Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday Notes 9-26-14

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Guest Speaker:

There is no evening presentation for co-curricular students and parents. This year the event, Ed Gerety, will take place during the school day. If you are invited to attend the workshops with your student the high school workshop will be at 10:20 in the main gym and the middle school workshop will be 12:00 in the main gym.

On September 26th, Ed Gerety will be coming to Leland and Gray to talk about leadership and growth. Ed graduate from the University of New Hampshire where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. At 22 years of age he established his own business dedicated to helping others develop as leaders and reach out and make a difference. Since that time he has shared his powerful message in all 50 states, Canada, and Europe. He is the author and co-author of five books on the topics of leadership and personal development.

There will be a sixty minute presentation starting at 9:10. Community members are invited to the 9:10 presentation. Parents please come to his workshops in the afternoon with your student, times to be announced.

Watch his video here! and for more information contact Jaclyn Hamilton.


All students in grades 10 & 11 are encouraged to sign up for the PSAT which will be administered on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, at Leland & Gray. The cost is $14 and the sign-up sheet is in the main office. Practice booklets should be picked up at sign up. This is a great practice test for the SAT. Any questions, please see Mary Martin, Sarah Grasso or Ms. Z.

Sophomores and Juniors:

“Try a Major Day” at Vermont Tech’s Williston Campus on Friday, November 14th.  This is not a typical “tour the campus day.”  It's a day when sophomores and juniors will participate and interact with a major program they’re interested in learning more about.   

A sampling of the major activities, agenda for the day and individual registration information may be found at:

Programs available at the Williston Campus Try a Major Day:  Aviation, Business, Computer and Information Systems, Dental, Electrical, Computer and Electromechanical Technology, Nursing & Respiratory Therapy

College Representative Visits:

The schedule for college rep visits so far this year is as follows:
Green Mt. College- Sept. 29, @ 10:45am  University of New England- Sept. 29 at 1:00pm Mass College of Liberal Arts- Oct. 2 @1:30pm  Lyndon State College- Oct. 17 @ 9:00am Bard College-Oct. 21 @11:30am  Castleton State College- Nov. 7 @ 9:30am Bryant College- Nov. 7 @ 1:00pm

“Paying for College” Workshops:

Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC) will offer free workshops at local high schools to help families plan how to pay for college and training after high school.

November 18th Leland and Gray UHS Library 6:30 p.m.

If you cannot attend this session, visit for other local sessions.

7th Grader Parents & Guardians:

A reminder that the class field trip to hike the Long Trail up Bromley Mountain and ride the Alpine Slides down is next Wednesday, October 1st.  The rain date is next Friday, October 3rd.  Students will leave at 8:00 am and return by 2:30 pm.  Questions, please contact

You can find a link to the 7th Grade Homework Chart on the Leland & Gray homepage.  It is the first option under the "Teacher Web Pages" menu:

Please contact Johanna Liskowsky-Doak, Rence Ricohermoso, Amanda Dixon or Joe Towle with any questions!

Leland & Gray Fall Parent Conferences:Fall Parent Conferences are October 16, 2014. Please e-mail Patty and let her know your student’s name, grade and what time you would like your conference to start and she will do her best to schedule your conference based on your preference. Patty will e-mail you back the week of September 22nd.

A Note From the School Nurse:

Each year the Brattleboro Reformer Christmas Stocking distributes warm winter outerwear to all local children ages 0 to 15 if they meet the financial eligibility.

Any parent who would like a Reformer Christmas Stocking application, please call Arlene Hanson, L&G School Nurse, at 802-365-7355 X126 or email at to request one. All applications must be returned to Arlene by October 7th; self-referrals are not accepted by the Christmas Stocking Committee.

Green Ninjas:

L&G Environmental Action Force (LEAF) - If you are interested in addressing environmental concerns and having some fun outdoors, come to the lunch meetings every Thursday. Where? if you have MS lunch meet in Ms. Davis' room (A6), HS lunch meet with Ms. Nyzio in the FACS classroom (C3). We want to plan our first after school hike and find out what you want to accomplish this school year.


After School Snack/Dinner:

After School Snack is now a more substantial amount of food – a meal, which will be free for everyone! Come enjoy some food and take advantage of this great opportunity for the L&G Community.

After School Programs:

After School programs have begun! The offerings including Ukulele, Computer Refurbishing, Jr. Iron Chef, Set Building & Construction, Dungeons & Dragons, Biking, LGTV, Ultimate Frisbee, Badminton, CLEA & GSA. Information can be found here. Please stop by Phoebe’s desk to register or fill out the registration form found here and return it to Phoebe. Drop in a session to check it out!

Also, remember HEY! Help has started and runs the following times: Mon-Fri 7:15-7:45 in the Library and Mon - Thurs 2:45-4:15, Mon in A11, Tues-Thurs in the Library.

Rocktoberfest 2014:

Rocktoberfest 2014, an All-School Outdoor Dance and Bonfire, is happening on Friday, October 10, 2014 from 7:00 - 10:00  ...brought to you by the SPIRIT TEAM! Earn spirit points for your class by attending!  Admission is just $5.  Dance to the music by professional DJ's Peak Entertainment.  Challenge your friends in the new Gladiator Arena.  Make smores by the bonfire.  Eat some great hot foods from the Leland & Gray Boosters Club.  This event will happen rain or shine in the L & G gymnasium!  Last year 240 students attended.  Can we beat that this year?

Music Night:

The L&G Friends of Music is sponsoring a MUSIC NIGHT! It will take place in the Dutton Gym at 7PM on Friday, October 3rd. Not only will there be awesome music but you can pre-order freshly baked pizzas to enjoy as you listen to the awesome music. See Mr. Kelley or Mr Goodemote to pick up your pizza order forms. Forms are due Sept. 29th.

Late Bus:

The bus runs most weeks Monday through Thursday at 4:30pm until the end of May 2015 leaving from A Level. There is no bus on Fridays, early-release days, or winter activities days. The Late Bus does not run every week that school is in session. Please see the schedule below.

Below are the dates the late bus will be available: Monday, Sept. 15 - Thursday, Oct. 16 Monday, Nov. 3 - Thursday, Dec. 11 Monday, Jan. 5 - Thursday, Feb 12  Monday, Mar. 2 - Thursday, Apr. 9 Monday, Apr. 27 - Thursday, May 28

Please make alternative transportation arrangements for the dates the bus is not available.

After School Programs: Jr. Iron Chef:

Do you like to cook? Can you create a meal from available ingredients? Do you like to eat? If so, come join the 2014 winning Jr. Iron Chef (JIC) team and be a part of next spring's winning team! Jr. Iron Chef will be having an organizational meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 23,at 2:45 pm in the FACS room. Come learn what JIC is all about and help develop the recipe that will win the competition again this year. See Mrs. Jones for more information.


Ski Sale:Vermont Ski and Sport will be holding a sale Friday, September 26th – Sunday, September 28th.  If you take advantage of the sale, please mention Leland & Gray and the Chinese Language Excursion Group will receive a donation from the store.

West Townshend Farmers’ Market:

Every Friday until October 10th from 4-7, rain or shine, the Farmers’ Market will be held at the West Townshend Country Store. Local vendors and musicians will be at the Market.

Guiding Good Choices Parent Education Series:

Starting October 1st and ending Oct. 29th Every Wed. 5:30-7:30 At Jamaica Village School

The goal of the Guiding Good Choices program is to prevent substance abuse among teens by teaching parents of preteens and younger adolescents the skills they need to improve family communication and family bonding. The program draws on extensive research that demonstrates the critical importance of bonding in reducing or inhibiting adolescent participation in antisocial behaviors.

During the course of the Guiding Good Choices program, parents will learn specific strategies to help their children avoid drug use and other adolescent problem behaviors, and develop into healthy adults. Parents will learn to set clear family guidelines on drugs, as well as learn and practice skills to strengthen family bonds, help their children develop healthy behaviors, and increase children's involvement in the family.

Since there is clear evidence that the child-rearing practices, attitudes, values, and behaviors of parents influence whether their children will use drugs, the Guiding Good Choices program is designed for parents. Education that begins during the preteen years and early adolescence is key for helping parents reduce their child's risk for drug use as a teen.


Upcoming Athletic Games:

Please check Digital Sports and the L&G homepage for any schedule updates. 

DayDateTimeEventSportH/AOpponent/TitleFacilityResultBus Depart
Fri9/26/144:00PMGameGirls (V)A@ Green MountainGr.Mountain2:45 PM
Fri9/26/144:00PMGameGirls (JV-B)HVs. Burr and BurtonSoccer Field
Fri9/26/144:00PMGameBoys (JV-B)HVs. Burr and BurtonSoccer Field
Fri9/26/144:30PMGameBoys (V)A@ ProctorTBD1:45 PM
Fri9/26/147:30PMTournamentGirls (8TH)ATVMS TournamentTwin Valley MS6:00 PM
Sat9/27/146:00PMTournamentGirls (8TH)ATVMS TournamentTwin Valley MS4:30 PM
Mon9/29/144:00PMGameGirls (JV)A@ Bellows Falls Union High SchoolHadley Field2:15 PM
Mon9/29/144:00PMGameGirls (V)A@ Bellows Falls Union High SchoolLower Field2:15 PM
Tue9/30/144:00PMGameBoys (V)A@ Stratton Mountain SchoolTBD2:15 PM
Tue9/30/144:15PMGameBoys (7th-8th Purple)HVs. Brattleboro UnionTBD3:15 PM
Wed10/01/143:45PMGameGirls (8TH)A@ Westmoreland Middle SchoolTBD2:15 PM
Wed10/01/144:00PMGameGirls (JV)HVs. Brattleboro UnionSoccer Field
Wed10/01/144:00PMGameGirls (V)HVs. Brattleboro UnionSoccer Field
Wed10/01/145:00PMGameBoys (8TH)A@ Westmoreland Middle SchoolTBD2:15 PM
Thu10/02/144:00PMGameBoys (V)HVs. Brattleboro UnionSoccer Field
Thu10/02/144:00PMGameBoys (JV)HVs. Brattleboro UnionSoccer Field
Thu10/02/144:00PMGameBoys (MS)A@ Green MountainGr.Mountain2:45 PM
Fri10/03/144:00PMGameBoys (JV)HVs. Twin ValleySoccer Field
Fri10/03/144:00PMGameGirls (JV)HVs. Twin ValleySoccer Field
Mon10/06/144:00PMGameGirls (V)A@ Windsor Jr/SrHS soccer field1:45 PM
Mon10/06/144:00PMGameBoys (7TH)HVs. WINCHESTER SCHOOLTBD
Mon10/06/144:00PMGameBoys (7th-8th Green)HVs. Hinsdale High SchoolTBD
Mon10/06/145:15PMGameGirls (8TH)HVs. Hinsdale High SchoolTBD2:45 PM
Tue10/07/144:00PMGameBoys (8TH)HVs. Marlborough Middle SchoolTBD
Tue10/07/144:00PMGameGirls (8TH)HVs. Marlborough Middle SchoolTBD
Wed10/08/144:00PMGameBoys (V)A@ Springfield High SchoolTBD2:00 PM
Wed10/08/144:00PMGameGirls (V)HVs. Twin ValleySoccer Field
Wed10/08/144:00PMGameBoys (JV)A@ Springfield High SchoolRMS Oval Field2:00 PM
Wed10/08/144:00PMGameBoys (MS)HVs. Green MountainTBD
Thu10/09/143:45PMGameBoys (8TH)A@ Chesterfield Middle SchoolTBD2:30 PM
Thu10/09/145:00PMGameGirls (8TH)A@ Chesterfield Middle SchoolTBD2:30 PM
Fri10/10/144:00PMGameBoys (V)HVs. Mill River UnionSoccer Field
Fri10/10/144:00PMGameBoys (JV)HVs. Windsor Jr/SrSoccer Field
Fri10/10/145:00PMTournamentBoys (7th-8th White)ATVMS TournamentTwin Valley MS3:30 PM
Sat10/11/142:00PMGameGirls (JV)HVs. Bellows Falls UnionSoccer Field
Sat10/11/144:00PMGameGirls (V)HVs. Bellows Falls UnionSoccer Field
Sat10/11/146:00PMTournamentBoys (7th-8th White)ATVMS TournamentTwin Valley MS7:45:00 AM
Tue10/14/144:00PMGameBoys (8TH)A@ Putney Middle SchoolTBD3:00 PM
Tue10/14/144:00PMGameGirls (8TH)HVs. Putney Middle SchoolTBD
Tue10/14/144:00PMGameBoys (V)HVs. Woodstock UnionSoccer Field
Wed10/15/144:00PMGameBoys (JV)HVs. Sharon AcademySoccer Field
Wed10/15/144:00PMGameGirls (JV)HVs. Sharon AcademySoccer Field
Thu10/16/144:00PMGameGirls (8TH)A@ Dummerston Middle SchoolTBD3:00 PM
Fri10/17/144:00PMGameGirls (V)A@ Arlington MemorialArl. Park2:00 PM
Mon10/20/144:00PMGameBoys (JV)HVs. Mt. AnthonySoccer Field
Mon10/20/144:00PMGameGirls (JV)HVs. Mt. AnthonySoccer Field
Mon10/20/144:00PMGameBoys (8TH)A@ Dummerston Middle SchoolTBD3:00 PM
Tue10/21/144:00PMGameGirls (8TH)HVs. Kurn Hattin HomesTBD
Tue10/21/144:00PMGameBoys (7th-8th White)A@ Kurn Hattin HomesTBD2:45 PM
Wed10/22/14TBATournamentBoys (V)HVPA PlaydownsTBD
Wed10/22/14TBATournamentGirls (V)HVPA PlaydownsTBD
Thu10/23/14TBATournamentGirls (V)HVPA PlaydownsTBD
Thu10/23/14TBATournamentBoys (V)HVPA PlaydownsTBD
Thu10/23/144:00PMGameGirls (8TH)HVs. Walpole Middle SchoolTBD
Thu10/23/144:00PMGameBoys (8TH)HVs. Walpole Middle SchoolTBD
Fri10/24/14TBATournamentBoys (V)HVPA QuarterfinalsTBD
Fri10/24/14TBATournamentGirls (V)HVPA QuarterfinalsTBD
Sat10/25/14TBATournamentGirls (V)HVPA QuarterfinalsTBD
Sat10/25/14TBATournamentBoys (V)HVPA QuarterfinalsTBD
Tue10/28/14TBATournamentGirls (V)HVPA SemifinalsTBD