Friday, May 12, 2017

Friday Notes 5-11-17

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Radon Update:

Following the board meeting where radon levels were discussed, two things have happened:

1) The school's drinking water has been tested for radon and uranium and "both are under the limits for drinking water in Vermont." (Ian Schrauf, H2O Guy Environmental Services)

2) The radon mitigation work has been completed, to the degree that the suction tubes have been installed in the library and in the water tank room on D-level. Due to the quality of the soil under our building's foundation, we are not yet sure that the scope of the project with sufficiently reduce radon levels. We are exploring the installation of a more powerful exhaust fan to increase suction and lower the radon levels further. Stay tuned!

Service Learning in Ecuador in April 2018:

Have you ever thought of traveling to a foreign country to work beside the natives in a service learning project? Now is your chance to take a meaningful sustainable and unforgettable venture into the heart of Ecuador’s lush Amazonian rain forest, where you’ll find one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems. In Otavalo, you’ll experience the culture and heritage of the city, visiting the Mercados de los Ponchos—a famous market known for its local beautiful textiles—and learning how traditional crafts and meals are prepared when you visit a local family’s home. As you’re immersed in the Quito and Otavalo cultures, you’ll also put your hands to work: building and restoring local schools and promoting social justice.
For more information visit the EF Tours website:
If you are interested in this service learning travel opportunity, contact Susan Jones,
There will be a student and parent information night on Thursday, May 25, 2017, at 6:30 pm in the FACS room.

Writers and Illustrators:

CALLING ALL WRITERS AND ILLUSTRATORS--students, faculty and staff!
Please submit your work to Mimesis, the Leland and Gray Literary
Magazine, by Friday, May 12.  
Send to: ,,, OR
Questions? Ask Rachel Sorrell, Danielle Senn, Chloe Fawcett or Ms. L..

Prom 2017:

The Junior/Senior Prom will take place on May 13, 2017 at the Stratton Mountain Club from 7pm to 11pm. 
The theme is "Under the Stars".  
 Tickets are on sale now.  The cost of the tickets in advance are $35 for one and $60 for two.  The Grand March will begin around 7:45.  
Tux rentals are available at VT Artisans, Miller Brothers and Costume Ladies OR wear a nice suit and shoes.

SAT / ACT Registration:

If you have not yet taken one of these exams, it is highly recommended that you do so, at least once. Either exam is accepted at all schools that require standardized testing. Even if you think you are applying only to schools that do not require test scores, it is a really good idea to take one test!!! Better safe than sorry! 

ACT Test Dates:
June 10
To register, visit

SAT Test Dates
June 3
To register, visit

May School Lunch Menu:

Leland & Gray Players:

Leland and Gray Players’ last show of its twenty-first
season is Mac Wellman’s  Dracula.  Wellman’s is an “adaptation of
Bram Stoker's classic novel that preserves the Victorian tendencies of
his writing while veering wildly into new vampire territory…. Wickedly
clever language and an often nightmarish world combine to create a
Dracula unlike it's ever been seen before,”  according to
The characters are outrageous; the humor is ample and dark; the
student-created production design and incidental music will really
round out a pretty exciting evening, “ director and producer Annie
Landenberger adds.

Dracula plays Thursday, May 25 at 7pm; Friday, May 26 at 7:30 pm;
Saturday, May 27 at 3pm and 7:30; and Sunday, May 28 at 3pm, in Leland
and Gray’s historic Dutton Gymnasium on Route 30 in Townshend. Tickets
are $6 for adults; $4 for student and seniors. Staging is
environmental: Audience may sit at tables in the midst of the action
or on the periphery of the
multi-staged set.

All refreshments and delicacies are by donation. For more information
and to reserve in advance, contact Annie Landenberger at 802-365-7355 x 159 or

From the L&G Music Department:

Come enjoy hearing the school bands and choruses at the L&G Music Department's Spring Concert on May 18th. We are preparing an excellent and uplifting program. The concert is at 7PM in the L&G Gym.

The Leland and Gray bands will be performing at the Memorial Day observances on the Townshend Common at 10 AM on May 29th.

The Leland and Gray Friends of Music will meet on Monday, May 8th at 5:30 PM in the music room. We will be considering scholarships for music students and discussing plans for the future. Music students who are interested in a scholarship should ask Mr. Kelley for an application.

Senior Class Trip :

Senior Class Trip to Six Flags New England, with a stop at the Holyoke Mall, is on Friday, May 12th. 
Bus departs Leland & Gray at 4:00 pm and is anticipating to arrive back at Leland & Gray at 1:45 am.

Middle School Information Night:

Thursday, June 8th from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm in the Activity Room.

Parents & students are invited to come hear about some exciting updates and plans for the 2017-2018 school year. We will answer any questions and look forward to getting community feedback about our plans.

There will also be an opportunity to tour the building and visit some classrooms for those families interested.

We hope to see you there!


Have you ordered your yearbook yet?
Enter “Leland & Gray”

The April 20th deadline to have it by assembly has passed, however you can still order the yearbook!


L.E.A.F. (L&G Environmental Action Force)
We are proud of our accomplishments this year!

  • L&G School Garden
  • Composting Program
  • Attended the Youth Climate Summit at UVM and Youth Lobby Rally for the Planet in Montpelier.
  • Helped to replace plastic utensils with metal ones in the cafeteria thus reducing our landfill waste
  • Presented to all 7 - 10th Grade Advisories on the benefits of composting and reducing plastic waste
  • Maintained an informational bulletin board on environmental issues facing us today
  • Organized the Earth Day Assembly which included guest speakers
  • Participated in the state wide Day in the Dirt 

When? Every Thursday HS lunch and on occasion after school.


Community service is now a graduation requirement starting with the Class of 2019. All information can be found here:

Museum of the Historical Society of Windham County:

Community Service opportunities:

Museum of the Historical Society of Windham County: The Museum opens Memorial Day weekend and is open weekend afternoons throughout the summer and into the early Fall.  It would be an ideal situation for any students interested in history and/or students who have computer skills. 

Also, as chair of Green Up for the Town of Newfane, I've received inquiries from residents who have asked for help on trash clean up on their roads, even after Green Up weekend.  There are a couple of spots in town that could use a young pair of knees and strong pair of arms!  

For more information about these opportunities, please contact Laura Wallingford-Bacon at

Jamaica Elementary School

Community Service Opportunity at Jamaica Elementary School

JVS is looking for volunteers to spread wood chips around their playground. 
Please contact Laura Hazard at #874-4822 for more information

Camp Daybreak:

Know someone interested in giving back to their community or who could use a supportive experience this summer?

Camp Daybreak is a program that serves Vermont kids ages 8-11 with a range of social, emotional, and behavioral needs by pairing them with a high school volunteer. These relationships are extremely powerful for both our campers and our volunteers. Our campers, many of whom would not be successful in traditional camp settings, are provided with constant support and encouragement while our volunteers receive a unique hands on training on mental health conditions and kids. Everyone has fun and leaves Camp Daybreak being positively affected.

Join us and help create a life changing experience for our campers and volunteers! Space is limited.

General Information:
Camp Daybreak
Dates: August 6 - August 13, 2017 (Campers arrive on Monday August 7th)
Location: Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, South Hero, VT
Contact: Dan Osman, Director (

Camp Daybreak creates a sense of community that extends beyond the camp session. Not only are our high school volunteers exposed to a group of like-minded peers but they are given the opportunity to contribute to their community. This intensive experience can create life long friendships and keep volunteers coming back year after year.

Please feel free to be in touch and we hope to see you this summer!

Green Mountain Girls Camp:

Green Mountain Girls Camp in Dummerston has a few volunteer opportunities:
 Summer 2017 - they are looking for female Counselors-in-Training.  Must be 14 or 15 years old and commit to two weeks this summer.  This is a great opportunity to get experience as a counselor and will look great  on a college resume'.

For more information on either of these opportunities, please contact Billie at 802-257-1751

Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center:

Green Mountain Conservation Camp:

Wardsboro Public Library:

Wardsboro Public Library is looking for LGUHS student volunteers to be computer tutors for those who need assistance.

They are also already looking for volunteers for their street parade and book sale that is held on 7/3 and 7/4.

Volunteers Needed:

Volunteers are needed for the upcoming 5K which is on May 13th (8:15-9:30 to cheer runners on) and the Tour de Grace , July 8 (from 8:45-noon at the Townshend Dam to help carry bikes).

There is also a need for a volunteer to take videos at the various events such as the 5k, Golf Benefit, Tour de Grace.

If you are interested please contact:Ian HarrisonVolunteer CoordinatorGrace

802-365-3738 internal ext. 293

Luncheon Helpers (Townshend):

Teens are needed to help at the meal for senior citizens which is held on first and third Thursdays at the Townshend Community Church (Congregationalist). Helpers will place serving dishes on the tables, sit with the elders to enjoy a lunch provided by The Dam Diner, and then clear the tables and wash dishes. The volunteers are needed from noon to approximately 1 P.M. You do not need to be available for every meal; sign up for the days that work for you. Please contact 3GC about this opportunity, not the church.

Jim & Janis, 3GC coordinators


WRVT needs a student to do some data entry work. This will involve entering survey responses from Community Hope & Action concerts into our survey monkey account. Students who haven't used survey monkey need not worry, it only take a few minutes to learn how to use the site. Students are welcome to do this at our office down the road from L&G or take the surveys back to the school to work on them in the library.

Katelynn Venne
Program Coordinator
West River Valley Thrives
(802) 365-4700


New Outdoor Hey Programs

Starting May 8 New HEY programs Added the Late Bus runs all of May

Mondays: pickup Soccer or other outdoor games with Assa

Wednesdays: Frisbee with Paul Paytas
Meet on C Level and head outside!!
Hey! Help! Continues to run everyday 7:15-7:45 am and 2:45-4:15 pm

SEEK and Explorers Camp Counselors Needed:

Summer jobs! Anyone in grade 10 and up can apply to be a student counselor for the SEEK middle school camp. We are looking for high energy students who like the combination of lots of outside time, games, projects and teambuilding. The pay is $10/hr

Applications at the front desk. Questions? Contact Thara at

SEEK and Explorers Camp:

Starting July 5  Ending August 4  Running Monday through Friday 8:30-3:00
SEEK: Rising 7th and 8th Graders at Leland and Gray

Explorers: Rising 1st through 6th Graders at NewBrook Elementary

Brochures and registration forms will be sent home in April

Think Summer!!


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Rock River Players :

 Rock River Players present "The Shadow People," an old time
radio drama Friday, May 12 at 7 PM at the Williamsville Hall.

According to director Debbi Reed-Savory, "The Hall of Fantasy was a series
of radio dramas dedicated to scaring the living daylights out of its
listeners."   "The Shadow People" by Richard Thorne aired in the early
1950s with professional sound effects and cast.  Reed-Savory adds, "The
Rock River Players' chilling version will be more of a journey than a
polished production. lt'll be full of fright, as well as fun, as all who
attend will be participating in providing homemade on-cue sound effects.
How loud can you scream?   Even the after-show refreshments will be spooky.
Join the RRP to confront our most powerful fear, the dark.  Turn the lights
out, only if you dare."

The Rock River Players launched in August 2015 and have since presented
several productions with the intent of growing community through the lively
arts.  The production following the one-night old time radio show offering
is The Fantasticks! July 20 to 23.

The Williamsville Hall is located on Dover Road in the village of
Williamsville. For more information on the May 12 event, contact Debbi
Reed-Savory at  For information on the Rock River

Player, contact Annie Landenberger  at or 802-348-7156

We want your input!:


Some community members representing a variety of organizations and groups have been meeting to discuss ways that life in the West River Valley could be happier and healthier. We are calling this the Healthy Valley 2040 Initiative

As we approach our next meeting, we would like to include input from additional community members. Would you please click on the link below and answer our short survey?  

Also, if you have friends, colleagues, relatives in the West River Valley, please share this link ( or the paper survey with them!  We are seeking input from as many community members as possible.

If you would prefer to do this via paper instead of the link, there is a paper copy of the survey attached as a link to a PDF.  Just download, print and mail the completed survey back to:
C.J. King
Grace Cottage Foundation
PO Box 1
Townshend VT 05353

Thank you very much!

The  Annual Newfane-Williamsville Talent Show:

The  annual Newfane-Williamsville Talent Show will be
Saturday, May 20 at 7PM in the Williamsville Hall,  Dover Road,

A decades-old tradition the show features a range of area performers,
young and older.   It's always eclectic; always well received.

Admission is by suggested donation of $5 or $15 per family.  Refreshments
will be available, also by donation. Proceeds will benefit both the Leland
and Gray Players and the Williamsville Hall.  For more information, contact
Annie Landenberger,, 802-348-7156

Vermont Tech's Summer Camps:

You're invited to Vermont Tech's
Summer Camps
Registrations now open! 
Do you learn by doing?
Fly, code, fight fires, design and build or launch a business.

Try one of our hands-on camps and have fun! Camps/institutes are for middle and high school students.

2017 Dates
Rosie's Girls STEM Leadership Camps: June 19-23 or July 10-14
(overnight camps - for girls entering 9th -10th grades with follow-on mentorships - Randolph Center Campus)
Coder Camp for Girls: July 17-21
(day camp - for girls entering 8th-10th grades – and mentorships -Williston Campus)
AeroCamp: July 24-28
(day camp - for boys & girls - ages 12-18 - Williston Campus)

GIV Entrepreneurship: June 24-30  (Governor’s Institutes of Vermont)
(overnight residential Institute for students entering 10th - 12th grades  
Randolph Center Campus - this includes social entrepreneurship- doing good)


Important Athletic Dates:

Monday May 22nd
Varsity Baseball Senior Day and Art Monette Day
Festivities will begin at 4:10pm for a 4:30pm first pitch

Friday May 26th
Varsity Softball Senior Day
Festivities will begin at 4:15pm for a 4:30pm first pitch

Baseball Fundraiser

Information: August 25th, 7:10 pm Red Sox vs the Baltimore Orioles
2 seats located next to visitor's dugout and the other
2 seats located by the visitor’s on-deck circle


$20 for a single ticket $100 for six!

Contact Marty Testo for more details!


14th Annual L & G Soccer Camp:

Please contact Mr. Barton for more details.