Monday, January 28, 2013

The Second Semester Begins!

Hard to believe we are already in the second semester of the school year, but, away we go. I hope you and your student(s) feel comfortable with second semester schedules. Be sure to give Amy McArdle, SHS Guidance Counselor, a call if something is not quite right. Report cards will be distributed on Friday. This week is also the first high school Friday Program. We will be conducting our annual assembly on the logistics and expectations of Friday Program tomorrow with the student body.

***Security Drill:  Safety and security are, and have been, central to our work here at Stowe High School. Towards this end, we will be conducting a campus-wide security drill, along with Stowe Middle School, during the week of February 4, 2013. The exact day and time will not be announced. We will announce to students very clearly that this is a drill. First responders from local agencies, as well as a representative from the VT State Police will be on hand to observe our drill and participate in a debriefing afterwards. Stowe Police Chief Don Hull has worked with us closely to plan this drill. Please take a moment over the next week to talk with your daughter/son on the need to follow directions and behave in an appropriate manner. We will review expectations with students in teacher-advisory tomorrow.

Have a great week folks! Think snow!!


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Around the School

Around the School, In the Classroom

Dear Parents/Guardians, 
Students reflecting in journals

Stowe Rescue EMT Julian Harrison
This week I want to share a class I observed in Mr. Mark May's Health and Physical Education course this morning. As you can see from the attached photographs, students are deeply involved at the moment in learning cardio-pulmonary resuscitation. Mr. May not only organized community resources to implement this lesson, but, he also pays close attention to integrating writing into his curriculum. Students are responsible for specific journal entries designed to assist them in drawing meaning and relevance from the demonstration.

Got One Hour? UVM’s Adolescent Health Improvement Project needs 15 students, aged 13 – 18  to spend one hour talking with them about why they do or do not seek recommended well-child exams annually.  Each participant receives $20 for their time. The event is scheduled for February 13 from 3:30 to 4:45 including a 15-minute registration. Parents are encouraged to participate on their own from 5:30 to 7:00 that evening. Parents receive $50. All participants must contact Joyce at or call 1-802-656-9190 before February 13. Our school nurse, Eileen Crawford, RN has arranged for us to host this event in the name of school wellness. The event is sponsored by the University of Vermont College of Medicine.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy New Year!!

Dear S.H.S. Parent/Guardian,

I hope you enjoyed a restful holiday season with family and friends. My adult daughter and her boyfriend (still boyfriend, no announcement) spent five delightful days with us last week. Unfortunately, they had to leave to go back down south before we received our first real snow last Thursday, so, they missing winter sports. Nonetheless, we had a great time together---he even had the good grace (sense) to let me beat him in Scrabble!

Mid-term exams are fast approaching. They are scheduled for January 22-25. Your student will receive a schedule in T.A.. The schedule is also posted on the website under 'Daily Announcements'. Please be sure to encourage your daughter/son to prepare well and in advance; these exams represent a significant percentage of both semester and full-year courses.

With winter weather now truly here, please remind your student-driver to drive carefully, both in general, and, specificially in our parking lot. Later this month I will be asking all students to park out front and all teachers/sfaff to park out back of the school campus. The rationale for this is a consequence of our on-going efforts to tweak our security procedures. We are installing electronic door locks to the rear of the building which will be locked all day. Teachers/staff will be issued key cards to enter from out back. Students will enter through the front, main entrance.

Wishing you well in 2013,