Friday, February 21, 2014

February 20th

Faculty/Student Basketball Game

The week ended with an exciting showdown between WCS 8th grade basketball players and four teams of faculty players.  As you probably heard the students won in a close match to the finish.  Of course, the highlight of our game was Mr. Glass' dunk (done by request!).  Thank you to Bryce D for capturing this on video.


Swift House Theater Festival- Save the Date

Save the date for our annual Swift House Theater Festival: Thursday, April 3rd at 6:30 pm in the Al Myer's Theater.  There will be two performances: Macbeth and Twisted Fairy Tales.  Macbeth is an adapted version of Shakespeare's classic.  The Twisted Fairy Tales are written by Swift House students. 

Auditions will be help when we return from vacation.  Students choose whether or not they audition for a speaking role.  Either way, all students will have a part on the stage.  They may also apply to have a technical role, helping with costumes, sound, lights, directing and stage managing.  Rehearsals will begin on Monday, March 10th.  For the first three weeks of the Theater Festival all rehearsals will take place during our literature time so no other classes are disrupted.  Student directors and those with large speaking roles will start rehearsing full time on March 10th, while those with smaller roles will spend their first weeks completing a literary study of the plays and themes.  This is always an exciting time of the year and we thank you in advance for any help with rehearsing lines and sending in costume pieces!

Field Trip the the Flynn

On Wednesday, March 5th all Swift House students will attend a field trip to the Flynn to see the Golden Dragon Acrobats. This field trip is funded through donations from families to the Annual Fund (Williston Schools Annual Fund).  Families are asked to make a one-time donation of $45(a suggested amount), which covers Swift house field trips we have taken and hope to take this year. If you have not already made a donation, you can send a check to your Swift TA, made out to Williston FAP.  The permission slip was attached to Wednesday's greensheet.  If you need another copy, please click here.

"Rooted in more than 2,000 years of history and folk tradition, acrobatics are a vital thread in the fabric of Chinese arts and culture. Cirque Ziva is the newest creation of the Golden Dragon Acrobats of China and represents the best of this time-honored art form. Blending traditional and modern acrobatics, dance, aerial stunts, contortion, spectacular costumes, and ancient and contemporary music, Cirque Ziva is a breathtaking show that celebrates the richness of Chinese culture." -Flynncenter.org




Dialogue Night

WCS Dialogue Night Co-Sponsored by FAP
Wednesday March 12th 6PM - 7:45PM 
WCS Dining Room

Come to the annual Dialogue Night to get a true picture of the issues concerning WCS 6th-8th grade students, including specific data on bullying, dieting and student perceptions about the dangers of alcohol at WCS. Vermont Kids Against Tobacco (VKAT) students will share their assessment of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey data for our school. With the help of students from LEAD and AWOD, parents and students will then talk in small groups and decide what topic they would like to discuss for the “dialogue”.

Parents and their children will be seated at different tables in order to enrich these conversations about adolescent issues. There will be door prizes for students and adults. For the pizza part of the evening, 6-6:15PM, please RSVP to Sarah, SAP Counselor, sklionsky@cssu.org or 878-2762 x5708, by Monday 3/10


Student Coding Group

Dan Goldman, father of two Swift students, has volunteered to lead a small group of students in a coding project.   Interested students were asked to write a paragraph about why they are interested and get permission from their math teacher to participate as this will happen during math class once per week.  This group will start meeting in March.  Thank you, Mr. Goldman.

Science Update

Students have been learning about cells this month.  Fifth and sixth graders we have focused on how all living things are made of cells, and that organisms can be single-celled or multi-cellular.  They were surprised to learn how diverse the single-celled organisms can be! Using the microscopes, we looked at our own cheek cells and at onion cells as well.  Seventh and eighth graders focused on osmosis, watching how salt water causes an onion cells to loose it's water.  They also examind onion root tips to see mitosis, or cell division, in action.  They following are images taken by students using cell phone cameras pointed into the microscopes.

Isaac's Cheek Cell

Microscope Practice with the Letter "e"

Red Onion Cells at x40 magnification

More Onion Cells


FAPAC February Meeting Highlights


To: Swift Parents
From: Liz Neeld and Sarah Forbes, FAPAC Representatives

The FAP Advisory Council held its monthly meeting on February 13th. As we've stated before, 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.  Below are a few meeting highlights:

Administration Report -- Jackie Parks and Walter Nardelli both attended this month's FAPAC meeting. They briefed us on school pictures bids, 1st/2nd grade placement, traffic issues at WCS, safety changes for some doors, and NECAP scores. Walter and Jackie both talked about the school budget that has been proposed for the next school year, which has also been described in the School Bell and in the Williston Observer. Please check out the full minutes for full discussion of all these issues.

Don’t Forget to Vote — Vote on the School Budget and the Town Budget on Tuesday, March 4th. You can also vote earlier—just go into Town Hall.

Annual Fund — The Annual Fund is now up to $23,330. In addition to individual donations from families (which can still be sent in), money from shopping on Amazon will go into the fund along with money from the Ake’s Tavern monthly fundraiser. Here is the Amazon link in case you need it: AMAZON LINK 

Upcoming Events:
  • March 21st FAP Variety Show 
  • March 24th Parent Workshop with Stan Davis—Save the Date for this great opportunity. Will be held 6:30 to 8:30 in the evening. More information to follow! 
  • March 29th Voyager House Garage Sale 
  • April 12th FAP Big Basket Raffle 

 Please contact Liz, lneeld711@gmail.com or Sarah, sarahforbesdesign@comcast.net if you have feedback or questions on FAP. Thanks.

Unclaimed Boots

There were two large sized, high quality pairs of boots in the Swift House kiva for the past two weeks (one pair of Keen, another black with thick soles).  We brought them to the school lost and found in the front lobby so people can access them during vacation.  Someone, somewhere must be missing these!

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