National Honors Society
On Friday, Oct. 22, the PHS chapter of the National Honors Society (NHS) participated in a community service project at the senior center. Under the guidance of Mary Thomas, executive director of the Young at Heart Senior Center, the group of students raked leaves around the center’s property. NHS will accomplish a number of service projects throughout the year and coordinate a variety of fundraisers to support the community.
Horace Greeley Writers’ Conference
The eighth annual Horace Greeley Writers’ Conference held on Saturday, Oct. 23 at Poultney United Methodist Church on Main Street in Poultney was a success! Workshops included journaling, expressing your ideas, poetry, publishing, and most importantly writing prompts per each speaker.
Seventh-graders Joe Brown and Amanda Dunlap attended with their teacher and Horace Greeley Foundation education committee member, Catherine M. Oliverio.
“What I liked about the Horace Greeley Conference was how I actually learned something,” said Brown. “My most favorite part was when Ann Duncan talked about publishing. It was cool to hear how books are started. I can’t wait till next year’s.”
“I thought the conference was fun, informational, helpful, and I had a good time,” said Dunlap. “I met new people and learned new things about writing. I would go again.”
Spirit Week (Oct. 25-29)
Spirit week proved to be a success! The students especially enjoyed getting into the spirit coming up with creative and ingenious outfits for each day.
Senior Skit Night
Senior Skit Night was held Friday, Oct. 29, from 7-9 p.m. in the PHS gym. This yearly event is traditionally held honoring the seniors, as they depart PHS with a walk down from GMC followed by a bonfire. The cheerleaders, football teams, and parents create and act out skits to commemorate the seniors, as well as mock in jest faculty members. The PHS gym is usually filled to capacity, with all in hysterics. The sentimental part of the evening is the slide show of the seniors over their years at PHS.
The PHS marching band participated in the annual Rutland Halloween Parade on Saturday, Oct. 30. PHS’ theme this year was the Blues Brothers. The Pumpkin Princess Leah DelPezzo competed in the Peg TV competition on Oct. 26. Although she was not crowned the queen, she rode in the Rutland Parade.
Yearbook Committee Meetings
Every Thursday, except for Nov. 2, the yearbook committee will meet in the PC lab from 3-5 p.m. until Christmas break.
“Meet Lucy Stone”
The Poultney Historical Society and PHS present “Meet Lucy Stone.” Storyteller Judith Black portrays “the shining star” of the women’s rights and anti-slavery movements in an inspired living history performance 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 3, at PHS. A reception with Ms. Black immediately follows the performance with light refreshments provided by Green Mountain College’s WAGE Club (Women and Gender Events).
PHS Climate Survey
PHS is asking all community members to participate in a school climate survey. This survey can be found on our website, www.phsvt.org. PHS is re-evaluating our programs, including the academics and total school climate. Your input is valuable to us. PHS is a community school, and you are the community. The students took the survey in school. Feel free to stop by the school should you not have access to a computer. The deadline for the survey has been extended to Nov. 12. Thank you for your help in this matter.
The Rutland Southwest Supervisory Union Arts Alliance is pleased to offer “Art Therapy” sessions throughout the district. Our first workshop is “Felting with April” at Middletown Springs Elementary school Saturday, Nov. 13, from 10 a.m. until 11:30/noon. There is a $5 materials fee. If you want to attend, please email April at firstname.lastname@example.org or give her a call at 446-2116. Class size is limited to 15 participants.
Senior Caps and Gowns
Paul Trono from Balfour will be here Thursday, Nov. 18, from 7:15 to 8 a.m. to measure seniors for their caps and gowns. If Stafford students cannot make it that day, Trono will be at Rutland High School in the cafeteria during all lunches on Tuesday, Nov. 9.
The PHS athletic department is looking for used ACE bandages for the training room. If you have them and would like to donate them, please give them to Maureen Capman.
Coats for Kids—there is a box set up in the lobby of PHS.
PICO Mountain Free Ski Pass
Academic excellence applications are available in the guidance office. If you made Principal’s List or High Honors twice last year you are eligible.