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Concerts and Musical Performances


On Saturday, January 23, The Windham Orchestra, including several BFUHS band students and band director, Nick Pelton will be performing at Kurn Hattin at 7:30 PM. Admission is by donation to benefit Kurn Hattin.  On Sunday, January 25, a repeat performance of Saturday’s concert at the Latchis Theater (Brattleboro) at 3:00 PM. Admission is on a sliding scale.
BFUHS students will be participating in the Winter District Music Festival on Friday and Saturday, January 30-31 at Hartford High School. Matthew Chapin (1st alto saxophone), Dylan Chamber (1st tenor saxophone) and Caleb White (baritone saxophone) will be representing BFUHS in the HS District Jazz Band. A large number of singers will be representing BFUHS in the HS District Concert Choir. The concert is scheduled for Saturday, January 31st at 4:00 PM at Hartford High School.
On Saturday, February 7, the Keene Jazz Orchestra, including BFUHS student, Dylan Chambers and band director, Nick Pelton will be performing a big band dance at the Courtyard by Marriott in Keene from 8-11 PM. Tickets are $15/$12. sold ahead of time at Toadstool Bookstore in Keene.

CCV Springfield Offering Free Course to High School Students

imagesThe Community College of Vermont’s Springfield center will offer a free course to high school students beginning next month. The course, Introduction to College Studies, will be held on Mondays from 6-8:30 p.m. from February 23-May 18. It will take place in the conference room at the Great Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce at 5 Westminster Street in Bellows Falls. Introduction to College Studies is a non-credit course that provides an orientation to the college experience and career exploration for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. This course helps students make the transition to college and careers by exploring the skills and expectations necessary to succeed in academic and professional settings. For more information on the course and how to sign up, contact Debra Grant at 802-885-8372 or Debra.Grant@ccv.edu.

Celebration of Boys Division III State Championship


IMG_3957Boys Div. III Track State Championship banner was raised in the gymnasium this month to commemorate the second straight state title.


Emily Perry-November Elk’s Student of the Month

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It is a pleasure to announce that Emily Perry has been named the November Elks Student of the Month for Bellows Falls Union High School.  Emily, a senior, is the daughter of Theresa Perry of Rockingham.  Always striving to push herself above and beyond, Emily works hard in her classes.  She is an extremely dedicated student who always gives her best.  Emily eagerly participates in class discussions, asks good questions, is respectful of the opinions of others and is willing to take the lead in class activities.  She is a pleasure to have in class.  She is well liked and respected by the staff and students at BFUHS.  Emily is always positive, regardless of the situation. She participates in class activities and eagerly volunteers to help out in school related events. She was a very positive captain for the girl’s soccer team and this year has been very active in Student Council activities.  As a class officer and student council officer, Emily is often one of the first to volunteer when something needs to be done.  Recently, she helped spearhead the holiday food drive that the Student Council sponsored through which over 2700 food items were collected for Our Place.

Student Council donates 60 Toys to Holiday Toy Drive

thumb_abc_blocksThank you to the Bellows Falls Union High School student council who collected over 60 toys before the holiday break. The toys were donated to Our Place for the benefit of the children of our community.


Paying For College Scholarship Books in Guidance


The VSAC Scholarsip books are available in the Guidance office.  Early bird deadline is February 6th.  Applications that are sent by February 6th will be entered into a drawing for one of three $1,000 scholarships. Regular deadline is March 6th.

Also, join us for Financial Aid Forms Night on January 8th at 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Coming in April, Local Scholarship Applications will be available on-line!  See guidance for details.

BFUHS on the AP Honor Roll

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The Bellows Falls Union High School is one of 547 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 5th Annual AP® District Honor Roll for increasing access to AP course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams. 2014 is a milestone year for the AP District Honor Roll, and more districts are achieving this objective than ever before. Reaching these goals indicates that the district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for the opportunity of AP.


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BFUHS Receives National Bronze Medal as one of the Best High Schools in Vermont

badge-national-rankingsU.S. News and World Report recently published their Best High Schools Rankings.  The Bellows Falls Union High School is ranked in the top 25% of high schools in Vermont.  The Vermont high school graduation rate is roughly 90 percent – one of the highest rates in the nation. Students must complete at least 20 academic units in various subjects to graduate from Vermont high schools, and they’re tested via the New England Common Assessment Program, according to the Vermont Agency of Education.  In the 2014 U.S. News Best High Schools rankings, there are eight silver medal schools and seven bronze medals schools in Vermont.  According to this ranking, BFUHS is in the top 25% of the high schools in Vermont and the top 27% of high schools in the country.  Vermont consistently ranks very high in terms of our education system when compared nationally.  Of the top 15 schools in Vermont, BFUHS is one of only two in the Southern part of the state.  Read the full report: http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/vermont

Food Drive Sends 2,792 Food Items to Our Place


The student council hosted its annual food drive and over tripled what they usually collected. This year, the school did a competition between classes and the winning class was the Sophomores with 959 items, followed by the freshmen with 853, then the seniors with 831 and 149 for the juniors. Altogether BFUHS collected 2792 items which has been donated to Our Place.

Travel Abroad and Governor’s Institutes Open Up New Opportunities

Expanding their cultural view is just one outcome students from the Bellows Falls Union High School experienced this past summer as they attended the Governor’s Institute of Vermont and traveled to China, Italy, and Spain.  The opportunities for these teens to travel to either a Vermont college campus or abroad for a few weeks has been life changing.  Anna Clark and Nieva Schemm headed to China with Social Studies Coordinator, Craig Divis.  The two joined 10 other students from throughout the state of Vermont that traveled to China for two weeks through the Governor’s Institute on Asian Cultures and the University of Vermont’s Asian Studies Outreach Program.  They traveled to traveled to Beijing, Kunming, Qufu, and Jinan. “To see the students’ expression as they were walking along the Great Wall of China or practicing their Chinese language skills with a Chinese student was incredible.  You can literally see students’ worlds opening up and their perspective changing.  Students became more confident and curious as each day went by.” Said Divis.  The group became very close during their time together forming friendships as they traveled to. “The experience opened up my understanding of their culture, their schools and their society and broke down stereotypes I had before I went.”  Said Clark.  She and Schemm said they had their photo taken by complete strangers who were curious about Americans.  Despite the language barriers they may have had, they communicated through a lot of laughing, smiling and hand gestures, they said.  “They soaked up every experience that they could, from trying new foods at lunch and dinner to asking endless questions about culture and history.” Divis added.

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