Dear Students, Parents and Families,

I just wanted to remind everyone that there will be no school this Monday, January 15th - Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

Enjoy the nice long weekend!

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: Growth is a natural process of life. In life we experience different cycles and seasons and change.  In this New Year try and/or learn something new that’s outside your daily routine as that one thing might be what inspires you, uplifts you and propels you forward in a direction of new opportunities!
Reminder – No school Monday
January 15, Martin Luther King Jr. Day: School Closed
Benefit Concert this Friday Night at ArtisTreto aid in the relief efforts in Puerto Rico!
Friday, January 12th  |  7pm
Join us for a good cause - and good music - to aid in the relief efforts in Puerto Rico.
Opening for the Contenders: Dylan Keith
Sponsored by Green Mountain Disaster Relief Team
Ticket proceeds will help the Green Mountain Disaster Relief Team (GMDRT) purchase water pumps for Nuestra Escuela students and their community in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. Dylan Keith will also perform.

Nuestra Escuela is a secondary school located in Caguas, Puerto Rico, an area devastated by Hurricane Maria last September.   In 2016, Woodstock Union High School students visited classes at Nuestra Escuela, where they exchanged cultural information, and made new friends.   The students worked together to participate in activities that ranged from getting to know the community, their botanical gardens, and eating meals together. 

Nuestra Escela will utilize the funds to buy gravity-fed water pumps, providing clean water for use at the school and in the community at large.

“Nuestra Escuela is a school that serves many students with educational and economic challenges”’ says Keri Bristow, WUHS teacher and GMDRT team member.  “It is also a focal point for the community with outreach to families in need.  We remain in contact with students and staff despite spotty electricity for communication and every day life.  The concert is an opportunity for us to continue our support of the Nuestra Escuela community.”

Vermont locals Jay Nash and Josh Day, performing as The Contenders, have received national acclaim with the release of their album “Laughing with the Reckless”.  The American Folk duo share a slate of lyrical tales that come from the perspective of a traveler’s eye, and open to the wonder of the people around them.

Dylan Keith, a Pomfret native and snowboard instructor at Suicide Six, is a singer-songwriter and plays acoustic 12-string guitar. He is primarily known for his poetic soft rock original tunes, and his classic rock covers.
Mark your calendar
FREE - Community showing of the Documentary 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. 
FREE Intro to Belly Dance Class
Monday, January 15

FREE Intro to Belly Dance with Gina Capossela – Monday, January 15

Come experience the magic and mystery of Belly Dance!  Gina Capossela’s Winter Belly Dance class is going into its second week on Monday, January 15, at 5:45 at the Little Theater in Woodstock.  The class is risk-free with no obligation to continue through January 15.  All shapes, sizes, ages (8+) and ability levels are welcome and encouraged.   Gina will have jingly coin hip scarves for everyone to wear.  If you’ve always wanted to try Belly Dance, this is your chance.   If you would like to know more about Gina’s classes or continue with the winter semester, see
or call 802-282-2149 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
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 Dand Raffle!!!
FREE - Come to the Union Arena for a FREE Teen Ice Skating Night
Time: 8:00 - 9:30 PM
Date:  January 19th, 2018. 

You can skate and dance to the music by a local DJ.  Food will be available for purchase.

Dessert will be provided and we will be raffling off door prizes throughout the evening.

This event is sponsored by the Spectrum and the Union Arena
YOH THEATER Upcoming Performance
A Village Fable, by James Still, 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!
ArtisTree Happenings!
Sunday, January 14th
Second Sunday Concert Series: Althea Sully Cole, 4pm. An evening of new works composed by Althea Sully Cole on her Kora, a 21-stringed West African harp, and performed on the kora she constructed herself in Senegal.

Thursday, January 18th, February 1st, February 22nd  
Open Mic w/ Jim Yeager, 7pm. FREE. Join our relaxed, supportive and fun atmosphere and show off your musical stuff!  All levels and abilities are welcome to participate in the open mic experience.  Come alone or with a group!  Come to play or just to watch!

Friday, January 19th
Daily Artists 3rd Exhibit Opening Reception, 5:30-7:30pm. Exhibit runs January 19th-February 10th. A culminating exhibit of works by The ArtisTree Daily Artists, a group of local artists who have made a year-long commitment to making art each day for the entire year! The Daily Artists are a group of local visual artists working in a variety mediums including painting, drawing, fiber, ceramics, jewelry and photography. Come see the inspiration and growth over year-long journey of making art daily.
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:
BARNARTS Center for the ARTS
BARNARTS PRESENTS Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs in ArtisTree’s New Grange Theater

BarnArts is proud to be presenting their winter community theater production of Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs in ArtisTree's new Grange Theatre.

To purchase tickets contact BARNARTS: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit BarnArts Website

Brighton Beach Memoirs is Neil Simon's "funniest, richest and consequently the most affecting of his plays." - New York Daily News 

Dreaming of baseball and girls, Eugene must cope with the mundane existence of his 1937 family life in Brooklyn: formidable mother, overworked father, and his worldly older brother Stanley. Throw into the mix his widowed Aunt Blanche and her two young (but rapidly maturing) daughters and you have a recipe for Simon-style hilarity, gently embedded in a moving pre-WW2 tale.

The play includes a mixed-age cast with adults and teens.

Feb 9, 10, 11 and Feb 16, 17, 18 (Tickets on sale in January, 15 2018) through BarnArts
Vermont Flurry: Woodstock Snow Sculpture Festival
Vermont Flurry: Woodstock Snow Sculpture Festival - Free and open to the public.
Friday, February 16, 2018
10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Presented by Pentangle Arts & ArtisTree Community Arts Center
Woodstock Village Green
Currently scheduled for Presidents Day Weekend
February 16th-18th, 2018

This event is weather-dependent and may be rescheduled on short notice.
Over Presidents Day Weekend, the Woodstock Village Green is transformed into a celebration of winter and the visual arts. Cheer on professional snow sculpting teams as they compete to create large, stunning sculptures, and be amazed as these works of art come to life over a three-day period.  You can even vote for your favorite “Peoples’ Choice” pick, to be announced Sunday, February 18th at 12:30 pm! Voting ends on Sunday, February 18th at 12:15 pm.
Change the World Kids Anti-Cabin Fever Dinner Season begins!
2018 Change the World Kids Anti-Cabin Fever Dinner Season begins!

During the cold, dark months, each Wednesday until the beginning of April, a local chef, many from the area's best restaurants, prepares a delicious meal. It is dining high for a low price, in the company of family and friends. These dinners are a great way to get out of the house, break up the week, and see friends on long cold winter nights! They are FUN, plus they subsidize costs for the Change the World Kids' annual work trip to re-forest Bosque para Siempre, the migratory rain forest habitat in Costa Rica that they are helping to conserve and reforest, and that supports our Vermont migratory songbirds, as well as native rain forest species. 

 Dinner is at 6:00 in the North Universalist Chapel dining hall in Woodstock, and costs $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children.  Seating is limited, and reservations are highly suggested.  If you need to cancel your reservation, please do it by noon on Wednesday. Your seats will be held until 6:00, when they may be released to walk-in diners.

Please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call (457-2622) for reservations. Join us, and warm your body and spirit with great food and company. Come dine, laugh, and beat the winter blahs and blues!

STAR stands for Steps Toward Adult Responsibility

STAR stands for Steps Toward Adult Responsibility, and it is a group mentoring program for teens, grades 8-12, who have chronic health conditions.  Teens have a chance to meet with Dartmouth College students who also have chronic health conditions that they have learned to manage independently.

The January 2018 dinner meeting is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, January 17th.

For more information about this program please visit
Fuel Up to Play 60
New England Dairy Council - Boost Your Leadership Skills!

Apply to become a Fuel Up to Play 60 State Ambassador by March 9th.
Create your school’s own student leaders! Active students can keep track of their involvement online by collecting Points through their Fuel Up to Play 60 Dashboard.

Those who earn at least 45,000 Points can apply for the competitive ambassador program and the opportunity to attend the national student leadership summit July 16th-19th, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. As an added bonus, every student who applies will be invited to an exclusive, VIP Reward Day at a local NFL Training Facility this Spring!

For more information please go to

AdVenture Capital (“AdCap”) is an innovative GENYOUth Program
AdVenture Capital (“AdCap”) is an innovative GENYOUth program that inspires and motivates creative, curious and brave student entrepreneurs to use their BIG ideas to make changes in school and community health and wellness.

AdCap empowers students 13+ to think and act like entrepreneurs as they use the online Project Designer to develop and execute their Project ideas.  AdCap provides tools and resources to help turn students’ ideas into lasting, meaningful change for their community and peers.

For more information and to learn more about it please visit their website at

Vermont Tech News!
Rosie’s Girls STEM Leadership Camp & Mentorship Program

For girls entering 9th and 10th grades (fall 2018), July 8-12, 2018 - Randolph Center Campus - residential camp. A fun filled hands-on exploration of STEM (science, technology, engineering, math - plus some arts) and skilled trades to help young women become strong, powerful and more confident - and learn about potential career pathways; followed by a mentorship program. Architectural, Civil & Environmental Engineering Technology |Computer Information Technology |Construction Management |Mechanical & Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Technology |Some Welding, Agribusiness, Entrepreneurship, Fire Science, other Sciences - activities, fun projects, plus loads more! (Modeled after Rosie’s Girls Day Camps by Vermont Works for Women -VWW) - $200 all-inclusive program (meals, snacks overnight dorm accommodations, activities with many scholarships available.
Contact: Zoe McDonald - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Coder Camp for Girls - July 16 -20, 2018 - Williston Campus - day camp -

For girls ages 11 -16 - An experiential hands on day camp offering girls the chance to translate their creativity into a computer program using SCRATCH and other software programs plus visit innovative software development companies. Daily computer lab work, team building, and some good old fashioned fun - $150 includes program, snacks, two lunches, field trip, workbook and activities |many scholarships available.  Contact: Zoe McDonald- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Bridge Building (STEM) Competition – 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.
Freedom & Unity Youth Film Contest
Freedom & Unity Youth Film Contest

Inspired by the Vermont Movie Project,Freedom & Unity TV is a film competitionthat invites young Vermonters to create films exploring the life and culture of the Green Mountain State. Through film, young people explore the issues that they find meaningful, make connections between the past and the present, and share their personal stories. They build filmmaking and communication skills while learning more about themselves and the state they call home.

One remarkable result of this project is the weaving together of many perspectives and stories. At the screening and awards ceremony, filmmakers gather together to meet each other, and learn from one another. This year, our screening and awards ceremony will take place during the annual WRIF Film Festival June 1 – 3, 2018 in White River Junction, Vermont! More Information about the event and media workshops to come!

(please note there is new criteria for the 2018 contest)

The Freedom & Unity Youth Film Contest is open to anyone aged 10 to 26 who is currently enrolled in a degree-granting educational program in Vermont. All others are encouraged to apply to the White River Indie Festival Regional Show Case (more information at

Films must be entered in one of three age groups:
Films must include a Vermont focus and address one of the three contest categories:
Arts & Culture
Personal Stories
Vermont History & Contemporary Issues

For more information please go to or

Splash at Yale
Splash at Yale, Learn at Splash!

Spring Sprout will be on February 17th, February 24th, and March 3rd, 2018, and will be open to only 7-8th grades.

Spring Splash will be on April 7th, 2018, and will be open to 7-12th grades.

Registration for these programs will open a few weeks before they occur, and the course catalogs are released a day before registration opens. Please make an account on our website and you will receive email updates about registration and the course catalog.

For more information please visit their website at
The Putney School Summer Arts
The Putney School Summer Arts
Who: Rising freshmen to rising seniors, current 8th - 11th grade
3 weeks to create and connect through art. Dive deep into any 2 workshops and join a wildly creative community on a hilltop farm in Vermont. To see all they offer please visit their website at
Snow Farm Summer
Snow Farm Summer- Studio Arts for ages 14-18
The heart of the program are the studio classes in glassblowing, ceramics, painting and drawing, printmaking, metalsmithing and jewelry, flameworking, and metal sculpture and fabrication. Students enroll in two studios each session.

For more information please visit their website at
Middle and High School Summer Experiences at Washington University in St. Louis
2018 Middle and High School Summer Experiences at Washington University in St. Louis

We offer a variety of summer programming for academically advanced middle and high school students.

For more information please visit their website at

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