Monday night we celebrated one of our own.  Sheila Jones has been a valued member of the Peoples Academy community for 40+ years.  This year Sheila will officially retire and is looking forward to spending time with her family.  Sheila is an alumni of PA and her teams won several Vermont State High School Championships. Her family has a long history in Morrisville and the surrounding area.  She and her husband (also a PA alumni) raised their children here who are also proud alumni of PA. 

Sheila’s PA work life began with coaching.  Her passion for athletics has touched so many students. Throughout all her years she has dedicated endless volunteer hours by scorekeeping, working the clock at games, working with our Boosters program and helping in any way that she can. If you have ever attended a PA Basketball game, it’s almost guaranteed that Sheila was present working towards a successful and supportive environment for our youth.   

Professionally, Sheila has worked in many different departments to support student education at Peoples Academy.  During the past 15 years Sheila has been an exceptionally competent and knowledgeable leader at Peoples Academy and the Lamoille South district as the High School Registrar.  Among her many other responsibilities, she has helped countless Peoples Academy students in the Upward Bound program, which helps to enroll students in college who may have not had the opportunity.

Ultimately, there isn’t an area within the school community that Sheila has not supported or been involved in.  Sheila’s dedication to students and commitment to their success are admirable and unmatched.

IMPORTANT DATES THIS WEEK

Feb.  23 PA Winter Carnival

Feb. 26-Mar. 4 No School, February Break

Curriculum Corner

Pictured here is Abenaki Educator, Miss Lucy Neel, who visited Jess Graham’s American Literature class earlier this week. She shared artifacts, history, and stories, as well as some fun drumming. This was a follow up to the students Land Acknowledgement unit.

PA students to compete at the Concordia University Bridge Building Competition: We are pleased to share with you that four of our high school students have been invited to participate in a two-day bridge-building competition at Concordia University in Montreal this weekend. This event is a great opportunity for our students to compete with over 300 engineering students from colleges and universities across Canada. Notably, our school is the first high school to be invited.

The four students (Gigi Calhoun, Phoenix Masten, Lucy Nigro, and Gabby Schaffer) have been working on their bridge since September 2022 and decided in June 2023 that they would enjoy the challenge of competing against college students in Montreal instead of high school students at the competition in Vermont. While similar in many ways, the event in Montreal is much more competitive and judged more strictly than the bridge building event at VTC. As in past competitions, the bridge going to the competition at Concordia will be made entirely of popsicle sticks and Elmer’s glue. While our students definitely will be the youngest and least experienced participants, they are detail-oriented builders and excellent presenters and plan to not be last in at least one competition category. For more info about the event go to https://troitsky.ca/

Schoolwide

Conferences: Registration for Teacher Family Conferences is now open. We have planned conferences for after vacation. To better accommodate family schedules, we are offering conferences over two days: Thursday, March 14th from 1:30 PM until 6:30 PM and on Friday,  March 15th from 8:00 AM until 11:00 AM. We are again using Meet The Teacher to schedule conferences. Please visit the site soon to arrange your appointments – they do fill up quickly. 

Guidance

UVM is  hosting a special program on Tuesday, March 5, for Vermont high school juniors, called Vermont Visitation Day.  Recognizing that many high schools are closed for Vermont Town Meeting Day, the hope is to attract high school juniors to campus for a UVM information session, student panel and student-led campus tour.  

Attention Juniors: It is time to apply for the American Legion Green Mountain Boys State and Girls state. They are a leadership development program for rising high school seniors. The focus of the program is Vermont Town, County and state government. Please see attached flyer for Boys State. Students interested in Girls State or Boys State should see Carrie Felice in the guidance office. The fees to attend the program are covered by our local American Legion. LINK TO ONLINE APPLICATION.  Application Deadline is May 15, 2024.

UVM 4-H Extension Programs:  More information about each program and registration links can be found at: https://www.uvm.edu/extension/youth/announcements

Co-Curriculars

Ashton Tibbets scored his 100th goal at the Stowe Hockey game on February 14th!.

If you haven’t already done so: SIGN UP FOR SPRING 2024 ATHLETICS

If you have not signed up for your spring sport please do so on RankOne Registration. If you have any questions, please contact gabriela.silva@lamoillesouth.org 

SPRING 2024 @ Peoples Academy & Stowe:

PA High School: Baseball, Softball, Track & Field

PA Middle Level: 7/8 Baseball,  7/8 Softball, 6th-8th Track & Field

Stowe High School: Girls Lacrosse, Boys Lacrosse, Girls Tennis, Boys Tennis

High school: baseball & softball pitchers and catchers first practice day is Monday, March 18th. All other sports start Monday, March 25th.

PA Gear: Ready for some new PA Swag? Here is the live link to the store.https://kevinsmithsports.chipply.com/PASPIRIT24/.  You have until the store window closes on March 3rd at 11:59 pm to stock up!

👟 PA/Stowe Indoor Track & Field is preparing qualified athletes for New Englands in Boston on March 2nd. Coach Brian, Coach Gaelan, and Coach Richard have been working hard with these athletes to get them prepared for big competition in Boston!

PASC (PA Stage Company) will practice most Mondays, Tuesday, & Wednesday at 7:00 PM to prepare for their One Act show on March 14th & 15th and Regionals on March 16th. The show is called The Secret in the Wings, By Mary Zimmerman. If you are interested in helping or working backstage, please email gabriela.silva@lamoillesouth.org

Go Wolves! Follow us on Instagram @PeoplesWolves!

IMPORTANT DATES

Mar. 14 District Wide Early Release, 12:00PM 

Mar. 14 & 15 One Act Performances, The Secret in the Wings

Mar. 15 No School, Conferences

Mar. 19-29 VTCAP, 9th Grade Math & ELA Testing

April 8             Early Release, Eclipse

April 9 VTCAP, 11th Grade Science Testing

April 22 – 26 Spring Break

2023-2024 LSSU School Calendar

Athletic Calendar

Community

Resources from the United Way 

Support

Free, virtual, parenting programs through PCAVT: Circle of Parents® – Join us to find and share support!

  • Nurturing Parent Programs – offer practical tools to help families become closer, stronger, and healthier.
  • Strengthening Families programs: increase protective factors and reduce the risk factors that lead to both substance misuse and youth depression.
  • InsideOut Dad™ – for incarcerated fathers that bridges the gap between the inmate
  • father and his children.
  • 802-498-0607, familysupport@pcavt.org

Intro to LGBTQIA+ and Caring for Transgender Clients – discussion and reflection on sexual orientation and gender identity. Free, 2/22 and 2/23, 9am-3:30pm, Questions: Katina Cummings, kcummings@svtahec.org, Register: send name, address, email to training@centerforhealthimpact.org.

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