Friday, May 30, 2014

Seniors Do a Good Thing!

While our students are always doing good things, the soon to be graduated Class of 2014 took it up a notch last night when they put on a pot-luck dinner for faculty and staff here at Stowe High School. Led by senior Ula Klein, seniors organized a range of tasty treats for teachers and staff in appreciation of their efforts over the last four years.

A highlight of the evening was the presentation of garden sculptures to Janet Godin in recognition of her 25 years of service as Food Services Director. Janet will be moving to the Nurse's Office next year as Nurse Assistant. Janet recently completed her certification as a Licensed Nurse Assistant. We join with the seniors in congratulating her for many years of cheerful service and relationship-building in the cafeteria and look forward to her work in a new capacity next year.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Heading Into The Memorial Day Weekend

... I am reminded that the school year is rapidly drawing to a close. Before we get to graduation on June 14, we have an awful lot of terrific events coming up at Stowe High School. Please make sure to regularly check in at the website for a full listing. One event I would like to highlight is next week's Awards Assembly on Thursday, May 29 from 9:15-10:15. These awards are separate from graduation day awards to seniors. 

The Prom last weekend was a great success. The event was incident-free and dancing style was varied, appropriate, and fun for all. There was really a nice vibe all evening; it felt good to see kids enjoying themselves while respecting each other and our community's values. Congratulations to the junior class Prom Committee and all the class advisors who chaperoned that evening.

Teacher Feature: I am always struck by the quality of what happens in classrooms each day at Stowe High School. As I get about the building I would like to share with you some of my observations. Just this morning I observed the following:
  • A vigorous discussion in Roger Murphy's Global Citizen class on gender stereotypes portrayed in the media on show like The Bachelorette.
  • Student presentations on themes and concepts in Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet in Ms. Schnee's English 9 class.
  • A close reading of The Raisin in the Sun in Mrs. Hoffmann's English 10 class.

Have a terrific and safe holiday weekend with family and friends,

Jeff Maher

Friday, May 16, 2014

One More Reminder

... as Prom approaches tomorrow please take a few moments with your daughter/son if you have not already done so and remind them that the Prom should be enjoyed but that substances and inappropriate dancing will result in consequences that will not be enjoyable.

About a week or so ago I sent home a letter for your use on these topics. Thank you for your help and support.

Jeff Maher

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Visual Arts of May

Art is everywhere in May at Stowe High School. On Friday, May 2 our annual Art Show opened at the Helen Day Art Center. I thoroughly enjoyed the opening Friday afternoon. The student artwork and display presentation was especially fine this year. Kudos to all our student artists as well as to Mrs. Crouse, Ms. Zimbalatti, and Ms. McDowell for all their hard work in making the show a success. Well done! Below is a small sample of what awaits at the Art Show. Enjoy!!