Graduation Challenge 2014
Required day of school for all juniors and seniors. Optional day for freshmen and sophomores.
Community Members and Parents: Graduation Challenge Presentation Day is a day to celebrate learning. All seniors present their independent project learning in 8-12 minute presentations to 5-member panels made up of faculty and community members. Please join us as a panelist or as an audience member. The day is segmented into three presentation sessions with four students in each room (20 - 30 rooms).
To sign up as a panelist, please use the Grad Challenge Community Panelist Sign-Up form on the CVU home page.
Grad Challenge 2014
Seniors: You are on the home stretch with Grad Challenge! Final papers, Community Consultant Verification Forms, and the Tangible Product Critique Forms were all due to your Advisor on Friday, April 4th.
Grad Challenge Presentation Day is Friday, May 23. It is a required full day of school for all juniors and seniors. You are expected to be audience members for your friends' and classmates' presentations. The schedule for the day is posted on the Grad Challenge website. Presentation schedule will be posted in the middle of April.
If you have any questions, talk to your Advisor, contact MaryAnne Gatos, and check your email.
Future Business Leaders of America Leadership Conference
The FBLA Spring Leadership Conference was held March
11-12, 2014. At the conference, business students from around the state compete in a wide range of business events. CVU students did an amazing job representing our school and showcasing their business acumen. As you will see in the results below, some were individual events and some were team events. Students placing first in an event qualify to compete at the FBLA National Leadership Conference in Nashville this June. Here are the results:
Business Calculations: 2nd place, Chris Mallow
Business Communications: 2nd place, Chris Mallow
Business Ethics: 1st place, Alex von Stange and Bailee Pudvar. 4th place, Anthony Burds and Graham Hulvey
Cyper Technology: 4th place, Alex von Stange
Economics: 2nd place, Chris Mallow. 3rd place, Alex von Stange. 4th place Corey Williams
Entrepreneurship: 1st place, Anthony Burds and Graham Hulvey
Help Desk: 1st place, Forrest Dodds
Impromptu Speaking: 1st place, Alex von Stange
Management Decision Making: 2nd place, Chris Mallow and Jessica Holly. 3rd place, Bailee Pudvar and Alex von Stange. 4th place, Anthony Burds and Graham Hulvey
Management Information Systems: 1st place, Corey Williams and Forrest Dodds
Marketing: 1st place, Chris Mallow and Jessica Holly
Public Speaking: 1st Place, Alex von Stange
Chapter Awards: 1st place for Annual Report. This is the most coveted award of the competition, and the CVU chapter was thrilled to be recognized as first. This report was created by Jessica Holly and Julia Sokolowski.
Newly elected state officers: Bailee Pudvar, FBLA State Secretary/Treasurer. Christopher Mallow, FBLA State Reporter
Overall, the conference was a great success, and the students did an incredible job representing our school.
Annual Congressional High School Art Competition
Student work will be part of this juried exhibit in Montpelier and will be under consideration for different awards. The artwork with the top award will go on to be displayed at the White House, and students will be invited to a special ceremony there. To our CVU students: congratulations, and best of luck!
2014 Junior Vermont Iron Chef Competition
CVU Faculty Recognized
Used Books Requested by Student Council & Key Club
Email is my preferred method of communication, but please feel free to contact me by phone if you prefer. My email is email@example.com and the Cafe phone number is 802-482-7176.
What happens to any money left on my senior's account at the end of the school year?
If the senior has a returning sibling that is known, then the balance on the senior's account will be transferred to that student. Any account balance $5.00 or more left over in all other senior accounts will be refunded back to the family. Any balance less than $5.00 will be donated on your behalf to the School Student Support fund to benefit future CVU students. It is important to manage your senior's account to make sure that there are no large deposits towards the end of the school year.
If you were using the “Smart Pay” or automatic payment plan through www.mylunchmoney.com to make deposits into your senior’s account, please make sure to disable that option by May 5th to avoid more debits from your credit card. Because of the process involved, some balances may continue to show on a past student's account on the Website mylunchmoney. In reality, there will be NO balances left on a senior's account after we transfer to a sibling, make refunds, or donate to the Student Support Fund. Any student ending the year with a negative balance of (-$3.00) or more will be on the School Obligation List and will not receive last quarter grades.
Please make final payments so this does not occur. The obligation list is posted, so students are aware of this information and are aware of the procedures. If you are paying off an obligation after the third week of June, please contact Sue Jipner in the Main Office to have the student removed from obligations. All other balances will be carried over from year to year.
Please note that mylunchmoney will be disabled after the first week of June for year-end procedures.
Host An Exchange Student Next Year
For more information, please contact:
Kelley Cartularo, PAX community coordinator, at 802-373-0011, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.pax.org.
Jan Bedard, International Exchange Coordinator for EF Foundation for Foreign Study at 802-482-3494, GBedard920@gmail.com or visit www.effoundation.org
CVU Turns 50: A Legacy of Innovation, Leadership, & Community
From the start, things moved quickly. IBM had arrived; the population was growing rapidly. Vermont was awakening from a century long snooze. The Exploratory Committee, comprised of the towns of Charlotte, Hinesburg, Shelburne, St. George and Williston, worked quickly. By 1962, the towns approved the supervisory union. An organizational committee was quickly formed, a school board elected, and building plan completed.
The August 1962 ground breaking anticipated a September 1964 school opening. The new building was mandated to be "a simple, practical structure, without frills, to accommodate 750 students and be expandable to 1000." The completed structure was comprised of three separate buildings connected by breezeways. It was guaranteed to handle anticipated enrollments for 10 years. At the last minute, the board dropped the track and greenhouse to meet their frugal budget.
In the meantime, the Board hired a superintendent, principal, and faculty; purchased furniture; created and approved policies; developed curriculum; and bought six school buses. The school was ready a month ahead of schedule. The new board (chaired by Barbara Snelling) noted "a most rewarding association" with the construction contractors.
Our doors opened in 1964. CVU served 13 area elementary schools with an initial enrollment of 460 students. The faculty had one week to prepare for the first day of school. The School Board faced two alarming concerns: they needed one more bus and 10 more teachers!! As soon as the first student stepped into the school, the School Board was faced with the realization that student population was to increase in a far faster rate than anyone had anticipated. In fact, in 1966, new projections anticipated that student population would reach 2,400 in eight years!! The School Board proposed two bonds to expand the school. Both were defeated. Instead, in 1968 – just 4 years old – CVU purchased their first ‘temps’ – modular classrooms that, we would eventually learn, served CVU with a remarkable sense of permanence!
In spite of these concerns, CVU was off to a great start. The board noted that “…from the beginning, the community has demonstrated its enthusiasm and support for the school." The newly hired faculty was "an extremely well prepared, professional staff," and Principal Vince Durnan noted "the students quickly absorbed into the greatly expanded program of courses and became a close knit student body, functioning as a unit.” CVU won the State Championship for Soccer in 1964 AND 1965. Soccer Central had arrived.
In 1968, Barbara Snelling announced her resignation as chair of the CVUHS School Board. Her vision and leadership left an indelible mark for future generations of students, teachers, administrators, and school board members. Her legacy provided a rock solid foundation which would serve us well during the tumultuous 70’s. Her departure corresponded with the purchase of four more temps. No one had anticipated that overcrowding would emerge so quickly as such a paramount concern.
Our great tradition for innovation was born of necessity. With two failed construction bonds, how were we to deal with our ‘instant overcrowding’? In 1966, Principal Vincent Durnan proposed some possible solutions for restructuring staff and facilities to accommodate growing enrollment. The considerations included: team teaching, correspondence courses, independent research projects, staggered session, UVM courses, and summer school. Off campus classrooms, an extended school year, and CVU’s ‘original and nationally recognized and innovative scheduling’ that allowed for classes of various lengths. None of these innovative ideas required added expense.
In 1970, the DUO (Do Unto Others) program started. Ultimately this community service/internship/career exploration program would see 300 CVU students engaged in the community. This impressive, cutting-edge initiative had the added benefit of getting lots of students out of the building. In 1971, the LIFE program, an alternative off-site program for students who struggled in our large school, opened its doors under the leadership of Tom Hart. The LIFE program continues to serve as a pre-eminent model for alternative programming. It has a phenomenal track record of student success. The LIFE program is a precious gem.
A proposed alternative yearlong calendar called 45-15 was advanced in 1971 to address overcrowding.. The community did not go for this proposal. At the same time, the state informed CVU that we were 20,000 square feet short of our required size. Our intrepid new principal (Olsen), persevered. He responded with the Multiple Access Curriculum and Calendar. This proposal included sixteen 9-week sessions that began at staggered 3-week intervals. Students could self-design their schedule as long as they attended 175 days a year. They could start and end their school year whenever they wanted! The program featured the possibility of 3-year graduations and year-round schooling. Mr. Olsen’s proposals were not well received.
These tumultuous times found public schools everywhere struggling with rapidly changing social mores, increased substance abuse, very crowded conditions, massive educational reform initiatives, and community concerns about all of the above. CVU was no exception. The School Board was faced with two court-mandated obligations: Title IX required equitable access to programs for males and females and a mandated reconfiguration of the composition of the School Board. On top of this, a bond to improve athletic fields was defeated. In an impressive understatement, the Superintendent suggested, “ It is time that more of the positive things about our school are brought out.”
In 1973, the arrival of new principal Lou Lambert was rightfully perceived as a ‘renewal.’ Lambert noted on CVU’s 10th anniversary that 35-40% of CVU students were college bound, and that we ought to enhance services and programs for students who do not go to college. Finally, in 1974 and again in 1978, bonds passed to improve fields and upgrade our woefully small library. Girl’s Life and The Learning Place, two alternative offsite programs, were introduced in 1975, in part to address overcrowding concerns.
Sadly, Principal Lou Lambert succumbed to an aggressive bone cancer in 1978. Associate and acting principal Greg Sinner noted, “The human dimension of what happened to our school community this year virtually defy description. The powerful and painful reality that Lou was dying banded us together in way that were more significant than those of a more superficial ‘school spirit’. We responded in a thoughtful and humane way. Lou’s death sparks the irrepressible human spirit. To paraphrase Lou, at CVU we not only learn to achieve and to reach beyond our grasp, we also learn to love one another.”
Lambert’s message of love would be sorely tested right away. The overcrowding situation had become critical. The roof was leaking a lot. The Superintendent bluntly noted that "CVU is the least adequate high school in our region." Students were unruly. The school board was busy with teacher negotiations and grievances. In August 1978, CVU teachers chose to begin the first teacher’s strike in Vermont since 1908. A new principal, Barbara Powers, was hired as the next principal, and soon after, Greg Sinner announced his retirement. He pronounced that he was "bone weary." A year and a half later, Barbara Powers announced her resignation. It was a rough patch.
In 1980, CVU hired Jim Fitzpatrick as principal. His theme of responsibility, respect, and learning struck a chord. After defeating two construction bonds in 1980/81, the community voted for a revised bond in 1982. CVU was a busy place. In 1984, our present House (Fairbanks, Chittenden, Nichols, Snelling) system was created. We first started to use computers. In 1985, the community finally passed a bond for a new parking lot. The old lot looked like a mine field. It was "a disgrace to the school." There was a bumper sticker proclaiming: “I survived the CVU parking lot!”
Things were looking up. The school board noted that "CVU has become a well-managed school operating under a well-functioning board and a staff of teachers and leaders who are concerned about students and doing an outstanding job." In 1987, CVU became the first school in the eastern seaboard region to hook up with satellite telecommunication. CVU held an impressive Constitutional Bicentennial Celebration.
In 1988, Fitzpatrick announced his resignation; associate principal Val Gardner became CVU’s 7th principal. Val’s mantra – Take Care of Yourself. Take Care of This Place. Take Care of Each Other - emanated through the school. Under her leadership, a number of initiatives were introduced. In a three year span, the Graduation Challenge program was piloted and implemented. Our Advisory system, the Direction Center , the Freshman Core and Block Scheduling all started up as well. The Winter Carnival ‘bash the trash” (pay to hack away at a car with a sledge hammer) gave way to the Trike Race. CVU received a generous 21st Century Grant to extend the school year beyond its traditional schedule and calendar. CVU was able to extend library hours into the early evening and provide SummerLink and Summer School programs.
Although the building was showing a lot of wear and tear, the community defeated a bond in 2001. Two years later, it passed a bond for essentials – roof, windows, rewiring, etc.. In 2005, the "big bond" passed – 18+ million dollars for a major overhaul and expansion of our main building, a state of the art wood chip burner, as well as extensive improvements to fields. CVU initiated a football program at this time as well.
In 2005,Val Gardner resigned as the longest serving principal in CVU history, leaving behind a dramatically changed CVU. Perhaps one of the most controversial changes was the retirement of the CVU Crusader for the CVU Redhawks. Although many struggled with this change, it certainly did not impact our athletic prowess. CVUHS has won over 110 State Championships in the last 50 years. In the last two years, CVU has won seven State Championships each year. RedHawk Nation is alive and thriving.
During Sean McMannon’s tenure, CVU reached its peak population of 1389 in 2008. That is a far cry from those early predictions of 2400. We continued to improve our facility with a complete overhaul of the auditorium. It is stunning. One of the most successful initiatives of all - CVU Access – has evolved over the years. Today, thousands of people from the region attend classes at CVU in the afternoon and evening. It has been a phenomenal success, mainly due to the vision and work of Eddie Krasnow.
A lot has changed over the years. The legendary ‘Duffy’ sandwich in the subterranean cafeteria has given way to the Vermonter Panini- cheddar, apple turkey, fresh spinach with Maple Aoili on Grilled Sunflower Bread served in a spacious bright cafeteria with outside garden and volleyball court.There is no sign of any breezeways or courtyards. Former students will be stunned and disoriented by our present building.
But some things will never change. CVU has been blessed with great leadership. Barbara Snelling provided a rock solid foundation. The CVU School Board has offered great continuity throughout the years with high quality membership and very long tenures. It has steadfastly held a strong and steady course in support of the high quality educational program offered at CVU. Today you will find strong and effective leaders everywhere at CVU. We intentionally nurture and provide leadership opportunities for students, staff, and faculty. The culture of our school is embodied in a diversified and diffused leadership model that promotes a profound strength, mission, and vision. Our new principal, Jeff Evans, continues in this tradition as he empowers students, faculty, and stage to engage in the various committees and councils that support and sustain our school.
Our tradition of innovation is a way of life. We know no other way. Our intentions are ambitious. We are mission driven. The capacity and willingness of our educational community to take risks, work hard, and commit to improving ourselves and our school is remarkable.
And most importantly of all, we are a strong community. The warm and supportive relationship between students and adults is the hallmark of CVU. Any graduate can remember a special person – Doc Pepper, Coach Moore, Brem, Kathy Devost, Del, Cluffer, Bunting, a custodian, cafeteria worker, bus driver, librarian, teacher – with whom they had a special relation. We are a friendly and caring bunch. As CVU has grown, we have implemented programs – Advisory, Freshman Core, Sophomore Humanities etc. – to assure that we know our students well. The minute you walk into the building, you can feel the power of our relationships. We are a warm and welcoming community. So, stop by for a visit. Welcome back. And remember…
WE’VE GOT SPIRIT. YES WE DO! WE’VE GOT SPIRIT. HOW ‘BOUT YOU??