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March 2018

Winter Wellness

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At Doty School they’re doing the Winter Wellness Program a little differently this year. And, according to principal Matt Young, things are working fantastically! The school used some of the grant money that all schools get for winter wellness to build an outdoor ice skating rink and to add to their cross country ski and snowshoe equipment.

Now, instead of spending time riding a bus to the trails or the rink, all winter wellness time is spent skiing on snowmobile trails, snowshoeing, sledding and skating close to school. An extra benefit is that the students are able to do these activities more often – 8 times instead of only 5 – with less disruption of classroom time.

For the new rink, school staff worked with the Worcester selectboard to figure out a mutually accessible site and they decided on a site across the street from the school. There are plans to build a warming hut next to the rink. The rink is open to the public when the school isn’t using it.

All the students got a chance to do everything (skiing, snowshoeing, sledding and skating) and for the last two winter wellness sessions, they got to choose which activity they wanted to do. Even if the grant money goes away, the program will be sustained. What a great program that reflects community values!

Mark Chaplin – VT Cross Country Coach of the Year

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Kathy Topping, Orli Schwartz, Mark Chaplin, Eliza Merrylees, Anna Davis-Noe.

Longtime U-32 science teacher Mark Chaplin was recently named the Vermont High School Girls Cross County Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). USTFCCA honored one boys coach and one girls coach from each state, selecting winners based on their team’s performance during the 2017 season. The performance criterion includes team score and placement at state championships, among other things. Mark will receive a trophy from the USTFCCCA recognizing his achievements and will be considered for the association’s National High School Cross Country Coach of the Year award. http://www.ustfccca.org/2018/01/featured/2017-ustfccca-high-school-cross-country-coaches-of-the-year

Mark, who has taught science at U-32 for 45 years, has been coaching cross country since 1973, as well as track, and Nordic skiing. He also coached girls’ basketball for the first two decades of his work at U-32. During this time Mark’s teams have been in the top two in the state over sixty times. Read more about Mark’s success in the current issue of the U-32 newsletter.

Stage 32’s Lear wins Awards

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Congratulations to the cast, crew and directors of Stage 32’s production of LEAR, adapted and directed by U-32 Senior Noah Witke Mele, that was performed at the Vermont Regional Drama Festival on Saturday March 10.

~ Award for excellence in Acting: Arthur Anderson
– Award for excellence in Acting – Justin Murray
– Award for excellence in Acting: Karli Robertson
~ Award for excellence in student playwrighting and directing: Noah Witke Mele
~ Award for excellence in music composition and sound design: Zak Kline
~ Group award for Excellence in Visual Imagery

Global Teen Health Week is sponsoring the next gallery show called BODIES

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MAKE work that encourages us to think about BODIES, your BODY, their BODIES, how the media thinks your BODY should be, letting BODIES be how they want to be.

Respond to BODIES in ANY WAY in ANY media.
(use your voice, write, perform, paint, make a film, sculpt, draw, dance, make a photograph, etc.)

The U-32 Gallery will be accepting submissions until Friday, March 23rd 2018.

Send your work to gallery@u32.org or deliver it to room 111 on the 23rd.

Global Teen Health Week is an annual week-long designation to raise the profile of adolescent health. With more than a billion adolescents worldwide, this age group comprises one of the largest segments of the world’s population. The rapid physical and emotional growth of this age group differentiates it from the needs of children and adults. Health behaviors resulting in illness later in life often start in the teen years.

U-32 will focus on a health theme each day the week of March 19th:
3/19 – Sexual Health
3/20 – Physical Health
3/21 – Environmental Health
3/22 – Substance use/abuse
3/23 – Mental/emo health (WORK FOR THIS SHOW DUE)

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