• Photos by Doug MacPhee
  • Photos by Doug MacPhee
  • Photos by Doug MacPhee
  • Photos by Doug MacPhee
  • Photos by Doug MacPhee

     

Paying For College Scholarship Books in Guidance

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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

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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

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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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Cassidy Santorelli Receives the 2014 American Revolution Good Citizen Award

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It is a pleasure to announce that Cassidy Santorelli has been named the Daughters of the American Revolution 2014 Good Citizen for Bellows Falls Union High School.  Cassidy, a senior, is the daughter of Cindy and Tony Santorelli both of Bellows Falls.  Cassidy was chosen based on the following criterion:  dependability; including truthfulness, loyalty and punctuality, service; including cooperation, courtesy and consideration of others, leadership; including personality, self-control and ability to assume responsibility and patriotism; including unselfish interest in family, school, community and nation. She fits these characteristics well.  Continue reading

MedQuest Summer Opportunities

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program on a college campus for students in 9th, 10th & 11th grades. Activities include job shadowing at local hospitals and community practices as well as hands
-on activities and medical skills training. Students also learn about options for post -secondary education and what they can do now to support their career goals. Participants have the opportunity to learn from UVM College of Medicine students who serve as counselors for the week. Two programs are offered in the Southern Vermont region each summer. Visit www.svahec.org. Application can be completed online or downloaded and mailed in. Application requires a parent signature and 2 non-family references. Admission is competitive with enrollment limited to 20 students per program. Continue reading

CollegeQuest to Health Careers

cg_logoCollegeQuest to Health Careers is a five-week long residential program to be held on the campus of the Vermont Technical College in Randolph beginning July 12th and ending August 15th, 2015. CollegeQuest to Health Careers will provide college preparation and academic enrichment to students interested in careers in the healthcare and health sciences professions. Students take a course in human biology lite (inclusive of several dissections), and meet many healthcare professionals both on and off campus from multiple disciplines to include those in behavioral health, primary care, emergency medicine, and rehabilitation. Enhancing their competiveness for college entry, students engage weekly in VSAC coursework, and visit University, State and Community College Campuses. CollegeQuest allows students an opportunity to learn much about their personal interests and career goals, while providing them with a real life experience of what it feels like to live and learn on a college campus with peers. Applications will be available mid-January and can be obtained by visiting www.svahec.org, or emailing Tammy Mellish at tmellish@svahec.org.

Project Grad Selling Holiday Wreaths

photo-19Project Graduation 2015 is selling Holiday wreaths from October 17th through November 17th.  The cost is $20.00 which will benefit Project Graduation activities. Delivery of the wreaths is expected to be on or about November 22nd.  To order a beautiful holiday wreath, contact any member of BFUHS Senior Class or Carol Perley – mooresinn@vermontl.net or 869-2020 to order.

Math Team Wins 3rd Place

image1The BFUHS Math team came in 3rd Place at their Math Meet recently.  Competing with 12 other teams at the Hanover High School meet, Bellows Falls received 86 points.  They have 3 more meets this year and will hopefully stay in the running for top 3 overall.  Congratulations to the math team!