January 29, 2017

2016-17: Week 22

Reminder: There is no school for students this Monday, January 30th. Teachers have an in-service and will be welcoming presenter Katie Novak to learn more about Universal Design for Learning  

A Solon Salute to Avi Isaacs-Corcoran, Randi Carpenter, Richard Holt, and Matt Koucky for their winning submissions in Art and Writing in the Brattleboro Musuem and Art Center Scholastic Awards. Click here for a full list of winning submissions. Avi and Richard each won a "goldkey award" which means their work will go the national level. Here is Avi's goldkey winning digital art piece (submitted via CVCC Digital Media Arts)

A Solon Salute to the following students who helped with an extensive baking project for the annual Ice on Fire Festival in Montpelier this coming weekend. The students are: Sabrina Hicks, Bob Powell, Nina Abul-Aziz, Mandy Abul-Aziz, and Kat Pringles. Thanks so much, Katrina

A Solon Salute to Theresa Noonan for organizing, coordinating and even rescheduling the blood drive held on Friday. When faced with not doing the blood drive, she stepped up and pulled it off, pretty much single-handed. Great job Theresa! (From Mr. Chater)

A Solon Salute to building DNA models!
 (Photos by Ms. Chabot)
A Solon Salute to our Community Based Learning Team, Bill, Matt, Sarah, and Katrina. They are launching their new website this week. The site has functionality for the CBL course, features great photos of our students in the community and will provide a rolling list of student work, volunteer, and extended learning opportunities. Congratulations to the CBL team and I recommend every checks it out.


A Solon Salute to coach Jerry Tillotson and our Scholar's Bowl Team. The team hosted the state playoff tournament and won the small school state championship!
  • Our Scholars' Bowl team won the small school state championship. The small school state championship round takes place during the state playoffs traditionally hosted by Montpelier High School. The varsity team of Jackson Markow, Matt Koucky, Graham Janson, and Nathan Grutchfield went 3-2 in the preliminaries defeating Lamoille, Mt. Mansfield, and St. Johnsbury, losing only to Essex, which went undefeated on the day, and Middlebury, which ended the competition at 4-1. In the small school state championship semifinals Montpelier defeated Black River 310-195, and then upended defending champs BFA-Fairfax 445-75. Montpelier now advances to the state finals at UVM on March 25, where we will look to take the state championship outright. 

  • Our two junior varsity teams also had great success on Saturday. George Huang, Angus Fraser, Asa Richardson-Skinder, and Rachel Sucher went 4-1 defeating North Country, Burlington, South Burlington, and Essex. Henry Jones, Henry Valentine, Cole Bingham, and Anders Shenholm finished with a very respectable 3-2, again competing against much larger schools--defeating Lamoille, Essex, and Rice.
A Solon Salute to all of our Play Mentors. Last week a few of our mentors were featured in Union Elementary School's Wise Owl. Thank you to these young leaders!
  • The Basement Teen Center is offering $100 and snacks to any area teens that complete the PREP (Personal Responsibility Education Program). The program begins this Tuesday, January 31st at 4:30pm in the Teen Center. For more details click here.