Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday Notes 3-27-15

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Summer Opportunities:

Looking for something to do this summer? Look no further! Click the link below to see a wide range of non-academic and academic summer programs!!

Current Juniors:

Looking for an incredible summer experience that pays?!

CollegeQuest is free to those who apply, and includes all materials, room and board, and meals. This year, students will be awarded with 3 VTC credits for successfully having completed the college-level Human Biology Lite course offered by CollegeQuest, and each student completing the 5 weeks will receive a stipend in the amount of $1500. This is a huge opportunity for the rising high school senior who intends to pursue a career in healthcare or the health sciences following high school.  The CollegeQuest opportunity is available to students currently in the 11th grade (who will be seniors next year), and who will be the first in their family to receive a four year degree. They must be a VT resident. APPLY NOW!

LEAF Meetings:

L.E.A.F. - Leland & Gray Environmental Action Force
Want to farm?
Want to reduce how much trash L&G generates?
Want to make upcycled crafts with elementary students?
Want to attend student centered summits to make our school more sustainable?
Want to plan, build and plant a greenhouse at L&G?
Want to watch movies on science, art, nature, and other cool stuff?
Want to bring local produce to your cafeteria?
JOIN US! - We make things happen.

Middle School students - Thursday lunch meetings with Ms. Davis
High School students - Fridays lunch meetings with Ms. Nyzio


Late Bus:

The late bus will be running the following dates:
Monday - Thursday: February 23- April 16th
     It will not run:  April 27-30
Monday - Thursday: May 4-May 28th

The full schedule can be found here.

Junior Iron Chef Competition:

Congratulations to the Leland & Gray Junior Iron Chef competition team!  They recently competed in the Junior Iron Chef competition and while they did not bring home another title, they executed their dish perfectly!

Please congratulate them all for a job well done!

After School Schedule:

Just a reminder about our current after school offerings:
Monday:  AM and PM HEY! Help and Computer Refurbishing
Tuesday:  AM and PM HEY! Help, Set Construction (Dutton), Dungeons & Dragons (A3), LGTV & Aviation (IT Room) and DJ & Music Tech (Music Room)
Wednesday:  AM and PM HEY! Help, Anime/Manga Book Club (Library)
Thursday:  AM and PM HEY! Help and CLEA (B2)
Friday:  AM HEY! Help and GSA (B11)


Applications to be a Counselor in the 2015 SEEK program are now available at Phoebe's desk.  If you were a counselor last year, you still need to complete an application but you do not need to get references.  Applications are due April 10th to Thara Fuller at WCSU or April 8th to Phoebe's desk.  The applications can be found at Phoebe's desk and an envelope to return completed applications is also there.


Thrift Shop Bag Sale:

On Saturday, March 28, and Sunday, March 29, the Thrift Shop at the West Townshend Country Store will be holding a special end-of-winter sale.    Customers can fill up bags with items of their choice for $5.00 per bag.  Items include clothing and shoes for men, women and children as well as household items.  Hours are from 10:00am-5:00pm.  All proceeds from Thrift Shop sales benefit the non-profit West River Community Project. The Thrift Shop is located on the second floor of the West Townshend Country Store at the intersection of Route 30 and Windham Hill Road in West Townshend, VT.

The West River Community Project’s mission is dedicated to preserving and promoting the West River heritage in order to sustain a healthy future full of music, the arts and local agriculture. Its aim is to provide the community with local products, space for social activities and a collective sense of belonging. We promote cooperation amongst neighbors, involvement in local development, and awareness of influential issues, such as environmental conservation and public health. Through participation and contribution, we seek to improve lives and strengthen our community as a whole.

Contact:  Katherine DuGrenier  802.365.4400 /

Upcoming Events:

The West Townshend Country Store will be holding the following events:
Book Club April 13th

Plant Walk with Sally April 22nd

Permaculture Discussion April 30th at 6:00

Kimchi Workshop April 16th at 6;00
Worm composting and Vermiculture May 18th
Seed Swap and Seed Bomb workshop May 4th

Youth Services' Camp Fair:

Youth Services will host their Annual Summer Camp Fair on Friday, April 3, on Gallery Walk Night from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Its location this year has moved across the street to the Brooks House atrium in downtown Brattleboro.

Many summer camp providers will supply activities and entertainment for the children. The public is encouraged to take advantage of this great opportunity to arrange a fun-filled summer while being entertained. To entice the public to stop in, Youth Services is holding two free drawings for $100 credit toward a camp of the winner’s choice.

“Our Summer Camp Fair gives parents and grandparents the chance to register their children for many of the camps listed in our Summer Resources Calendar in one convenient location,” notes Julie Davenson, Youth Services’ Executive Director.

Parents will be able to pick up information about and register their children for nearly two dozen summer camp programs at the Camp Fair. Organizations that are hosting booths at the event include: Camp Hogwarts; Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center; Boys & Girls Club; Brattleboro Outing Club/Tennis; Brattleboro Community Television; Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Dept; Creating with Clay; Deer Ridge Farm; Girls Scouts of Green & White Mtns.; Green Mtn Camp; Hilltop Montessori School; Insight Photography; Kroka Expeditions; Magical Earths Retreat; Meeting Waters YMCA; New England Youth Theatre; River of Life; The Garland School; Vermont Wilderness School; and more!

Copies of Youth Services’ Summer Resources Calendar with information on these programs and many others will be available at the fair.  You can also pick up a calendar at area locations, including Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce, Brooks Memorial Library, and Youth Services at the end of March.

For more information, call Youth Services at (802) 257-0361 or visit, where you can download the listing.

Bowl for Kids Sake:

Team sign-ups sought in March for BOWL FOR KIDS’ SAKE benefit!
Families, friends and teams from work are invited to celebrate the 34th Annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake to benefit Youth Services’ Big Brothers Big Sisters program on Saturday, April 4.  The fundraising event will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with teams signing up in March for a one-hour time slot at Brattleboro Bowl on Putney Road. 
Call Youth Services at (802) 257-0361 for pledge sheets and to reserve a lane or for more information about becoming involved.  To download everything you need to organize a team, visit

Pizza Fundraiser:

The China Excursion Group will be running a Pizza Fundraiser in April.  Come to the West Townshend Country Store on Monday, April 6th from 5-7 and Build your own pizza.  Suggested Donation of $12.00 per pie.  Also 50/50 raffle winner will be drawn!

Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00
Hope to see you Monday night and thank you for supporting our trip to China.
Grace, Emma, Joel, Patrick and Luc

Tax Preparation Assistance:

United Way Windham County is offering two programs that provide FREE federal and state income-tax preparation services to eligible taxpayers: the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program and MyFreeTaxes.  

For eligible households earning $53,000 or less per year, a VITA sitewill be available in Brattleboro where IRS-certified volunteers provide FREE tax preparation. UWWC is also partnering with, a FREE on-line tool available to eligible households earning $60,000 or less a year. Call 2-1-1 for more information.

Sue Graff, M.S.
Community Investment Director
United Way of Windham County
1 Holstein Place, PO Box 617
Brattleboro, VT 05302

Community College of Vermont:

Community College of Vermont is offering a free course in Bellows Falls for high-school aged youth and young adults living in Vermont and New Hampshire.  Introduction to College Studies is a 28-hour course that provides an orientation to the college experience and career exploration.  This course helps participants make the transition to college and careers by exploring the skills and expectations necessary to succeed in academic and professional settings.  Introduction to College Studies is being offered in response to many requests we've received to provide a presence in the Bellows Falls area and make education and career development opportunities available locally. 
If you know of high-school aged youth, parents of youth and/or young adults who may benefit from this course, please share this information with them.   Individuals interested can contact me directly or self-enroll at
Please contact me with any questions or for more information.
Debra Grant
Academic Coordinator
Community College of Vermont

Jobs Available:

West River Transportation is in need of bus drivers for home to school and trip drivers. Anyone that has any interest in training for this position, please contact Bernardine at 802-365-9240 or by email at


Upcoming Events:

Please check Digital Sports for any changes.

Sat4/11/1511:00AMGameGirls (V) SoftballHVs. Otter Valley UnionSoftball Field 1- at school
Sat4/11/151:00PMGameGirls (JV) SoftballHVs. Otter Valley UnionSoftball Field 1- at school
Tue4/14/154:30PMGameGirls (V) SoftballHVs. Mill River UnionSoftball Field 1- at school
Tue4/14/154:30PMGameBoys (V) BaseballHVs. Mt. St. Joseph AcadBaseball Field- on campus
Wed4/15/154:00PMGameGirls (JV) SoftballA@ Mill River UnionHS Softball Field
Thu4/16/154:30PMGameGirls (V) SoftballHVs. Springfield High SchoolTBD
Fri4/17/154:30PMGameGirls (JV) SoftballHVs. Springfield High SchoolSoftball Field 1- at school
Sat4/18/1511:00AMGameBoys (V) BaseballHVs. Green MountainBaseball Field- on campus
Sat4/18/1511:00AMGameGirls (JV) SoftballHVs. Fair Haven UnionTBD
Sat4/18/151:00PMGameGirls (V) SoftballHVs. Fair Haven UnionSoftball Field 1- at school
Sat4/18/151:00PMGameBoys (V) BaseballHVs. Green MountainBaseball Field- on campus
Thu4/23/154:30AMGameBoys (V) BaseballA@ Woodstock UnionTBD
Mon4/27/154:30PMGameGirls (V) SoftballA@ Mill River UnionHS Softball Field
Tue4/28/154:00PMGameGirls (8TH) SoftballHVs. Hinsdale High SchoolSoftball Field 1- at school
Tue4/28/154:00PMGameBoys (8TH) BaseballA@ Hinsdale High SchoolTBD
Tue4/28/154:30PMGameBoys (V) BaseballHVs. West RutlandBaseball Field- on campus
Thu4/30/154:00PMGameBoys (8TH) BaseballHVs. Dummerston Middle SchoolBaseball Field- on campus
Thu4/30/154:30PMGameGirls (JV) SoftballA@ Otter Valley UnionJV Softball Field
Thu4/30/154:30PMGameGirls (V) SoftballA@ Otter Valley UnionOV Var Softball Field
Sat5/02/154:30PMGameBoys (V) BaseballHVs. PoultneyBaseball Field- on campus
Mon5/04/154:00PMGameGirls (8TH) SoftballHVs. Marlborough Middle SchoolSoftball Field 1- at school
Mon5/04/154:00PMGameBoys (8TH) BaseballHVs. Marlborough Middle SchoolBaseball Field- on campus
Tue5/05/153:45PMGameBoys (8TH) BaseballA@ Kurn Hattin HomesTBD
Tue5/05/153:45PMGameGirls (8TH) SoftballA@ Kurn Hattin HomesTBD
Tue5/05/154:30PMGameBoys (V) BaseballA@ West RutlandTBD
Tue5/05/154:30PMGameGirls (JV) SoftballHVs. HartfordSoftball Field 1- at school
Tue5/05/154:30PMGameGirls (V) SoftballA@ HartfordHHS Softball Field
Thu5/07/154:30PMGameGirls (V) SoftballA@ Slater Nation SportsTBD
Thu5/07/154:30PMGameBoys (V) BaseballHVs. Woodstock UnionBaseball Field- on campus
Fri5/08/154:30PMGameGirls (JV) SoftballA@ Slater Nation SportsTBD
Sat5/09/1511:00AMGameBoys (V) BaseballA@ Twin Valley Middle High SchoolWilmington/Baker Field
Sat5/09/1511:00AMGameGirls (V) SoftballA@ Twin Valley Middle High SchoolTwin Valley HS
Tue5/12/154:00PMGameBoys (8TH) BaseballA@ Chesterfield Middle SchoolTBD
Tue5/12/154:30PMGameGirls (V) SoftballHVs. HartfordSoftball Field 1- at school
Tue5/12/154:30PMGameGirls (JV) SoftballA@ HartfordHHS Softball Field
Tue5/12/154:30PMGameBoys (V) BaseballHVs. Otter Valley UnionBaseball Field- on campus
Wed5/13/154:00PMGameGirls (8TH) SoftballA@ Chesterfield Middle SchoolTBD
Thu5/14/154:00PMGameGirls (8TH) SoftballA@ Walpole Middle SchoolTBD
Thu5/14/154:00PMGameBoys (8TH) BaseballA@ Walpole Middle SchoolTBD
Thu5/14/154:30PMGameBoys (V) BaseballHVs. Black RiverBaseball Field- on campus
Thu5/14/154:30PMGameGirls (V) SoftballHVs. Windsor Jr/SrSoftball Field 1- at school
Fri5/15/154:30PMGameGirls (V) SoftballA@ Green MountainChester Rec softball
Fri5/15/154:30PMGameGirls (JV) SoftballHVs. Green MountainSoftball Field 1- at school
Mon5/18/154:30PMGameGirls (JV) SoftballHVs. Mill River UnionSoftball Field 1- at school
Mon5/18/154:30PMGameBoys (V) BaseballA@ Springfield High SchoolRMS Birsky/Wyman Field
Tue5/19/154:00PMGameGirls (8TH) SoftballA@ Westmoreland Middle SchoolTBD
Tue5/19/154:00PMGameBoys (8TH) BaseballA@ Westmoreland Middle SchoolTBD
Tue5/19/154:30PMGameBoys (V) BaseballA@ PoultneyTBD
Wed5/20/154:30PMGameGirls (V) SoftballA@ Windsor Jr/SrTBD
Wed5/20/154:30PMGameGirls (JV) SoftballA@ Green MountainGreven Field
Thu5/21/154:00PMGameBoys (8TH) BaseballHVs. Putney Middle SchoolTBD
Fri5/22/154:30PMGameBoys (V) BaseballHVs. Arlington MemorialBaseball Field- on campus
Sat5/23/1511:00AMGameGirls (JV) SoftballA@ Rutland High SchoolNortheast Field
Sat5/23/1511:00AMGameGirls (V) SoftballHVs. Rutland High SchoolSoftball Field 1- at school
Tue5/26/154:00PMGameGirls (8TH) SoftballA@ Hinsdale High SchoolTBD
Tue5/26/154:30PMGameGirls (V) SoftballHVs. Twin ValleySoftball Field 1- at school
Tue5/26/154:30PMGameBoys (V) BaseballHVs. Twin ValleyBaseball Field- on campus
Wed5/27/154:00PMGameBoys (8TH) BaseballA@ Dummerston Middle SchoolTBD
Thu5/28/154:30PMGameGirls (JV) SoftballA@ Springfield High SchoolRMS Bill Robinson Field
Thu5/28/154:30PMGameBoys (V) BaseballHVs. Springfield High SchoolBaseball Field- on campus
Thu5/28/157:00PMGameGirls (V) SoftballA@ Springfield High SchoolTBD
Wed6/03/154:00PMGameBoys (8TH) BaseballHVs. HINSDALE MIDDLE SCHOOLBaseball Field- on campus
Thu6/04/154:00PMGameBoys (8TH) BaseballA@ Marlborough Middle SchoolTBD
Thu6/04/154:00PMGameGirls (8TH) SoftballA@ Marlborough Middle SchoolTBD
Tue6/09/154:00PMGameGirls (8TH) SoftballHVs. Westmoreland Middle SchoolSoftball Field 1- at school
Tue6/09/154:00PMGameBoys (8TH) BaseballHVs. Westmoreland Middle SchoolBaseball Field- on campus