SHS News & Announcements for the Week of November 13, 2019

Please review the Weekly News to Families from Principal Muller.

New News: 

  • The annual Ping Pong Tournament fundraiser will be held on Tuesday 11/19 after school, running from 3:00pm to around 6:00pm. Here's the rundown: Doubles teams only; teams must include one SMS student; other player can be any age. Double elimination bracket. $20 per team to enter (please sign up & pay at the SMS office) Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams.  Limit 16 teams MAX. Snack bar with lots of tasty treats for spectators! Prize for best CHEER SQUAD! Signups start Friday and close on Tuesday 11/19 at 8:15 am.

  • On Tuesday, November 19th there will be a Mandatory Winter Sports Meeting in the Auditorium at 6:00pm.  Team meetings will occur immediately afterwards.  ALL Athletes please register before this meeting through PowerSchool.  

  • Winter sports registration is OPEN at Stowe High School! Please click here to view instructions on how to register your student(s) for winter sports using PowerSchool. Please register before November 15 
    Important Dates: 
    First Day of Practices for SHS:
    Ice hockey practice will begin on Wednesday, November 20
    All other winter sports for high school students will begin on Monday, December 2

     

  • 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.

  • The Youth Group at Blessed Sacrament Church would like to invite you to join our Warm Winter Clothing Drive for Lamoille County. By donating clean, new or like-new winter clothing, you are supporting adults and children within our own community, who are in need of a helping hand to stay warm this winter.  Winter clothing donations will be accepted at the Parish Hall at Blessed Sacrament Church, 728 Mountain Road, Stowe on Thursday, 7th November 3-6.30 PM & Friday, 15th November 4-8 PM. We are accepting the following items in clean, new or like-new condition for adults and children: Coats and jackets, Winter hats and beanies, Gloves and scarves, Winter boots and warm socks, Thermal base layers, Other warm winter clothing.  Winter clothing items should be donated in clean (laundered), new or like-new condition. Clothing should function like-new (e.g. zippers should work; all buttons should be in place; no rips/tears; no large stains). 

  • A Turkey on Every Table: Nobody should go hungry, especially during the holidays.  The Stowe Schools in partnership with the Blessed Sacrament Church, Stowe Community Church, and the Lamoille Family Center are collecting food to feed 30 families.  Turkeys are on display in the Elementary, Middle and High School offices. Please help us by taking a feather and returning the item listed to that same location by Friday, November 22nd.  We have collection boxes and Fridge/freezer space available for storage at each school. Please give gift cards to the front office to hold. 

  • Annual Rotary Club Dodgeball Tournament Fundraiser:  Please join us Friday, November 22nd from 3:00-5:30 in the SMHS Gymnasium.  Teams can sign up by emailing or talking to Alex Tilgner. A signup sheet is available across from Ms. Grossman’s room where teams can sign up.  There will be a prize for first and second place and that each team must have a team theme of some sort (i.e. tropical, eighties, tank tops, short shorts, etc.) and that each team must have at least one boy and one girl.  Registration fee is $25, 5 person teams. The teachers are welcome to make teams as well, this is not limited to just students. All proceeds will benefit the Stowe Rotary Club.

  • (First Ever) SHS Coffee House: Friday, November 22nd, 7:00-9:00pm.  What is the Coffee House?  The Coffee House is sort of like an open mic or a talent show, but with a more laid back, community living room sort of vibe.  It's a place for artists to share their work with friends and family and to appreciate and be appreciated. It's a supportive atmosphere in which we celebrate creative expression and experimentation.  Who Can Participate? Any SHS students, faculty, and staff are welcome to sign up. The signup sheet is hanging up in the cafeteria along with some performance guidelines. Do I need to pay for anything?  Admission is free! Food and beverages will be sold at the event. Questions? Feel free to reach out to Mr. Gagnon and/or Ms. Chris.

  • Please help the Lamoille Family Center's Holiday Project which provides local families who might not otherwise be able to afford it with gifts for their children. Bring in new toys, puzzles, books, and games to the box outside the high school office between now and Monday, December 2nd.  

  • Stowe High School Fall 2019 Musical: Big Fish - Production Dates will be December 6-8. Rehearsals will be scheduled for Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 6:15 pm. 

  • 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 - https://www.sanders.senate.gov/stateoftheunion.

The Youth Group at Blessed Sacrament Church would like to invite you to join our Warm Winter Clothing Drive for Lamoille County. Winter is approaching fast, and it's a great time to sort out your past season winter clothing collection and find a new home for those unloved, unused or grown-out-of warm winter gear.

By donating clean, new or like-new winter clothing, you are supporting adults and children within our own community, who are in need of a helping hand to stay warm this winter.

Winter clothing donations will be accepted at the Parish Hall at Blessed Sacrament Church, 728 Mountain Road, Stowe on Thursday, 7th November 3-6.30 PM & Friday, 15th November 4-8 PM. We are accepting the following items in clean, new or like-new condition for adults and children:

Coats and jackets

Winter hats and beanies

Gloves and scarves

Winter boots and warm socks

Thermal base layers

Other warm winter clothing

Winter clothing items should be donated in clean (laundered), new or like-new condition. Clothing should function like-new (e.g. zippers should work; all buttons should be in place; no rips/tears; no large stains). Additionally, kindly check pockets for any hidden treasures before donating.

We are also seeking donations of general basics to help support those in need within our own local communities - particularly toothbrushes, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, etc. Or if you prefer to donate food (non-perishable) and household items, we can handle that too!

All are welcome to attend the drive on Saturday, 16th November, in the Parish Hall from 10 AM - 1 PM, either to give or to take, or swap - drop an item & take an item!

Healthy Lamoille Valley is hosting four evenings of focus groups with parents of 6th -9th graders and we are requesting your help to share this opportunity with your contacts!  The goal is to identify how we talk to our kids about substance use.  These focus groups will inform upcoming work and events in our region.  I've attached the poster and details can also be found at https://www.healthylamoillevalley.org/focus_groups/ .  Particpants are welcome to attend any one of the four groups as convenient for them.  There is a $25 Hannaford gift card as a thank you for each participant at the end of the evening as well as light refreshments.  The dates and location are as follows and RSVP's should be made at https://www.healthylamoillevalley.org/focus_groups/

November 12th, 6:00 – 7:30pm
Lamoille Family Center, 480 Cadys Falls Rd, Morrisville, VT

November 14th, 6:00 – 7:30pm
Johnson Public Library, 7 Library Drive, Johnson, VT

December 9th, 6:00 – 7:30pm
Stowe Free Library, 90 Pond Street, Stowe, VT

December 12th, 6:00 – 7:30pm
Hardwick Town Offices – 3rd Floor Meeting Room, 20 Church Street, Hardwick, VT

 

Community Service Opportunities: 

  • Vermont Hand Crafters Opportunity: Admissions shifts available.  The admission fee for the show allows us to fund the next year’s show without raising booth fees, hotel rates, etc.  As a membership organization, we collectively need to fill these shifts as soon as possible. You, your spouse/partner, booth helper, family or friends over the age of 16 can volunteer to be part of the admissions team.  Anyone who works an admission shift automatically gets free admission to the show the day they work. The shifts are as follows: Friday, November 22nd : 9:15-1:30, 1:15-5:30, and 5:15-8:00. Saturday, November 23rd : 9:15-1:30  and 1:15-6:00. Sunday, November 24th : 9:15-1:30 and 1:15-4:30. Please email [email protected] if you or someone you know can help Vermont Hand Crafters with this important job.

  • The community of Stowe and its visitors kick off the holiday season with our beloved festival, named a Top Ten Winter Event 2018-2019 by The Vermont Chamber of Commerce. Expect gorgeous tree lightings, children’s lantern parade, caroling, art center full of festooned trees, traditional holiday decorations, wagon rides, visits with Santa & Mrs. Claus, local rock bands rocking out on the Village Green to holiday songs and more, a Christmas fair, candy cane pulling, holiday cookie decorating, gingerbread house decorating, Meet & Greet with Disney Frozen 2 characters before the movie, and so much more! To sign up please visit https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B054AAAA629A7F85-atraditional

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

11/19        Annual PingPong Tournament

11/19        Winter Athletics Meeting-Mandatory for all Athletes

11/22        Dodgeball Tournament 

11/22        SHS Coffee House

12/6-12/8      SHS Musical Big Fish

1/16        Coolidge Scholarship Deadline

2/12        VSAC Assisted Scholarships Deadline

 

Guidance Announcements

 

SMHS Counseling Department Link:   https://www.smore.com/v5s8n

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

 

Hagan Scholarship Foundation: is a nationwide need-based merit scholarship.  Most Hagan Scholars graduate from college debt free, and with several thousand dollars in a personal Schwab Brokerage Account.  Historically, about 40% of eligible applicants are awarded a Hagan Scholarship. Each Hagan Scholarship provides up to $6,000 each semester for up to 8 consecutive semesters, the opportunity to learn how to invest and then manage a $15,000 Schwab Investment Account, and the opportunity to Study Abroad worth up to $8,000.  For more information and to access the Hagan Scholarship Application please visit our website a www.hsfmo.org.  The application deadline is 5:00pm on November 15, 2019: the link will be removed at that time.  

 

UVM Extension/ 4-H Program has a lot of opportunities for students this Fall. Check them out! 

Teen Science Cafes - Save the Dates.  The full schedule is now available for the 2019-2020 VTeen 4-H Science Pathways Cafes. The cafes are free and open to youth in grades 7-12. Planned by teens for teens these cafes are a free, fun way for teens to explore science, engineering and technology with local scientists, engineers and technology experts. All cafes include hands-on activities.  Youth Environmental Summit - November 1; TRY for the Environment - Applications Due By November 8; VTeen Leadership Weekend - November 15-17.  For more information please see Tarah at the front desk.  

 

FAFSA Bonus:  Filling out the FAFSA is the first step to access grants, scholarships, loans & more.  Vermont students have missed out on more $$$ this past year, filing a FAFSA may open up more doors to training and education-eligible students may receive up to $6,195 in the Federal Pell Grant alone.  For more information please visit vsac.org/fafsafirst.  

 

Vermont Youth Climate Congress:  The idea is that on Sunday, November 17th 150-200 Vermont middle school, high school and college students -- along with members of the Climate Solutions Caucus serving as mentors -- will unite at the State House to draft, refine and pass a declaration of freedom from fossil fuels and a resolution urging policymakers to protect the future by taking immediate action to the climate crisis. We’re looking for 4 delegates and 4 alternates from over 30 schools, and we need your school to be there! This is a great opportunity for leadership development, to learn more about the legislative process and for active citizenship. Please help us share this opportunity with students at your school by passing on this link.  For more information about the concept of this Vermont Youth Climate Congress click here.

 

American Legion Oratorical Program: This program presents participants with an academic speaking challenge that teaches important leadership qualities, the history of our nation’s laws, the ability to think and speak clearly, and an understanding of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship.  Monetary rewards could value from $1500 to $18,000. For more information or application please visit www.legion.org/oratorical.  Applications and information is also available with Tarah at the front desk.  Local contact is Karlene DeVine [email protected].  Application deadline is December 4, 2019.

 

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: www.coolidgescholars.org. 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.

 

Selective Service Registration: Men are required by law to register within 30 days  of their 18th birthday. Registration is not only a legal requirement, but a civic duty  and a key component of our national defense readiness. Preregistration can happen at 17 years and 3 months of age and their registration will be held until they reach age 18.  Why is this important? Every year, tens of thousands of men turn 26 who have failed to register, by then the registration door is permanently closed. This means they are unable to receive federally funded college loans and grants; are unable to get into federally funded training and certification programs; are barred from all federal employment; ineligible for many state and local government jobs; and immigrants-documented and undocumented-will have a 5-year delay in processing their citizenship application.  Please register at sss.gov.

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