Dear Students, Parents and Families,

Who says there is nothing to do?  There are some great upcoming events. I hope that you get to get out and join in some of the upcoming offerings.

Have a great weekend!

Best regards,

Joni Kennedy
Woodstock Union High School
Counseling Services
Student Records, Scholarships and Student Opportunities
802 457-1317 extension 1228
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Thoughts for the day:  Community is like a flower garden that is full of beauty, new growth, opportunities, with new things blooming all the time, interesting people, places and spaces providing us the ability to enjoy the fullness of life and the world around us.   Community makes us part of a whole.
TONIGHT - Part of Pentangle’s Free Documentary Film Series
Part of Pentangle’s Free Documentary Film Series - 8 Borders, 8 Days
Thursday, January 18th
7:30 pm
Free. Donations gratefully accepted.

**Discussion to follow screening with refugees and Woodstock Union High School Social Justice Initiative**

8 Borders, 8 Days puts a human face on the Syrian refugee crisis by chronicling a determined and fierce single mother of two, who after being denied resettlement in the U.S. decides risking their lives in a raft is safer than staying behind on land. This film is an immersive experience of their eight-day journey to safety.

Directed by Amanda Bailly

Run Time: 1 hr. 28 min.

For more information and to watch the trailer please go to

FREE TeeIcSkatinNighwith DJ, Lightand Raffle!!!
FREE - Come to the Union Arena for a FREE Teen Ice Skating Night
Time: 8:00 - 9:30 PM
Date:  January 19th, 2018. 
Open to students’ grades 7-12

You can skate and dance to the music by a local DJ under the lights.  Food will be available for purchase. FREE SKATE RENTALS TOO!

Dessert will be provided and we will be raffling off door prizes throughout the evening.
~~~This event is sponsored by the Spectrum Teen Center and the Union Arena~~~
Heather Vonada and Joni Kennedy
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FREEBranchOut:Teen Night
February 2nd - Lotions and Potions
FREE ArtisTree and Spectrum Teen Center present 'BranchOut' Teen Nights
Evenings once a month just for TEENS - at ArtisTree in South Pomfret!
Friday, February 2nd

Branch Out Teen Night, 6-9:45pm. Lotions and Potions - make something for self care or a special gift for your valentine, card making.

We will be offering great appetizers, snacks and desserts.

If your son/daughter attends or would like to attend please go to and fill out the enrollment form (you only need to do this once a school year).

This year’s Branch Out Teen Nights will be on the first Friday Night of every month starting in October and going through June. The time is from 6:00 – 9:45 pm and Best of all – Branch Out is FREE to all Teens!

Any questions feel free to email Heather Vonada at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
For directions please visit:

Mark your calendar
FREE - Community showing of the Documentary Film “
Most Likely to Succeed

FREE - FILM: Most Likely to Succeed

Exciting things are taking place within the Windsor Central SU and we hope that you will be part of our important conversations!

We will be having a FREE community showing of the documentary film Most Likely to Succeed followed by a discussion related to the film and it’s urgent call for the re-imagining of American education.

Our new Superintendent of Schools, Mary Beth Banios, is leading an "Innovation in Learning" study group made up of 30+ educators and students.  Inspired by reading Tony Wagner and Ted Dintersmith's book, "Most Likely to Succeed" we have visited forward thinking schools, both secondary and post secondary, to learn more and bring back innovative ideas back home to the Woodstock community. You can read more about our visits in the WCSU Innovation in Learning blog.

 Documentary: “Most Likely to Succeed”
Thursday, February 8th, 2018
7:00 pm at the Woodstock Town Hall Theater
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm - Introduction and Showing of “Most Likely to Succeed”

8:40 pm - 9:30 pm - Panel Discussion - How are we re-imagining education in Vermont to better equip students for the realities of the twenty-first century economy?

We would love to have you join us to add your perspectives and insights. 

While Registration is not required it is helpful to give us an idea of how many are planning on attending.  RSVP at

Great Writing and Speaking Opportunities
WUHS Poetry Out Loud Competition February 15

We will have a workshop to prepare in many English classes and during lunch on February 2. Check out more details at - choose a poem to memorize and join the competition. See Ms. Perkins for questions or to sign up.
Playwriting Workshop
Attention Creative Writers. Playwright John Hadden will come to our school from 10am-Noon on three Fridays: 2/9, 3/2 and 3/16 to work with students who want to participate in the Vermont Young Playwrights' Workshop. Hadden will help students create one act plays that will then be submitted in the Young Playwrights Festival Contest. If you would like to participate this year - see Ms. Fountain in room 19 for more information.

Seven plays will be selected from participating schools to be read at the Weston Playhouse in May. Yours could be one of them!

Note that last year all of the winning plays were read by Yoh Theater players and a few of the playwrights at Bookstock here in town. The plan is to do that again this year.

Poetry Contest
Young Writers in Boston is presenting The Poetry Games Contest. Poems must be original and can be on any subject and in any style but cannot be longer than 30 lines. Student work may be accepted for publication and five finalists will be crowned poetry champions who will have a video that features their poem in some way and they will get a Kindle or an I-pad.

 See Ms. Fountain if you are interested. All entries need to be to her by February 8.
Champlain College Young Writers’ Conference May 25-27 (see below)

Dear High-Stepping Daughters and Sons of the Word Road,

You are cordially invited to attend a weekend of writing workshops, craft sessions, and open mic at the CHAMPLAIN COLLEGE YOUNG WRITERS' CONFERENCE, MAY 25-27. Now in our eighteenth year, our doors are open to high school students who wish to share their passion for story, drama, and song with their writerly brothers and sisters—and with celebrated New England authors. We offer three days of readings, improv, Moth storytelling, poetry slams, literary jazz/blues fusion, and extended friendship on the hillside campus of Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont.

OUR 2018 KEYNOTE SPEAKER, AWARD-WINNING POET GENNAROSE NETHERCOTT, is the author of The Lumberjack’s Dove (Ecco/HarperCollins, 2018), selected by Louise Glück as a winner of the National Poetry Series. Her other recent projects include A Ghost of Water (an ekphrastic collaboration with printmaker Susan Osgood) and the narrative song collection Modern Ballads. She tours nationally and internationally composing poems-to-order for strangers on a 1952 Hermes Rocket typewriter, and is one third of The Traveling Poetry Emporium, a team of poets/educators who bring poems-to-order events to museums, universities, and libraries.

The postmark DEADLINE OF FEBRUARY 23 is fast approaching and the blue lights are flashing. If you have a tale to spin, or a story to share, please visit our website:
Very Best,

Jim Ellefson & Lesley Wright, Co-directors
(802) 865-8456
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YOH THEATER Upcoming Performance

A Village Fable, adapted by James Still from John Gardner's book In The Suicide Mountains, music by Michael Keck
January 26, 27 (7pm)
Grades 7, 8, 9

An incredible journey of humor, heart and heroes, A Village Fable is a musical fable about three souls who are shunned for being different: Chudu the Goat-Man, Armida the blacksmith's daughter, and Prince Christopher the violin-playing heir to the throne. Their paths not only intersect with each other and the dreaded Six-Fingered Man—they also come face-to-face with—themselves!
Upcoming Deadlines

United States JCI Senate Foundation Scholarship
Each year $1,000.00 grants are awarded to graduating high school seniors in the United States, who plan to continue their education at accredited post secondary colleges, universities or vocational schools.  The number of grants awarded annually will be at the discretion of the United States JCI Senate Foundation.

VermontJCISenate - This year the Vermont JCI Senate will also grant one $500.00 scholarship based strictly on need.  The same application form will be used by the Vermont JCI Senate.  Students only need to submit one application to be considered for either scholarship.


Application deadline is January 20, 2017.  *Applications are available in the Counseling Office.
The 2017-18 Coolidge Scholarship application is now live. Students can apply at

The Coolidge Scholarship is a full-ride, four-year, merit scholarship that may be used by recipients for undergraduate study at any accredited college or university in the United States. Any high school junior who plans on enrolling in college in the fall of 2019 and is an American citizen or legal permanent resident is eligible to apply (unfortunately current high school seniors are not eligible to apply).

Please visit their website for further information.

The scholarship application, along with additional information, can be accessed on our scholarship site: Please note the deadline is 5:00 PM EST, January 24, 2018. If you have any questions regarding the scholarship, the Coolidge Scholars Program can be reached by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or by phone at (802) 672-3389 ext. 114.
The National MS Society’s Scholarship Program
is designed to support families impacted by MS through minimizing the cost and isolation that exists for students living with MS (or with a parent living with MS) who are pursuing a college education. These scholarship awards can help with college costs such as books, supplies, and living expenses. The program also connects students to additional support resources and opportunities to engage with others in the MS community.  For more information and to apply only please go to:
The deadline to submit your online application is January 31, 2018.

The Maida F. Townsend $1,000 Scholarship is awarded annually to sons and daughters of Vermont-NEA members. High school seniors applying to college, as well as current undergraduate and graduate college students are eligible to apply.  Students majoring in any discipline are eligible to apply; however, preference may be given to those majoring in education.  Awards will be based on merit, not financial need. Payment will be made directly to the student upon receipt of proof of enrollment. Students may reapply for the scholarship, but may receive an award only once.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 1, 2018 - Completed applications must be received by Vermont-NEA by 4:30 p.m. on February 1, 2018.  Applications are available in the Counseling Office.

The McDonald’s HACER ® Scholarship Program grants scholarships and college resources for eligible Hispanic students
The HACER® National Scholarship application for 2017 begins October 25th, 2017 and ends on February 5th.

For more information please visit their website at

WACE, on behalf of the nine WACE Partner Institutions, is pleased to announce and sponsor its Sixteenth Annual National Co-op Scholarship Program. As the largest independently sponsored merit co-op scholarship program in the United States, WACE will award up to 160 merit co-op scholarships for a total value of $4,200,000. These merit co-op scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors and transfer students who plan to participate in college cooperative education at one of our Partner Institutions listed on the Scholarship Partners tab.

* Please note deadline exceptions for Clarkson University, Drexel University, Merrimack College, SUNY Oswego and University of Massachusetts Lowell

For more information please visit their website at

New England Red Sox Service Scholarship Program will be awarding a $1,000 scholarship to a graduating senior attending your schoolbased on 1) Academic Performance, 2) Demonstrated Community Service and 3) Eligibility for Financial Aid. This scholarship award is for high school seniors pursuing a two-year or four-year degree at any college, or university.

 Important Notes for 2018

Vermont Scholarship Guideline and Application Form for 2018 New England Red Sox Service Scholarship. They are also be posted on our website at

Please note THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16at 5:00 p.m. EST. Applications received after the deadline will not be reviewed by the Committee. 

At the time of submitting the application, 
if the student have not received his/her SAR, please ask them to include a copy of the confirmation email received upon submitting the FAFSA and send in their SAR as soon as it becomes available marking with their first & last namename of school and state in which they are applying from. We will be receiving multiple applications from 200 high schools in New England and will not be able to sort through to identify applicants if they are unmarked.

We are also asking students not to use google docs.


VSAC’s scholarship booklet: This booklet contains information on more than 140scholarships available to Vermont residents—and is updated each fall. The VSAC scholarship booklet contains both VSAC-assisted scholarships and scholarships administered directly by the group that sponsors the scholarship.

With VSAC-assisted scholarships, you apply through VSAC using a single application.

With group-administered scholarships, you follow the instructions in the booklet and apply to the scholarship sponsor group. Each of these scholarships has a separate application process.

To access and download the PDF version of the VSAC scholarship booklet for the 2018–2019 academic year:

Pick up your booklet in the Counseling Office

Submission/postmark deadline for all VSAC assisted scholarships is February 16, 2018

ArtisTree Happening!
The Daily Artists Opening Reception
Friday, January 19th from 5:30-7:30pm

The Daily Artists are a group of local visual artists working in a variety of mediums including painting, drawing, fiber, ceramics, jewelry and photography. The Daily Artists made a year-long commitment to make art each and every day in 2017.

The Daily Artists Exhibit Dates:
January 19th-February 10th, 2018
Gallery Hours:
Tuesday-Saturday 11am-4pm

CONCERTS - We will host two concerts each month on the Second Sunday and the Final Friday!

Jeremiah McClane Trio
Friday, January 26th 7:30pm

Chloe Brisson  Quartet
Friday, February 23rd 7pm

Lyle Brewer, Guitarist
Sunday, February 11th 4pm

{See ALL Classes, Workshops, Exhibits, and Concerts HERE:}
Join VINS  in February for their Owl Events
Join VINS (Vermont Institute of Natural Science) in February for their Owl events which include Owl Prowl Wine & Dine, Family Owl Prowl, and Owl Festival.
For more information, pricing and detail please visit their website at

PARENTS - Owl Prowl Wine & Dine (21+)

Where: 5:30pm - Meet at the VINS Nature Center
Schedule: 5:30pm - 7:00pm Hike or snowshoe* the trails of the VINS Nature Center 7:30pm - 9:00pm -Enjoy a 3-course meal at the Quechee Inn at Marshland Farm
Register by February 5, 2018

Family Owl Prowl
Pre-register by February 12
Discover "Hooo's" out there making raucous noises in the nighttime forest and learn about the secret life of one of New England's most elusive nocturnal residents. Weather permitting, we will explore this wintry world on snowshoes and then warm up with a cup of hot cocoa.

Owl Festival
Included with admission to the VINS Nature Center
Calling all owls and owl lovers! Join us for a day of all things owly on either Saturday, February 24, or Sunday, February 25, at the VINS Nature Center. ______________________________________________________________________________
What’s Happening at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park in Woodstock, VT!
Upcoming Working Woodlands Workshops at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park

Animal Adaptations to Winter
Working Woodlands Workshop
Saturday, January 27th, 2018, 10am - Noon

Location: Forest Center, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Woodstock,

Fee: No cost

Reservations: Please pre-register as space is limited. For more information please visit their website at
Animal Tracking
Working Woodlands Workshop
Saturday, February 17th, 2018, 9am - 1pm

Location: Forest Center, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Woodstock

Fee: No cost

Reservations: Please pre-register as space is limited.  For more information please visit their website at
Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Monitoring
Working Woodlands Workshop
Saturday, February 24, 2018 9am - Noon

Location: Forest Center, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Woodstock

Fee: No cost

Reservations: Please pre-register as space is limited.  For more information please visit their website at

Climate Change
Working Woodlands Workshop
Saturday, March 3rd, 2018, 10am - Noon

Location: Forest Center, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Woodstock

Fee: No cost

Reservations: Please pre-register as space is limited.  For more information please visit their website at
Outward Bound
Middle School, High School, Adults

Outward Bound is the leading provider of experiential and outdoor education programs for youth and adults. Regardless of who you are or where you are from, there is an Outward Bound course at an Outward Bound School that is right for you. Experience Outward Bound on one of our backpacking trips, mountaineering trips, whitewater rafting trips, canoeing trips, dog sledding expeditions, sailing trips and many other offerings. For more information please visit their website at

Outward Bound for Veterans helps thousands of returning service members and recent veterans readjust to life at home through powerful wilderness courses that draw on the healing benefit of teamwork and challenge through use of the natural world.

For more information please visit their website at
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