New Bus Routes Beginning 6/16

Due to the bridge construction on Route 25B, the bus stops for students in the following areas will be changed, beginning on June 16th:
Cobblestone Alley
High St.
South Pleasant St.
Maple St.
Route 25B
Temporary bus stops for students who usually get picked up and dropped off in these areas are:
1. At the end of South Pleasant and Goshen – 7:35 AM
2. At the intersection of Main St. and Bank St., next to Subway – between 7:35 – 7:45 (3 buses will stop here)
This change will be in effect until October 1, 2017.
If you have any questions you may call OHS at 222-5214 or ask the bus driver.

Congratulations! XC STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS!!!

Saturday November 5th marked the 25th year Thetford hosted the Cross-Country Championship.  The Oxbow Girls ran to a first place finish for the second year in a row, winning the Division III State Championship.  They edged out runner-up, Rice, by a mere 4 points.  Junior Izzy Giesing was the first Olympian to cross, in 4th place with a time of 21:01. Also finishing in the top 10 were Senior Leanne Burgess (8th, 21:58) and Junior Hannah Giesing (10th, 22:19).  Rounding out the team was Junior Captain Emily Carson (15th, 23:00), Senior Alex Giesing (31st, 25:30), Senior Cassidy Pryer (34th, 25:48), and Junior Jessie Daigle (39th 26:22).  Izzy’s time also qualified her to move on to the New England XC Championship in RI on Saturday November 12.

The Oxbow Boys cross-country team also had a strong showing, finishing 5th out of 16 teams.  Leading the Olympians, was Sophomore William Douglas in 9th place with a time of 18:34.  Also running for the boys team were Freshman Keelan Durham (16th, 19:18), Junior William Moreno (26th, 19:51), Senior Captain Jon Puffer (40th, 20:21), Sophomores Tim Hodges (54th, 21:00) and Tim Rudder (55th, 21:04), and Senior Briggs Heffernan (59th, 21:17).
The end of season team party will be held in the Oxbow Cafeteria on Thursday November 17th at 6pm. Please see Coach Chobanian for details

Oxbow Orchard

Get a glimpse into the creation of the Oxbow Orchard with Wendy Mackenzie!

The Oxbow Orchard Project began small, but snowballed into a large community event with the addition of a grant. It all started when an idea was sparked by a conversation the Oxbow ECO club members had when they attended a conference at UVM. The purpose of this idea was simply to plant fruit trees in order to make Oxbow High School a more environmentally friendly place. The thinking then was that it would be great to incorporate the neighboring elementary schools. The students would be able to visit their future school and become more involved with their community while simultaneously helping the environment. As this plan took shape, the tenth grade at Oxbow was incorporated. They would be a large help in the planting as well as in getting the elementary school students familiarized with both the school and some of the faces that the elementary school students will see when they enter as seventh graders.

With the agreement of both the Bradford and Newbury Elementary Schools to participate, and with the plan falling into place, we moved on to the logistics of planting 36 trees and 79 raspberry and blueberry bushes were purchased. Through the connection of one of the teachers, some of the students and teachers of River Bend, the technical school attached to Oxbow, became involved. The agriculture class laid out all the trees and bushes in orderly rows and designed a watering system to use through the summer. The heavy machinery class moved the wood chips and fertilizer in places where the students would have easy access to them as they planted.

The day of the planting soon approached and as the elementary school students arrived, name tags were handed out, people were introduced, and instructions were given. There were groups of three tenth graders who were paired with a fifth grader from the Newbury Elementary School and a fifth grader from the Bradford Elementary School. Each group planted two trees and worked together to gather some of the materials that were needed, such as water, which they carried in buckets from the water pump. Students worked efficiently and quickly became acquainted with one another. After that, they went into the cafeteria for a snack, traipsing to the library when they finished. There, they decorated slices of tree branches with their name and a goal that they would like to complete before they graduate. When this was finished, the librarian had a scavenger hunt for each group to go on that went to various places around Oxbow and River Bend, taking each group in separate directions so that they would have to work within their teams to find their way around the school.

As the morning came to a close and the fifth graders headed back to their respective schools after three hours of hard but fun work, there was a sense of accomplishment among the participants. The trees had been planted, the students had become acquainted, and the younger students had become familiar with the school. In a few years, the trees will be producing fruit and the fifth graders can claim a connection to Oxbow. This connection will not only be with the older students but the trees will provide a connection as well, as they will be marked with the wood slices the students decorated. Everyone who participated that day helped with something that will permanently be on school grounds aiding the environment and creating a link with the place that they will reside for four years of their lives.

Parent/Student Handbook 2016/17

The Parent/Student Handbook is your guide to the upcoming school year. Please feel free to contact the office with any questions. We are looking forward to a great year!

Oxbow High School | Parent-Student Handbook 2016-2017.doc

Oxbow Community Day A Success!

Students and staff at Oxbow High School took to the Wrights Mountain trails, libraries, schools and other area locations in celebration of the 2nd Annual Community Day this past Thursday.

The event originated last year with Oxbow music teacher Cindy Hall and Family and Consumer Science teacher Wendy Mackenzie, who wanted to create a day for students to engage in civic life by enhancing favorite local destinations including Wrights Mountain and Elizabeth’s Park. Hall, beaming about the outcome of this year’s event said, “Wow – our second annual Oxbow Community Day was just as much a success as last year’s – if not more!”

The group of over 350 volunteers spanned across additional locations this year to include the Oasis Assisted Living Community, Valley Cooperative Preschool, Newbury Common, Tenney and Bradford Libraries and the Montebello trail in Newbury among others.

Oxbow School Board member Adam Lornitzo, who volunteered at the Valley Cooperative Preschool was proud of the students’ work, ” Oxbow did an awesome job today! We were able to clean out the garage, put down a new load of staymat on the bike path and driveway, as well as mow the yard and rake leaves.”

It was not only a day for enhancing the local environment, but also furthering community bonds. Oxbow students partnered with the Bradford Conservation Commission to blaze Ernie’s trail and dig water bars on the Wrights Mountain trail. Other student groups helped to organize projects at Newbury and Bradford Elementary schools. Neighboring River Bend Technical Center provided volunteer and equipment support.

At the end of the work day, volunteers celebrated with a BBQ lunch made with the help of students, including 300 homemade ice cream sandwiches. Between bites there was excitement about looking forward to next year’s Community Day.

Summer Opportunities

Sustainable Architecture Workshop

AVA Gallery announces the Fifth Annual Greg Hemberger Sustainable Architecture Workshop at AVA Gallery and Art Center for adults and students entering grades 9 -12.  Students entering 9th grade are now able to attend this exciting program to  will be held Monday, July 18 -Friday, July 22, 2016 from 9 am until 5 pm for those with an interest in sustainable architecture and construction.

This week-long, hands-on workshop will be led for the fifth year by Eliza McLellan, a 2012 Connecticut College graduate in Architectural Studies. Students will talk with local architects, visit a local architecture office, and study LEED-certified buildings at Dartmouth College  and in Lebanon. This workshop will incorporate architectural design principles, free-hand drawing, model building, and sustainability issues. Students will leave with new design skills, personal portfolio material, and a new way of looking at their environment. The fee is $295 ($275 for AVA members); full and partial scholarships are available. 

This program is created in memory of Greg Hemberger with the support of the Greg Hemberger Memorial Fund at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, established by Greg’s friends and family. Greg’s commitment to architecture started at age 15 with his model-building business, which served architects in the New Haven, CT area.  Before his sudden death in 2006 at age 58, as a partner in Banwell Architects, Greg worked on many buildings in the region, including the Norwich Elementary School, Hanover’s Middle School and High School, Crossroads Academy, Thetford Academy, Proctor Academy, Kimball Union Academy and the Cardigan Mountain School.

For more info contact Adam Blue, Education Director at AVA, at 603-448-3117 or

National Summer Transportation Institute

The National Summer Transportation Institute is a two-week-long intensive program sponsored by the Vermont Agency of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration. The Institute seeks to aid in developing a diverse and robust workforce for the transportation industry by exposing 10th, 11th, and 12th grade high school students to transportation careers. Students stay in residence at dormitories on a university campus.

National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI) is:
* A two week residential camp for high school students entering 10th, 11th, or 12th grade.
* Held on the Champlain campus from Sunday, July 24th – Friday, August 5th.
* A hands-on exploration of our transportation systems.
* Exploring career opportunities and developing new skills.
* Learning in the classroom, in group settings, the lab, and on field trips.
* Field trips have included the Burlington Airport, a trip on an Amtrak train, Agency of Transportation Headquarters, Bridge Construction sites, and a historic boat trip on Lake Champlain.

Additional information can be found here:…/youth-programs/nsti

Hypertherm Summer Internship Program: Click here –Hypertherm

Individualized Reading Skills Program: Click here – Programs

OESU Superintendent Feedback Survey

To Orange East Supervisory Union Board Members, Community Members, Parents, Central Office Staff, Building Administrators, Professional and Support Staff and Superintendent-

On behalf of the Superintendent Evaluation Committee of the Supervisory Union Board, I am writing to ask for your response to the attached survey. This 15 question survey was developed in consultation with the Vermont School Boards Association and is designed to collect your feedback on the superintendent’s work.

The VSBA will collect the survey responses, compile the data, and supply aggregated results to the superintendent evaluation committee and superintendent.

Your individual answers will remain confidential.

Here is a link to the survey:

The survey will ask you to rate the superintendent on each question as follows:

4. Performance exceeds expectations
I believe and see evidence that the superintendent has the knowledge, skills and qualities to meet this objective and exceed expectations in an appropriate period of time.

3. Performance meets expectations
I believe and see evidence that the superintendent has the knowledge, skills and qualities to accomplish this objective in an appropriate period of time.

2. Performance is below expectations
I believe and see evidence that the superintendent lacks some of the knowledge, skills and qualities to accomplish this objective in an appropriate period of time.

1. Performance is consistently unacceptable
I do not believe or see evidence that the superintendent has the knowledge, skills and qualities to accomplish this objective at any time.

NA Not enough information to provide feedback
I do not have enough information to provide feedback to the superintendent on this objective.

Following each question and numerical rating, the survey will ask for a response to the following question and prompt:

· What information and/or experience helped you in formulating your response?

· Please give at least one example.

The detail in your comments provides the committee and superintendent with valuable insight.

As an alternative to completing the survey online, I can provide you with a copy of the survey by email or US Mail, or arrange a time to talk with you and record your responses. If you choose one of these options, you will need to complete and submit your responses to the VSBA no later than 5PM on Monday, March 21st. Your data will be included in the cumulative totals and your input will remain anonymous. Please let me know right away if you want to use one of the alternative options. I will then follow up with you directly.

If you use the online tool available through the link provided above, please complete the survey by 5PM on Monday, March 21st.

Finally, if you have any questions, feel free to contact me.


Harry Frank
Director of Educational Services
Vermont School Boards Association
2 Prospect Street, Suite #4
Montpelier, VT 05602-3579
office (802) 223-3580
mobile (802) 989-4913
fax (802) 223-0098