Student Council representatives Tim Kinville and Hannah Choiniere celebrate the large amount of food donated by the MVU school community. This years annual food drive organized by MVU Student Council raised several truck loads and was the largest this year. All the food collected was donated to Swanton’s “Operation Happiness”.
An Important Day in Missisquoi History
|Mitch Shedrick (Drum Keeper), Lauren Ryea (Drum Leader),Natasha Ryea, Kamal Shilling, Marcus Latuch, and Alex Maskell.||
|Missisquoi Valley Union Middle & High School has a proud connection to the Missisquoi Abenaki community. Over 30% of the students who attend have Abenaki heritage. A celebration was held on Thursday, November 21, 2013 marking the Abenaki historical and cultural contributions to the area. This was an honor of Native American Appreciation Month. The Abenaki flag was raised at the MVU flagpole and will fly as a a reminder of the cultural diversity that defines our state. Students from both MVU Middle School and High School performed traditional drumming while members from the school community and the community at large were in attendance.|
LOUISVILLE- Hannah Bockus of the Missisquoi Valley FFA Chapter in Vermont was one of 48 participants in the National FFA Creed Speaking Career Development Event (CDE). The event was held in conjunction with the 86th National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky. The participant, led by advisor Mark Wilde, was awarded a Bronze emblem.
The top four individuals received cash awards to recognize their success in the event. The cash awards and the Creed speaking event is sponsored by CHS as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
The National FFA Creed Speaking CDE is designed to recognize outstanding FFA members for their ability to present the National FFA Creed in a competitive setting. Members deliver the Creed from memory and respond to three questions. The event gives FFA members the opportunity to develop their ability to communicate in a powerful, organized and professional manner.
The event, held at the Hyatt Hotel in Louisville, Ky., is one of many educational activities at the National FFA Convention & Expo in which FFA members practice the lessons taught in agricultural education classes.
Our own Shelby Meaunier will be representing MVU and the State of Vermont on Thanksgiving Day at the Macy’s Day Parade in New York City. We want to wish Shelby the best! We are very proud of her. You can also view her November 19th interview with WCAX on Thanksgiving Day both morning and evening and it will be available on demand after it airs at WCAX.com.
Shelby Meunier, daughter of Ed and Lisa Meunier of Swanton, a senior at MVUHS, got a letter in the mail last April with the bright red logo, “Great American Band”! “I will never forget the smile when she read it” her mother said. The letter said, “Dear Shelby, Congratulations! On behalf of the Music Festivals, Macy’s and the 87th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, it is my pleasure to inform you that you have been selected as a member of the 2013 MACY’s Great American Marching Band. You will have the honor of joining with the students from every state in America as a member of this elite marching band and front.”
Shelby started playing flute in the 4th grade and began taking private lessons from Anna Roy in the 6th grade. A month into her lessons, she auditioned with the Vermont Youth Orchestra and was accepted into the Chamber Winds Program. In grade 9 she made her first orchestra Sinfonia. Each year students re-audition and after one year in Sinfonia Orchestra, Shelby advanced to Philharmonia Orchestra and is now a member of the Vermont Youth Orchestra, the highest level. Shelby has played at many school functions and has been a member of the MVU School Wind Ensemble, the Vermont Allstate Music Festival, District Music Festival (in 2012 she was First Flute). She enjoys playing Christian music at Church of the Rock in St. Albans and has also played at funerals and weddings. She has studied privately for the last six years with Berta York, and last winter heard from Berta about the Macy’s audition. With the help of MVU Band Director, Aron Garceau, she made her audition CD.
Last week Shelby received her music assignment for the parade and was chosen for first flute in the parade making this an even bigger honor!! Shelby will fly to New York City on November 23, 2013 for training and will march on November 27 in this year’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Tune in and watch Shelby on TV. She wishes to express a big thank you to all of the area businesses, her school, family and friends for sponsoring her and supporting her.
Dream Team – Samantha FitzSimmons – Great Role Model and diligent worker
Voyager Team – Alyssa Bricker – Hard worker, conscientious and a good team citizen
Firebirds Team – Savanna Long – Great contribution to classroom citizenship
XStream Team – Hannah White – XStreamly Persistent
Students pictured left to right: Hannah White, Savanna Long, Dan Palmer, Damantha FitzSimmons and Alyssa Bricker
Taylor Hall and Sage Evans are both ninth grade Career Exploration students at MVU. In this class they have had an opportunity to be exposed to the career cluster of Health Care. On Saturday, November 2 they traveled to Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont with their teacher, Mrs. Hartman, to attend the 2013 Focus on Health Career Conference. This was a full day conference, where they joined students from around the state to participate in workshops and attend exhibits with health care professionals and health professions students in various careers such as Public Health, Developmental Pediatrics, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Speech/Language Pathology, Athletic Training, Medical Practice Personnel, Emergency Medicine, Dental Hygiene, and Pharmacy. They were able to spend time in the Norwich nursing simulation lab study area and to watch junior and senior nursing students along with their instructors utilize this high tech facility to demonstrate critical thinking skills to simulate realistic situations related to clinical settings. Academic exhibitors included Norwich University, University of Vermont, Vermont Technical College, and Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC). Conference participants were treated to a full tour of the Norwich University campus to wrap up the day.
Missisquoi Valley Union High School Career Exploration Program Hosts Law Enforcement Officials
So many exciting opportunities lie ahead in Law, Public Safety & Security for MVU Career Students! On October 31 and November 1 students listened to firsthand experience from veteran, retired Sgt. Jim Bose and active duty Trooper Michael Mattuchio from the Vermont State Police (St. Albans Barracks), Swanton Police Chief Leonard Stell and MVU School Resource Officer Kevin Cleary. This panel covered all aspects of career information with regard to state and local enforcement positions extended into Game Warden and Emergency Response roles as well forensic accounting and technology.
MVU Career students are happy to have had the chance to be a part of the law enforcement education and outreach!
Retired Sgt. Jim Bose and Michael Mattuchio
Chief Leaonard Stell
Classroom ofrenda (offering/altar) created by Señora Salemno’s Spanish students for Día de los Muertos.
Spanish students at MVU are finishing up their study of Día de los Muertos, a primarily Mexican celebration in which we honor loved ones that have passed away. Día de los Muertos, which means “Day of the Dead” in Spanish, is actually a 3-day celebration of our antepasados (ones who have passed on). It involves thoughtful discussions of loved ones we miss, creating an ofrenda (offering/altar) and enjoying their favorite foods in their memory.
As is customary in Mexican homes, students of Señora Salemno have created an ofrenda (offering/altar) in their classroom, which includes traditional items like sugar skulls, skull art, candles, photos, paper flowers and tiny painted coffins. A non-traditional addition to this year’s ofrenda are over 70 cards of remembrance, on which students named a loved one they miss and what their favorite food was. Upper level students also celebrated by bringing in those favorite foods to share.
What’s a better way to find out about a career in Manufacturing than by talking to someone who works in the field? Mr. Rob Giroux, a CNC Machinist, from Superior Technical Ceramics, shared his 30 year experience with the Career Exploration classes on October 29 and 30th.
From choosing raw materials to designing assembly processes to inspecting the final product, the Manufacturing career cluster provides many employment opportunities in the Franklin Grand Isle communities as well as neighboring Chittenden County.
It was a wonderful opportunity to get students thinking about a broad range of businesses and job opportunities.
Mr. Rob Giroux, a CNC Machinist, from Superior Technical Ceramics
The MISSISQUOI VALLEY UNION MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL in collaboration with the MVU Crossroads and MVU AfterHours After School Programs located in SWANTON announces the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded Child and Adult Care Food Program. The Area Eligible Afterschool Meals Program that provides care, educational and enrichment activities for children will now make afterschool meals available at no separate charge to enrolled children. These meals will be provided without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. Any person who believes that he or she has been discriminated against should write immediately to Administrator, Food and Nutrition Services, USDA, 3101 Park Center Drive, Alexandria, VA 22302.
To view the entire flyer click HERE.
Students pictured from left to right: Adrienne Gagne, Cailey Comiskey, Dan Palmer, Nora Racine, Hunter Tardy
Dream Team – Hunter Tardy – Great Positive Attitude
Voyager Team – Nora Racine – Good Attitude, Cooperative, and Focused
Firebirds Team – Adrienne Gagne – Fantastic Work Ethic
XStream Team – Cailey Comiskey – XStreamly Prepared
There has been plenty of information in the news recently about bullying taking place all over the country. While MVU faculty, staff and administration work hard to educate our students about the impact that bullying has, we still have work to do.
To read the entire Greetings from the Principle letter Click HERE.
Did you know that there are over 300 careers in Health Care?
Career Exploration students at Missisquoi Valley Union High School know it!
Jane Nesbitt from the Champlain Valley Area Health Education Center visited the students on October 1 and 2.
To view the complete article click HERE.
The 5th Annual MVU-BFA Powder Puff benefit football game took place on Saturday, September 28th.
“Thanks for your continued support of our students and their activities”.
To view the MVU Powderpuff Football Team in action Click HERE.
|Recently Shelby appeared on Across the Fence.
Click on link to view Shelby’s interview.
Across the Fence Show MVU seventh grade student, Shelby Hawkins loves to bake cupcakes. Well just about anything really. She entered her first baking contest at the Franklin County Field days and finished in second place and won Best in Show for her white cupcakes with Vanilla Butter Cream Frosting. She then entered the Champlain Valley Fair with the same cupcake but chose a chocolate frosting. Shelby won First place and Best in Show.Shelby has been invited to present her award winning cupcakes on WCAX Channel 3 program Across the Fence on October 3rd at 12:10. She will be interviewed by Judy Simpson and Lyn Jarvis about her recipe.
Shelby has also has baked cupcakes and donated them to Vicki Machia’s fundraiser for the annual spring trip. Proceeds from the fundraiser will help support their spring trip to Germany.
Shelby also aspires to become a Meteorologist. This past summer she attended weather camp at Lyndon State College. Lyndon State College held a forecasting contest with the campers and Shelby won first place. She has received a certificate for attending weather camp.
On October 3rd members of Mr. Barney’s class visited the archeological dig site along Route 78.
The dig site along Route 78 in Swanton has proven to be a treasure trove for 7,000 years worth of Native American artifacts, which demonstrate evidence of a longtime settlement on the banks of the Missisquoi River!
MVUHS students welcomed Liam Danaher from VSAC (Vermont Student Assistance Corporation) into the Career Exploration classes this week and had a great time participating in a Values Auction – yes that’s right – an auction at school! Students have been learning about the sixteen career clusters, things that interest them and what they value to help match them to career options. This Values Auction was a fun but focused activity on the reasons why students might work and the things about life and occupations that are important to each of them.
By beginning their career planning now, students are able to set realistic goals and make choices that will lead to career satisfaction. VSAC and MVU will continue to partner to assist students in this process.
“More than one hundred MVU juniors and seniors attended the NEACAC College Fair at the University of Vermont on Thursday, September 12. Representatives from colleges and universities across the United States came to Vermont’s largest college fair to share their unique offerings with students . The trip, organized by Ms. Sue Hickman and the guidance department, was the largest college visit experience ever sponsored by MVU. MVU students were trained in their English classes to initiate and document interviews with the college reps to take full advantage of the opportunity. While at UVM, our students met with recent MVU graduates now attending the university, and they were hosted for lunch in the Millis-Harris dormitory complex. Student feedback was extremely positive, with many students reporting unexpected surprises in the way of new schools to think about and previously unknown programs of study tied to their interests and dreams. “