Friday, February 13, 2015

Mid-Winter and it's ... well ... you know what outside. 

Hi Folks, 

I hope you have avoided seasonal sickness and have been able to enjoy all our outdoor recreational opportunities. It's the only way to keep cabin fever at a distance! Our winter sports season is winding down and we are gearing up for our One-Act Play. These events are a great way to break up the routine on those cold winter evenings. I caught a basketball game last night and had a blast!

I would also like to call your attention to a few other upcoming items on the calendar: 

  • VT Youth Risk Behavior Survey---will be administered to all students next Thursday, February 19 during extended T.A. We administer this every other year to collect climate data. No individual student data is reported. I sent out an e-mail memo on this which includes an opt-out form. I have also linked this memo/form below. 

  • You have probably heard by now that our new state assessment, called Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium will be adminstered by schools across the state in mathematics and English this spring. We have scheduled these as of last week for the following dates: 1) mathematics will be administered on March 24, 25, and 26. We will space out the English assessment and not administer these until May 26, 27, 28, and 29. As we scheduled these assessments we tried to balance the following factors: late notice of the exam schedule, the fact that this assessment falls on the junior class alone at the high school level, all the other assessment juniors face in the spring, and, Anagorisis requirement. Further, to help juniors we have decided to move junior Anagnorisis Presentations to September of the senior year. We will notify juniors next week but I wanted parents to hear this information first.

For information about the Stowe School District Budget for 2015-2016:

  • Please review the Stowe School section of the Annual Town Report. 
  • Visit our website by following the links from your favorite school page or directly at
  • Contact Tracy Wrend, Superintendent, by phone at 888-4541 ext. 0 or email,
  • Contact a school board member.
  • Attend the budget information meeting, Stowe Akeley Memorial Building, Monday, March 2, 2015, 5:00pm.
  • Attend Town Meeting on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 8:00am, Stowe High School Auditorium. 
  • The vote on the school budget is by Australian ballot in the Stowe High School Gym, 7:00am to 7:00pm on Town Meeting Day – Tuesday, March 3, 2015.  Voters may also vote early at the Town Clerk’s office.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A Beautiful Mid-Winter Day

I never tire of the view from the front steps of Stowe High School. This morning was crystal clear with the light playing off the mountain in that special way it only can in mid-winter. Now, I don't think I'll ever make a run at being named Vermont's poet-laureate; but, the view did have me feeling poetic this morning. Good stuff indeed---just like our Alpine Team's win yesterday in seizing the Cougar Cup Challenge Trophy. Well done team!!

Shake the mid-winter doldrums and come out and support one of our winter teams. I'm planning to watch our Girl's Basketball Team at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Janaury 24. Hope to see you there. 

***The Stowe High School Parent-Student-Teacher Team asks you to join them for an evening of direct conversation on substance issues moderated by Dr. Rick Barnett on Wednesday, January 28 @ 7:00 p.m. in the Meeting Room of the Stowe Library. Please see the flyer on the link below: 

SHS Parent-Student-Teacher-Team Drug/Alcohol Forum

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A Belated Happy New Year!

Hi Folks, 

Happy New to all! My apologies for not posting last week. This old back of mine was acting up and I needed to take some steps to push through it. 

We have moved rapidly into the second semester here at Stowe High School. Most students and teachers liked the adjustment of mid-terms to before the holiday break. I think we all found the fresh start to the New year refreshing without mid-terms hanging over our collective heads. 

I would like highlight a couple of events coming up this month I think very important: 

  • On Monday, January 19 the Stowe School Board will be finalizing the 2015-16 budget to be presented at Town Meeting in March. I urge you to attend the meeting at 6:00 p.m. at Stowe Elementary School so that you are informed in advance of the vote. 

Jeff Maher

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

It's That Time---Mid-Terms!

As you know we have changed the scheduling of mid-term exams from January after the holiday break to before the holiday break starting tomorrow. We felt this better reflects how colleges schedule these exams and thus gives students similar experience. Also, with mid-terms completed before the holiday break, students and families can enjoy their time together without the stress of mid-term preparation over the break. All athletics and co-curruicula activities are on hold throughout exams so that students can concentrate on study. Please support your student to: 1) regard exams as serious---they represent 10% of the final year grade in an all-year course 2) develop a study schedule and stick to it until next Monday and 3) study in a quiet area free of distraction. 

The exam schedule has been public since Thanksgiving; it is posted below for your reference. 


Wednesday, December 17          8:10 – 10:10          period 2 class
                                                   12:00 – 2:00            period 4 class

Thursday, December 18              8:10 – 10:10          period 1 class
                                                    12:00 – 2:00           period 8 class

Friday, December 19                   8:10 – 10:10          period 3 class
                                                    12:00 – 2:00           period 6 class

Monday, December 22                8:10 – 10:10          period 7 class
                                                    12:00 – 2:00           period 5 class

Reminder to students:
  • If you are not scheduled for an exam, you are not allowed upstairs – THE LIBRARY WILL BE CLOSED.  If you are in the building with no exam you must stay in the cafeteria or commons area.
  • A Quiet Room will be designated each day for studying.  Check the easel in the lobby for location every day.
  • Students will not be able to access their individual folders nor the Groups folder during exams.
  • If you are sick the day of an exam you must call the school.
  • Make-up exams will be held at the earliest convenience of the teacher and student.

Following exams on Tuesday, December 23, we are conducting our first annual 'Day of Service'. This is a regular school day; but, instead of a focus on festivities, we have organzied a three-hour block of time where students will be serving our community in various locations around town. Your student has signed up for one of these venues. Percy's Transportation has been kind enough to run two buses during the day to these service sites. At the end of the day the bus routes will run as normal. Lunch will be served. 

Good luck to all students with their exams, 

Mr. Maher

Friday, December 5, 2014


As 'Principal Raider' I can certainly be accused of being a Pollyanna; I am an unapologetic, unabashed promoter of this school. I love this school and community. I'm guilty. 

I am also a very experienced educator with a clear-eyed, realistic understanding of school and life. Tragedy, student substance abuse concerns, health issues and the stress innate to the season have resulted in difficult times over the last couple of weeks. We faced, and will continue to face, challenges head-on with our best effort. What  else can you do? 

I do know that even when times are tough, good, even wonderful things continue to happen at Stowe High School. Rigor, relevance, and relationships happen all the time in our classrooms and common areas. Our school play brings out the best, and in some cases the hidden talents of students. Representatives from the Environmental Club take the lead in helping us to comply with a new recycling law. Leaders from Student Council and Student Leadership Team plan a 'Day of Service' on Decemer 23 (more on this next week). 

I am proud of our students and the adults who serve them. We always strive to strike the balance between addressing challenges and carrying on the with the good work before us. It is indeed a wonderful school life! 

Mid-Terms---just a reminder that mid-terms are approaching rapidly. If you have not already done so, please note this a change from the past when they were administered in January. We will administer mid-terms from December 17 through December 22. The schedule is in the Daily Announcements. Students have also received this information from teachers. Please support your student during exam evenings by restricting activities other than study. Thank you. 

Stowe Education Fund--linked below is literature from two up-coming SEF events.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Grease is a Great!!!

Last night's opening of Grease by the Stowe High School Thespian Society was a blast. It is a fun, fast-paced production that will make you feel good at the end of a busy week. As with all school plays I am always struck by the skills and talents of certain students that you would not ordinarily see on a day-to-day basis. It just reminds of us of why we implemented Anagnorisis---every part of our curriculum is important---and each part appeals to passions and interests of different students. 

Treat yourself to the production tonight, or, tomorrow night starting at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium. Well done cast, crew, and parent volunteers. Special thanks and appreciation to Taryn Noelle, director, Jane Harissis, musical director, and Amena Smith, backstage director. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Stowe High Students Serve Veterans

Dozens of Stowe High School students showed up on a day off yesterday to serve area veterans at the Stowe Community Church. Organized  by Stefie Clymer, Terry Wehse and a committee of parent volunteers, veterans were honored with a pancake breakfast in the Community Room of the church in advance of the traditional ceremony outside of Town Hall. I am proud of our students and community for acknowledging the service of our veterans.