January 20, 2018

2017-18: Week 21

A Solon Salute to everyone in the MHS Learning Community. After a three day weekend, we began last Tuesday morning normally. By mid-morning we were in a full lock-down with police teams from around the state on our campus. The scary and stressful standoff outside of Montpelier High School on Tuesday ended tragically with the loss of former student Nathan Giffin. My heart goes out to all those that have been affected. I extend my well wishes to his family, the employees of VSECU, and to the police involved Tuesday. I wish to also extend my well wishes to our students, student families, and staff. Your teamwork to work calmly through a harrowing scenario was incredible. We have heard from many of you this week, extending your gratitude and support--please consider that gratitude and support mutual. I expect that as a school community (and beyond) we will be working to understand what happened from many angles and viewpoints over the coming weeks and months. Please know that no matter how or when this event affects you--the community at MHS is strong and available when called upon. As a way of sharing the strength and resilience of our amazing students and staff, I'm sharing a few photos and a video from Thursday at Montpelier High School. 


Mr. McRaith 

Apollonia and many other art students were working on their self-portraits this week
The Outing Club gathered their gear and headed up for an after school ski on Thursday
Asa, Ericson, Machlan, and Liam found some time to play a few chords
Nick Gambill kept us laughing with this great dance poster and his daily announcements about the dance.
And we were well cared for by our extended community. Thank you to all for your thoughts and compassion!

A Solon Salute to Leo Riby-Williams. Leo was named the Times Argus athlete of the week. Congrats Leo!

A Solon Salute to all of the students that led and attended THE CONVERSATION this past Friday. This is important work and leadership!

A Solon Salute to the MHS Debate Team. The team started the new year with a very busy schedule and has been debating the topic: "Spain should grant Catalonia its independence". At the Montpelier High School tournament Angus Fraser and Omeed Fallahi obtained first place, followed by Emily Sheftman and Jackson Markow in second place and Violet Tabacco and Neil Rohan with the first novice award. At the Bellows Falls Academy Tournament this Saturday Violet Tabacco (MHS) and Basil Humke (U32) obtained first novice team place. Next month they will engage with a topic on tax reform and attend the Novice state tournament, the Harvard National Tournament, and District national qualifier tournament".

(Note: The afternoon Solon Block is split into two different sessions)
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Join Us for Ghanaian Culture Night!

  • January 22nd: Off for District In-Service 
  • January 31st: Central Vermont Career Center Showcase Day. 8:00-12:30pm.
  • Feb. 10th: Ghanaian Cultural Night: 6:30 to 10:00pm
  • Feb. 13th: Incoming 9th Grader Parent/Guardian Night, 7pm.