New labs open Feb. 25
POULTNEY - PHS officials and students will host an Open House on Thursday, Feb. 25, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to view the three new science labs. National Honor Society members will conduct tours of the facility.
PHS science teachers will conduct several "hands on" science lab lessons in the new labs for the community to enjoy. The PHS PTO will furnish refreshments. There will be a brief awards assembly in the gym at 7 p.m.
The annual town meeting to discuss the FY 2011 school budget will start at 7:30 p.m. in the PHS library.
On Jan. 29, during Block 5, 9th-12th grade students participated in the PHS Career Planning Mini-Conference. Students signed-up for workshop sessions that appealed to them in areas such as resume writing, interviewing skills, job success and community service to help prepare them for the future.
During the hour, they attended two workshop sessions lead by professionals from Green Mountain College, Castleton State College, BROC, College of St. Joseph's and VSAC. Meanwhile, the middle schoolers participated in a program lead by the high school's National Honor Society. NHS lead activities and discussions on each of the four core values of the National Honor Society: academics, character, community service and leadership.
Earth Fair 2010
Earth Fair 2010 will be celebrated on Thursday, April 22, after school in the Poultney High School gym.
It's getting to be that time of year again. Last year, the school community held a "rockin'" Earth Fair celebration that drew about 300 people from all over the area to Poultney High Schoo. This year's Earth Fair theme is Old Ways, New Days.
"We will be looking at the practices of yesterday to learn how to be more environmentally sustainable and conscientious in our behaviors today. There are many creative ways to get involved with the Earth Fair. If you would like to participate and need help brainstorming ideas, please let me know," said Principal Jeanne Oakman.
Yearbook: Class of 2010
PHS yearbooks are now on sale. Watch for your order form to arrive with your report card. Orders will be taken during break and lunch. They will also be on sale at home basketball games. Only a limited number of books will be ordered; extras will not be available until June. The price is $40 and a deposit of $20 will put a book on hold. The remaining $20 is due by Feb. 26.
Congratulations, Aaron Tardiff
The VABIR, (Vermont Association of Business Industries and Rehabilitation), has used pictures of PHS student Aaron Tardiff for its Vermont brochure. There are pictures of him working at Green Mountain College and working with his VABIR counselor, Cindy Senecal. VABIR works with students to secure jobs. They work on job skills, job experience, job coaching, and stipends. They work on realistic skills such as job interviews, resumes writing, workplace tours, and job applications. Students set goals with counselors who help them achieve their dreams. VABIR has created wonderful relationships with businesses in all communities of Vermont.
For a copy of the brochure, please contact the PHS Principal's Office.
Ed Gerety Presents
PHS hosted renowned speaker Ed Gerety Feb. 5. His presentation was entitled "Making Your Mark". Gerety's presentation "Making Your Mark" was a two part presentation.
Program on Sexting: Public Welcome
On Friday Feb. 26, several students from Stafford Technical Center's SADD Chapter, all of whom are involved in the Public Safety Services Program, and their instructor, will present a workshop on the topic of "sexting" during a Block 5 schoolwide assembly, which will begin at 1:25 p.m. in the gym.
Sexting is a relatively new phenomenon which involves sending sexually explicit or provocative messages, cartoons, or photos of naked or semi-nude people by cell phone or computer.
Sexting is much more common than many parents think. Sexting can be a form of bullying and can also result in a number of criminal charges being brought against the sender or receiver of the photos, particularly if one of them is a minor. Parents are welcome to join us for this important presentation.
Poultney High School is working with the Vermont Department of Health and PIRE (Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation) to have as many parents as possible complete an online survey that will provide information regarding perceptions of risk of underage drinking and the effectiveness of an underage drinking prevention media campaign directed towards parents.
The survey is for parents of students in grades 6-12. As an incentive for your participation, PHS will receive $1 for every survey that is completed, up to $100. The survey is online and will only be active until February 28th, so your immediate participation is requested. Please visit http://chweb.pire.org/vtparent to complete the survey.