News & updates
News & updates
Race, Equity: Learning About Racial Justice in VT Schools:
Rebecca Haslam will visit RU January 24th
Rebecca Haslam, a veteran Vermont educator, former Vermont teacher of the year, and consultant at Seed The Way (www.seedtheway.com) will visit RU on Wednesday, January 24 from 10 a.m. to 1p.m.
Haslam consults with schools on issues of equity and bias, and will be meeting with students to discuss her work in forming Racial Justice Student Alliances in Vermont schools. She will also be available for a lunch-time meeting with parents and community members interested in learning more about her work.
The student/faculty forums will be held during Advisory and lunch; parents and community members will have an opportunity to meet with Haslam between 12 and 1:00. Topics will include race, equity, schooling, and parenting in rural Vermont, ad especially here in Randolph/Braintree/Brookfield. Parents or community members wishing to attend should RSVP to Lisa Jacobs in the RU Main Office.
Parent/Community Meetings Continue
Faculty, Staff and Students are Invited!
For the last two years, RU Principals have been hosting monthly informational meetings that are open to parents and community members. At our last meeting on Wednesday, December 13, a parent helped facilitate a discussion about school start times and the length of the school day. That discussion evolved into a longer conversation about how our schedule can best serve the needs of our students, and how the current schedule is working.
The parent/community group will return to this topic at our upcoming meeting on Wednesday evening, January 17, from 5:30 – 7:30. Students and faculty members (always welcome) are invited to this session to help the group frame questions for a survey to stakeholders about what’s working well and what could be better in our current schedule: from start time, length of day, to call back and skinnies/blocks.
Mind Your Own Business!
RU and RTCC Students Discover Entrepreneurship
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's Steve Croucher: More Than Just the "AD"
Failure Is His Fuel: Randolph AD a High-Level Triathlete
By Jared Pendak
Valley News Staff Writer
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Courtesy of the Valley News
While off-road triathlete Steve Croucher’s results competing in last month’s Xterra World Championships in Hawaii might not have been what he was aiming for — equipment issues led to dehydration and a middling time of 3 hours, 20 minutes, 28 seconds — the trip was nonetheless successful.
The next day, the 28-year-old Randolph Union High athletic director proposed to girlfriend Joanna Ferreri during a sunset cruise around Maui, and she said yes.
Plus, Croucher finds plenty of value in coming up short.
“I love failure, because it’s an opportunity to learn,” said Croucher in an interview from his office at Randolph, where he’s in his third year as the Galloping Ghosts’ AD. “If you fail, to me, it’s a good sign. It means you have plenty more to work on, and you won’t get overconfident.”
Read the whole story here: http://www.vnews.com/Steve-Croucher-off-road-triathlete-13788023
RU Students are off to Germany
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.
Middle School to 8th Graders: Get LOST
Some 8th grade students were sent into the woods and riparian area behind the school recently and told to get LOST. Luckily, RTCC teacher Matt Dragon was on hand to help them find their way.
LOST, a popular program started by now retired RU teacher Dean Meltzer, stands for “Learning Outdoor Survival Techniques. This year, it’s been taken over by Ag Tech program director Matt Dragon, who led the class to the woods to teach students observational skills and basic scientific tracking methods.
“Riparian means relating to or situated on the banks of a river, “ Dragon said. “The students were using their senses of sight, smell, and hearing to observe animal signs and activity. From birds "mobbing" an animal to tracks and insect galls, there are many animals living in the forested areas of Vermont, including in the forest behind the school. We saw evidence of raccoon, deer, great blue heron, and a squirrel. Scientific tracking is using scientific methods for determining the track by it's characteristics, such as size, stride, gait, etc. “
Needless to say, LOST group found its way back in time for the bus.
ETC Theater Kicks off its 2017 Season With Two Comedies
Two outrageous comedies are joining forces at Randolph Union High School this fall. “The Fifteen Minute Hamlet” and “The Bible in 30 Minutes … or Less” were presented in “Two Shows, One Night” from October 19-21.
The unusual split bill is a reaction to an abundance of new talent. “I had eleven walk-ons this fall,” noted director BC Rainville. “These are great kids – who I hadn’t anticipated being a part of the theater program. Replacing the planned production with two one-acts just made sense.”
Leading the cast of the “Fifteen Minute Hamlet” were two Seniors, Lukina Andreyev and Josh Huffman, and Junior Philip Papp. In addition to student-directing the production, these three are Ophelia, Hamlet, and Claudius respectively.
If the play’s title seems familiar, that’s because Tom Stoppard’s reduction of Shakepeare’s masterpiece helped RU claim a state championship in 1997. “I have great memories of that cast and crew.” noted director Rainville, “those young people introduced me to the Randolph stage. It was a wild ride – and I quickly became aware that this was not high school theater, but theater performed in a high school.”
“The Bible in 30 Minutes … Or Less,” has a history at Randolph Union as well. “Lauren Soares, Ben Strange, and Katie Yawney loved this script,” Rainville noted. “They convinced me to let them perform the work – which came to us from a Christian School in the Midwest. It’s a tour de force for young actors – and great fun to watch.” Seniors Ethan Johnson and Amanda Rosalbo, last seen in “Peter and the Starcatcher,” are sharing the task of student directing.
Interact PBL Blood Drive a Huge Success
Members of Scott Sorrell’s Interact PBL (Project Based Learning) class organized a blood drive recently on behalf of the American Red Cross / Northern New England Region.
Good planning; good marketing; good advertising; and outstanding class participation resulted in 69 donors walking through the door, and 58 units of blood being donated. "It was an outstanding effort," said Account Manager Donna Sepkowski. "I heard it was so busy we actually had a bunch of walk-outs. Please share my thanks with everyone. You guys ROCK."
The Interact PBL encourages students to take what they know about the world and their passions, and connect it to their strengths, skills, and futures to challenge themselves to grow. The class’s mission to implement one local and one international service project each year.
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.