Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday Notes 1-29-16

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Hoops for Hope:

The 2nd annual Hoops for Hope will be on February 3rd and 4th vs Twin Valley.  The Girls JV will be playing on Wednesday, February 3rd at 5:30pm followed by the Girls Varsity at 7pm.  The Boys JV will be playing Thursday, February 4th at 5:30pm followed by the Boys Varsity at 7pm.  The event is in honor of Lexy Giallella and all the proceeds from the event go towards her scholarship.  The scholarship is awarded to a L&G senior.  We look forward to seeing you at the event supporting, honoring and remembering Lexy, her family and our community.

Annual School District Meeting:

The L&G Annual School District Meeting on Tuesday, February 2nd at 7:30pm has has been moved from the L&G Gym to the Dutton Gym right next door to the school.

Student Parking Lot:

When parking in the student parking lot below D level, please try to pull your car forward as much as possible.   Buses leaving from C level have been having difficulty exiting the parking lot due to space.  Thank you!

New Elective:

Writing for Real: A new course just for Middle School students!  

Open to all middle school students currently enrolled in Period 6 Academy, this workshop allows participants to explore different kinds of writing: poetry, lyrics, essays, news, blogging, advertising copy, short stories.   In the workshop, we'll read great examples of the writing you want to do; we'll talk about what makes them great, and we'll write for pleasure and exploration. You'll be encouraged to read and write outside of the workshop, but that won't be required.  In short: It's a no-homework class.   In the end, we'll publish a magazine boasting whatever edited and proofread work participants want to share.  In the process, you'll have a chance to learn a lot about correct, effective, creative, expressive, concise writing.  

Workshop leader: Annie Landenberger, a 2009 Bread Loaf Writing Conference contributor and a published writer with advanced training in grammar, usage, and mechanics.   

Interested?  Please see, call, or write  Ms. Landenberger, Ms. Grasso, or Ms. Zwolinski by Monday afternoon, February 1.  Contact info: Phone: 365-7355 x204 or x125;,,

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.

From the School Nurse:

The Food Service Advisory Committee will be meeting on February 2nd at 2:30-2:35 pm. If you are interested in discussing food services in our school, nutrition, or have ideas around student wellness related to schools and nutrition , please join us at Leland and Gray. Please contact Jen Burke, School Nurse at Leland and Gray if you have questions, or email

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.

Introduction to College Studies Course:

The Community College of Vermont (CCV), Brattleboro campus will be offering the very popular college preparatory class, "Introduction to College Studies"(ICS) this spring.  Introduction to College Studies (ICS) is a free, non-credited ​course ​that​ prepares high school students for college by helping them to set goals, problem-solve, manage time and stress, improve communication skills, take better notes, reduce test anxiety, and plan financially. To enroll in this class as a new CCV student, apply online and select a specific ICS course section. Want more information about ICS?  Visit

​ICS Course Schedule:

Day: Wednesdays, Feb 3 – May 4 (No classes on Feb 17 or April 20)

Time: 6:00-8:30 PM

Coordinator of Academic Services

Makeup Date: May 11

Instructor: Greg Blair

Where: CCV, 41 Harmony Place, Brattleboro

Please contact:​
Pam Bullock, M.Ed.
Community College of Vermont
41 Harmony Place, Brattleboro

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.

From Jaclyn, Student Assistance Professional:

The Vermont Department of Health has just released the results of a health impact assessment (HIA) on the regulation on marijuana in Vermont.  The HIA looks at the possible effects that could result from regulating and taxing adult marijuana use in Vermont. The assessment began for an extensive review of the existing literature to identify the strength of evidence associated with the potential health impacts. 

Impacts were then rated as not well researched, fair amount of evidence, and strong or very strong evidence. The Vermont Department of Health tried to go into every aspect of an adult Vermonters life, even looking to see if there was any research of skiing safety and marijuana. Though regulated marijuana would only be available for adults 21 or older the HIA did look at the Youth Risk Behavior Survey data for teen use. The data showed that when marijuana was involved so were other substances, violence, suicidality, and student assets decreased. 

Download the HIA 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

Leland & Gray Players:

Leland and Gray Players’ second show of its 20th season be William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. For years the Players have been asking to “The Scottish Play,” dubbed that for generations by superstitious actors.* All our students read Macbeth in 10th grade and they become rapt by its tensions, spirits, ghosts –and by its central theme:  Greed and gullibility can do you in!  Beware of “vaulting ambition”! 

The cast for Macbeth features many Player veterans and, happily, many new faces on the stage including Greg Holland known to audiences for his musical prowess; Sam Harrison, a running crew captain, and Cody Cutler, Jordan Gouger, and Owen McDonald, all known to us as excellent athletes.  This is what the Players are about:  Everyone is welcome.  Chloe Fawcett who debuted with the Players in Drood plays Malcolm rewritten as a woman’s role; Emma Urbaska, who also debuted in the fall is Lady Macbeth; Nathaniel Van Osdol is Macbeth. The remaining cast includes Sam Thibault, Adam Culver, Kenny Cashman, Alice Coyne, Rebekah Winot, Luke Parker-Jennings, Dakota Gervais, Abbie Hazelton, Trey Crego, Christian Cannella, Makaylee Cutts.  Fairen Stark and Anthony Corona are set and costume designers respectively.  Susie Francy is composing original incidental music for the production which plays Thursday, March 3 at 7; Friday, March 4 at 7:30; Saturday, March 5 at 7:30 and Sunday, March 6 at 3pm.
For more information—and to acquire a teacher’s packet for those who which to bring student groups—please contact Annie Landenberger:,802.365.7355 x204.

Save the Date:

This years prom will take place on Saturday, May 21st.


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 is running and will continue running until March 31st. Please remember, the late bus does not run on Winter Sports days (2/3, 2/10, 2/24, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23).

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:

Make your own holiday cards in the Library on  Feb.  2nd, 4th , 9th, and 11th 

HEY! Help runs the following times:  
Mon-Fri   Mornings   7:15-7:45  in the Library
Mon–Thu   Afternoons   2:45-4:15, Mon in A-11, Tue-Thu in the Library

After School Programs:
-Jr. Iron Chef on Tuesdays
-Dungeons & Dragons on Tuesdays 
-L&G TV  and  Story Telling on Thursdays
-Mural Club on Thursdays 
-Computer Coding and Games Creation on Thursdays
-Weight Training on Thursdays
-Create in Three Dimensions on Tuesdays and Thursdays 
-NEW>>> Ceramics on Wednesdays see Ms. Wilson for details 
-NEW>>> SAT prep

All after school programs at L&G are offered free of charge.

See Dale Stevens in room C5 (in the activity room) or for more information


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West River Valley Thrives:

This winter, West River Valley Thrives, a local coalition dedicated to “promoting healthy lifestyle choices with an emphasis on the prevention of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use by youth people”, will be hosting a new program for local parents. This workshop, called Active Parenting of Teens, is an evidence-based program for parents of children in fifth grade and up where parents will discuss issues unique to adolescence and the skills needed to parent their “tweens” and teens most effectively. 

The workshop will include information on parenting styles, problem solving and communication, responsibility and discipline, building courage and self-esteem, drugs and violence, as well as development and sexuality.

Active Parenting of Teens will be held over the course of four Saturdays from 9am-12pm at the United Church of Christ in Townshend (46 Common Rd); pastries and coffee will be provided. Free childcare will be made available with advanced notice. Also, all participants will receive a gas gift card worth $20 as a thank you for coming out on a Saturday morning to engage with other local parents on the topic of parenting. Interested parents should contact Kate Venne, Project Coordinator for West River Valley Thrives, at or 802.365.4700 to register. Check out our new website,, for more information about other upcoming West River Valley Thrives opportunities!

Rabbit Run Half Marathon and 5K:

An amazing event to support an even more amazing local preschool, Timson Hill Preschool.
This scenic route will take runners over gently rolling hills along the West River, across a historic iron bridge, and through quiet picturesque roads in Brookline. Proceeds from the event will benefit Timson Hill Preschool, a family cooperative, non-profit licensed preschool in Williamsville, VT.

For more details on the event, including pictures from the route and course map, visit the host page:
Registration is now open and you can register for event through the link below:
Half marathon registration fee - $60 until February 9th
5K registration fee - $30 until February 9th

Leland & Gray Community can contact Johanna Liskowsky-Doak with any questions:

The Collaborative:

Here are some upcoming events from the Collaborative:

The West Townshend Country Store:

For information about events at The West Townshend Country Store, 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


Basketball Senior Night:

The Boys Varsity Senior Day for basketball will be held on Saturday, February 13th at 12:30 in the Main Gym.

Please come support our Seniors as they play their last home regular season game!

Twin Valley Wildcat Invitational (7th Grade Basketball):

Where: Twin Valley Middle High School
When: Friday February 5 & Saturday February 6
3:30 Twin Valley Girls Red vs L & G Girls 
4:45 Twin Valley Boys Red vs L & G Boys 
6:00 Pioneer Girls vs Mohawk Girls 
7:15 Pioneer Boys vs Mohawk Boys

3:30 Girls Consolation 
4:45 Boys Consolation 
6:00 Girls Championship 
7:15 Boys Championship 

The games will have 6:00 minute quarters (VPA State Rules)

Concession Stand will be open – sponsored by the 8th grade class

AAU Basketball Sign Up:

The Vipers AAU Girls Basketball program will be hosting its annual Sign Up Day on Sunday, February 14th, 2016 at Hinsdale High School gym in Hinsdale, NH from 10:00 to 12:00. Team coaches and Board of Directors members will be there to answer any and all questions about our program.  If you are a female basketball player currently in grades  5 through 11, and are looking to expand and improve her player skills beyond the school season, our AAU basketball program might be the place for you!    Vipers Girls Basketball serves all skill levels and most age groups.  Our players come from many area towns, including Westmoreland, Chesterfield, Hinsdale, and Keene (NH); Wilmington, Marlboro, Dummerston, Townshend, Newfane, Putney, Vernon, Londonderry, Chester, Jamaica and Brattleboro (VT); and Greenfield and Northfield (MA). If you are new to our organization we strongly encourage you to attend our Sign Up Day so that we can meet you as a player, and you can meet us as coaches.  Team assignments are made based upon team needs and your town/team proximity. Fees for new players this upcoming Spring 2016 AAU season are $325 per player and includes participation in five tournaments, your own personal uniforms (home and away), gym costs, AAU insurance and AAU membership.  Discounts are available for families with multiple players, and as in the past, if special financial arrangements are needed so that your child can play please let us know.  If you want to play, we will try to make it possible! Fees for returning players who currently have their own uniforms are $250.  Returning Vipers players are encouraged to attend Sign Up, but it is not mandatory. Returning players should have their completed Registration and Code of Conduct forms returned along with payment to a Vipers organization representative by February 15th to assure your place on your team. Please feel free to come and go as you wish any time between 10 and Noon on Sunday, Feb 14th.  We look forward to meeting you on our Sign Up Day.

More information and registration forms are available on our website:

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

Please help our Booster Club with their continued support!

Basketball Schedule:

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

DayDateTimeEventSportH/AOpponent/TitleFacilityResultBus Depart
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
Mon2/01/164:00PMGameGirls (8TH)A@ Dummerston Middle SchoolTBD3:00 PM
Mon2/01/165:15PMGameBoys (8TH)A@ Dummerston Middle SchoolTBD3:00 PM
Mon2/01/165:30PMGameGirls (JV)A@ Bellows Falls Union High SchoolTBD
Mon2/01/167:00PMGameGirls (V)A@ Bellows Falls Union High SchoolHolland Gymnasium3:30 PM
Tue2/02/164:00PMGameGirls (MS)A@ Green MountainTBD2:45 PM
Tue2/02/165:15PMGameBoys (MS)A@ Green MountainTBD2:45 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
Thu2/04/16TBATournamentBoys (8TH)HCVJHL 1st Round GameTBD
Thu2/04/16TBATournamentGirls (8TH)HCVJHL 1st Round GameTBD
Thu2/04/164:15PMGameBoys (7TH)A@ Brattleboro UnionBAMS Gym
Thu2/04/165:30PMGameBoys (JV)HVs. Twin Valley Middle High SchoolL&G Gym
Thu2/04/167:00PMGameBoys (V)HVs. Twin Valley Middle High SchoolL&G Gym
Fri2/05/163:30PMTournamentGirls (7TH)HTVMS Basketball TornamnetTBD2:00 PM
Fri2/05/163:30PMGameGirls (7TH)A@ Twin Valley Middle High SchoolTVMHS Gym
Fri2/05/164:15PMGameBoys (8TH)A@ Twin Valley Middle High SchoolTVMHS Gym
Fri2/05/164:45PMTournamentBoys (7TH)HTVMS Basketball TornamnetTBD2:00 PM
Sat2/06/16TBATournamentBoys (7TH)HTVMS Basketball TornamnetTBD
Sat2/06/16TBATournamentGirls (7TH)HTVMS Basketball TornamnetTBD
Sat2/06/16TBATournamentGirls (8TH)HCVJHL TournamnetKeene HS
Sat2/06/16TBATournamentBoys (8TH)HCVJHL TournamnetKeene HS
Sat2/06/162:30PMGameBoys (JV)A@ Windsor SchoolsWindsor H.S.8:45 AM
Sat2/06/164:00PMGameBoys (V)A@ Windsor SchoolsWindsor H.S.8:45 AM
Sun2/07/16TBATournamentBoys (8TH)HCVJHL TournamnetKeene HS
Sun2/07/16TBATournamentGirls (8TH)HCVJHL TournamnetKeene HS
Tue2/09/165:30PMGameBoys (JV)A@ PoultneyTBD3:00 PM
Tue2/09/166:00PMGameGirls (V)HVs. Brattleboro UnionL&G Gym
Tue2/09/167:00PMGameBoys (V)A@ PoultneyTBD3:00 PM
Thu2/11/165:30PMGameGirls (JV)HVs. Woodstock UnionL&G Gym
Thu2/11/167:00PMGameGirls (V)HVs. Woodstock UnionL&G Gym
Sat2/13/1611:00AMGameBoys (JV)HVs. Bellows Falls UnionL&G Gym
Sat2/13/1612:30PMGameBoys (V)HVs. Bellows Falls UnionL&G Gym
Thu2/18/166:00PMGameGirls (V)HVs. PoultneyTBD