News From the Performing Arts
Monday, Dec. 2: CVU Madrigal Singers at St. Jude’s Church 6 PM
Tuesday, Dec. 3: CVU Madrigal Singers at WCAX for "Across the Fence" 8 AM
Wednesday, Dec. 4: CVU CONCERT 7:30 PM
Friday, Dec. 6: CVU Singers/SBHS with LIONHEART (TBA)
CVU Madrigal Singers at Shelburne Museum 4-4:30 PM
Sunday, Dec. 8: CVU Madrigal Singers at Charlotte Congregational Church, 10 AM
Sunday, Dec. 8: Community Messiah sing at Charlotte Congregational Church, 4 PM
Friday, Dec. 13: CVU Madrgial Singers at VT-ACDA Madrigal Festival, 7 PM concert, UU Church, Burlington.
Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 14 & 15: Polar Express-Madrigal Singers (sold out)
Wednesday, Dec.18: CVU Madrigal Singers @ Charlotte Senior Center 1:00
Tuesday, Jan. 7: Celebrate the Arts Night
CVU Nordic Ski Team Online Auction
Dates: Nov 21- Dec 4
The CVU Nordic Ski Team is once again having its annual online. Nordic skiing is a very inclusive sport - available to all who wish to be part of the team. CVU Nordic has grown to be one of the largest in the state with over 80 male and female skiers. Funds raised from our auction will cover additional coaching staff, uniforms, waxes, and training equipment. This is a hardworking, dedicated group of student athletes; both the boys and girls team won the State Championships last season despite the limited snow.
Please help support the Nordic Team by visiting their auction webpage at www.biddingforgood.com/cvunordic. There is a wide variety of food, dining, sport, and travel items. Bidding is easy: click on "register to bid" to create an account and sign in, then choose "view all items."
Thank you for supporting the CVU Nordic Ski Team!!
Cafe For A Cause
Annual Toys for Kids Toy Drive
Sophomore Class Council News
Sophomore Class Council President Bailee Pudvar said, "It was very fun to make the pies but delivering them was even more rewarding. It’s fulfilling to know that you made a difference in someone's life."
The Sophomore Class Council would like to thank all the members who showed up to make this event happen and especially Bailee's mom, Kathie Pudvar, who cooked pies for hours after all the pies were prepared!
HOBY Ambassadors Chosen
Congratulations to sophomores Kyle Jaunich and Katey Hayes. They have been selected to be CVU Ambassadors to the Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership Conference (HOBY) in Montpelier during April.
CVU Wins National Recognition for Energy Efficiency
CVU was recognized at an award ceremony on November 7th at Camel’s Hump Middle School in Richmond, along with 10 other Vermont schools that achieved ENERGY STAR designation. The ceremony also marked the launch of Project Green School, an initiative that aims to put all Vermont schools on the path toward ENERGY STAR designation by 2020.
“We are working hard to make CVU more sustainable, and a large part of this effort is emphasizing the importance of energy conservation. Students are leading this work with our Whole School Energy Challenge project, and this award reflects the commitment of everyone—students, faculty, staff, and administrators – working together to reduce our energy use,” said Jeff Evans, CVU Principal.
Among those in attendance at the award ceremony were Congressman Peter Welch, Vermont Secretary of Education Armando Vilaseca, and representatives of the EPA, the Vermont Superintendents Association’s School Energy Management Program (VSA-SEMP), and Efficiency Vermont. Three CVU students, members of CVU’s EnACT Leadership Team, spoke at the event: Cameron Harris (Shelburne), Cally Braun (Charlotte), and Miranda Selinger (Hinesburg). EnACT Adviser is Katie Antos-Ketcham. Sophomore EnACT member Carmen Fisher-Olvera (Williston) and facilities staff member Tom Mongeon attended the event as well.
“The 11 schools we are honoring today have done great work,” said Jim Merriam, Director of Efficiency Vermont. “But the steps they have taken are within reach of any school in our state. With focused effort and enhanced support through Project Green School, we are looking forward to helping every community in Vermont provide a healthier and more energy efficient environment for their students.”
Word! Working On Respecting Diversity Club
Six members of CVU’s W.O.R.D! (Working on Respecting Diversity) Club were invited to the Statehouse on November 7th to facilitate anti-bullying workshops at the Vermont Youth Congress. Ernie Greene, one of the nine students who integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, was the keynote speaker to the crowd of 400 Vermont students. Green, who in 1999 received the Congressional Gold Medal (the highest award bestowed by Congress on a civilian), urged the crowd not to be afraid to stand up for change in the face of social injustice. He urges students to “Awaken the leader within themselves." Vermont Education Secretary Armando Vilaseca added, "We are all aware of bullying and harassment; it's a huge issue in our schools and our society amongst adults. We have not done a very good job of it as adults." He continued to say that youth can work together "to change the game." Congratulations to Sammy Gilliam, Ming Fen Congdon, Shania Bunbury, Lena Ford, Cat Belanger, and Gabby Ribeiro for taking on this important work!
National Honor Society Inductees
2014 Yearbooks on Sale
You can order the yearbook online at www.jostenyearbooks.com, or you can send a check to school to the attention of Colleen Wedge. Take advantage of the $10 savings! Order early.
Any questions, please contact Colleen through school email at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 482-8926.
Spring Theatre Auditions
Winter Sports Tryouts
Most winter sports tryouts begin Monday, November 25 (ice hockey started Nov. 18). Athletes need to have had a physical within the last two years to participate. Sport schedules and participation forms can be accessed at https://sites.google.com/a/cvuhs.org/cvu-athletics/home/forms Please make sure permission and physical forms are completed prior to participation (tryouts).
CVU Calendar for 2013-2014
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 the following link: http://www.cvuhs.org/school-calendar.html
Half-Day In-services for 2013-2014
There are half-day in-services throughout the school year with students dismissed at 12:30 p.m. Below are the remaining dates for in-services for the 2013-2014 school year:
Wed Dec 4, 2013 – Curriculum work
Tue Feb 11, 2014 – Curriculum work
Wed March 12, 2014 – Curriculum work
Tue Mar 25, 2014 – MAPS 10 Advisor/Advisee/Parent meeting
Tue Apr 8, 2014 -Grad Challenge Reading Days
Wed Apr 9, 2014 -Grad Challenge Reading Days
Wed May 21, 2014 – Curriculum work
China Trip: June 18-July 6, 2014
China Letter to Parents for 2014
China Trip Itinerary 2014
The Pasture - CVU Student-Run Store
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
Direction Center News
Much of the information posted in announcements by the Direction Center can be found on our website, including:
• class pages with tips for each grade level (9th/10th/11th/12th);
• dates, time, place of activities of interest: college rep visits, college fair, job fair, deadlines, SAT/ACT schedule of due dates, scholarship info, etc.;
• future planning services including college planning, discovering career interests, GAP year resources, links to information about opportunities with the military;
• information about multiple pathways including DUAL enrollment, CVU’s GOAL independent study, Virtual High School online courses,etc.;
• Naviance tutorials;
• Community Learning opportunities, including internships, volunteering, and workshops.
In addition to our website, we’re starting our own Twitter feed. Look for us at @cvu direction center.
College Representative Visits are scheduled. Be sure to check the Daily Announcements in Advisory and Naviance for information on which college representatives will be visiting with students in the Direction Center.
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. See www.collegeboard.com for SAT dates and www.act.org for ACT dates.
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
Grad Challenge is your opportunity to create a personally meaningful learning experience. Your Advisor and MaryAnne Gatos, the Grad Challenge Coordinator, will be happy to help you decide on a topic, find resources, and get your project underway. All information about Grad Challenge is located on its home page www.cvuhs.org under Instructional Support/ Graduation Challenge. Hard copies of the Grad Challenge Student Handbook are available in the Direction Center.
Schedule of deadlines for Grad Challenge are:
Dec 6 Mid-Year Report signed by your Community Consultant
Feb 11-14 Sign up for presentation times
March 7 Draft of Grad Challenge paper due to your Advisor
April 4 Final copy of Grad Challenge paper due with signed Community Consultant Verification form. Learning hours are completed. Tangible Product completed. Signed Tangible Product Critique form
April 8 and 9 Faculty Reading Days
May 22 Tangible Product Fair
May 23 Grad Challenge Presentation Day
Mark your calendars now for May 23rd, Grad Challenge Presentation Day. We all look forward to seeing and hearing about what our seniors have learned.
Juniors, remember to keep your academic focus strong. Individual junior meetings with counselors will begin in January. Counselors are visiting U.S. and the World classes to review PSAT scores.
Although it seems that 2014 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 Wednesday, January 8, at 6:00 PM.
Keep watch for the date of the Sophomore Night. CVU counselors will review with students/families how to interpret the PLAN results as well as introduce Naviance, an interactive and informative future planning program. We look forward to seeing you! Counselors are visiting MOMW/ENG10 classes to review PLAN scores.
Before we know it, counselors will be meeting with 9th graders to discuss academic plans for next year. One option that is open to all rising 10th graders is the Pre-Technical Education Program at Center for Technology, in Essex. Pre-tech is a one-year, six-period program for sophomores who prefer project-oriented learning experiences that emphasize applied academics. Students are involved in a wide variety of cutting-edge technical activities where they learn science, mathematics, social studies, and communication skills while building personal development assets. Many students find this program a refreshing alternative to conventional classroom instruction.
Applicants must have a ninth grade transcript that shows an award of five full credits including:
• 1 math
• 1 English
• 1 Social Studies
• 1 Science
• 1 Elective
Students select one of two of four curricular areas to focus on throughout the year. All four curriculum tracks are representative of the programs the center offers. The four areas include:
• Information Technology & Digital Media
• Natural Resources and Engineering
• Building Technology and Automotive
• Health and Human Services (includes: Medical Related Fields, Professional Foods, Child Education and Cosmetology)
High School Credits Awarded:
One integrated credit each in:
• Fine Arts
• Physical Education
Students succeeding in this program are invited to apply for another career and technical education program in their junior year. Sound interesting? You can talk with Jane Krasnow in the DirectionCenter or your student's House Counselor.
CVU links with the Virtual High School Consortium
CVU juniors and seniors now have access to virtual seats in the VHS Consortium. This non-profit, global network includes over 500 high schools and enables students to consider 200 online courses. Now that CVU is a member school, students can pursue specific areas of interest with other students from around the globe.
We have 25 spaces available each semester to supplement our CVU course offerings. Sound interesting? Students can check out the catalog at www.govhs.org. Spring registration will begin in November; juniors and seniors are also encouraged to consider a January course. Call Jane Krasnow in the Direction Center for more information.
Dual Enrollment Opportunities
Attention Juniors and Seniors!
Don’t miss the opportunity to earn college credits while still in high school! Juniors and Seniors 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:
- Dual Enrollment Program, which is through the State of Vermont and allows students to take 1 tuition- free college course each year (one during junior year and one during senior year):CCV, Champlain, UVM and Burlington College all have Dual enrollment programs.
- The Academically Talented program, through the University of Vermont, offers VT high school students to take courses at 50% reduced tuition until they graduate. Some restrictions apply, and you do need to be approved by your guidance counselor.
Wednesdays, starting in January from 4-6 PM.
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. Although this does not offer college credit, students who complete the course can earn ½ English credit and ½ elective credit at CVU. See Jane Krasnow, call 482-7137 or email: email@example.com in the Direction Center to get more information or to sign up today!