Dear Students, Parents and Families,

It’s exciting to see the days getting longer and it staying light later.  The sun is so bright and radiant!  Wishing everyone a great weekend!  Get out and enjoy all this beautiful snow that has fallen over the past couple of days!  There are so many fun outdoor activities to partake in.

Just a reminder to everyone that the Newsletter that Principal, Garon Smail sends out through Constant Contact each week is also available to view on our school website at under the Admin linkYou can also find my weekly emails and scholarships under the Counseling link.

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:  Growth – Allows us to develop our knowledge, and cultivate our interests and talents through our experiences.  This provides us with the opportunity to better discover oneself and the world in which we live.  In what way do we feed ourselves on a daily basis?
7th grade will take a field trip to Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park

The7th grade will take a field trip to Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park on Monday Feb 26 to kick off a new unit of study. Students should plan to be outside for at least 4 hours, and prepared for any and all types of weather and walking in deep snow. Students should wear snow pants, snow boots, mittens/gloves, hats, and winter jackets. If anyone needs assistance gathering any of these items, please contact one of the 7th grade teachers in advance-we're happy to help.  Students should also bring a bagged lunch, snacks, and a water bottle. Bagged lunches can be ordered through the cafeteria before vacation.



The Post (PG-13)
Friday, February 9, 2018
Starts at 7:30 at the Woodstock Town Hall Theater

Starring Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Bob Odenkirk and Bradley Whitford
Directed by Steven Spielberg

For more information please go to

This event is sponsored by the Spectrum and Pentangle Performing Arts

The Garden of Wisdom: Earth Tales from the Middle East
Free - The Garden of Wisdom: Earth Tales from the Middle East
February 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join us at ArtisTree in Pomfret to celebrate the publication of a new book by Upper Valley author Michael J. Caduto—The Garden of Wisdom: Earth Tales from the Middle East—hosted by ArtisTree Community Arts Center and the Norman Williams Public Library.

Come celebrate the publication of a new book by Upper Valley author Michael J. Caduto—The Garden of Wisdom: Earth Tales from the Middle East—hosted by Artistree Community Arts Center and the Norman Williams Public Library. During this free family program Michael will present storytelling, music (sing-along) and a brief visual feast of photos showing the animals, plants and landscapes of the Middle East.  More than 10 years in the making, this book grew from a peaceful collaboration of some 20 organizations and 50 individuals from Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine—all working in partnership to create this unique children's book of indigenous nature stories that focus on animals, plants, friendship, Earth stewardship and wisdom. Michael will sign books for purchase following the event.

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Norman Williams Public Library
When was the last time you visited the Norman Williams Public Library’s Website?  Take some time to discover all the wonderful events, classes, groups and offerings that are available through the Norman Williams Public Library.  A wonderful resource that is available within our community.

For more information and to explore all that they have to offer please visit and
Pentangle News!
Part of Pentangle’s Free Documentary Film Series
13th - Thursday, February 15th at 7:30 pm
 An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality. In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom.
Directed by Ava DuVernay
Starring Melina Abdullah, Michelle Alexander and Cory Booker

Top Hat (PG)
Thursday, March 1st at 7:30 pm

Main Stage:
Tickets are also on sale for our Spring Main Stage line up which includes: Ed Asner in his one-man comedy show, A Man and His Prostate, March 8, 2017 at 7:30 pm, the dynamic jazz funk band, Huntertones, March 30th, at 7:30 pm, Pentangle's production of HAIR, The Tribal Rock Musical, opening April 19th, 2018, and the Jessie Colin Young Band, May 25th, at 7:30 pm. To learn more and purchase tickets go to
News from the Splash at Yale Team
News from the Splash at Yale Team
The course catalog for Spring Sprout 2018, our 7th and 8th grade program, is now available here!

Student registration for Spring Sprout 2018 will be opening February 5th at 4:00pm! At that time, your students will be able to register for classes at this link.

As a reminder, classes will fill up very quickly for this program, so if your students would like to attend, please have them sign up as promptly as possible!

In order to maximize learning, students who wish to enroll must be able to attend all three days of the program, so please check your calendar carefully!

High School Trail Corps Program
Upper Valley High School Trail Corps
Are you a high school student, or know one, who wants to work on trails and have fun in the outdoors this summer? If so, come join the Upper Valley High School Trail Corps this July.  Applications due May 15. Application can be found at

The Upper Valley Trails Alliance has just launched the application for the 2018 High School Trail Corps Program. Since 2013 we have served hundreds of local students by getting them working on local trails to give back to the community, learn valuable skills, and earn a stipend for their work. Students can apply for placement in one of four weeks in the summer of 2018. The program is open to rising freshman through graduating seniors.

If you know of any students who like to work outside or you think would benefit from this program, please encourage them to apply. The program fills up fast and applications are reviewed on a rolling first come first served basis, so please encourage them to apply early. The application is on our website
Vermont Tech News!
This summer at
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. (Modeled after Rosie’s Girls Day Camps by Vermont Works for Women -VWW) – All-inclusive $225 – and 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 -17 - 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.   $150 (includes field trip, 2 lunches, snacks) Many scholarships available.  Contact:   Zoe McDonald- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  -

Laurel Butler
Start up Business Advisor & Student Entrepreneur Specialist
Vermont Small Business Development Center
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STEM Experiential Education & Gender Equity
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(802) 922-3692
MetroHacks Women
MetroHacks Women

My name is Noah Avila, and I am currently organizing MetroHacks Women - a 12-hour women’s coding event. It’s free and open to all girls interested in technology, regardless of experience.

It will be held at the Cambridge Innovation Center in Cambridge, MA, on March 24th and is an opportunity for girls to code, collaborate, and create! There will be speakers, free food and swag, workshops, games, prizes, etc. Applications are now open for all women ages 13-18 at

New England high school students will have the chance to learn 3D printing, construct virtual realities, design artificial intelligence-driven social media platforms, experiment with their own projects, and learn from leading women in the tech industry. Mentors will be available to help students with projects and explore different areas of computer science. MetroHacks provides opportunities for students to get internships, kick-start their own businesses, network with experts from prominent tech companies, and gain exposure to the computer science community in New England.

If you have any questions, please visit or reach me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We sincerely hope to see some Woodstock Union High School students at our event.

Thank you so much for your time and consideration!


Noah Avila
Technical & Branding Director, MetroHacks


Do you have a daughter in grades 9 – 12?  Does she like solving puzzles or logic games? 

Vermont high school girls have an amazing opportunity to participate in a free nationwide online program where every Vermont high school girl can discover her talents in cybersecurity and learn about the field.

 The Governor’s Office, Agency of Education, Agency of Digital Services and the Department of Public Safety are teaming up with SANS to promote this program, called GirlsGoCyberStart.   GirlsGoCyberStart is a forward-thinking skills program designed to supply specialist cyber security education to high school girls across the US.  Using a suite of online challenges, tools, and games it aims to inspire the next generation of cyber security professionals while identifying the best and most talented young female Americans.  The program has been designed so that it does not matter whether you are a hobbyist, interested in gaming or have studied computer science before.  The platform’s challenges are accessible to those without any pre-existing knowledge and welcome various ages and skill levels.

Here a few facts about the game:

●Girls may play alone or in teams of up to 4 people.

●No prior experience with IT or security is needed.

●All girls in grades 9 to 12 are invited to play; prizes will be awarded in each grade group.  Prizes include Dell Chromebooks, Raspberry Pi computers and other cool techie things as well as gift certificates.  In addition, each member of the top teams, nationally, will win all expense paid trips to the Women in CyberSecurity Conference (WiCyS) in Chicago along with a parent for each winner.

●Participation may occur from home or from school or from both. All you need is a computer and an internet connection.

●Sign-up begins on January 29 and end on February 16, and the game will be played from February 20 through February 25.

●Each player starts as a “cyber protection agent” responsible for protecting an important operational base.  The student chooses and solves challenges, earning points along the way.  A cyber protection agent field manual provides answers to questions that may arise and hints help when players get stuck.  When the player has solved a sufficient number challenges at one level, a new level opens up and new challenges appear – for a total of 31 layers.  Experienced players call CyberStart “addictive” and say it is particularly good because everyone can excel, not just a few superstars.

The website for more information can be found here:

Jessica Stolz
Deputy Homeland Security Advisor
Vermont Homeland Security Unit
(O) (802) 241-5094
2018 Calvin Writing Prize
2018 Calvin Writing Prize

Compete in the 2018 Calvin Writing Prize, open to students age 13-19 who live or attend school in Vermont. First place prize: $1,500; Runner-Up prize: $500.
Deadline: May 11, 2018.

For more information please visit their website at

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
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
ArtisTree Happenings!
This is a partial list of featured drop-in classes and events.  Visit our website for a full listing or to register:
Sat Feb 10 – Garden of Wisdom Family Event, 10am, FREE
Sat Feb 10 – Cocoa and Canvases Workshop for kids, 10am
Wed Feb 14 - Playgroup to families, 9:30am, FREE
Wed Feb 14 -  Sensory Lab for Tots, 9:30am, $5
Thurs Feb 15 – Morning Jam, 9am
Thurs Feb 15 - A Little Lunch Music, 1pm
Thurs Feb 15 – Interplay Jazz Jam, 7pm, FREE 

*Upcoming Events*
Sunday, February 11th
Lyle Brewer, Guitarist, 4pm. Brewer has been a staple of the Boston music scene for the last ten years. Ask any musician who has worked with him and they will laud his mastery of almost any style of music, with a maturity that belies his age.

Thursday, February 15th

Interplay Jazz Jam. 7-10pm at ArtisTree.
Jazz lovers, join us for a musical treat! Interplay Jam Sessions are like an open rehearsal where anything can happen… but the music is guaranteed to be fabulous!|To learn more or to register visit Interplays Website

Saturday, February 17th
FEARless presents LOVE. 7pm Show • 8:30 Dance Party.

 Thursday, 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, February 23rd
Chloe Brisson Quartet, 7:30pm. Jazz vocalist Chloe Brisson and her quartet play original compositions and Jazz standards. As a young, passionate vocalist who is devoted to bot the tradition and the craft of jazz, Brisson aspires to be a positive and innovative addition to the jazz community in the years to come.
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!

Job Opportunities

Killington Diner
We're looking for weekend dishwashing/prep help. Saturday's and Sunday's and holiday weeks.

It's an entry level job. Pays $10.50 and typically stars at 8am-4pm

They can stop in or give a call
Killington Diner 802-422-8422
2841 Killington Access Rd.
The Mountain Creamery is looking to hire in their ice cream scoop shop during the Feb. break [2/17 - 25] Contact # is on Job board in the west office.

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