Quarter 2: 11.12.18


20161108_VeteransDayAt last Friday’s morning meeting, veteran Shannon Palone gave a moving tribute to our veterans and explained the significance of the Veteran’s Day holiday we celebrate today.  Then teacher Claire Epchook delivered a message about the brain that ended with encouraging the members of our community to Change Our Story with sayings such as:

This is challenging for me. I welcome it.

If I practice I will get better.

I just need to start trying.

I need to manage my time so I can maximize my opportunities.

This is the type of thinking described by psychologist Carol Dweck in her bestseller Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.  It contrasts with phrases common to a fixed mindset such as:

I am not talented.

I can’t do that.

It takes too much time.            

I don’t like_______________.

Studies show that more successful learners and organizations approach their work with the “Can Do” type of thinking embodied in the first set of phrases.  Throughout the year we will continue to explore with students what they want for themselves and how they can get there.  Central to this work will be developing and refining student’s aspirations into a Personal Learning Plan.  This work will become more involved in the coming week.  More on this to follow.

Open House: Thank you all for coming out.  Here’s a link to our Parent Conference survey.  Informally we’ve received lots of positive feedback and a few suggestions, but we’d like the benefit of a broader sample if you’d consider filling out this survey for us.

And to wrap up here’s The Wildcat Review of our Fall Sports:

Girls Soccer
In the first year of the Wildcat Athletic program, the High School Girls Soccer team experienced the highs and lows of a competitive season, rallying to a strong finish and an overall record of 6-6-1. Despite falling in a highly contested playoff match-up with conference foe Rivendell, the team proved to be a spirited group whose persistence paved the way for their best soccer to be played at the end of the season. Consistent key performances from Emma Gillette (Sr), Grace LaFromboise (Jr), Sylvie Coltey (Jr) and Sarah Howe (Fr) combined as a force to be reckoned with at the offensive end of the field while the defense was anchored by Sophomore goalie Fiona Vaillancourt and defenders Blake Southworth (So), Lily Hudson (So), Stella Jones (So), and Kaylyn Scoskie (Jr). Junior Sylvie Coltey and Sophomore Lily Hudson were recognized with All-League Honors for their efforts.

Boys Soccer
The inaugural season for the White River Valley Wildcats boys soccer team was a great success. Finishing with an overall record of 11-3-1, the foundation of success was built prior to the season when the team started working together on their own and strengthened team chemistry. The new “’Cats!” cheer took some time to get used to but became a defining component of the team identity as the games went by. Among the season’s highlights and most memorable moments were the very first WRVS home game which ended in a 2-0 victory vs MSJ, a road win vs D2 Otter Valley, and the team swims in the river after steamy pre-season practices. Leading the way for the Wildcats were Seniors Sam Fisk, Jacob Hewitt, Gabriel Feeney, and Gavin Turner with significant contributions from Sophomores Carder Stratton and Jacob Barry. Fisk and Stratton received First team All-League recognition while Turner was recognized on the Honorable Mention All-League team.

Cross Country
The Cross Country team had a great year, competing in nine regular season meets, the CVL Championships held at Chelsea, and the state championships at Thetford Academy. Highlighted by steady improvement throughout the season, nearly every runner shaved time in each race, led by Seniors Laurel and Keegan Marshia. Alex Madden and Hayden Howe consistently performed well on the boys side while Alexis Taylor young and Taryn Nelson competed well for the girls. With a first place finish at the CVL Championships, Laurel Mashia collected top accolades for the Wildcats earning the sole All-League recognition in the CVL.

End of the QTR 1 Wrap Up

The end of Quarter 1 is upon us…Wednesday, October 31st to be precise. This will be followed by Parent Conferences on Thursday, November 8th. Starting at 3:15 teachers will be stationed in the gym for arena style, first-come, first-served parent conferences. Come pick up your student’s report card from 3:15 to 7:00 pm and meet with the teachers you like at your convenience. Folks arriving earlier in the afternoon are likely to avoid any lines.

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This week’s highlights include some of the first robots rolling out of our new Robotics lab, a great student showing at our Halloween Hallway Dance, and a tremendous display of Wildcat courage as two of our runners (and fans!) fought off freezing rain and temperatures to represent the Gold and Green at the VT State XC Championships in Thetford on Saturday.



October Happenings


Our Halloween Dance takes place this Thursday night 10/25 from 7 to 10 pm.  There is no school on Friday 10/26.  Students are encouraged to wear costumes and will save $2 off admission if they do.  The best costume will win a prize!

Seven weeks into the semester we’ve taken many students off-site for work-based learning experiences.  (Note: that means there are only seven days left in the first marking period which ends on 10/31.)  Kudos to Mary Waterman who fosters  community connections with our valuable partners.  See if you can figure out what each of these students is learning about:

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Or what about these jobs that our WRVHS women learned about at the Women Can Do Conference:

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How would you like to learn how to harvest and fertilize trout eggs?

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This week the Child Development Class held a Happy Face Pancake Showdown…Mr. White and I had the privilege of tasting all the entries as judges.  Entrants developed their own pancake recipes.  Which looks tastiest to you?


And finally the regular sports seasons wrapped up this weekend as the Varsity Boys Soccer team tied Thetford 1-1 in their season finale.

The Girls Varsity Soccer Team finished their last home game strong with a 6-2 victory.

And finally mark your calendars for the first White River Valley High Graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 15th at 10 am on the South Royalton Green.

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Fall Fun @ WRVHS 10.15.18

Life returned to normal after Spirit Week.  Students finished taking STAR 360 Reading and Math assessments in Teacher Advisory Group on Tuesday.  Friday’s Morning Meeting featured our yearbook’s Pie in the Face Fundraiser.  Nice work Yearbook organizers and teacher Kate Lucia!  And a special shout out to all the student and staff volunteers who endured being pied.

Another highlight of the week was the Sophomore Class’ Halloween Movie Night.  Congratulations to the Sophomore Class for coordinating a great new community event that was a lot of fun and raised a tidy sum for the class’ account.  Not only was the class well planned and together, but they did a great job cleaning up afterwards.  Thanks also goes to class advisor Sam Griffin for his hard work all night; and to advisor Caroline Smith for her work with the students to plan this event.  Generally the students had more fun being out with their friends than watching the movies as seen below.  Pie in the Face Friday 037

The week to come will be fun filled as our sports teams wrap up their regular seasons and many campus clubs—SADD, ALARM, and the Drama Club—travel to off-campus activities.  Here is this week’s sports schedule:

Level Sport Team Date H/A Opponent Start Time GAME NOTES Departure
Varsity Soccer Boys Monday 10/15 A Otter Valley 4:00 PM 2:00 PM
Varsity Soccer Girls Monday 10/15 H Twinfield 4:00 PM
HMS XC B/G Tuesday 10/16 A Oxbow 4:00 PM 2:30 PM
MS Soccer G/B Tuesday 10/16 H Twinfield 4:00 PM Girls at 4pm, Boys at 5pm @Bethel Campus
Varsity Soccer Boys Wednesday 10/17 H Proctor 4:00 PM @ Bethel Campus
Varsity Soccer Girls Wednesday 10/17 H Poultney 4:00 PM MOVED FROM 9/18
JV Soccer Girls Thursday 10/18 H Thetford Academy 4:00 PM
Varsity Soccer Boys Saturday 10/20 H Thetford Academy 11:00 AM
HMS XC B/G Saturday 10/20 A Chelsea 10:00 AM Championships 8:00 AM
Varsity Soccer Girls Saturday 10/20 A Rivendell 11:00 AM 9:00 AM


An Exciting Week Ahead 10.1.2018

The week ahead promises excitement as families are invited to White River Valley High School for our first Open House on Thursday, October 4th starting with a free BBQ at 5:30.  At 6 pm we’ll meet in the gym to pick-up schedules and get a welcome/overview before heading out to classrooms following your student’s schedules to meet their teachers.  Here is the full Open House Schedule.

Bonfire PhotoOn Friday evening, we’re working to rekindle the South Royalton Bonfire tradition as a new White River Valley community building event.   At the heart of this event is coming out to cheer on our Boys and Girls Varsity Soccer Teams at 5 pm and 7 pm before celebrating our community with a bonfire.  However many logistics remain to pull this all together.  To make this happen we’re looking for four volunteers who can help pick up/tow four portable light units after work on Thursday.  If you are able to help with this, or volunteer for other event logistics please send an email to wildcats-athletics@wrvsu.org.

Last week the WRVHS Drama Club began afterschool meetings with club advisor and English teacher Tim Fitzgerald.  The club will meet on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons after school.  Please see Mr. Fitzgerald for more information.

In other news, the new Wildcat Basketball coaches were introduced last Friday in player meetings at lunchtime.  Here we are announcing for the first time the selection of:

IMG_7939Tim Perreault as the Girls Varsity Basketball Coach.  Tim has over 20 years of experience teaching and coaching basketball.  His coaching includes coaching at Chelsea/Tunbridge and AAU.  He has run a summer basketball camp at Whitcomb High for 15 years.  An employee of the White River Valley School District, Tim teaches Physical Education in Bethel where he has worked for 23 years. Mike Gaudette Photo

Mike Gaudette will be the new Boys Varsity Basketball Coach.  Mike joins us with 19 years of experience coaching boys basketball.  His experience includes being the Varsity Boys Coach at Hartford High School and Mascoma Valley Regional High School.

Wildcat World Highlights 9.24.2018

Join us for our Back-to-School BBQ & Open House on October 4th at 5:30.  You’ll have the chance to go through your student’s schedule and meet her or his teachers.

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If you haven’t been through the building yet you may enjoy the chance to view the new wildcat colors throughout the facility.  Here’s the full Open House Schedule for the evening.  We’ll provide you with a copy of your child’s schedule with teachers and room numbers when you arrive.  We’ll be working on our first Progress Report this week and you’ll get them at the beginning of  next week.  Teachers will not have the time to talk about individual student issues at Open House, so if you have any questions about a class you should email or call your student’s teacher.

There are a lot of new faces at the White River Valley School this year.  Two that you’ll see often are Elementary Principal David Wells and Administrative Assistant Donna Burkett.  You’ll see David most mornings and afternoons at the front entrance as he makes sure our little ones get on and off the bus safely.  Donna handles our front office systems.  Among her many responsibilities include addressing parent needs, coordinating substitute teacher responsibilities, and handling all ordering and invoices.

The Wildcat Girls Varsity Soccer Team pulled out a 1-0 overtime victory against Blue Mountain Union for their first win of the season on Friday.

Junior Grace LaFromboise and ninth grader Sarah Howe contributed to the Wildcat win.

Meanwhile the Boys Varsity team fell to Woodstock 1-0 for their first loss in what otherwise looks to be a promising season.  image1 (5)

The boys show their game faces as they headed off to Woodstock on Wednesday.

Fall Season Results: 

Level Sport Team Day Date H/A Opponent Start Time GAME NOTES
Varsity Soccer Boys Saturday 9/15 H Sharon Academy 11:00 AM Win 2-1
HMS XC B/G Saturday 9/15 A Randolph 11:00 AM
HMS XC B/G Tuesday 9/18 A Northfield Williams 4:00 PM
Varsity Soccer Boys Wednesday 9/19 A Woodstock 4:30 PM Loss 1-0
MS Soccer G/B Wednesday 9/19 A Twinfield 4:00 PM
JV Soccer Girls Thursday 9/20 A Thetford Academy 4:00 PM Loss 3-0
MS Soccer G/B Friday 9/21 H Randolph 4:00 PM
Varsity Soccer Boys Friday 9/21 H Blue Mountain 4:30 PM Win 5-1
Varsity Soccer Girls Friday 9/21 H Blue Mountain 4:30 PM Win 1-0 (OT)