Dear MHS Community:  Happy Friday!  Here is this week’s edition of Salutes and Notes:

Please join us for...

Richard Blanco, President Obama's Inaugural Poet, will give a reading of his work in the MHS Auditorium on Thursday, December 4, followed by a Q & A with the audience.  Some copies of his newest collection of poems, Looking for The Gulf Motel, will be available for purchase.  The event is from 2:00-3:00  (sponsored by The MHS Boosters and the MHS English Department...and Kerrin McCadden).

Here's a link to follow for more information about Richard Blanco:




From Lindsay Vanoli: Amber Pagani made the beautiful creation for a Geometry project which demonstrates great precision (L.E. 5.6)



  • Congratulations to Harriet Porter for her winning mascot design:


  • From Marijke Russo: Another great day for the MHS Debate team at the Hanover High School tournament: George Huang and Omeed Fallahi obtained second overall place (out of 23 teams); Lindsey Grutchfield and Aly Furber obtained 4th overall place; Omeed was the first overall individual speaker  (out of 46), and George, Lindsey and Aly were in 8th position as individual speakers. Great start also for Zack Acosta and Leah Sagan-Dworski who placed in the middle both as a team as well as speakers.

  • Thanks to all of our Soar students who pitched in at UES for Thanksgiving.  I know the little ones enjoyed having you there!



  • Also, from Brooke Pearson: I would like to recognize the following students for volunteering for two hours on Wednesday helping to serve food and clear plates at the Thanksgiving dinner for more than 800 students and parents at UES.  They did a great job, and their help was truly appreciated:  Ariana Ansari, Willow Barbero-Menzel, Tristan Blais, Emery Brush, Eric Grey, Mikey Harris, Molly Holt and Kat Pringles.


  • Sarah Squier deserves a Salute for her skillful facilitation of The Conversation series.

  • From Sylvia Fagin: to Cailin O'Hara who, in a 24 hour period last week, was seen at MHS play practice with Masque, leading 7-8th boys in chorus practice after school at MSMS, and dancing with 2nd graders in music class at UES. I think this is a typical day for her! Thanks Cailin for all you do to bring a love of music to ALL Montpelier students!

  • Todd Keller making sure that Superintendent Ricca doesn’t sweat into the stuffing. He makes the apron look good!





From Lissa Knauss: Thanks to Tom Allen for your responsiveness, patience, and perseverance.  


Dear MHS Community: Today, a student in my class posed the following question: “Do we do good because we are told to or because we feel compelled to do so from something inside us?” I suppose the answer varies on person and context, but after witnessing this week, decide. Check out the photos below…

Oh...and GO MASQUE!!!! 




  • From Carolyn Jones: I (and the rest of Masque) would like to salute Rachel Currier for being the page turner for our pianist for Urinetown! She has helped tremendously!
  • From Myles Chater: For Salutes this week, Emma Polen is deserving of recognition. She started in early September to organize the American Red Cross Blood Drive. After finalizing the with the Red Cross and then following up with several emails to the local coordinator, she organized and motivated several members of Student Council and a few others to help pull off another successful blood drive on Monday. The MHS site collected over 30 pints of blood exceeding our goal by over 10%. Way to go MHS and way to go Emma for organizing the drive.
  • Congrats to our boys XC team. Check out the note I got from Tim Noonan on Sunday: It was a very good day for our boys yesterday at the New England Championships. Going in, I would have been pleased with being the 4th Vermont team and cracking the top 25 in NE. Our boys exceeded that goal. We were third Vermont team and 19th overall. Our top four boys – Matt Hynes, Jeremy Grosvenor, Isaac Mears, and Liam Mears – all set personal records by 18 or more seconds to lead the way. Anders Heyerdahl was our fifth finisher even though he was tripped up at the start, went down and lost by his estimation about 30 seconds. Kirby Gordon had a strong race too (even though he was tripped up at the start with Anders, although he did not go down), only 6 seconds behind Anders, and Levi Beavin was only a few places behind Kirby as our 7th finisher. The season could not have ended on a better note.
  • From Matt Link: I want to recommend putting Ivan Bansah and Lexie Drew in the Solon Salutes. They both attended a Student Leadership Conference in Burlington with 300 other students and student-athletes on Monday and Tues. Students can learn techniques and ideas about how to help lead in their respective fields or sports, while also meeting kids from around the state. Thanks to them for striving to be better leaders in our school!
  • From Marijke Russo: The MHS Debate Team was off to a great start on Saturday 11/8. While other team members were preoccupied with SAT's, play and taking care of their health, George Huang and Omeed Fallahi headed for their first tournament ever at Hartford HS and achieved an impressive result: As a team they obtained the first novice team award and the third overall place (out of 24 teams) and as individual speakers George obtained second overall individual speaker place and Omeed was sixth (out of 48 participants)!!!! A special thanks to Joslyn Wilschek who has volunteered her time to provide the debate team with a cross fire/refutations workshop.



  • From Jane Edwards: I want to acknowledge and thank Carlos Montero for his endless commitment in supporting our kids and his co-workers. The extra time and work you have put into keeping us on track is very much appreciated!


  • MHS Boosters presents "Fed Up" a compelling documentary chronicling American food, nutrition and health., Mon. Nov 17, 6:45 pm (Boosters' regular monthly meeting begins at 6 pm), MHS Library. All are welcome. Free!

Dear MHS Community: My two daughters are already fired up for next week.  Why?  Thursday, Friday and Saturday will see the annual MHS production of Urinetown (try explaining that name to a 9 and 7 year old) in action.  Our students and producers have invested months of work--and the work will show.  Congratulations and good luck!  

Also, on Tuesday, MHS will show up in force to honor the sacrifices of our veterans and our local VFW.  We will line the streets to cheer on a 93 year-old WWII veteran as he leads the annual parade to the memorial on our campus.  Join us!

if you don’t know Kirby, you need to...we love this kid!



Sign of the Times?





  • To all those who participated in our Fall Concert.  Phenomenal work!


  • From Jerry Tillotson: I would like to extend Solon Salutes to each of the following students for achieving a significant citizenship milestone--exercising their right to vote for the first time this past Tuesday!  Congratulations to: Colby Anderson Andresen, Maia Avery-Padberg, Adam Cerutti, Shelby Copans, Rowan McMullen, Mary Elliott Porter, Cheyenne Sebold, Lexi Shea, and Chris Staab.

  • Thanks to our art students for decorating our hallways: moo, cluck!

  • Good luck to our boys XC team.  Time to show New Englands that Solons can run!  Can I get a non-religiously affiliated Amen!? (Ask Anders if you are wondering…)


  • Liz Bailey received an anonymous shout-out from one of parents.  Thanks for your work, Liz.

  • From Mary Ellen Solon: Thanks to Julie Morton for her calm, strong presence.

  • To Guidance Counselors, Students, and Parents, we’ve passed our first Nov. 1 college deadline.  Congratulate yourself on your grit and persistence.


  • From Hilary Goldblatt: Carolyn Jones' mom, Janel Johnson, deserves a salute for donating her family's piano to the MHS music department.  The custodial staff deserves another salute for moving the piano!


  • Richard Blanco, President Obama's inaugural poet, will visit MHS on Thursday, December 4th, as part of the MHS Poets & Writers Series, sponsored by the lovely Boosters and your friendly neighborhood English Department.  He will read in the library from 2:00-2:30, with a Q & A period to follow, until 3:00.  (The schedule will be adjusted to accommodate students' attendance.)

Here is some important information regarding the 2014-2015 Yearbook:

The Senior portrait deadline is December 1st. Please email all photos to Jerry Tillotson at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Yearbooks are currently on sale for $55 and they can be ordered online at There will also be another mailing coming to your homes soon so be sure to check your mailboxes.

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