By , February 27, 2013

~ Announcements for Wednesday, February 27, 2013 ~
Today is a Blue Wednesday schedule; blocks are A-D-Advisory-C-H-E-G.



Lunch: Pasta with marinara or meatball sauce, garden salad and roll.
A La Carte: Bosco Stix.

Buy Daffodils by Thursday, February 28! See Ms. Moody in room 352. Give fresh bouquets of 10 daffodils for a donation of $10.00. Bear & a bunch include Ray O. Hope, the 10-inch collectible 2013 Boyds bear with a daffodil bouquet for a donation of $25.00. Give potted daffodil three multi-stem bulbs in a pot for a donation of $15.00. You can give “Gifts of Hope” which provide bouquets anonymously to cancer patients in your community. Or you can give “Bear Hugs for Hope” which provides Daffodil Days Bears anonymously to children impacted by cancer. Both support the research and programs of the American Cancer Society, Donations for each start at $25.00.

The Girls Basketball team will play Valley Regional High School in Deep River, CT in the second round of the Class S state basketball tournament on Thursday 2/28 at 7:00 pm. Tickets will be available at the door on Thursday evening. For those that wish to get their tickets early, there will be a pre-sale from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at HVRHS on Wednesday and Thursday. Only 100 tickets will be released for the pre-sale. Ticket prices are $8 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens. For more information, please contact Dan Carroll at x190 at the high school or at dcarroll@hvrhs.org.

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.

Housatonic Valley FFA:
Chapter FFA Public Speaking Contest
On February 25, 2013 the Housatonic Valley FFA Chapter Public Speaking Contest was held.  There were twelve contestants:  Becket Harney, Christian Allyn, Cassidy Considine, Jordan Long, Brian Saccardi, Patrick Purdy, Hayley Wilkinson, Olivia LaFontan, Gage Hall, Morgyn Gasparini, Taylor Hurley and Elias Scimeca.

Alyse Zebrosky, Sally Spillane, Dave Bayersdorfer and Woods Sinclair judged the three hour competition.

The fifth placed individual was Brian Saccardi, Taylor Hurley came in fourth place, while Becket Harney took third. Olivia LaFontan earned second place and the first placed individual in the FFA Chapter public Speaking contest was Jordan Long.

Jordan and Olivia will represent the Housatonic Valley FFA at the District FFA Public Speaking contest at Nonnewaug on March 14th and will compete with speakers from WAMOGO, Northwestern and Nonnewaug.

Please check your email or main lobby board for schedule changes!!
Ticket Pricing – Mrs. Moore made the announcement when the tickets were distributed but several people have inquired about which ticket to use for Senior tickets.  Although it is not printed on the ticket, the Senior price ($10) is the same as the Student, so please use that ticket for any Seniors (age 65 or older) who wish to purchase tickets. Please note that the price that is printed on the posters is not correct; the correct price is on the tickets.

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

Housatonic Hockey had an incredible win on Monday night to bring home the Berkshire Cup for the 7th consecutive year, clinching a spot in the States for the first time in 4 years. Trailing 4-3 with 3 minutes 26 seconds to go, scoring not one, not two, but three goals to won over their local rivals, Shepaug 6-4 on their senior night, denying them a spot in the State Tournament. Housatonic will play in the State Tournament next week, time & place to be announced. Congratulations!!

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.