Wednesday, June 3, 2015

End-of-Year Notes

Hard to believe---truly it is this year---but, our school year is winding down. Below are a few items of importance to take note of before graduation on Saturday, June 13 @ 12:00 noon.

IMPORTANT: Stowe School Board Brief | June 1, 2015

Facilities Audit and H.361 Update

The board reviewed the much anticipated facilities audit this week, a comprehensive report evaluating the physical condition and layout of our schools. From light switches to athletic fields, the facilities audit offers recommendations for improvements that will guide our budgeting and planning process for many years to come.  With regard to H.361, we are deep into the fine print and working to determine our best options for school governance under the new law.  We will hold a special meeting to continue that discussion at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, June 15 in the SES Music Room.  As with all board meetings, the special meeting is open to the public.

FINAL EXAMS: Start tomorrow. The schedule is as follows:

            Thursday, June 4---Periods 8 & 5
            Friday, June 5---Periods 3 & 7
            Monday, June 8---Periods 1 & 6
            Tuesday, June 9---Periods 2 & 4
            Make-Up Day/Last Day of School---June 10

*Graduation practices for seniors are Tuesday, June 9 @1:00 p.m. and Wednesday, June 10 @ 1:00 p.m. Seniors need to be at both practices in order to walk in graduation. Please note this mandatory. 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

IMPORTANT: Stowe School Board Update

Education Reform (H.361) Passed in Legislature
H.361, the Education Reform Bill, passed the legislature on May 15, and so begins our work as a board to analyze the implications and options for Stowe schools.  The Vermont School Boards Association has published a Two Page Overview and a Section by Section Summary, and the final bill as passed can be found here (search the document for “H.361” or scroll down to page reference 2112).  We have asked Tracy to recommend a work plan and timeline that take into account various deadlines within the legislation, which we will discuss at our next meeting on June 1. A review of the facilities audit is also slated for the June agenda.  June 1 is our last scheduled meeting of the school year and will be held at 6:00 p.m. in the SES Music Room.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Fun and Work in the Final Days of 2014-15

Prom 2015 was a good time had by all. Students had fun, everyone conducted themselves appropriately, and even the chaperones got in on the dancing towards the end of a very successful event. Congratulations to the Junior Class Prom Committee and all the Junior Class Advisors. Well done! 

While marquee events are the highlights of May, class work continues at S.H.S. as illustrated by the following pics of recent classroom activities: 

Students in Mr. May's Health class engaged in CPR training courtesy of our friends at Stowe Rescue---including Lucas Hall, S.H.S. alumnus and now R.N. at Rutland Medical Center.

On May 8, five SHS students competed against 12 other VT high schools in the VT Treasury Cup Challenge, a quiz game format competition that tests students knowledge of economics and personal finance. While they did not bring home the trophy this year, coach Roger Murphy looks forward to bringing a team to the event next year as Stowe High's Financial Literacy initiative gains more traction and participants.

Important Up-Coming Events:
  • Spring Concert at Spruce Peak Performing Arts---Thursday, May 21 @7:00 p.m.
  • Grade 11 Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium State Tests in Reading and Writing---Tuesday, May 26 through Friday, May 29
  • High School Awards Assembly---Friday, May 29 @1:30 p.m. 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

May Days---

... are sunny at last as well as the fastest-paced month of the school year. Hang on for the ride because something is always happening over the next few weeks. Please remember that our Daily Annoucements are posted on the website:

Stowe Education Fund and Stowe Middle/High School Boosters Team Up to Host First Annual Talent Show

On behalf of Stowe Middle & High School I want to take a moment to thank Vicki Alekson and Amy Rolfe and the members of their respective organizations for all the time and hard work that went into making the Talent Show a success last Friday night. A fun time was had by all. All the student and adult acts were terrific---though the finale by those principal types was a bit lame by comparison. 

All profits from the event went to support the renovation of the Auditorium. Thank you!

Important News From the Stowe School Board

Stowe School Board Brief | May 6, 2015
Education Reform Bill (H.361) and visit from Rep. Heidi Scheuerman
The board continues to closely monitor and work to influence H. 361, an education reform bill passed by the House that aims to consolidate Vermont’s school governance structure. In addition to sending a letter and resolutions stating our position, board chair Cam Page recently testified encouraging legislators to assess school districts based on the quality of education they deliver, not the number of students they serve. The Senate version of the bill is currently in the Appropriations Committee and expected to move to the Senate floor. Representative Scheuerman attended our meeting this week to answer questions about H.361and to present her alternative education reform plan. With the legislature slated to adjourn May 15, we should have plenty to talk about at our next meeting on May 18. As always, the meeting is open to the public and will be at 6:00 p.m. in the SES Music Room.

Have a great Raider Day! 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Ah, Springtime---Finally!

  • My apologies for the time elapsed between posts. The last month or so has been pretty hectic, not just in general, but, in the high school office. It was a great sign yesterday that spring has finally arrived though when our spring teams were out playing and practicing on our fields and courts. Check out the new tennis courts out back of our campus when you have a chance. They have been well-received by players, coaches, and spectators alike. It is so nice to have our teams on our turf for home games. Thank you Stowe community for supporting renovations to these facilities. 

  • Congratulations to the Thespian Society for the engaging one-acts plays by Sarah Espy and Sean Jacobson, and, to all those who performed in the musical review. These performances last Monday and Tuesday confronted challenging themes and held the audience to close attention. 

Up-Coming Events

  • May 1 SEF and Stowe Boosters to Host the First Annual

 “Stowe’s Got Talent” Show

See the following link: 

The first annual “Stowe’s Got Talent” show with be held on Friday, May 1st in the SMS/SHS Auditorium.  This fun filled evening will showcase all of the amazing talents of Stowe middle and high school students and faculty and raise money for the Auditorium renovation project.

Doors open at 6:00 PM with pizza and ice cream for sale generously donated by the Rusty Nail and I.C. Scoops.  The show starts at 7:00 PM and features singing, dancing, music and comedy as well as a few surprises!  The show will be hosted by student MC Dash Kim- a senior at SHS who is well accustomed to entertaining audiences of all ages.

Can you guess what YOUR principals will do on stage?  Come to the show and find out!

  • May 6 Drug & Alcohol Forum---this is the third and final segment in a series of forums hosted this year by the SHS Parent/Student/Teacher Team. Please join this evening at the StoweFlake for further discussion featuring student voice on these issues. See the flyer linked below:


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