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Poultney High School News

Stay on Track

Stay on Track, a drug prevention program, was offered to our 8th graders. Sgt. John Harriman, the Vermont National Guard representative conducted class weekly utilizing the understanding of the key national initiative, "drug free starts with me". The main objective of the curriculum of Stay on Track focused on the reduction of future substance abuse by middle school students with emphasis on alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, inhalant, club drugs, and prescription drug use. The 12 lessons encompassed health education, decision making and goal setting, communication skills, interpersonal relations, and media influences. Teachers Maureen Capman, health/physical education, and Michele Harmon, family & consumer science made this program a reality for our students.

Athletic Council

The Vermont Athletic Leadership Conference took place at the Sheraton Hotel in Burlington on Nov. 15-16. There were six PHS students in attendance, Abby Teetor, Ali Jones, Nicole Bogucki, Shawn Kerber, Chris Loomis, and Chris Shepardson. The conference included various speakers, and the keynote inspirational speaker was Ed Gerety who focused on leadership specifically in sports. One of the things emphasized was not only being athletes, but being scholar athletes. The participants utilized St. Michael's College sports facility. The PHS students came back inspired to take over leadership not only in sports, but all voice and choice school-related topics. The Booster Club sponsored and paid for the students' attendance. The banquet the first night recognized and awarded scholarships to scholar athletes throughout Vermont.

Food Drive

The Senior Class of 2011 is having a food drive until Fri., Dec. 17. They would appreciate your participation by bringing into the school canned and non-perishable food items for the Poultney Community Food Shelf.

The Snelling Center

The Snelling Center is hosting an e-Vermont Community Broadcast Project, the "Citizens in a Connected Age" workshop at CSC on Sat., Dec. 11. Community and/or volunteer service can be earned by any student sharing their computer skills with the folks in the community. Any PHS student interested in assisting will have her/his $10 fee covered by the Poultney Recreation Department, which includes course offerings, refreshments, and lunch. All participants will learn about Website communication tools, social media, troubleshooting technology, data security, marketing a business online, Google applications, digital storytelling, and best practices for e-government Websites. For more information, contact Joanna Cummings, e-Vermont community coordinator Joanna@snellingcenter.org or visit e-Community Broadband Project www.e4vt.org, and The Snelling Center at www.snellingceter.org

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