May 28, 2018

2017-18: Week 39

A Solon Salute to Barb Austin-Hutchins and all of the MHS Art Students for their great Art Show this past week. The show was another hit with a great fashion show and lots of great art. Special thanks to the Mr. Bromley and his team for providing pizza from the MHS pizza kiln this year, Mr. Gallagher, and Ms. Kiniry or adjusting PE plans around the gym usage, and to the Clean Team for all of their support in set up and take down. Additional thanks to the MHS Jazz Band and Televici who played music throughout the show.
Photo by Adam Blair
Photo by Adam Blair
Photo by Adam Blair
photo by Adam Blair
Getting ready for the fashion show

A Solon Salute to Cole Bingham and Ben Hancock-Song for finishing as state champion runner's up in the boys' doubles tournament over the weekend. Cole and Ben defeated teams from Burlington, Colchester and CVU. The last two victories came after dropping the first set. In the semi-finals, Cole and Ben won in dramatic fashion by winning the two sets in tie-breakers 7-6, 7-6. Tomorrow is the first day of the post-season for teams. The home match begins at 3:30 vs. St. Johnsbury Academy.
Cole and Ben with coach Lilli Cain

A Solon Salute to Racial Justice Alliance members Stella, Joelyn, Cricket, Matt, and Hana, for participating remotely as panel discussion members at the Building Civic Courage conference held by Rural Assembly in Durham North Carolina at Duke University. 

A Solon Salute to the MHS Music Department and Music Students for their wonderful spring concert this past week. Everyone sounded great for the well executed and well attended evening of beautiful music.

A Solon Salute to Ms. Morton: (From Dr. Ricca) Please share how thoroughly impressed and humbled I was by Julie Morton's class conversations this week, so much so that I came back for a follow-up after class visits. Expertly done, deep and uncomfortable conversations around lynching, racial injustice, and systemic inequity. The true continued work we've committed to after raising a Black Lives Matter flag. 

A Solon Salute to Ms. Monmaney for her expert work in ensuring all of us scheduled and following through with the spring SBAC and Science assessments. She has provided exception energy for details, scheduling, and follow-through on these important but challenging to schedule assessments. Thank you!  

A Solon Salute to Andrea Cohen, mom of Anders Shenholm. She gets the gold star team mom award for all her dedication and hours spent with the Varsity Ultimate team this season. Andrea has given countless hours, food, transport, video and picture taking, flowers for senior night and a ton of support and enthusiasm for our players. Thank you Andrea! 

A Solon Salute to the boys and girls Ultimate Frisbee teams, who were at the Pioneer Valley Tournament last weekend. They played 4 games on Saturday in cold rain and 3 on Sunday in warm, humid weather. They displayed great sportsmanship and spirit all around, and both ended the tournament placing higher than they expected. The Varsity girls were 5th out of 24 teams, and the boys were 6th out of 43 teams. Teams at the tournament were from across the country.
Photo by Chrystal Crane

A Solon Salute to junior, Zachary Taylor, and to sophomore, Hope Petraro, for being chosen from a highly competitive pool of Vermont applicants to take part in an 8 week paid research internship this summer at UVM. The program is called Project SEED. The program is sponsored by the American Chemical Society and conducted in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Vermont. The internship builds on the work of both classroom and flexible pathway learning experiences for both Zach and Hope. Zach has been involved in a year long flexible pathway Community Based Learning (CBL) experience focused on medicine and health care. Hope focused her flexible pathway Extended Learning Opportunity plan this year on Women in STEM. Project SEED alumni have been incredibly successful, with 100% attending colleges around the country as well as winning a number of awards and scholarships as a result of their summers of research. Cool! Well done Hope and Zach!

A Solon Salute
to Shadow Dorr-White for getting in and completing the Middlebury College New England Young Writers Conference. Congrats Shadow, we salute you!

A Solon Salute to Hana Nazerali-Ruddy who recently won the Rotary District 7850 Speech Contest. She competed in 4 rounds in Montpelier, Berlin, Lyndon and in the final round at the Mount Washington Hotel in New Hampshire. The prompt for the Rotary speech contest this year was, "Make a difference by applying the Rotary Four Way Test". For Hana's speech she chose to apply this test to the statement - "Black Lives Matter". Awesome. Hana's speech asked the following four questions of the statement: Is it true? 2) Is it fair to all concerned? 3) Will it build goodwill and better friendships? 4) Will it be beneficial to all concerned? Hana - we Salute you and congratulations!

A Solon Salute to MHS school counselor Lissa Knauss. Lissa has been selected as 2018 Rowland Fellowship recipient. The award means a grant investment of $75,000 from the Rowland Foundation towards the research and implementation of Lissa's project to better serve the students and community of Montpelier High School. To read more click here.

A Solon Salute to 9th grader Jillian Haviland. This is a photo of Jillian, the granddaughter of Bill Haines, She took her first voyage across Wrightsville in class this week in the canoe named in his honor. A special moment for our community. 
A Solon Salute to Noel Riby-Williams for being a great senior leader in TA. She helped other students in TA to improve their PLP's this week! (From Mr. Gallagher).

A Solon Salute to CBL community partner, ChefJustin Turcotte at The Feast Meals Program in the Montpelier Senior Center. For several years, Chef Justin has mentored MHS students who aspire to strengthen their culinary and service skills. Thank you Chef Justin for your energy, kindness, and expertise in facilitating a learning environment for both food preparation and life skills. And a Solon Salute to Niina Abu Aziz, for her dedicated time, unwavering enthusiasm, service and eagerness to learn with Chef Justin this semester.

Owl Sculpture Go-Fund-Me: Art teacher Barb Austin-Hutchins is collaborating with MHS alumni Sean Williams to raise money for a 10 foot tall original granite sculpture to be placed in the MHS roundabout. For more details on the project click: "Life is short, art is long.

Montpelier High School Club Action is hosting a Livelihood Music Festival on Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 5:30-9:30 at MHS. Dave Keller (soloist), A2VT, and Televici will be performing in addition to other talented Vermont singers and musicians. If you purchase your tickets in advance, you will receive a free slice of wood-fired pizza at the festival. There will be activities available for people of all ages, including games and face painting!

The festival is being organized to raise funds and awareness for the Vermont Ibutwa Initiative and Spectrum Youth & Family Services. The Ibutwa Initiative provides healthcare, education, and work assistance to survivors of sexual and gender-based violence and their children in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Spectrum Youth Services provides health care, training, counseling, and housing to homeless and runaway youth in the state of Vermont. We hope to both provide aid for these organizations and shed light on the struggles they are aimed at solving.

If you would like to buy tickets or receive updates as the event draws near, please visit our facebook page. Contact Sharon Boateng ( or Heather McLane ( for more information.

  • June 1st: Music of Color-School Dance
  • June 2nd: SATs (Saturday Morning)

Full Spring Outlook 2018 (Full Letter and Links)

June 5th: Extended TA for Universal Literacy Assessment (15 minutes)
June 7th: Masque Talent Show
June 8th: Awards Assembly
June 9th: Livelihood Music Festival hosted by Club Action
June 15th: End of Marking Period 8
June 15th: Graduation
June 18th-22nd: Semester 2, Summative Re-Take Week
June 22nd: Step-Up Day for Class of 2022 & Final Day