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Principal's Newsletter

November 2019

Athletics | VT Parent Survey on Youth Substance Abuse | Integrated Field Review Update

Commuity Forum | Winooski Valley | Veggie Van Go Comes to SHS! | Food Pantry 

Athletics - Fall Season Comes to a Close & Winter Season Approaches!

Our fall athletic season comes to a close with varying levels of success.  Whether a personal best, team success or overcoming challenges, athletics is far more than wins and losses.  We are proud of all of our student athletes and their sportsmanship.  We look forward to the up-coming winter season.  There will be a parent and student information meeting on November 12th at 6:00 PM.  Any questions about athletics can be directed to Natalie Soffen, Athletic Director, at

The 2019 Vermont Parent Survey on Youth Substance Use 

Ann Gilbert, Central Vermont New Directions Coalition, Montpelier asked us to share information from the Vermont Department of Health.  They are requesting input to help identify gaps and shape healthy messaging in the future.

This survey is being conducted by Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation in partnership with ADAP at the Vermont Department of Health and is designed for Vermont parents with children in grades 6-12.  The purpose of the Vermont Parent Survey on Youth Substance Use is to assess parents’ knowledge, attitudes and beliefs related to youth substance use, parental monitoring behaviors, and awareness of the Parent Up campaign and other prevention messages and activities. 

 Any questions about the survey can be directed to Amy Livingston at 802-652-4111 or

Integrated Field Review - Update

On Tuesday, October 29th the BUUSD had a visiting team of educators, administrators and representatives from the Agency of Education.  The visiting team reviewed evidence of our work, observed classes, toured buildings and conducted panel groups with each of the following:  parents, students, staff and administrators.

I want to thank all of those that participated in the IFR and providing your voice and perspective to the overall process.

At Spaulding, we feel that we had a lot of positive things to highlight in our work towards Academic Proficiency, Personalization, Safe Healthy Schools, High Quality Staffing and Investment Priorities.  We also recognize that we are continuously trying to improve in all areas.  We look forward to the feedback we will be receiving in a few weeks.

If you would like more information about the IFR, please contact Brenda Waterhouse, Principal, at or Jessica Barewicz, Director of Curriculum, at

Community Forum

The community forums are held on the first Tuesday of each month.  Due to some feedback about time of day we had previously held our forums, we are trying a morning time for better accessibility for parents.  The forum will be 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM in the Auditorium.  Parking is available by the entrance to Pendo field – please look for signs.  Parents may enter at the auditorium entrance.  Light refreshments will be available.

Our topic for discussion for this month will be about Vaping.  Next month’s topic will be about Community Service.  Suggestions for future topics are always welcome and may be submitted to Jim Ferland, Assistant Principal, at .

Winooski Valley – A Great Opportunity!

On October 16th, choral singers (Natalie Allen, Brandon Brunner, Jack Dodd, Grace Hardaker, Lily LaCroix, Abigail Lindhiem, Kai Morse, Emily Grace Spaulding, Charlotte Young) and jazz instrumentalists (Ezra Bernier, Blake Bliss, Will Poirier, Noah Rubel, Ethan Touchette) from SHS traveled to Harwood UHS for the annual Winooski Valley Fall Music Festival auditions. They joined about 140 other students from central Vermont who performed and received feedback from area music teachers that acted as judges for the night. 

Students began preparing for these auditions in September. Choral students perform their auditions in duets or quartets, as well as singing a short section as a solo. Jazz instrumentalists perform solo pieces and are also required to sight-read and improvise with a rhythm section.  

This is a completely optional opportunity for our students and is in addition to their responsibilities as members of the Spaulding performing groups. The Spaulding music department would like to commend all of the students that challenged themselves with this opportunity. They were excellent representatives and ambassadors for our school and community.

In total there will be 26 students representing Spaulding High School at this year’s Music Festival!  Questions about Winooski Valley or the SHS music program, please contact Bobby Booth, Band Instructor, at or Rebecca Elgood, Choral Instructor, at

Veggie Van Go Comes to SHS!

We are excited to welcome Veggie Van Go to Spaulding!  Fresh produce and vegetables will be made available to any students and parents from 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM on the third Tuesday of each month.  Last month, we had cauliflower, corn, apples and squash – all free for the taking.  Unfortunately, we do not know in advance what produce and fruit will be available, but we encourage families to stop by in the morning and grab the fresh options, along with learning about recipes incorporating such options.   Parking will be identified near the entrance of Pendo Field, and there is a short walk to the exterior of the cafeteria.  If there are questions or handicap needs, please feel free to contact Brenda Waterhouse, Principal, at for more details.

Food Pantry

Along with Veggie Van Go, the Vermont Food Bank is supporting our school community with a food pantry located at SHS.  The food pantry is open to all students, and provides a variety of stables.  The options vary, but currently we have options such as jars of peanut butter, pasta, tomato sauce, canned fruits and vegetables, cereal, etc.  Students can access the food pantry between 8:00 AM and 3:00 PM in the front office.  If you have questions about the food pantry, please contact Brenda Waterhouse, Principal, at .