February 11, 2018

2017-18: Week 24

A Solon Salute to senior Noel Riby-Williams. Noel has been planning, preparing, and leading all of the work to pull off the VERY well attended and super fun Ghanaian Culture Night. Our estimate was around 350 people (or more) in attendance for Saturday Night's event in the gym. There were two full pages of appreciations (thank yous) on the event's program. I'm sure to miss some very important Salutes, so consider this a Salute our whole community for the work in making the night possible! Congratulations to Noel for hosting this successful event and for all of the money it raised to support the development of a healthcare clinic, school, and sports program in Accra, Ghana. And special thanks to CBL advisor Sarah Loveless for her major part in the work, Ame Solomon, The Racial Justice Alliance, Interact Club, Club Action, and the MHS Clean Team members, John, Mike, and Mirza for the extra work and hours they put in for the event. Extra special thanks to Tom Allen who again went way beyond the extra mile to host all of the fun events over the weekend.  
Noel Prepping
Noel Hosting
Dance Performance

A Solon Salute to the Unified Sports Snowshoe Team for their warm smiles, kindness and positive energy! (From Nancy and Matt)

A Solon Salute to senior Maralina Moore who was recently given three awards at the VT Scholastic Art Awards at the Brattleboro Art Museum! Her "Geer Head" sculpture won a Gold Key and will move forward to the National Competition!

A Solon Salute to sophomore Havvah Keller. Havvah is this year's Green Up Vermont Poster Contest winner for grades 9-12. Congrats Havvah! 

A Solon Salute for the hundreds of messages of support, piles of letters, and some nice treats dropped off for us as well. As the CNN version of the MHS Black Lives Matter story surpassed 4 million views this week, we were the fortunate receivers of many kind, cute, and loving messages of support. Those messages have ranged from thoughtful voicemails from around the country, in-person hugs, freshly cut flowers, a letter from a 5th grade class in Brooklyn, and many more. Thank you so much! And as requested, here is full press release, statement from the board, and statement from the Racial Justice Alliance.
Just some of the letters of support the Racial Justice Alliance has received.

Announcements
  • Month of February: Black History Month. Led by the Racial Justice Alliance, this February will have a concentrated effort on recognizing implicit biases, privileges, and building equity in our learning community. Assemblies, speakers, movies, discussions, the raising of a Black Lives Matter flag, dedicated curriculum, and more will be taking place this February. 
  • Feb. 13th: Incoming 9th Grader Parent/Guardian Night, 7pm. 
  • February 24th through March 6th: Winter Break
  • March 10th: Capital Soccer will bring U.S. Soccer Hall of Famer, Kristine Lilly to Montpelier High School Auditorium (Full Announcement). 7pm, Free to the Public.