Friday, March 14, 2014

Winter Ends With A Blast!

... and not just with a good ole March snowstorm. What a great winter athletic season! Congratulations to our alpine, nordic, and basketball teams for well-played seasons!! Girl's hockey played to the limit in an epic double overtime game in the semi-finals of the playoffs, and, then there is our Lake Division State Championship Boy's Hockey Team. Well done all Raider players, coaches, and, supporters!!!
If you had a chance to read the March 13 edition of the Stowe Reporter, I am quoted in the article with reference to observing both our team and fans conducted themselves to a high level of sportsmanship. I just want to take a moment to thank everyone for this behavior; it reflected well on school and community. While winning is sweet---winning as 'good sports' is sweeter still.
Nor has winter been solely about athletics. Raider thespians have been active and successful as well. On March 8 the Stowe High School Thespian Society hosted The Vermont Regional One Act Festival. Called 'Jailhouse Blues', thespians from area high schools attended workshops, and, performed their one-act productions for an assembly of theater professionals. Our performance of I Never Saw Another Butterfly earned Raider thespians a trip to States! Well done!! Congratulations to the actors and director Jane Harissis.
2014 World Café @ The Stoweflake
On a more somber note, we know from our data such as the Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey, that students at our school do not always turn to healthy pursuits like sports and drama as outlets in their lives. In our on-going effort to help inform students and parents on the dangers inherent to substance use, in cooperation with the SHS Parent-Student-Teacher Team, we are hosting an event called 'World Cafe' on the evening of April 1 from 7-9 p.m. at the Stoweflake. 
Please join us, area substance professionals, and, Mr. Skip Gates, the parent of a U.V.M. student who lost his life while using heroin. Mr. Gates will present to an assembly of students earlier during the school day. I hope I will see many of you at this important event. Parents of grade 8 students are encouraged to attend. Thank you.
Jeff Maher