September 18, 2016

2016-17: Week 4

Wow, what a full week!

A Solon Salute to all of the fans and athletes that participated in Friday and Saturday's Homecoming events. Thank you to the Field Hockey Team, Soccer Teams, and the Cross Country teams for representing us so well this weekend. 

A Solon Salute to Theresa Murray-Clasen and the boosters for their work in providing popcorn and having the Solon-Wear available on Open House night. Thank you also for having the snack shack open and thriving on Friday night and all day on Saturday. Your efforts really add to our atmosphere and school community, we salute you all!

A Solon Salute to Mr. Chater for his help in leading the bonfire event on Friday. Mr. Chater also shared the following salute for other key contributors: "First and foremost, Chuck Eldred was essential to accruing and then stacking the perfect tower of pallets. The great live music by Machlan Pettersen, Ericson Scott and Chase Ruel would not have been possible without the help of Sophie Currier. The Boosters helped provide snacks to make the night complete. And finally the relentless Joe Carroll as stellar chaperone helped make the night possible. Thank you all for your efforts." Image taken by Tale Duggan & Bonfire Video provided by Theresa Murray-Clasen)

A Solon Salute to Barb Austin-Hutchins, Emma Murray Clasen, Emily Corbett Valade, Miles Rapaport and Evan Lewis. With help from others including, but probably not limited to Levi Beavin, Jackson Markow, and Liam Frey, they pulled off a very successful homecoming dance. The money raised will go directly to the 2017 Project Grad event. Evan helped to save the day by agreeing to DJ at last the minute. He worked really hard on the playlist and did a great job! Jackson also provided some heroics on the sound board, and I'm not sure we would have had a dance at all this year without the steady hard work and leadership of seniors Emma Murray Clasen, Emily Corbett Valade, and Miles Rapaport. We salute you! 

A Solon Salute to Mr. Geoff Sather for his work to organize the club fair, and to all of the student leaders who stood up in front of the school to invite their classmates to join one of the many clubs at MHS.

A Solon Salute to everyone who was able to attend our Open House last Thursday night. In case you were not able to attend but are interested in hearing/seeing the introductory presentation, here are a couple of useful links: Open House Presentation 2016 and power-school explanation. The Open House presentation features a short explanation of the how and why regarding our shift to a proficiency based system.

A Solon Salute to Mr. Tillotson and Scholar's Bowl Team: "We had a total of 12 teams from eight schools compete and Essex came away with the title, posting a 9-1 record and edging runner-up Burlington 365-315 in the decisive match. South Burlington placed third while Montpelier [Rachel Sucher, Matt Koucky, Graham Janson, and Jackson Markow] was fourth overall and the top small school in a strong showing that included handing Essex its only loss."

A Solon Salute to Bobby Powell and former MHS Principal Adam Bunting who are in this recently completed Unified Sports Video. We are looking forward to the Unified Sports season!

A Solon Salute
to the MHS students who recently auditioned successfully for the Teen Jazz dance group. Returning dancers: Isabelle Banse, Samantha Murray, Evan Lewis, and Erin Sullivan. New dancers: Isabelle Francke, Kailea Silvers, and Emily Corbett-Valade


The Way To Go Challenge starts Monday, 9-26 and goes through 10/7. This is a reminder that MHS is competing to win this year! Please do your best to find an alternative way to get to school (one that produces less carbon) and TAs will be recording the results. Thank you!
Vermont Math Coalition Contest:
Please consider encouraging your child to take part in the Vermont Math Coalition Contest. Students do the monthly problems outside of class and submit solutions to the Vermont Math Coalition. Students in grades 9-12 might really enjoy the challenge! Check out this website to register: or see anyone from the MHS Mathematics Department who will be assisting and hosting on: Wed & Thurs, November 9th/10th, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

KidsCup & Fall Festival
Saturday, October 1st
10:00 am – 2:00 pm 
Montpelier High School Track

(Benefit for the Union Elementary School and UES Parent’s Group)

The Festival will offer games such as pumpkin bowling, pumpkin painting, and every student’s dream: a dunk tank where they can soak the principal of Union Elementary School, Mr. Chris Hennessey.

Families can complete a kid-friendly fun run on the bike path, followed by a festival of games, music, and food for the whole community. Games include a mystery prize guessing game, side-by-side tag, freeze dance (with UES music teacher Mrs. Funk playing DJ), obstacle course (with UES gym teachers MJ Jennings and Mr. Williams), a mountain bike course (bring your bike!) sponsored by MAMBA, and a Hula Hut game.

Organized by Union Elementary School Parents’ Group, the event is a fundraiser for the elementary school. Admission to the Fall Festival is free but food and tickets for games will be for sale. To register for the fun run (suggested donation is $25 per family) or to make a different donation, visit  No advance registration is required for the Fall Festival.  Instructions for sign up and donation are attached to this email.  DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION FOR THE FUN RUN IS MONDAY SEPTEMBER 26, 2016.

Schedule of Events October 1:
10:00 am – Fun run registration and check-in
11:00 am – 1-mile fun run along the Montpelier Bike Path
11:00 am – Fall Festival at the high school track