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JROTC Instructor and Cadets

For this week's showcase, we joined SHS J.R.O.T.C. Teacher Sgt. Danny Boone and his cadets.  This showcase really speaks for itself, but I want to recognize SHS Senior Ian Longfellow who has just found out that he has been nominated by Senator Leahy for an appointment to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point.

group of people on a football field

We didn't want to wait until next week to celebrate the start of the fall SHS playoff season, because it will already be underway as you read this!   Our Crimson Tide teams have had an exciting fall season, and the playoff rounds are beginning this afternoon with our girls' soccer team playing Enosburg at the Barre Town Rec Field.  SHS Athletic Director Derek Cipriano and I had a chance to catch up with all of the team captains and some of their teammates this afternoon, and they shared some highlights of their season and what we can look forward to in the days and weeks ahead.

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student and teacher talking

This week's Showcase brings us for a return visit to the SEA Program!  "SEA" stands for Spaulding Educational Alternatives, and the program is in the middle of its second year in our new location.  Located on Allen Street in Barre City, SEA provides an alternative opportunity to access high school for up to 60 of our students, and the program is off to an impressive and successful start.  We met with SEA teachers Stephen Kelley and Cliff Thompson along with some of their students yesterday in East Montpelier with the Vermont Youth Conservation Corp, and it was a great visit.

girls playing soccer

Last night, the BTMES and BCEMS middle school boys and girls soccer teams combined for a spirited game under the lights at Pendo Field on the Spaulding campus.  It was a lot of fun for all the athletes and the big audience that came to cheer them on!  BUUSD Athletic Directors Jodi Bushway (BCEMS), Jack Carrier (BTMES), and Derek Cipriano (SHS) joined forces with the BYSA to put on this event.  Any opportunity to bring our school communities together is always welcome, and I want to thank all who made this event possible!  What an incredibly fun way to spend a Wednesday night!

group photo of students in front of brick building

A group of about 40 SHS Juniors and Seniors had a great experience attending the Fall College Fair at St. Michael's College yesterday!  SHS Work Based Learning Coordinator Michelle LaFrancis leads this trip annually, and according to Michelle, "WBL programming provides opportunities for students to participate in a series of college visits to determine where they can get the education, experience, and training needed to meet their professional goals while experiencing various college campuses."  This was an exciting eye opener for our students! 

Banned Book Week
During Banned Book Week, the SHS library is celebrating students' freedom to read. 
All students are invited and encouraged to visit the library to learn what banned book week is and why it is important. 
teacher high fiving student

We will be sharing a Weekly School Showcase video each week that shines a spotlight on our students and staff across the district.  These Showcases proved to be very popular last year, and we look forward to showing you all of the outstanding and exciting learning opportunities that go on in our schools every day!

For this week, we have a showcase video welcoming everybody back and introducing our BUUSD Strategic Plan.  We hope you like it!

student gardening

Congratulations to outgoing Athletic Director Natalie Soffen, SHS Baseball Coach Dan Kiniry, and the SHS Boys Varsity Baseball Team for winning the 2022 Division II State Championship last Saturday!  Their 4-2 victory over the Lyndon Institute Vikings was a perfect cap to an incredibly successful season built on outstanding teamwork and performances game after game.  Check out this post-championship recap from Coach Kiniry and the players!

BUUSD Hero Spotlight: John Walker

SHS student, Christian Titus, has been accepted into the United States Military Academy at West Point. Only 12% of applicants are accepted into the academy and to be eligible, applicants must not only earn high test scores and grades, but also complete a physical fitness assessment and apply for a nomination from a congressperson, a senator, or the vice president.

Christian excels academically, is a two-season student-athlete, and has participated in our JROTC program throughout his high school career.  We wish Christian our best as he embarks upon his military career!

virtual information nights

We are hosting three separate virtual information nights for students who are currently in 8th, 10th, or 11th Grade.  Click the image above for more information!

buusd art show

I got to spend time with the BUUSD Art teachers last week as they set up the annual BUUSD Art Show at the Aldrich Public Library.  The work on display from students of all ages was beautiful and I strongly encourage you to attend - the show is on display now through the end of March.  This show has always been a highlight of the year for me and many others, and after hearing from our student artists you will understand why!

superintendent in the woods

For this week's School Showcase, we honor and celebrate our SHS Winter Sports teams. What a fun and incredibly successful season this has been! I will let you watch and listen to the team captains in the showcase to hear all of the highlights instead of sharing them here, but many of our teams are among the top in the state.

I would like to recognize the heroic efforts of SHS Athletic Director, Natalie Soffen, in making this season the success it has been. Natalie's thoughtful approach to Covid mitigation, her exuberance and enthusiasm, and her overall presence have all been essential to our teams' success! Families and friends have been able to attend games and cheer our teams on, sportsmanship has prevailed, and the athletes have clearly had a blast competing. Thank you, Natalie, and congratulations to our coaches and student-athletes for this wonderfully successful season!

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