Friday, June 9, 2017

Friday Notes 6-9-2017

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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, levels have dropped though two areas are still below recommended levels (Library and Weight Room).  The mitigation company is researching larger exhaust fans to improve suction.  Dutton work is scheduled for June.

Host an International Student Next Year:

Have you ever wanted to learn about another culture but don't have the opportunity to travel? Do you want to learn some phrases in another language before you do travel? Become a volunteer host family with CIEE and help make a student's dreams come true at the same time! Families sign on to host as volunteers and accept a student into their home as a member of their family by providing a bed (student can share a room with a child of same gender and within 4 years of age), sharing 3 meals a day, and helping coordinate transportation when necessary. We are currently seeking one or two more families at Leland and Gray to host a student from Spain, Mexico or Azerbaijan for the upcoming school year. Contact Peggy Dolan at 802-380-330 or or visit , or Ms. Cissé in room A4 for more information."

Parents of Seniors:

There will be a slideshow at Class Night of the graduating seniors.  Students have been given the opportunity to submit photos though we are still missing photos from many students.  If you have some great photos of your senior (or their friends), please email them to to be included in the slideshow.

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,

Summer Reading:

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

June School Lunch Menu:

Substitute Teacher's Needed :

Attention Parents: Would you like to learn more about Leland and Gray??? Here's your opportunity: BECOME A SUBSTITUTE TEACHER NEXT YEAR!! Stop by and pick up an application at the school during the summer and we'll get it processed for you so you'll be ready to substitute in the fall.  Teaching experience not required, training provided.

Summer Fun Camp:

Director: Tom Russell
Tom Russell, a former physical education teacher at Leland & Gray, has coached almost every sport at a variety of levels from elementary through high school varsity. Cost $110 per child. (For families sending more than one child: $85.00 per child.)


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

Relay for Life

American Cancer Society - Relay for Life is looking for 5 volunteers in 2-4 hour shifts beginning at 10am until midinight or 1am on June 10th. They need assistance with set-up/pack-up, registration and luminaria.  To sign-up please contact or 802-417-9345. 

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:

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 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 Golf Benefit and Tour de Grace.

If you are interested please contact: Ian Harrison Volunteer Coordinator Grace Cottage:

802-365-3738 internal ext. 293

Summer Opportunities:

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


Hey! Programs:

The Late Bus ended on June 1st

Hey! Help! Continues to run M-F 2:45-4:15 pm

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!!


If you have any community events or information you would like to be listed in Friday Notes, please e-mail

Rock River Players :

The Rock River Players launched in August 2015 and have since presented
several productions with the intent of growing community through the lively
arts.  Their next production 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

Townshend Library:

The Townshend Library is looking for donations of Legos for the summer reading 2017 program.
Donations can be dropped off at the L&G office  or the Townshend Library.

Thank you for the help!

Prevention Project Coordinator:

Seeking individual to coordinate the implementation of programs, outreach, and communications to meet the outcomes of the substance abuse prevention strategies of West River Valley Thrives.  Qualifications: demonstrated ability to work with a coalition of diverse organizations and individuals to achieve a common goal; strong communication and computer skills; program implementation and grants management experience preferred as well as experience in wellness promotion and substance abuse prevention.

Competitive pay. 40 hours per week. E.O.E.

Job description available from or (under about, staff)

Submit cover letter, resume and 3 telephone references to or P.O. Box 1373, W. Townshend, VT 05359. Position open until filled. 

Katelynn Venne
Program Coordinator
West River Valley Thrives

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)

National Summer Transportation Institute:


VPA D3 Softball Championship:

Saturday June 10th 2pm
Poultney Recreational Fields

Ticket Prices:
Adults $8
Students/Seniors $5

You can purchase the game online at the NFHS for $9.95.

New Sports Physical Requirement:

New Sports Physical Requirement (Well Child Exam) Starting in school year 2017-2018
Leland and Gray will be requiring a Well Child Exam every year for students 7-12 planning on participating in a Co-curricular Athletic Activity.  All students who participate in a sport, are required to have insurance and this Well Child Exam should be covered by the insurance. If there are any hardships due to insurance and/or cost, please contact the School Nurse at x 126.
Please contact your child's provider to schedule an appointment.

Last Chance at the Red Sox Raffle for Unbelievable Seats!:

Information: August 25th, 7:10 pm Red Sox vs the Baltimore Orioles
$20 for a single ticket $100 for six!

This package includes 4 seats....2 next to the visiting dugout and 2 next to the visitors on deck circle.
A package worth over $700!
We are selling 1 raffle ticket for $20 or 6 for $100.
Please email Marty Testo if you are interested in joining the raffle!

Thanks for all your support!

Go Rebels!

Contact Marty Testo for more details!


14th Annual L & G Soccer Camp:

Please contact Mr. Barton for more details.

Baseball and Basketball Camps at L&G:

Director: Tom Russell
Tom Russell, a former physical education teacher at Leland & Gray, has coached almost every sport at a variety of levels from elementary through high school varsity. Cost $110 per child. (For families sending more than one child: $85.00 per child.)

Baseball Registration Link and Basketball Registration Link: