As many of us know, the ACT 46 process is very complex and a merger does represent a step forward for all of our schools. We've had a dedicated group of WSESU board members and administrators working hard to prepare us for the upcoming vote. To help answer some questions, the study committee has prepared a series of short, informative videos. Please take a moment to review this and let us know if you have any questions. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDXseAKlG_qlZYUQ_nTjn8kFPnVAf47LJ
Also, please remember that the BUHS Annual Meeting is coming up at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, February 14th in the gymnasium. We've worked hard to develop a budget that supports our students while being fiscally responsible. Please join us!
On Wednesday January 24th we kick off the second semester at BUHS. All students should report to advisory to pick up schedules at 8:45.
On February 1st at 6:30 PM we welcome the parents of the Class of 2021 to an orientation meeting in the BUHS auditorium. We'll cover some aspects of student life, scheduling, and cocurricular opportunities here at BUHS. Our department heads will also be present to answer specific questions about ninth grade course selection and the various pathways that exist here. It is sure to be a great evening and we look forward to seeing parents that evening.
Grade reports for first quarter are being sent home this week. As always, for the most current reports on your child's progress please check the PowerSchool Parent Portal. In addition to grade reports you can also access the daily announcements for BUHS from the portal.
Be sure to check out the great charity basketball game on Friday, November 18th. The Brattleboro Police Department will be tipping off against some of the best boy and girl student players from BUHS. All proceeds from this event will benefit our Students Supporting Veterans group. We are looking forward to seeing you there.
Winter Sports are coming up right after the November break. Please be sure that you're all set with registration form and practice times. For more information please check in with Mr. Sawyer.
Recently all parents and guardians were sent a survey to evaluate how we're doing serving our families and communicating about changes at the school. If we do not have your correct email address on record, its' likely you did not get the survey link. If you did not get the survey please send me an email at email@example.com and we will get you the link.
Also this week the Act 46 Study committee with be holding a community forum at Oak Grove school. Please feel free to attend to learn more about the upcoming merger process.
We'll be hosting parent conferences on Thursday October 6th from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM here at BUHS. We will dismiss students from school at 12:30 PM so teachers can have a break before we start conferences. Busses will run at normal time and students who need to wait for a ride are welcome in the cafeteria or library.
Student lunch is available at 12:30 as well. We are looking forward to seeing everyone Thursday night!
We have a full slate or cocurricular activities that have started and we're eager to see our musicians, athletes and advocates in the community.
On Tuesday September 6th we will host a very special event in the BUHS Multipurpose Room for our parents and guardians. This presentation, called "High and Seek", is a interactive exploration of a "typical" teen's bedroom. Within that bedroom are some signs of risk taking behavior that parents should be aware of. The presentation also features a great discussion forum about how parents can communicate more effectively with their teen. Doors open at 6PM!
Welcome to the 2016-17 school year! Our custodial staff has been working hard on the building and it looks amazing! Throughout the summer we've also had many teachers in the building working on their own curricula and getting us ready for the transition to a proficiency based system. This multi-year transition will lead to greater personalization of instruction and assessment and will allow our students to have multiple opportunities to demonstrate their mastery on content and their growth through out their high school careers.
A few other quick, but important notes:
Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition will offer a parent/student education session on prescription drug abuse on August 29th at 7 PM. Please plan to attend this very important event with your child. There will be separate student and parents sessions on that evening.
We're also getting ready to distribute Chromebooks to the Class of 2020! Detailed information about the required ninth grade parent meeting on August 30th at 6PM has been mailed to parents.
The BUHS Boosters Club is an organization that supports our athletes and greatly enhances our entire program. The fundraising they do through the Colonels Den and other endeavors directly benefits all BUHS athletes and their families. The leadership of the Boosters will be turning over the leadership reins this fall and they are actively seeking parents and guardians to step in and help out in some capacity. Please let us know how you'll be willing to help out. A huge thanks for the current booster team for their tireless work for many years.
Enjoy these last weeks of summer!
Envisioning Vernon’s Future: Youth Forum
Wed., May 11th
@ the Vernon Elementary School Cafeteria
You are invited to join with other Vernon middle and high school students to share your thoughts and ideas about how to build a strong future for Vernon! This 1-hour Youth Forum, facilitated by the VT Council on Rural Development, is part of the Community Visit process to set common goals and take action. Your ideas are key to building Vernon’s best future so please come to MAKE SURE YOUR VOICE IS HEARD and enjoyFREE PIZZA!
Final Exams are just around the corner. Please be sure your student reviews this schedule carefully; students are only required to be in attendance for exams. Also, your student was given their second semester schedule last week. Please take a moment and review this with them.
FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE
Students will need to be in school only for their scheduled exams. Students who must remain in school to wait
for a ride may sit in the cafeteria or study quietly in the library, but may not be in the halls. All classes will meet
during the assigned exam time. Year long period length courses may opt to have a midterm assessment during class in the last week of the semester.
8:45 – 10:10 Block 1 and Period 1 (Purple Days block 1)
10:25 – 11:50 Block 2 and Period 3 (Purple Days block 2)
12:20 – 1:45 Period 2 (White Days block 1)
1:55 – 3:20 Period 4 (White Days block 2)
8:45 – 10:10 Block 3 and Period 5 (Purple Days block 3)
10:25 – 11:50 Block 4 and Period 8 (Purple Days block 4)
12:20 – 1:45 Period 6 (White Days block 3)
1:55 – 3:20 Period 9 (White Days block 4)
Students will not be dismissed from examination rooms until the end of each exam period.
We expect students to attend their final exams as scheduled. A request to take a final exam at an alternate time
requires the approval of the Assistant Principal of the student’s House Office.
Make-Up Exams: If a student misses any exams, the student and/or parent must contact teachers to schedule make-
School Closings: If school is closed for any reason on January 21th or 22th, the exams scheduled for that day will
take place on the next scheduled school day, extending the exam schedule through Wednesday, January 27th. In the
event of school closing prior to the exam period, exams will proceed as scheduled unless announced otherwise.
BUHS has several great events in the next few weeks that we hope you and your family will attend. First, Parent Conferences will be held October 8 from 3PM to 7PM at BUHS. This a great chance for you to check in with your students' teachers and get some feedback on how they are doing in their classes.
Second, Brattleboro Union High School is pleased to bring “High and Seek,” an interactive presentation about substance abuse to BUHS on October 21, 2015. Melissa Fernald, a licensed drug and alcohol counselor, sets up a mock teenage bedroom as part of her presentation. She invites adults to search for 70 items that may indicate a teen is involved in high risk behavior such as underage drinking, substance abuse, cutting, burning, eating disorders, sexual activity and more. Attendees get an up close look at the items in the room and are shown how they can be used. The presentation reviews the latest drug and alcohol trends, an overview of slang terms, psycho-education surrounding addiction and includes a discussion on techniques for effectively communicating with teens.
Anyone over the age of 21 who works or lives with teenagers would benefit from this presentation taking place on October 21, 2015 in the Multipurpose Room at Brattleboro Union High School. Doors open at 6, the presentation begins at 6:30 and lasts for 120 minutes. Childcare can be provided during the event. Please contact Hanako Jones, Student Assistance Program Counselor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-451-3452 by October 19th to reserve childcare space and/or with questions. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.
The third event takes place the next day in our gymnasium. On October 22nd from 1:00-5:00 PM the Windham Workforce Investment Board will present the 3rd Annual Career Expo. For the second year it is being hosted in the BUHS gymnasium. There are a wide variety of employers attending from various businesses in the region. For our 10th and 11th grade students, there are employment opportunities for part time and seasonal work and for our 12th graders there are opportunities to begin a productive career after graduation next June. Our counselors will be running groups to help prepare students on interview skills. The counselors will then bring their groups of students to the expo. Please encourage your students to attend and to use their counselor as a resource to get ready for the Expo. This is a great chance for our students to access local employers to find our more about careers in the Brattleboro area. More information and an up to date employer list can be found at http://www.vermontcareerexpo.com/info/ .
I hope you can join us for the presentation on October 21st and that you will encourage your student to access the Career Expo as well.