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LTS - E-News September 28, 2017
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HEAD'S CORNER
Seth Linfield
Interim Head of School

The attention surrounding Apple's recent introduction of the iPhone X can be profitably refracted through the light shed by Dr. Jean Twenge of San Diego State in her new book, iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy--and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood--and What That Means for the Rest of Us  and her worthwhile article adapted from the book in this month's The Atlantic headlined “Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?” with the subheadline of “[m]ore comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis.”

Just from the titles of these works, you can discern Prof. Twenge’s conclusions, which she bases on social science research consisting of surveys of behaviors and attitudes as well as interviews.  Prof. Twenge’s conclusions are inevitably perhaps too sweeping generalizations, but anyone who is raising or educating or employing someone born after 1995 needs to consider the consequences of the loneliness, anxiety and depression which arise from growing up in a vortex of communications not supported by correspondingly strong connections.

One counter-cultural point of emphasis here at Long Trail School is mindfulness, the aptitude to pay attention to whom you are with - and who you are.  Mindfulness is a bedrock of the emotional intelligence we cultivate in our students.  Mindfulness sits at the core of being an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School; when the IB Learner Profile extols caring, collaborating and communicating, that’s mindfulness.  We look, for example, at our cellphone policy - which essentially keeps these devices out of the classroom and any other space on campus where human beings could be talking with one another - as mindfulness training. 

Here at LTS, nestled in the Green Mountains, we disconnect precisely in order to connect with everyone, of all ages, in our school community.  That in turn leads to the gift of living in wonder of how much as a group, coming together with our distinct personalities and diverse perspectives, we can contribute to healing our world.  

CALENDAR
complete calendar

FEATURED EVENT
YEARBOOK PHOTOS
Wednesday, October 3 & Thursday, October 4
All students will be photographed outside, weather permitting, for the yearbook. Schedules will be posted next week. There is no sitting fee as photographer Walter Furgalack donates his time to take these pictures. When the proofs arrive at school, families will have a chance to purchase photos if they choose. If you have any questions, contact 
Kim Rizio.

FRI., SEPT. 29
No School for Middle School students
New Middle School Student Parent Conferences 8:00-3:00
Girls Varsity Soccer @ Arlington (vs. MSJ) Tourney 5:00
MON., OCT. 2
Girls MS Soccer vs. Dorset 3:30
Girls Varsity Soccer vs. Otter Valley 4:00
Boys MS Soccer vs. Dorset 4:45
TUES., OCT. 3
Yearbook Photos
Cross Country at LTS 3:30
Boys Varsity Soccer vs. Bellows Falls 4:00
WED., OCT. 4
Yearbook Photos
German Exchange students arrive
THURS., OCT. 5
College Fair trip 8:15-2:00
Boys Varsity Soccer @ Black River 4:30
Girls Varsity Soccer @ Black River 6:00
College Night (Sports) 6:30-7:30
FRI., OCT. 6

All buses depart at 12:30
SAT., OCT. 7

SAT



 
SUN., OCT. 8
Alumni Reunion 3:30-6:00
MON., OCT. 9

Columbus Day Holiday - School Closed
German Exchange trip to Bromley
TUES., OCT. 10
Cross Country at BBA 3:30
Boys Varsity Soccer vs. Proctor 4:00
Girls Varsity Soccer @ MSJ 4:00
WED., OCT. 11
Boys Varsity Soccer @ Sharon Academy 4:00
Girls MS Soccer vs. Castleton 4:00
Boys MS Soccer vs. Castleton 5:15
THURS., OCT. 12
Boys MS Soccer vs. Sacred Heart 4:00
Girls Varsity Soccer vs. Proctor 4:00
Girls MS Soccer vs. Sacred Heart 5:15
FRI., OCT. 13

Boys MS Soccer vs. Castleton 4:00
Girls MS Soccer vs. Castleton 5:15
Boys Varsity Soccer vs. Arlington 4:00
Kingdom Trails biking trip departs 6:30

SAT., OCT. 14
Liberty Ridge Farm Haunted House trip 5:30-10:30
SUN., OCT. 15

Kingdom Trails biking trip returns 6:30
Monday lunches are pizza from Sam's Woodfired Pizza in Manchester.
$2.00/slice of cheese pizza & $2.50/slice of pepperoni pizza
Tuesday through Friday lunches are $4.00 and are prepared by Deb Sheldon.
Tuesday through Thursday lunches come with a side salad or a yogurt, and milk.
Fridays are "Brown Bag Lunch" days. Lunches include a sandwich or wrap, fruit, chips, snack and milk or water. Eat at school or easily take it to go!

MONTHLY MENU
OCT. 2-6
Mon., Oct. 2
Pizza
Tues., Oct. 3

Chicken & cheese or cheese quesadilla 
Wed., Oct. 4
Two tacos or hummus & pita chips
Thurs., Oct. 5
BLT or veggie & hummus wrap
Fri., Oct. 6
Ham & cheese or peanut butter & jelly sandwich
OCT. 9-10
Mon., Oct. 9
No School
Tues., Oct. 10

2 hot dogs or strawberry-banana smoothie
Wed., Oct. 11
Chicken Caesar wrap or hummus with pita chips
Thurs., Oct. 12
Shepherd's pie or beanie burger
Fri., Oct. 13
Strawberry-banana smoothie or peanut butter & jelly sandwich
DEVELOPMENT
Laura Callen ext. 161
BASKET BONANZA
Get your items in for the Basket Bonanza!  Many families have already sent in their $20 or items for their grade level baskets. Grade level basket themes are (we need fun names for some!):
  • Grade 6: Couples Night Out and Wine/Craft Beer
  • Grade 7: Pamper Yourself and For the Dogs
  • Grade 8: Outdoor Adventure and Board Games
  • Grade 9: Wrapping Supplies for Every Occasion and Spa/Bath Supplies
  • Grade 10: Sports and Art
  • Grade 11: Christmas Celebration and Family Night Out
  • Grade 12: Eat Local
Contact Laura or your grade level rep with questions.
COMMUNICATION
Chelley Tifft ext. 190

A NEW PUBLICATION, NOTES FROM THE TRAIL
We are happy to report the advent of a monthly educational newsletter from LTS! Focusing on one current “hot topic”, the newsletter will be authored by Kim Rizio, another LTS staff member, and one or more LTS students. We hope it will inform you and make you think. You will be able to access NFTT on the LTS website but if you would like to subscribe and receive it via email, please let us know.

ACADEMICS
Mary Ellen Mega ext. 203
NEW MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT PARENT CONFERENCES
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29

Confirmation emails were sent to parents earlier this week.  Contact Mary Ellen if you did not receive one.
COLLEGE GUIDANCE
Scott Magrath ext. 156
COLLEGE REP VISITS
2-Oct Johnson State College 8:15 AM
2-Oct Bennington College 10:00 AM
5-Oct Rhode Island School of Design 8:20 AM
6-Oct Hobart William Smith College 11:15 AM

Students should continue to take advantage of the college and university rep visits.  A complete list of college rep visits can be found online.

COLLEGE APPLICATION AND ESSAY WORKSHOPS
Need help with your college application or essay? 
Please attend as many of the following workshops as you need:
  • Wed., Oct. 11 - 3 to 4 pm
  • Mon., Oct. 23 - 3 to 4 pm 
  • Fri., Nov. 17 - 2 to 3 pm
TESTING
The November 4 SAT has a registration deadline of Oct. 5.  REGISTER here.
The October 28 ACT has a late (with added fee) registration deadline of Oct. 6.  REGISTER here.

SAT and ACT test dates and deadlines can be found on our online calendar.


The PSAT will be given to sophomores and juniors on October 11 at Long Trail School. An email with more details was sent earlier this week.

REQUESTS FOR TEACHER LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
Sept. 22 was the deadline to ask teachers to write letters of recommendation for college applications.  Seniors, if you have not done so, please submit the form this week.

SENIOR QUESTIONNAIRE
The senior questionnaire form is due by September 29. This required form is critical in helping teachers write the best college recommendation letters possible.


FAFSA
Seniors and their parents or guardians will be able to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) starting October 1. To start the process, please go to www.fafsa.ed.gov.


COLLEGE FAIR
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5

Long Trail will be attending a college fair at Berkshire Community College (MA) during the school day. Interested seniors will just need to bring a lunch.

 
COLLEGE NIGHT---SPORTS IN COLLEGE
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5  6:30 pm

Any student (all grade levels) who is thinking about playing varsity sports in college should plan on attending.  A coach and admissions representative from Hobart and William Smith Colleges will discuss the rewards and realities of playing sports at the next level.

SAT PREP COURSE
Maple Street School in Manchester is hosting SAT test prep over five Sundays (9:00 am - 3:00 pm) this October and November.  The cost is $425.  See Scott for more information.
STUDENT LIFE
Mary Beth O'Donnell ext. 204 (middle school)
Beth Bove ext. 204 (upper school)

HOBY APPLICATIONS DUE
​Applications are now being accepted for the  annual HOBY ​(Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership)​ conference​​ on May 24-27. Interested 10th grade students should submit an essay by October 31 on the following topic:
"Describe the most rewarding and most challenging aspects of being a leader in your school and community."    
See Kim M. or Beth with any questions.


MOUNTAIN BIKE CLUB
Courtney Callo along with LTS parents Kris and Roseanne Dennan have started a LTS Mountain Bike Club.  The group meets on Fridays from 12:30 to 2:45. Anyone interested in joining just needs to show up with a water bottle and helmet! 


STUDENT HOSTS
The Admissions Department is now accepting applications for Student Hosts for grades 6-9 for the upcoming visit season.  A Student Host's primarily responsibility is to welcome visiting students, make them feel comfortable, and escort them throughout their day. They are the face of Long Trail and this is one of the most important jobs they can perform for their school. Please see Katie or Kim M. for an application.

JISP
The JISP (Junior Instructional Ski/Snowboard Program) sign-up link is now live! This link will bring you to the Bromley Outing Club page where you will find the sign-up link and all the info about JISP, being a parent driver and other volunteer opportunities. Please read the info page carefully as it includes cut-off dates and some new policies about passes and rentals!! High school students can be assistant instructors to earn free pass vouchers or on-snow/lodge volunteers which will give them the same benefits as drivers.

STUDENT VOLUNTEER AWARD
Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.  This is open to 6-12 graders who have engaged in any volunteer activity in the past year.  One Vermont state winner will receive $1,000 and a trip to Washington, DC where they will compete for a $5,000 national prize.

KINGDOM TRAILS BIKE TRIP
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13-SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15
Any 8-12 graders interested in going on the Kingdom Trails bike trip on October 13-15 should sign up on the board outside Kim M's office.

HAUNTED HOUSE OUTING TO LIBERTY RIDGE FARM
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14
All 6th-12th graders who are in good academic and behavioral standing are invited to attend.  We will depart LTS at 5:30 pm and return at 10:30 pm. The cost is $30 per student and received payment holds your spot. Sign up outside Beth's  or MaryBeth's offices by Fri., Sept. 29.

SAVE THE DATE---DORSET BLOOD DRIVE!
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10
From 12 to 5 pm on Fri., Nov. 10, the American Red Cross will be taking blood donations at Long Trail School.  Pre-registration is critical so that ARC sends a sufficient staff to assist donations in a timely fashion. While walk-in donors may be accepted, sign-up is preferable; for an appointment, click here or call 1-800-RED CROSS.
COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
DORSET RUMMAGE SALE
The Dorset Church needs volunteers for their fall Rummage Sale on Sat., Oct. 14 from 1:00 to 2:30.  Interested students can sign up outside of Beth's office.

HAUNTED BARN
The Rupert Fire Department is hosting a haunted barn in West Rupert on the last three October weekends and needs volunteer ghosts and ghouls. Contact Mandy Mayer if you can help.  
ATHLETICS
Tim Smith ext. 143

LITTLE MVL SOCCER TOURNAMENT
The middle school students-athletes survived the heat yesterday and play some great soccer!  Please come out and support the teams at the Championship and Consolation rounds tomorrow. 

  Hunter Field Forbes Field
4:00 pm GIRLS W. Rutland vs. Proctor LTS vs. Arlington
5:15 pm BOYS LTS vs. Arlington W. Rutland vs. Proctor
     

FRIENDS OF ATHLETICS
We have the scoreboard, and are closing in on the money needed for installation. As part of the fundraising efforts, Friends of Athletics will continue to sell concessions at home competitions and breakfast sandwiches on Fridays. If you are able to donate any of the following items, please drop them off at the front desk:

       bacon, American cheese (not individually wrapped), ice (for snow cones), snacks, chips
COMMUNITY
CONGRATULATIONS!
Yvonne and Jim Panarello recently received The Marge Wood Award, which is given to a caregiver(s) who has gone above and beyond for children/youth in kinship care in Vermont. Marge Wood was an amazing professional who saw a need for kinship support and helped facilitate the first kinship support group in Vermont. Nominated by the Department of Children and Families Rutland District Office Resource Coordinator, Yvonne and Jim are steadfastly dedicated to their son. They are remarkable and their ability to embrace the challenges of kinship care while maintaining a positive outlook is inspirational. Congratulations!


SIP AND PAINT! at LONG TRAIL SCHOOL
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5 7:00-9:00 pm
Spend a lively evening creating your own acrylic painting. Enjoy wine and cheese while Anharad leads you through the steps of good composition and color theory. You are guaranteed to have fun! There is a $35 fee for the class.  REGISTER HERE.

BE BRAVE FOR LIFE HIKE-A-THON
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

The 3rd Annual Be Brave For Life Hike-A-Thon is this Sunday at Merck Forest. REGISTER HERE.


MAKERS CLUB FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS
at Manchester Community Library from 3:30-4:30 pm
Wed., Oct. 4   -  Make your own Paracord Survival Bracelet
Wed., Oct. 18  -  3Doodler Egg Drop Challenge
Free and open to all middle school students. 
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