Principal's Corner

This week's newsletter highlights the valuable partnership WUHSMS has with the Hartford Area Career and Technology Center (HACTC). The Eighth Grade Team shares about their recent visit to the HACTC. Ms. DeBourgnuignon illustrates how a student welding project blends industrial mechanics and world literature. And Ms.Leland writes about the HACTC information session for students in tenth grade. These examples show how this partnership creates more opportunities for WUHSMS students to extend their learning.
Best Regards,
Mr. Smail
Best Regards,
Mr. Smail


Eighth Grade Students Visit Hartford Area Career & Technical Center
This week, as part of the annual Career-Futures Project, all eighth grade students visited Hartford Area Career and Technology Center (HACTC) for a first-hand look at the diverse programs HACTC offers. Students--and faculty--were impressed with what they saw. When asked which programs stood out to them, students spoke enthusiastically about what they had seen, including HACTC's commercial kitchen and restaurant, the salon of the cosmetology program, the automotive programs and welding programs, and the computer technology program. Grace Ward, one of the students who saw HACTC for the first time this week said, "I really liked visiting Hartford. I have been thinking about what I want to do in high school, and I really liked the STEM program there. It is good for middle schoolers to see what is available at Hartford." Erin Hanrahan, who is new to the eighth grade teaching team this year, commented, "I was so impressed with what I saw at Hartford--the amount of engagement and the level of the work that the students are doing is really phenomenal." 
Students Connect WUHSMS to Work at HACTC
After reading Homer's, The Iliad, and comparing his Achilles' shield with the same shield in W.H.Auden's poem, students were asked to choose between the two pieces and create their own shields from what they 'saw' when reading the ancient or modern text. This shield was created WUHSMS students Caden White and Evan Alsup. Caden and Evan attend the Industrial Mechanics & Welding)program at HACTC
"Most Likely to Succeed" @ The Town Hall Theater | Thursday, Feb. 8th
Join us for a screening of this award-winning film and an evening of dialogue about what matters most for students today.
Thursday, February 8th
Woodstock Town Hall Theater
Most Likely To Succeed examines the history of education in the United States, revealing the growing shortcomings of conventional education methods in today’s innovative world. The film explores compelling new approaches that aim to transform learning as we know it. After seeing this film, the way you think about “school” will never be the same.
Participants will be required to attend 3 working group retreat days (8:30 - 3:00) and to read 2 texts
To apply to be part of this group, please click here. Applications due 1/26/18

Portrait of a Graduate Work Group
Windsor Central Supervisory Union is looking for educators, parents, community members, business leaders and current and former high school students to participate in a working group that will help create our district’s “Portrait of a Graduate.” Simply stated, a portrait of a graduate defines what we believe is most critical for our students to know and be able to do by the time they graduate from Woodstock Union High School. To get a better sense of the goal, please click here to see what Fairfax County, VA Public Schools developed for their Portrait of a Graduate .
Having this profile well articulated will help inform the district’s strategic priorities that will be developed next fall and the instructional decision making across our schools. Please consider lending your voice and perspective to this important project.                  
This work is part of an ongoing community discussion that started early this year and includes an upcoming screening of the Most Likely to Succeed documentary and the establishment of a district-wide Innovation in Learning Study Group. Our conversation is focused on how Windsor Central Supervisory Union can best prepare students for a rapidly changing, interconnected digital world and exploring and learning from how other learning institutions are meeting this challenge.
Participants will be required to attend 3 working group retreat days (8:30 - 3:00) and to read 2 texts
To apply to be part of this group, please click here. Applications due 1/26/18


Grace Voller '18 Recognized as Vermont Presidential Scholar Nominee

Monday January 8, the Vermont Agency of Education recognized the state’s 2018 Presidential Scholar nominees in a ceremony at the Vermont Statehouse. Senior Grace Vollers is one of the 2018 nominees.
The Vermont Presidential Scholars Program recognizes graduating high school seniors who show outstanding scholarship, leadership and service to their communities. Twenty (10 male and 10 female) scholars are nominated in the general category, and five scholars are nominated in the Career and Technical Education category (CTE).
All Vermont scholars will be invited to apply to the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, which will announce its winners in May 2018. Additional Vermont students may be chosen to apply by the U.S. Department of Education based on ACT and SAT scores. Each year, up to 161 students are named as national Presidential Scholars – one of the highest honors for high school students. 


All School News and Events


  • January 10, Coffee with the Principal, 5:30-6:30 pm
    January 10, WUHSMS School Board meeting ,7:00 pm

    January 15, Martin Luther King Jr. Day: School Closed
    January 16-19, Mid-term exams, link to exam schedule


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