Cafe For a Cause - December 14
157 Total Student breakfast Meals were sold that day.
27 Adults purchased breakfast meals.
761 Total students purchased lunch meals
93 Adults purchased lunch meals
Because of the support of many, the Cafe was able to raise a total revenue of $5,956
which went towards the Vermont Food Bank. The Cafe Staff, Food Services Director Leo LaForce, and Student Council Vice President Alec Distler and others from the Student Council deserve special recognition.
This is the highest revenue raised for Cafe for a Cause so far!
Toys for Kids Toy Drive
The CVU Senior Class Council is having its annual Toys for Kids drive to help provide toys and gift cards for families during this Holiday season. CVU collected approximately 500 toys for young children last year. Let's collect even more this year! Toys for Kids is also looking for monetary donations to purchase gift cards for teens who are often overlooked. Checks are payable to Toys for Kids. Please consider donating! Thank you for helping to bring hope and happiness to local families. Any questions, see Michelle Fongemie (email@example.com)
Mid-Year Exam Schedule
Click HERE for the January 2013 mid-year exam schedule.
Spring Drama Production
CVU Debate Team Needs Your Help
We are putting out an appeal for citizen judges. No experience required. We provide training and nourishment. The time commitment is generally 9AM - 1PM.
If you are interested in helping out, please contact Chris O'Donnell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 578-7510.
Thanks for your consideration. It is a very rewarding experience for all!
Public Speaking Contest
- Theme: “Peace Through Service”
Rotary International also actively helped create the United Nations and has been an official UN Observer Organization since its Charter Convention in 1945. It also offers graduate level Rotary Peace Fellowships through its Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution.
- Eligibility: High School students. Children of Rotarians are not eligible.
- Rules: Prepare and deliver a speech of five minutes or less on the above theme. The speech may be read and need not be memorized. A copy of the speech must be provided at the time of the first-round contest.
Round #1 – Compete against other contestants at a competition sponsored by your local Rotary Club before December 15, 2012 - Prize $100
Round #2 – Compete against up to four other Round #1 winners from other nearby Rotary Clubs before January 15, 2013 – Prize $150
Round #3 – Compete against up to five other Round #2 winners at a contest tentatively scheduled in the Lebanon, NH area on Saturday, January 26, 2013 – Prize $250
Round #4 – Compete against one other Round #3 winner at a Rotary District 7850 meeting tentatively scheduled to be held in the Lebanon, NH area on Saturday, April 27, 2013 for the Grand Prize - $500
To apply: See Tamie-Jo Dickinson in Room 235-4 or Room 230.
Deadline: December 3, 2012
China Trip - June 16-July 6
China Trip Parent Letter
Trash on the Lawn Day
On October 24th, CVU’s Environmental Action Club (EnACT) sponsored Trash On the Lawn Day (TOLD), an annual event devoted to sorting trash, compost, and recycling in an effort to educate students about responsible waste habits. Members of EnACT, students, and faculty helped accomplish the smelly job of the day: sorting the waste into these three categories outside the cafeteria.
Thanks to the combined efforts, John Powell (CVU 2002) of Chittenden Solid Waste District calculated that 62% of the sorted waste was actually compostable, 17% was recyclable, and 21% was “true trash.” Armed with this info, EnACT is exploring new methods of cafeteria organization and embarking on an educational campaign to assure all of the waste is properly sorted.
UVM TASC Engineering Competition
There were four challenges (five performance categories) and a Marketing Presentation award.
Team Project Redhawks won the Overall (best team!) as well as 1st place in the Challenge #4 and Marketing Presentation, as well as 2nd place in Challenge #1 & #3b
Team Redhawk Engineering won 1st place in Challenge #2, #3a, & #3b and 3rd place in the Marketing Presentation.
Check out the links below for UVM competition outline, press release, and WCAX video.
The two teams consisted of the following students. Congratulate them when you see them!
Chase Weaver (team manager)
Austin Busch (team manager)
Advisor: Olaf Verdonk
Environmental Action Club
From L-R: Tim Duclos (The Nature Conservancy staff), Laurel Jaunich, Kristin Bauer, Miranda Selinger, Kestrel Grevatt, Georgia Dixon, Katie Antos-Ketcham (adviser), Griffin Diparlo, Natalie Benoit, Haley Harder, Forrest Hamilton, and Molly (The Nature Conservancy staff).
On October 23rd, a group of students from CVU’s Environmental Action Club (EnACT) took a field trip to Williams Woods in Charlotte to help the Nature Conservancy of Vermont harvest invasive species. The Nature Conservancy is a nonprofit organization committed to the protection and preservation of nature around the world, and it has been helping protect thousands of acres of Vermont’s ecologically significant land since 1960. This was the second annual trip to work with the Nature Conservancy for the EnACT club. Nine students participated by learning to identify and remove invasive species including buckthorn and honeysuckle, helping rid Williams Woods of threatening invasives, and promoting the growth of species that are indigenous to the ecosystem.
Check This Out
CVU School Calendar for 2012-13
Please check out the CVU School Year Calendar on our homepage. This calendar has the Red and White day schedule, early dismissals, vacation days, sporting events, etc. Please check it on a regular basis. We will update it as needed. You can also access it by clicking: http://learn.cvuhs.org/course/view.php?id=10&page=128.org
The Pasture - CVU Student Run Store
Snow days, lunch break,
Gifts from CVU’s school store!
Block 1: 8:15—9:45
Block 2: 10:00—11:30
Block 4: 1:30—3:00
The store is also open during all home basketball games
1/2 Day Inservices for 2012-13
Wed Feb 13, 2013: 1/2 Day School for Students. Dismissal at 12:30 pm
Wed Mar 13, 2013: 1/2 Day School for Students. Dismissal at 12:30 pm
Tue Apr 9, 2013: 1/2 Day School for Students. Dismissal at 12:30 pm
Wed Apr 10, 2013: 1/2 Day School for Students. Dismissal at 12:30 pm
Wed May 15, 2013: 1/2 Day School for Students, except 10th Graders. Dismissal at 12:30 pm VIEW/MAPS 10
Wed May 29, 2013: 1/2 Day School for Students. Dismissal at 12:30 pm
Direction Center News
The Direction Center needs your help. We've created a goal to form an advisory council in order to gain new ideas and feedback about our school counseling programming.
Representing the dynamics of our community, this advisory council will include representatives who are affected by CVU’s counseling program, as well as community leaders, parents, and students. Tasked with making recommendations and advising the school counseling staff as is strives to meet student and community needs, the council will meet twice a year.
Sound interesting? Have a bit of extra time? Please call Patti Tomashot, Director of Student Services at 482-7137 or email email@example.com
SAT and ACT deadlines approach quickly. College testing requirements vary widely, so students should doublecheck which tests are required by each college to which they will apply. Please make note of the dates below. Students register for the test directly with the testing companies through their websites (collegeboard.com for SAT and act.org for ACT) or by completing the registration packets which may be found in the Direction Center. Register early to ensure a spot in the testing location you prefer. CVU’s CEEB (testing) code is 460-175. Please remember that colleges require official test scores. Be sure to request that your scores be sent directly to the college by the testing company.
2012 - 2013 SAT Test Information
Test Date Tests Offered Regular Regis. Late Regis.
Dec. 1, 2012 SAT and Subject Tests Nov. 1, 2012 Nov. 16, 2012
Jan. 26, 2013 SAT and Subject Tests Dec. 28, 2012 Jan. 11, 2013
March 9, 2013 SAT Test Only Feb. 8, 2013 Feb. 22, 2013
May 4, 2013 SAT and Subject Tests April 5, 2013 April 19, 2013
June 1, 2013 SAT and Subject Tests May 2, 2013 May 17, 2013
2012-2013 ACT Test Information
Test Date Regular Registration Late Registration
December 8, 2012 November 2 November 3 - 16
February 9, 2013 January 11 January 12 - 18
April 13, 2013 March 8 March 9 - 22
June 8, 2013 May 3 May 4 - 17
Grad Challenge is in full swing. Here are a few reminders to seniors:
- Meet face-to-face with your Community Consultant at least once per quarter. If you have finished your community learning hours, you can discuss research, resources, and who to interview. You may also wish to discuss what to cover in your paper.
- Contacting someone and asking him/her to be your Community Consultant creates a relationship. Take care to respond to your Community Consultant’s communication.
- Plan when you will meet so you can get your Mid-Year Report signed in a timely manner.
- Planning will help you avoid contacting your Community Consultant right before the deadline which is rude (some of them will be unavailable, busy, or out of town).
- Take great photos. Besides sending 1-5 to MaryAnne, you will have good material for your presentation. Plan ahead.
CVU Shadow Program
Great way to help students figure out what they want to study in college or what kind of job/career they want! Thank you to the following organizations for hosting a student to shadow a professional:
Fletcher Allen Nutrition Clinic, Qi Veterinary, Hunt Middle School, Hinesburg Police Department, Community Health Center of Burlington, Shelburne News, Shelburne Police Department, Seven Days, U.S. Coast Guard (Burlington station), UVM Alumnae Office, Kelliher, Samets, and Volk, Stern Center, UVM Pathology Lab, All Souls Interfaith, UVM Microscopy Imaging Center, Seventh Generation, Sheraton Hotels, VCAM, Duncan Wisniewski Architects, Pizzagalli Construction, Dore & Whittier, Dings, Dents, and Scratches, Rehab Gym, Timberlane Physical Therapy, Advance Music, and Vermont Business Magazine
CVU Parents - your generosity is appreciated. Please consider offering a job shadow experience to a CVU student. Health care careers, architects, engineers, business people, vets - you name it! MaryAnne Gatos matches students to experiences after conversing with them about their interest. You may be specific about what you can offer. Students typically observe for 1-3 hours. Students participate in a mandatory orientation meeting to cover job skills, research the company or career, and discuss confidentiality and reliability. To offer a job shadow, please visit the CVU Shadow Program web page under Community Learning Opportunities.
BEWARE of FAFSA Scams
Several students have reported to us that they have paid money to file their FAFSA (on fafsa.com). Please note that filing the FAFSA is free; you should never pay money to file this financial aid form. Watch out for companies that offer to file this form for a fee! The correct FAFSA website is: www.fafsa.ed.gov
Although it seems that 2013 is far away, we have already scheduled our popular Junior College Night. This program, open to both parents and students, offers valuable information from a panel of college admissions counselors. Mark your calendar for Thursday, January 10 at 6:00 p.m.
After this initial kickoff meeting, we would like to encourage students to come in for an individual counselor conference. Parents are always welcome.
PSATs are in!
We’re sending a copy home and we’re presenting U.S. & the World classes the week of December 17th to give a brief overview to students. We’ll take a few minutes to meet individually with students to see if they have questions or concerns. We encourage all juniors to take the SAT and the ACT in the spring and use the information they receive from the PSATs to help them prepare. In addition, a few schools may require the SAT Subject Tests. Please check college requirements carefully and give us a call if you have any questions at all.
Counselors completed their visits to the 10th grade English 10/Making of the Modern World classes to meet individually with students to review PLAN results. Earlier this month, counselors facilitated a Sophomore Parent Coffee to review the purpose of the PLAN test.
Counselors will be meeting with freshmen early next year during Intervention to introduce a transcript and discuss CVU graduation requirements. We will discuss the importance of taking the courses necessary to prepare for college or a career.
Course Registration for 2013-2014
The scheduling process for 2013-2014 will begin in February. We are excited to offer some new courses in addition to almost all of last year’s offerings. Students will be meeting with their house counselors for assistance in course selection. Students will receive their appointment date/time in late January. More details to follow in the January newsletter. In the meantime, the 2013-2014 course catalog will be available on-line in early January. Start checking out these course offerings!
Vermont Student Assistance Corporation
The Vermont Student Assistance Corporation was created by the Vermont Legislature to help students and parents obtain information about colleges, financial aid, as well as to help with the distribution of grants and loans. On January 24 at 6:00 P.M. we will facilitate a forms night for all senior parents who would like assistance completing the FAFSA (Federal Financial Aid) Form.
Seniors – Please note that VSAC scholarship booklets are now available in the Direction Center. This booklet lists over 100 scholarships for students who will be attending college in 2013-2014.
Attention Juniors and Seniors!
Don’t miss the opportunity to earn college credits while still in high school! High school students can enroll in college courses, online or on campus during the academic year or during the summer. Study in core areas such as Math, Science, English, Languages, and the Arts. The programs available are:
- Dual Enrollment Program, which is through the State of Vermont and allows every VT high school student one college course tuition free.
- Academically Talented program, through the University of Vermont which offers VT high school students the opportunity to take courses at 50% reduced tuition until they graduate. Some restrictions apply and you do need to be approved by your guidance counselor.
Another great college option: Community College of Vermont
Introduction to College Studies
Wednesdays, starting in January from 4-6 p.m.
The class focuses on all the skills that are needed to be successful at college: study/test taking skills, organization, financial aid, and communication skills. Students who complete the course can earn ½ English credit and ½ elective credit at CVU. Plus – they also get a voucher to take a free college course. On Wednesdays, we provide a bus to CCV for any students interested in signing up for this free class. See Jane Krasnow, call 482-7137 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org in the Direction Center get more information or to sign up today!
Advanced Placement Course Roundtable
“Can I get into college without an AP course?”
“How many AP’s are too many?”
Each year parents and students work together on planning a course schedule that balances academic rigor with all the other activities high school students love. The challenge is often in wrestling with conflicting information and advice. Join us for a roundtable discussion on Tuesday evening, January 8th at 6:00 p.m. We’ll meet to discuss AP courses and student schedules. Come hear our panel of AP teachers, a college admissions professional and a student who has successfully weathered the process.
Please RSVP to Jane at email@example.com or call 482-7137
Technical Center Visit Days
We're already thinking about 2013-2014 and bringing information to students who will benefit from the great extended learning opportunities offered by the Technical Centers. Representatives from Burlington Technical Center and the Center for Technology Essex will present their programs to all sophomores on Friday, January 4th during the first 45 minutes of each Eng 10/MMW class.
We're also organizing two days on which students can visit the tech centers. Students need to sign up in advance for two programs they would like to visit and bring in a parent permission slip. A visit is required for all students who would like to enroll in a technical program next year. If your daughter/son is interested, please have the student stop by the Direction Center to sign up and get a permission slip.
The Pre-tech application process for interested 9th grade students will start a bit later in the spring. Feel free to talk with Jane Krasnow in the Direction center if you have a son/daughter who may be interested. 482- 7128 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
VHS, a non-profit, global network which includes over 500 high schools, enables students to consider 200 online courses. Now that CVU is a member school of Virtual High School, students can pursue specific areas of interest with other students from around the globe.
Virtual High School’s spring semester starts on January 30th, and we still have a few spaces left for students who would like to enroll for second semester. (Semester 2 for full-year courses starts January 9th.)
Most of the work is done independently, so interested students need to make a commitment to the class and be able to attend an Early Block check-in each Wednesday morning. Students should have a good attendance record, be a self-motivated, self-disciplined learner, and have academic skills that will help ensure successful course completion. Each class is challenging and requires students to be actively engaged in their coursework for at least 6 - 8 hours per week.
Jane Krasnow is meeting with students interested in spring courses right now. Course signup for 2013-2014 will begin in April. If your son or daughter is interested in an online option, you are welcome to review the VHS catalogue at www.govhs.org. The next step would be to have students see Jane in the Direction Center to learn more about the application process.
April 8, 2013
11:30 a.m-1:30 p.m.
Everyone is welcome to attend this college fair – the only spring fair in the Chittenden County area. Meet admissions representatives from over 125 colleges.