Saturday, September 19, 2015

September 19, 2015

Save the Date

Please take note of these upcoming evening or weekend Swift House events for your future planning.  Thanks!
  • Friday, October 2nd- Swift House hosts Fun Night- see below
  • Thursday, November 5th @ 6:30 pm- Swift House Theater Festival
  • Sunday, December 13th, 11:30-3:45- Swift House volunteers as elves for the Polar Express (more info to come)
  • Thursday, January 28th @ 6:30 pm- Swift House Open House for all students and parents
  • Friday, March 4th @ 6:30 pm- Swift House sponsors WCS dance- volunteers needed


Our First Fundraiser ~ Fun Night~ October 2nd

Our October 2, Fun Night is quickly approaching (click here for School Bell announcement)!! This is a very successful fundraiser for Swift House. We need volunteers to help facilitate a fun evening for the kids. Please take a look our sign-up sheet for the many areas in which you and your student can volunteer & donate items. Add your name(s) in the designated spot to sign on. We could not pull this off without the wonderful support from all Swift families.

The funds raised through Fun Night go towards our NYC trip in June.  All families attending the trip are asked to help with multiple fundraisers before the trip.  Fun Night is honestly a fun way to start this process.

We also need small toys, gently loved stuffed animals, stickers and various trinkets for our prize table. What a great chance to clean these things out of your house!  Please leave in WCS front office or Swift House project room.


Curriculum Night

We had a great turnout for Curriculum Night, where we discussed our schedule, technology, communications, portfolios, and parent involvement.  Click on the image below to see our slide show. Please contact your son or daughter's core teacher if you would like additional information.



8th Grade Challenge Kick-Off

Ms. Laberge introduced Swift House 8th graders to the 8th Grade Challenge Project last week.  They reviewed the major components of the project, which include the following:

  • Research and Writing: Students gather a wide variety of resources to research their topics, including interviews, then write an in-depth report on their topic
  • Mentor: Students identify and access a mentor who is an expert in their topic to support them throughout the year
  • Community Connection: Students develop a project related to their topic that provides service to an audience beyond the classroom

When brainstorming topics, students should consider if their topic will encompass all major aspect listed above.  For example, a topic too broad or narrow can make researching difficult.  Previous projects have included everything from sports medicine, book publishing, baking, graphic design, emerging technologies and much, much more.  

Each 8th grader now has an "8th Grade Challenge" class within Google Classroom.  The first due date is the "Kick Off Form," on October 30th.  They need a parent signature and their mentor's name in order to complete this.  Students will then collect resources and begin their research throughout the fall.  Their report and visual will be due during the Independent Project unit in January.  

The spring provides a chance for further research and making connections for an interview in NYC if they are going on the field trip.  The community connection component can happen throughout the school year, based on what works best for the project.  The 8th Grade Challenge Project will culminate with a 20 minute presentation to community members the last week of school.

To see the "Kick Off Form," rubric and the due dates through our January Open House, click here.  To read the full "8th Grade Challenge Handbook" click here.



No comments:

Post a Comment