April 18, 2018

2017-18: Weeks 33 & 34

A Solon Salute to the MHS/CVCC students who participated in Skills USA recently. On April 4th and 5th, students attending Technical/Career Centers all around Vermont competed. Skills USA is a competition in which students compete against one another in different technical areas. Three Montpelier students won medals this year. Randi Carpenter (Junior) won Bronze in Advertising Design - Graphics, Riley Cook (Senior) won Silver in Firefighting, and Amanda Adams (Senior) took Gold in Advertising Design - Graphics. Amanda, along with other Gold medalists will move on to Kentucky to compete in Nationals where over 6000 students compete in their technical area at the end of June 2018. Congratulations!

A Solon Salute to Mason Ecklund-Gustavson and Heather Swiatocha, who are dedicating their CBL experiences to the care and companionship of the animals at the Central Vermont Humane Society. Mason and Heather have become essential contributors to the team of volunteers who keep CVHS running. And a heartfelt Solon Salute to long-time Community Partner Christina Hayward, Volunteer Coordinator at CVHS, for providing training, mentorship, and opportunities for CBL students to connect and care for animals in need (From Sarah Loveless).

A Solon Salute to UES teachers Mrs. Frey and MJ Jennings for having Logan Graves work in their classrooms this semester for his CBL. They have both provided him with opportunities to be a leader.  Logan expressed an interest in working with younger students, and possibly working one on one as a mentor (from Katrina Phillips).

A Solon Salute to the MHS students who performed in Teen Jazz on Friday, April 13th during the MHS assembly. Your dedication and hard-work was on display. Congratulations on a wonderful performance: Isabelle Francke, Isabelle Banse, Brynn Bushey, Kailea Silvers, Samantha Murray, and Daniel Jestes

A Solon Salute to Hope Petraro for taking the initiative to develop the Women in STEM display for our hallway in honor of Women's History Month. Thank you Hope! 

A Solon Salute to Mr. Sabo, The EARTH Group, and all students who planned, supported, worked, and attended the Rally for the Planet on April 12th. 
Nick provided DJ soundscape
Emma and Nadia were featured speakers
Televici performed for the event

  • April 25th: Wednesday, 6:30pm, MHS library: “Managing College Costs” is VSAC new way of looking at college costs and affordability.

  • Soap Sale: Applied Chemistry students will be selling their class made soap in the lobby in early May. Orders will also be available at https://solonsoap.weebly.com/

Spring Outlook 2018 (Full Letter and Links)

April 27th: Day of Silence (led by MHS QSA)
April 27th: Racial Justice Alliance—Movie Night
SBACs: English: 4/30, 5/1, 5/2, 5/3 (Grade 9 only)

May 5th: SATs (Saturday morning)
May 5th: Prom
May 8th: AP Spanish Exam
May 9th: AP English Exam
May 11th: AP U.S. History Exam
May 10th-12th: All State Music Festival
May 14th: AP Biology Exam
May 15th: AP Calculus Exam
May 15th: AP Computer Science Exam
May 16th: End of Marking Period 7
May 17th: AP Statistics Exam
SBACs: Math: 5/17, 5/18, 5/21, 5/22 (Grade 9 only)
May 18th: Racial Justice Alliance—Movie Night
May 22nd: Spring Concert
May 23rd: Annual Art Show
May 24th: Student Led-Conferences for grades, 9, 10, & 12
May 24th: NGSS Science Assessment for grade 11
May 28th: Memorial Day
May 31st: Masque Talent Show Night

June 1st: Music of Color-School Dance
June 2nd: SATs (Saturday morning)
June 8th: Awards Assembly
June 9th: Livelihood Music Festival hosted by Club Action (pending)
June 15th: End of Marking Period 8
June 15th: Graduation
June 18th-21st: Semester 2, Summative Re-Take Week
June 22nd: Step-Up Day for Class of 2022 & Final Day

April 8, 2018

2017-18: Week 32

A Solon Salute to math teacher, Ms. Kassie Reid. Ms. Reid was honored last week as one of Vermont's transformative and innovative educators--A Vermont IGNITED Educator. Congratulations!

A Solon Salute to senior, Liam Frey. Liam was nominated for the Boys and Girls Club Vermont Youth of Year. Congratulations Liam!

A Solon Salute to the MHS Faculty for their reflective and dedicated work during the morning in-service on April 5th.

A Solon Salute goes out to Vermont State Curator, David Shutz and assistant state curator, Jack Zeilenga. As Community Based Learning mentors for Blake Bailey, David and Jack have generously donated their time, energy and expertise to support Blake's learning goal of, "how the work of a curator impacts our culture and the community." ​​

A Solon Salute to CBL Community Partner, Andy Harper, and his talented team of timber frame builders at Winterwood Timber Frames, LLC. Andy is the owner of Winterwood and he has been engaging Ethan Eldred in really cool timber frame work through Ethan's CBL this semester. Speaking of Ethan, great job, Ethan, with your CBL responsibilities and work at Winterwood. Keep after it. Below is a short segment from Ethan's original CBL Letter of Interest to Andy. It is quite fine when students are exposed to ideas, skills and experiences in their MHS courses and then seek out ways to expand and dive deeper into those emerging curiosities.
  • "I’m intrigued by both the simplicity and natural beauty that are present in timber frame construction. My interest in this style of architecture/building was first introduced to me earlier this year when my woodworking class designed and built a timber frame structure to cover our school's outdoor pizza oven from the natural elements. (We worked with Tyler Strange.) After being given the opportunity to practice and cut joinery, I definitely felt like this was an art that I would love to put my time and effort into learning more about it." 

Special Announcement:
On April 11th, 2018: The Montpelier High School, Solons Robotics Team #14251, will hold an introductory meeting in Room 222 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm. Students interested in building and programming a robot for an exciting statewide competition are encouraged to attend. Parents are also welcome to learn about the FIRST Robotics program.
  • April 16-20th: Spring Break
  • April 25th: Wednesday, 6:30pm, MHS library: “Managing College Costs” is VSAC new way of looking at college costs and affordability.

April 1, 2018

2017-18: Week 31

Reminder: April 5th & 6th: Sign up: Parent/Guardian & Teacher Conferences. Click here for the Full Letter. Please sign up by April 3rd. 

A Solon Salute to Lily Fournier, who received an honorable mention at Friday’s 3-D Vermont Architecture and History Olympiad, for her research and 3-D replication of historic 140 Main Street. Also, a Solon Salute to her CBL Community Partner, Jamie Duggan of the State of Vermont’s Division for Historic Preservation, as well as Jason Miles, Andy Mosedale of Mosedale Integrated Solutions, Evie Caserta, Avery Paul, Meredith Stetter, Isabelle Boutin, Bella Luhr and Azwayla Taylor and Christina Goodwin for their support and participation in the process. (Times Argus Article link and Jeb WB photo below, Salute from Sarah Loveless). 

A Solon Salute to the folks at Bagitos, Owner Soren Pfeffer and Manager Sarah Clifford for mentoring Sophia Robins this semester for her CBL. Sophia is learning about the restaurant industry, working both in the kitchen and the "front of the house". (From Katrina Phillips) 

A Solon Salute to the MHS Racial Justice Alliance for their recent Human & Civil Rights Award from the Vermont-NEA. This award is only given once per year in the state and is a great honor. Congratulations to the RJA.

A Solon Salute to Andi Evans for exceptional work digging deeply into her independent "Japanese Studies." Sending out a simultaneous Salute to Mr. McRaith for meeting with Andi Friday morning to share his insights about both the language and the culture of Japan, gleaned from several years living in the country.

  • April 4th: Central Vermont Job Fair 10am to 4pm, Barre City Auditorium. Over 60 employers: (Full Flyer)
  • April 25th: Wednesday, 6:30pm, MHS library: “Managing College Costs” is VSAC new way of looking at college costs and affordability.

March 24, 2018

2017-18: Week 30

A Solon Salute to all of the faculty and staff who made the wonderfully fun and funny spring musical shine this past weekend. MHS presented The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee on three evenings and one matinee. Everyone did a fantastic job! Cast: Avi Isaacs-Corcoran, Jaeden Jagemann, Matt Koucky, Jahan VonTrapp, Natalia Volobueva, Juna Nagle, Rehana Nazerali-Ruddy, Angus Frager, and Evie Caserta. Ensemble: Warren Cossett, Nathan DeGroot, Maddie Friend, Andi Evans, Eve Taylor, Grace Carlomango, Mandy Abu-Aziz, Erin Kelley. Crew: Kianna Bromley, Molly Clark, Siiri Pombar, Oskar Neuburger, Juna Nagle, Stella Best, Emma Haught, Hope Petraro, Nadia Scoppettone, Apollonia Tabacco, Althea Torrens-Martin, Saskia Cousins-Joyce, Adam Blair, Lily Fournier, Jackson Markow, Olivia Hennessey, Rehana Nazerali-Ruddy. Pit Band: Eliza Thomas, Rich Magnuson, Joni McCraw, Suzanne Smith
Photo from Jeb Wallace-Brodeur in the Times Argus

A Solon Salute to actor and director Mr. Giancarlo Esposito. Giacarlo came to and spoke to Montpelier High School this past week on behalf of #TextLessLiveMore. It was an honor to have you and we greatly appreciated your message! And for any students who want to get involved:
  • #802phonesdown!headsup! video public service announcement contest. The contest is open to high school students and is designed to encourage young drivers, friends, and peers to avoid distracted driving. The first-place winner will be awarded $750; second place $500; and third place $250. Contact: Evelyn McFarlane, coordinator VHSA, at evelyn.mcfarlane@vermont.gov
Photo by Jeb Wallace-Brodeur

A Solon Salute to the Unified Sports Snowshoe and Basketball Teams. The Snowshoe team had their final event and the basketball team had their first game with an awesome crowd. Great job teams, we are proud of you! 
Photo by Ms. Machnik
Photo by Ms. Machnik

A Solon Salute to CBL Community Partners, Mike Howe and Sean Beatty, at Bear Code. Bear Code is located on Granite Shed Lane in Montpelier. For the past 10 years, Bear Code has been mentoring MHS CBL students in a variety of computer programming, web development and data analytics experiences. Bear Code is a web application developer with over 15 years of experience building enterprise systems for start-ups and other organizations in need of rapid software development. Bear Code has developed expertise across a wide assortment of domains including data mining, healthcare, voter engagement, media intelligence, transportation logistics, and customer relationship management. The team at Bear Code is always eager to share professional knowledge, tools and insights and engage students in authentic ways. This year, MHS seniors Chandra Becker and Andon DuBois have had the opportunity to learn from the Bear Code team through their respective CBL experiences. Thanks, Bear Code!

A Solon Salute to Hunter Thompson, IT Director for the Agency of Agriculture Food and Markets. This semester, Hunter is mentoring Jack Lapera, as part of Jack’s Community Based Learning class.

A Solon Salute to Cricket Basa and Allison Chadwick both made the Lions Cup Twin State soccer game vs. New Hampshire. This game is made up of the best seniors from the state of VT playing against the best of NH. Soccer will not end there for either of these two as Cricket will be attending Holy Cross to play, while Allison will be suiting up for Castleton University. Congratulations! 

A Solon Salute to Dominique Savard who baked cookies for the Level 2 Latin class in commemoration of Caesar's assassination over 2000 years ago on the Ides (15th) of March. Thank you very much! (From Mr. Carroll) 

  • April 4th: Central Vermont Job Fair 10am to 4pm, Barre City Auditorium. Over 60 employers: (Full Flyer)
  • April 25th: Wednesday, 6:30pm, MHS library: “Managing College Costs” is VSAC new way of looking at college costs and affordability.

March 17, 2018

2017-18: Week 29

A Solon Salute to science and math teacher Anne Watson. Anne was recently elected mayor of Montpelier! She also recently had this blog post: Perspectives on Curriculum Matter published with the Rowland Foundation. Plus, Anne recently created this science wall of fame and connected all of these important folks in science to our Learning Expectation indicators. Congrats and thank you Anne!

A Solon Salute to Community Partner Karen Dillon, Executive Director of the Green Mountain Film Festival, for engaging so many MHS students in the film screening and festival planning process this year.  And, of course, an enthusiastic Solon Salute to the many students who volunteered throughout the year in preparation for the GMFF: Raffi Hill- Mosher, Izac Raker, Lila Markow, Silvan Avery- Padberg, Tristan Timpone, Isabel Maine-Torres, Julian Stoller, Sydney Adams, Miles Lauderville, and Liam Frey. The GMFF will continue through Saturday, 3/24, and more information can be found here

A Solon Salute to all of the faculty members who have been working on creating the MHS Flexible Pathways Handbook. It was recently completed and published on our website. We believe it is the first of its kind in the state of Vermont.

A Solon Salute to Izzy Maine-Torres. Izzy recently for winning the High School category of the Vermont Youth Art Month Flag Design competition! The competition was hosted by Vermont Art Teachers Association and Sargent Arts. 

A Solon Salute to Sadie Chase-Tatko. Sadie was recently selected, after a very rigorous nationwide competition, to participate in the U.S. Department of State's Youth Ambassador Program to travel to Argentina and Chile for three weeks in June. Congratulations Sadie, we know you will represent us well!

A Solon Salute to congratulations to Colin Desch, Max Hughes, Eleanor Braun, and Grace Carlomagno on their performance in the New England Music Festival this weekend in Burlington, CT. Their dedication and musicianship are exemplary!

A Solon Salute to Noel Riby-Williams and Danny Bruce. Noel and Danny have been selected to play in their respective Senior All-Star Games on Saturday, March 24th, at Windsor High School. Noel will play at 11am and Danny will play at 5pm.

A Solon Salute to Leo Riby-Williams. Leo has been named to the VBCA Dream Dozen, which honors 12 exceptional underclassmen from D1 and D2.

A Solon Salute to Coach Kylie Cowens. She has been named the girls basketball D3 coach of the year. Congrats Kylie! 

Food Service Survey Announcement: 
  • Dear MHS Community, please take a few minutes to fill out the food service survey in the Montpelier School District. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

  • March 12th: ELO, PLP and Student Led Conferences prep day in Solon Block.
  • March 22nd: There will be an all-school assembly during Solon Block to have a preview showing of the musical. 
  • March 23rd: There will be an all-school assembly during Solon Block to welcome actor Giancarlo Esposito. Mr. Esposito will speak to us about a range of topics including Text Less Live More.
    • March 22nd, 23rd, and 24th: MHS spring musical: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Evening shows begin at 7pm and Saturday's matinee begins at 3pm.
    • April 4th: Central Vermont Job Fair 10am to 4pm, Barre City Auditorium. Over 60 employers: (Full Flyer)
    • April 5th & 6th: Parent/Guardian & Teacher Conferences. 

    March 11, 2018

    2017-18: Week 28

    A Solon Salute (again) to 2011 alumni and gold medalist Amanda Pelkey. Amanda was back in Montpelier this past Friday after a two week media tour that included The Tonight Show, Ellen, and many more. Amanda made time to visit MHS on Friday for a short assembly before the parade held in her honor. Thank you for your inspiration, generosity, and positive spirit Amanda! (WCAX Story, VT-Digger Slideshow & Amanda on Twitter )
    Photo by Whitney Machnik

    A Solon Salute to the MHS Boys' Basketball Team. This team played great in a close and hard-fought game in front of a packed house during Friday night's playoff game. We are proud of the way you play and how you take care of each other! Congrats on a great season! (Times Argus Article).
    Times Argus

    A Solon Salute to all of our singers and musicians who participated in the Pops Concert this past Thursday and Friday. You sounded great and we are proud of your hard-work! 

    A Solon Salute to Joelyn Mensah and Nathan DeGroot. Joelyn and Nathan were recently featured in this week's cover story of Seven Days. Congratulations to Joelyn, Nathan, and all of our young MHS leaders who are making a difference! (Full Article
    Full Article

    A Solon Salute to Havvah Keller, Anja Samsom, and Kailea Silvers who placed fourth in the Girls Go CyberStart competition just behind teams from Burlington High School and Mount Mansfield Union High School. They had a very impressive score of 26,100 points, over 12,000 points ahead of the fifth place finishers and won $500 for their school. We applaud all of you and the other members of the MHS community who took part in this competition. (From Ms. Machnik). 

    A Solon Salute to art teachers Barb Austin-Hutchins and Liz Swindell for helping these 21 MHS art students: Izzy Maine-Torres, Hope Petraro, Andy Gasal, Julie Richards, Sophia Currier, Eve Taylor, Quinn Mills, Natalie Volobueva, Chloe Fan, Maple Perchlik, Larissa Schiller, Althea Torrens-Martin, Amanda Adams, Siiri Pombar, Avi Zimet, Bella Luhr, Harley Miller, Violet Tabacco, Sydney Adams, Will Toth, and Alex Smith get their art displayed at the Vermont State House for the month of March. Work can be viewed all month by visit the state house cafeteria. Everyone is also invited to the closing reception Friday, March 30th 5-6:30 where food and drink will be provided. To see images of these pieces and more follow the MHS Art Department on Instagram @mhssolonart.

    A Solon Salute to the MHS Debate TeamOn Saturday, four MHS teams debated at the State Tournament at the VT State House in Montpelier with other 20 teams. Angus Fraser and Omeed Fallahi made it to the championship final and placed second. It was a very civil final round among MHS and CVU that ended with a big hug among senior debaters that had known each other for four years. Two of them had debated against each other their first round ever as freshman and now faced each other again for their last round four years later. Both teams will be traveling to Washington DC for Nationals in May. Great performance also by Violet Tabacco and Basil Humke who won the first novice team award. (From Marijke Russo). 

    A Solon Salute to Hope Petraro, who was a finalist this year in Bernie Sanders' State of the Union Essay Contest. Her essay focused on money's influence on politics, and the threat that money poses to our democracy. The essay will be included in the US Congressional Record. 

    • March 12th: ELO, PLP and Student Led Conferences prep day in Solon Block.
    • March 15th & 16th: New England Music Festival
    • March 23rd, 24th, and 25th: MHS spring musical: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
    • April 4th: Central Vermont Job Fair 10am to 4pm, Barre City Auditorium. Over 60 employers: (Full Flyer)
    • April 5th & 6th: Parent/Guardian & Teacher Conferences. 

    March 5, 2018

    2017-18: Week 27

    Town Meeting Day: Tuesday, March 6th
    Thank you to any and all Montpelier-Roxbury voters. Here is the 2018 Montpelier Public Schools Annual Report. The FY19 budget and proposed bond will be on the ballot. The budget and bond will result in a 1.3% per pupil increase which is below the governor's request of 2.5% for districts with increasing enrollment. Here are the details of the proposed budget and bond. There is also one more informational meeting open to the public, Monday, March 5th in the cafeteria at 6pm. If you are interested in learning more you can read this full article from The Bridge as well.
    Times Argus Article on the Budget and Bond

    A Solon Salute to all of the MHS winter sports teams. The MHS Girls' Basketball Team had their most wins of the past five seasons, our Nordic Ski Team had a great year, the Gymnastics Team finished 3rd in the state in just their second year as a program and the Boys' Basketball Team will host a playoff game Tuesday night (3/6) at 7pm as the 4th seed in division two playoffs. Congratulations and thank you for representing MHS with great sportsmanship and hard work.
    Photo by Brian Gallagher. MHS Boys' Seniors.

    A Solon Salute to Hana Nazerali-Ruddy, Matt Koucky, and Hope Petraro for their courage and professionalism in testifying in front of the state education committee recently. These students testified on Bill H.794 regarding ethnic and social equity standards in Vermont schools. And thank you to parent Karen Songhurst for her support of these students
    Photo by Karen Songhurst
    On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday there will be a box in the main office to collect donations of school supplies. Four MHS students will be traveling to Haiti next week with local doctors to volunteer in an elementary school, an orphanage, and a medical clinic. Suggested donations include pencils, markers, crayons, scissors, glue, colored and lined paper, chalk, coloring books, small (four function) calculators, watercolor paints, paint brushes, and spiral notebooks. Cash donations can be placed in an envelope in the main office, all cash will be used to purchase medicines and medical supplies only available in the US.
    Thank you,
    Brynn Bushey, Meredith Stetter, Isabelle Boutin, and Ruby Bryant

    • The Times Argus is looking for student opinions. “High school students: We are building a Perspective section around your thoughts on the #listentome movement and the state of the world today. Email your letter to the editor or op-ed to news@timesargus.com. Your voice matters; show us how much.”
    • March 8th: We will hold our Spring Sports meeting at 6pm in the gym. (Full Letter)
    • March 8th & 9th: MHS Choir Annual Pops Concert. "My Favorite Things" starting at 7pm in the auditorium. Entrance is by donation and supports the MHS choral activities fund.
    • March 10th: Capital Soccer will bring U.S. Soccer Hall of Famer, Kristine Lilly to Montpelier High School Auditorium (Full Announcement). 7pm, Free to the Public.
    • April 4th: Central Vermont Job Fair 10am to 4pm, Barre City Auditorium. Over 60 employers: (Full Flyer)

    February 24, 2018

    2017-18: Week 26

    A Solon Salute and congratulations to Amanda Pelkey (2011 alumni) and the entire US Women’s hockey team on beating Canada and winning the gold medal! @Pelkey21 is @MHS_Solons first gold medalist ever. #VermontProud
    Salute by Brian Gallagher

    A Solon Salute to musician and composer extraordinaire, Grace Carlomagno, for the feature of her song, "Traffic Lights," in the upcoming Vermont Philharmonic and Green Mountain Youth Symphony Family Concert ~ "The Magic of Stories." The concert is Sunday, March 11, 2018 at the Barre Opera House at 2:00 p.m. Congratulations, Grace! MHS salutes you! (From Ms. DiLena). 

    A Solon Salute to Nathan DeGroot, Emma Harter, Nadia Scoppettone, and Alex Smart for their speaking pieces at the Senate Judiciary Committee this past week. Another example of students actively participating as young citizens in the democratic process. WCAX article.
    Image from the Times Argus

    A Solon Salute to the MHS debate team. They performed well at District Tournament this Friday and Saturday in Rochester, NY. Hope Pertraro placed third in Lincoln Douglas Debate, Violet Tabacco and Neil Rohan placed second in Public Forum and are National Qualifiers, Neil Rohan place fifth in Congressional debate and Jackson Markow place first in Congressional debate also qualifying for nationals. On March 10th, the whole team will debate at the State Tournament in Montpelier at the State House.

    A Solon Salute to the weather last Wednesday. These MHS students took full advantage of the 60 degree weather in February. 

    • March 8th: We will hold our Spring Sports meeting at 6pm in the gym. (Full Letter)
    • March 10th: Capital Soccer will bring U.S. Soccer Hall of Famer, Kristine Lilly to Montpelier High School Auditorium (Full Announcement). 7pm, Free to the Public.
    • April 4th: Central Vermont Job Fair 10am to 4pm, Barre City Auditorium. Over 60 employers: (Full Flyer)