Friday, March 22, 2013

March 22, 2013

Portfolios/Reports/Conferences

 

Portfolios went home last week (If students had finished compiling evidences for their personal plan goals), so it is now time to sign up for conferences.  Click on the link to the right and sign up.  If there isn't a time that is convenient, please email your child's core teacher.


3/27 Community Budget Forum

 

There is a community budget forum on Wednesday, March 27th at 6:30 in the WCS Dining Room.

 If any parents have questions regarding how iPads might be integrated into the classroom,  if the WCS budget ends up with 1:1 iPads for some students at WCS, please contact Amy Skapof or Julie Longchamp.  We were both involved in the committee meetings and would gladly engage in conversation.   There are many resources on on 1:1 iPads on the WSD homepage (www.wsdvt.org) which are very informative.

Nina, Our Visiting Thai Scholar

 

Our students really enjoyed their first class (out of three) with Nina.  The first class focused on geography and culture.  Our second class is about Thai festivities and decorations.  Students will be creating some of these decorations.  Our final class will be about Thailand during WWII.

Our Thai Scholar, Nina.

Nina showing us her 24-hour long trip to get to the United States!

Williston Observer- WCS Reports!

Next week's Observer will be written by Williston School District Students.  Swift House contributed to the Opinion pieces.


Science Fair Update

The seventh and eighth graders have been busy preparing for the science fair, which is this Thursday at 6 pm.


Argument Writing Update

Students in grades 5/6 are writing  Argument pieces, following the new Common Core State Standards.  Some students created a "mini" version (100 words) of their piece for the Williston Observer.  Final drafts are due March 28th.


Big Basket Raffle

Collections for the 13th annual Big Basket Raffle and Silent Auction are underway!  

This is one of FAP’s biggest fundraisers of the year, with proceeds distributed as grants to
teachers and other FAP programs for the benefit of WCS/ABS students. Items donated
by our Williston School District families will be made into beautiful themed baskets that
will be raffled off at the BIG BASKET RAFFLE on Saturday, April 13th, 2013.

We ask each family to donate one (or more) item(s) that relate to your class theme:  See the March 8th blog for specific examples of what might go in each basket.

Mrs. Donnelly's Core:  Family Handyperson
Ms. Longchamp's Core:  Motor Trends
Mrs. Laberge's Core:  Get Organized
Mrs. Skapof's Core:  Fishing Frenzy


Stock Market Update and InvestWrite Essay

 There were many changes this week!  The 7/8th graders top five portfolios are in second place for the state.  The 5/6 graders are in seventh place for the state.  Below are this week's rankings.













 Top five 7/8 Teams

Team A242-Aaron W, Brock W, Matthew M.,  Cam L- 3rd place in region and 2nd in Swift House
Team A244-Jackie, Annie, Chiara Al, Hannah
Team A231-Alyse, Eliza, Julia N, Molly
Team A240-Riley, Carly, Alexis, Mariah
Team A235-Brendan C, Jordan M


Top five 5/6 Teams

Team A254-Olivia O, Zach S, Prince- 1st Place in region and in Swift House!
Team A248-Lily, Joe, Eve, Bekah
Team A258- Silas, Isaac, Chase
Team A259-Hannah, JoJo, Bray, Caroline
Team A253-Alix, Bryant,  Madi


Students are busy writing an essay about the Stock Market Game experience.  The essay asks them to think critically about a stock that they either bought or bought and then sold.  How might their portfolio been different if they had done the opposite.  For example, if they bought a stock and held onto it, instead of selling it, how would that have impacted their portfolio?  What world events might have contributed to this?  This requires some independent research.  There is a minimum and maximum word limit to the contest, and Mrs. Donnelly and I will select no more than 10 from each class to submit.  There are some very nice prizes! 


Ms. Longchamp's Core Journals on Kidblog

 

Any parent from Ms. Longchamp's Core Group (or other visitors) who would like to read and comment on student journals are welcome to.  Log onto kidblog at: 

http://kidblog.org/MsLongchampsCoreGroup/

Select Swift Guest as the name and the password is "swift".  Your child can help you.  There are some funny stories, as well as six word sentences.  It would empower students to write knowing the audience is real.  Your comments can be private or open.  Thanks in advance for visiting!

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