Friday, November 20, 2015

Friday Notes 11-20-15

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Junior Class Fundraiser:

Dribbling and Dunking, Saturday 12/12 at noon, grades 1-6

An afternoon of basketball skills and games with Leland and Gray Varsity players

Meet in the main gym lobby at 12:00 for snacks or 1:00 to play

Rebel Gear for Sale:

The Booster Club's online store has reopened online and will stay open for orders until December 4th. Take a look at the exciting Rebel gear...makes for great holiday gifts!

High School Semi-Formal:

The High School Semi-Formal Dance is December 4th from 7:00-10:00pm at Dutton Gym. Ticket cost is $6.00 for one person or $10.00 for a couple. Come out and enjoy the winter wonderland!!!!

8th Grade Parents:

8th grade homework assignments build on what has happened that day in class.  The lesson is taught and assignments are typically begun in class.  They need to be completed before the next class.  Without completed homework, students will not be as successful in the next day.  This design is intended to help 8th graders become more independent learners, a skill needed for high school.  Please check Power School daily to see what the day's homework assignment is, and ask to see your child's homework when it is completed.

School Handbook Update:

The following definition has been added to Student Handbook – Lookalike Containers and Products

On p. 54 of L&G’s 2015-16 Student Handbook is an explanation of the mandated Vermont State policy F07, Student Alcohol and Drugs. Much of this handbook section lists detailed consequences of students under the influence or who bring or distribute drugs, drug paraphernalia, or alcohol at school. Until now, a definition of these substances or related items has not been included. Beginning November 2, 2015 and until further notice, the definition will be included as follows:

DRUG: For the purposes of this policy, the word “drug” includes alcohol, non-alcoholic malt beverages, beverages with any amount of alcohol, narcotics, hallucinogenics, amphetamines, barbiturates, marijuana and all other controlled substances as defined by and federal statute or regulation. It also means any substance represented to be a “drug” as defined above, including “look alikes,” ergogenic and performance enhancing substances, and paraphernalia, including containers, specifically or reasonably associated with drug use.

From the Music Department:

On Friday, November 20th thirteen Leland and Gray music students will be traveling to Brattleboro Union High School to participate in the Connecticut Valley Music Festival Association's Fall Music Festival. Veronica Stevens, Alice Coyne, Caroline Mehner, Haileigh Travers and Kirsten Munson will be in the middle school chorus. Gregory Holland, Karson Petty, Fairen Stark and Felix Judd-Wright will be in the high school concert band and Sarah Andersen, Susie Francy, Emma Urbaska and Gabrel Vanni-Phillips will be in the jazz choir. The middle school group will be in a concert at 3 PM and the high school groups will have their concert at 5PM on Saturday, Nov. 21st. Both concerts are in the BUHS Auditorium.  The next Friends of Music meeting will be December 2nd at 5:30 in the music room.

Winter Activities:

It’s that time of year again and we welcome you to join us for all of your L&G Winter Activity equipment needs – rentals of skis, snowboards and boots.  We encourage you to come in before the Thanksgiving holiday so we can get your child(ren) outfitted for the season.  The season runs from 10/23/15- 4/30/16.

Our season lease price this year will be the same as last year:  $79 for skis, boots and poles; $99 for snowboards and boots.  OR you may purchase the equipment as follows:  $89 for skis, boots and poles; $120 for snowboards and boots.

In response to the growing inquiry about helmets, we have teamed with Giro and Smith to offer helmets to Refuse to Use participants at the reduced range of $50-$80.  The benefit of these helmets is the size adjustability that will provide several years of use for your child.

We thank you in advance for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Think snow!

Tom, Suzy and the Norse House Team
Norse House Ski & Sport
31 VT Route 30
Bondville VT

Tech Tip:

From the Nurse:

Just a reminder, that applications for BOOTS 4 VERMONT KIDS are in the nurse’s office. The deadline to get applications in is approaching quickly. If your child is in need of winter boots for the season and you are having difficulty purchasing them due to financial restraints, please contact Jen Burke, School Nurse at Leland and Gray or email @ This program is funded by the Stratton Foundation. All applications are due by December 4th.  Boots will be available for pick up on December 18th.

Juniors & Seniors & Their Parents/Guardians:

Every week Sarah sends out an E-newsletter containing all things college and career. Many of you are on the list to receive it, but many are not! There is so much information pertaining to life after high school, this is the most effective way to communicate it to you. If you do NOT get this e-letter, please email Sarah and request to be added to the list.

Summer Opportunity:

Duke Youth Programs is a part of Duke University Continuing Studies and has provided summer academic enrichment for academically motivated youth for over 30 years. Each summer approximately 650 youth from around the nation and world, representing some 22 states and 5 different countries, attend one of our summer programs.

Duke Youth Programs open for registration on December 1st! They offer 13 different programs for students from grades 6-11. All programs seek to engage learners in innovative, interactive, transformative learning experiences. Co-curricular social and recreational activities are carefully planned and delivered to complement the instructional day. The camp “learning community” approaches learning as a shared responsibility among students, instructors, and counselors.

For more information on how to register for our programs, please visit our website at You can also contact our office by sending an email to or giving us a call at (919) 684-2827

From Jaclyn:

As your children grow, they will be encouraged to try new things. Some of those things may be harmful to their health, if not illegal. The younger a person is when they start using alcohol or other drugs, the greater the risk is for them to have a substance abuse problem. You play a critical role in their choices. Your child will be less likely to use alcohol and other drugs if you: talk about the risks, listen to their feelings and concerns, are involved in their life and they feel close to you. Talking about feelings will help your child identify strong feelings and learn to share them in healthy ways. The key is to start talking about the risks early, before your child is exposed to them.  Here are a few ways to work on communication with your child. Be a good listener. When they speak, give them your full attention, and even repeat what you hear in your own words. Keep your emotions in check, stay calm even if they say something that shocks you. 

For more information visit –Jaclyn Hamilton S.A.P

Governor's Institute:

Vermont's flagship summer program for talented teens, the Governor's Institutes offers 8 summer Institutes that gather teenagers from every high school in Vermont to study in-depth on the topics of their choice, such as Arts, Engineering, Mathematics, Information Technology, Entrepreneurship, Current Issues and more. All Institutes are residential, take place on college campuses, and offer sliding scale tuition to meet all family budgets.  Please visit:

Skyler Nupp, a Senior at L&G pictured with friends during Governor's Institute of the Arts, Summer 2015.

From CLEA:

From CLEA - Civic Leadership Education and Action

This year's CLEA group, Erelyn Griffin, Lindsey Vachon, Max Cramp, Sam Harrison, Miranda Wilkins, Owen McDonald, and Aiden McCormick, have been working on ideas to bring social justice issues to the forefront and generate reflection and conversations in the L&G community.  To this end, they have organized the assembly for Monday, November 30, to introduce a guest speaker, Dr. Janaki Natarajan, who will give a brief overview of a few social justice themes, and then during Block B have an in-depth discussion of these themes in the Library. The discussion will focus on feminism, discrimination, education, climate justice, and youth activism.  The CLEA students will also conduct and video tape an interview with Janaki prior to the assembly, of which they plan to show segments on LGTV.

Dr. Natarajan, from Bangalore, South India, has spent her life working in and
promoting education for social change.  She has lived and worked in South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, Angola, China, India, and Washington, DC.  She currently is the director of the Teaching for Social Justice program at Marlboro Graduate School, in Brattleboro.  Janaki is an engaging and passionate speaker, and she is warmly revered by her students.

You are encouraged to join us in the Library for the Block B discussion!  If you do not plan to attend but have students who would like to participate, please allow them to do so with a pass.  Let us know if you will bring a class so we can arrange seating before the discussion.


Junior Iron Chef Fundraiser:

The L&G Junior Iron Chef group is doing a Pampered Chef fundraiser. (We need money for the registration and travel expenses to the state competition in Essex Junction, Vt in March.) 

If you don't know, Pampered Chef is a line of high quality kitchen utensils, gadgets, pans, etc. Orders can be placed online by going to 

At the top of the home page, select "find a show." Enter " Susan Jones" as the host name or "Leland & Gray Jr Iron Chef" as the organization. From there you can view products and securely place an order online. The products can be shipped directly to you, for an additional shipping expense.

Orders are due by 11/30/15. If you have any questions contact Susan Jones 365-7355, ext. 128 or

Thank you for supporting my students love for cooking!

LEAF Program:

L.E.A.F. (L&G Environmental Action Force and Outdoor Club)

On November 20th 4 - 5 students from LEAF and CLEA will be attending the VT Youth Climate Summit at UVM. The summit is in its 2nd year and is sponsored by Senator Bernie Sanders. The summit was created to provide a venue for VT youth to have a voice, work together for change and to address environmental issues facing us today. 

What we do as a club:

  • hike, snowshoe, and learn wilderness skills
  • L&G School Community Garden
  • make and teach upcycled crafts
  • attend Youth Environmental Summits
  • educate ourselves and others on the outdoors, environmental issues and model sustainable practices

When? Every Friday HS lunch C4 and on occasion after school for a hike! 

Junior Iron Chef:

"Jr Iron Chef Vermont is a statewide culinary competition that challenges teams of middle and high school students to create healthy, local dishes that inspire school meal programs." (  The teams will meet every Tuesday afternoon throughout the school year to plan and practice for the state-wide competition held in the spring.If you enjoy cooking, are an aspiring chef, enjoy working with food and creating recipes... please join us on Tuesdays! Contact Susan Jones  for more information. or 365-7355, ext 128.

Late Bus:

Leland and Gray's after-school late bus will resume after Thanksgiving break.

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

The late bus runs Monday - Thursday.  The late bus does not run on half days or on Wednesdays during Winter Sports.

You can access the full late bus schedule here.

After School Programs:

Offerings including Computer Refurbishing, L&G TV, Jr. Iron Chef, Dungeons & Dragons, Mural Club
In addition there are the following Career Initiative programs running.
PhotographyWednesdays Christine Triebert will be conducting a series of workshops for four to five weeks in November and into December.  Focusing on the creative process, this will go beyond fine tuning your "selfies".  Chris has recently installed an amazing exhibit in Brattleboro and has some time to share her skills, experience, and wisdom with anyone interested in photography.  
Create in Three Dimensions: Wednesdays
Kristen Wilson will be leading a group focusing on Design, Computer Design, 3D printing.  These workshops will be using a number of different programs focusing on improving and understand new ways to design things on a computer and bring them to the 3D printer..
Architect David Cotton will be a guest discussing his career in design and showing some ways students could apply these skills in the real world.
Design & Construction 101: Thursdays
Students interested in furthering the connections from design to actual construction will join David Ahern on some building projects, beginning with simple in-school projects that will lead to more involved outdoor construction projects. Several community members will be assisting with the larger projects.

Nursing 101: Starts in December
Students will work with GCH nurse Desiree Plumley to learn some basic nursing skills, the many types of careers available in the field of Nursing and what it is like to actually be a nurse.  

Solar Energy 101: Start time to be announced
Students in this program will learn electronic basics and will be part of a team building a Solar Panel.  We hope it will actually work!  Support will be provided by staff from Integrated Solar and Soveren Solar.  Participants will learn about the careers now being offered in this field and get some practical experience learning how it works.
All after school programs at L&G are offered free of charge.
Also, remember HEY! Help 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.

See: Dale Stevens in room C5 (in the activity room) or


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Job Opportunity:

Stratton Mountain Resort is hiring! Positions available include Ticket Scanners, Tube Park Attendants, Ski & Snowboard Instructors, Parking Attendants and more! Please check-out now or call 802.297.4103!

Bus Drivers Needed:

West River Transportation LLC is hiring School bus drivers for home to school, field and sports trips. A CDL class B license with passenger and school bus endorsement is a must. Air brake endorsement a plus. Pay depending on experience. Call 802­365­9240 or email

Community, Hope and Action:

Community, Hope and Action presents the Third Saturday Concert Series:

On Saturday, November 21st from 6-9pm at the Townshend Town Hall, the band "Ten Gallon Swing" will be performing and there will be a chili cook-off!

To enter the chili cook-off concert, please contact Kate Venne at 365-4700.

And/or bring a potluck appetizer or dessert to share with your friends and neighbors.

Food Drop:

Job Opportunity:

What to make some extra money?

Call Laura Richardson at  802-221-4864 about these two opportunities:

Make a flyer for an event asap...$10.

Clean up after horses during a parade on Dec. 6th at 1:00pm...$20. 



All Middle and High School students interested in playing basketball for the L&G teams this winter, please sign up with Mr. Testo.  Also, make sure you have an updated physical within the last two years.  All forms are available in Mr. Testo's office on D Level.

The first day of practice for High School Basketball was November 16th.
The first day of practice for Middle School Basketball is November 30th.  All Middle School practices run from 2:45-4:15.

Basketball Schedule:

Please check Digital Sports for updates as dates may change.

DayDateTimeEventSportH/AOpponent/TitleFacilityResultBus Depart
Mon11/23/155:30PMScrimmageBoys (JV)A@ Burr and BurtonBBA Gym3:45 PM
Mon11/23/157:00PMScrimmageBoys (V)A@ Burr and BurtonBBA Gym3:45 PM
Tue12/01/155:30PMScrimmageGirls (V)A@ Thetford AcademyTBD3:15 PM
Tue12/01/155:30PMScrimmageGirls (JV)A@ Thetford AcademyTBD3:15 PM
Wed12/02/155:30PMGameBoys (JV)A@ Springfield High SchoolRMS Dressel Gym3:45 PM
Wed12/02/157:00PMGameBoys (V)A@ Springfield High SchoolRMS Dressel Gym3:45 PM
Thu12/03/155:30PMGameGirls (JV)HVs. Arlington MemorialL&G Gym
Thu12/03/156:00PMGameGirls (V)HVs. Arlington MemorialL&G Gym
Mon12/07/155:30PMGameBoys (JV)A@ Proctor Junior / Senior High SchoolTBD3:15 PM
Mon12/07/155:30PMGameGirls (JV)HVs. South Royalton High SchoolL&G Gym
Mon12/07/157:00PMGameGirls (V)HVs. South Royalton High SchoolL&G Gym
Mon12/07/157:00PMGameBoys (V)A@ Proctor Junior / Senior High SchoolTBD3:15 PM
Tue12/08/154:00PMGameBoys (8TH)A@ Kurn Hattin HomesTBD2:45 PM
Tue12/08/155:15PMGameGirls (8TH)A@ Kurn Hattin HomesTBD2:45 PM
Wed12/09/155:30PMGameGirls (JV)HVs. Windsor Jr/SrL&G Gym
Wed12/09/157:00PMGameGirls (V)HVs. Windsor Jr/SrL&G Gym
Thu12/10/154:00PMGameGirls (7TH)A@ Bellows Falls Middle SchoolTBD2:45 PM
Thu12/10/155:15PMGameBoys (7TH)A@ Bellows Falls Middle SchoolTBD2:45 PM
Fri12/11/155:30PMGameBoys (JV)HVs. Brattleboro UnionL&G Gym
Fri12/11/157:00PMGameBoys (V)HVs. Brattleboro UnionL&G Gym
Mon12/14/154:00PMGameBoys (7TH)A@ Twin Valley Middle High SchoolTBD2:45 PM
Mon12/14/155:15PMGameGirls (7TH)A@ Twin Valley Middle High SchoolTBD2:45 PM
Tue12/15/154:00PMGameBoys (8TH)A@ Walpole Middle SchoolTBD2:45 PM
Tue12/15/155:15PMGameGirls (8TH)A@ Walpole Middle SchoolTBD2:45 PM
Wed12/16/154:00PMGameBoys (8TH)A@ Putney Middle SchoolTBD2:45 PM
Wed12/16/155:15PMGameGirls (8TH)A@ Putney Middle SchoolTBD2:45 PM
Sat12/19/151:00PMGameBoys (JV)HVs. HartfordL&G Gym
Sat12/19/152:30PMGameBoys (V)HVs. HartfordL&G Gym
Sun12/20/155:00PMTournamentGirls (V)HKSC Zero Gravity Holiday TournamentKeene State College3:00 PM
Mon12/21/15TBATournamentGirls (V)HKSC Zero Gravity Holiday TournamentKeene State College
Mon12/21/154:00PMGameBoys (MS)HVs. Green MountainL&G Gym
Mon12/21/155:15PMGameGirls (MS)HVs. Green MountainL&G Gym
Tue12/22/15TBATournamentGirls (V)HKSC Zero Gravity Holiday TournamentKeene State College
Tue12/22/155:30PMGameBoys (JV)HVs. Windsor Jr/SrL&G Gym
Tue12/22/157:00PMGameBoys (V)HVs. Windsor Jr/SrL&G Gym
Wed12/23/15TBATournamentGirls (V)HKSC Zero Gravity Holiday Tournament (Snow Date)Keene State College
Sat12/26/152:30PMTournamentBoys (V)HKSC Zero Gravity Holiday TournamentKeene State College12:30 PM
Sun12/27/15TBATournamentBoys (V)HKSC Zero Gravity Holiday TournamentKeene State College
Mon12/28/15TBATournamentBoys (V)HKSC Zero Gravity Holiday TournamentKeene State College
Tue12/29/15TBATournamentBoys (V)HZero Gravity Tournament-KSC (Snow Date)Keene State College
Wed12/30/155:30PMGameGirls (V)A@ Green MountainGr.Mountain3:45 PM
Mon1/04/165:30PMGameGirls (JV)HVs. West RutlandL&G Gym
Mon1/04/167:00PMGameGirls (V)HVs. West RutlandL&G Gym
Tue1/05/164:00PMGameGirls (8TH)HVs. Kurn Hattin HomesTBD
Tue1/05/165:15PMGameBoys (8TH)HVs. Kurn Hattin HomesTBD
Wed1/06/165:30PMGameBoys (JV)A@ Arlington MemorialHigh School Gym3:30 PM
Wed1/06/167:00PMGameBoys (V)A@ Arlington MemorialHigh School Gym3:30 PM
Thu1/07/164:00PMGameGirls (8TH)A@ Hinsdale High SchoolTBD2:45 PM
Thu1/07/165:15PMGameBoys (8TH)A@ Hinsdale High SchoolTBD2:45 PM
Thu1/07/165:30PMGameGirls (JV)A@ Proctor Junior / Senior High SchoolTBD3:15 PM
Thu1/07/167:00PMGameGirls (V)A@ Proctor Junior / Senior High SchoolTBD3:15 PM
Fri1/08/164:00PMGameGirls (MS)A@ Green MountainTBD2:45 PM
Fri1/08/165:15PMGameBoys (MS)A@ Green MountainTBD2:45 PM
Fri1/08/165:30PMGameBoys (JV)HVs. Green MountainL&G Gym
Fri1/08/167:00PMGameBoys (V)HVs. Green MountainL&G Gym
Mon1/11/164:00PMGameBoys (8TH)HVs. Dummerston Middle SchoolTBD
Mon1/11/165:15PMGameGirls (8TH)HVs. Dummerston Middle SchoolTBD
Tue1/12/165:30PMGameGirls (JV)HVs. Bellows Falls UnionL&G Gym
Tue1/12/167:00PMGameGirls (V)HVs. Bellows Falls UnionL&G Gym
Wed1/13/164:00PMGameBoys (8TH)HVs. Brattleboro UnionTBD
Wed1/13/165:15PMGameGirls (8TH)HVs. Brattleboro UnionTBD
Thu1/14/164:00PMGameGirls (8TH)A@ Chesterfield Middle SchoolTBD2:45 PM
Thu1/14/165:15PMGameBoys (8TH)A@ Chesterfield Middle SchoolTBD2:45 PM
Thu1/14/165:30PMGameBoys (JV)A@ Twin Valley Middle High SchoolTwin Valley HS3:00 PM
Thu1/14/167:00PMGameBoys (V)A@ Twin Valley Middle High SchoolTwin Valley HS3:00 PM
Fri1/15/164:00PMGameBoys (8TH)HVs. Marlborough Middle SchoolTBD
Fri1/15/165:15PMGameGirls (8TH)HVs. Marlborough Middle SchoolTBD
Fri1/15/165:30PMGameGirls (JV)A@ Twin Valley Middle High SchoolTwin Valley HS3:00 PM
Fri1/15/167:00PMGameGirls (V)A@ Twin Valley Middle High SchoolTwin Valley HS3:00 PM
Tue1/19/165:30PMGameBoys (JV)HVs. Springfield High SchoolL&G Gym
Tue1/19/167:00PMGameBoys (V)HVs. Springfield High SchoolL&G Gym
Wed1/20/164:00PMGameGirls (7TH)HVs. Twin Valley Middle High SchoolTBD
Wed1/20/165:15PMGameBoys (7TH)HVs. Twin Valley Middle High SchoolTBD
Wed1/20/165:30PMGameGirls (JV)A@ Woodstock UnionTBD3:00 PM
Wed1/20/167:00PMGameGirls (V)A@ Woodstock UnionTBD3:00 PM
Thu1/21/164:00PMGameGirls (8TH)A@ Westmoreland Middle SchoolTBD2:30 PM
Thu1/21/165:15PMGameBoys (8TH)A@ Westmoreland Middle SchoolTBD2:30 PM
Thu1/21/165:30PMGameBoys (JV)HVs. PoultneyL&G Gym
Thu1/21/167:00PMGameBoys (V)HVs. PoultneyL&G Gym
Sat1/23/161:00PMGameGirls (JV)HVs. Green MountainL&G Gym
Sat1/23/162:30PMGameGirls (V)HVs. Green MountainL&G Gym
Tue1/26/164:00PMGameGirls (8TH)A@ Dummerston Middle SchoolTBD3:00 PM
Tue1/26/164:00PMGameBoys (7TH)HVs. Bellows Falls Middle SchoolTBD
Tue1/26/165:15PMGameGirls (7TH)HVs. Bellows Falls Middle SchoolL&G Gym
Tue1/26/165:15PMGameBoys (8TH)A@ Dummerston Middle SchoolTBD3:00 PM
Tue1/26/165:30PMGameBoys (JV)A@ Bellows Falls Union High SchoolHolland Gymnasium2:45 PM
Tue1/26/166:00PMGameGirls (V)A@ Mt. St. Joseph AcadMcDonough Gym3:45 PM
Tue1/26/167:00PMGameBoys (V)A@ Bellows Falls Union High SchoolHolland Gymnasium2:45 PM
Wed1/27/164:00PMGameGirls (8TH)HVs. Putney Middle SchoolL&G Gym
Wed1/27/165:15PMGameBoys (8TH)HVs. Putney Middle SchoolTBD
Fri1/29/165:30PMGameBoys (JV)A@ Green MountainGr.Mountain4:00 PM
Fri1/29/166:00PMGameGirls (V)A@ PoultneyTBD3:30 PM
Fri1/29/167:00PMGameBoys (V)A@ Green MountainGr.Mountain4:00 PM
Tue2/02/165:30PMGameBoys (JV)HVs. Proctor Junior / Senior High SchoolL&G Gym
Tue2/02/167:00PMGameBoys (V)HVs. Proctor Junior / Senior High SchoolL&G Gym
Wed2/03/165:30PMGameGirls (JV)HVs. Twin Valley Middle High SchoolL&G Gym
Wed2/03/167:00PMGameGirls (V)HVs. Twin Valley Middle High SchoolL&G Gym
Thu2/04/164:30PMGameGirls (8TH)A@ Brattleboro UnionBAMS Gym
Thu2/04/165:30PMGameBoys (8TH)A@ Brattleboro UnionBAMS Gym
Thu2/04/165:30PMGameBoys (JV)HVs. Twin Valley Middle High SchoolL&G Gym