BFUHS Students Named Finalists in Sanders Essay Contest

16403395_1377853705571393_5285840555735153407_oSeniors Simon Bupp-Chickering and Ira Richardson, along with 18 other high school students throughout Vermont, were named finalists in the Senator Bernie Sanders State of the Union Essay contest. Over 650 high school students across the state had entered this contest. Bupp-Chickering and Richardson and others traveled to Montpelier for a round table discussion of the issues they wrote about with Senator Sanders at the Vermont State House. Social Studies teacher, Craig Divis and AP English teacher Judy Palmer-Guest were among those in attendance. The student essays will be entered into the congressional record, the official archive of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

Empower/Achieve 3000 Make the Break Reading Contest

Jake MartinCongratulations to Jake Martin who received recognition from Empower/Achieve 3000 reading program for the Make the Break holiday reading contest. Out of the thousands of students in Vermont, his name was drawn as the state-wide winner in recognition of the hard work he put in over holiday break to complete activities in the Empower/Achieve3000 program. His prize was a set of Beats by Dre Tour2 in-ear headphones.

Emily Wunderle, December Elks Student of the Month

Emily pictureIt is a pleasure to announce that Emily Wunderle has been named the Bellows Falls Union High School December Elks Student of the Month.  Emily, a sophomore, is the daughter of Troy and Sarah Wunderle  of Rockingham.  Emily is a fantastic student who works hard on every assignment given to her. She always contributes willingly to class discussions; she willingly takes the lead in small group discussions, and she is never afraid to ask questions.  Interested in learning all she can, Emily challenges herself with difficult classes. Emily is often seen helping her classmates with any questions they might have.   She makes her education a priority and comes to school every day with an  open mind, and a desire to learn. Emily is known for her positive attitude and uplifting spirit that she brings to her classes and any activities that she joins. Continue reading

VT Jazz Center to play Thursday, Feb. 2nd 7pm

VJC 6Jazz enthusiasts and anyone looking for a night out with excellent music are in for a treat when the Vermont Jazz Center Sextet comes to the Bellows Falls Union High School auditorium on Thursday, February 2nd at 7pm. The Vermont Jazz Center’s (VJC)  community outreach ensemble has been working with students at BFUHS in a Jazz improvisational workshop lead by guest conductor Rob Freeberg. The concert is the culmination event of these workshops and will feature the Jazz Improv, Bellows Falls Union High School Big Band Jazz ensemble and more. Rob Freeberg who is an active member of the Vermont Jazz Center, directs the VJC Big Band for its Gala Concert and serves on its Board of Directors. He also performs with the Windham Orchestra and leads the jazz improv workshops to area high schools. Through these performances and clinics, people who might not attend concerts at the VJC are given the opportunity to hear and learn about the music of Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Art Blakey, and others, with original music and arrangements often written by members of the ensemble. The Vermont Jazz Center Sextet performance is free and open to the public. Donations will graciously accepted to support the Bellows Falls Union High School Music Scholarship fund.

ACT 46 Consolidation Committee to Hold Public Meetings

Notice to Voters:
The WNESU Act 46 School Consolidation Committee is holding a series of
informational meetings regarding the proposed consolidation of the Town School Districts of Athens, Grafton, Rockingham, and Westminster into a single, unified school district.
Please plan to attend one of these meetings so that you can make an informed vote on Town Meeting Day, March 7, 2017.
-Meeting schedule-
7:00 pm, Wednesday, January 11, at the Athens Town Offices
7:00 pm, Tuesday, January 17, at the Bellows Falls Middle School
7:00 pm, Wednesday, January 18, at the Westminster Center School
7:00 pm, Thursday, January 26, at the Grafton Elementary School
Superintendent of Schools, Christopher Kibbe (802)-463-9958.

Harley Bynorth Wins Design Contest for Springfield Library

steampunklabelBellows Falls Union High School student Harley Bynorth is also a student at the River Valley Technical Center where he is enrolled in the Technology Essentials program. Students were asked to design small stickers to represent the Steampunk genre on the books in the Springfield library. Check out this video to see Harley’s winning design and all of the entrees.

Jacob Metcalf, November Elks Student of the Month

jacob-metcalfIt is a pleasure to announce that Jacob Metcalf has been named the Bellows Falls Union High School November Elk’s Student of the Month.  Jacob, a senior, is the son of Willard and Michelle Metcalf of Bellows Falls.  Jacob has consistently proven himself to be a prepared, dedicated, and engaged student in class.  He is a frequent participant in class discussions; he asks thought-provoking questions, discusses his views and is open to hearing and considering the views of his classmates.   He takes his education seriously and is invested in his own learning.  Working hard to improve his skills, Jacob often submits assignments in advance for feedback and suggestions.   Always ready for class, he has a positive attitude and is respectful when speaking to others.  He is a mature student who helps set the standard for the other students in the class. Always attentive to his school responsibilities, Jacob has excellent attendance. When he does miss school, he makes it a point to check in to see what he has missed. He is proactive in completing his assignments and staying on schedule. Continue reading