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. 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Thrilling End to the Fall Athletic Season and an Important Reminder. 

What a exciting last two weeks it has been! Cross-Country girl's and boy's squads placed third and first respectively in their state meet on October 25. Girl's Soccer reached the semi-finals game. Last Saturday Field Hockey ended a strong run to the finals just a goal shy of a state championship---and Boy's Soccer claimed another state title!! Congratulations to all our atheletes, coaches, and families. 

We hope you can join us for a forum tomorrow night on:  

Drugs and Drinking in Our Community

Please join the Stowe High School Parent-Student-Teacher Team for an open discussion forum regarding substance use and abuse among adolescents.

Guests will include:
Tristan Coffin, U.S. Attorney
Michelle Salvador, Vt. Dept. of Health

November 4th from 7:00 – 8:30 at Stowe High School

For more information please contact Sarah Horton or Pierre Laflamme at SHS (253-7229)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

I Urge You To Attend: 

Drugs and Drinking in Our Community

Please join the Stowe High School Parent-Student-Teacher Team for an open discussion forum regarding substance use and abuse among adolescents.

Guests will include:
Tristan Coffin, U.S. Attorney
Michelle Salvador, Vt. Dept. of Health

November 4th from 7:00 – 8:30 at Stowe High School

For more information please contact Sarah Horton or Pierre Laflamme at SHS (253-7229)

Thank you, 

Jeff Maher

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Events & Opportunities

Tennis Courts

On Monday, October 20 we officially opened our newly refurbished tennis courts! With the Stowe School Board and Superintendent Wrend in attrendance, Athletic Director Joanna Graves cut the ceremonial ribbon along with members of our girl's tennis team. We are grateful to the community for supporting this project at town meeting last spring and are excited for our teams to be playing on home courts in the coming spring!! We also would like to thank the Stowehof for hosting our teams in the past. 

Veteran's Day Breakfast

 This is a FREE Community Pancake Breakfast to HONOR our local veterans.

Breakfast will be served by Stowe High School students.
Tuesday, November 11th from 8-10:30am at the Stowe Community Church

Breakfast precedes the Veteran’s Day ceremony
at the Akeley Memorial building beginning 11am.

Stowe Education Fund

Information and News from the Stowe Education Fund
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Since 1997, the Stowe Education Fund has worked to enrich the education of Stowe's elementary, middle and high school students.  We are a 100% volunteer based non-profit organization dedicated to this important mission.

Shop AmazonSmile and Support SEF

SEF is excited to announce it's partnership with AmazonSmile:

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support SEF every time you shop, at no cost to you.

When you shop at smile.amazon.com you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization.

The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to SEF.

Choose "Stowe Schools Foundation for Educational Advancement " (our registered trade name) or click on the link below:

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Help SEF spread the word about this amazing service from Amazon! 
Important Dates, Upcoming Events & Promotions:

Get started on your holiday shopping at theNovember 7th Trunk Show generously benefiting SEF:

2015 Ella Skye Art Calendars are Here!

Stowe Elementary School student Ella Skye MacDonald is a young artist with autism. Ella has been able to learn more language during the past three years by using a speech generating device called a DynaVox. This year's calendar is really exciting because Ella was able to tell us in her own words what her drawings are titled.

Ella's calendar is for sale in Stowe at Black Cap Coffee Café, Bear Pond Books and Salon Salon. It's also available in Waterbury at Bridgeside Books and on Ella's web site

10% of all calendars sold will once again go to the Stowe Education Fund.

These calendars make fantastic birthday, holiday and teacher gifts. Spread smiles, autism awareness and help support Stowe students all at the same time.
Contact us:

Thank you to all who completed the SEF fundraising priority survey.

We are reviewing your feedback and will communicate our fundraising goals for the school year soon.

Learn More, Get Involved:

Want to learn more about our schools, budgets, local issues and ways to help?

Attend SEF or School Board meetings- we would love to have you!

Upcoming meetings:

November 12th, 6:00 PM at the Stowe Free Library

School Board:
November 17th 6:00 PM at Stowe Elementary School


SMS/SHS Auditorium:

Did you know that the auditorium at the Middle/High School is 40 years old and showing signs of its age?  

While many infrastructure improvements have been made over the past several years, the stage is in need of replacement.

Contact SEF if you would like to be a part of the subcommittee being formed to explore ways to raise the money needed for this major project.

 Annual Pumpkin Event a Huge Success:

Thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy the pumpkins and story telling on October 9th- we had a record number of pumpkins displayed for the contest!

A very special thank you to Grenier's Farm in Waterbury for once again donating the pumpkins for this event.


SEF partnership withHealthyCollegeSnacks.com

Healthy snack care packages can be purchased from our custom page and a $5 donation will be given to SEF for each box purchased.

Click below to go to the SEF page:

SEF on Healthy College Snacks

In addition to supporting SEF, Healthy College Snacks donates a full day of meals to the Vermont Foodbank to feed hungry kids in our state for each box shipped.

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Need a promotional item?

Local company Image Outfitters will donate 10% of purchases back to SEF through their charitable donations program iShare.

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