Kelly Stone (Class of 2020)
Mrs. Martelle's personal finance class has had two guest speakers from the Vermont Department of Insurance and Banking. Pat Murray and Brenda Clark, insurance representatives, visited the class to provide students with essential information regarding financial decisions. Their presentation was about all types of insurance, but mainly auto insurance. Brenda and Pat work up in Burlington, Vermont, so it was nice for the class to have these visitors despite the long drive. The presentation itself was very informative and intriguing.
Every student in class appeared engaged in the presentation. At the end, everyone got to play a short game that gave them even more information about car insurance, like what would happen to one's premium and deductible in certain scenarios, like getting a speeding ticket; speeding tickets raise premiums.
Fortunately, there is something called a good student discount. A good student discount allows you to trade good grades for a lower premium. If you take driver's education, then the insurance company may give you more of a discount, and this reduces your premium as well. This isn't the only discount, however.
Brenda and Pat told the class that sharing a policy with their parents or guardians would be cheaper than getting their own. Insurance companies raise the premium a lot higher if a student has his own policy; however, if a student goes on her parent's policy, their premium will go up, but not as much as it would if the student had her own. Young teen drivers don't have any driving experience yet, so they raise the premium in case an accident occurs. Furthermore, because it is considered “fair discrimination”, insurance companies can make young male drivers pay more than young females. It is fair because statistics show that young males get into more accidents than young females.
Having these guest speakers was a tremendous opportunity for the class!
Chelsea Parker (PHS Class of 2020) & Lane Gibbs (PHS Class of 2021)
Mrs.Kristiansen, the art teacher at Poultney High School, has won the University of Vermont’s Outstanding Teacher Award!
This accolade is given to one teacher from each supervisory union in the state of Vermont. Principals are asked to nominate one teacher who goes above and beyond expectations, a teacher whose attendance is beneficial to the school for many reasons.
In his nomination letter, Mr, DeBonis described Mrs. Kristiansen by saying, "She always has time for the students and staff here at PHS...and she always makes sure that her students have the opportunities to succeed."
Seventy three teachers were nominated this past year, including four art teachers.
Ms. Paquette, a fellow teacher of Mrs.Kristiansen, called her a “wonder woman." She then went on to say she could talk about her strengths for hours.
Mrs. Jenkins, middle school math teacher, used the words “phenomenal” to describe her colleague.
Mrs. Kristiansen, who loves a good laugh, would appreciate the way student Ian Lynch describes her. He said, “she is fun and loud…. Particularly loud…. Yeah definitely loud.”
The principal’s son, Jacob Debonis, another student at Poultney High School, said, “I learn a lot from her teaching habits.”
Ms.Warnecke, middle and high school English teacher, described Mrs.Kristiansen by saying “she brings large school opportunities to a small school setting.”
Lastly, Mrs.Sarli, middle school English teacher, said, “she gives kids a bigger perspective on the art world. She has high expectations and knows that kids can meet them. She helps them to see beyond Poultney.”
In a recent interview, Mrs. Kristiansen, a modest individual who would not boast about herself, was asked if she had any outstanding teachers when she was a student. Mrs.Kristiansen then went on to explain how her favorite teachers were Ms. Etzeler and Ms.Miller. Both were humanity teachers at her school, and she remembered them right away because they told her that she could do anything; it is apparent that this left a lasting impression.
At the end of the interview, Mrs. Kristiansen closed by saying she believes there are many teachers at Poultney High School who deserve this award.
Congratulations, Mrs. Kristiansen!
Lane Gibbs (PHS Class of 2021)
On October 18, Mrs. Springs’ food and nutrition class held its second annual cupcake war. As the name of this event suggests, students were asked to create cupcakes that were judged on a list of criteria.
An array of PHS faculty and students were on the panel of judges. This list includes: Ms. Wallach, Mr. Holcomb, Mrs. Kerber, Mr. Covino, and senior Casey Thornton.
Judges were asked to look for certain requirements while taste-testing. For example, they needed to determine if the cupcake was sweet, salty, sour, or spicy. In regards to texture, the cupcake must not be burnt, undercooked, too dense, or chewy. Rather, it should be light and fluffy. The decoration and design needed to be a balance of colors and not too over-the-top.
There was also a theme-inspired contest added to the event. Each contestant was asked to make his or her cupcake connected to their chosen theme. Presentation was also judged. According to Mrs. Spring, there should not have been any crumbs, smears, fingerprints, or drips on the plate.
The judges have already tasted the cupcakes, and the winner will be announced on October 24th at Monday morning meeting!
Ian Lynch (PHS Class of 2020)
On Wednesday, October 19, the Agency of Education is coming to observe our school in an effort to improve the opportunities provided to students.
The agency will send staff members to observe classrooms and school climate. The visitors will also be asking students, teachers, and parents questions about the school. In addition to members of the AOE, teachers from other Vermont schools will also be in attendance.
This program is only being implemented in a few other schools, yet if the program works well, it will be implemented statewide next year.
meet the staff
Lane Gibbs (2021)