Friday, December 18, 2015

Friday Notes 12-18-15

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Wednesday, December 23rd:

Wednesday, December 23rd will be a half-day for grades 8-12 and all WCSU schools.  The buses will pick up our students at 11:30am and they will be served lunch before they leave for the holiday break.  THERE IS NO SCHOOL FOR 7th GRADERS.  Vacation ends on January 3, 2016 and we will see you back in school on Monday, January 4, 2016.

Powerschool Changes:

The Windham Central Supervisory Union has updated Powerschool to the latest version (9.1) and there is one important change parents need to be aware of, which is to the Parent Access portal.  Parents need to create a new account.  The instructions on how to do that are located here.

Project Feed the Thousands:

The Leland and Gray Chapter of the National Honor Society wraps up Project Feed the Thousands and its winter clothing/bedding drive on December 22.  If you have items to donate and need information as to how to do so, contact advisor Annie Landenberger at or 365-7355 x 204.  Heartfelt thanks from NHS --and from the community--for all that's been donated thus far.

Parent Advisory Group:

There will be no Parent Advisory Group this month.  Please contact the Principal directly if you have a topic to discuss.  See you on Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

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.

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.

From the Nurse:

For those students who are immunization exempt due to philosophical, religious, or medical reasons, a form has been sent home for an updated signature. Please return signed forms to the nurse’s office. Exemption forms must be updated yearly. If your child has received an updated immunization, please let the school nurse know as well, so that it can be documented. If you have questions or concerns about immunizations, please contact Jen Burke, School Nurse at Leland and Gray or email

Scholarship Opportunity:

Marlboro College selects a Renaissance Scholar from every state in the US.  If chosen the recipient will receive 4 FREE years of college.  Find more information here.

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

Tech Tips:

Resolutions Every Family with Tweens and Teens Should Make in 2016 

by Caroline Knorr at Common Sense Media

With tweens and teens spending more time on media than ever, these strategies can help to keep their experiences safe, productive, and fun all year long.

If you're feeling overwhelmed about managing your tween or teen's screen time, you're in good company. With 8- to 12-year-olds averaging nearly six hours a day on entertainment media and 13- to 18-year-olds racking up a whopping nine hours, according to The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Tweens and Teens, you'd be forgiven if you felt like throwing in the towel. But there's good news:  Parents who are actively involved in their kids' media lives help them consume less, make better choices, learn, and understand more of what they're interacting with. So even if your tweens and teens know way more about media and technology than you do, you can still help them navigate the digital world safely, responsibly, and productively.

Read More: Parenting, Media, and Everything In Between

Word of the Week:

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.


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 not be running next week. It will resume running on Monday, January 11th.

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:
Photography: Wednesdays
Explore the creative world through the lens of a camera with renowned photographers/artists Fran Janik and Christine Triebert. 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. Designer 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: January 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 afterschool 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 Email:


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Ice Skating Dance:

The West Townshend Country Store:

The West Townshend Country Store will be hosting a night of live music on Friday, December 18th, brought to you by Sugar Daddies in Recovery performing "folk music with a rock and roll heart" on guitars, stomp box, and percussion.   Delicious Wood fired pizza is available for only $10.00

This week's Take Away Tuesday on Tuesday, December 22nd will be featuring fennel rubbed pork loin, fire roasted apple sauce, sweet potatoes, and harvest vegetables!

Each meal is $10.00 and we encourage you to pre-order your meals so we can make sure to have enough by either calling the store at (802) 874-4800 or stopping by in person! Food will be ready for pick up between 5:00-7:00 pm!

Visit their Facebook page at for more details, directions, or contact information.

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


Help Needed:

The Booster Club is looking for parents/community members interested in helping work the Concession table at home basketball games. The money raised by the Booster Club at these events is extremely vital to some of the purchases made for all sports in Athletics.

The will have a sign up sheet at all home games with available dates.

Please help our Booster Club with their continued support!

Holiday Varsity Basketball Tournaments:

The following is the link for the Keene State High School Tournament:

This page has ticket prices, as well as updated scores and match-ups throughout the tournament.  

Additionally, for the first time, we will be broadcasting the championship games for each of the three divisions over the web.  For just $8 per game anyone can watch on a computer, tablet, or mobile phone.   The link to watch and purchase the broadcasts is here:  Please note that the games will only show up on the Portal the day of the game, since we will not know the match-ups in advance.  

Finally, we will also be selling DVDs of the championship games online.  To order, please go here:  The DVDs are $10 each or $25 for all three games.  

Any questions about the broadcasting or the DVD sales can be directed to Abe Osheyack at

Basketball Schedule:

Please check Digital Sports for the full season schedules and updates as dates may change.

DayDateTimeEventSportH/AOpponent/TitleFacilityResultBus Depart
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 SchoolsL&G Gym
Tue12/22/157:00PMGameBoys (V)HVs. Windsor SchoolsL&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
Mon1/04/166:00PMGameGirls (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
Thu1/07/166:30PMGameGirls (V)A@ Proctor Junior / Senior High SchoolTBD4:15 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 (7TH)HVs. Brattleboro UnionTBD
Wed1/13/165:15PMGameGirls (7TH)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 SchoolTVMHS Gym
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 UnionTBD
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