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.


“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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Redhawks Defeat South Burlington Wolves 10-3 in Wednesday Night’s Blow-Out

Mr. Zachary Hark, Sports Correspondent

SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT — Champlain Valley Union High School’s Varsity Lacrosse team won their 2nd game of the season 10-3 over South Burlington High School on Wednesday, April 10th.

The Wolves started off strong with the first goal of the game, but it wasn’t long before the Hawks made it 1-1.

The Wolves’ quickly regained the lead after the 9th minute making the score 2-1.

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“I knew that we were perfectly capable of coming back,” said Kyle Cahn, CVU Junior and #20 for the Hawks, “It wasn’t if we were going to come back, it was when.”

While the teams were pretty evenly matched up in the first half, the Redhawks excelled in the fourth quarter. They scored 5 goals to secure the win.

The Redhawks had a total of 27 shots on goal while the Wolves only had 11.

CVU Varsity starting goalie, Bobby Spencer, made 8 saves during the game as the ball was mostly on the SB side of the field.

“It was a great game. SB started strong, but we just had what it took for the win,” said Nate Cuttitta of the CVU Redhawks after the game.

Jake Schafer, CVU senior had an outstanding game with 5 goals and an assist by the end of the game.

The Hawks’ next feast will be Monday, April 15th at 4pm. They will be away playing at the Alumni Field against Rutland High School.

Vermont Nurses Negotiate Better Pay

Ms. Amber Robert

Courtesy of Valley News

Courtesy of Valley News

BURLINGTON, VT — After long months of negotiations, the University of Vermont Medical Center and the UVMMC Nurse’s Union reached a tentative contract agreement on Thursday, September 20th, 2018.

Earlier this year, many of the UVMMC nurses went on a two day strike. The union wanted a 24% increase over three years, but the hospital only offered a 13% increase (according to WCAX). The medical center and the Nurse’s Union have settled on a 16% wage increase over three years.

One UVMMC ICU nurse, Rachel Robert, commented on the working conditions vs. salaries. “For over a year now we’re constantly being called in for overtime and extra hours because there aren’t enough nurses staffed for the unit. We are constantly cycling through staff, which creates safety issues for the patients. It is very sad to see nurses that have been here for 20+ years leaving because they aren’t earning enough to retire on schedule.”

The average nursing salary in Vermont is $65,000 according to the Nurse Salary Guide. This salary is frustrating when compared to surrounding states. Massachusetts’ average nursing salary is $85,000. New York is $83,000. New Hampshire is $70,000. And that’s just in the North East. States such as California have an average nursing salary of over $100,000.

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New Courses Broaden Art Department’s Pallette

Ms. Violet Hamel-Wade

HINESBURG, VT — Two new art classes will be offered at CVU starting semester two of the 2018/2019 school year.


Graphic Design, taught by Abbie Bowker, will occur during fourth block on white days. Bowker says that this class will “further the students understanding of design and visual communication.” Throughout the course, students will partner with the Principles of Business class that runs during the same block. “I’m looking forward to the collaboration between the classes,” Bowker says. “It creates a deeper appreciation for the team involved in creating PR [Public Relations] for a business.” 

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Student Justice Committee Returns After Successful First Year

Ms. Alexandra Anderson

Student Justice Committee (SJC) is one of CVU’s newest clubs, and plans to make a triumphant return in 2018. Unified under a message of inclusion and activism, they strive to bring productive debate, education, and awareness of national issues to environments such as CVU, emphasizing how they connect back on a local level.SJC

Established in the wake of the Parkland, Florida shooting, the two founders of SJC, Sydney Hicks, 17, and Asha Hickok, 16, were deeply affected by the news. They were moved to organize a walkout in protest of gun violence. “We were all really fed up and wanted change,” Hicks said, tired of watching as tragedies took place. Hickok added, “we talked to some students and they thought it would be a really cool idea.” Other notable achievements by SJC include a trip down to Washington DC to participate in the “March For Our Lives” event last March. “Bringing a bus full of CVU students was really special, there was a lot of passion,” Hicks commented. That success and overall experience was the true inspiration for the committee. “It was a starting point, that’s when we realized this club might just work.”

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Burlington High School Becomes the Second Vermont High School to Raise The Black Lives Matter Flag

Ms. Shea Stirewalt

BURLINGTON,VT- Burlington High School raised the Black Lives Matter flag on Monday, February 19, 2018. Burlington High School is the second high school in Vermont to raise the Black Lives Matter flag, with Montpelier High School being the first to raise the flag. CVU has yet to raise the Black Lives Matter flag.


 Black Lives Matter (BLM) is an international activist movement. This movement campaigns against violence and racism towards black people. In 2014, the American Dialect Society chose #BlackLivesMatter as their word of the year, and the Black Lives Matter campaign began spreading as a popular campaign.

Montpelier High School was the first of the Vermont high schools to raise the flag on Thursday, February 1, 2018, attracting national attention. Now the word is spreading and students at both Burlington and Montpelier HIgh School hope that other high schools will follow their lead.

According to the Burlington Free Press, many students at Burlington High School are hoping that this statement their high school is making by raising the flag, will help spur a national movement.



CVU Mathletics Dept: Mathletes Convene for Showdown at U-32

Mr. Milo Cress

Montpelier, VT – The CVU Math League team has returned from their meet at U-32 High School in Montpelier on January 5th after completing a set of tests designed to challenge and enhance their problem-solving and cooperative skills.

Dylan Gooley, a CVU junior and advanced math specialist, was impressed with his team’s performance. “These math competitions are a great environment for like minded, bright individuals to enjoy their passions. Although lacking in a strong presence of veterans, the CVU math team shows a measure of competitive vigor. At today’s meet, one of the Sophomores on the team, named Jake, scored the legendary perfect score on a test”.

Image smuggled by Milo Cress

Image smuggled out by Milo Cress

According to Charlie MacFadyen, the team’s coach, “Math League provides an opportunity for students who enjoy problem-solving and learning additional topics and techniques in math. We meet every Friday morning. On meet days, students spend the bus ride reviewing the topics for the meet. Each student takes three of 4 12-minute tests, in Arithmetic, Geometry, Algebra and Advanced Math. Five students then collaborate on a “team test.” For this meet, those students were Gabe Atkins, Jake Twarog, Delaney Brunvand, Karolina Sienko, and Sunny Premsankar.”

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CVU Satire Club Breaking News: Mall Santas Enter the Fray in the War on Christmas

Disclaimer: Satire can make you think, but it can melt the brains of literal-minded people; proceed with caution. –CVC Eds.

Mr. Calvin Lord, SC Correspondant

A group of heavily armed mall Santas have established a foothold in the Northeastern Mall, taking control of the toy store by replacing nerf gun bullets with light machine gun (LMG) ammunition capsules. The move was unprecedented; the small liberal platoon of Happy Holidays Armed Forces (HHAF) stationed at the gumball machines was caught completely off guard. Only three were able to escape before the escalator was blown up.

Alaska Guard conducts Operation Santa Claus

The rescue teams have managed to remove almost all civilians from the area, but there are still isolated pockets of people.

With the War on Christmas turning in this new and scary direction, it’s time to look back at how this really got going.

It has been three months since the Merry Mall Santas Association (MMSA) began their hostile takeover of malls on the east coast. Their army quickly overwhelmed the HHAF, as they have been able to recruit legions of Fox News fans ready to put on tights, pointy hats, and ammunition sashes, and charge to defend their brave, obese, chimney traversing leaders.

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Busses Now Parking Diagonally

CVC Staff

HINESBURG — Following the Thanksgiving break, CVU busses have begun parking diagonally in the bus lane when loading students after school.

Many students were happy with the change, especially if their busses pulled up in the second row. “I don’t have to walk as far to get to the bus,” said freshmyn Emma Ravenswood. “It probably saves me 10 or 20 seconds that I might have been shivering in the cold.”

Ravenswood was observed wearing a T-shirt. The temperature at 3:05 on Tuesday, November 26 was 23 degrees, Farenheit.

According to principal Adam Bunting, the new parking arrangement is “not about efficiency or saving space.” Rather, “it’s all about feng shui.”

Feng shui is the ancient Chinese art that attempts to find harmony between humans, nature, and architecture — and sometimes vehicles. “The busses were not following the principles of feng shui,” claimed Bunting. “Parking them diagonally aligns them more properly with the elemental flow of water on CVU property.”

Bussing supervisor Ken Martin declined comment.


Replica, not an actual school bus.

Seniors Cap off Their Careers

Mssrs. Cameron Longchamp & Brennen Whitcomb

Now graduation brings tons of different emotions to the table but one thing to keep your mind at ease is decorating your cap. Seniors around the school have decorated their caps with an inspirational quote or something funny that reflects on the students… this is what we found.

Jack Lyman is participating by decorating his cap with UVM stickers to show how much he likes the UVM Catamounts.   

Sophie Boyer has a long lasting love with the autobots and is only fitting when she says she wants to make her cap have an autobot symbol and the redhawks logo with the phrase roll out on it  

Cameron Howe, a gamer at heart and all around a good friend, decorated his cap as a Dungeons and Dragons reference and says, “D20 roll for initiative”.  

Eli sanchez is not much of an artistic soul but a very warm hearted kid who loves to look back on the golden football days and the love for the game as he will put his number #70 to remember his days as a gladiator of the gridiron.     

Brittany Wright is always willing to go the extra mile and has always been a princess when doing so. she decorated her cap saying “usually I wear a crown but today this will do”.   

CVU graduation is right around the corner and the anticipation is high. To all seniors around the school… looking forward to the caps on graduation day.  

CVU graduation is scheduled for 1:00 on Friday at UVM’s Patrick Gym.

No Kidding: Goats are on Grounds as Part of Natural Resource’s Permaculture Project

Ms. Sophie Boyer

HINESBURG– On Thursday June 1st, Champlain Valley Union High School’s Natural Resources class received goats as a part of their permaculture project. Permaculture projects are ones that will, according to Wikipedia, “develop agricultural ecosystems to be sustainable and self-sufficient.”

The goats will be cared for by students who signed up through a program called the Norman Fund which will also provide pay for those who participate. Six to seven students have been selected for that role. They will be responsible for providing care for the goats, garden, and also chickens which will be arriving at CVU on June 8th.


Image by Sophie Boyer

The overall goal for these projects is that they will provide benefits for CVU. The goats play a very important role for the CVU community. They represent a natural way to get rid of invasive species such as poison parsnip… by eating it! Goats eat grass, herbs, tree leaves and other plant material. With this, they will help get rid of the unwanted plants.

The goats are expected to be around for about six months, potentially longer. The decision is based off when the students and Dave Trevithick, the Natural Resource teacher, intends on slaughtering the goats to provide food for CVU’s Cafe.

The garden of CVU is also a project of the Natural Resources class, and that as well will be providing food for the cafe, including vegetables and fruits like raspberries, and blueberries.

Freshmen forgo comfort zones

Mr. Damon Proulx

Recently at CVU there has been a challenge that was bestowed upon the freshman. The idea is to get the individual to not do something for 30 days. For example, not eating candy for 30 days. The point of this challenge is to push students to do something out of their comfort zone, and in turn make them grow as a person.

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A Little Artistic Competition

Drawing Contest

By Ms. Jam Giubardo

CHAMPLAIN VALLEY UNION HIGH SCHOOL, HINESBURG, VT–On Tuesday, May 17, 2017 during W1 a group of CVU students, including Seth Emerson, CVU campus supervisor, enjoyed a friendly drawing contest during their free block that resulted in Sophomore student, Cole Otley, taking the win.

The drawing contest was between Seth Emerson, Cole Otley, Eryn Erdman, and Tim Trevithick. Their drawing prompt was to draw a phone. After they finished their drawings, multiple students voted for their favorite and Cole won by a staggering 11 votes, followed by Eryn with 8 votes, and Seth and Tim with a combined total of 5 votes.

When asked what he thought about the contest, Cole replied with, “The drawing competitions allow me to express my creative side during my free block when I have no work to do…also winning feels great.”

Eryn also said, “The drawing competition spices up our free block”. This demonstrates just how these competitions give light to a boring morning at school. On the other hand, the students involved in voting are also having fun.

Seth Emerson was asked how the drawing contest helps him make relationships with the students. He replied saying, “ I think the drawing contests are cool because we get lots of kids to vote and meeting kids that are going to vote is a cool way to make someone new acquaintance. It’s less awkward then just saying “Hey what is your name”. This shows how much good is coming from the contest and its positive effects on the CVU students and staff.

According to Eryn, there have been approximately 14 contests since second semester started and it’s fun to look at the leaderboard and compare the drawings from the beginning to now.


Bringing Back the Bats

Mr. Justin Olson 

From the time it was first documented, in the winter of 2006 in the state of New York, up to now, White Nose Syndrome

Image Courtesy of Wikipedia

Image Courtesy of Wikipedia

(Pseudogymnoascus destructans) has been decimating the North American bat populations. In 2012, it was estimated that approximately 5.5 million bats had been fatally affected by the fungus.

White Nose Syndrome (WNS), is a fungus that survives and thrives in caves and cold, including bat hibernacula, hibernating locations. This fungus can often times be prominently seen on the nose, wingtips and other hairless areas of infected bats.

Scientists hypothesized that it was killing bats by causing them to use up their energy reserves before the end of their winter hibernation. USGS (United States Geological Survey) tested this and found that bats with WNS used twice the amount of energy compared to non-affected members of the same species. During winter months, bats will hibernate in caves, attics and other dry, dark places. Throughout this time, these bats have slowed their metabolism, this allows the bats to survive for several months without having to eat. WNS causes these bats to wake, and increases their activity.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife asks people to watch for any bat activity during winter months, as this is a sign of WNS. They also ask people to be observant of any bats they come across. WNS is not always visible, but if observed, report it to VT Fish and Game.



Cafeteria Side Door: Logical Yet Somehow Confusing

Mr. Josh Bliss & Jaime Vachon

HINESBURG– This past Friday, a CVU student was caught entering the cafeteria through the exit line doors instead of the side door.

For the past few months, the CVU cafeteria has enforced a new rule that students must enter the side door of the cafeteria, rather than the door that is closest to the hallway.  

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Regarding the change, CVU Cafeteria Staff Member, Barbara Georgi, stated “We made the change because the door closest to the hallway was right next to the coffee creamer and other ingredients, which caused people to crowd around the door.  It was a matter of traffic flow.”

Many students do not like the new change because the old door was much closer and more easily accessible.  CVU student, Nate Shanks, said, “It’s inconvenient.” 

However, many students are probably unaware of why the cafeteria made the change in the first place.  CVU senior, Abby Thut, had this to say, “I personally don’t understand why they changed it.  I don’t think it was beneficial because it makes it one less entrance into the cafeteria.”  

Although students may find the new way inconvenient, the change does help traffic flow and prevents crowds of people.  

Slovenly Students Cause CVU to Close Tables by Main Office

Mr. Colin Lach & Steven Nicolai Blood 

HINESBURG – It was recently released that CVU would be temporarily shutting down the tables near the front office, making them off limits to students during lunch time. This is happening because of the dirty dishes and trash that has been frequently been found there recently.

The CVU community is divided on their response to this change.


The tables in question. Image by Colin Lach

CVU Staff member Tim Albertson explained the reasoning for this temporary shutdown “People weren’t being responsible cleaning up plates, trays and utensils.”

This is not the first time that CVU has decided to shut down a public area due to this reason, during winter of this year the faculty made the tables near the mini gym off limits. Faculty decided to shut down this areas because the believe they are a privilege students need to earn to keep and leaving trash there isn’t the way to do that.

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The Scoop on Poop

Mr. Christopher T. O’Brien and Mr. Zachary O. Toensing

On May 4th at Champlain Valley Union High School, students walked out at the end of their day with small presents on their cars. These presents were the droppings from many ring billed gulls (seagulls) that had been around the school all day. The timing of the bird poop is no coincidence. Like many birds, the ring billed gulls head from the parking lots in the north, down to the parking lots in the south for the winter and then return when the weather gets warmer here in Vermont.

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New Instant Runoff Voting Leads Flad and Koutras to be 2017-18 Student Body President and Co-President

Mr. Christopher T. O’Brien and Jacob C. Griggs 

In the 2017-18 CVU election, seven 11th grade candidates ran for the student body president and vice president for their senior year of high school coming up this fall.

In years past it was common for four or five pairs of students to run for president and vice president; however, this year there’s been more interest, leading to a new voting system.


The candidates mug for Instagram, appeal for insta-votes.


The new voting system is common in France, and is called Instant Runoff Voting. Opposed to selecting the candidate with the most overall votes, the students ranked the candidates from their favorite to their least favorite. Once all the votes are in, the candidate with the least amount of votes are eliminated, and the votes that were for the eliminated candidate are now changed to their second choice and the results are looked at again. The next, least voted group is eliminated, and anyone who voted for them gets their vote changed to their next choice until it’s down to the final two. If one of the candidates has a majority amount of the votes, then that group will win the election on the spot.

Lacey Richards, a CVU history teacher, is a proponent for instant runoff voting, “It allows for more third party involvement. It also is cost effective because there is no need for a secondary election which can be very expensive.” She added, “this voting system allows for people to vote for who they want elected versus voting against a candidate.”

Roarke Flad, from Shelburne, has been elected by the Freshman, Sophomores and Juniors at CVU as the President of the student body for the upcoming school year. Flad says, “My enthusiasm and charisma was what it took to convince the students to vote for us.” Flad’s co-president, Lydia Koutras from Williston says, “We plan on putting a couple of trees in the library and fixing the bell system to not go off radically.”

With the new voting system in place for the first year, it didn’t seem to have much of an impact on the elections, “The new voting system did not play a role in the results, however, it was helpful information and if it were to be a closer race than it would have had an impact.“ says current student body president Annie Bedell.

Whether or not the instant runoff voting helped out for a more fair election this year, with many close elections to come in the future, the new voting system will be able to have a more direct impact on who will becoming the next student body president and co president.




Chittenden Core Gets their Wands Ready for the Tri-Wizard Cup

Ms. Jam Giubardo 

Photo By Jam Giubardo

Photo By Jam Giubardo


Champlain Valley Union High School, Hinesburg, VT – In the spring of 2017,  the Chittenden freshmen core will compete in an annual tradition, the legendary Triwizard Cup. The Triwizard Cup is a series of strenuous, individual and paired events that challenge the students physical and mental ability to solve tasks. Trevor Mead, Personal Adventure and Health teacher of the Chittenden core, has been holding this annual competition for seven years.

When asked why he created this challenge, Trevor said “I did the Triwizard Cup because most P.A. (Personal Adventure) activities are group tasks, and I think students appreciate the opportunity to do tasks that are geared toward the individual. That being said, most of the Triwizards that are on the trophy say that they only got there with the help of their peers.”

The challenge is predicted to start shortly after CVU’s spring break in 2017 and is located in the backwoods of CVU on a rope course. The course is composed of three challenges: the Fidget Ladder (a rope and wooden dowel ladder), the Wild Wobbly Woozy (a task consisting of two wire cables and partners), and the Long Walk (a cable and rope balance task).

Upperclassmen students previously in the Chittenden core, were asked what the challenge was like for them. Sophomore, Eryn Erdman said, “The Triwizard Cup was super fun. I unfortunately didn’t complete the challenge, but the tasks were very exciting and brought the students in my class closer together, which was a good way to end the year.” Senior Wyatt Hoechner also added, “It’s extremely challenging but the activities were designed in a way that really helped with communicative skills and mental and physical tasks solving. I also felt like a badass after completing the challenge because they were actually very hard.”

Mead was asked how he thought the current Freshman class would do in the challenge. He replied by saying, “based on their pre-assessments, which would be the current activities we have been doing, I think that this group will do pretty well. Although I don’t think they can beat the current Junior class record which was the most Triwizard champions in the history of the Triwizard Cup.”



UVM Releases Plans for New Events Center

Mr. Colin Lach

Photo from Vermont Business Magazine

Photo from Vermont Business Magazine

BURLINGTON – Patrick Gymnasium has been home to the UVM men’s and women’s basketball program for more than 50 years. The hardwood inside Patrick has witnessed UVM’s basketball program move forward and change drastically in the last half century. However, a change in scenery may be coming for the fast improving basketball program.

UVM recently announced plans for a new events center adjacent to Gutterson Ice Rink that would replace Patrick Gym. The proposal also calls for expanded space for student recreation and wellness facilities.

According to the Burlington Free Press, the new arena would be placed in the area adjacent to the ice rink which is currently being used as a parking lot. The new basketball venue would have 3,200 seats and could accommodate nearly 4,000 for other events. The proposal also calls for expanded space for student recreation and wellness facilities.

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Mud Season Brings Trash and Dirty Language to the Bus Stop

Mssrs. Isaac Cleveland and Thomas Daley

HINESBURG — As spring rolls around, CVU students become more rowdy at the bus stop while waiting for the buses to roll in. The change in the attitude of the students is a clear sign of “spring fever” and their behavior is less than mature.

“Snow always makes kids juvenile,” stated bus stop supervisor Cynthia Erwin, “spring makes students get a little wacky.” In nice weather, students stand outside to wait for the bus, which provides them with an opportunity to let off some steam.


“They’re loud. They’re yelling. There’s a lot of inappropriate language,” Erwin explained. She has even seen students try to jump and swing from the rafters of the covered bus stop walkway.

It is evident that students are more rambunctious in the spring season and with more energy, comes dirty language. Erwin commented on the issue of the profanity, saying that the bus stop supervisors have to remind the students about their language all the time.

Additionally, other instances of bad behavior is when students bring an after-school snack outside, eat it, and leave the wrapper on the ground. Erwin sees an abundance of this behaviour mainly during the turn of the season.

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CVU Natural Resources: Baby Goats, Not Just about Cuteness


Ms. Jaime Vachon and Mr. James Keenan

HINESBURG– This Friday, CVU’s wood shop started to build a goat and chicken enclosure. In the following weeks, three weathered bucks will be arriving at CVU.

According to CVU student body president, Annie Bedell, “The idea really came from Dave [Trevithick]. A group of us knew livestock was an option for a project so we joined in!” CVU has rallied together to finish the project. Other students involved are Paige Niarchos, Shianne Jimmo, Sophia Bolivar-Adams, Jamie Monty, and Drew Major.

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Baby goat! Try not to go “aww” — we dare you.

Jake Evans and Hayley Hallack are leading the building process. At the moment, only the base of the enclosure is completed. The enclosure will be mobile and travel around the CVU grounds.

Tech education teacher, Jeff Tobrocke stated, “This is a big project right now. It has to be done in the next few weeks because we have the baby goats coming.”  

These goats won’t just be for show, they will be helping CVU with invasive species. It is an excellent alternative to other chemicals and harmful ways of destroying invasive species.

CVU will also be raising chickens from eggs. When it comes to taking care of the new members of the CVU community, the students have it covered. “There will be a job offer for the summer to take care of the chickens, goats, and the gardens,” says Bedell.

In the meantime, the CVU community excitedly awaits the arrival of the baby goats.



Commons Area Beat: Direction Center Benches Continue to be Controversial

Mssrs. Isaac Cleveland and Damon Proulx

HINESBURG, VT – Recently, the students at CVUHS have regained their bench privileges in the Direction Center after losing it due to class disruption. Students may lose the bench outside Duncan Wardwell’s office once more if they continue to cause a disruption in the commons area.

The students who hung around the Direction Center had the bench taken away initially due to noise complaints, issues with profanity, and leftover garbage from lunch.


Image by Damon Proulx

“Admin decided to give another chance [to the students]” stated Tim Trevithick, a guidance counselor located next to the Direction Center.

According to the hall monitor, Jamie Hayes, “[When they get the bench back], the respect for the benches is a little greater, but that goes away fairly quickly.” Jamie stated that soon after the students got their bench back, she was seeing food left around and she also had to deal with the noise complaints.

As of now, the only way for the administration to deal with the disrespectful behavior in the Direction Center is to take the benches away.

Alyssa Lemay, one of the students who sits at the bench regularly, commented on the issue, stating, “In the morning I don’t want to sit in a crowded area. At the benches I can relax and be with friends, all while being comfortable in my surroundings. [When they take it away] I get more irritated and therefore more disrespectful.”

It is a downward cycle when the bench is taken away. Garrath Higgins, the administrative assitant outside the Direction Center, commented that the disrespect was “worse” because more people can then sit on the floor than on the bench.

The issue has yet to be resolved.

Chittenden Core Health: Students Learn about Addiction

Mssrs. Josh Bliss & Cameron Longchamp

HINESBURG – CVU health teacher from Chittenden Core, T.J. Mead, spent last Wednesday teaching his students about the painful realities of drug addiction. The students took action, working on the simulator that T.J. designed to help students understand what addiction was and how it affects teens.    

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Mead started his class by asking the students to define what they thought addiction meant. The lesson he was teaching was about the effects of drugs and the kind of effects they had on the underdeveloped teenage brain.

Mead stated, “the students wrote down on pieces of paper three people important to them, three passions they have, three attributes, and were given a scenario.  The students had to pick one card out of each category to lose as a consequence for their actions. After each scenario the next one would get more complicated.”

The class was very helpful, as many of the freshman were unaware of much of the information that he taught.  Freshman student, Stewart Robinson, commented on the new material, stating “It was very helpful. People may not know that if you do drugs it can cause addiction, which is why it’s a very important class to teach.”

Freshman student, Jordan Halverson, added “Most of it was new info. I only knew a little about addiction before the class but now I know a lot.”

Both students agreed that Mead should continue teaching the class in the future. He hopes that his class will help keep students on the right path moving forward, and that they will remember his class as a valuable lesson.


Student Makes Skateboard in School and Skates on It

Mr. Thomas “The Mayor” Daley

HINESBURG , VT — CVU junior Sam Crites used school resources to construct a longboard in late March.  He hopes the product will prove useful through the rest of high school and beyond.

“Hopefully I’ll be able to use it in college to get around to my classes,” Crites explained, referring to his longboard.


Photo by Thomas Daley

There is a catch, however: “I don’t know how to skate” Crites told a reporter. “I made this hoping to learn on the board that I make,” he clarified.

This is the first time Crites, a seasoned engineer and captain of the CVU robotics team, has made an object for recreational use.

Jeff Tobrocke, CVU Design and Technology Educator, stated “what separates one board from the other is the finishing process.” He described the actual board construction as straightforward, but, referring to Crites, commented “he really took the time in the finishing process.”


Sam Crites carves his new creation. Photo by Thomas Daley

“It took more coats of finish than I expected,” noted Crites, “but it should be pretty durable now.”

For this project, Crites learned many new skills, such as how to operate the vacuum bag—the tool used to create a curve in the wood. This technique applies to more than just recreational items, though, and can also be used to design furniture.

Another accomplishment for the aspiring engineer and another marvel of technology education at CVU.


CVU Hires New Full-Time Math Teacher

Mr. Josh Bliss


Courtesy of Williston Observer

HINESBURG — CVU teacher, Jason Weischedel, was hired to be a full-time teacher this past Monday.

Weischedel is currently in his second year as a part-time teacher. This year he is teaching Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus and Advanced Algebra/Trigonometry courses.  

CVU student, Laura Gerry, who is in Weischedel’s Advanced Algebra/Trigonometry class, had this to say about his teaching style, “He lets us think individually and make connections by ourselves which is very helpful.”  

Math colleague, Mark Pogact, also stated, “Jason went to Essex high school which was how CVU knew of him. When [math teacher] Hannah Carey needed a long-term sub, Jason filled in and he has been at CVU ever since.”  

Chris Hood, another colleague, shared, “Jason is really passionate about mathematics. He finds different ways to connect to his students to help them make meaningful insights on math.”

Weischedel was officially hired by the School Board of Education this past Monday evening.  

The Perfect Book for Sophomores

Mr. Cameron Longchamp and Mr. Chris O’Brien

HINESBURG, VT – This year’s Sophomores at CVU are assigned the same book that many of the previous students have read before them. The book The Lord of the Flies is one of the most popular books for the Sophomores to read, but why is it read year after year?


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Two weeks ago, the book was assigned by Cydney Craft and Stacy Wulff to their humanities classes. This is the case not only for Craft’s and Wulff’s students, but for many other Sophomore teachers around the building.

When asked why this book is read year after year by 10th graders, Craft says, “The book allows for students to understand human nature and human dynamics. The students are able to connect the characters in the book to people in real life. For instance they can find out who are the leaders in a small group during class, and why do they rely on certain to be the leaders.” It was these qualities that convinced Craft to teach this book this year instead of choosing another.

It is clear that the teachers back up the purpose of this book 100%; however, that doesn’t mean that all the students agree. CVU Sophomore, Graham Walker says, “So far we are halfway through the book and I actually am enjoying the book. It tells the classic story of a group of people working together to stay alive on an island.”

The story of Lord of the Flies follows the lives of several boys as they are stuck on an island and must survive until they are rescued. An intriguing storyline for the students, paired with a strong connection to the lives that the Sophomores live acting as guides the teacher’s curriculum makes The Lord of the Flies a perfect fit for every Sophomore to read for years to come.

Intro to Art Class Conveys the Character of Color

Ms. Sophie Boyer & Mr. Jacob Bouffard

CVUHS- Tim Duvernoy’s W1 Intro to Art class (Room 150) currently attempts to distinguish the color wheel and use complimentary colors by tracing previous work and applying various shades and tones to further express its personality.

According to Devon, a CVU Freshman, “The purpose of this project is to trace over our previous drawings and to use color and reflect to our color wheel documents and use complimentary colors to give our pieces character.”

The steps taken to form these products teach the young artists patience, as it requires several drafts to create the final piece for the tracing portion. Once done with the tracing, students then use a color scheme to adapt the emotions behind the drawing.   hmDLRNA69C8k8cb9nwhlan4JxqEs-OBF72quvraadlAaLwXx6ko_aKSCkfLkR1JYK5oNK7roMqwvpttjzXZQCKiNj_c=s2048

Within art, color can be used for numerous applications, including the mood or the tone of the piece. It helps to create a focal point or draw the eye to different parts of the piece and can administer a warmth or give the spectator an idea of the piece’s physical climate.8cNcBnyqPwtAgnNSFWUIqOuYtK70u96VB8S9_kkSaDIqOUdIJCUH-iaJ-K54GfmwHdIUtkY7ov2nN8gFfNLmTSap7Ao=s2048

Intro to Art is a base level fine arts course that “introduces” all students to the world of art. It is a required class for students who are contemplating the art industry, or just looking to take more art classes. This course is also among those required for graduation for all students.