November 18, 2017

2017-18: Week 12

A Solon Salute to Ruby Jennings, Chanti Haas, Liam Mears, Rebecca ("Reb") Vanden Bergh and Brecken Shea for volunteering at Union Elementary School's Annual Thanksgiving Celebration. Way to go crew. Thanks for giving up some of your time to engage in and support this important annual UES community celebration. Thanks you five! (From Mr. McLane)
Photo credit to Ruby Jennings
A Solon Salute to Attorney General TJ Donovan for coming to speak with MHS this past week. Thank you!
Joelyn and Noel advocate and ask questions with the attorney general

A Solon Salute to the MHS Debate Team on the success of their recent fundraiser. With the delicious and dedicated support of Elmira Behzadikia, the team sold out around 140 meals in no time at all! And a successful first debate tournament for the team as well. Emily Sheftman and Angus Fraser placed first overall team. Omeed Fallahi placed first place speaker and Emily Sheftman placed second.
Jackson Markow, Elmira, and Omeed Prepping the Chana Masala Meals

A Solon Salute to all of the music students that participated in the Winooski Valley Music Festival this past week. Thank you for representing MHS so well and congratulations! Chorus students that attended but are not pictured: Juna Nagle, Violet Tobacco, Leila Cain, Mary Margaret Page, Warren Cossett, Clayton Winters, Daniel Jarvis, Angus Fraser, Riley Craig, Faith Bolques, Christie Cecere, MaryAnn Songhurst, Rehana Nazerali-Ruddy, Erin Kelley, Eve Taylor, Jaeden Jagemann
Jack Heyerdahl, Max Hughes, Nadia Scoppettone, Eleanor Braun, Graham Janson, Simon Moon, Colin Desch, Sadie Chase-Tatko, Sydney Dunn, Ruby Bryant, Althea Torrens-Martin
Katherine Desch, Havvah Keller, Jenna Krussman, Ada Rohan, Alex Boes, Grace Carlomagno, Matt Koucky, Eliana Moorhead, Asa Richardson-Skinder, Joseph Mensah, Leah Acosta, Evan Rohan, Danny Bruce, Liam Mears, Neil Rohan, Charlie Watson

A Solon Salute to Mr. John Bate. Talk about modeling growth mindset! Mr. Bate is taking Latin II in Mr. Carroll's class this semester. He claims the class is challenging but enjoyable. We salute you Mr. Bate!
Mr. Bate and his classmates
Latin Teacher Mr. Carroll in his third year teaching at MHS with his student Mr. Bate...teaching in his 51st(!!) year at MHS.

  • November 21st: Spirit Wear orders will be available for pick up beginning at 12:00pm in the main office lobby. Popcorn will be avaialble as well. (Thanks Boosters!)
  • November 21st: Deadline to Sign up for the After School Ski Program's first session. The program goes on Thursdays (3pm-9pm Dec-Jan). Departs and returns to MHS. Click here to learn more. 

  • November 22-24: Thanksgiving Break
  • December 8th and 9th: Student Directed One Act Play Festival (7pm Friday and Saturday Nights) 

November 12, 2017

2017-18: Week 11

A Solon Salute to all of the Band, Orchestra, and Choral students for their excellent concert this past week. Led by teachers Kirk Kreiz, Hilary Goldblatt, and Molly Clark, the evening was filled with beautiful songs from talented and hardworking students. 

A Solon Salute to senior Brynn Bushey. Brynn is leading MHS in our current food drive. After hearing about a friendly competition between U-32, Spaulding and People's Academy, Brynn took the lead at Montpelier High School get us entered into the food drive competition. The MHS donations will go to a local food shelf and soup kitchen here in Montpelier. The final day to donate is Friday, November 17th. Great job Brynn! We salute you! 

A Solon Salute to the MHS Diversity Club and advisor Mary Ellen SolonForty students across all grades came out on Wednesday night to participate in the MHS Diversity Club's first Dinner and Movie Night. Students shared in a potluck and lively discussion of the 2014 film, Dear White People. Thank you to all the members of Diversity Club for organizing a fun and meaningful event! Thank you also to Ms. Monmaney, Ms. Squier, and Michael & Mizra of the Clean Team for their support!

A Solon Salute to Anja Samson for using this reusable snack pouch. (From the MHS Earth Group).

A Solon Salute to business manager Grant Geisler for writing and reading a heartfelt and informative message to the students before Friday's Veteran's Day Parade. And a Salute to Brian Gallagher and Cindy Bubrouski for the efforts in planning the event and the display of Veteran connections in our learning community. Many thanks!

Online Holiday Fundraiser for Union's Playground Until 11/20!
Hello High School Parents/Guardians and Friends,

A team of MPS District staff, parents and community members are raising funds to renovate and modernize the outdoor play space at Union Elementary School. Until Monday November 20th, the team is running an ONLINE holiday fundraiser to raise money for this major project (called UPP, or the Union Playground Project).

Union’s playgrounds are used by more than 400 pre-K through 4th grade students every school day, and by countless greater Montpelier community children. This holiday fundraiser is just one part of a larger, strategic fundraising initiative to overhaul the playgrounds, and build a more creative, more accessible state-of-the-art facility in the summer of 2018. 

In this linked letter and flyer, you will find instructions for purchasing holiday gift wrap, kitchen and home goods, and personalized gifts for the holidays. 

40% of your purchase will go directly to funding this important and exciting renovation project! You can also invite others to order. For those who prefer to browse a hard copy catalog, there are two in Principal McRaith’s office. The fundraiser closes on Monday, November 20th, so please order soon. Please contact Sarah McKearnan with any questions, or to get involved in the project:

  • November 14th: All School Assembly (Solon Block): VT Attorney General T.J. Donovan 
  • November 16th & 17th: Winooski Valley Music Festival
  • December 8th and 9th: Student Directed One Act Play Festival (7pm Friday and Saturday Nights) 

November 4, 2017

2017-18: Week 10

A Solon Salute to the MHS Outing Club. The Outing Club recently did an overnight trip to the Lake Mansfield Trout Club.

Not pictured but attended: Kira Beach
A Solon Salute to Barb Austin-Hutchins and all of the art students that freshly beautified our school this week. See below for a short video of the pop-up art show (posted by Ms. Monmaney). To view regularly updated photos and video posted by the MHS art program you can follow them on Instagram @mhssolonart.
A Grateful Solon Salute to senior Danny Bruce for his unselfish contribution to the food drive this past week.

A Solon Salute to all of the students that contributed to the latest edition of The Solon Spectrum. Be sure to check it out!
A reminder to periodically check out the varied and many opportunities posted on the Community Based Learning website section: Work, Volunteer, and Extended Learning Opportunities

  • November 7th: All School Assembly (during Solon Block)
  • November 9th: Extended TA during Solon for PLP Workshop
  • November 9th: MHS Concert 7pm
  • November 14th: All School Assembly (Solon Block): VT Attorney General T.J. Donovan 
  • November 16th & 17th: Winooski Valley Music Festival

October 28, 2017

2017-18: Week 9

A Solon Salute to Adam Blair, Joelyn Mensah, Noel Ribby-Williams and Hope Petraro. These four members of the MHS Diversity Club worked with MPS curriculum and technology director, Mr. Mike Martin to complete a video to be shown at the Annual Rowland Conference this past week. Along with other presenting students from Burlington, Woodstock, and Middlebury--these four students received a standing ovation from over 400 educators from around the state at UVM's Davis Center ballroom. These students are important leaders in our community and we salute you!
Click image to play the video

A Solon Salute to MHS teachers, Cathy Butterfield, Dan Miller-Arsenault, and Sarah Squier for recently earning their renewal of National Board Certification. This rigorous undertaking is both an honor and a tremendous amount of work. Please join us in congratulating them on this accomplishment! (To read more about National Board Certification).  
Cathy Butterfield, Dan Miller-Arsenault, Sarah Squier

A Solon Salute to students Matt Koucky, Rachel Sucher, and Nathan DeGroot. They recently conducted public readings of their poetry at the an open mic celebrating diversity. The event was hosted by Vermont College of Fine Arts' MFA in Writing and Publishing program and Outright Vermont
Photo and Salute provided by Ms. McCadden

A Solon Salute to School Resource Officer, Mr. Matt Knisley. Matt was chosen to speak at the 2017 Annual Conference for the Association for Conflict Resolution in Dallas earlier this month. Matt spoke about the importance of conflict resolution skills for police officers and provided a forward thinking vision for policing. Fantastic work Officer Knisley, we salute you!

A Solon Salute to our Field Hockey, Cross-Country, and Boys' Soccer Teams who finished up their fall seasons. Thank you all for your dedication and for representing MHS so well around the state.

A Solon Salute to the Girls' Soccer Team. They won their first playoff game in the pouring rain (read Times Argus Article here). On Saturday they took on U-32 in the second round of the playoffs and won 2-1. The team will play at Milton in the semi-finals on Wednesday (11/1) at 6pm.

Click on the image to view Bill Basa's awesome recording of the game winning goal!

  • November 9th: MHS Concert 7pm 

October 21, 2017

2017-18: Week 8

A Solon Salute to all of the MHS learning community for a very successful 9th annual Fall Harvest Celebration.  
  • This unique day was made possible by the leadership of the Fall Harvest Celebration Committee (led by Mr. Sabo), and by too many others to name. The day was an outstanding example of community collaboration, student responsibility, and teamwork. As a school, we planted over 1300 trees in one morning. The shared meal was fantastic and the performances raise the bar each year. Special thanks to our community partners in planting the trees to help create a riparian buffer on the Dog River--MadDog Chapter of Trout Unlimited, and the Friends of the Winooski River. Thanks also to the MHS Boosters, Food, Farm, and Society Students, Montpelier Food Service, Student Council, Center for Sustainable Systems, Clark Amadon, Michele Braun, George Gross, Nate Rogers, Mimi Kulp, Joseph Kiefer, Tyler Strange, Danny Sagan, Vermont Sound & Light, and the Swingin' Over 60 Jazz Band.
Photo by Kerrin McCadden

Photo by Isaac Alcide
Photo by Adam Blair
Photo by Adam Blair
Photo by Adam Blair
Photo by Adam Blair
Map by Food Service Director-Heather Torrey
Photo by Adam Blair
Photo by Adam Blair
Photo by Adam Blair
A Solon Salute to the Club Action volunteers (Sadie Chase-Tatko, Isabelle Francke, Eve Taylor, Mary Margaret Page, Erin Sullivan, Samantha Murray, Evie Caserta, Nadia Scoppettone, Asa Richardson-Skinder, Judith Witke Mele & Matt Koucky) for helping to get our Enchanted Forest to be the best it has ever been! Whatever your role, we are so grateful for your offering to help us, or helping us in any capacity! 

A Solon Salute to Mr. Jason Miles and all of the participating students from the Woodworking Design classes. This team did a great job designing and building the wood roof structure for our new pizza kiln. Special thanks to Tyler Strange and Mr. Chater for donating their time as well.

A BIG Solon Salute to Haleigh Doucette, Jack Lever, and Taylor Austin for helping out at the MHS Boosters' Concession Stand on Saturday during the NVAC Mountain Division Cross-Country Run Championships. We couldn't have done it without your help. (From MHS Boosters).
Haleigh ran the grill from noon to close!
A Solon Salute to Mr. Bate. Who knew that Mr. Bate was a master craftsman! Thank you John for your fine workmanship and donation to MHS Boosters' of this lovely table. Thank you also to Marianne Signorino for the quick purchase.

  • October 23rd and 27th: Early Adopters meetings during Solon Block  
  • October 25th: Picture Re-Take Day

October 15, 2017

2017-18: Week 7

A Fall Foliage Salute to Tom Allen for having the eye, foresight, and determination to care for the MPS facility with passion and a mind for sustainable. This tree was next to the apple trees by the side of the building, but it was growing too fast and too strong for its original area. It was transplanted to the new location on Monday. Did anyone else not notice it's new location right away? (From Mr. Chater. Photos provided by Tom Allen).
Original Location
New Location
A Solon Salute to the Boys' Soccer Team who won their game this past Tuesday over GMVS 3-1. Hayden Ellms had two goals and Cole Bingham added the third. 

A Solon Salute to math teacher, Whitney Machnik. Ms. Machnik represented MHS at UVM's Outstanding Teachers' of the Year Ceremony. A well deserved honor. Congratulations Ms. Machnik!
Photo by Dr. Ricca
A Solon Salute to all of the students and staff of MHS. I was proud to have this email sent to me earlier this week. Great job everyone!
  • I recently attended a September Board of Education meeting at Montpelier High School. I arrived with another colleague, never having been inside the school before, we were greeted in a friendly manner by a member of the office staff who gave us directions to the nearest restroom, and to our ultimate destination, the library. Leaving the office, I noted the comfortable chairs in the lobby, tucked away in a cozy section by the stairs, and had a sense of a well-lit, welcoming, student-friendly space. Along the way to our various destinations, a number of students greeted us (without prompting) with a friendly hello, and this practice of saying hello extended even into the women's room! Later, we got a bit turned around when trying to find the right entry into the library, and a member of the staff helped us out without being asked. The friendly atmosphere doesn't happen by accident, I know. I just wanted you to hear from an first time visitor that I left Montpelier High School appreciative of the positive, friendly climate I observed.
  • October 19th: Fall Harvest Celebration All Day, All School Event
  • October 19th: VSAC Paying for College Night at U-32 (5:30 Q & A with Ms. Knauss and Mr. Sather about the college admissions process, & VSAC presentation begins at 6:30 focused on financial aid).
  • November 2nd & 3rd: Conferences