September 23, 2017

2017-18: Week 4

A Solon Salute to Ron Allen, the MHS Student Council, Athletic Director Matt Link, and all those who participated in this week's homecoming activities!
Biyokuri, Niina, and Stella "twinning"
@mhsearthgroup had a strong showing all week
Micah rocks pajama day. Photo by Sylvia Fagin
Ericson Scott, Max Sabo (U-32) and Machlan Pettersen played throughout the bonfire. Photo by Adam Blair
Ericson. Photo by Adam Blair
Mr. Allen feeds the fire. Photo by Adam Blair
Ms. Machnik feeds the fire. Photo by Adam Blair
Girls Soccer preps for the homecoming weekend.
 
A Solon Salute to the MHS Field Hockey Team. They won their Friday night game under the lights 1-0 on a Taylor Austin goal. Congratulations!

A Solon Salute to Girls' Varsity Soccer Team. They won there Saturday afternoon game in the heat 4-1. Cricket Basa had two goals, Maralina Moore and Lily Fournier added the others. 

A Solon Salute to the Boys' Soccer Team who played a hard-fought game under lights on Saturday night. The game was 1-2 with Silvan Avery-Padberg scoring from Davor Vukoja.

A Solon Salute to all of the students who made the homecoming dance possible. Special thanks to Nick Gambill for putting in so many hours to the playlist as our DJ and promoting the dance, Erin Sullivan (decorating and admissions), Juna Nagle (decorating, admissions, & clean-up), and Emma Harter (decorating), Judith Witke Mele (admissions, clean-up), Joelyn Mensah (admission), Jordan Allen-Brandon (clean-up) and Jackson Markow and Adam Blair for helping to set up the audio and lights. Thank you to chaperones, Jen Wall Howard, Chris Ilstrup, Ron Allen, Maureen Dwyer, and our local Sheriff's Department.  


A Solon Salute to Mr. Sather and school counseling intern Sarah Morrell for their help in planning this year's Club Fair. Hundreds of students signed up for one or more of the 23 clubs offered! Click here to view our current list of clubs.  


A second round of Solon Salutes for all of those who helped to make last week's Race Against Racism a success.
    Photo by Elizabeth Mariani
Ms. McLane writes: 
  • Hope Petraro deserves a huge solon salute for the unbelievable amount of work she put in to organizing the Race Against Racism. She probably spent more than a hundred hours planning the event. She eagerly (and quite successfully) did jobs that many people would avoid, like going door to door to solicit donations from businesses and reaching out to strangers to ask them to speak at the rally. Throughout the last two months, I was constantly impressed and inspired by how responsible, detail-oriented, and thoughtful Hope is. Her dedication to social justice gives us all hope.  
  • Faith Bolques was such a consistent support and source of good ideas when planning the Race Against Racism. She was so dependable and generous to give up her summer days to plan the race. Izzy Maine-Torres also attended many of the summer meetings and contributed such a positive attitude and willingness to take on jobs. We are so appreciative of Faith and Izzy's commitment to social justice work.
  • Thank you to Tim Noonan, Sylvia Fagin, Whitney Machnik, Ame Solomon and Ann Bushey for taking time out of their busy schedules to volunteer at the race. Whitney even gave up much of her prep period on Monday to help compile runners' times. The race wouldn't have happened without their support.

https://vtdigger.org/2017/09/19/montpelier-sophomores-organize-rally-racism/#.WcWCs4przBI
Click image to read full VT-Digger Article
http://www.wcax.com/content/news/Student-organizes-Race-Against-Racism-in-Montpelier-445153243.html
Click Image to view WCAX feature

A Solon Salute to Noel Riby-Williams who was featured in the Times Argus this week for her leadership with the diversity club and beyond.

https://www.timesargus.com/articles/riby-williams-takes-a-stand-against-racism/


A Solon Salute to Nadia Scoppettone who participated in the United Nation's International Day of Peace on September 21st. Nadia had the chance to hear from Secretary General of the UN Antonio Guterres, and Ms. Jane Goodall as a part of the activities.
Nadia is in the blue on the right


A couple more favorite message boards at MHS:
Taken in Ms. Abrams classroom
Taken in Ms. Morton and Mr. Bate's classroom

Announcements:
  • September 28th: End of Marking Period 1
  • October 19th: VSAC Paying for College Night at U-32 (5:30 Q & A with Ms. Knauss and Mr. Sather, VSAC presentation begins at 6:30) 
  • October 19th: Fall Harvest Celebration All Day, All School Event 
Montpelier Fall Festival October 8th

RUN: Join the fun on October 8th and run the 5K VT Jaunt!  This is a community event presented by the MPS Parents Groups, and along with the race will include festival games and food from 11am – 4pm at MHS.  Please go to http://www.montpelierkidscup.myevent.com to register and for more information. 

VOLUNTEER: There are also many volunteer opportunities for students and parents to get involved, please visit the sign-up sheet at  http://signup.com/go/EdtzmvC.

MAKE $:  And lastly, individuals and groups are invited to come and sell goods and services in our special designated area at the Fall Festival, please see the sign-up form at http://www.montpelierkidscup.myevent.com for further details.

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September 17, 2017

2017-18: Week 3

A Solon Salute to Club Action and the Diversity Club for helping to host The Race Against Racism. The Race was a big success with a great sized crowd. A special salute to tenth grader Hope Petraro and Ms. McLane for their incredible leadership on this event!
Many students and faculty volunteered their time to make the event happen!

A great crowd ran the race. Thanks to Tim Noonan for setting the course!

Mr. Sabo and Mr. Bromley had the new pizza kiln going. All of the veggies were from the MHS garden too!
A Solon Salute to the Montpellier HSC (professional soccer team) in France. This team recently had their their city's name, "Montpellier", misspelled on their new jerseys. The wrong spelling "Montpelier" was the right spelling for us. Out of nowhere they announced they would be sending all of the misspelled versions to Montpelier Vermont and to our High School. Once we find out just how many will arrive, members of the high school administration will meet with leaders in the city and figure how to best utilize the jerseys, and thank the good people of Montpellier. The story was picked up by the Sports Illustrated, ESPN, and more. Needless to say, Montpellier HSC has some new fans!
http://www.espn.com/sports/soccer/story/_/id/20704596/french-city-send-misspelled-montpelier-jerseys-vermont
CLICK HERE TO READ THE ESPN ARTICLE

A Solon Salute to all of the students and families that were able to join us during our Open House. Thank you to Adam Blair for his tech support, the MHS Jazz Band for playing throughout the night, the extra work done by our custodial staff for evening. If you were unable to make it last Thursday, here are the opening slides from the evening.
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OPEN HOUSE PRESENTATION SLIDES
A Solon Salute to Isaak Donahue, Marshall Donahue, and Nathan LaRosa in their homecoming (while playing with U-32) football win on Friday 42-16. Great job, we salute you! 


A Solon Salute to Liam Frey and Rachel Sucher for reading their poems at Sundog Poetry Center's annual Share Your Heart, Share the World poetry conference. Liam and Rachel and Stella Kahn worked with Vermont poets and Virginia's poet laureate Tim Seibles on Thursday up at Rock Point School. It was a great day of poetry!

A Solon Salute to the MHS Cross Country Team for their strong finish during the extra warm U-32 invitational over the weekend. (Thanks to Mr. Gallagher for the photos). Click here for the race results.

Montpelier High School is now heading into the third full week of utilizing Solon Block. So far so good! (Explanation and Expectations) Solon Block


A Solon Salute to Myles Chater and Erin Sullivan (who represented Irish Humanities) and to Haleigh Doucette, for helping the Boosters' Club clean the outdoor and indoor concession stands. Thanks, also, to Tom Allen for being so easy to work with and for providing us with the cleaning supplies we needed. You're the best! (From the MHS Boosters' Club)

A Solon Salute to the 13 parents, 10 students (from Masque, Diversity and Debate clubs,) and one intrepid teacher, Jerry Tillotson, who joined us for a marathon envelope stuffing party (5-10 p.m.!) Their hard work made it possible for us to get our annual fundraising appeal (formerly the "phone-a-thon") out the door and into a mailbox near you. We would also like to thank Subway for donating three platters of sandwiches to feed our hungry workers. Thanks, especially, to Carolyn Desch and Elise Annes for their many hours of work preparing the letters and organizing the mailing and to Seth Mitchell for his help with design. (From the MHS Boosters' Club).

Announcements:
  • September 19th: College Fair at UVM's Patrick Gymnasium (6:30-8:00pm)
  • September 20th: College Fair at UVM for Juniors. Bus leaves at 9am. Permission slips available in guidance.
  • September 21st: MHS Club Fair (during Solon Block)
  • September 22nd: Field Hockey Game (6pm) & Homecoming Bonfire
  • September 23rd: Homecoming Soccer Games starting at 11am
  • September 23rd: Homecoming Dance (9pm to 12am)
  • September 28th: End of Marking Period 1
  • October 19th: VSAC Paying for College Night at U-32 (5:30 Q & A with Ms. Knauss and Mr. Sather, VSAC presentation begins at 6:30) 
  • October 19th: Fall Harvest Celebration All Day, All School Event 
Montpelier Fall Festival October 8th

RUN: Join the fun on October 8th and run the 5K VT Jaunt!  This is a community event presented by the MPS Parents Groups, and along with the race will include festival games and food from 11am – 4pm at MHS.  Please go to http://www.montpelierkidscup.myevent.com to register and for more information. 

VOLUNTEER: There are also many volunteer opportunities for students and parents to get involved, please visit the sign-up sheet at  http://signup.com/go/EdtzmvC.

MAKE $:  And lastly, individuals and groups are invited to come and sell goods and services in our special designated area at the Fall Festival, please see the sign-up form at http://www.montpelierkidscup.myevent.com for further details.


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September 9, 2017

2017-18: Week 2

Reminder: Join Us for MHS OPEN HOUSE!
(Thursday, Sept. 14th, 6:30pm-8:30pm) 

A Solon Salute to Zeke Harper, Haris Dzonbic, and Cara Barbero who represented MHS in Saturday morning's Friends of the Winooski River clean up event!


A Solon Salute to 2017 MHS Graduate Aidan Casner. Aidan is helping to represent the USA in Cairns, Australia during the downhill Mountain Bike World Championships.
https://www.redbull.tv/live/AP-1RA8HCC8N2111/uci-mtb-world-championship

 Race Against Racism: Sept. 17th
  • The Race Against Racism is a youth-led community event held at Montpelier High School on September 17th, 2017 beginning at 11:30. The event starts with a 5K run/walk. Throughout the event, there will be local vendors vending food. After the race is completed, the performance portion of the event will begin, featuring activists, artists, musicians, and a performance by Bread & Puppet Theater. If you are not a runner but would like to show your support for equality in VT, you can plan on arriving between 12 and 12:30; the speakers will begin around 12:30.
https://raceagainstracismvt.wordpress.com/

A Solon Salute to Noel Riby-Williams for taking the time to prepare an excellent presentation about her travels in Ghana and then giving up two free periods to share her presentation with the Global Issues and Perspectives classes. It was so fun to hear her stories and to get a feel for what life in Ghana is like. We really appreciate Noel's generosity and ability to engage and teach us. (From Ms. McLane).


A Solon Salute to Former Instructional Assistant and MHS Parent Alumni Jane Edwards who has contributed a great deal to helping those who are in need of additional attention. After she was done working at MHS as a paid employee, she has come back to help other students and made some success, where others have not. A big salute for her big heart and all of what she means here. (From Mr. Chater and all of us).

A Solon Salute to all of the MHS teachers who put in the extra time to be well prepared adults in well prepared environments for the start of the school year. Here are few of the favorite preparations from the week:
A Lab set up for Integrated Science by Ms. Ceckler at 7:30am Tuesday
The Marking Period Standards and Dates clearly posted in Ms. Reid's Room
Expectations for Solon Block clearly posted, also in Ms. Reid's room.
*The Powerschool app has been updated and performs much better with our proficiency based grading system than last year's version of the Powerschool app. If you decide to use the app to access your account you may need this code: 

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September 4, 2017

2017-18: Week 1

A Solon Salute to the MHS Boosters. The Boosters provided a healthy and fun welcome back to school with their annual Smoothie breakfast. Thank you all so much for your time and positive support of our students and staff!  



A Solon Salute to the students who helped out at Freshmen Orientation on Wednesday. First they took time out of their sports and work schedules to participate in a training before school began in August. Then at Orientation they did an excellent job of offering a warm welcome and words of wisdom for how to have a successful experience at MHS. A big thank you to these students for helping to start the year off on such a positive note. Thank you, Erin Sullivan, Asa Richardson-Skinder, Nicholas Colwell, MaryAnn Songhurst, Wagner, Micah, Grace Carlomagno, Apollonia Tabaccol, Jalila Nazerali-Ruddy, Meredith Stetter, Will Rider, Danny Bruce, Olivia Hennessey, Maddy Friend, Angus Fraser, Jenna Krussman, Lila Markow, Liam Mears, Lily Fournier, Warren Cossett, Sophia Robins, Noel Riby-Williams, Nadia Scoppettone, Emma Harter, Nick Gambill.



A Solon Salute to all of the MHS learning community for the great start to 2017-18. It was wonderful to see the positive leadership from students and adults alike. 



A Solon Salute to senior Amanda Adams. Amanda's Solon/Owl Design was selected to be the logo for this year's staff T-shirt. Thanks Amanda!

A Solon Salute to senior Jackson Markow for recently earning his pilot's license. Congratulations Jackson!
 Race Against Racism:
  • The Race Against Racism is a youth-led community event held at Montpelier High School on September 17th, 2017 beginning at 11:30. The event starts with a 5K run/walk. Throughout the event, there will be local vendors vending food. After the race is completed, the performance portion of the event will begin, featuring activists, artists, musicians, and a performance by Bread & Puppet Theater. If you are not a runner but would like to show your support for equality in VT, you can plan on arriving between 12 and 12:30; the speakers will begin around 12:30.
https://raceagainstracismvt.wordpress.com/


A Solon Salute to MHS alumni, Taylor Dobbs. Taylor was the recipient of The Murrow Award, a national journalist's award for excellence in video. Congratulations to Taylor! 


http://digital.vpr.net/post/vpr-wins-three-national-journalism-awards#stream/0


Announcements:



August 9, 2017

Summer 2017

We are wishing you all a relaxing and fun summer! Take a look through this summer posting for the latest news and updates from Montpelier High School:

Upcoming Important Dates

  • August 29, 7:00pm:       Principal’s Update: New in 17-18 (Optional Info Night)
  • August 29, 8:00 am:      First day for Central Vermont Career Center
    • CORRECTED from PREVIOUS POSTING of AUGUST 30th. 
  • Sept. 14, 6:30-8:30pm:   Open House

Photos from Some of the Building/Grounds Updates

New Sculpture in the Courtyard
New paint, carpet, and lighting in Mr. Carroll's Room
New lighting for Ms. Butterfield's Room
New paint, carpet, and lighting for the music rooms
New lockers downstairs (upstairs next year)
New sets of bathrooms upstairs and downstairs
Bathroom renovation in progress
New concrete slope and pad for a new bike rack
Our new community wood fired pizza kiln has its first firing

The chickens keep getting out!
Mr. Sabo's summer program has done a fantastic job in the garden!