February 17, 2018

2017-18: Week 25

A Solon Salute to Liz Swindell and Cindy Bubrouski for their help and leadership in sending some notes of supports from MHS to the students of Marjory Stoneman Dougless High School in Parkman, Florida.
 

A Solon Salute to the MHS Biology classes. This week the biology students were practicing DNA fingerprinting. Important conversations about racism, equity and justice do not compromise rigorous science education - it enhances it by creating context and relevance. Connections were made between forensic science, and the Innocence Project. (From Mr. Sabo)
 

A Solon Salute to our MHS Gymnastics Team. The team finished 3rd in the State Meet this weekend. What a great 2nd season for our young MHS gymnastics program! 


This week, MHS was the featured school of the week for Vermont Principal's Association. The VPA asked MHS to send out tweets using the hastag #vpaleads to document our week a bit. Here are several of the tweets that went out



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, quote of the day, speakers, movies, discussions, the raising of a Black Lives Matter flag, dedicated curriculum, and more will be taking place this February. 
  • March 8th: We will hold our Spring Sports meeting at 6pm in the gym. (Full Letter)

  • 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.

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.

February 4, 2018

2017-18: Week 23

A Solon Salute to the Racial Justice Alliance, the Montpelier School Board, MHS Staff, and the broader MHS learning community for their leadership in our concentrated efforts on racial equity this month. The raising of a Black Lives Matter flag has garnered attention around the nation and beyond. This is an example of student voice and a community's willingness to engage in important dialogue. There has been coverage from countless media outlets, but what is important for us to remember is that the raising of this flag is a visible commitment to the broader and meaningful work taking place across Montpelier Public Schools. Our goal is to improve equity for all students. The Vermont Principal's Association will have a supportive press release this week, here is Agency of Education's Secretary Holcombe's Memo on Racial Equity, the President of the Vermont Teacher Association's statement of support, the Times Argus' Editor's Op-Ed, Times Argus' article from 2/1/18, and 78 sitting Vermont Legislator's signed a letter of gratitude and support as well. Congratulations to the Racial Justice Alliance for their leadership.
Photo by Adam Blair
Photo by Adam Blair

We had an early visit from "The Bandit" on 2/2/18. Thank you! (Photo by Brian Gallagher).

A Solon Salute and thank you to Eve Taylor, Sharon Boateng, Lucia McCallum, Sadie Chase-Tatko, and Ruby Bryant for braving the cold and giving up their Sunday afternoon to volunteer at Ice on Fire. The Recreation Department is so grateful for your service. (From Ms. McLane). 

A Solon Salute to our Scholars' Bowl team. Last Saturday, Jan. 27, Montpelier High School hosted the Scholars' Bowl state semifinals and the Solons successfully defended its small school state title by taking the championship for the second year in a row. The varsity team of Matt Koucky, Graham Janson, Asa Richardson-Skinder, and Anders Shenholm went 5-2 on the day taking the matches they won by wide margins and only losing to Burlington. The championship round featured Graham Janson, Matt Koucky, Henry Valentine, and Julian Stoller and took honors defeating Lamoille and Woodstock. The junior varsity team (Nathan Grutchfield, Hayden Stumpff, Henry Valentine, Cole Bingham, and Clayton Winters) made it through the competition going undefeated at 5-0. Montpelier has two competitions remaining this year, both in March. The first will be the NAQT state championships to be held at Spaulding High School, and, as a result of our success at the recent playoffs, we have qualified for the overall state championship to be held at UVM on March 24. Attached is a photo of the team that won the small school state championship. From left, Julian Stoller, Henry Valentine, Matt Koucky, and Graham Janson. (From Coach Jerry Tillotson).

A Solon Salute to the Debate Team had another excellent performance at the Rutland tournament this past Friday, that was the last tournament of the regular season and was the largest one in terms on teams attending: Angus Fraser and Omeed Fallahi won the overall tournament, Violet Tabacco and Basil Humke placed second and Emily Sheftman and Jackson Markow placed fifth team. Omeed Fallahi placed first overall individual speaker, Basil Humke, third, Jackson Markow fourth place and Angus Fraser seventh place. Additionally, Benjamin Mays entered the forensics competition for the first time with Original Oratory and placed second. Thank you to all teachers and parents for raising such talented and articulate young individuals: it takes a village". (From Coach Marijke Russo).

A Solon Salute to the Student Council for their help before, during, and after the Red Cross Blood Drive on January 31st. Special thanks to: Sarvesh Sharma, Juna Nagel, Luna Pompei, Emma Harter, Apple Tabacco, Evie Caserta, Jackson Markow, Omeed Fallahi, Greg Golonka, Henry Jones, Josh Golonka, Cole Bingham, Jordan Allen-Brandon, and Erin Sullivan. And a Salute to the students and adults who presented to donate: Bret Butler, Rebecca Vanden Bergh, Ada Rohan, Isabel Maine-Torres, Apollonia Tabacco, Brynn Bushey, Emily Sheftman, Lillian Winters, Davor Vukja, Leila Cain, Mary Curran, Autumn Morse, Zachary Taylor, Andrew Scully, Stella Kahn, Simon Moon, Liam Frey, Maggie Barbero-Menzel, Willem Slade, Andrew Schumer, Nancy Fitzgerald and Brian Ricca. (From Mr. Allen). 

A Solon Salute to MHS alumni (2011) Amanda Pelkey. Amanda will be playing on the USA Women's Hockey Team during this month's Winter Olympics! Congratulations Amanda, we will be cheering you on! (Link to Team USA).

Join Us for Ghanaian Culture Night!


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. 10th: Ghanaian Cultural Night: 6:30 to 10:00pm
  • 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.

January 28, 2018

2017-18: Week 22

A Solon Salute to Mae Dunham, Casarah Acosta, and Bob Powell, for making cookies and a card for UES.
Photo and Salute thanks to Katrina Phillips
 
A Solon Salute to Kat Pringles for this excellent visual representation of the MPS Learning Expectations. Thanks Kat! 

A Solon Salute to MHS Boys' Basketball Team for their weekend win. Follow all of the MHS winter teams @MHS_Solons

Join Us for Ghanaian Culture Night!

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

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. 

Sincerely,

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".

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

Announcements
  • 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. 

January 15, 2018

2017-18: Week 20

A Solon Salute to the Racial Justice Alliance (formerly Diversity Club) student group. On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, your work in the past year has been a highlight for the growth and development of our learning community. Thank you for your inspiration and dedication in helping to strengthen our community by better recognizing our individual and collective implicit biases and privileges. With your leadership, we continue our work on being the just and inclusive community we all want and deserve. We are looking forward to supporting your concentrated efforts for justice and learning in our community over the next six weeks.
Image from Carnegie Mellon University

A Solon Salute to Micah Blomberg, Avi Isaacs-Corcoran, and Lila Markow for their impressive photography exhibit at Bagitos, which is on display through the month of January. An additional salute to CBL Community Partners Stefan Hard and Jeb Wallace-Brodeur for their steady mentorship throughout the CBL experience, and to Soren Pfeffer at Bagitos for his ongoing support of MHS artists.

A Solon Salute to the MHS Boosters for the quick help in having a snack ready for last Tuesday's special schedule. Thank you Boosters for your friendly, expert, and timely support!

A Solon Salute to English teacher Kerrin McCadden and the MHS students who recently launched the literary journal Mandatory Assembly. Mandatory Assembly is hosted and edited by MHS as a publishing outlet for poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction by students from schools outside MHS--nationally and internationally. We are now open for submissions. Please help us spread the word--and visit us at www.mandatoryassembly.com, ​on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
This journal is hosted by Montpelier High School and edited by students, under the guidance of Kerrin McCadden, Jonathan Helland (a former MHS intern and fiction writer) and Samuel Kolawole (a graduate student at VCFA's Masters in Writing and Publishing program).

Announcements
  • January 19th: End of Marking Period 4 
  • 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. 

January 6, 2018

2017-18: Week 19

A Solon Salute to Ms. Katy Chabot (Science) and Profa Colleen Purcell (Spanish) for earning their National Board Certification. This rigorous undertaking is both an honor and a tremendous amount of work. Please join us in congratulating them on this accomplishment! (To read more about National Board Certification).


A Solon Salute to John Jose of Central Vermont Solid Waste Management and the MHS Earth Group. Together they recently completed a full MHS waste stream audit. Click here to view the full report and be sure to visit MPS full website dedicated to Sustainability Education.

Dear Families and wider MHS community,

Please join us on January 8th for an evening with Michael Nerney. The event will be held from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in the MHS Auditorium. There is no charge to attend. Michael will share his Risky Business Presentation. The student assembly will be on Tuesday, January 9th.  

(SPECIAL SCHEDULE for JANUARY 9th)

Risky Business: Why Adolescents Love Risk-Taking, and How We Can Help Manage It: 110 mph on the highway, music blaring, open containers, four teens in the car…why do adolescents find drinking alcohol and engaging in high-risk behaviors so attractive? Recent research on the adolescent brain clearly demonstrates that adolescents perceive and process risk assessment in ways that are remarkably unlike adults. Changes in receptor site numbers and sensitivity, neurotransmitter action, and social-emotional responses all combine to influence how teens evaluate risk. In this program, Mr. Nerney will offer new ways to think about and talk about adolescent risk reduction, including access to structured risk taking, and the use of “gist” language. These concepts can be applied across the spectrum of adolescent risky behaviors, including drug and alcohol use, sexual activity, and others.
Michael Nerney is an internationally known lecturer on Adolescent brain development, who acquired is expertise by teaching Middle School and High School students for 13 years, followed by 4 years as a Substance Abuse Counselor in Hamilton County NY.  For 10 years after that he was the Director of the Training Institute of the Narcotic and Drug Research Institute located in New York City. 

Announcements
  • Please consider supporting a family in our community that had a fire in their home last week. Go-Fund-Me
  • January 8th: Michael Nerney Parent/Guardian Risky Business Night: 6:30pm to 8:30pm in the MHS Auditorium 
  • January 15th: Off for Martin Luther King Jr. Day 
  • January 19th: End of Marking Period 4 
  • January 22nd: Off for District In-Service 
  • Feb. 10th: Ghanaian Cultural Night: 6:30 to 10:00pm
  • Feb. 13th: Incoming 9th Grader Parent/Guardian Night, 7pm. 

January 1, 2018

2017-18: Week 18

Dear Parents/Guardians and wider MHS community,

Please join us on January 8th for an evening with Michael Nerney. The event will be held from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in the MHS Auditorium. There is no charge to attend. Michael will share his Risky Business Presentation.

Risky Business: Why Adolescents Love Risk-Taking, and How We Can Help Manage It: 110 mph on the highway, music blaring, open containers, four teens in the car…why do adolescents find drinking alcohol and engaging in high-risk behaviors so attractive? Recent research on the adolescent brain clearly demonstrates that adolescents perceive and process risk assessment in ways that are remarkably unlike adults. Changes in receptor site numbers and sensitivity, neurotransmitter action, and social-emotional responses all combine to influence how teens evaluate risk. In this program, Mr. Nerney will offer new ways to think about and talk about adolescent risk reduction, including access to structured risk taking, and the use of “gist” language. These concepts can be applied across the spectrum of adolescent risky behaviors, including drug and alcohol use, sexual activity, and others.
Michael Nerney is an internationally known lecturer on Adolescent brain development, who acquired is expertise by teaching Middle School and High School students for 13 years, followed by 4 years as a Substance Abuse Counselor in Hamilton County NY.  For 10 years after that he was the Director of the Training Institute of the Narcotic and Drug Research Institute located in New York City. 

A Solon Salute to senior Jackson Markow. Jackson was nominated by all three VT national representatives to the US Naval Academy recently. Congratulations Jackson! 
Jackson with Senators Patrick Leahy & Bernie Sanders and Congressman Peter Welch.


Announcements
  • January 8th: Michael Nerney Parent/Guardian Risky Business Night: 6:30pm to 8:30pm in the MHS Auditorium 
  • January 9th: Assembly with Michael Nerney & Extended TA 
  • January 15th: Off for Martin Luther King Jr. Day 
  • January 19th: End of Marking Period 4 
  • January 22nd: Off for District In-Service 
  • Feb. 10th: Ghanaian Cultural Night: 6:30 to 10:00pm
  • Feb. 13th: Incoming 9th Grader Parent/Guardian Night, 7pm. 

December 23, 2017

2017-18: Week 17

Dear Parents/Guardians and wider MHS community,

Please join us on January 8th for an evening with Michael Nerney. The event will be held from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in the MHS Auditorium. There is no charge to attend. Michael will share his Risky Business Presentation.

Risky Business: Why Adolescents Love Risk-Taking, and How We Can Help Manage It: 110 mph on the highway, music blaring, open containers, four teens in the car…why do adolescents find drinking alcohol and engaging in high-risk behaviors so attractive? Recent research on the adolescent brain clearly demonstrates that adolescents perceive and process risk assessment in ways that are remarkably unlike adults. Changes in receptor site numbers and sensitivity, neurotransmitter action, and social-emotional responses all combine to influence how teens evaluate risk. In this program, Mr. Nerney will offer new ways to think about and talk about adolescent risk reduction, including access to structured risk taking, and the use of “gist” language. These concepts can be applied across the spectrum of adolescent risky behaviors, including drug and alcohol use, sexual activity, and others.
Michael Nerney is an internationally known lecturer on Adolescent brain development, who acquired is expertise by teaching Middle School and High School students for 13 years, followed by 4 years as a Substance Abuse Counselor in Hamilton County NY.  For 10 years after that he was the Director of the Training Institute of the Narcotic and Drug Research Institute located in New York City. 

A Solon Salute to Micah Wagner. We want to thank you again for sharing your time, many talents and your genuine kindness for others in your performances over the past few weeks at area assisted living residences. We also want to admire and appreciate your desire to integrate and grow your creative talents, skills and aspirations into your public school education. (From Matt McLane)

A Solon Salute to Boys' and Girls' Basketball Teams who both had strong weeks this past week. Times Argus Article

 https://www.timesargus.com/articles/montpelier-girls-rally-past-northfield/
 

A Solon Salute to Juna Nagle and the 9 students that joined representatives from the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, Department of Labor and Agency of Education to have a thoughtful discussion about the relationship between their K-12 education and future career plans. Juna helped organize the event and the feedback I [Ken Jones] am receiving from state officials is that it was a valuable discussion. Thanks!

Announcements
January 8th: Michael Nerney Parent/Guardian Risky Business Night: 6:30pm to 8:30pm in the MHS Auditorium 
January 9th: Assembly with Michael Nerney and Extended TA 
January 15th: Off for Martin Luther King Jr. Day 
January 19th: End of Marking Period 4 
January 22nd: Off for District In-Service 
January 23rd-26th: Summative Re-Take Week 
Feb. 13th: Incoming 9th Grader Parent/Guardian Night, 7pm. 
Athletic Calendar
2 Hour Delay Schedule (Just in case)

December 17, 2017

2017-18: Week 16

Happy Holidays MHS Learning Community! A reminder that we are off for the holiday break beginning 12/22/17 and returning 1/2/18. (Green & White Calendar)
 
A Solon Salute to all of our winter sports teams. Nordic, Basketball, Gymnastics, and Hockey are now in full swing as their seasons have begun. Come out and support the Solons! Athletic Calendar. And follow MPS Athletic Director Matt Link on Twitter: @MHS_Solons
A Solon Salute to the QSA for hosting a movie night on Friday. We screened "The Way He Looks," a movie from Brazil about a romance between two high school boys, one of whom is blind. Discussion afterwards ranged from how same-gender relationships are portrayed in movies, to what it means to "see" someone without sight, to the difference between high school parties in Vermont and Brazil. Thanks to everyone who showed up and made it a super fun event! (From Sylvia Fagin).

A Solon Salute to The Capital Store, our local Exxon Mobil dealer, for nominating Montpelier High School for this generous $500 grant! MHS recently received an Exxon Mobil Educational Grant.

Announcements:
  • Solon Sauce: Our own MHS produced hot sauce is now on sale. Pick up a bottle in the main office for $7! 
  • Feb. 13th: Incoming 9th Grader Parent/Guardian Night, 7pm.