Thursday, June 22, 2017

June 20, 2017

A Busy Last Week 

We are so proud of our (now graduated) 8th graders!  Last Tuesday they each presented their 8th Grade Challenge Projects to panels of community members.  Our 8th graders were knowledgeable, passionate and poised.  The community panelists were beyond impressed.

8th Grade Challenge Community Presentation Program

Panelists including former Swift teachers, students and parents, 
as well as mentors and grandparents!

All students then presented their work on Tuesday evening's Open House.  Thank you, parents, for being an excellent audience for these students.

Shahin introduces his 8th Grade Challenge Project in the auditorium

Tristan presents his project on the Space Race, having visited the Air and Space Museum in DC

Peyton presents about D-Day, having visited the WWII monuments in DC 

We celebrated the 8th Graders again at Sandbar State Park with unique awards for each one of them, along with an amazing lunch and perfect weather.   We owe a HUGE thank you to parent Chris Lablanc for bringing our picnic to whole new levels.  Not only did he bring his own grill, he brought a fryer too so we could have fresh french fries!

Chris and Dylan Lablanc grilling burgers and making fresh-cut french fries!  Amazing!

Olivia, Melaina, Ashleigh, Cleo and Franny at Sandbar

Bene, Sedira and Jacob relaxing 

Stephen spikes the ball at Sandbar
Logan and Hayden

Students presenting 8th Grader Awards

Ms. Bliss

We also said goodbye to Ms. Bliss this week as she wraps up her position as the Swift House TA.  She did an amazing job of filling in for Lisa Barland.  We will certainly see her around school as she will continue to sub.

We'll miss you, Ms. Bliss!

Washington DC 

Our trip to DC allowed for many wonderful experiences, with each student having their own schedule and so much to see!  8th graders all scheduled interviews with experts in a field related to their 8th grade challenge.  All others visited a site related to their independent project research.  Between the 62 students who attended we visited every major site in the city!

James, Leo and Peyton at the Washington Monument

Logan, Charlie and Peyton at the WWII Memorial 

Ruben at his interview with the curator at the Spy Museum.  

Nick at his interview at the Library of Congress

Alec, Philip, James and Leo at the Botanical Garden

Jagger, Gosha, Ethan, Emma, Sedira, Ella, Nora, Claire and Lily at Camden Yards

Swift meeting with Senator Leahy on the Capitol Steps 

Sedira at her interview at the Washington Children's Hospital

Emma interviewing neurologists at DC hospital 

"Home Team" Activities

The home team studied the importance of bees while others were in DC.  Their research included a presentation from an beekeeper, a trip to bee hives at Adam's Farm, an open house for other WCS students and a trip to the Montshire Museum!  
Honeybee Open House

Olivia and Savannah with the Montshire bee hive 

Olivia, Melaina and Henry blowing bubbles at the Montshire

Demi and Emma at the Montshire

Common Sense Media

Looking for good family resources related to digital media this summer?  The Common Sense Media site has excellent family resources focused on technology use, particularly social media.  Examples include: 


To see our photo albums from Sandbar State Park, Washington DC, our "Hometeam" adventures and more, click on our Shutterfly site.  The password, as always, is flyforever.  


We will send home core placement and Grand Isle Campout information in our summer mailing in mid-July.  Also note that all of our e-mail accounts (students and teachers) have changed.

  • Students: 
  • Faculty:

And Finally...

Swift House is completely cleared out.

Ms. Laberge's Room

Storage Container

Tables headed to storage

Ms. Donnelly's room is empty!

Waiting for demolition

The teachers' office!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

June 2, 2017

Upcoming Events

  • June 1st-2nd: WCS 8th Grade Celebration Trip 
  • June 5th-9th: Swift DC Trip and "Hometeam" Theme Week 
  • Tuesday, June 13th: 8th Grade Challenge Daytime Presentations for Community Panels 
  • Tuesday, June 13th @ 6:30 pm: Open House for ALL Swift Students 
  • Thursday, June 15th: Swift Picnic @ Sand Bar State Park, honoring our 8th Graders 
  • Thursday, June 15th: Last Day of School for 8th Graders 
  • Thursday, June 15th @ 6:30 pm: 8th Grade Graduation 
  • Friday, June 16th: Last Day of school for K-7 (half-day)

Open House

Our June Open House will begin in the auditorium at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, June 13th with introductions from the 8th graders.  We will then head to Swift House so all students can share their projects.  We will see Independent Projects, DC Projects and 8th Grade Challenge Projects.  All students should attend this final celebration of learning for the 2016-2017 school year.

8th Grade Challenge Presentations

8th Graders will present their projects to community members on June 13th starting at 10:00.  We have some wonderful former Swift parents and teachers joining us as part of the community panel.  We would still love more panelists!  Please e-mail Stephanie if you can attend.

The GMDA Youth Ultimate Frisbee Summer League

The Green Mountain Disc Alliance (GMDA) Youth Ultimate Summer League is an outdoor coed league that is open to youth players of all levels, including brand new players. If you have any questions that aren't addressed on this site, please contact the GMDA Board.

  • Dates/Times: Tuesdays June 27th, 2017 - August 1, 2017: 6 total nights, 4 pm to 5:45 pm 
  • Cost: $35, includes a jersey. 
  • Refunds: Considered on a case by case basis. Contact the GMDA to request a refund. 
  • Team Formation: Teams will be posted approximately 1 week before league starts. Players will be contacted via email before the first game. 
  • Format: Either 5 Boys and 2 Girls, or 4 Boys and 3 Girls - offense chooses. As long as either team has 3 or fewer women players in a game, because of injury or absence, that game will be 5:2. 
  • Age Restrictions: To play in Youth Summer League you must be at least 13 years of age by 8/1/17 and not turn 19 before 8/1/17.
To register, or for more information click here.

Continental Math

Congratulations to our participants!  They received their certificates from Julie Rogers recently. Awards will be announced at the awards ceremony in June.

Ayden, Jacob, Grace, Asa, Izzy, Stephen, Nic

Poetry Slam

See the next three posts for photos of our 3rd Annual Poetry Slam in the Al Myers Theater.  Students shared their poems on stage for their peer audience.  Poems ranged from silly to thoughtful, quiet to lively.  We were so impressed with how many kids took the risk to get up stage and read their writing!

Friday, June 2, 2017