On November 8th, AP US History students took a tour that focused on the Hudson River School paintings in the collection at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park.  Students focused on paintings by Thomas Cole, Albert Bierstadt and William Bradford that exemplify Hudson River School themes that focus on nature and techniques that highlight great attention to detail.  The students participated in Visual Thinking Strategies while on the tour and also met National Park personnel.  Please click here to view an online exhibit of the Hudson River School paintings in the collection at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park.  Click on the image to view the entire gallery.

On November 4th, Tamara Ellis Smith, author of Another Kind of Hurricane gave a presentation in the library to seventh grade students and their teachers, all of whom are reading her book as part of their Topical Storm Irene project.  Another Kind of Hurricane is a beautifully written book about tragic loss and the healing powers of friendship for the two main characters -- Zavion, displaced from his home in New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina, and Henry, devastated by the accidental death of his best friend in Vermont. During her presentation, Tam explained her own writing process and how it required grit, passion and self-discipline.  After her inspirational presentation, she talked about her use of metaphorical language, symbols and literary devices. She finished with an engaging question and answer section and revealed she is currently working on her next book.  Find out more about tamara Ellis Smith here.  Click on the image to view the entire gallery.


We have several outdoor learning spaces in the Woodstock area, both on campus and off campus.  Our school garden was established several years ago and it has quickly become a valuable space for teacher and learning along with our greenhouses and composting bins.  This week our school garden was officially put to bed!  Our Locally Grown students with the help of Kat Robbins, our place-based education coordinator, found a window of time between snowflurries and raindrops to plant the garlic, harvest the remaining (sweet!) carrots, create new pathways, and add protective mulch to the beds.  Click on the images to view the entire gallery.

We love to get ouside and explore this beautiful world we live in.  Recently Gwen Hagenbarth's geometry classes completed their annual pilgrimage to area covered bridges to learn about the role that truss systems play in building design and construction. Thanks to Seth Westbrook of Hillside Designworks for his time and expertise.  Click on the image to view the entire gallery.

Join us for a talk by Cindy Pierce: SEXPLOITATION, Helping Kids Develop Healthy Sexuality in a Porn-Driven World.


Monday, November 14, 2016 - 6:30 pm
Woodstock High School Library
100 Amsden Way, Woodstock, VT 05091

Free of Charge, Public Welcome


Cindy Pierce is a social sexuality educator and comic storyteller who is on a mission to give students perspective and information so that they can better navigate cultural, media and peer pressures, particularly around their social lives and sexual relationships. She also equips parents and educators with key information to help them guide their kids and students through these murky waters.

By weaving together expert opinions, personal anecdotes, and the real feedback of today’s college and high school students, Cindy helps make those ‘difficult’ conversations a little less difficult for everyone.

She is the author of Sexploitation: Helping Kids Develop Healthy Sexuality in a Porn-Driven World (Bibliomotion, 2015) and Sex, College and Social Media: A Common Sense Guide to Navigating the Hookup Culture (Bibliomotion, 2016).

Sponsored by:  The Ottauquechee Health Foundation

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Students are welcome to come with their parents to the evening presentation but be aware that the focus will be on the challenges of parenting in a digital world. Both the middle and high school students will have their own separate age appropriate presentations from Cindy during the day where she will be focusing on topics that are relevant to their lives.


If you have any further questions contact Vali Stuntz and she can give you more information.


Vali Stuntz

School Counselor
Woodstock Union Middle School
802) 457-1930 or (802)457-1330 ext. 1226


Congratulations to our own Ryan Becker, 8th grade physical science teacher.  Ryan was selected to be one of six educators from across the United States for Science Friday's Educators Collaborative.

These six teachers, who have found inspiration in Science Friday media, have put together a group of teaching resources that anyone can use to go out and do the science we cover every week. Science Friday’s education program assistant, Xochitl Garcia, and two of our new teacher collaborators, Ryan Becker and Katharine Hinkle, joined host Ira Flatow on Friday, October 21st to kick off an inspiring partnership in science education.

Here's a link to the show segment.  Give it a listen. http://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/introducing-the-science-friday-educator-collaborative/

Here's a link directly to Ryan's first contribution to the collaborative about illustrated graphs that contains work samples created by our very own students.




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