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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. 
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SHS is hosting a Financial Aid 101 workshop here at SHS with Chelsea Martin, our VSAC Outreach Counselor, on Monday October 17th at 5:00pm in the SHS Auditorium. Following this presentation, UVM admissions will be hosting an information session in the SHS Auditorium at 6:30pm for high school juniors and seniors and their families who want to learn more about UVM.

Questions? Please reach out to Anna Ryan or Laurie Berryman


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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!

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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!

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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!

superintendent in the woods

We had a great visit with the SHS Interact Club yesterday, and I can promise that you will be impressed with the leadership skills of these students!  Club Advisor and SHS Flexible Pathways Coordinator Margo Austin joined us with four of her club officers to talk about a "Tree Plenish" project they are conducting with the Barre Rotary Club to offset Spaulding High School's paper usage.  (We currently use approximately 200 trees worth of paper a year at SHS!)

To order a sapling go to and follow all the steps.

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This week's School Showcase takes us to the Spaulding High School stage where we got to spend time with the SHS Drama Club.  SHS Social Studies teacher and Drama Club Director, Katie St. Raymond, brought the cast and crew together to meet with us, and it was a highly entertaining visit!  The Drama Club's production of Alice In Wonderland earlier in December was a real treat for those of us who got to see it, and these talented students worked incredibly hard to put on a wonderful show!  A spring performance will be announced soon, and you won't want to miss it.

Honoring Veterans in Barre

The Veterans Day parade and ceremony downtown were wonderful, and we were very proud of the many students and staff who were able to attend and participate.  The SHS Band was impressive, and it was great to have our BTMES and BCEMS bands join in too.  As always, the JROTC cadets performed with honor and distinction.  Take a look at these pictures to get an idea of what the parade and ceremony were like.  It was just an honor to be a part of it all! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 

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