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Principal's Newsletter

March 3, 2021

Message from the Principal | Virtual Community Forum - March 17th | Athletics Update | Thank You & Welcome!

Message from the Principal

We hope that all had a restful and safe break! We are excited to get back and know that these last four months will go by very quickly. We are planning for SBAC testing to be administered in April, a requirement by the Agency of Education (AoE) and administered to freshmen in the areas of mathematics and literacy. We are also developing videos for a virtual "Step Up Night" alternative for our incoming freshmen and their parents, while simultaneously working on a variety of senior activities, such as Scholarship Awards Night and Graduation. As these events are generally held in May and June, we are unsure of what the guidelines will be around gatherings, so we are having to make multiple plans - from our "traditional" plans to those that are far more restrictive in gathering expectations. Our goal is to make the celebrations as special for our students as we can, regardless of what guidelines we are having to work within. We know that everyone wants events to return to the way they have always been, and we will do so if and when we are permitted. We appreciate everyone's patience as we simultaneously plan while awaiting any potential guideline changes.

As today is a Wednesday, students will not be in person, but are expected to check in with their advisory and classroom teachers remotely. Progress reports were available right before break, and this is a great opportunity to review student progress and connect with teachers regarding questions or concerns.

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on Tuesday, March 9th. As they were in the fall, the conferences will be held via Google Meets. Letters were mailed to parents/guardians before break with the individualized codes to sign up via PickATime. If assistance is needed to sign up for a conference, please contact Beth Bicknell at or at 476-4811 ext. 1166.

As Tuesday, March 9th will be Parent Teacher Conferences, students will not have synchronous learning during the afternoon. Regular in-person classes will be held in the morning. All students should refer to Google Classroom weekly outlines for teacher expectations.

As always, questions or concerns can be sent to Brenda Waterhouse at Be safe, healthy, and stay Tide strong! 

Virtual Community Forum - March 17th

On Wednesday, March 17th, Spaulding High School’s Assistant Principals, Luke Aither and Jim Ferland, will host our monthly Virtual Community Forum from 5:30 PM-6:30 PM. The topic will be Policy B8 (Electronic Communications Between Employees and Students). To participate, please use the following link on March 17th at 5:30 PM:

If you are unable to attend and have questions, please contact Luke Aither at or Jim Ferland at

Athletics Update

Current guidelines prohibit spectators at athletic events. Because of this, all home basketball and hockey games will be streamed on To find SHS games on, you will need to go to the playlist box, click live stream, and click channel 192 (it is the first one). In the event that there are difficulties with the streaming, will be used. To find SHS games on, you will need to click on the box below "Local Sports Video Leader"; you will then see “SHS Girls and Boys Hockey and Basketball Backup Connection Live".

Team rosters are now available on our website, under the team-specific pages, schedules, rosters, and coaching staff can be located.

The remaining home games for the winter season is as follows:

3/5: JV and Varsity Girls Basketball vs St.Johnsbury @5:00/6:30
3/6: JV and Varsity Boys Basketball vs St. Johnsbury @9:30/11:00am
3/6: Boys Hockey vs Stowe @1:45
3/10: Girls Hockey vs Harwood @4:00
3/10: Boys Hockey vs Colchester @6:30
3/11: JV and Varsity Girls Basketball vs CVU @5:30/7:00

Championship Dates Released by the VPA:

3/23: Boys & Girls Hockey Championships – Sites TBA
3/24: Boys & Girls Hockey Championships – Sites TBA
3/27: Boys & Girls Basketball Championships @ Barre Aud.
3/28: Boys & Girls Basketball Championships @ Barre Aud.

We are in the process of preparing for spring sports. We will be sharing a Google Sheet with all students for spring sports' sign-ups within the next week. Although we have not been alerted of the guidelines for spring sports as of yet, we anticipate the Vermont Principal's Association (VPA) will be releasing guidelines for spring sports very soon. The potential start dates for baseball catchers and pitchers is March 29th and all other spring sports is April 5th.

We would also like to announce that Jason Pinard is our new Varsity Girls Lacrosse Head Coach. Coach Pinard is a Spaulding graduate and life-long resident of Barre. He brings years of experience as a coach and familiarity of the Barre youth clubs. We are very excited to have Coach Pinard join us.

If you have any questions or concerns related to athletics, please contact Natalie Soffen, Athletic Director, at

Thank You & Welcome!

A heartfelt THANK YOU to our outgoing school board members: Paul Malone (Chair, BT), Victoria Pompei (BT), Giuliano Cecchinelli II (BC), and Emel Cambel (BC). Their dedication and hard work over the years, but especially this past year, are greatly appreciated.

A warm welcome to our new board members: Renee Badeau (BT), Christine Parker (BT), Abigayle Smith (BC), and Sarah Pregent (BC). We will formally welcome them at the first board meeting that they will be sitting on, on March 11th.

We know that it has been a very difficult year, and greatly appreciate the continued support of our community.