Education Briefs2/19/09

Feb. 19, 2009

Youth Risk Behavior Survey

Students at Champlain Valley Union High School will participate in a Youth Risk Behavior Survey on March 5. The survey is given every two years in Chittenden South Supervisory Union, and asks students about nutrition, alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, physical exercise, injuries and sexual behavior.

The survey is anonymous, and individual responses are not disclosed to anyone. Still, the survey is optional. Though CVU wants all students to participate, students can opt out of taking the survey, and parents and guardians can review the survey before it is administered. To keep their child from participating, parents and guardians must file a written request with the school by Feb. 27.

The survey is sponsored by the Vermont Department of Education and the Office of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs.

For questions, contact Jen Bickel at 482-6951.

Seeking chess champs

Young chess players should start honing their skills — the Vermont State Scholastic Chess Championships are taking place on April 11 in Berlin.

Vermont students from kindergarten through grade 12 are eligible to compete. Classes exist for each grade from kindergarten through sixth grade, middle school (grades seven and eight) and high school (grades nine through 12).

The tournament will follow standard United States Chess Federation rules, and be held at Berlin Elementary School.

Complete rules and registration information can be found online at or by contacting Tournament Director Mike Stridsberg at or 802-223-1948.

Spirit week at Williston Central School

Students at Williston Central School are spending the week participating in workshops for the annual “Related Arts Theme Week.” This year’s theme is “Hands across the community.”

Workshops and features tied to the theme include beaded bracelets for autism awareness, songwriting, rugby and jugglers in the community. The culmination celebration takes place on Friday.

For more information, contact teachers Andy Smith or Jenn Oakes at 878-2762 or visit the school’s Web site at