Slate Valley
Reminder: You're invited to come discuss the upcoming August 11th Slate Valley Budget Revote with your board members on July 9th at 6 PM.
7 days ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Slate Valley middle school athletes (grades 5-8) can sign up for Fall 2020 athletics from July 1st-August 14th on https://www.FormReleaf.com. Reminder- A yearly physical is required. 2020-2021 Athletics Information: Please read the full letter from Kim Alexander, District Middle School Athletic Director, here: https://5il.co/heuc Slate Valley Middle School Athletics (grades 5-8) Fall 2020 Sports Registration for: FHGS/BVS 5/6 Soccer FHGS/BVS 7/8 Boys Soccer FHGS/BVS 7/8 Girls Soccer CES/CVS/OVS 5/6 Soccer CVS/OVS 7/8 Boys Soccer CVS/OVS 7/8 Girls Soccer Slate Valley Padded Flag Football (6-8) Slate Valley Cross Country (6-8)
12 days ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
School Reopening Update - More Information Will Be Provided the Week of July 20th As you know, we are planning for reopening of schools in the fall. This planning will draw upon input from the parent survey as well as guidance from the Agency of Education (AOE). Guidance from the AOE has changed throughout the pandemic and continues to change frequently. In view of this, we are planning to provide further information during the week of July 20th. Thank you for your continued patience and support during these challenging times. AOE Guidance: https://5il.co/hjf2
18 days ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
You're invited to come discuss the upcoming August 11th Slate Valley Budget Revote with your board members on July 9th at 6 PM.
19 days ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
2020-2021 Athletics Information: Please read the letter from Kim Alexander, District Middle School Athletic Director, here: https://5il.co/heuc Slate Valley Middle School Athletics (grades 5-8) Fall 2020 Sports Registration for: FHGS/BVS 5/6 Soccer FHGS/BVS 7/8 Boys Soccer FHGS/BVS 7/8 Girls Soccer CES/CVS/OVS 5/6 Soccer CVS/OVS 7/8 Boys Soccer CVS/OVS 7/8 Girls Soccer Slate Valley Padded Flag Football (6-8) Slate Valley Cross Country (6-8) Please sign up on the Formreleaf registration (July 1 - August 14)/REMEMBER a yearly physical is mandatory.
21 days ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Tonight! Slate Valley Board Member Listening Tour Come share your thoughts with school board members from your community in a casual setting. June 18th at 6 p.m. With the budget being voted down, we wanted to provide you with an opportunity to voice your concerns. Board members from your community will be available to listen to you during these challenging times. Benson Residents - Meet at Benson Village School with Patricia Beaumont ([email protected]) and Rebeckah St. Peter ([email protected]) to share your concerns. Castleton Residents - Meet at Castleton Elementary School (outside pavillion) with Julie Finnegan ([email protected]), Toni Lobdell ([email protected]), and Timothy Smith ([email protected]) to share your concerns. Fair Haven Residents - Meet in the FHUHS Gym - with Michael Bache ([email protected]), Tara Buxton ([email protected]), and Richard Wilson ([email protected]) to share your concerns. Hubbardton Residents - Meet in the Town Hall with Joshua Hardt ([email protected]) to share your concerns. Orwell Residents - Meet on the Town Green with Glen Cousineau ([email protected]), Peter Stone ([email protected]), and John Wurzbacher ([email protected]) to share your concerns. West Haven Residents - Meet at the Grange with Angela Charron ([email protected]) and Tanya Tolchin ([email protected]) to share your concerns. Please note that due to current requirements, gatherings will be limited to 25 people. We would ask that you adhere to current social distancing and mask recommendations. If you are unable to make it or feel more comfortable, you may email your board members at the provided email addresses.
25 days ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Reminder: You're invited! Come share your thoughts with school board members from your community in a casual setting on June 18th at 6 p.m.
27 days ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Retirement Spotlight! This week, Slate Valley is celebrating a different retiree each day with a special retirement spotlight here on social media. Today, we are celebrating Susan Coombs’ 9 years of service in our district. Congratulations on your retirement Susan! Susan Coombs came to Orwell from Castleton Village School where she taught first grade. Susan brought with her a wealth of expertise as a teacher, literacy specialist, and special educator. Ms. Coombs designs her classroom as an open, stimulating environment where her students feel safe where she offers positive opportunities for them to take risks. Recently, Ms. Coombs made significant contributions to the students of our community working extensively with students to help them improve specific reading skills as our reading interventionist. We are so fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with such a veteran educator. By Patrick Walters
about 1 month ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Summer Meal Pick Up The last day for meal pick up or delivery in Orwell, Benson and Castleton will be Friday, June 26th. On Friday the meals distributed will be for Friday through Tuesday, June 30th. Starting on Tuesday, July 7th meals will be available for pickup only at Fair Haven Grade School between the hours of 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM. Any child from any town who is 18 years of age or younger can receive meals. When children are not present at the time of meal pick up, a parent or guardian can only receive meals for their child or children. Adults cannot pick up meals for other children when the children are not present with the adult. Bags of meals will continue to be available for pick up at 10:00AM on Tuesdays and Fridays throughout the summer at Fair Haven Grade School. The last day for meal pick up will be Tuesday, August 11th and will include meals through Friday.
about 1 month ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Parents/Guardians of Slate Valley students: This letter (https://5il.co/h6gs) was sent to households on June 12. We invite you to read it. In an effort to include your voices as parents/guardians of Slate Valley students, we welcome your perspectives as we reflect, learn, and plan for the fall of 2020. Here (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FDTZNTC) is the link to a survey we have created in order to collect your input.
about 1 month ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
You're invited! Come share your thoughts with school board members from your community in a casual setting on June 18th at 6 p.m.
about 1 month ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Free Youth Activity Boxes! Visit: http://www.KidsVT.com/RutlandCounty
about 1 month ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Good morning, the Budget Re-Vote results are as follows: Yes: 550 No: 812
about 1 month ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Reminder: Tonight (June 8) - There will be an Informational Meeting at 6:30 p.m.(Please connect virtually by going to meet.google.com/iig-prfw-ngu or by calling (‪US‬) ‪+1 856-485-0395‬ PIN: ‪415 992 197#‬). Tomorrow (June 9) - Budget Re-Vote. Please Note: The proposed budget includes ONLY the expenses necessary to address the operational needs of Slate Valley’s schools in their current configuration for the next school year. Warning: https://5il.co/gct2 Budget: https://5il.co/gepr For more information visit: http://www.slatevalleyunified.org/o/svusd/page/budget--108
about 1 month ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Reminder: The Budget Re-vote for the district will be on June 9. The Informational Meeting will take place on June 8 at 6:30 p.m. (Please connect virtually by going to meet.google.com/iig-prfw-ngu or by calling (‪US‬) ‪+1 856-485-0395‬ PIN: ‪415 992 197#‬). Please Note: The proposed budget includes ONLY the expenses necessary to address the operational needs of Slate Valley’s schools in their current configuration for the next school year. Warning: https://5il.co/gct2 Budget: https://5il.co/gepr For more information visit: http://www.slatevalleyunified.org/o/svusd/page/budget--108
about 1 month ago, Slate Valley
Patrick D. Walters
It’s time for the Orwell Village School 2020-21 kindergarten class registration! Together, we will be working toward a common goal – the fullest possible academic, social, and emotional development of your child. * Parents & Guardians: If you have a child that will be age 5 prior to September 1st and will be entering kindergarten in the fall or if you are new to our community and have school aged children who will be attending Orwell Village School in the fall, please register your child(ren). * You may access a registration packet at our Slate Valley Unified School District Website under the Parent section or through this link: https://www.slatevalleyunified.org/o/svusd/browse/68589. * Completed registrations can be sent to Deb Robbins, Slate Valley Unified School District, 33 Mechanic Street, Fair Haven, VT 05743. * We look forward to having your child(ren) join us and want to begin planning for the transition. * Thank you!
about 1 month ago, Patrick D. Walters
Slate Valley
Farmers to Families Food Box Distribution The Vermont National Guard will be at Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport on Monday, 6/1, from 10AM-2PM distributing non-perishable food boxes, along with produce, chicken, and dairy products provided by the Abbey Group while supplies last. Anyone is welcome to go pick up food. They will be distributing Farmers To Families meal kits containing meat, produce, and dairy products. They will also be distributing non-perishable food from FEMA. All food will be distributed while supplies last. Visit: https://www.vtfoodbank.org/event/farmers-to-families-food-box-distribution-rutland for more information.
about 1 month ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
The Budget Re-vote for the district will be on June 9. The Informational Meeting will take place on June 8 at 6:30 p.m. (Please connect virtually by going to meet.google.com/iig-prfw-ngu or by calling (‪US‬) ‪+1 856-485-0395‬ PIN: ‪415 992 197#‬). Please Note: The proposed budget includes ONLY the expenses necessary to address the operational needs of Slate Valley’s schools in their current configuration for the next school year. Warning: https://5il.co/gct2 Budget: https://5il.co/gepr For more information visit: http://www.slatevalleyunified.org/o/svusd/page/budget--108
about 1 month ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Distance/Remote Learning Update
about 1 month ago, Slate Valley
Patrick D. Walters
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2 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Slate Valley
Update from Casey O'Meara, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
2 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
VPA Press Release: Cancellation of the 2020 Spring Sports Season
2 months ago, Slate Valley
Patrick D. Walters
Food Resource Guide
3 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Slate Valley
Shaw's supermarket in Fair Haven is now a drop off location for our Food Drive.
3 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Slate Valley Food Drive: April 27 - May 8
3 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Reminder: Today from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Rutland Southern VT Regional Airport (1002 Airport Road, North Clarendon, VT) The Vermont Foodbank is working with FEMA and the VT National Guard to distribute MREs at five sites around Vermont. Anyone in need of food is welcome and can receive a seven-day supply of Meals Ready-to-Eat for each member of their household.
3 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Here are some additional resources for accessing food during this challenging time:
3 months ago, Slate Valley
Patrick D. Walters
Food Disbursement During Spring Break * Good Afternoon! Just a note to let you know that we will continue with all elements of our current food disbursement throughout Spring Break next week April 13-17.
3 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Red Cross Blood Drive * United Church of Benson is hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Monday April 27th from 12PM – 5PM at the 2793 Stage Road, Benson, VT 05743. * Yes, it is safe. You can read about the Red Cross’ enhanced safety protocols at https://www.redcrossblood.org/. While you are there, please schedule your appointment. If you schedule your appointment prior to the drive, you can reduce your time at the drive by using Rapid Pass within 24 hours of the drive to complete reading the predonation material and answering the questions online. * The American Red Cross faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this coronavirus outbreak. Healthy individuals are needed to schedule an appointment to give in the days and weeks ahead to help patients counting on lifesaving blood throughout this pandemic. * The closing of colleges and businesses have resulted in more than 6000 drives being cancelled and 200,000 less blood donations. This is our chance to help our community and state. * Please help us and the Red Cross make this a successful drive and schedule an appointment today at https://www.redcrossblood.org/. If April 27th does not work for you or you would like to donate sooner, find another drive close by and schedule your appointment there. If you can't find the answer to a specific blood donation question, call 1-800 RED-CROSS. We hope to see you on the 27th. *
3 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Slate Valley
Dear Parent/Guardian, On March 17, 2020 Slate Valley educators provided students with review and/or enrichment material, and/or information for new learning assuming everyone would return to school on April 6th. As Vermont is experiencing a school closure for the remainder of the year, Slate Valley educators are preparing to move students forward with grade-level expectations in pursuit of Proficiencies and Performance Indicators upon our return from vacation, April 20, 2020. Please read the full letter here: https://5il.co/eqcz
3 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Good morning! This is a reminder that we will be having Spring Break next week, April 13 though 17.
3 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Beginning on Tuesday, April 7th - meal pick-up locations will change due to a change in the Federal/State Guidelines: Meals will be available for pick up on Tuesdays and Fridays starting at 10:00 AM until noon at the following locations: -Benson Village School -Castleton Elementary School (no longer Fair Haven Union High School) -Fair Haven Grade School -Orwell Village School
3 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Good evening. Tim Smith, chairman of the Slate Valley School District. I hope everyone is staying home and healthy in these difficult times. Many thanks to our health care providers. While difficult to discuss given the circumstances, I want to remind everyone that our school budget failed on Town Meeting Day by a small margin, 95 votes. The $59.5 million construction bond will be tabled for the foreseeable future, at least until the duration of the virus and its far-reaching impacts are better understood. Nonetheless, we are obligated to re-vote the school budget and hope to have a positive result by June 30th. While we continue to work with VT Govt officials, school administration, and town clerks, it is unclear at this time whether we will be holding an in-person vote by late spring or a mail-in vote. We will keep the public notified of any developments. Public participation is welcome at all of our meetings, however now, the ability of the public to attend is more challenging given the social distancing guidelines. In the past week, Governor Scott amended the open meeting laws whereby a physical location for the public to attend is no longer required. In the same manner that board members participate, the public is invited to attend our meetings in a virtual format. We are scheduled to have a Finance Committee on Monday 4/6 at 5:30pm, the link to attend is: https://meet.google.com/hus-roox-dkq?hs=122, dial in only 1-(502) 947-4166 PIN 781 639 980# We are scheduled to have a regular Board meeting on Monday 4/6 at 6:30pm, the link to attend is: https://meet.google.com/bzx-mcps-foo?hs=122, dial in only 1-(417) 647-1150 PIN 584 195 054# Information can also be found at the Slate Valley website, www.slatevalleyunified.org We appreciate your support and participation. Be well.
3 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Beginning on Tuesday, April 7th - meal pick-up locations will change due to a change in the Federal/State Guidelines: Meals will be available for pick up on Tuesdays and Fridays starting at 10:00 AM until noon at the following locations: -Benson Village School -Castleton Elementary School (no longer Fair Haven Union High School) -Fair Haven Grade School -Orwell Village School
3 months ago, Slate Valley
Patrick D. Walters
Town Hall For Kids
3 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
We have the most amazing community!
3 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Slate Valley
The "in-person" Universal Preschool Screenings for Slate Valley have been canceled. If you signed up for the 0-5 developmental screenings, we will contact you about an alternative method for conducting the screening in the next few weeks.
4 months ago, Slate Valley
Patrick D. Walters
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4 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Food Disbursement * We are still working to be sure that everyone who would like meals is getting them. Meals can still be picked up at the Town Hall. If, however, you would like meals delivered to your home and haven't yet received them, please contact [email protected] with your address and the number of children needing them and we'll get you added to the roster. And, to everyone who is having their meals delivered, please leave a cooler by the road near your drive...meals should be delivered 11:30 or so). The next day for meal pick-up and delivery is Friday. Thank you for your patience as we work out this new system.
4 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
OVS Chess Academy
4 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
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4 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
OVS Chess Academy * The OVS Chess Academy will be meeting Tuesdays & Thursdays from 2:00-3:00 on our chesskids.com site. Join us for lessons, puzzles, and free play. All current and past members enrolled at OVS are welcome. * Please email Mr. Walters at [email protected] for questions or to access student accounts. * Students can access their accounts at any time.
4 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Slate Valley
March 23, 2020 Update - Meals During School Dismissal Beginning on Tuesday, March 24th we will only have meal pick-up/delivery twice weekly to help maintain social distancing practices. On Tuesdays breakfast and lunch for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will be made available for pick-up or delivery. On Fridays meals for Friday and Monday will be made available for pick-up/delivery Meals will be available for pick up on Tuesdays and Fridays starting at 10:00 AM until noon at the following locations: Benson Village School Fair Haven Union High School Fair Haven Grade School Orwell Village School Meals can be delivered to your home if you have a completed food delivery form on file (https://5il.co/dwgv). Please connect to your school if you have questions. If you are getting delivery at home please leave a cooler out on your porch. This allows for a more efficient delivery process. Meals are available to all children ages 18 or younger. You do not need to reside in our district to pick-up meals. Please note that you can go to any of the schools listed above. You are not restricted to the school that your child attends. Please notify staff at the pick up location if you will be picking up meals regularly and you have any special dietary needs that have medical implications that must be met. **** Due to Federal Guidelines we are not allowed to have Castleton Elementary and Village School as pick up locations because of eligibility requirements. However all Castleton families can pick up at any of the other sites in the district.
4 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
All Slate Valley playgrounds are closed to help slow the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Thank you for your cooperation.
4 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Overwhelmed with information coming from all directions? Our COVID-19 page features information and resources in one central location. Visit www.SlateValleyUnified.org and click on the "COVID-19 Information" link at the top. On this page, you’ll find the latest updates from our district, links to the Vermont Department of Health COVID-19 page, an embedded CDC page, as well as many other helpful resources. It is updated frequently, so check back often.
4 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Update (3-19-20) - Meals During Dismissal: Starting on Thursday, March 19th the school district will make breakfast and lunch meals available to all children ages 18 years old and younger while school is dismissed. Meals will be available Monday through Friday. Friday, March 20th - and each day thereafter a breakfast and a lunch will be available for pick up. Meals will be available for pick up starting at 10:00 AM until noon at the following locations: Benson Village School Fair Haven Union High School Fair Haven Grade School Orwell Village School **** Due to Federal Guidelines we are not allowed to have Castleton Elementary and Village School as pick up locations because of eligibility requirements. However all Castleton families can pick up at any of the other sites in the district. Meals will be delivered to homes if you have a completed food delivery form on file (Link to form: https://5il.co/dwgv). Please contact your school if you have questions. Please note that you can go to any of the schools listed above. You are not restricted to the school that your child attends. Please notify staff at the pick up location if you will be picking up meals regularly and you have any special dietary needs that have medical implications that must be met.
4 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Many parents have already picked up personal belongings and work for the next couple of weeks. If you have not, please make arrangements to do so. You may contact the school with any questions.
4 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
These two companies are offering free Internet services to households during these challenging times: Consolidated Communications Consolidated Is offering students 2 months of free home Internet Service, plus free installation. See the flyer for details. Internet Essentials from Comcast As our country continues to manage the COVID-19 emergency, Comcast is taking immediate steps to help connect low-income families to the Internet at home. Follow this link for further details: https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19
4 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Attention Essential Workers: Please read this Press Release from the State of Vermont Emergency Operations Center: https://5il.co/dxv2 for important information about childcare. Essential workers who need help finding childcare should visit: https://webportalapp.com/webform/essentialworkers or call 2-1-1 ext. 6
4 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Homeschool families are also entitled to come for meal pick-ups!
4 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Please note that you can pick up meals for other families. If you are unable to pick up meals, we will make every effort to get the meals to you. Please call the school to make arrangements.
4 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
We're all ready for meal pick-ups between 10 and 12 today! -- Starting on Thursday, March 19th the school district will make breakfast and lunch meals available to all children ages 18 years old and younger while school is dismissed. Meals will be available Monday through Friday. Thursday, March 19th - a breakfast for Thursday, a lunch for Thursday and a breakfast for Friday will be available for pick up. Friday, March 20th - and each day thereafter a breakfast and a lunch will be available for pick up. Meals will be available for pick up starting at 10:00 AM until noon at the following locations: Benson Village School Fair Haven Union High School Fair Haven Grade School Orwell Village School **** Due to Federal Guidelines we are not allowed to have Castleton Elementary and Village School as pick up locations because of eligibility requirements. However all Castleton families can pick up at any of the other sites in the district. The school district will let you know if the method of distribution is going to change. At some point in the future, meals may be made available for pick up along the bus routes, but we will let you know in advance if and when this change is made. If we make this change, meals will still be available at each of the schools listed above for pick up. However, Castleton and Hubbardton families will still need to pick up meals from one of the eligible sites. We will be sending out a ​form with the meals. We ask that you complete the form and return it to the staff member distributing the meals so that we can get a better idea of who needs meals, but is unable to get to one of the schools listed above for pick up. If you are unable to pick up meals, we will make every effort to get the meals to you. This form will also be made available ​online: https://5il.co/dwgv Please note that you can go to any of the schools listed above. You are not restricted to the school that your child attends. Please notify staff at the pick up location if you will be picking up meals regularly and you have any special dietary needs that have medical implications that must be met.
4 months ago, Slate Valley
Patrick D. Walters
Food Disbursement Begins Today * Thursday, Mar 19 * Orwell Village School Staff are on hand today to begin the disbursement of food for our children 18 years of age and younger. * Disbursement will be from 10-12 with a "drive thru" system set up around the town hall. * Please proceed in a counterclockwise path around the town hall as indicated on the map shown below. Orders will be taken and food can be picked up at the west side doorway. * Please do not get out of your vehicles, except to pick up your order. * Please maintain a minimum of 6' distance between all of us. * Thank you
4 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Slate Valley
Important Update: Date: March 18, 2020 To: All Slate Valley UUSD Families From: Brooke Olsen-Farrell, Superintendent Subject: Meals Starting March 19, 2020- Updated Starting on Thursday, March 19th the school district will make breakfast and lunch meals available to all children ages 18 years old and younger while school is dismissed. Meals will be available Monday through Friday. Thursday, March 19th - a breakfast for Thursday, a lunch for Thursday and a breakfast for Friday will be available for pick up. Friday, March 20th - and each day thereafter a breakfast and a lunch will be available for pick up. Meals will be available for pick up starting at 10:00 AM until noon at the following locations: Benson Village School Fair Haven Union High School Fair Haven Grade School Orwell Village School **** Due to Federal Guidelines we are not allowed to have Castleton Elementary and Village School as pick up locations because of eligibility requirements. However all Castleton families can pick up at any of the other sites in the district. The school district will let you know if the method of distribution is going to change. At some point in the future, meals may be made available for pick up along the bus routes, but we will let you know in advance if and when this change is made. If we make this change, meals will still be available at each of the schools listed above for pick up. However, Castleton and Hubbardton families will still need to pick up meals from one of the eligible sites. We will be sending out a ​form with the meals. We ask that you complete the form and return it to the staff member distributing the meals so that we can get a better idea of who needs meals, but is unable to get to one of the schools listed above for pick up. If you are unable to pick up meals, we will make every effort to get the meals to you. This form will also be made available ​online: https://5il.co/dwgv Please note that you can go to any of the schools listed above. You are not restricted to the school that your child attends. Please notify staff at the pick up location if you will be picking up meals regularly and you have any special dietary needs that have medical implications that must be met.
4 months ago, Slate Valley
Patrick D. Walters
Urgent Message * With the CORVID-19 spreading rapidly into Vermont, we are shutting down access to our school playgrounds and basketball court. Please do not enter any part of school grounds till further notice. * Thank you
4 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Slate Valley
Per Governor Scott's recent directive regarding the requirements of providing child care for specified groups of essential employees as outlined in the following link we are working to collect information regarding those individuals in need of child care for their children. Please complete this form only if you are in need of child care for your children as defined by Governor's Scott directive (https://governor.vermont.gov/press-release/governor-phil-scott-orders-implementation-child-care-system-personnel-essential-covid). Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1sSylQhJKYFxlBXGB3Wc_bl9Iei8FZLE8mykhz4HsIMc/edit?ts=5e72490b
4 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Social Distancing: What does it mean?
4 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Starting on Thursday, March 19th the school district will make breakfast and lunch meals available to all children ages 18 years old and younger while school is dismissed. Meals will be available Monday through Friday. Thursday, March 19th - a breakfast for Thursday, a lunch for Thursday and a breakfast for Friday will be available for pick up. Friday, March 20th - and each day thereafter a breakfast and a lunch will be available for pick up. Meals will be available for pick up starting at 10:00 AM until noon at the following locations: Benson Village School Castleton Elementary School Fair Haven Grade School Orwell Village School The school district will let you know if the method of distribution is going to change. At some point in the future, meals may be made available for pick up along the bus routes, but we will let you know in advance if and when this change is made. If we make this change meals will still be available at each of the schools listed above for pick up. We will be sending out a form with the meals. We ask that you complete the form and return it to the staff member distributing the meals so that we can get a better idea of who needs meals, but is unable to get to one of the schools listed above for pick up. If you are unable to pick up meals, we will make every effort to get the meals to you. This form will also be made available online. Please note that you can go to any of the schools listed above. You are not restricted to the school that your child attends. Please notify staff at the pick up location if you will be picking up meals regularly and you have any special dietary needs that have medical implications that must be met.
4 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Due to increased volume nationwide, our alert system is experiencing difficulties. Please check our website regularly for important updates: https://bit.ly/38JVkpl
4 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Good evening, As a result of increased volume nationwide, our alert system is experiencing difficulties. The following message was sent out this evening: Due to the issuance of new information by the White House and the rapidly changing situation, all Slate Valley Schools will be closed tomorrow March 17th to both students and non-essential staff. I will follow-up with an update tomorrow. Thank you again for your patience and stay safe. Brooke Farrell, Superintendent
4 months ago, Slate Valley
Patrick D. Walters
THANK YOU * Thank you parents for chaperoning us at the mountain, and helping us learn how to snowboard/ski better. Your support and time did not go unnoticed. Thank you for donating to the booster club and making this experience possible. * Thank you, The Orwell Village Middle Schoolers
4 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
After School Activities Canceled * All after school activities are canceled for today and tomorrow, Monday and Tuesday, March 16 & 17.
4 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Slate Valley
We know that we are in the midst of uncertain times. Please know that we are doing everything within our power as a district to care for the well-being of staff, students and families. The Governor released a declaration today that stated that all students will be dismissed from school no later than Wednesday, March 18th. However, student attendance on Monday, March 16th and Tuesday March 17th is a family decision. Your child will not be penalized for staying home. As a district, in accordance with recommendations from the Department of Health, we are no longer allowing non-essential outside visitors into our school such as volunteers, guest speakers, parents, etc. We will be asking parents to pick up and drop off their students at the front door. If you need to pick up your child during the school day please call ahead to the main office and arrangements will be made to meet you at the front door. If you have a meeting scheduled with school personnel, please call ahead as we are making arrangements to host required meetings by phone or video. This includes Individual Education Program (IEP) meetings and evaluation planning and results meetings that are required by law. In addition, field trips and all after-school events are canceled from this point through at least April 6th. We are working on a plan to offer students at-home learning opportunities and access to a school meals program. We will be asking families whether or not you would like to receive meals while school is dismissed. I will be sending out further communication on this topic tomorrow. Thank you in advance for your support as we progress through these challenging times. Sincerely, Brooke Olsen-Farrell
4 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Good afternoon, On March 15 at 3:20 p.m., Governor Scott announced that statewide school closure will occur no later than Wednesday, March 18, 2020. The purpose of this message is to provide you an update of the actions the Slate Valley Unified School District will take as it relates to Governor Scott's School Closure announcement. First and foremost, student attendance at school on Monday and Tuesday is a family decision. For these two days, Slate Valley Unified School District attendance procedures will be waived, and no student will be penalized for not attending. Your district leadership teams will be working with our employees to plan for the support of our students and families during the closure of school. To be clear, our primary areas of focus include the wellbeing of our students, families and employees. The plan that we are developing will strive to encompass all of the components that Governor Scott has referenced in his statement/press conference. Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we move forward. You can expect regular communication from our district so that we are keeping you informed. We are doing all we can to make sure these priorities are taken care of to the best of our abilities. Sincerely, Brooke Olsen-Farrell
4 months ago, Slate Valley
Patrick D. Walters
OVS Quote of the Day
4 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
March 13, 1942 * U.S. Army launches K-9 Corps * On March 13, 1942, the Quartermaster Corps (QMC) of the United States Army begins training dogs for the newly established War Dog Program, or “K-9 Corps.”
4 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Skiing is Canceled for today.
4 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
OVS Middle School Sports Beat * Tuesday, March 10, 2020 * No practices or games scheduled for today.
4 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
March 10, 1876 * First speech transmitted by telephone * The first discernible speech is transmitted over a telephone system when inventor Alexander Graham Bell summons his assistant in another room by saying, “Mr. Watson, come here; I want you.” Bell had received a comprehensive telephone patent just three days before.
4 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
OVS Quote of the Day
4 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Spring Sports Registration * The SPRING SPORTS registration for Slate Valley Middle school is open and will be open through March 30, 2020. * CVS/OVS 7/8 Baseball and Softball * FHGS/BVS 7/8 Baseball and Softball * Slate Valley MS grades 6-8 Track and Field. Thanks
4 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Green Mountain Music District V Festival * Congratulations to all of the students who participated in the Green Mountain Music District V Festival! Great job!
4 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
March 09, 1862 * U.S.S. Monitor battles C.S.S. Virginia * On March 9, 1862, one of the most famous naval battles in American history occurs as two ironclads, the U.S.S. Monitor and the C.S.S. Virginia, fight to a draw off Hampton Roads, Virginia. The ships pounded each other all morning but their armor plates easily deflected the cannon shots, signaling a new era of steam-powered iron ships.
4 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
OVS Quote of the Day
4 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
OVS Quote of the Day
4 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
March 06, 1899 * Bayer patents aspirin * The German company Bayer patents aspirin on March 6, 1899. Now the most common drug in household medicine cabinets, acetylsalicylic acid was originally made from a chemical found in the bark of willow trees. In its primitive form, the active ingredient, salicin, was used for centuries in folk medicine, beginning in ancient Greece when Hippocrates used it to relieve pain and fever. Known to doctors since the mid-19th century, it was used sparingly due to its unpleasant taste and tendency to damage the stomach.
4 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Middle School Winter Sports Beat * Thursday, March 5, 2020 * No basketball practice or games on the schedule today.
4 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
OVS Quote of the day
4 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
March 05, 1963 * Hula Hoop patentedMarch 5, 1963: the Hula Hoop, a hip-swiveling toy that became a huge fad across America when it was first marketed by Wham-O in 1958, is patented by the company’s co-founder, Arthur “Spud” Melin. An estimated 25 million Hula Hoops were sold in its first four months of production alone.
4 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Slate Valley
March 3, 2020 Results
4 months ago, Slate Valley
Patrick D. Walters
March Sporlight Value * Our spotlight value for March is Honesty. Being honest is being open, trustworthy, and truthful. When people are honest, they can be relied on not to lie, cheat, or steal. Honesty is telling the truth. It is admitting mistakes even when you know someone might be angry or disappointed. Being honest means that you don’t pretend to be something you are not. With honesty, you can trust things to be as they appear.
4 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Slate Valley
2019-2020 BVS/OVS 7/8 Boys Basketball Team!
4 months ago, Slate Valley
Patrick D. Walters
Vermont Youth Project
4 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
OVS Quote of the Day
4 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Middle School Winter Sports Beat * Tuesday, March 3, 2020 * NO practice or games
4 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
March 03, 1887 * Helen Keller meets her miracle worker * On March 3, 1887, Anne Sullivan begins teaching six-year-old Helen Keller, who lost her sight and hearing after a severe illness at the age of 19 months. Under Sullivan’s tutelage, including her pioneering “touch teaching” techniques, the previously uncontrollable Keller flourished, eventually graduating from college and becoming an international lecturer and activist. Sullivan, later dubbed “the miracle worker,” remained Keller’s interpreter and constant companion until the older woman’s death in 1936.
4 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Slate Valley
Spring Sports Registration for Slate Valley Middle Schools: BVS, CVS, FHGS, OVS Track and Field: Slate Valley Middle School - Grades 6-8 Baseball: CVS/OVS - Grades 7/8 FHGS/BVS - Grades 7/8 Softball: CVS/OVS - Grades 7/8 FHGS/BVS - Grades 7/8 Registration is open through March 30, 2020. Formreleaf.com Slate Valley Middle School If you have questions, please email Kim Alexander ([email protected]).
4 months ago, Slate Valley
Patrick D. Walters
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4 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
1904 March 02 * Dr. Seuss born * Theodor Geisel, better known to the world as Dr. Seuss, the author and illustrator of such beloved children’s books as “The Cat in the Hat” and “Green Eggs and Ham,” is born in Springfield, Massachusetts on March 2, 1904. Geisel, who used his middle name (which was also his mother’s maiden name) as his pen name, wrote 48 books–including some for adults–that have sold well over 200 million copies and been translated into multiple languages. Dr. Seuss books are known for their whimsical rhymes and quirky characters, which have names like the Lorax and the Sneetches and live in places like Whoville.
4 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Quote of the Day
4 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Stickers are $5
5 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Middle School Winter Sports Beat * Friday 2/28 * 5/6 Girls Practice 400-530pm
5 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
OVS Quote of the Day
5 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
February 28, 1953 * Watson and Crick discover chemical structure of DNA * On this day in 1953, Cambridge University scientists James D. Watson and Francis H.C. Crick announce that they have determined the double-helix structure of DNA, the molecule containing human genes.
5 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
February 27, 1827 * New Orleanians take to the streets for Mardi Gras * On February 27, 1827, a group of masked and costumed students dance through the streets of New Orleans, Louisiana, marking the beginning of the city’s famous Mardi Gras celebrations.
5 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Slate Valley
Please note the following Tournament Game changes: Thursday 2/27 4:30 p.m. FHGS 7/8 Girls vs. Otter Valley 7th Girls 5:30 p.m. Barstow 7/8 Girls vs. Poultney 7/8 Girls 6:30 p.m. winner game 10 vs. winner game 8 7:30 p.m. winner game 9 vs. winner game 11 Thank you for your flexibility.
5 months ago, Slate Valley
Patrick D. Walters
February 26, 1919 Two national parks preserved, 10 years apart * On this day in history, two national parks were established in the United States 10 years apart–the Grand Canyon in 1919 and the Grand Tetons in 1929.
5 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
UPK Universal Screening
5 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Middle School Winter Sports Beat * BVS/OVS 7/8 Boys vs. Barstow 7/8 Boys AT FHGS * Bus leave time 500pm from bvs and 515pm from ovs (parents please stay with athletes until they are on the bus) *** if they win they will play Wed 2/26 700pm*** , bus time will be sent in email
5 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Quote of the Day
5 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Young Muhammad Ali knocks out Sonny Liston for first world title * On February 25, 1964, 22-year-old Cassius Clay shocks the odds-makers by dethroning world heavyweight boxing champ Sonny Liston in a seventh-round technical knockout. The dreaded Liston, who had twice demolished former champ Floyd Patterson in one round, was an 8-to-1 favorite. However, Clay predicted victory, boasting that he would “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” and knock out Liston in the eighth round.
5 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Students of the Month * Congratulations to the following students of the month for exhibiting exceptionally noticeable values of caring during the school day and therefore being a tremendous role-model to your fellow students.
5 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
OVS Quote of the Day
5 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Alamo defenders call for help * On February 24, 1836, in San Antonio, Texas, Colonel William Travis issues a call for help on behalf of the Texan troops defending the Alamo, an old Spanish mission and fortress under attack by the Mexican army.
5 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Slate Valley
FHGS 2020 Invitational Basketball Tournament Info: Letter: https://5il.co/d30y 7/8 Tournament Schedule: https://5il.co/d30z 5/6 Tournament Schedule: https://5il.co/d310
5 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Discover Slate Valley's new approach to happy and healthy young people on March 5.
5 months ago, Slate Valley
Patrick D. Walters
Middle School Winter Sports Beat * Thursday, Feb 13th * 5/6 Girls HOME vs. FHGS 430pm game 7/8 Boys HOME vs. FHGS 530pm game
5 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Quote of the Day
5 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
February 13, 1861 First Medal of Honor action * The earliest military action to be revered with a Medal of Honor award is performed by Colonel Bernard J.D. Irwin, an assistant army surgeon serving in the first major U.S.-Apache conflict. Near Apache Pass, in southeastern Arizona, Irwin, an Irish-born doctor, volunteered to go to the rescue of Second Lieutenant George N. Bascom, who was trapped with 60 men of the U.S. Seventh Infantry by the Chiricahua Apaches.
5 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Slate Valley
Please note: March 20th will now be a student day.
5 months ago, Slate Valley
Patrick D. Walters
Middle School Winter Sports Beat * Wednesday, Feb 12th * 5/6 Girls practice at BVS 430-600pm
5 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
OVS Quote of the Day
5 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
February 12, 1809 * Abraham Lincoln is born * Future president Abraham Lincoln is born in Hodgenville, Kentucky on February 12, 1809. * Lincoln, one of America’s most admired presidents, grew up a member of a poor family in Kentucky and Indiana. He attended school for only one year, but thereafter read on his own in a continual effort to improve his mind. As an adult, he lived in Illinois and performed a variety of jobs including stints as a postmaster, surveyor and shopkeeper, before entering politics. He served in the Illinois legislature from 1834 to 1842 and in Congress from 1847-1849, and then became an attorney. In 1842, Lincoln married Mary Todd; together, the pair raised four sons.
5 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Middle School Winter Sports Beat * Tuesday, Feb 11th BVS/OVS 7/8 Boys AWAY vs. West Rutland 5:30pm game * Bus leave time 400pm from BVS, 415pm from OVS. (Parents please stay with your athlete until on the bus - thanks) Thanks - good luck to all the athletes.
5 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
OVS Quote of the Day
5 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Nelson Mandela released from prison * Nelson Mandela, leader of the movement to end South African apartheid, is released from prison after 27 years on February 11, 1990. * In 1944, Mandela, a lawyer, joined the African National Congress (ANC), the oldest black political organization in South Africa, where he became a leader of Johannesburg’s youth wing of the ANC. In 1952, he became deputy national president of the ANC, advocating nonviolent resistance to apartheid–South Africa’s institutionalized system of white supremacy and racial segregation. However, after the massacre of peaceful black demonstrators at Sharpeville in 1960, Nelson helped organize a paramilitary branch of the ANC to engage in guerrilla warfare against the white minority government.
5 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Middle School Winter Sports Beat * Monday, Feb 10th * 5/6 Girls AWAY vs. Shrewsbury 430pm game bus leave 330 from BVS, 345 from OVS * 7/8 Boys Practice 530-700pm at BVS
5 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
World chess champion Garry Kasparov loses game to computer * On February 10, 1996, after three hours, world chess champion Garry Kasparov loses the first game of a six-game match against Deep Blue, an IBM computer capable of evaluating 200 million moves per second. Man was ultimately victorious over machine, however, as Kasparov bested Deep Blue in the match with three wins and two ties and took home the $400,000 prize. An estimated 6 million people worldwide followed the action on the Internet.
5 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Slate Valley
All activities including the Prospective Student Night have been cancelled. The Prospective Student Night has been rescheduled for Thursday, February 27th.
5 months ago, Slate Valley
Patrick D. Walters
Middle School Winter Sports Beat * Wednesday, Feb 5th * 5/6 Girls AWAY vs. Middletown Springs 430pm Bus leave OVS @ 345pm
5 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
OVS Quote of the Day
5 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
February 05, 1883 * Southern Pacific Railroad completes New Orleans to California route * The Southern Pacific Railroad completes its transcontinental “Sunset Route” from New Orleans to California, consolidating its dominance over rail traffic to the Pacific.
5 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
8th-Grade Bottle Drive
5 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Middle School Winter Sports Beat *Tuesday, Feb 4th * No practice or games today
5 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
OVS Quote of the Day
5 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
February 04, 2004 * Facebook launches * On February 4, 2004, a Harvard sophomore named Mark Zuckerberg launches The Facebook, a social media website he had built in order to connect Harvard students with one another. By the next day, over a thousand people had registered, and that was only the beginning. Now known simply as Facebook, the site quickly ballooned into one of the most significant social media companies in history. Today, Facebook is one of the most valuable companies in the world, with over 2 billion monthly active users.
5 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Middle School Winter Sports Beat * Monday, Feb 3rd * 5/6 Girls HOME vs. Mettawee 430pm game start * Athletes please meet your coach at BVS at 4pm for pregame warm up
5 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
OVS Quote of the Day
5 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
February 03, 2002 * New England Patriots win first Super Bowl * On February 3, 2002, the New England Patriots shock football fans everywhere by defeating the heavily favored St. Louis Rams, 20-17, to take home their first Super Bowl victory. Pats’ kicker Adam Vinatieri made a 48-yard field goal to win the game just as the clock expired.
5 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Middle School Winter Sports Beat * Friday, January 31st * Practice at BVS * 5/6 Girls 400-530 pm * 7/8 Boys 530 - 700pm * All athletes should be at BVS 10 minutes prior to practice starting, coach will meet you there. Thank you.
5 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
OVS Quote of the Day
5 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
January 31, 1971 * Apollo 14 departs for the moon * Apollo 14, piloted by astronauts Alan B. Shepard Jr., Edgar D. Mitchell, and Stuart A. Roosa, is successfully launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on a manned mission to the moon. On February 5, after suffering some initial problems in docking the lunar and command modules, Shepard and Mitchell descended to the lunar surface on the third U.S. moon landing. Upon stepping out of the lunar module, Shepard, who in 1961, aboard Freedom 7, was the first American in space, became the fifth astronaut to walk on the moon.
5 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
OVS Winter Sports Beat * Thursday, January 30th * 5/6 Girls AWAY vs. FHGS 430pm game * 7/8 Boys AWAY vs. FHGS 530pm game * bus leave BVS 330, OVS 345pm
6 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
OVS Quote of the Day
6 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
January 30, 1994 * Dan Jansen skates world-record 500 meters * On January 30, 1994, the American speed skater Dan Jansen sets a new world record of 35.76 at the World Sprint Championships in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. * Born in 1965 in Wisconsin, Jansen had been the youngest skater to compete at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, where he came in fourth place in the 500 meter event. Favored to win in Calgary in 1988, Jansen was devastated by the death of his sister Jane from leukemia on the day he was scheduled to race in the 500 meter final. He raced that night in hopes of winning in her honor, but fell 100 meters into the race. Four days later, he fell again during the 1000 meter event, and left Calgary without a medal. In Albertville, France, in 1992, Jansen came up short again, finishing fourth in the 500 meters and 26th in the 1000.
6 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Middle School Winter Sports Beat * Tuesday, Jan 21 * NO practice or games today.
6 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
OVS Quote of the Day
6 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
January 28, 1985 * Music stars gather to record “We Are the World” * The special instruction Quincy Jones sent out to the several dozen pop stars invited to participate in the recording of “We Are the World” was this: “Check your egos at the door.” Jones was the producer of a record that would eventually go on to sell more than 7 million copies and raise more than $60 million for African famine relief. But before “We Are the World” could achieve those feats, it had to be captured on tape—no simple feat considering the number of major recording artists slated to participate. With only one chance to get the recording the way he and songwriters Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie wanted it, Jones convened the marathon recording session of “We Are the World” at around 10 p.m. on the evening of January 28, 1985, immediately following the conclusion of the American Music Awards ceremony held just a few miles away.
6 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Middle School Winter Sports Beat * Monday, January 27th * 5/6 Girls AWAY vs. Mettawee 530pm game PLEASE NOTE GAME TIME CHANGE!! Bus leave times - from OVS 345pm, BVS 400pm (parents please stay with your athletes until they are on the bus - Thank you!) * Practice -- 7/8 Boys 530 - 700 pm at BVS gym
6 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
OVS Quote of the Day
6 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
January 27, 1945 * Auschwitz is Liberated * On January 27, 1945, Soviet troops enter Auschwitz, Poland, freeing the survivors of the network of concentration camps—and finally revealing to the world the depth of the horrors perpetrated there.
6 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Middle School Winter Sports Beat * 5/6 Girls AWAY vs. Clarendon Elem 430pm game start -- NO BUS - parents transporting (due to ski program) Thank you parents! * 7/8 Boys HOME vs. Mill River 430pm game start
6 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
OVS Quote of the Day
6 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
January 24, 1972 * Japanese soldier found hiding on Guam * After 28 years of hiding in the jungles of Guam, local farmers discover Shoichi Yokoi, a Japanese sergeant who was unaware that World War II had ended.
6 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Middle School Winter Sports Beat * 5/6 Girls AWAY vs. Wells 430 game start, bus leave time BVS 315pm, OVS 330pm * 7/8 Boys AWAY vs. Middlebury 430 game start, bus leave time BVS 330, OVS 345pm.
6 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
OVS Quote of the Day
6 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
January 22, 1984 * Apple’s iconic “1984” commercial airs during Super Bowl XVIII * During a break in the action of Super Bowl XVIII on January 22nd, 1984, audiences first see a commercial that is now widely agreed to be one of the most powerful and effective of all time. Apple's "1984" spot, featuring a young woman throwing a sledgehammer through a screen on which a Big Brother-like figure preaches about "the unification of thought," got people around the United States talking and heralded a new age for Apple, consumer technology and advertising.
6 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Middle School Winter Sports Beat * Tuesday, Jan 21 * NO practice or games scheduled for today
6 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
OVS Quote of the Day
6 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
January 21, 1738 * Ethan Allen is born * On January 21, 1738, Ethan Allen, future Revolutionary War hero and key founder of the Republic of Vermont, is born in Litchfield, Connecticut. * Allen’s father, Joseph, intended Ethan to attend Yale University, but his death in 1755 precluded that option. Instead, Ethan, the oldest of seven children, took over the family landholdings. Two years later, Ethan made his first visit to the New Hampshire Grants, land that is now within the state of Vermont, as part of the Litchfield County militia during the Seven Years’ War.
6 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Middle School Winter Sports Beat * Friday, Jan 17th * Practice: 7/8 Boys 530-700 at BVS * Game: 5/6 Girls AWAY vs. Poultney (elem school) 430pm game start Bus leave from BVS 330pm, OVS 345pm
6 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
OVS Quote of the Day
6 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
January 17, 1916 * PGA is formed * On January 17, 1916, a group of golf professionals and several leading amateur golfers gather at the Taplow Club in New York City, in a meeting that will result in the founding of the Professional Golfers Association (PGA).
6 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Middle School Winter Sports Beat * Thursday, Jan 16th * No practice or games scheduled for today.
6 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
OVS Quote of the Day
6 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
January 16, 1605 * Groundbreaking novel "Don Quixote" is published * On January 16, 1605, Miguel de Cervantes' El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha, better known as Don Quixote, is published. The book is considered by many to be the first modern novel as well as one of the greatest novels of all time.
6 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Friday, Jan 17 Half Day for Inservice * Lunch will be served and busses will depart at 12 noon.
6 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
This Friday is Tie-Dye Day at OVS. Spend the day dazzling your peers with your multi-colored coolness! Anything and everything tie-dyed is needed for this day packed with swirls of rainbow-colored wonder.
6 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Middle School Winter Sports Beat * 7/8 Boys AWAY vs. CKS 500pm game start The bus will pick up the OVS athletes at 345pm (PARENTS could you please wait with your athletes at 340pm till they get on the bus -- Thank you) then to BVS where the coach and BVS athletes will get on bus at 4pm. The game at CKS (Christ the King School - South Main Street Rutland) will start at 5pm. * 5/6 Girls HOME vs. Poultney 430pm game start * Athletes please meet your coach at BVS at 4pm for pre-game warm up.
6 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
OVS Quote of the Day
6 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
January 16, 1938 * Benny Goodman brings jazz to Carnegie Hall * Jazz has been called “America’s classical music,” a label that does more than just recognize its American origins. The label also makes the case that jazz is worthy of aesthetic consideration alongside music usually thought of as “classical.” In the current era, when programs of Duke Ellington and J.S. Bach often draw the same highbrow crowds, that argument hardly seems controversial. In the 1930s, however, the notion was almost laughable, which is what made Benny Goodman’s January 16, 1938, concert at New York City’s famed Carnegie Hall so revolutionary. Goodman and his supporting cast claimed a new place for jazz on the American cultural scene that night, in what has come to be seen as the most important jazz concert in history.
6 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
January Spotlight Value * Our spotlight value for January is Caring. Caring is giving love and attention to people and things that matter to you. When you care about people, you help them. When you do a careful job, you give it your very best effort. You treat people and things gently and respectfully.
6 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Middle School Winter Sports Beat * No games or practices are scheduled for today.
6 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
OVS Quote of the Day
6 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
January 14, 1943 * FDR becomes first president to travel by airplane on U.S. official business * On January 14, 1943, Franklin D. Roosevelt becomes the first president to travel on official business by airplane. Crossing the Atlantic by air, Roosevelt flew in a Boeing 314 Flying Boat dubbed the Dixie Clipper to a World War II strategy meeting with Winston Churchill at Casablanca in North Africa. With German U-boats taking a heavy toll on American marine traffic in the Atlantic, Roosevelt’s advisors reluctantly agreed to send him via airplane. Roosevelt, at a frail 60 years old, gamely made the arduous 17,000-mile round trip.
6 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Slate Valley
Reminder! Join us Wednesday night (January 15) from 6-8 PM as we explore real-time data from the youth in Slate Valley. Working together, we can break through barriers to help our youth thrive. Please bring a cell phone for audience participation. *Refreshments provided. *Childcare available at Castleton Village School. Castleton University (The Casella Theater, Fine Arts Building).
6 months ago, Slate Valley
Patrick D. Walters
Middle School Winter Sports Beat * Monday, Jan 13 * 7/8 Boys Practice 530 - 700pm at BVS * Game: 5/6 Girls HOME vs. Wells 430pm game start * Athletes please meet your coach at BVS at 4pm for pre-game warm up.
6 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
OVS Quote of the Day
6 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
January 13, 1941 * James Joyce dies * James Joyce, widely regarded as Ireland’s greatest author, dies in Zurich, Switzerland, at the age of 58. One of the most brilliant and daring writers of the 20th century, Joyce’s masterpiece Ulysses is ranked among the greatest works in the English language.
6 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Chess Academy * The OVS Chess Academy rings in the new year with an active afternoon on the 64 squares.
6 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Students of the Month * Congratulations to the following students of the month of December for exhibiting exceptionally noticeable values of safety during the school day and therefore being a tremendous role-model to your fellow students.
6 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Middle School Winter Sports Beat * 5/6 Girls Bball Practice 400-530pm at BVS
6 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
OVS Quote of the Day
6 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Gusher signals start of U.S. oil industry * On January 10, 1901, a drilling derrick at Spindletop Hill near Beaumont, Texas, produces an enormous gusher of crude oil, coating the landscape for hundreds of feet and signaling the advent of the American oil industry. The geyser was discovered at a depth of over 1,000 feet, flowed at an initial rate of approximately 100,000 barrels a day and took nine days to cap. Following the discovery, petroleum, which until that time had been used in the U.S. primarily as a lubricant and in kerosene for lamps, would become the main fuel source for new inventions such as cars and airplanes; coal-powered forms of transportation including ships and trains would also convert to the liquid fuel.
6 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Slate Valley
You’re Invited! Join us as we explore real-time data from the youth in Slate Valley. Working together we can break through barriers to help our youth thrive. Please bring a cell phone for audience participation. *Refreshments provided *Childcare available at Castleton Village School Wednesday, January 15, 2020 6-8 PM, Castleton University (The Casella Theater, Fine Arts Building)
6 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
The sign-up for Slater Youth Wrestling Club (Boys and Girls, Grades K-6) is January 13th from 6-6:30PM. Sign up form: https://5il.co/c64z
6 months ago, Slate Valley
Patrick D. Walters
Middle School Winter Sports Beat * Thursday, Jan 9 * No practices, No games today.
6 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
OVS Quote of the Day
6 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
January 09, 2007 * Steve Jobs debuts the iPhone * On January 9, 2007, Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs unveils the iPhone—a touchscreen mobile phone with an iPod, camera and Web-browsing capabilities, among other features—at the Macworld convention in San Francisco. Jobs, dressed in his customary jeans and black mock turtleneck, called the iPhone a “revolutionary and magical product that is literally five years ahead of any other mobile phone.” When it went on sale in the United States six months later, on June 29, amidst huge hype, thousands of customers lined up at Apple stores across the country to be among the first to purchase an iPhone.
6 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Middle School Winter Sports Beat * 7/8 Boys HOME vs. Poultney 430pm * Boys please meet coach at BVS at 4pm, for warm up prior to game * 5/6 Girls HOME vs. Clarendon 530pm * Girls please meet coach at BVS at 5pm
6 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
OVS Quote of the Day
6 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
January 08, 1963 * Mona Lisa exhibited in Washington * At the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, the Mona Lisa, is exhibited for the first time in America. Over 2,000 dignitaries, including President John F. Kennedy, came out that evening to view the famous painting. The next day, the exhibit opened to the public, and during the next three weeks an estimated 500,000 people came to see it. The painting then traveled to New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, where it was seen by another million people.
6 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Middle School Winter Sports Beat * BVS/OVS 5/6 Girls HOME vs. West Rutland 430pm * Girls please meet coach at BVS at 4pm to warm up prior to the game
6 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
OVS Quote of the Day
6 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Samuel Morse demonstrates the telegraph * On January 6, 1838, Samuel Morse’s telegraph system is demonstrated for the first time at the Speedwell Iron Works in Morristown, New Jersey. The telegraph, a device which used electric impulses to transmit encoded messages over a wire, would eventually revolutionize long-distance communication, reaching the height of its popularity in the 1920s and 1930s.
6 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Middle School Winter Sports Beat * HOME game for 7/8 Boys vs. West Rutland 5pm game start. PLEASE have the athletes to the gym around 430pm for warm up, prior to game. * 5/6 Girls Practice 615 - 730 pm at BVS gym
6 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
OVS Quote of the Day
6 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Alaska admitted into Union * On January 3, 1959, President Eisenhower signs a special proclamation admitting the territory of Alaska into the Union as the 49th and largest state. * The European discovery of Alaska came in 1741, when a Russian expedition led by Danish navigator Vitus Bering sighted the Alaskan mainland. Russian hunters were soon making incursions into Alaska, and the native Aleut population suffered greatly after being exposed to foreign diseases. In 1784, Grigory Shelikhov established the first permanent Russian colony in Alaska on Kodiak Island. In the early 19th century, Russian settlements spread down the west coast of North America, with the southernmost fort located near Bodega Bay in California.
6 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Middle School Winter Sports Beat * 5/6 Girls bball practice 415 - 530pm at BVS gym * 7/8 boys bball practice 530-700 at BVS gym
6 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
OVS Quote of the Day
6 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Rare Bugatti found in British garage * On January 2, 2009, media outlets report that a rare unrestored 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante Coupe has been found in the garage of a British doctor. A month later, on February 7, the car sold at a Paris auction for some $4.4 million.
6 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
VSO Visits OVS * 3 Members of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra visited OVS today. Fiddlesticks’ performances for schoolchildren are designed to introduce students to the most important members of the symphony orchestra and to make some of the key concepts in classical music-making come alive. Longtime members of the VSO, the performers are funny, friendly, interactive — and superior musicians.
7 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Middle School Sports Beat * 7/8 Boys HOME vs. CKS 430pm * 5/6 Girls HOME vs. Shrewsbury 530pm
7 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
OVS Quote of the Day
7 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
President Clinton impeached * After nearly 14 hours of debate, the House of Representatives approves two articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton, charging him with lying under oath to a federal grand jury and obstructing justice. Clinton, the second president in American history to be impeached, vowed to finish his term.
7 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
2nd & 3rd Grade Candy Land/Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory Celebration
7 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Winter Sports Beat Correction * Wednesday, Dec 18 * Practice at BVS 5/6 Girls 400-530 * 7/8 Boys 530-700
7 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Middle School Winter Sports Beat * 7/8 Boys HOME vs. CKS 430pm * 5/6 Girls HOME vs. Shrewsbury 530pm
7 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
OVS Quote of the Day
7 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Mayflower lands at Plymouth Harbor * On December 18, 1620, the British ship Mayflower lands at modern-day Plymouth, Massachusetts, and its passengers prepared to begin their new settlement, Plymouth Colony. * The famous Mayflower story began in 1606, when a group of reform-minded Puritans in Nottinghamshire, England, founded their own church, separate from the state-sanctioned Church of England. Accused of treason, they were forced to leave the country and settle in the more tolerant Netherlands. After 12 years of struggling to adapt and make a decent living, the group sought financial backing from some London merchants to set up a colony in America. On September 6, 1620, 102 passengers–dubbed Pilgrims by William Bradford, a passenger who would become the first governor of Plymouth Colony–crowded on the Mayflower to begin the long, hard journey to a new life in the New World.
7 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Slate Valley
All after school activities districtwide have been cancelled for today (12/17) due to the road conditions and predicted snow accumulations as the day goes on. This includes all practices and games.
7 months ago, Slate Valley
Patrick D. Walters
4th Annual Ugly Sweater Parade * Friday, 3PM * Wear your favorite, your funniest, your warmest, or your ugliest. * We will be parading through the halls of OVS. * Everyone is welcome, please join us!
7 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Middle School Winter Sports Beat * There are no sports events scheduled for today.
7 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
OVS Quote of the Day
7 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
First airplane flies * Near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Orville and Wilbur Wright make the first successful flight in history of a self-propelled, heavier-than-air aircraft. Orville piloted the gasoline-powered, propeller-driven biplane, which stayed aloft for 12 seconds and covered 120 feet on its inaugural flight. * The historic Wright brothers’ aircraft of 1903 is on permanent display at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
7 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Middle School Winter Sports Beat * 7/8 Boys at BVS tonight is from 600-700pm * 5/6 Girls HOME vs. West Rutland 500pm
7 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
OVS Quote of the Day
7 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
The Boston Tea Party * In Boston Harbor, a group of Massachusetts colonists disguised as Mohawk Indians board three British tea ships and dump 342 chests of tea into the harbor. * The midnight raid, popularly known as the “Boston Tea Party,” was in protest of the British Parliament’s Tea Act of 1773, a bill designed to save the faltering East India Company by greatly lowering its tea tax and granting it a virtual monopoly on the American tea trade. The low tax allowed the East India Company to undercut even tea smuggled into America by Dutch traders, and many colonists viewed the act as another example of taxation tyranny.
7 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Middle School Winter Sports Beat * 5/6 girls practice 400-530 * 7/8 boys practice 530-700
7 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
OVS Quote of the Day
7 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Al Gore concedes presidential election * Vice President Al Gore reluctantly concedes defeat to Texas Governor George W. Bush in his bid for the presidency, following weeks of legal battles over the recounting of votes in Florida, on December 13 2000. * In a televised speech from his ceremonial office next to the White House, Gore said that while he was deeply disappointed and sharply disagreed with the Supreme Court verdict that ended his campaign, ”partisan rancor must now be put aside.” * Gore had won the national popular vote by more than 500,000 votes, but narrowly lost Florida, giving the Electoral College to Bush 271 to 266.
7 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Outstanding Teachers Day * For nearly 40 years, The University of Vermont has annually recognized outstanding teachers throughout the state through a ceremonial event. Each participating supervisory union or school district can nominate one teacher at the elementary/middle school level, one teacher at the secondary level and one technical center teacher. * This year's Slate Valley Elementary School Outstanding Teacher is fifth-grade teacher Cathy Darley from Orwell Village School. Congratulations Mrs. Darley.
7 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Half-Day Inservice Tomorrow, Friday, Dec 13 * Students will be dismissed at 12 noon and lunch will be served.
7 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
OVS Quote of the Day
7 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
December 12, 1901 * First radio transmission sent across the Atlantic Ocean * Italian physicist and radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi succeeds in sending the first radio transmission across the Atlantic Ocean, disproving detractors who told him that the curvature of the earth would limit transmission to 200 miles or less. The message–simply the Morse-code signal for the letter “s”–traveled more than 2,000 miles from Poldhu in Cornwall, England, to Newfoundland, Canada.
7 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Middle School Winter Sports Beat * Basketball is away vs. Poultney * 7/8 Boys 430 pm game * Bus leave time 330 pm OVS * 5/6 girls practice 400-530 at Benson
7 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
OVS Quote of the Day
7 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
December 11, 1872 * Buffalo Bill Cody makes his first stage appearance * Already appearing as a well-known figure of the Wild West in popular dime novels, Buffalo Bill Cody makes his first stage appearance on this day, in a Chicago-based production of The Scouts of the Prairie. * Unlike many of his imitators in Wild West shows and movies, William Frederick Cody actually played an important role in the western settlement that he later romanticized and celebrated. Born in Iowa in 1846, Cody joined the western messenger service of Majors and Russell as a rider while still in his teens. He later claimed to have worked for the famous Pony Express, during which time he allegedly completed the third longest emergency ride in the brief history of that company. During the Civil War, Cody joined forces with a variety of irregular militia groups supporting the North. In 1864, he enlisted in the Union army as a private and served as a cavalry teamster until 1865.
7 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Slate Valley
Reminder: Our Winter Concert is tonight, Tues Dec 10. Dress Rehearsal is open to the public at 1:30 PM and Concert is at 6:30 PM (length is approximately 60 minutes).
7 months ago, Slate Valley
Patrick D. Walters
OVS Quote of the Day
7 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
December 10, 1917 * Red Cross is awarded Nobel Peace Prize * After three years of war, during which there had been no Nobel Peace Prize awarded, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awards the 1917 prize to the International Committee of the Red Cross.
7 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Slate Valley
You're Invited! Join us as we explore real-time data from the youth in Slate Valley. Working together we can break through barriers to help our youth thrive. Wednesday, January 15, 2020 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Castleton University The Casella Theater, Fine Arts Building
7 months ago, Slate Valley
Patrick D. Walters
Middle School Winter Sports Beat * HOME vs. CES/CVS * 5/6 Girls 430pm game * 7/8 Boys 530pm game
7 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
OVS Quote of the Day
7 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
December 09, 1983 Pacino stars in Scarface * The actor Al Pacino stars as a Cuban refugee who becomes a Miami crime boss in Scarface, which opens in theaters on December 9, 1983. * In Scarface, Pacino played Tony Montana, who arrives in Florida from Cuba in 1980 and eventually becomes wealthy from his involvement in the booming cocaine business. Things fall apart when Tony becomes addicted to the drug and his world collapses in violence. Directed by Brian De Palma from a screenplay by Oliver Stone, Scarface co-starred Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Robert Loggia. The film was loosely based on a 1932 gangster film of the same name, directed by Howard Hawks and reportedly inspired in part by the real-life mobster Al “Scarface” Capone. Though De Palma’s Scarface received mixed reviews upon its initial release and was criticized for its violence, it proved to be a success at the box-office and went on to achieve pop-culture status.
7 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Due to the weather, all After school Activities are Canceled for Today, Friday, Dec 6.
7 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
November Students of the Month * Congratulations to the following students of the month of November for exhibiting exceptionally noticeable values of kindness during the school day and therefore being a tremendous role-model to your fellow students.
7 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
OVS Middle School Sports Beat * 7/8 boys bball practice 400-530 in Benson * 5/6 girls bball practice 530-700 in Benson * ****Please note the switch for both teams****
7 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
OVS Quote of the Day
7 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Washington Monument completed On December 6, 1884, in Washington, D.C., workers place a nine-inch aluminum pyramid atop a tower of white marble, completing the construction of an impressive monument to the city’s namesake and the nation’s first president, George Washington. As early as 1783, the infant U.S. Congress decided that a statue of George Washington, the great Revolutionary War general, should be placed near the site of the new Congressional building, wherever it might be. After then-President Washington asked him to lay out a new federal capital on the Potomac River in 1791, architect Pierre L’Enfant left a place for the statue at the western end of the sweeping National Mall (near the monument’s present location).
7 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
OVS Middle School Sports Beat * Thursday, Dec 5 * No Activity Today
7 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
OVS Quote of the Day
7 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Aircraft squadron disappears in the Bermuda Triangle * At 2:10 p.m., five U.S. Navy Avenger torpedo-bombers comprising Flight 19 take off from the Ft. Lauderdale Naval Air Station in Florida on a routine three-hour training mission. Flight 19 was scheduled to take them due east for 120 miles, north for 73 miles, and then back over a final 120-mile leg that would return them to the naval base. They never returned. Although naval officials maintained that the remains of the six aircraft and 27 men were not found because stormy weather destroyed the evidence, the story of the “Lost Squadron” helped cement the legend of the Bermuda Triangle, an area of the Atlantic Ocean where ships and aircraft are said to disappear without a trace. The Bermuda Triangle is said to stretch from the southern U.S. coast across to Bermuda and down to the Atlantic coast of Cuba and Santo Domingo.
7 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Middle School Winter Sports Beat * 5/6 girls bball practice 400-530 in Benson 7/8 boys bball practices 530-700 in Benson
7 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
OVS Quote of the Day
7 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
AMERICAN REVOLUTION 1783 * George Washington bids farewell to his officersOn December 4, 1783, future President George Washington, then commanding general of the Continental Army, summons his military officers to Fraunces Tavern in New York City to inform them that he will be resigning his commission and returning to civilian life.
7 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
No Chess Thursday * Due to parent conferences and the Teacher of The Year Induction at UVM, there will be no chess this Thursday, Dec 5.
7 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
The Book Fair is Back in Town * Hours Tuesday 12/3 - 3:30pm - 7:00pm Wednesday 12/4 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm Thursday 12/5 - 12:00pm - 7:00pm
7 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Winter Concert * Our concert is Tues Dec 10. Dress Rehearsal open to the public is at 1:30 Concert is at 6:30, length about 60 min.
7 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
1967 December 03 First human heart transplant * On December 3, 1967, 53-year-old Louis Washkansky receives the first human heart transplant at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. Washkansky, a South African grocer dying from chronic heart disease, received the transplant from Denise Darvall, a 25-year-old woman who was fatally injured in a car accident. Surgeon Christiaan Barnard, who trained at the University of Cape Town and in the United States, performed the revolutionary medical operation. The technique Barnard employed had been initially developed by a group of American researchers in the 1950s. American surgeon Norman Shumway achieved the first successful heart transplant, in a dog, at Stanford University in California in 1958.
7 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
OVS Chess Academy The OVS Chess Academy is rolling along this year with a fine crop of new second-grade chess player joining the fold. Our focus is always analytical thinking with a strong dose of sportsmanship. Here's an update on our 30-day report card: 74 Lessons Completed 105 Puzzles completed 23 Students Played 252 Games 934 Stars were earned, and 14 Online Yesterday Great work chess students, keep up the awesome work!
8 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
November 21, 1877 Thomas Edison announces his invention of the phonograph The American inventor announces his invention of the phonograph, a way to record and play back sound. Edison stumbled on one of his great inventions–the phonograph–while working on a way to record telephone communication at his laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey. His work led him to experiment with a stylus on a tinfoil cylinder, which, to his surprise, played back the short song he had recorded, “MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB”. Public demonstrations of the phonograph made the Yankee inventor world famous, and he was dubbed the “Wizard of Menlo Park.”
8 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Slate Valley
Reminder: You’re invited to join us for an informational building tour at FHUHS tonight at 6:30 p.m. starting in the FHUHS Library. Letter to Community Members: https://5il.co/b0t9
8 months ago, Slate Valley
Patrick D. Walters
Winter Concert Please join us for the Winter Concert, Tuesday, December 10th at 6:30 p.m. Dress rehearsal open to the public at 1:30. Concert length is about 60 min. Snow date is Dec 17.
8 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Slate Valley
Parents of 6th-8th grade students: You will be receiving a Letter and Sign-Up Form from your child’s school for the Life Time Activities (LTA) Program offered throughout our district. You may also view the letter (https://5il.co/bfpo) and form (https://5il.co/bfpn) online. The LTA program is a curriculum based field trip for school students. We are asking for your help in allowing students to make a good selection of activities.
8 months ago, Slate Valley
Patrick D. Walters
The Quote of the Day
8 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
November 20, 1820 American vessel sunk by sperm whale The American whaler Essex, which hailed from Nantucket, Massachusetts, is attacked by an 80-ton sperm whale 2,000 miles from the western coast of South America. The 238-ton Essex was in pursuit of sperm whales, specifically the precious oil and bone that could be derived from them, when an enraged bull whale rammed the ship twice and capsized the vessel. The 20 crew members escaped in three open boats, but only five of the men survived the harrowing 83-day journey to the coastal waters of South America, where they were picked up by other ships. Most of the crew resorted to cannibalism during the long journey, and at one point men on one of the long boats drew straws to determine which of the men would be shot in order to provide sustenance for the others. Three other men who had been left on a desolate Pacific island were saved later.
8 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Quote of the Day
8 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
November 19, 1969 Soccer legend Pelé scores 1,000th goal Brazilian soccer great Pele scores his 1,000th professional goal in a game, against Vasco da Gama in Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium. It was a major milestone in an illustrious career that included three World Cup championships.
8 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Mandatory Winter Sports Meeting for all Parents & Coaches Monday, November 18th -- 6pm to 7pm --- Fair Haven Union High School Cafe We will be introducing Winter Coaches for Bball and Wrestling, going over practice protocol, schedules (game and practice), uniforms and Q/A.
8 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Thanksgiving Dinner Friday, November 22, 11:00 - 12:45 Wildcat Cafe Come celebrate the magic of Thanksgiving this Friday, from 11:00 - 12:45 at the Wildcat Cafe with a decadent Turkey Dinner prepared by our own chefs Samantha & Zach. Experience an exquisite holiday buffet featuring our famous Stone Farm Turkey, mashed potatoes & stuffing w/gravy, cranberry sauce, and fresh vegetables. Dinner includes baskets of warm baked dinner rolls, and of course our world-famous dessert cart, with several irresistible choices. Please Join Us!
8 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Slate Valley
Basketball practices have started in the district, please check the Slate Valley App for updated practices and games. Slate Valley District Wrestling will start Monday, November 18th 4:00-5:30 p.m. at FHUHS. Check the Slate Valley App for all practices. Meets will be updated as they are scheduled. Reminder: Winter sports meeting for all Middle school athletics, November 18th, 6 p.m. at FHUHS cafeteria. Come meet coaches!
8 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
You’re invited to join us for an informational building tour at FHUHS on November 20th at 6:30 p.m. in the FHUHS Library: •See Facilities Needs •Learn about Slate Valley Innovation Project •Ask Questions
8 months ago, Slate Valley
Patrick D. Walters
November Spotlight Value * Our spotlight value for November is Kindness. Kindness is showing you care, doing some good to make life better for others. It is being thoughtful about people’s needs. Kindness is showing love and compassion to someone who is sad or needs your help. Kindness is treating yourself and others gently. It is caring about the earth and all living things.
8 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Slate Valley
There will be a Mandatory Winter Sports Meeting for all Parents, Coaches, Administration: Monday, November 18th, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Fair Haven Union High School Cafeteria We will be introducing Winter Coaches for Basketball and Wrestling, going over practice protocol, schedules (game and practice), uniforms, and Q/A.
8 months ago, Slate Valley
Patrick D. Walters
Picture Retake Day is tomorrow, Nov 5.
8 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
District Music Auditions * Congratulations to all of our Middle School musicians who auditioned for districts and have shown an amazing amount of musical growth!
9 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Book Character Parade * Tomorrow, Friday, Nov 1, we will be having our Book Character Parade. Students are encouraged to dress up as their favorite book character. The parade will begin at 2:30 and we will be circling the town green.
9 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Regional Spelling Bee * We are very proud of our 5/6 and 7/8 Spelling Bee Teams as they performed amazingly under the intense pressure that comes from competing against our Chittenden County counterparts. A tremendous thank you to coach Robinson, the parents, students, and community members who made the hosting of our first Regional Spelling Bee a huge success.
9 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
One of our first graders pulled “Read a book to the class” out of the prize bin the other day. So here she is reading her favorite book to everyone 😊
9 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
There is no chess today.  We will resume Monday, Nov 4 at 3:30.
9 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Slate Valley
Reminder! Online registration is open through November 8 for Slate Valley Middle School Winter Sports (Basketball & Wrestling). Register online at: https://bit.ly/2B0TSAC
9 months ago, Slate Valley
Patrick D. Walters
Thursday's Menu has changed from roast chicken to roast pork
9 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Chess Canceled This Week Mon & Thurs Oct 21 & 24. Will resume next Mon & Thurs Oct 28 & 31
9 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Chris Cole
Online registration is open from October 11 through November 8 for Slate Valley Middle School Winter Sports (Basketball & Wrestling). Register online at: https://bit.ly/2B0TSAC
9 months ago, Chris Cole
Slate Valley
Stay up-to-date with "Girls on the Run - Vermont" on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/153805061340162/posts/2418123071575005?sfns=mo
9 months ago, Slate Valley
Patrick D. Walters
OVS 7/8 Spelling Team 1st Place Slate Valley Unified Union Spelling Competition. Off to the Regional Championships!
9 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
OVS 5/6 Spelling Team 1st Place Slate Valley Unified Union Spelling Competition. Off to the Regional Championships!
9 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Slate Valley
Mrs. Aprilliano's 3rd grade students learned about book genres through a "Starbooks" book tasting experience. Students were able to "taste" a variety of different genres and select the ones they wanted to add to their book boxes for continued reading.
9 months ago, Slate Valley
Patrick D. Walters
Chess has been canceled for Thursday afternoon, Oct 10 and will resume on Monday, Oct 14. 
9 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
October Spotlight Value Our spotlight value for October is Responsibility. Being responsible means that others can depend on you. You are willing to be accountable for your actions. When things go wrong and you make a mistake, you make amends instead of excuses. When you are responsible, you keep your agreements. You give your best to any job. Responsibility is the ability to respond ably. It is a sign of growing up.
9 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Bicycle Safety Bicycle riding is fun, healthy, and a great way to be independent. But it is important to remember that a bicycle is not a toy; it’s a vehicle! Be cool – follow some basic safety tips when you ride.
9 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Picture Day Tomorrow, Friday, Oct 4 Tomorrow is Picture Day Please have children bring their packets to their classroom teachers. Make-up Day is Nov 4.
9 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Today 9/26 ----- All Soccer practices and GAMES are cancelled for OVS/BVS 5/6 and 7/8 Soccer FHGS 5/6 and 7/8 Soccer and CVS 7/8 Soccer.
10 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Primary Soccer Club is Canceled Today!
10 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
5/6 Soccer Practice Canceled Today, Tuesday, Sep 24
10 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
1846 September 23 Eighth planet discovered * German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle discovers the planet Neptune at the Berlin Observatory.
10 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Quote of the Day
10 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Patrick D. Walters
Deputy Alfred visiting our kindergarten students on Friday afternoon.
10 months ago, Patrick D. Walters
Slate Valley
3rd-Grade is "On Point!" Mrs. Aprilliano's third-grade is "on point" and off to a wonderful start to the school year.
10 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Today we held our first Monthly Birthday Celebration, honoring every student with a September birthday. As advertised, Chef Sam prepared her world-famous cupcakes. A huge OVS thank you to Chef Sam!
10 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Elementary community-building activities.
10 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
A few images from the first day at OVS.
10 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
A huge Orwell thank-you to all who came out for another amazing Back-to-School BBQ and Open House. Special gratitude to Chef Sam and her kitchen staff for serving a world record number of families.
11 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Back to School BBQ Open House First Day of School Please join us on Tuesday evening Aug 27 at 6 PM for our annual Back to School BBQ followed by classroom visits from 6:30-7:00. The first day of school is Wednesday, Aug 28, Whoo-hoo!
11 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Everyone in the Slate Valley is back and gearing up for an exciting school year! This morning during our district-wide gathering, we recognized some of the many outstanding members of our Slate Valley community. Congratulations to all of our 2019 District Award recipients!
11 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Being on-the-go doesn’t mean you can’t stay connected with your child’s school. Our new app has everything you need to be an active participant in your child’s education Features include: Live Feed, News, Events, Athletics, Documents, Notifications and more.
11 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Throwback Thursday: OVS Community Picnic 2019
11 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Join host Dan Warnecke as he talks with Melissa Hoyer (and a student helper!) about the Snack Sack program: https://youtu.be/tFywZN5CYv4
12 months ago, Slate Valley
Slate Valley
Community members are welcome to attend to tell stories, learn, provide support, and share in a vision for a hate-free Vermont. FB Event: http://www.facebook.com/events/400176637372124
12 months ago, Slate Valley