Dear Students, Parents and Families,

I hope everyone has a nice weekend.   Get out and open new doors that lead you to new experiences, friendships and/or adventures!


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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Thought for the day:  Reaching – Without reaching one will never know what is within ones reach.

Keith Wilford to speak to WUHSMS Students
Keith Wilford to speak to WUHSMS Students

Both middle school students and high school students will be hearing from an exciting speaker on Wednesday, January 31st during an assembly. Keith Wilford is passionate about youth and helping them strive to be the best they can be. Make sure to ask your son or daughter about what they heard from this exciting presentation when they come home on Wednesday.
FREE Teen Pizza Night Tonight!!

FREE TeenPizza Night Tonight at Pizza Chef
Woodstock, Vermont
January 26th, 2018

Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

This event is sponsored by the Spectrum Teen Center

YOH THEATER Performance Tonight

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!
Last Chance to Sign Up for SAT Prep Course for all Spring SATS
It’s Back!!!!!!  SAT prep course for ALL Spring SATs (March, May and June) 

Starting January 29th, Mrs. Vonada and Mrs. Richardson will offering their SAT prep course yet again!  This course is designed to prepare juniors for ALL Spring dates of the College Board SAT exam.  This course includes in depth instruction on all content components of the SAT including math, reading, writing and the essay.  It will provide exposure and instructions to test taking skills and methods for SAT success. The course will run until March 9th in order to meet the March SAT test date and for each SAT that follows there with be a review night before each of the remaining SAT test dates (May and June).  Classes will most frequently be held on Monday nights from 6:30pm to 8:30pm and review sessions will be held on Thursday nights from 6:30- 8:30pm.  The cost of the course is $375. Financial assistance is available, please contact Chris Cate This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in counseling for more information. To register for this course or for more information, please contact Heather Vonada at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Audrey Richardson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Location: WUHSMS in Room #4

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

This event is made possible through the Rowland Foundation and in partnership with Pentangle Performing Arts.
ATTENTION JUNIORS - The Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) is proud to sponsor the Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP)
Dear Juniors,

The Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) is proud to sponsor the Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP)

Below is a great Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program. If you are interested in applying please fill out the application (email was sent to all juniors with application) and return it to Joni Kennedy in the Counseling Office no later than February 26, 2018.

Our school will select three (3) candidates which we will then forward to CRREL for consideration. 

PLEASE NOTE - Do not ask your teacher or counselor for a letter. Letters of recommendation will be written for the three candidates that our school selects and that will be forwarded on to CRREL for consideration.

Our deadline here at WUHS for you to be considered a possible candidate for nomination is February 26, 2018.  Please have your completed application to Joni Kennedy in the Counseling Office by that date.

We will then forward the required documents (application, transcript and letter of rec to CRREL for our three (3) candidates selected.

Internship announcement for Woodstock Union High School Juniors:

The Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) is proud to sponsor the Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) to provide a unique opportunity to area high-school JUNIORS with an aptitude for math and science.

Students work on a one-to-one basis with a CRREL scientist or engineer who acts as a mentor. Students learn techniques for dealing with scientific and engineering problems and may have the opportunity to use highly sophisticated equipment. During the summer the students gain valuable on-the-job experience and information to help them make important career choices. Each student presents a poster at an end-of-summer poster session, summarizing his or her project. In the past, approximately 90% of our apprentices have remained in the science or engineering fields.

CRREL commitment: Students accepted into the program will be provided the opportunity to return to CRREL during holiday and summer breaks to continue working on projects throughout their undergraduate degree program.

Where are the apprenticeships located?  CRREL, 72 Lyme Road, Hanover, New Hampshire

- Students must be a high school JUNIOR with an interest in the science and engineering disciplines
- Students must be a US citizen
- Students must be at least 16 years of age
- Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the worksite
- Note: Three applications will be accepted from each school.
Application packages must include:
- SEAP application form (fillable application attached)
- Signed recommendation form from teacher and/or guidance counselor (fillable form attached)
- Copy of current high school transcript
- Only completed applications will be considered and will need to be submitted via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

- March 18, 2018 - Applications due (incomplete applications WILL NOT be considered)
- April 2018 - Student interviews
- End April 2018 - Final selections
- May 2018 - Selected students prepare and submit paperwork in preparation for participation
- June 2018 - Apprenticeship begins
- August 2018 - Student poster session and conclusion of year one of the program

Selection criteria:  Students are selected on the basis of aptitude, grades, science and math courses taken, teacher and/or guidance counselor recommendation, hobbies and areas of interest, and the interview.



Linda Castro
Human Capital Program Specialist
Management Integration Office
US Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Lab
Engineer Research & Development Center
72 Lyme Road
Hanover, NH 03755
(603) 646-4531

The Governor’s Institute of Vermont – Summer Institutes – Apply starting February 1st
The Governor’s Institutes of Vermont provides prestigious, fun, accelerated learning residencies on college campuses for highly-motivated Vermont teenagers.

Applications go live February 1st at
Architecture, Design and Building
Current Issues & Youth Activism
Environmental Science & Technology
Information Technology & Digital Media
Mathematical Sciences
Young Writers
New Institute – Health and Medicine

Our School application deadline is March 15th, 2018

Kid’s Camp President Week – Woodstock Athletic Club
Kid’s Camp President Week – Woodstock Athletic Club
Please share with any families that might be interested
February 20, 21 & 22 from 9 AM - 4 PM (choose half or full days)
Children currently K-6th
Register by February 9th

Activities as weather allows: tennis, swimming, cardio games, hiking, snowshoeing, Nordic, skiing & more!

802 457-6656
2018 MedQuest Programs!
We are currently accepting applications for the
2018 MedQuest Programs!

Session 1: June 17-22, 2018 hosted at Southern Vermont College in Bennington, VT
Session 2: August 5-10, 2018 hosted at Landmark College in Putney, VT

MedQuest is a 6-day summer health careers exploration opportunity for southern Vermont high school 10-12th graders interested in health careers. Visit for more information and for application information.

Contact: Joan Devine, Program Director
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802-885-2126 x 203

MedQuest is a program of the Southern Vermont Area Health Education Center
Health and Biomedical Sciences Summer Camp
The Health and Biomedical Sciences Summer Camp, which will be held at Lebanon Valley College from June 24-29 and July 22-27, 2018.

The goal of the Health and Biomedical Sciences Summer Camp is to provide a window into the scientific basis of human health.  Through lectures and hands-on laboratory investigations in state-of-the-art laboratories, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of molecular biology, pharmacology, immunology, biochemistry and medical ethics.  Students will learn how laboratory science can be translated into improved human health, and they will engage in investigative experiences that will allow them to apply their laboratory skills to real life problems.  In addition, students will interact with practicing professionals in fields such as medicine, physical therapy, toxicology, genetic counseling and biomedical laboratory research. The Health and Biomedical Sciences camp will provide a fun, challenging and engaging college environment in which students will develop a deeper understanding of what it means to be a biomedical scientist and health professional. 

For more information, or if you or your students have questions about the camp, you can visit the Health and Biomedical Sciences website ( or contact Dr. Courtney Lappas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thank you for your time, and we hope to see some of your students at LVC this summer!


Courtney Lappas
Director, Health and Biomedical Sciences Summer Camp
Associate Professor of Biology
Lebanon Valley College
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Bridge Building – Popsicle stick (STEM) Competition
Bridge Building – Popsicle stick (STEM) Competition (built to specifications) – and Crushing!

For Middle School - March 23, 2018 and High School - April 12, 2018 - Randolph Center Campus

In advance of the event competition, teams of students create Popsicle stick built bridges; judging based on aesthetics, originality of design, presentation, ultimate load carrying capacity, and predicted failure point.  No cost to enter, complimentary lunch and t-shirts - plus scholarship funds offered to top performers.  For details:

Contact: John Diebold - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Upper Valley Portfolio Day

Upper Valley Portfolio Day will be held at AVA Gallery on Friday, March 9 from 10-1. 

This is a fantastic opportunity for students in grades 9-12 to get supportive feedback on their art work and learn more about art programs in college. 

So far we have 5 schools confirmed to attend.  They will review student art work as well as share information about their respective college programs.  Confirmed schools include:

Montserrat College of Art
Lesley University
University of Maine
University of New Hampshire
Colby-Sawyer College
We hope to add a few more schools to the list soon!

Many thanks to AVA Gallery ( for opening their space for this event! 

Ellen Bagnato
Director of College and Career Advising
The Sharon Academy
PO Box 207
Sharon, VT  05065
802-763-2500 x 216


ELIGIBILITY: Applications will be considered from Vermont residents or from St. Andrew's

Society of Vermont members and their families, regardless of residency; who will enroll or who are already enrolled in an associate's or a bachelor's degree program.

AWARDS: Three (3) awards to the institution of one thousand dollars ($ 1,000.00) each are available, to be administered by the institution in the name of the winner.

SELECTION: Recipients are selected by the scholarship committee on the basis of previous scholastic records, three (3) letters of recommendation, a letter of educational goals, financial need and SAT scores.




WHO IS ELIGIBLE? Vermont residents or St. Andrew's Society of Vermont members and their families, regardless of residency, who will enroll or who are enrolled in studying Scottish history, language, arts, literature, dance, and/or music.

AWARDS: One thousand dollars ($ 1,000.00) is available for cultural grants, to be administered by the institutions in the name of the winner. No recipient will receive more than $500.00. The committee reserves the right to divide the money as they see fit.

HOW ARE GRANTS AWARDED? Committee selects on the basis of a statement of need written by the applicant, three letters of reference, a chronology of study and a photocopy of the institution brochure.


Sons of The American Legion Dennis Comai Scholarship – Any student who is planning to attend a trade school or technical college and whose grandfather, grandmother, step grandparents, father, step father, mother, step mother, adopted parents, or grandparents and brothers or sisters are a member of the American Legion Family (American Legion, Ladies Auxiliary, or Sons of the American Legion) are welcome to apply for this scholarship.  Application deadline is April 15th.  Applications are available in the Counseling Office.
Rutland Area Medical Community Scholarship

The Rutland Area Medical Community Scholarship committee, made up of local physicians and medical professionals, is pleased to announce 2018 Rutland Area Medical Community Scholarship.  We will be awarding five $1,000 scholarships to qualified candidates who are pursuing an education in healthcare. This scholarship is possible thanks to the generosity of Rutland area physicians, retired physicians, and medical professionals.   

Please go to
for the application guidelines or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please note that the due date for the application is March 15, 2018.

It’s My Heart New England CHD Awareness 2018 College Scholarship Program
Eligibility:  To qualify for one of the It’s My Heart New England CHD Awareness Scholarships, the applicant must first meet one of the following requirements:

Be diagnosed with Congenital Heart Defect;
Be the recipient of a heart transplant; or
Be a family member (sibling, child, parent, close relative) of a person diagnosed with a CHD.

Deadline:  Applications must be postmarked by March 26, 2018.

For further requirements and information please visit their website at
Vermont EPSCoR Native American and First Generation Student Scholarship

We are pleased to offer $5,000 scholarships to selected Native American (including Abenaki) and First Generation college students who enter STEM majors (science, technology, engineering, math) at a Vermont college or university. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic standing, letters of recommendation, and an essay detailing career goals.

Please direct your students to the Vermont EPSCoR Native American and First Generation Student Scholarship program website:

To apply for a VT EPSCoR CWDD Student Scholarship, an applicant must be:

A Vermont resident and United States citizen
A graduating senior at a Vermont high school planning to attend a Vermont college during the next academic year, OR a current undergraduate enrolled in a degree program at a Vermont college or university, with a GPA of 3.0 or above

Enrolling or enrolled in a STEM major in college
Of Native American ancestry OR a first generation college student

Scholarship information - Scholarship FAQ

Applications are open and due by April 1, 2018

Livia Donicova
Project Manager, VT EPSCoR CWDD
Saint Michael's College
REMINDER OF SOME 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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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

Owl Prowl Wine & Dine (21+)
Friday, February 09 2018, 5:30pm - 9:00pm
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
Friday, February 16 2018, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
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.
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