CVU School Board News

By Alice Brown,
Friends of CVU Co-Chair
News from CVU
After a two-month hiatus, the CVU Communications Sub-Committee, with much help from members of the CVU community, is pleased to offer our first article of the 2014-2015 school year. We welcome suggestions for future article topics from the community.
Friends of CVU
The Friends of CVU is a group of parents from Charlotte, Hinesburg, St. George, Shelburne, and Williston who volunteer to strengthen the links between community, teachers, and CVU high school students. Over the years, the Friends of CVU has become mostly involved with parent education and support of CVU teachers. We work with Connecting Youth to sponsor educational speakers and appropriate programs, which support community members, parents, and students. The Friends also aims to support student clubs and activities with grants, made possible by CVU community donations.
What does the current Friends of CVU group do? This past year, we hosted a November dessert with the principal, during which Principal Jeff Evans engaged parents with the latest news on how CVU continues to move forward. We ran a Teacher and Staff Appreciation luncheon for the approximately 300 CVU employees, who very much appreciated the delicious lunch. And we organized a breakfast for Grad Challenge presentation day in May, feeding close to 1,000 CVU seniors and juniors, parents and guests, teachers and staff, and community panelists. It was a wonderful community celebration of our graduating students.
Where would Friends of CVU like to go in the future? In keeping with the mission of developing community, we hope to distribute an electronic directory of students’ home contact information this fall. We’d like to expand opportunities for the community to meet with our principal by adding a new event, Breakfast with the Principal, in the early spring, since many parents truly enjoy learning from CVU’s principal about the school’s direction. And we’d like to raise enough funds to support CVU’s students, particularly for class “extras” and special trips, which might otherwise be beyond the reach of some of our families.
The Friends of CVU would very much like to hear from you, our parents and community members. What would you like to see our high school’s parent support group achieve? Would you be interested in more parent outreach and education workshops and programs? Would you like to see community dinners at CVU? How about more scholarship support for students, perhaps for international trips? Please let us know your thoughts!
The Friends of CVU can be reached at friendscvu@gmail.com.
The CVU Board would like the community to know of another great opportunity to become involved in the high school. Community input is greatly appreciated when the Board is preparing the budget each winter. The ‘Budget Buddy’ program, an opportunity for up to 11 community volunteers to participate in all budget meetings (December and January), is one way in which residents can learn more about how the CVU budget is developed and share suggestions, concerns, and other valuable “outside” viewpoints.  Please contact a school board representative to learn more!
School Board Representatives:
Susan Grasso: sgrasso@cssu.org
Joan Lenes: jlenes@cssu.org
Kim Schmitt: kschmitt@cssu.org