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.

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

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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

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:

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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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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Funky Schedule This Week

Following our spirited Raider week---give a shout out to the Booster's for making last Friday's festivities possible---we have a different sort of schedule this week. I just want to remind parents what the schedule looks like for the rest of this week: 

  • Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 15 is an early release day for students. Students will be released at 11:45. Grab and go lunch will be available for high school students. Teachers will spend the afternoon working on our school improvement plans including analysis of all our student data sets. 
  • Thursday, October 16 is a teacher in-service day. No school for students. Teachers will spend the day in training for various Google tools. 
  • Friday, October 17 is a non-school day for both students and teachers. 

One other up-coming calendar item to bring to your attention---if you have not already done so, please register for a parent-teacher conference on November 11 through the PTC Wizard on the following link:

Have a great Raider day!!

Jeff Maher

Friday, October 3, 2014

What a Beautiful Early Autumn Day!

A day like this is made only more sweet when you see teachers and students caught in the act of instruction. 

Today's Focus on Instruction comes from Mr. Morril's Latin class. Students were given the assignment to search the school for representations of Latin vocabulary words. With each word, such as 'angry', a visual represention was captured on an IPad. The representation was then brought back to class to be used with other students to increase Latin vocabulary. 

Full disclosure---the principal is reputed to know how to represent more adjectives that the one assigned to Brandon ... . 
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Thursday, September 25, 2014

In the Name of Good Communication

Yesterday's Incident in Morrisville

As you probably have read by now, the suspect in yesterday's incident in Morrisville has been apprehended. This morning we reviewed the incident in our regularly scheduled Crisis Team Meeting. I would like to share some thoughts about security procedures at Stowe Middle & High School. 

  • First, we take security very seriously. The safety of your children when in our care is our first and always concern. We drill regularly. One other irony: I had originally planned a security drill for yesterday morning, but, cancelled due to conflicts. We will have one next week. We conduct these drills every other month. 
  • One item we discussed is the  difference between our secure the building/clear the hallways procedure and a lockdown procedure. If a perpetrator---God forbid---should ever threaten our campus, we would use the secure the building procedure where everyone goes immediately to a secure interior area. If we had been notified by authorities to lockdown---which we were not yesterday---we would initiate a lockdown procedure of all our perimeter doors. In this case, classes would continue unless new evidence of a more immediate threat became known. 
  • During a lockdown procedure (as well as during a secure the building procedure) the red light on the side of the main canopy above our school entrance would be flashing. Please, whenever you see this light flashing do not try and enter the building. We cannot open doors to allow anyone to enter. Please remain calm and wait for information to be distributed by authorities at the scene in the event of an incident, or, for the light to stop flashing to indicate a drill is over. 
  • Following next week's secure the building drill, we will review with faculty and students our procedures. Please help us by stressing to your child how important it is to cooperate and participate in drills with a serious attitude. 
We live in an evermore complex world; threats to our safety do exist---but, joy, compassion, and kindness also abound and are easily found. Help us to convey a balanced message of attention to prudent drills and procedures while reassuring students to not live in a perpetual state of fear. 

Thank you, 

Jeff Maher 

Monday, September 22, 2014

 Seasonal Change

Just as we begin to see change as calendar autumn begins today, so does the school year have its cyclical rthymn. The hurly-burly of opening days, the 'newness' of each new school year has settled. With the establishment of routine and schedules though, comes substantive progress as we work with students by class, subject, and school-wide. 

Last Friday afternoon all students in grades 9-11 spent the afternoon working on their personal learning plan which we call Anagnorisis, an ancient Greek word meaning 'Discover your Identity; Plan you Future'. We are working especially hard with students on coaching them to improve their skills associated with reflective thinking. To view the materials we used on Friday, and, to help you follow along with our Anagnorisis initiative, we have created a website on Anagnorisis which is located on the existing school website on the left side of the page. The link to the site is:

We all should be proud of how Anagnorisis is taking hold in this school. I think we can now begin to see its transformative power and not just potential. As students are graduated from Stowe High School each year, we will have confidence they have not only reached standards in our academic curriculum; but, they also will leave as problem-solvers, decision-makers, and communicators---and will have practiced taking the initiative and giving back through service to others. 

Focus on Instruction

Ms. Wells explains the telemetry of the rocket launch to a student in one of her earth science classes. The launch was the culminating activity of an inquiry lab which emphasizes the concept of 'experimental design'---HRICCD---or, hypothesis, repetition, independent variables, constant variables, control, dependent variables. 
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And did you catch last Friday's Girls' Soccer game at P.A.? What an exciting win! Go Raiders!!

Have a great week, 

Jeff Maher

Monday, September 15, 2014


Hi Folks, 

It's mid-September already and frost is in the air. Stowe High School has been a busy place since we started the 2014-15 school year in late August. At the end of last we week we joined forces with Stowe Middle School to accept the Ice Bucket Challenge. A hardy crew took their medicine for a good cause in front of the assembled schools. 

I also want to take a moment to communicate what we will be doing this Friday, September 19. As usual, our seniors will be leaving in the morning to take senior pictures at various sites around Stowe. One site will be selected for publication in the yearbook. Seniors will then gather at McCarthy's for lunch courtesy of their class. They are not required to return to school that afternoon. 

Following Period 4 and lunch, students in grades 9, 10, and 11 will spend the afternoon working on Anagnorisis preparation. Please recall, especially if you are a grade nine parent/guardian, that Anagnorisis is our version of a personal learning plan. In addition to helping students to structure their Google portfolio, we will also conduct practice to develop quality written reflection within the portfolio. It is very important that all students be in attendance except for genuine emergency. Please see the website for further information and resources on Anagnorsis:

The schedule for the day is as follows: 

 September 19, 2014 - Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors

Abbreviated schedule with periods 1 - 4

                               11:45 - 12:15                                Cafeteria
                               12:15 - 12:55                                Auditorium
Overall presentation of Anagnorisis, why, timeline, stories of success, expectations, video of one senior - all students in the auditorium
                               1:00 - 1:30                                TA locations
Reflection Training -definition, set of questions, and discussion in groups by T.A.
                               1:35 - 2:05                                TA locations
Video Viewing - discussion by TA, throughout the video
                               2:10 - 2:34                                TA locations / auditorium
Organization time - sophomores and juniors by TA 24 minutes
Q and A and processing for freshmen (freshmen and senior TA’s) in auditorium