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nicaragua'Service Learning' Students Off to Nicaragua

Students from the “Service Learning” Project-Based Learning (PBL) class departed on Sunday, April 15th (in an ice storm) to travel to the city of San Ramon, Nicaragua to spend 10 days teaching elementary school students about North America; about the importance of learning to read; how to solve problems and puzzles; and even a little about American soccer.

“Our goal,” says Senior Amanda Rosalbo, “is to help address the illiteracy problem facing Nicaraguan kids in some of the poorer parts of the country. We’ve all been writing, illustrating, and translating short stories to teach kids about our part of the planet, plus they have built in activities designed to help kids expand their thinking and learning.”

The students will stay at the homes of various host families in the city during their stay, giving them an even closer look at life in a Latin American country.

“We’ll be working with seven different elementary schools,” said RU Spanish (and PBL) teacher Simona Talos, “as well as a night school, where a number of adults go, after work, to learn reading and literacy skills. The essential goal of the trip is to help students, both young and old, break out of the cycle of illiteracy that keeps then trapped in poverty.”

RUHS Club Does Its Best To Make a Better Worldinteract
Courtesy of The Herald, April 5, 2018; Photo by Tim Schroeder

Recently, five members of the RUHS Interact Club met with the Sunrise Rotary Club to tell them firsthand what the club is doing for projects and fundraisers.

Rielle Brassard and Sarah Rea spoke about the “Hands in Outreach” program. The students are sponsoring a young woman who lives in Kathmandu, Nepal. For $500 a year, she is able to stay in school and further her education, something that could change her life forever.

The students are also working to raise money to bring her to Randolph for a visit, and helping her her to get into college in Kathmandu. This has been an ongoing relationship with the Interact Club for several years now. The girl’s academic interests are engineering, law, and learning English.

Micro Loans
Student Ben Osha explained the Kiva program, which started out with $400. This program makes zero-interest micro loans to help people around the world to make opportunities for themselves and their families. Kiva sends updates to the club when loan money is returned.
Some 75% of the applications are from women from Pakistan and Tanzania. More information is at

Children with Cancer
Sarah Garvin spoke about Camp Ta Kumta, a Vermont camp that is free for children with cancer. The program includes a “mom’s retreat” and winter weekend programs. The students are working on collecting formal wear, costumes, prom dresses and baseball gear.
The Interact Club will visit the camp on May 1 to clean up the outside and deliver the costumes, Sarah explained.  Sorrell noted that the Interact Club hopes to build a gazebo at the camp, with the help of area Rotary clubs.

Blood Drives
Finally, Hunter Brassard shared about his involvement with the American Red Cross. He helps run the blood drives in Randolph, organizing students to put up posters and to help with the registrations. Hunter works with a Red Cross staffer to organize the schedule and line up the location of the drive.
Eight to 10 students help run each drive, while reaching out to families of students.
The next drive will be May 22 at RUHS, with a goal of 100 fair

It's Never Too Soon to Start Thinking About College!
On Tuesday, April 3rd, 15 RU juniors chose to take part in the annual Central Vermont College Fair. This years event took place at Norwich University with representatives from approximately 40 northeastern colleges in attendance.

Calvin Terrell Will Present at RUHS on March 27

Calvin Terrell is the founder and lead Equity Coach of Social Centric Institute, an organization designed to educate and train people of all ages to enhance human interactions for global progress.

He is the former Assistant Director of the National Conference for Community Justice/Anytown USA Arizona Region, and has taught for Upward Bound at Arizona State University. For more than twenty years, Calvin has led comprehensive workshops for valuing diversity, equity, and justice building in schools, corporations, and civic organizations for thousands of adults, children, and youth throughout the USA.

In 2000, Calvin was awarded the city of Phoenix Martin Luther King, Jr. “Living the Dream” award for his dedication to human rights. Calvin’s reputation for making a Calvin Terrellsustainable impact has afforded him collaborative venues with Chief Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, former Arizona Governor and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, and prompted Harpo Inc., Oprah Winfrey’s production company, to seek him out to provide justice seminars for Harpo employees and equity coaching.

Calvin is an educator/healer at his core. His techniques are engaging, relevant to all populations, multidisciplinary, and integrate modern advances of technology/research partnered with ancient arts of storytelling and visualization. Calvin’s greatest motivations are his marriage of 25 plus years, his four children, his faith, and service to others.

"28 Marchant" a Rousing Success
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The cast and crew of the ETC Theater Company has been busy all winter preparing to premiere a new play at Randolph Union - and the playwright was in the audience to witness it. “28 Marchant Avenue: SixSummers at Hyannisport” examines the lives and secrets of the Kennedy family – including JFK’s developmentally disabled sister Rosemary.

The second of Joe and Rose Kennedy’s nine children, Rosemary was lobotomized in a desperate attempt to impose normalcy and protect the future prospects of her now famous siblings.  Lukina Andreyev, a senior at Randolph Union, took a break from rehearsals to talk about her lead role, the play, and the enduring popularity of the Kennedy family. 

“Rosemary’s story was obscured because these are hard issues,” Andreyev stated while seated comfortably in the first row of the high school’s auditorium.  “But we’re in an age of unveiling. People are questioning image.  There have been so many revelations about public figures.  Americans are ready for this story to be told.”
When asked about the play’s central conflicts, Andreyev shared this insight:

“Rosemary was torn between wanting to be a Kennedy – and a individual.  It was hard for her to accept the molding that the children went through, not just because of her disability, but because she had a strong personality.  Rosemary fell victim to her father’s ambition.  Joe Kennedy wanted his children to lead - he laid the foundation for a political dynasty by manipulating the stock market and investing in Hollywood.  Three of his sons became senators, one rose to be president.  This play is about what was sacrificed in pursuit of that power.”

Rainville also revealed how the work came to Randoph Union.  “I found this script a year ago in New York City, when I was on sabbatical.   It had just been published, and the story spoke to me.  What happened to Rosemary Kennedy is a Greek tragedy – overreaching father destroying his child.  The playwright, Steven Carl McCasland, offered a very fair contract – and asked if he could come up to see the show.  That’s how the journey from page to stage began.”

“The universality of this story is striking,” Andreyev interjected.  “Joe Kennedy taught his children it’s not who they were that mattered, but who people thought they were.   The whole idea of image – cultivating and maintaining a public persona – a brand - is still with us today.”

8th Graders Present Check to Jocelyn House

As part of their 8th grade Community Service requirements, students at RU Middle School raised $100 for the Jocelyn House.  The proceeds came from a formal dance that they hosted on the evening of January 12th.

The dance was a big success with over 50 students attending. Good music, dancing and food sales resulted in a $100 profit.

The Middle-school students that coordinated and hosted the dance are members of teacher Craig Wiltse's Advisory.

Mind Your Own Business!
RU and RTCC Students Discover Entrepreneurship
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A group of 20 students at Randolph Union High School and Randolph Technical Career Center are pioneering a new class model called Entrepreneurial Math, which is focused in relating mathematical skills to real-life business applications. The class is being jointly led by RU math teacher, Carol McNair, and RTCC Business Educator Wayne Goulet.

Each of the students has started their own micro-business, creating products, securing financing, developing marketing materials, and learning to use spreadsheets for accounting purposes.  

Assisted by local business people Kelly and George Gray from Compucount, and Attorney Roger Glovsky, the students will sell their products at school events, and on the RTCC website. They have also forged a partnership with the Randolph Downtown Deli where their items will be sold on consignment.  

Products include, but are not limited to, blankets, scarves, handmade soap, dog treats, jewelry, calendars, birdseed and traditional wreaths, and much more. For the remainder of the semester, students will interview local business people and entrepreneurs to better understand how mathematics is applied in different work settings.  

RU Co-Principal Elijah Hawkes, Northfield Guidance Director Jerry Cassels Discuss Social Media, Troubled Homes with VT Public Radio

Vermont Public Radio met recently with RU Co-Principal Elijah Hawkes and Northfield Middle/High school Guidance Director Jerry Cassels to discuss the impact social media, and troubled homes is having on students and education in Central Vermont.

According to Hawkes and Cassels, schools are increasingly being called on to help students deal with social and personal problems ranging from the negative effects of social media to trauma in their home lives; problems that can lead to disruptive behavior.

Read the story and tune in to the entire broadcast by clicking here.

Senior Dakota Browder Takes 3rd in Miss Teen Vermont Pageant
Uses her Senior Project to develop skills and confidence

Senior Dakota Browder will tell you she’s always been a little shy and lacking in self-confidence.  So when it was time to come up with an idea for her Senior Project, she wanted not only to challenge herself, but also to overcome some of the fears that she felt had always held her back.
“I wanted to prove to myself that I didn’t have to be afraid. That I had something to offer and that I could do something completely out of character,” she said.  “So I entered the Miss Teen Vermont USA pageant, and I came in third place….second runner up.”

And that earned Browder a $12k college scholarship, an audition for a modeling gig, and a whole lot of new confidence in herself and her abilities.

“It also helped me learn the importance of being mentally strong,” she said, “as well as the importance of helping and investing in others. I was surprised – but happy – to learn how supportive all the other contestants were with one another. The phrase I kept hearing that day was ‘Strong is the new skinny’. I would love to help others overcome their fears like I did.”

Confidence. Empathy. And a pretty hefty college scholarship. Now that’s a Senior Project success story.

RU Students are off to Germany

Cuxhaven travelers

Students at Randolph Union High School have numerous opportunities to travel to other countries, and the latest group will be leaving in late November to visit our sister school, BBSCuxhaven - the "Berufsblidende Schulen" located on the North Sea in the coastal community of Cuxhaven, Germany.

Students and chaperones from RU travel to Cuxhaven, Germany bi-annually in order to experience German life (and high school) with host families and partnered students.

In the off years, students from Cuxhaven travel to Vermont to experience our way of life. The visiting students are hosted by local families and shadow RUHS students through a variety of classroom and extra curricular activities. 

Twelve Students are Inducted into the National Honor Society


Inductions for the 2017-18  Randolph Union High School National Honor Society were held on Wednesday, September 20. Twelve new members were inducted by members of the RU faculty, and will join the three returning members of NHS.

Inductees were led into the media center by Advisor Kelly Tucker, and were called up individually by various faculty, who spoke to the qualifications that earned them a place in the National Honor Society. They then received their stole, pin, and membership card. The ceremony was largely led by the newly elected officers, who lit a candle and read a passage on the importance of character, leadership, scholarship and service. The NHS pledge was led by returning member, Jocy Turinetti, after which, refreshments were enjoyed by the newly inducted members, family and friends.

Members of the 2017-18 National Honor Society are; President Belial Mazzella, Vice-President Courtney Clement, Secretary Emily Grady, Treasurer Philp Papp, Shea Fordham, Morgan Fordham, Collin Fordham, Kasie Mills, Jocy Turinetti, Rielle Brassard, Ben Osha, Liam Connolly, Andrea Conniff, Lukina Andreyev and Nina Mazzella.