- Last Updated on Friday, 07 March 2014 14:20
Dear MHS Community,
No matter how you feel about the recent budget vote for MPS, you’ve got to love our students loving our school. I may have to post the picture below in my office.
Speaking of budgets (how’s that for a segue), the next few weeks will be tricky as we contemplate the messages from our community and the responsibility we bear to provide excellent program for our students. Of greatest interest to me, though, is the following question: how do we move forward in a manner that minimizes the temptation to polarize?
When I took the job as principal, someone lovingly referred to our town as Montpeculiar. I asked the person what the “peculiar” was in reference to. The response, “You’ll see.” So, for the past two years, I’ve been trying to figure it out. Sure, Montpelier is a bit quirky, but I wouldn’t go so far as to say “peculiar”...unless...of course...you think it’s odd to have our greatest strength be our greatest weakness, too (which is pretty normal, I think). I am constantly moved (in a positive way) by the close knit nature of this community. People are known. People care. People take care of one another.
On the other hand, there are times when this knowing may breed a certain emotional reactivity (polarization) that limits progress. I see it in our budget process, and I see it on occasion in our juniors and seniors. Sometimes it’s unfair to know a student too well. Sometimes we can know people into roles and boxes that inhibit change.
As we more forward with this budget, let’s figure out ways to step out of the roles and the reactivity
From Marijke Russo: Congratulations to Lindsey Grutchfield and Aly Furber who arrived in second place (out of 19 teams) at the State Novice (all first year debaters) Tournament held at U32 High School last weekend.
From Hilary Goldblatt: I had a request from a parent to salute all the music students accepted to All-State, and I think that's an awesome idea, so here goes! These students performed at a very high level in auditions and will represent MHS at the All-State Music Festival held in St. Johnsbury in May: Gabe Harter, Rachel Isaacs-Falbel, Anna Scoppettone,Tristan Blais, Abbey Jermyn, Jillian Reed, Nell Sather, Charlie Aldrich, Adam Cerutti, Jake Delcore, Tomas Rogel, Julie Connor, Chloe Golonka, and Jessica Collins. Jillian Reed also received the Scholarship Performance Award and will perform a solo at the festival.
From Julie Morton: A solon salute to Molly Holt for presenting the concept of exhibitions at Monday's faculty meeting and Wednesday's school board meeting. By volunteering to represent the Soar crew, she embraced some important school LEs, including risk taking, collaboration, citizenship, and communication. Way to go, Molly!
In addition to Molly, Rowan McMullan, John Moccia, Anders Heyerdahl and Alex Stetter donated their time to do a learning exhibition of their own. Many thanks!
To our boys and girls hockey players: To play this year required real effort on your part, and despite craziness of scheduling, you were quite successful! Well done!
From Julie Morton: Many thanks to Michael Martin, Sue Monmaney, and Jason Miles for their help with the inspiration video projects we made in the Soar program! The results have been really lovely.
From Adam: Sue, you put together an amazing slideshow to welcome the parents of the class of 2018. Nice work! Check it out: MHS_Solons.m4v
From Russell Leete: When the new PC's arrived, the Support that Matt and I received from the MHS community was fantastic! From helping me to unload pallets, get the shipment into the lab, dispose of the old lab then put together the new lab, you made things go much easier! It was a lot of work, and the aid was greatly appreciated! Carolyn Roberge, John Bate, Tom Allen, Rob Morrissette, Brooke Pearson, and especially Myles Chater, who not only climbed up into the truck to help us load out the old lab, but stayed after Matt and I went home to put computers together! There were also several students enlisted by faculty to help us whose names I don't know, but they were a great help, especially in emptying out the old lab. Tom did it again over the break helping Matt load the pick up with the old Mac lab, several defunct servers and other tech detritus. It's always wonderful to work in an environment that is so helpful and supportive. Thank you all!
Parent Teacher Conferences: Friday, March 21st, 7:30-3:00. Online sign up will be available next week.
Choral Concert: , , MHS Auditorium
- Last Updated on Friday, 21 February 2014 09:57
I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended.
- Last Updated on Friday, 21 February 2014 14:20
Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.
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We continue our celebration of the life and words of Nelson Mandela:
As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I'd still be in prison. He also wrote, Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.
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