HVRHS Class of 2016 Graduation Ceremony
Tuesday, June 14 at 6:30 pm
Class of 2016 Awards Assembly
Monday, June 13 at 3:00 pm
Tour HVRHS in Advance of Renovation Vote
Dr. Martinez has scheduled dates and times to tour the high school building – in advance of the building renovation project vote on June 6th.
Building renovation tours: Meet in the main lobby of the school to begin tour
Wednesday April 6 – 6:00 pm (30 minutes prior to budget meeting public hearing)
Wednesday April 13 – 5:30 pm (30 minutes prior to Athletics Council meeting)
Monday April 25 – 9:45 am (Advisory block at HVRHS)
Wednesday April 27 – 5:00 pm (30 minutes prior to Housatonic Citizen Coordinating Council Meeting)
Monday May 2 – 6:00 pm (30 minutes prior to Board of Education meeting)
Additional tours can be arranged by calling 824-5123 x162 (Julie Lang)
Scholarship Applications for The Arts Fund for Region One are due by May 1, 2016.
Scholarships for summer study in the arts (music, dance, theatre, writing, photography etc.) for students in Kindergarten through grade 12 are available through the Susan Fillman Memorial Scholarship under the direction of The Arts Fund for Region One. To apply, students must reside in a Region One town and must currently be in kindergarten – grade 12.
To complete the application, please visit www.berkshiretaconic.org. You will find our application under the Receive… Search &Apply for Scholarships tab. In the Scholarship Search box, type: The Arts Fund for Region One. You will be directed to create a unique log in and will then be able to complete the application on line.
Please contact Linda Peppe at 860 – 824 – 5149 x 129 with questions about the scholarship. Contact Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation 413 – 229 – 0370 x 109 directly with questions regarding completion of the application.
All-Star Driver is now The Next Street. Summer accelerated classes at HVRHS every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday from July 11 – July 21, 2016. Classes 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. For more information call (800) 732-8090 or click this link:thenextstreet.com
Have you reserved your copy of the 2016 yearbook yet? Online orders can be placed at www.yearbookordercenter.com. Our order number is 14109. Or you can bring in a check made payable to HVRHS and give to Ms. McLeod.
HVRHS SPANISH STUDENTS RECEIVE TOP HONORS
Congratulations to twenty-two World Language students from Housatonic Valley Regional High School who attained national recognition for excellent performance on the 2016 National Spanish Examinations (NSE).
The Silver Medal winner is junior Kyra Cullerton for Level 4. Silver medalists score at or above the 85th percentile nationally. The Bronze Medal winners are senior Riley Simmons and junior Mari Cullerton for Level 4, sophomore Juan Sanchez for Level 3, and freshmen Marijke Stiffler and Victor Flores for Level 2. Bronze medalists score at or above the 75th percentile nationally.
The following sixteen students attained Honorable Mention for scoring at or above the 50th percentile nationally.
Level 1 Grade 10: Kitiara Hunter
Level 2 Grade 9: Calpurnia Carter, Mackenzie Hunter, and Matthew Lopes. Grade 10: Nicholas Suby-Brown, Grade 11: Ahmad Kheir
Level 3 Grade 10: Molly Dowd, Lauren Murtagh, Sofia Rincon, and Jack Scarpa. Grade 11: Rosa Morales
Level 4 Grade 11: Eve Cullerton and Olivia Wadsworth
Level 5 Grade 12: Cameryn Caruso and Jonathan Miller
Level 6 Grade 12: Marina Matsudaira
These young people are to be commended for their enthusiasm and dedication to language study. Their teachers, Mrs. Tristana Nuñez and Ms. Rosemarie Nanni are very proud of them.
The mission of the NSE is to recognize student achievement and to promote language proficiency in the study of Spanish. The National Spanish Examinations, sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, have been administered since 1957 and are given voluntarily by over 3800 teachers throughout the United States to students in Grades 6-12. All students are evaluated in the areas of Vocabulary, Grammar, Reading, and Listening Comprehension.
“Attaining a medal or honorable mention for any student on the National Spanish Examinations is very prestigious,” said Kevin Cessna-Buscemi, National Director of the Exams, “because the exams are the largest of their kind in the United States with over 160,000 students participating nationwide in 2016.”
Thanks to everyone who participated this year! ¡Muy bien hecho!
German students tour Germany
From Riley Simmons – April 12:
Today, we went to see the historical city of Lübeck, an hour or so outside of Hamburg (by train). We met our tour guide at the gate to the city and he took us around to look at the city’s various attractions: the salt storage buildings, the music school, and the churches. We then walked around the town center together, through the stores and restaurants. I had something to eat there. Then we took a train to the beach, where we walked along the beach and a pier. We had a good time. Then we found a zipline, which many of us rode on. We went through the town by the beach, where Karl, Jared and I got something to eat at a very fine restaurant. Tortellini, lasagna, and tomato soup, respectively. It was very good. Then we took the train back to Hamburg, and the houses of our host families. We had a very good time.
From Haley Gulotta – April 12:
We arrived at school around 9 a.m. and sat through classes with our hosts. The classes we’re very different from American style teaching. No cell phones were allowed and current events were brought up quite often. The school atmosphere was very positive and the kids seemed to have much creativity.
From Malcolm Scott – April 14:
Yesterday we want to the Kunst und Gewerbe Museum near the large Hauptbahnhof train station in the central area of Hamburg. We were originally supposed to tour the Kunsthalle museum nearby, but it is currently undergoing renovation and only one portrait exhibit was open so we decided to go to Kunst and Gewerbe. The museum itself was stunningly built with a combination of wood and marble halls and exhibit rooms. The exhibits themselves were limited especially in the modern era, but the ancient and renaissance art exhibits were more extensive. The most interesting exhibit was the room of musical instruments where there were about 300 instruments from the last 2,000 years of history. Also the museum had the nicest bathrooms I have ever seen.
From Garett MacLaren – April 11
Today we took a walking tour of Hamburg. We started near the harbor at Rathaus station and met our tour guide who was a Barcelona native living in Hamburg for three years now. We were give a quick history of the city while sitting on stone steps watching swans. We observed the Rathaus (which translates to house of advice in English) and then moved into the city. We went to three churches, one of which had a organ that Johann Sebastian Bach played. We walked through then Hafencity and saw the new philharmonic hall which is almost finished being constructed from a far. Our final stop was to climb the 500 steps of the famous Saint Michel church where you can see all of Hamburg from a 360 degree view. It was a sunny and beautiful day and everyone had a great time.
From Lauren Gilderdale – April 15
On a rainy, drowsy day we visited a place equally as glum. We visited the Concentration Camp, a working camp, called Neuengamme. It housed, what we learned to be 100,000 prisoners. Of which, 50,000 perished on the grounds. Our tour guide was richly engaging and provided us with information and great detail of things we did not once know. For example, I did not know that the prisoners were to make the bricks that soon made up the homes of the SS Officers. The prisoners of this camp worked long hours with no relief or pay.
From Liam Grimaldi – April 13 boat tour
On the 7th day of our trip, we went on a boat tour of Hamburg on the Elbe river. We got off the train at Baumwall station and headed to the docks to get on our boat. We were placed in a small boat with a cabin that had a roof you could see through and comfortable benches for sitting. While most of the students chose to sit in the cabin, a few of us sat on the back of the boat which was in the open air and had one large bench wrapped around the inside of the boat. The tour started off by going through the old part of Hamburg where we could see the old shipping warehouses. From there the boat took us along the shore of the city wherewe saw the amazing skyline and the incredible buildings along the coast. Once the city started to turn into the suburbs, the boat took a turn into the shipyards where we were able to get up close and personal with oil tankers and humungous cargo ships from around the world. We were able to witness the shipping industry here and the tons opon tons of cargo being loaded and unloaded in Hamburg. After we went through the shipyards we returned to shore feeling lucky to have had experienced the past 3 hours.
From Kaitlyn Carroll Devaney – April 12
Today was a fun day of exploring a new city other than Hamburg. We traveled to Lubeck, a cute
little city about 45 minutes away. When we arrived we had a wonderful tour of the city and got to
see so many new things. After the tour we had some free time to explore the city for ourselves
and get some lunch. From there we got to visit the Baltic sea. We all ran towards the water and
laid in the sand. We also got to see the wonderful shops and amazing waffles on the boardwalk.
It was one of the best days so far.
From Emily Sullivan – April
On one of the days in our stay in Hamburg, our class took a beautiful long bike tour to the Hamburg airport. A kind offer from one of the host parents of the trip who owned a bike shop offered to lend the majority of our group bikes for a 20k bike ride. After our class met at the Germans’ school we walked to the shop where Keno’s parents (the host student’s family who owns the bike shop) provided our group with bikes and helmets. Keno’s father guided the 17 of us students, plus 4 chaperones, through the city of Hamburg. The group got split up at times, but managed to stay together with few technical difficulties. We took a scenic path through woods and over streams. Once back on the road we biked to the top of the hill to a cafe which overlooked the Hamburg airport. After a generous complimentary lunch by the host parents at the cafe we made our way back to the bike shop and back to the school where we met back up with our students.
Housatonic Valley FFA Team Heading to Nationals
Our Nursery/Landscape Career Development Event team recently took first place at the University of Connecticut and is now directing their attention to the national event in Indianapolis for October 2016 as Connecticut’s team. The winning team members of Cameron Foley, Morgan Jacquier, Lauren Murtagh, and Jessica Serna all posted scores in their state event in the top ten, with Lauren as the highest individual in the state. As preparations for the national event begin, these students will focus on a broad scope of new skills and will be challenged with written knowledge exams, team oral presentations, landscape mathematics; identification of physiological disorders, insects & diseases and plants; surveying and engineering problem sets; verbal and customer assistance practicums; along with up to 16 practical and written skill sets required of green industry professionals. This three day event is sponsored by Stihl and Kubota Corporation as well as Arysta Life Sciences and will be part of an overall week of many new experiences with over 60,000 FFA members that have earned their way to the convention over the coming year. Many more Career Development Event opportunities exist in a variety of areas including public speaking, communication, finance and applied-science based fields. Come join a team!
Eat Breakfast at School!
Mornings can be really crazy…the alarm doesn’t go off…the kids don’t want to get up…there’s no time to eat breakfast before the bus comes…or they’re just not in the mood to eat. Breakfast “on the go” will be served at Housatonic starting January 4, 2016. Our school breakfast will give your child a healthy start to the day. A nutritious breakfast helps students be more alert so they can learn more in class. Breakfast has vitamins and nutrients for a strong and healthy body. Breakfast at school is affordable. If you qualify for free or reduced price meals, you also qualify for the breakfast program, with no additional paperwork. You can’t find a healthy breakfast at such a low cost anywhere else. A full-pay breakfast is $2.00, a reduced price breakfast is $.30, and if you qualify for free meals – your breakfast is free. Help your child start the day right with a healthy and nutritious school breakfast! Any questions please feel free to contact the Main Office at 860-824-5123.
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HVRHS Art Teacher Featured in SchoolArts Magazine
This month’s edition of SchoolArts Magazine features an article by HVRHS Art teacher, Linda McMillan, who describes a full-size sculpture project she does in her class. The article, “Figures in Form,” explains the project, which is a collaborative effort by her students, inspired by contemporary artist Mark Jenkins. Congratulations, Linda!
Northern Regional Music Festival Honors HVRHS Students
Congratulations to Ashley Coon, Eliana Calhoun, and Eleanor Clulow for auditioning and making the Northern Regional Music Festival Chorus for 2016. Ashley, Eliana and Eleanor will represent HVRHS in a 300 person chorus comprised of some of the best singers in the state.
Vermilyea Honored with CultureMax Award
On November 17, the Northwest Corner Arts Council recognized HVRHS history teacher Peter Vermilyea with its CultureMax for his contributions to historical scholarship in our area. Vermilyea’s recent book, Hidden History of Litchfield County, documents the roadside shrines, monuments, and historical artifacts that often escape everyday notice. The council honored Mr. Vermilyea for both his scholarship and his passionate teaching, and HVRHS is honored to count him among our faculty.
Youth Service Bureau Relocated
After a year of renovations, the new space for the Housatonic Youth Service Bureau is now open above the Athletic Garage. The space is located to the right of the Region 1 Central Offices, and Nick, Rebecca, and company would love visitors. Their new, modern space allows them to expand their counseling services and youth outreach programs, which continue throughout the year.