Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Fall Review

Raider Athletics

In over 31 years working in high schools, including 7 here at Stowe High, this fall sports season is quite possibly the most impressive I have experienced. First of all, I received not one complaint regarding sportsmanship from any official, coach, athletic director, or principal. In fact, I received only compliments regarding our teams' deportment and character. The 'wins' and successful performances are important (I'm as competitive as anyone); but, to be so successful this fall and exercise character through good sportsmanship---now that, is truly special.

Speaking of success, I would like to commend our Girl's Soccer and Cross-Country teams for competing into playoffs/state tournament. Congratulations to our State Champion Boy's Cross-Country and Soccer teams, and, our Girl's Field Hockey Team. Special kudos for individual performances in cross-country go out to Colleen and William McGovern, and, Sam Puddicombe. Coaches Becky McGovern, Janet Godin, Brian Buczek, and Tim Ziegler, as well as assistants Gordon Dixon, Paul Lawson, Bryan Hallett, Mark Poduje, Jill Loughran Tyler Post, Athletic Director Joanna Graves, and, many volunteers all deserve a big round of thanks for their selfless dedication to our athletic programs. Well done and Go Raiders!!! And if you did not already see it, WCAX had Stowe in 2 of their 3 Fall Highlights recently. Check it out! Top 3 on 3

Dance Update

Over the last couple of weeks we have started the process of a student-directed dialogue regarding alternative structures, or, activities in place of the dances put on hold. Student Leadership Team, which is comprised of two students from each grade level elected by their peers, has discussed the issue in some depth. Last week this group meet with the senior class; next week Student Leadership Team will conduct a Teen Town Meeting with the student body. The challenge I, with the support of all the adults in this building, put before students is to engage in constructive dialogue with the goal of developing a proposal on alternative structures/activities. If such a proposal can be developed which is positive and healthy, it could be implemented this year. We have no specific timeline for this process; but, I have faith in our students to come to a 'good place' with the whole issue.

Important Up-Coming Events

Next week we have several important events at our school. Please be reminded that:

Monday, November 11 is Parent-Teacher Conference day between 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.. If you have not already reserved time, please see the high school website to do so.

On Tuesday, November 12 we are hosting A Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC) "Paying for College Presentation" for juniors and seniors in our library at 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 13 is the "Evening Recital" of our Solo Ensemble at Spruce Peak at 7:00 p.m.

On Thursday, November 14 our thespians will present Into the Woods at 7:00 p.m . Performances will continue Friday and Saturday evenings. Please join us one of the nights and enjoy our students' dramatic skills.

A World Café

Vermont news sources seem to routinely report on the latest drug ‘craze’ sweeping through Vermont.  It can be hard to separate those sound bites from the issues that our students are actually presented with in their daily lives.

The Stowe Parent-Student-Teacher-Team would like to invite all parents and community members to an evening of round table discussion.  The topics of conversation will be drawn from the latest trends in substance abuse (Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs) affecting our town, county, and state.  Various experts from the field of substance abuse treatment and education will be on hand to provide resources and to answer questions.  This continuation of the ‘World Café’ series will be held at Stowe High School on November 19th, from 6:30 – 8:00.  Light refreshments will be provided.
Please contact Pierre Laflamme (pierre.laflamme@lssuvt.org) should you need further information, with an RSVP, or if you have a suggestion for specific topics or questions that you would like to see included in the evening’s discussion.

Have a great Raider Day!

Jeff Maher