Stowe High School Family Update

March 26th, 2024

“The mission of Stowe High School is to provide a welcoming and academically rigorous environment, where all students are encouraged to be Creative, Caring and Collaborative learners”

Just a few reminders…

*This Friday (March 29th) is our final Friday Program of the school year.

*The 2024 Yearbook has been submitted for printing and it is one to remember!

There are only 20 yearbooks left, order ASAP to ensure your student has a copy!

Follow this link to order yours today

From our Superintendent Ryan Heraty on the April 8th eclipse

Dear Lamoille South Families, 

As you are aware, a rare event will be occurring on April 8th with a total eclipse. We have received direction from local law enforcement to close on April 8th due to the influx of visitors to Vermont. We appreciate your understanding and hope this day can be celebrated as an opportunity to engage in a discussion around scientific wonder. 

If you are looking for resources to discuss this with your child, NASA is the premier expert and they have a great link here. Within that link under “Where and When” they have a great Eclipse Explore simulation worth exploring. NWS Burlington has a link as well, more focused on the weather and climatology, including a presentation recently given to the Fletcher Free Library.

Also, eclipse glasses will be distributed to every student. 

Thank you,

Ryan Heraty, Superintendent

Stowe Robotics

Last weekend the Stowe Robotics team made it to the finals at the First Robotics Competition (FRC) in Lewsiton Maine!  Additionally, I received a heartfelt email from the FIRST in Vermont president Mark Drapa which I really wanted to share:

Hello,

I’m reaching out after witnessing the amazing outcomes from the Stowe High School FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team at a FRC competition in Lewiston, Maine.  The team made it to the final match and were awesome representatives of our state and your learning institution.  

It was inspiring to see the gracious professionalism of the students over a long (and extremely competitive) weekend.  They were focused, kind, and eager to share their journey.  It was a joy to speak with them and their volunteer mentors.  Their robot is an impressive artifact of the deep STEM learning/understanding that is happening within the robotics program.  

There were representatives from tech employers and universities in attendance at the event as well, and I had the opportunity to speak with several of them about the impact of FRC.  I heard more than once that 1) these students are desirable future employees because of their knowledge, grit, and perseverance and 2) universities are specifically recruiting FIRST students for their ability to be self-directed and successful.  The skills that they have built unlock career opportunities that will allow them to thrive and hopefully return to be Vermont’s next generation of engineers and scientists.  

Thank you for supporting these students in their passion.  Similarly, their mentors deserve credit for developing a strong program–I recognize it is a significant commitment of time that sometimes can be ‘invisible’ since it happens on nights/weekends.  I hope to see continued support for the team’s endeavors as they continue to develop and grow.

Stowe should be very proud of their FRC students and program.  They are poised to qualify for the New England District Championship.  Bravo!

Best,

Mark Drapa

FIRST in Vermont president

New England FIRST board member

Important Dates

March 29th- Friday Program

April 1st- School Office Staff Appreciation Day

April 3rd- VT CAP testing 9th grade Math

April 4th- VT CAP testing 9th grade ELA

April 8th- No School – Eclipse Day

April 9th- VT CAP testing 11th grade Science

April 22nd-26th- No school (Spring Break)

May 6th- Student Art Show Reception 3pm@ The Current

May 11th- SHS Prom

May 16th- SMHS Spring Concert 7pm in the Auditorium

May 23rd- Awards Assembly

June 15th- Graduation

Personalized Learning Summit at UVM

Under the guidance and direction of Roger Murphy, on Monday 3/25 several SHS students attended this amazing opportunity to share independent projects with the broader Vermont community.

Student Announcements for the week of March 26, 2024

4/4 Dodgeball Tournament:

Spirit Club is having a dodgeball tournament on Thursday, April 4th. There will be an opportunity to sign up at lunches on 3/25 and 3/26 and signups will be due on Friday 3/29 (contact Iris Cloutier or Molly Burke to sign up if you miss lunch sign-ups). Each team will need 5-6 players and there will be a 10$ per team sign up fee. The tournament will run from 5:00-7:00pm. There will be a variety of prizes, including door prizes, first and runner up, as well as other fun games going on during the tournament. 

Seniors: The Stowe Rotary Scholarship deadline is Friday, April 19th at 3:00.  This is a firm deadline.  You must submit your two page resume and essay to Anna Vasseur in the main office.   You can only apply for this scholarship if you filled out the initial application with your name, address, and e-mail (this was done in TA on March 18 for those interested).  See Ms. Hoffmann with any questions. 

Final Funky Friday Program: This Friday March 29th will be the last Friday Program.  For everyone who goes to the mountain we will be celebrating our last ski day by dressing up in your most funky ski attire.   Everyone must still wear helmets and only wear outfits you can ski and ride safely in.   Piecasso gift cards/prizes will be handed out to the best costumes/outfits.  

Working Lunch Wednesdays: Next week: Business and Public Safety. Drew Clymer, currently the Search and Rescue Coordinator for the Department of Public Safety. He is in charge of finding missing people in the state of VT and coordinates all efforts with local and statewide agencies. Mr. Clymer has also been an entrepreneur, non-profit board member, and a fixer for businesses and organizations facing complicated challenges. Anyone interested in business, public service, entrepreneurship should stop by next week on Wednesday, 12-1:00pm.

Alternative PE Form:  If you have played a winter sport and would like to receive alternative PE credit please check in with Tim Albertson to complete the request form.  Students do not automatically receive alternative PE credit and are responsible for completing the paperwork.  Credit will not be awarded retroactively. 

11th Grade Meetings 

Students should begin to schedule their 11th grade meetings with Lauren using her “YouCanBookMe” link. Please review the 11th grade checklist, as well as the post-secondary planning guide.  The focus of these meetings is to start working on plans for after high school and helps supplement the work done in the workshop

The Governor’s Institute of Vermont is now accepting applications for current 9-11th graders for their summer program.  The application deadline is March 31st.  To learn more about their programs visit Summer 2024 Institutes

Community Service


Kids on Top

Local non-profit Kids on Top is looking for 3 skiers to volunteer the next three Sundays to ski with young people affected by cancer and other serious childhood diseases. Volunteers will get parking passes and spend the day exploring the mountain with kids from out of town. Contact Hilary Engisch-Klein, email hilary@kidsontop.org or call 802-585-6446. Side note from Roger: both my kids did this and LOVED it!

Stowe Middle School: Class of 2024! Need Community Service hours? Find or email Alissa (Alissa.Raboin@lamoillesouth.org). We can work together to find tasks that you would enjoy downstairs at SMS. 

Stowe Athletics: Looking for Lacrosse Managers to earn community service hours keeping  stats during the Boys and Girls Lacrosse Games all season.  Reach out to Tim Albertson if you are interested.

Employment Opportunities


THE BENCH is again looking for employees:

  • Up to $20 per hour
  • Looking for host, and food runner 
  • Shifts are 5-9 pm
  • $20 meal comps during shifts

From The Desk of Tim Albertson (AD- Athletics/Activities)

Hello Everyone,

Springs Sports begin this week.  Please make sure you have joined SportsYou for your team.  Here are the access codes in case you missed them. 

Track and Field – XPUQPJ8G

Baseball – H28LH83R

Boys Lacrosse – XH9YQSN3

Girls Lacrosse – T4DH8JC3

Boys Tennis – M4XGB6PJ

Girls Tennis – JBHK99YE

Practice Schedules and Game Schedules are up to date on SportsYou.  RankOne Schedules will be updated by the end of the day Monday.

Thanks to everyone that participated and supported the Faculty/Staff vs Student Game this past week.  It was a fun atmosphere and a competitive game.  

Have a great week. 

School Counseling Corner

School Counseling Winter Newsletter

Community News

Tobacco/Vape Flavor Ban Bill: Opportunity for Youth & Adults to Share their Voice – The Vermont House and Senate recently passed S.18, a bill that bans flavored tobacco products. 

  • Educators, community partners, parents, and students are welcome to share stories and information around flavored products with Governor Scott. 
  • Governor’s office number: 802-828-3345

Learning/Support

Starting Solids Workshops: Free, online workshops

  • 4/10 & 4/17, 1-2:30pm OR 5/10 & 5/17, 9-10:30am
  • Insurance billed
  • Register
  • hello@innerpathnutrition.com

Community

Last Legislative Breakfast: a great opportunity to hear how the end of the 2024 Legislative Session is shaping up and how our local representatives feel about the issues in front of them.

  • 4/15, 8-9am
  • Smugglers’ Notch Resort, Jeffersonville
  • Register

Morrisville Centennial Library April Events:

Adults:

  • Virtual Author Talk: Paula Johnson – 4/2, 2pm – Virtually step into the Smithsonian Institution’s American Table: The Foods, People, and Innovations That Feed Us.
  • “Just Getting By” Film Screening – 4/5, 7pm – free showing of a new documentary about Vermonters struggling with food and housing insecurity.
  • Seed Starting – Saturday 4/6, 11:30am – All materials provided or bring your own seeds and compostable containers. 
  • Virtual Author Talk: Colum McCann – 4/9, 2pm – Conversation about American Mother
  • Oxbow Community Garden Meet-up – 4/9, 5:30pm – Join neighbors to discuss plans for the Oxbow community garden.
  • Virtual Author Talk: Xochitl Gonzalez – 4/17, 8pm – Chat about her newest novel Anita de Monte Laughs Last.
  • Aging Together – 4/19, 1pm – Talk and support each other through the aging process.

Teens/Tweens

  • Dungeons & Dragons – Thursdays, 3:30pm
  • L.I.F.T. (LGBTQIA+) – Wednesday 3/27, 3:30pm

Youth Programs

  • Storytots – 2/1 & 2/15, 10:30am – ages 1 to 2 with an adult caregiver.
  • Graphic Novel Book Club – Thursdays, 3:30pm – Write and use stop-motion animation to create your own graphic novel for our collection. For ages 8+. Sign-up required.

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