Saturday, March 30, 2013

March 29, 2013

Wretches and Jabberers

All Swift House students watched the documentary "Wretches and Jabberers" on Wednesday and met the two men from the documentary, Tracy Thresher, 42, and Larry Bissonnette, 52.  Their stories are moving ones.  Both of these men, who have autism, grew up at a time when they were presumed "retarded" and excluded from normal schooling.  "With limited speech, they both faced lives of social isolation in mental institutions and adult disability centers.  When they learned as adults to communicate by typing, their lives changed dramtically.  Their world tour message is that the same possibility exists for others like themselves."  (wretchesandjabberers.org)

This was a powerful experience for our students and they were articulate about their learning from the afternoon's presentation.


DC Fundraiser- Basket Raffle Fun Night - April 13, 2013

 

We are still in need of student and parent volunteers for the Fun Night.  Please click here to volunteer. 



Parent Conferences

If you haven't already, please sign up for a parent conference using the link on the right.  We will call parents later in the week if you have not signed up. 

Science Fair

The seventh and eighth graders did a wonderful job participating in the science fair.  Winners will be known next week and we will put it in next week's Swift Flyer.

Observer

The April 4th edition of The Observer will highlight articles from Williston School District students.  Be sure to take some time to read it!

Eighth Grade Challenge Projects

David Roy has distributed collection boxes for the Williston Food Shelf in all the WCS teams.  He would love for students to each bring in a nonperishable item.  David's Eighth Grade Challenge is about "Starting a Business"

Zachary Varricchione has organized a Swift House T-shirt order.  It has been many years since we have done this.    Each shirt is $15 and a part of the cost will go to the Vermont Children's Hospital.  Click on the link above for the order form.  It was also attached to the Friday Slips this week.

The New Design








New Humanities (Literature, Writing, SS) Classes Start This Week

New humanities groups will start this week.  The 5/6 students will focus on life in colonial America and the 7/8th graders will focus on WWII.  Be sure to ask them about these new groups.


Stock Market Update

 

We have gone down in the rankings this week!!  Hopefully, students will log on during school (or at home) to look at the stocks in their portfolios.  We are not spending class time on this anymore, but would like students to continue to buy or sell.  The last day is April 12th!

 

 Top five 7/8 Teams

Team A244-Jackie, Annie, Chiara Al, Hannah
Team A242-Aaron W, Brock W, Matthew M.,  Cam L
Team A232-Mystery???  Jeff's second portfolio???
Team A245-Julia, Ella, Nina, Annabelle
Team A231-Alyse, Eliza, Julia N, Molly


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 A259-Hannah, JoJo, Bray, Caroline
Team A258- Silas, Isaac, Chase
Team A253-Alix, Bryant,  Madi


FAP Basket Raffle


This is the last week for parents to bring in Basket Raffle Donations.  Here are the core group "baskets":

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




Pictures from the Week

 
Mariah S. introduces the documentary, "Wretches and Jabberers".  She is studying autism for her 8th Grade Challenge Project.


Larry (left) and Tracy (right) communicate via iPads.  They both have their support team "Harvey and Pascal" with them.  Students asked questions and they responded via typing. 

Our own Paraprofessional, Katie Palmer, led a stretch break with Tracy, between the documentary and the question/answer session.

 

  

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