October 19, 2018

2018-19: Week 9

A Solon Salute to the entire MHS Community for a great experience on the 10th Annual Fall Harvest Celebration. The day featured more community partners than we can thank individually here, excellent faculty/staff leadership and contributions, and outstanding effort and performances by students as well. The theme this year was wellness. Thank you to everyone who helps make this special community building day possible. 

A Solon Salute to senior Randi Carpenter who was recently featured in episode number 2 of the #findyourpurpose video 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 Ms. Monmaney for her leadership in bringing additional books to our library under the umbrella of equity, diversity, and implicit bias. 
  • The criteria of for what was looked for were current books that addressed race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, creed, ancestry, marital/civil union status, or disabling condition in the book's characters, plot, and/or authorship. You can click on any title in this 2019 Equity Purchase resource list to read it's summary. We already have many books that fit this criteria--click on a linked subject in any book's details to see other books with that subject.
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A Solon Salute to Jason Miles for cutting a broken canoe in half! The “MHS River Crew” will sand, paint and create a unique mural at the entry of the “Bill Haines Canoe Access.” The unveiling will occur next spring. 

A Solon Salute to our Fall Athletic Teams. Most teams are wrapping up and heading into playoffs this week. Congrats and good luck! (Follow along @MHS_Solons)
Avery running strong for the Cross-Country team
  • Nov. 7, Picture Re-Take Day

October 14, 2018

2018-19: Week 8

10th Annual Fall Harvest Celebration on Thursday (10-18-18)

Dear Parents/Guardians,
  • This Thursday (10-18) we will be holding our 10th Annual Fall Harvest Celebration. This wonderful yearly celebration brings together our entire school community (and some of our community partners) to celebrate together. Each year we have a theme for our celebration. This year's theme is Wellness. We'll have a number of workshops focused on our Wellness theme for both students and faculty/staff to enjoy during the morning. Some of the activities will be taking place off campus in and around the Central Vermont community. Students will find out the finalized list on Tuesday or Wednesday about which workshop(s) they'll be participating in. (Students took a survey to share their workshop preferences last week). If you have any concerns about your student participating in an off campus activity, please let us know. All activities will be chaperoned by MHS faculty/staff. Many thanks!

A Solon Salute to all of the students and faculty that have been hard at work preparing for the upcoming Fall Harvest Celebration! 
Vaughn helping with the fennel
More potatoes! 
A Solon Salute to the nine students who participated in the Women Can Do Conference last Thursday. These students had a great time exploring various careers and trying out an array of hands-on activities. Pictured below is Susha Benoit participating in a forensic lab experiment, Jillian Haviland practicing suturing techniques, and Destiney Roberts operating a chainsaw. And thank you to Sarah Loveless for organizing our participation and sending along this Salute! 

A Solon Salute to Cabot Sayles, who recently competed on American Ninja Warrior Junior. The episode aired this weekend. Here's a link to an article about the competition. Impressive, Cabot!

A Spooky Solon Salute to all of the MHS Art students who carved over 100 pumpkins for this year’s annual Enchanted Forest at Hubbard Park. Super fine and festival creativity! Follow the MHS Art classes on instragram
Pumpkins down the hallway
  • Nov. 1 & 2, Family/Teacher Conferences 
  • Nov. 7, Picture Re-Take Day

October 7, 2018

2018-19: Week 7

A Solon Salute to junior Kylie Nelson for giving up her free time to quickly and expertly assemble two new elliptical machines in the weight room/fitness center. Thank you Kylie! (from Ms. Kiniry & Mr. Gallagher). 
No shortage of pieces to figure out! 

A Solon Sustainability Salute to Maple Perchlik, Avery Paull, Apollonia Tabacco, Ben Richardson-Skinder, Jahan Von Trapp, Sophia Currier, Lila Markow, Leyla Khasiyeva, and January Simpson, led by Mr. Sabo, and joined by Mr. McLane. Thanks for participating in this year’s Cultivating Pathways Conference at Shelburne Farms this past week. The vision for Cultivating Pathways is to connect the promising efforts of Vermont’s Act 77 — personalized learning, flexible pathways to graduation — to that of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Thank you for your continuing commitment to advancing the ideals of sustainability in our community.

A Solon Salute to all of the boosters, parent groups, volunteers, and participants who made this year's 3rd annual Montpelier Fall Festival a great time once again. This community-building-fundraiser has all proceeds go to each of the MRPS schools across a wide variety of programming. Thank you so much! Click here or below to view the video of the event put together by curriculum/technology directer Mike Berry. 
Obstacle Course in Action
Thanks to all of the MHS student volunteers, including this crew
Th grill was going!
A Solon Salute to Bridget Asay and the board for getting the MRPS School Board table together! 

September 29, 2018

2018-19: Week 6

A Solon Salute to the MHS Student Council, advisor Ron Allen, and all of the spirit day judges for hosting the Homecoming spirit days throughout week. Thank you!

A Solon Salute to Willem Slade, Remi Savard, Neil Rohan and Bruno John (from U32) who helped to liven up the "airwaves" at the Bonfire Friday night. And to Adam Blair for his audio support expertise on Friday and Saturday night. Great job! And thanks to MHS faculty Myles Chater, Whitney Machnik, Ron Allen, and Dan Miller Arsenault for helping with the Bonfire festivities on Friday.
Photo by Mr. McLane
Photo by Adam Blair
Photo by Adam Blair
A Solon Salute to Kat Pringles. Kat generously made MHS spirit buttons for homecoming week. Thanks Kat, they are fantastic!

A Solon Salute to all of our athletic teams, coaches, and athletic director Matt Link for their great efforts, quality performances, and sportsmanship during our homecoming week. We salute you! To keep up on scores and highlights, follow @MHS_Solons
By Adam Blair
By Adam Blair
By Adam Blair
By Adam Blair

A Solon Salute to the MHS Boosters for their work in supporting homecoming on throughout the weekend. Thank you!
 A Solon Salute to the members of the Project Grad committee and their new advisors, Molly Clark and Andrew Schumer for hosting the Homecoming Dance on Saturday Night. Salute to Izzy Banse for handling the music, and to additional chaperones, Jen Wall Howard, Ron Allen, and the Berlin Police. Thank you!

A Solon's Salute to Faith Bloques who was helping to "take care of the place" by pushing grass on the fence to help feed the chickens. Thanks Faith. (Saluted by Mr. Chater)

A Solon Salute to Daryl and Emily at Allen Lumber for their recent hospitality. They graciously shared their time and knowledge with our math class. We left there with a ton of ideas and a new respect for what it takes to design and create a new kitchen given a variety of constraints. We would like to thank Nolan and Cam (our student teacher) as well for joining us for this trip! (From Ms. Machnik and students)

A Solon Salute to Juna Nagle, MaryAnn Songhurst, and Hope Petraro who along with some recent MHS graduates received a Civil Liberties Award from the Vermont Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of MHS' Racial Justice Alliance. Congrats! (ORCA recording of Meeting)

A Solon Salute to all of the Independent Study students who completed their Independent Study PE plans and took part in the fitness test this past week!  And, thanks to Brian Gallagher and Stephanie DiLena for helping the students to organize their plans for this semester. Exercise on!

  • Reminder that there is no school on Friday, Oct. 5th nor Monday, Oct. 8th. (Calendar)
  • Oct. 18, Fall Harvest Celebration
  • Nov. 7, Picture Re-Take Day

September 23, 2018

2018-19: Week 5

A Solon Salute to Club Action, and their advisor, Heather McLane. The group, led by junior Hope Petraro (who founded the event) held the 2nd annual Race Against Racism on Sunday, Sept. 23rd. The event had around 350 registered runners! Proceeds will go to Migrant Justice of Vermont, and Youth 4 Change Vermont. Congratulations to Club Action on this very big and successful event!
Photo by Adam Blair
Photo by Adam Blair
A Solon Salute to Mr. Gallagher, who was inducted into the Lyndon State Athletic Hall of Fame over the weekend. You can read about the event here. Congrats Mr. Gallagher! 

A Solon Salute to John Sayles for taking time out of his busy schedule to teach our economics students about the food shelf distribution systems nationally and in Vermont. 

A Solon Salute to Sharon Boateng for volunteering to put together a slide show and come to both of my Global Issues and Perspectives classes to teach everyone about life in Ghana.

A Solon Salute to our Nathan, Isaak, Taylor, and Marshall on their 52-7 homecoming victory on Friday. 


  • Sept. 24 to 29, Homecoming Week:
    • Monday: Beach Day
    • Tuesday: Meme Day
    • Wednesday: Twin Day
    • Thursday: School Colors Day
    • Friday: Solon Swag
      • Field Hockey under the lights begins at 6pm.
      • Bonfire (dusk to around 9:30pm)
    • Saturday: 
      • Boys' Soccer starts at 1pm, last game of the day, Varsity Girls' versus Stowe starts at 5:30pm.
      • Homecoming Dance on Saturday (9pm-12am) 
  • Oct. 18, Fall Harvest Celebration
  • Nov. 7, Picture Re-Take Day