SHS News & Announcements for the Week of January 7, 2020

Please see our Weekly News to Families from Principal Muller


This Friday, January 10th will be our first Friday Program for the 2020 year.  Students are both excited and eagar for the activities to start.  




Transportation Guidelines: All students will ride the bus to Friday Program events, unless they are 11th/12th graders who drive or have permission to ride with someone else. If you intend to drive someone other than yourself and a younger sibling, parents/guardians must sign this form. All 9th and 10th graders will ride the bus unless they are being driven by an older sibling.

Students should have a copy of the Friday Program Tranportation Permissions Form.  Please return this to us immediately if it applies to your student.


New News: 

  • Friday Program begins Friday, January 10th, we will follow a 5-8 schedule. 

  • Gap Year Fair occurring next Thursday, 1/16, at Burlington High School.  Vermont high school students will have the opportunity to learn more about Gap Year options at the 2020 Burlington Gap Year Fair on Thursday, January 16 from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. at Burlington High School. The fair, hosted by USA Gap Year Fairs, opens with an informational talk and then offers students the chance to meet with volunteer, travel and internship representatives from scores of international and domestic organizations. For more information, visit

  • Free Ice Fishing Festival:  Saturday, January 25, 11am to 3pm Lake Elmore State Park, Elmore, VT.  Anyone may ice fish in Vermont without a license on January 25. New to ice fishing? Learn from the experts. YOU: dress for the weather, WE: provide everything you need for an ice fishing adventure, including all equipment and instruction, from drilling a fishing hole to setting a tip-up to taking your fish off the hook!  Learn more and register at

  • Personal Learning Student Summit Opportunity: Any student interested in presenting at the Personalized Learning Student Summit at UVM on January 28th, please see Roger. There will be both gallery presentations and an opportunity to lead a mini workshop highlighting an individual or group project. This is a fantastic opportunity!

  • GSA "Love is Love" Coffeehouse on Valentine's Day, Friday 2/14 ???? ?? ???? SHS's second student-run coffee house will be held on Friday, 2/14 from 7:00-9:00pm in the cafeteria. All acts welcome; proceeds from the bake sale and student vendors will go to GLSEN, an organization that promotes inclusion of diverse sexual orientations and gender expressions & identities in education.

  • PHOTOS NEEDED!!! Students with interesting school photos (including sports, extracurricular, art, friends, fun, service) should share them to the yearbook email, [email protected]!

  • One Act Update: Mr. Hague and James De Rienzo will be heading up the One Acts this year. For those who don't know, what this means is we will be producing a one act play and showcasing our production at a regional festival with lots of other Vermont high schools.If you are interested in participating in the One Acts in any capacity this year: please fill out this google form: Interest in One Acts. You can email Mr. Hague ([email protected]) with questions.

  • Schedule Junior Meetings Now: Thank you for attending the Junior Night in November. It was great to see you and your family! We’re excited to start meeting with you for post-secondary planning. As we discussed in the meeting, we’d like you to sign up for an appointment. Now that we have an additional school counselor, we are dividing our larger group of 11th grade students  into two smaller groups. Students with last names A - Land will see Abbey Allen and students with last names Lang - Z will see Patti Tomashot. Please use our appointment links below to schedule your time. We look forward to meeting with you! Abbey and Patti

Students A - Land

Students Lang - Z



Hello, 10th and 11th graders. Student scores from the PSAT/NMSQT will be available online to SHS students December 9th. Also, CollegeBoard sends your PSAT/NMSQT scores to SHS, and we upload these scores in Naviance. Students ages 13 and older who provided their email address on their PSAT/NMSQT answer sheet will receive an email reminder from CollegeBoard explaining where and how to view their scores. Students can set up a free College Board account at any time. 

Starting December 16th, we will be returning the test book that you used in October. We can now return them back to you to use when you review your test scores. Once SHS receives hard copy score reports, Abbey and Patti will meet individually with students for further analysis of the scores. This will occur after the December break.

Get Free Practice

The PSAT/NMSQT is great preparation for the SAT. Student scores unlock a free, personalized practice through the Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy. Students can go to sat, create an account, and link their CollegeBoard and Khan Academy accounts for a plan based on their test results. 

Explore Careers

When students log in to see their scores, they can connect with CollegeBoard's Roadmap to Careers. Students can answer questions to find out which careers interest them, what degrees they'll need, and what high school courses to take. They can watch video interviews with people in professions related to their interests. 

Get Started with Big Future

Students can use this tool to begin their College Search using CollegeBoard's BigFuture. 

How to Get Help with Scores

If you're having trouble accessing your released scores:  You may need to update your account information. Log in to the student score portal and follow the instructions to verify your account.  Log in to the student score portal and learn how to use your PSAT/NMSQT access code to verify your account.

Do you have another College Board account? You or your parent/guardian could have made it. Log out and log back in using the other account.

For more help, call 866-433-7728. As always, the school counseling team is available for additional support.  Abbey, Patti, Judy and Tarah


Sports: for our full sports schedule please visit SHS Sports Calendar at  Please Cheer us on when you can! Go Raiders!


Community Service Opportunities: 

  • Helen Day Art Center: Hop on board for some fun service learning opportunities at Helen Day Art Center. We really need some help to prepare for two major events: the opening of Love Letters, our winter exhibition, and the opening of our brand new Art Lounge. Are you available the week of January 6-10? We are excited to have you join us to patch, paint, and set-up for the January 16 grand opening!  For more details, please contact Alexa Sherrill by email at [email protected] or phone (802) 253-8358, extension 225. 

  • The Vermont Indoor Track & Field Season begins soon!  Throughout the season, meet organizers will need volunteers to help the meet run effectively.  Please see Mr. C if you are interested or have any questions.


Important Dates  

1/10        Friday Program

1/13-1/17        Mid-Terms

1/16        Coolidge Scholarship Deadline

2/12        VSAC Assisted Scholarships Deadline

4/15        Early College @ Clarkson Scholarship Deadline


Guidance Announcements


SMHS Counseling Department Link:


Seniors please remember to check Naviance daily for scholarship updates.  New scholarships are posted daily.  


Governor’s Institute Winter Weekends

Winter Weekends are two-day intensive learning experiences for Vermont 9th-12th graders. You’ll live on Goddard College campus all weekend and explore a topic you’re interested in in-depth with professional mentors and new friends who love the same things you do. Winter Weekends are jam-packed with fun, learning, and community-building and are a smart way to get a taste of what GIV summer Institutes are like.  For information on tuition, please visit their Winter Tuition page. Applications open December 10th. Be sure to apply as soon as you can, as some strands fill up quickly!

2020 Topics:  Winter Weekend 1: February 7-9 Neuroscience, Writing & Film, Microcontrollers, Dancemaking, Entrepreneurial Leadership.  Winter Weekend 2: February 21 -23:  Social Psychology, Astrophotography, Solo Vocal Masterclass, Space Mission Design, The Art of Cartooning.


Senator Sanders’ Essay Contest- Senator Sanders has officially launched his tenth annual State of the Union Essay Contest. This is an opportunity for Vermont high school students to describe what they think are the most pressing issues facing the United States and what they would do to solve them. Students are to submit 250-500 word essays on an issue they would prioritize if they were president by January 8th, 2020. You can learn more and submit essays online -


What is a Gap Year?  You may have heard the term "Gap Year" from students thinking about taking a break in their education or career pursuits. A Gap Year can contribute to personal growth, self-knowledge, and identification of personal and professional priorities. Gap Years typically happen for a semester or year between high school and college or employment. They can also take place during or immediately after college. To learn more about GAP Years check out Gap Year Association.

Some students and families worry that if they take a Gap Year they may never go to college. If you plan to attend college you will still apply to college in 12th grade. Once accepted to college, you will ask the admissions office if you can defer your acceptance for a year. Many colleges will allow you to do this with a deposit to secure your spot. Statistically 90% of Gap Year participants continue with their college education immediately after their Gap Year experience. Learn more about tips for making that happen.  

On January 16th Burlington High School will host a Gap Year Fair  for VT high schools from 6:00 pm-8:30 pm starting with a presentation. At this event students and parents can talk to organizations about Gap Year options. Please note that the most successful Gap Years are those planned by the student. The student's ownership of the process ensures the student's ability to have a beneficial Gap Year experience. Contact Patti or Abbey with questions.


Coolidge Scholarship application is now live. The Coolidge Scholarship is a full-ride, four-year, merit scholarship that may be used by recipients for undergraduate study at any accredited college or university in the United States. Any high school junior who plans on enrolling in college in the fall of 2021 and is an American citizen or legal permanent resident is eligible to apply (unfortunately current high school seniors are not eligible to apply).  Coolidge Scholars are selected based primarily on academic excellence. Secondary criteria include: an interest in public policy, an appreciation for and understanding of the values President Coolidge championed, as well as humility and service. The competition for the Coolidge Scholarship is indeed significant -- but even students who do not win have reported to us they are glad they went through the application process because it helps prepare them for college applications later on. Furthermore, the Coolidge Foundation invites the top 100 applicants to participate in its Coolidge Senators Program, which includes an all-expenses-paid Summit Weekend in Washington, D.C and a one-time $1,000 scholarship. Applicants who make it to the finalist level, but do not ultimately win the full scholarship, receive a one- time finalist scholarship of $5,000. The scholarship application, along with additional information, can be accessed on our scholarship site: Please note the deadline is 5:00 PM EST, Thursday, January 16, 2020. If you have any questions regarding the scholarship, the Coolidge Scholars Program can be reached by email at [email protected].


SENIORS: The VSAC Scholarships for Vermonters booklet - for students attending college in 2020-2021 - is now available for you to pick up at the front desk. Submission/postmark deadline for all VSAC assisted scholarships is February 12, 2020. Vermont residency is required unless otherwise specified.

The application for Summer Academy is open! Geared toward motivated 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students, UVM's 4-week Summer Academy courses offers participants the opportunity to get a taste of college, earn transferable credits, showcase their ambition to college recruiters, and experience something extraordinary. UVM's 2020 offerings include: 

Interested in the feedback of our former Summer Academy students? Watch this brief video to learn more about their UVM experience! If you have any questions, please feel free to reach us at 800-639-3210.

The American Legion of Vermont Scholarship: This year will be the 64th consecutive year of The American Legion Department Scholarship Program and will be offering the following scholarships: Department of VT Scholarship-$1,500, Department Commander Scholarship-$1,000, and ten $500 Scholarships.  Eligibility is described as seniors attending a Vermont Secondary School, or a similar school in an adjoining state, whose parents are legal residents of the State of Vermont or seniors residing in an adjacent state whose normal high school attendance area is a Vermont Secondary School and a US resident.  Applications are available at the front desk with Tarah.  Application Deadline is April 1, 2019.

Early College Program at The Clarkson School:  A new full-tuition scholarship is now being offering to attend The Clarkson School, Clarkson University's Early College Program.  As the second oldest early college program in the country, The Clarkson School welcomes talented and motivated high school-aged students to Clarkson as a replacement for what is normally the senior year of high school.  The Clarkson School Presidential Fellows Scholarship will cover the tuition costs for four years at The Clarkson School and Clarkson University. This scholarship is available to students entering in the 2020 Fall Semester with a completed admission application by April 15, 2020.  To receive the award the student must enroll in The Clarkson School.

The Marjot Foundation:  The Marjot Foundation supports environmental education at the high school level.  Each year the Marjot Foundation funds individuals or teams of high school students conducting scientific research projects which may focus on any area of environmental research, and must be designed by the student applicant.  Awards can total up to $5000. Any questions please contact Ann Criag at [email protected]  Application Deadline is April 15, 2019.


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