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Destiny Burke, March Elks Student of the Month

It is a pleasure to announce that Destiny Burke has been named the March Elks Student of the Month for Bellows Falls Union High School.  Destiny, a sophomore, is the daughter of Cynthia Burke of Bellows Falls. Destiny is a dedicated student who works hard in her classes.  She comes to school every day with an interest in learning and an eagerness to broaden her horizons.   She puts forth 100% effort and holds herself accountable to expectations, even when the work is challenging and the essential understandings are difficult to grasp.   She works hard to improve her skills and puts in the time and effort needed to do well. With a great attitude and a righteous demeanor, she is a pleasure to have in class.  She looks out for her peers, is respectful in class and puts a smile on her face even when her day is not going as planned.  Always willing to help, Destiny offers assistance to anyone in any way. Continue reading

Reno Tuttle, February Elks Student of the Month

It is a pleasure to announce that Reno Tuttle has been named the February Elks Student of the Month for Bellows Falls Union High School.  Reno, a junior, is the son of Amy and Joe Tuttle of Bellows Falls. Reno is a well-rounded student who participates in class discussion, asks good questions, and encourages others to get involved.  He approaches his assignments with enthusiasm and an interest in learning.

A positive role model to all, Reno is friendly, understanding and shows compassion for others. He has a positive attitude, is always smiling and cheerful and is full of school spirit. Whether it is offering a friendly hello, a smile of encouragement or hands on assistance, Reno is often the first one to reach out to others in need.   He shows respect and kindness to everyone he meets, and his character is truly extraordinary. Reno goes out of his way to say hello, make people feel welcome, and practices inclusion simply because he is a compassionate human.

Delayed Openings for SBAC Testing

March 28, 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians of BFUHS Students,

This letter is intended to inform you of some changes to our schedule during the two weeks, beginning Monday, April 2nd through the start of our April Vacation, the end of the school day on Friday, April 13th. During this two-week period, we will administer the SBAC tests to our current Freshman class. These SBAC Tests (SBAC stands for Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) are Vermont’s most recent approach to standardized testing for all students in the state. When we administer these tests, we use our two-hour delay schedule. During the first two hours of a testing day (8 AM through 10 AM), all of the students who are being tested arrive at school at the usual time (prior to 8 AM) and at 8 AM report to designated areas to take the SBAC test. All other students do not need to be at school until 10 AM, which is when we will start our academic day. Students who attend the RVTC Career Center in the morning and who are being tested will need to stay at BFUHS on those testing days and not go to Springfield in the morning. This testing schedule is being shared with RVTC, so that they will be aware of these required absences. The schedule for this two week period is summarized below:

Monday, April 2: Regular School Hours
Tuesday, April 3: Two-Hour Delay Schedule for SBAC testing
Wednesday, April 4: Regular School Hours
Thursday, April 5: Two-Hour Delay Schedule for SBAC testing
Friday, April 6: Regular School Hours

Monday, April 9: Regular School Hours
Tuesday, April 10: Two-Hour Delay Schedule for SBAC testing
Wednesday, April 11: Regular School Hours
Thursday, April 12: Two-Hour Delay Schedule for SBAC testing
Friday, April 13: Regular School Hours

Important note on bus transportation: During this two week period, the district’s bus schedule will not change. For the entire period, the buses will follow their normal schedule. These adjusted start times for our academic day only applies to BFUHS and not to any other schools in the district. Therefore, if you have a high school student who is not being tested whose only means of transportation to school is a school bus, your child will need to take the bus at the normal time and arrive to school at the normal time. Those students will wait in the cafeteria or gym from the time that they arrive until the academic day begins at 10 AM.

Please feel free to contact the school if you have any questions about the schedule for these two weeks.

Sincerely,
Christopher E. Hodsden
Principal, BFUHS

Hannah Harlow, January Elks Student of the Month

It is a pleasure to announce that Hannah Harlow has been named the January Elks Student of the Month for Bellows Falls Union High School.  Hannah, a senior, is the daughter of  Paul and Elizabeth Harlow of Westminster.

Hannah is an extremely talented student; academics and a strong work ethic are among her great strengths. Hannah works hard to excel in her classes.  She has a natural interest in learning, and expresses that interest through insightful comments and debate.  Willing to take the lead in class discussions and activities, she reviews material maturely and thoughtfully, while encouraging her classmates to do the same.   She comes to school every day with a desire to learn and is an active member in the classroom.

Hannah   is a leader in every sense of the word. This year as president of the BFUHS student council,   she has worked hard to motivate students during fundraisers that benefitted both the school and community. She   runs weekly meetings that consist of specific events and activities for not only the Student Council but also the school and general community. In addition to this, Hannah was named the BFUHS 2017  Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen, and has also been the captain of the varsity soccer team for the past two years where  she has worked   hard to not only further develop her skills but to help her teammates and improve  team morale. She is a commendable young woman both on and off the field. Continue reading

Theo Pilette, December Elks Student of the Month

It is a pleasure to announce that Theophilus  “Theo”  Pilette has been named the December Elks Student of the Month for Bellows Falls Union High School.  Theo, a senior, is the son of Ron and Anna Pilette of Grafton.

Theo strives for academic excellence and   shows tremendous maturity for a person his age.  He takes challenging classes, is an active participant in class discussions, and offers insightful comments. The quality of his work is often above and beyond what it expected.   Always appreciative of teachers’ efforts to help, he takes advantage of opportunities to improve his skills.

Theo comes to school every day with a desire to learn and to help others learn as well.  He is willing to help his classmates better understand a concept, and actively tries to connect lessons to real life experiences whenever possible. Continue reading

Banner Reveal Monday, February 5th 2018

Banner Reveal has been rescheduled to Monday, February 5th, 2018.

The 2017 State Champion Field Hockey banner will be unveiled on Monday, February 5th between the JV & Varsity girls basketball games(approx 6:40pm) in the gymnasium of the Bellows Falls Union High School. Let’s show our support and community pride for these accomplished athletes. The banner reveal will happen between the JV and Varsity basketball games.