Chittenden County EMS are AOK

Mr. Aidan Bundock

 Vermonters in Chittenden County are fortunate to have services that cover every town at every hour of the day. Whether it’s a first responder, rescue, fire or police department, someone will be there for you when you are in a time of need.

 The Emergency Medical Service (EMS) is a refined system that provides acute out-of-hospital care to patients with illnesses and injuries, according to the Prehospital Emergency Care textbook. The tasks required of EMS providers span from emotional support to Physiological First Aid (PFA), to full resuscitative efforts. So, how does someone become an EMS provider?  

 Christine McCarthy, an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) professor at the University of Vermont and an Advanced EMT (AEMT) for over twenty-nine years, stated that her career in EMS wasn’t something she’d ever thought of doing before.

 McCarthy stated, “I had never expressed an interest in EMS. The idea of helping people like that was not on my radar, and I wouldn’t have even thought I’d be good at it.” McCarthy recalled that it was a friend who randomly signed her up, which McCarthy reflected had forever changed her life.

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 However, not everyone gets involved unexpectedly. Gavin Cote, a senior at CVU and soon to be EMT said, “I became interested in EMS around a year ago when I took my wilderness first aid class. It’s a very rudimentary class designed to help in backcountry emergencies, but after I took it, I became hooked on the idea of helping people.” Cole suggested that others can really bring out the best in oneself, and add an aspect to life that is truly fulfilling.

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CVU Swimmers: Big Fish in a little pool

Ms. Grace Washburn

Many CVU students are being awarded sports scholarships and have been recruited by big schools, although most of their friends, teachers, and fellow students haven’t even seen them compete!

Ella Miller (pictured), a CVU senior and strong backstroke swimmer at The EDGE, has excelled in her swimming career. After being recruited and committing to Auburn University in June 2018, Miller has a future set in swimming. “Honestly, I swim because I love it. I’ve been swimming for almost 10 years and my love for [swimming] hasn’t changed.” It’s clear enough to see her love for the sport and not hard at all to see why someone like Miller would stick with it.

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On March 19, 2019, Miller went down to Orlando, Florida to compete in the National Club Swimming Association event (NCSA). She placed 75th out of 197 competitors in the Women’s 200 Yard Backstroke.

 According to swimming teammate, Riley Machanic, Miller not only supports her team through her swimming abilities but through her leadership skills as well. “She’s really great with the [little kids], she always helps out, and she’s like a role model for the whole team,” Machanic said.

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CVU Provides a New Course for Aspiring Artists

Ms. Haley Vespa

The Chittenden South Supervisory Board once again gives their support to students’ creative and flexible pathways for learning by signing off on a new course, allowing the freedom for students to excel in their individual artistic passions.

Beginning in 2019, the CVU Art Department has been given the go-ahead to provide a new course for all types of art media, according to Jen Bickel-Hayes, a CVU Nichols House Guidance Counselor.

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Studio Block is offered during second block on red days and is taught by Jason Fearon, an art teacher of four years at CVU. Three of the four art rooms are available for use during that time. “I think we were really lucky, it just happens that the photography room and the ceramics room are open at the same time. Having all three of the spaces is really fantastic!” said Fearon. He explained that the class is designed to give students the freedom to work on independent projects based on their personal artistic goals, not goals set by the instructor.

Students should understand that this is not only open to those enrolled, but for any CVU artists in need of a space to work. “I also like that students are coming into the class who aren’t assigned to the class, but are using it as a time to be in a room where they can ask a teacher questions and that teacher isn’t going anywhere, that I’m dedicated to helping them. I hope that also grows!” Fearon assured. He sees the value in providing space for student learning without whole class instruction involved.

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Bee Excited: A Sweet New Sensation at CVU!

Mr. Bennett Townley

Have you heard the news? CVU is buzzing with bees! Not only are they used to help pollinate CVU’s vegetable garden and the twelve apple trees in the field next to the ponds, but the bees also offer Natural Resources students a hands-on learning experience as they learn how to harvest honey. Honeymaking gives these students a more engaging and potentially money-making experience as long as no one gets stung!

The bees arrived in early May of 2018 after CVU Senior Katelyn Wong was so inspired about saving bees and educating people on how endangered they are that she drafted the initiative to bring bees to CVU. “The bee population has been endangered for a good amount of time, and it seemed like although we as a culture are aware of this, it wasn’t an action item on our agenda.” Wong hopes that throughout the years, students who are not just in the Natural Resources program but in all classes can learn about the responsibility of beekeeping as well as how they are endangered and what we as a society can do to help.

Oh Honey photograph, courtesy of Bennett Townley

Image courtesy of Bennett Townley

Wong said an interesting fact about locating a hive is that the bees will transition better to the new location if it is within a radius of a couple of miles from the old hive’s location.

A shipment of European Honey Bees was delivered to Champlain Valley Union High School (CVU) from the North Woods Apiary in Westfield, Vermont, which is located up in the Northeast Kingdom in early May of 2018.

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Asbestos: Can CVU Breathe Safely? (yes!)

Mr. Bennett Townley

As reported in the Bennington Banner, a school in Shaftsbury, Vermont almost got a delayed start in August 2017 due to the discovery of asbestos in pipes during a renovation of the heating ventilation and air conditioning system or HVAC for short.

If a school in Shaftsbury, Vermont had asbestos, could there still be any asbestos remaining at the CVU High School in Hinesburg, Vermont?

According to Kurt Proulx, A Certified Asbestos Trainer from 1993-2000 and Property Service Manager for Champlain Valley School District, asbestos is a type of mineral that has a wide range of uses.  The most common usage of asbestos is in fire retardants and insulations. Asbestos was discovered thousands of years ago by the Romans. The Romans wove asbestos fibers into tablecloths, so they were easy to clean and would not burn. After a meal, the dinner host would simply set the tablecloth on fire to burn off crumbs!  It wasn’t until the late 1800s until asbestos was being used widely in buildings, ships, and other structures.

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“Pipes with Asbestos Joints” – Courtesy of Kurt Proulx.

Proulx has three massive four-inch thick three-ring binders titled, “Asbestos Management Procedures in Champlain Valley Union High School”.  

Proulx made a point that there are no current issues with asbestos in the CVU Building.  

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CVU Gathers Garments for Clothing Swap

Ms. Rayona Silverman

On Thursday, November 29, 2018, CVU hosted its first successful free clothing swap during school hours in the mini gym. The purpose of the swap was to allow others to share used clothing and gain access to clothes they may need, as well as encourage the reuse of resources. Who wouldn’t want to walk out of a room with free, gently used or brand new clothes, normally retailing at a high price when bought new? Not many would pass up on that offer.

“It was a big hit for faculty and kids,” said Dana Poulsen, Wellness Teacher in the Snelling Core at CVU. “It did what we wanted it to do, reached everyone and not just those who need it. In terms of the clothing quality, there was a wide range, from very expensive well-named clothes, such as Patagonia, to nursing scrubs, [and] formal attire to casual leggings.” Students and faculty were able to locate clothes they needed for free. By not charging money for the clothes, everyone was able to have access to the articles of clothing laid out across the tables.

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Poulsen initially proposed the idea to Robin Lauzon, the Fairbanks and Chittenden House Director at CVU, who then put the idea to a group who figured out the details and gathered up donations for the swap.

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What Makes A Snow Day: An Interview With The Chief Operations Officer

Mr. Nacho Elguero Tejera

The moment when you wake up in the morning, see a large coating of snow on the ground, and learn that school has been cancelled for the day can be incredibly exciting. Have you ever wondered what is involved behind the decision upon whether or not a school day should become a Snow Day? Jeanne Jensen, the Chief Operations Officer at the Champlain Valley School District Office, explains the requirements to call a day of school off due to the weather.

“The driving factor in our decision to call a “Snow Day” is the safety of students,” Jensen said. The district office not only has to make sure that the roads are clear for the buses to take students from and back home, but the school’s facility has to be safe as well. Jensen explained that the office in cooperation with the school faculty makes sure that the emergency exits are clear and the heat is working, among other things.

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“The process starts a day before the storm when the National Weather Service starts to send out alerts about an approaching ‘event,’” the COO explained. “There are two kinds of storm events that we worry about, the kind where it snows all night and stops in the morning but has left the roads a mess, and the kind where the snow doesn’t stop in the morning.”

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Vaping: a total Drag at CVU

Ms. Rayona Silverman

 HINESBURG VT– Over the past year, there has been a drastic rise in the number of students who are vaping on school grounds, as a result of the new phenomenon known as the ‘Juul.’

 Taking hits on the bus, taking drags in the bathrooms; these are now common phrases used around CVU when referencing where vaping occurs. Unlike smoking cigarettes, vaping flavors range from neutral to bubble gum, cremes, and cucumber. As a result, teens are intrigued.

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“When people see others doing something, they are naturally curious. There is this internal pressure with wanting to fit in within social groups,” said Tim Trevithick, Student’s Assistance Program Counselor at CVU. “This trend has come on extremely fast and hits all of the social groups. I don’t see the trend dying down anytime soon at the moment.”

Trevithick mentioned that it is difficult to gather specific data on just how many high school students are currently vaping or have vaped in the past. “Current data does not represent correctly what is happening now, as it is such a fast trend.” Trevithick voiced his concern regarding long term effects, mentioning the lack of studies that have been done and the lengthy time period that is required to gather evidence.

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