Monday, February 20, 2017

February 15, 2017

Upcoming Events 

March 8th @ 6:30 pm: Parent Meeting for all Washington DC Students in Swift House kiva

March 10th: Swift House sponsors the WCS School Dance. Funds are shared among all teams for field trips. Sign-up here if you are able to chaperone. And thank you in advance!

March 25th: Swift Sponsors Fun Night (Washington DC Fundraiser). Sign-up form will be sent out soon.


CODER CAMP FOR GIRLS VERMONT TECH

Williston Campus July 17 – 21 (days - 8:30 am – 4:30 pm)

 Coder Camp for Girls (brand new day camp) - Geared for rising 8th- 10th grade girls (13-16 years) to bring their creativity and translate that into an active software coding environment; experience developing a program of their own design, have fun with SCRATCH, a friendly robust program designed by MIT plus others. Campers build leadership skills through team building activities, harness big ideas, gain essential programming skills, hear and learn from faculty and industry professionals, take field trips to local businesses, make new friends and have loads of fun -all at a very affordable price of $275 (plus some scholarships available) Contact: Elissa Lee (802)288-8915 Email: elee@vtc.vsc.edu http://www.vtc.edu/academics/high-school-students/camps/coder-camp-girls

Basket Raffle








Falconer Visit

We were so fortunate to have Tarim Kennedy, a Middlebury College student, come and visit our My Side of the Mountain literature group. Tarim brought his red tailed hawk named Zeru (Basque word for night). Swift students were able to ask Tarim questions (a literature group assignment!) and some brave ones even got the hawk to land on their arms. Some of the students now want to become falconers!













Puppy Visit....
We were also lucky enough to have the Medici's new puppy come by for a visit recently.  She was very, very popular.


Curriculum Updates

  • Student-led literature groups are wrapping up this week. We will be sending out the sign-up for our new literature groups this week.
  • 5/6 Science: Students have been modeling the sun/moon/earth relationship to explain the changes in the night sky.  For example: why do we see different constellations in different seasons?  Why can't we look at our star (the sun) while we can stare at the other stars?
  • 7/8 Science: Students have also been creating models of the sun/moon/earth relationship to explain eclipses, seasons, and moon phases.  They can now explain why a lunar eclipse occurs during a full moon but why not every full moon is eclipsed!


FAPAC February 2017 Meeting Highlights Information

To:  Swift House Parents
From:  Shelly Masson
, FAPAC Representative
cc:  House Teachers and Teaching Assistant

The FAP Advisory Council held its monthly meeting on February 9th.  FAP is Williston's equivalent of a parent-teacher organization.  We meet each month, our meetings our open to all, and you will receive an email like this every month with highlights of the meeting and a link to the FAP website for the full minutes.  Check the full minutes in a PDF format by clicking 
here.  Due to a technical difficulty there is not video recording for this month’s meeting.
You can now follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@FAP_Williston)!
Below are the meeting highlights: 
FAP Annual Fund
We are accepting online donations for the Annual Fund until the end of February.  Cash and check donations are still welcome after the end of the month.  Alternative online donation sites are currently being researched.  The link to donate to the Annual Fund can be found here. 
Upcoming Events
Big Basket Raffle: March 25th @ WCS
Fliers are going out to teachers on February 13th and the baskets will be in classrooms on Feb. 17th in both schools.  We have a list of around 250 businesses that we reach out to and have about 60 businesses committed so far, including Disney Tickets for the silent auction.  Reminder to all that this is an Adult Only event.  The Swift House will be hosting a Fun Night that children in grades k – 4 can attend during the event. 
Williston Runs for Education: May 20th 
This year is the 5th Anniversary for this event!  Eighth grader, Sophia Cross, will work on this even for her 8th Grade Project.  We are excited and grateful that Long Trail Veterinary Center is returning as Presenting Sponsor and Champlain Orthodontics is coming back as Fun Run sponsor. 
Administrative Report
Penguin Plunge – The Penguin Plunge team raised over $11,000 this year.  A special thanks to Sam Beatson for being willing to dye his hair pink if they raised $7000.  Then he also took pies in the face in support of fundraising efforts.  CVU had over 150 plungers and raised over $51,000.
Renovation Project – Tom Barden has been hired as the owner's project manager working with ReArch working as the construction firm.  We are looking at a very aggressive timeline for completion of the project in 16 months, starting in June of this year.  The construction firm has expressed interest in communicating with parents and use this as a learning project for students.
Safety Team Update – The WSD Safety team is partnering with Emergency Management and Homeland Security.  They are going to come in and plan and facilitate a realistic crisis scenario.  Parents were reminded to read the School Bell about what to expect as a parent in the case of a real emergency. 
Please contact me at if you have feedback or questions on FAP.  Thanks.
Shelly

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

February 7th, 2017

Upcoming Events


  • February 11th (this Saturday): We still need parent drivers to make this Saturday's bottle drive successful.  Please click here to sign-up if you can.

  • March 10th: Swift House sponsors the WCS School Dance.  Funds are shared among all teams for field trips.  Sign-up here if you are able to chaperone.  And thank you in advance!

  • March 25th: Swift Sponsors Fun Night (Washington DC Fundraiser)


Thank You for a Wonderful Open House

It's always wonderful to see students presenting their work to so many families.  Having you there creates a genuine audience and generates so much positive energy.  Thank you for coming to listen to presentations, ask questions and give feedback.  It makes all of the difference.

Leo's Lego Coliseum 

Tristan and Communication in World War One

Ruben Presents Cryptography 

Cleo Shares Ancient Greece

Alec Shares his Expertise in Scratch

Leslie Isolates DNA From a Strawberry

Ayden Discusses Outer Space

Taylor Presents Cosmotology

Nick Studies Reading and the Brain 

CVU Registration

WCS 8th graders will receive an e-mail with a link to a Google survey before February 24th.  This survey acts as their 9th grade course registration.  Students will need to have their student ID numbers to complete the survey.

8th graders received this registration information when they met with the CVU guidance counselors in January.


Yearbooks on Sale

The yearbook sale ends on Wednesday, February 22nd.  Click here to purchase a yearbook online.


Me and My Special Someone Dance

February 11th from 6:30-8:30 PM
$10 per person
Click here for printable form




Student Work

Please enjoy a few more 5th and 6th grade narrative slideshows:



FAPAC January 2017 Meeting Highlights Information


The FAP Advisory Council held its monthly meeting on January 12th.  FAP is Williston's equivalent of a parent-teacher organization.  We meet each month, our meetings are open to all, and you will receive an email like this every month with highlights of the meeting.  Check the FAP website for the full minutes in a PDF format by clicking 
here.  The meeting was also recorded and is available for viewing online.
You can now follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@FAP_Williston)!
Below are the meeting highlights: 
FAP Chair:
The FAP would like to welcome our next chairperson, Emily Downing-Ponce!  Emily has graciously accepted the position for next school year and will be shadowing the remainder of the school year.

FAP Annual Fund:
We are still accepting online donations for the Annual Fund.  The Zimmerman Fund recently donated $2000 to the Annual Fund!  A reminder that the Annual Fund directly funds house accounts for field trips, guest speakers and other activities your child participates in.  EVERY student, in EVERY grade receives a direct benefit from the Annual Fund!
The link to donate to the Annual Fund can be found here.  We are currently at 39% participation – let’s bring that number up!

Upcoming Events:
Speaker Series: Mindful Self-Care & Stress Reduction for Parents & Caregivers” January 30th, 6:30 – 8:30 @ WCS Dining Room
This series will be led by Williston-based therapist, Angie Ferenc, MA LCMHC. - "While parenting can be full of joy, it can also leave us feeling stressed, anxious, overwhelmed and spread thin. In this 2 hr workshop we will explore the role of stress in our lives and the negative impact it has on the mind and body"

Big Basket Raffle: March 25th @ WCS
Planning is underway for this year’s Basket Raffle!  Jackie Parks and John Terko are hosting again.  Reminder to all that this is an Adult Only event.  The Swift House will be hosting a Fun Night that children in grades k – 4 can attend during the event. 

Williston Runs for Education: May 20th 
The committee is actively seeking additional people to help plan the event. Please contact kao_wolverine@yahoo.com for more info.

Administration Update:
Renovation Project: Hiring is underway for the construction management firm that will complete the renovation work.  As soon as the construction firm has been selected, we will begin developing the schedule for construction.  The plan is to start construction at the end of the school year.  More information will be provided soon! 

Penguin Plunge: WCS has formed a team for this year’s Penguin Plunge being held on February 4th and Greg Marino will be joining the team. Please consider making a pledge to the Vermont Special Olympics. Currently the team is at $5000.

School Board Update:
The Williston School Board has a regular board meeting on February 21st. The Williston School Board will continue until December 31, 2017 and the Spring ballot has two open seats.
The CVSD School Board met on January 17th for the final input to the budget.  Regular meetings will be held the first Tuesday of each month during the school year and will rotate meeting in a different town within the community.

Monday, January 9, 2017

January 6th

January Events

  • Friday, January 20th @ 1:45: CVU Counselors speak with WCS 8th Graders
  • Thursday, January 26th @ 6:30 pm: Swift Open House for ALL students
  • Friday, January 27th @ 6:30 pm:: Marko the Magician (DC Fundraiser)



SPARK Enrichment After School ~ Session 4 

The 4th session of Spark Enrichment, an after-school applied learning program for students in grades 5-8, takes place from January 19th - February 16th. These small group classes will be facilitated by school faculty and staff. Please access the link to the sign-up form below by January 17th.

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Sign-up form


Sound of Music Stage Crew 

Stage crew for the Sound of Music will hold its first meeting Monday, January 9th after school from 3-4:30 pm. This will be an informational meeting and schedules will be handed out as well as other paperwork. We will be meeting after school on Mondays and every other Saturday. Stage crew permission forms can be found outside the theater. Completed forms can be brought to a crew session or to the front office and put in the drama mailbox. Any questions, please contact Cathy Rylant at crylant@cssu.org or 310-5900.


One Last Look at Polar Express...

Thanks again for your service in support of the Vermont Children's' Trust.

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Student Work

5th and 6th Grade Illustrated Narratives

After finishing their narrative stories, 5th and 6th graders transferred them into slideshows and added illustrations.  The results are fantastic.  We will share many of the next few weeks and all 5th and 6th graders should add these to their portfolios (PLPs).












Watershed Videos

5th and 6th grade students created "Public Service Announcements" teaching the public about how to protect Lake Champlain from over-fertilization.

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Gunner's Lake Champlain PSA