniors enjoying the long picnic lunch
A Solon Salute to Club Action and their advisor Ms. Heather McLane. for hosting the Livelihood Art/Music Festival this past Saturday. Proceeds from the event are being split between two organizations: Spectrum Vermont and the Ibutwa Initiative. Spectrum Vermont supports multiple programs including Riverstone Counseling, Drop-in Center, Supportive Housing, Health Center, Skills Programs, Mentoring, Multicultural Youth Programs, and Detail Works. The Ibutwa Initiative works to bring healthcare and education to the women and children of DR Congo. (Below Photos by Adam Blair).




A Solon Salute to Natalia Volobueva and Susha Benoit. We celebrate their connection between countries and schools. Natalia, a foreign exchange student for the 2017-2018 school year at Montpelier High School, and Susha a soon-to-be MHS freshman (currently at MSMS) have capitalized on an opportunity to shrink the world. Natalia is from Russia and Susha has been studying Russian for many years and hopes to continue her Russian studies next year through the MHS's Flexible Pathways. The two found each other through facilitation by mom of Susha, Olga. Solon Salute to both Natalia and Susha for providing each other unique learning experiences... that look awfully fun! 
Salute from Ms. DiLena

A Solon Salute to the members of the MHS Racial Justice Alliance who recently joined the U-32 community in raising a Black Lives Matter flag at U-32. It is great to see these connections strengthen between our two schools.
Photo shared by Meg Allison

A Solon Salute to Jenna Krussman and Juna Nagle. Jenna and Juna recently served on the superintendent search committee. The committee was a big time commitment and very important. Both Jenna and Juna did an excellent job. Click here to read about incoming superintendent Libby Bonesteel


A Solon Salute to Barb Austin-Hutchins. As Barb "graduates" this year with the class of 2018, MHS had a small celebration last Tuesday. Many faculty members and students helped to pull together the special "graduation" including the below video collection from former students. Thanks to all who pulled the celebration together and an all-time salute to Barb! 
Click on Image to View Video prepared by Myles Chater


**Notice: Lunch Money Reminder**
As the school comes to a close, please be sure to pay any outstanding charges to our school lunch program.


Owl Sculpture Go-Fund-Me:
  • Art teacher Barb Austin-Hutchins is collaborating with MHS alumni Sean Williams to raise money for a 10 foot tall original granite sculpture to be placed in the MHS roundabout. For more details on the project click: "Life is short, art is long.

Announcements

June 12th: Extended TA for Universal Literacy Assessment

June 12th: Creative Writing Class Public Reading: 7pm to 9pm in the library. All are welcome. 

June 15th: End of Marking Period 8

June 15th: Graduation

June 18th-22nd: Semester 2, Summative Re-Take Week

June 22nd: Step-Up Day for Class of 2022 & Final Day 

Green/White Calendar

  • This summer, June 28th, we are hosting a blood drive at MHS. We are looking for as much support from our community as possible to make it happen. In order to donate blood, you need to be over 16 years old and have parent permission. If you are interested, please contact either Christie Cerere (cecerec@mpsvt.org) or Olivia Hennessey (hennesseyo@mpsvt.org) for more information and to sign up.