April 1, 2016

Week 31

This is a really big week for MHS! 
This week will feature our Walls Project. Teachers Cathy Butterfield, Katy Chabot, Hilary Goldblatt, Kerrin McCadden, and Sarah Squier have be working with ​teaching ​artists ​Gowri Savoor (visual art) and Evan Premo (music composition) ​to provide a one-of-a-kind cross-curricular learning experience for 10th and 12th grade students. As a part of their professional learning with the Creative Schools Initiative, the arts residency is culminating on April 7th in a walking art installation of more than 150 student​-​generated learning cubes that will be used to create temporary walls​ and visual art, accompanied by original student-composed music​. We will have a special schedule in the afternoon of April 7th for all students to participate in learning from the installation and the collaborating artists in residence, including Evelyn Glennie – the internationally renowned percussionist who participated at the launch of the 2015/16 Creative Schools Initiative. Additionally, the students will present the Wall and perform side-by-side with Glennie on April 10, at a 4 p.m. concert at the Barre Opera House. The students and Glennie will be accompanied by the
Community Engagement Lab Festival Orchestra​, under the direction of Paul Gambill. 

Evelyn's Ted Talk from 2003 (3.5 million views!!!):


Evelyn leading the drummers for the London 2012 Olympic's Opening Ceremony:


Here are a few photos from the Walls preparation so far:

A Solon Salute to visiting composer Erik Nielson Orchestra teacher Hilary Goldblatt and the MPS orchestra students! The Montpelier Composition Concert was the culminating event in the VT Arts Council grant that brought Mr. Nielsen to MSMS and MHS. Mr. Nielsen has mentored all of our strings students since January this year. A special solute to Anna Scoppettone who showed excellent leadership and problem solving skills. The MHS Orchestra performed 19 original musical compositions by MSMS students, then three professional string players performed compositions by each MHS Orchestra student. To close, the entire MPS strings program grades 5-12 performed Star Wars together We salute you! 

A Solon Salute to Anders Shenholm, Isabelle Boutin, and January Simpson for their courage in presenting their research to hundreds of people at a public hearing at the State House on Thursday evening. They presented their evidence regarding the pending legislation about legalizing marijuana clearly and with excellent poise. The Representatives seemed to appreciate hearing their perspective and data. We salute you for this act of citizenship! (Anders pictured)

A Solon Salute to Appollonia Tabacco who completed this beautiful painting and then walked this large and heavy piece of art 25 minutes to school! Wow, what a great example of talent and perseverance! We salute you Appollonia!


The Unified Basketball team wants to invite you to come on out and support the team on Tuesday, 4/5 and Thursday, 4/7.
  • Tuesday, MHS vs Colchester - 3:30
  • Thursday, MHS vs Williamstown/Northfield - 3:30
  • Looking ahead to the last home game 4/26, MHS vs CVU - 3:30