By , February 22, 2013

~ Announcements for Friday, February 22, 2013 ~
Today is Gold Friday schedule; blocks are A-D-Advisory-C-H-E-G.


Lunch: Stuffed Crust Pizza & garden salad.
A La Carte: French Fries or Chicken Wings.

The Girls Basketball team will be playing Windham Tech in the first round of the class S state tournament on Monday, February 25th at 6:30 p.m. at Windham Tech High School in Willimantic. Bus time for the girls to leave will be at 3:00 p.m. If the girls win, their second round game will be on February 28th at a site and time TBA.Tickets for the tournament will be $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for students, and $5.00 for Sr. Citizens. Directions to Windham Tech are below. For more comprehensive directions, please visit www.casciac.org or www.hvrhs.org and go to the Athletics tab. From I-84 East – Take I-384 East to RT 6. Take Exit RT 195. At stop sign, turn right on High St. Turn right on Prospect St. Turn right on Birch St. School is at end of street. Congratulations and good luck girls!

There will be a mandatory Girls Softball meeting in Room 133 on Monday, March 4th immediately after school. All interested and returning players should attend.

ATTENTION SENIORS:  All SUPERLATIVE ballot sheets are due to Ms. McLeod no later than Friday, February 22!

SCHEDULE CHANGE Due to numerous conflicts, we need to adjust the rehearsal schedule I sent out last night.  As a reminder, as we are getting closer to the performances, it is extremely important that we know of any conflicts well in advance (except for illness, of course).  Please look over the remaining rehearsal dates and check to make sure you do not have any conflicts that you have not yet told us about.
Sunday, February 24
12:30-5 pm  ALL – Work through Acts I & II

Each day this week we will be announcing an FFA Trivia question. The question will be posted in the cafeteria during all lunch waves. If you answer the question correctly and your name is drawn, you will receive a Dunkin Donuts gift card along with an FFA prize. Thanks for supporting your local FFA chapter. The winner for today’s trivia question was Abigail Lafontan. The correct answer was there are 2,769 active FFA members from Connecticut.

Have you ordered your copy of the 2013 yearbook yet? The price is $65 after January 26.  Online orders can be placed at www.yearbooks.biz.  Our order number is 14109.  Or you can bring in a check made payable to HVRHS and give to Ms. McLeod.

Donate your old recorders (instrument) by March 1st! For the Mekele Blind School in Ethiopia. You can drop them off at the guidance office.

Sports Schedules can be found online at www.hvrhs.org on the athletics tab or www.ciacsports.com

There will be a First Aid/CPR Session for all middle school and high school coaches on Feb 26th at 5:00 p.m. in Room 133 at HVRHS. Please RSVP to Dan Carroll at dcarroll@hvrhs.org or x190.

Northwestern vs. Housatonic Regional Varsity Boys Swimming & Diving:
Game Date: 2/26/13
Game Time: 6:30 pm.
Home Team: Housatonic Regional
Facility: Hotchkiss

Housatonic-Northwestern-Wamogo vs. Joel Barlow Varsity Boys Ice Hockey game:
Game Date: 02/23/13
Game Time: 8:50 pm.
Home Team: Joel Barlow
Facility: Danbury Ice Arena

Enroll online: all-stardriver.com/housy or call 800-732-8090. Now offering stick shift lessons!

Region One Board Of Education Meetings:
Monday, March 4
Monday, April 1
Monday, May 6 Annual District Meeting 6:00 pm
Monday, May 6 Regular Meeting 6:15 pm
(Tuesday, May 7, 2013 Referendum)
Monday, June 3
Monday, September 9
Monday, October 7
Monday, November 4
Monday, December 2

21st Century Fund for HVRHS Advisory Board:
Winter Wednesday Lecture Series Comes to the Mahoney-Hewat Science and Technology Center:
This March through early April, the 21st Century Fund for HVRHS will sponsor a lecture series at the Mahoney-Hewat Science and Technology Center, called Winter Wednesdays at 7:30 P.M. It will feature local experts on environmental issues, Alaskan and Canadian wildlife, geology, and efficient energy use for homes and businesses. Presentations will include photographic and Power Point shows; and refreshments will be served. Tickets are free, but a donation is welcomed. In order to plan, the 21st Century Fund Board would like you RSVP (21stcenturyfund@gmail.com). Walk-ins will also be welcome.

March 6  Geology of the Marble Valley
David Lindsay, of Falls Village, is a geologist and Site Manager of the Mahoney-Hewat Center.
Dave Lindsay was a science teacher and department chair at HVRHS, serving that school for 41 years. He had the most fun team-teaching the high school’s Geology Course with his mentor and colleague Ed Kirby (when Ed was the Principal) and the HVRHS Inventions & Patents Course that he team-taught with Sid Shore, a Sharon inventor and educator.   In the final years of his Housatonic activities, he organized and recruited geology class students to travel throughout the USA and Canada to see geologic sights during summer vacations.

Dave has a Bachelors degree in Geology from the University of Connecticut and a Masters degree in the Earth Sciences for Teachers from the University of Vermont.
His two daughters and his incredible grandson live in Maine and his wife, Barbara, is presently finishing her PhD in History at the University of Maine.

March 13  The Great Pacific Garbage Dump
Gale Toensing, from Falls Village, is a staff reporter for the Indian Country Today Media Network.
Her talk will be about three recently published environmental stories:
the Great Pacific Garbage Dump, an island of floating plastic and other debris that’s estimated to be twice the size of Texas, kills countless birds, sea mammals and turtles, and ends up littering the beaches of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, as well as the west coast of the U.S.;
Cape Wind in Nantucket Sound’s energy plan that’s going to devastate the fisheries, endanger both the gazillions of birds that fly over and airplane flyovers, and produce energy produced three times as expensive as what Mass residents pay now.
A $60 million project in Maine to restore Atlantic salmon and other indigenous fish to the Penobscot River, by a public-private partnership involving the Penobscot Indian Nation, federal and state governments, the hyrdo-electric power company, and environmental groups.

March 20 – Managing Energy in Your Home and Business
Bob Whelan, MSCS, LEED® AP BD&C, of Sharon, has been the Chief Financial Officer and a partner in The Washington Supply Company (a building materials supplier and Home Center) in Washington Depot, Connecticut since 2006.  Bob is also a partner in Home Energy Professionals, Inc., a provider of renewable energy-based solutions for residential retrofit or new construction, working with Solar Thermal (heating) and Solar Photovoltaic (electricity) systems.
He will speak about conserving and managing energy and water, as well as, all aspects of the United States Green Building Council LEED program (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for Homes.

March 27  A Close-up Look at Alaskan Bears and Other Wildlife
Ed Logan, of Salisbury, an ardent environmentalist, was born and raised in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Northern New Jersey. Throughout his childhood he had an insatiable interest in wildlife.  (He even has an autographed photo of Marlin Perkins.)
Upon retiring from the phone company, he began his first of more than 20 trips to Jasper, Canada’s National Park and to Alaska, camping in the wild, and participating in the monitoring of wolves project.  He also started to shoot bears (just photos), wolves and other wildlife. He will present a slide show on Alaskan bears and share some of his fascinating stories.

April 3 Writing with Power for Home, School, and Work
Carol Schulz, of North Canaan, has been writing creative nonfiction since the 5th grade.  She even had a “best seller” rating on Amazon.com for her book Daily Life during the Holocaust.
If you ever find yourself filled with anxiety when you have to write a business letter or an essay for a class, or you’d just like to polish your skills or help your kids get better grades, her Writing with Power workshop is for you.
A teacher of 30+ years, she will share some wonderful writing strategies that are easy to master and can make even business reports, cover letters, and college essays, clear, concise and engaging.