September 18, 2014

Center for Technology, Essex to host open house next week


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The Center for Technology, Essex—which serves 10 area high schools, including Champlain Valley Union High—will host its open house on Thursday, Sept. 18, starting at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.
Called Face To Face Night, the event gives parents and guardians of center students the opportunity to meet administrators, teachers, guidance counselors and more. Parents can also learn about clubs and special programs available to students and receive instruction on Power School, the parental link to student grades, performance and attendance. Parents should bring the password they received from the school to the Face to Face event.
The Center for Technology, Essex is one of 14 technical schools in the state.

Chittenden South seeking students with disabilities


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The Chittenden South Supervisory Union is interested in locating preschool age children (3 to 5 years) who live in the towns of Charlotte, Hinesburg, Shelburne, St. George and Williston, who show a developmental delay in the areas of speech and language, social adjustment, adaptive behavior, self-care, gross/fine motor coordination and cognitive development.
Contact the early educator at the elementary school in the town where the child resides. For those living in Williston or St. George, call the Allen Brook School at 878-2762.
The Chittenden South Supervisory Union is also interested in locating all school age children or adolescents with disabilities living in the towns of Charlotte, Hinesburg, Shelburne, St. George and Williston, who are not currently attending school, are attending a private school by parent choice or are being home-schooled. If you know of such a child or adolescent, call Meagan Roy, director of student support services, at Chittenden South Supervisory Union at 383-1234.

CVU student chosen as Child Awareness Month youth ambassador


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A Champlain Valley Union High School senior was chosen as one of 51 youth ambassadors to serve nationwide during September, which is National Child Awareness Month.
Emily Coffin will receive a $1,000 grant and training to “establish a network between adolescent girls to counteract female peer aggression and emphasize the importance of female curiosity and ambition to help girl’s discover their true potential,” according to a press release sent by Coffin.
This month, she is headed to Washington, D.C. for training and meetings with Vermont congressmen before returning home to launch her project, PROSIS.
PROSIS, which stands for Professional Sisterhood, consists of workshops for female middle school students, led by female high school students. The workshops will address female peer aggression and ways to translate those behaviors into strategies to support women and girls for collaborative success.
PROSIS was inspired by a Vermont Works for Women report in which women identified a lack of allies and supportive networks as a factor that makes women ill-equipped to enter educational and career fields past high school. Coffin became involved with Vermont Works for Women through its LEAD IN program, a leadership development and career exploration program for young women. She hopes to expand the supportive and inspiring network developed through the program to adolescent girls in Vermont, she said.
Now in its seventh year, National Child Awareness Month is a program led by Festival of Children Foundation to raise awareness about issues affecting children and to encourage the nation’s youth to take action. The 51 youth ambassadors were chosen through a competitive application program.
“These teens and young adults are the future of philanthropy,” said Sandy Segerstrom Daniels, founder and executive director of Festival of Children Foundation. “They understand the importance of making a difference and giving back. Festival of Children Foundation’s collaboration with YSA allows us to give these kids the tools to create a powerful youth network that will create lasting change across the country.”