Saturday, October 8, 2016

October 7th, 2016

Swift House Fundraising Meeting

Our Swift FAP representative, Shelly Masson, will be hosting the fundraising brainstorming meeting on Wednesday, October 12 at 7:30 PM at 173 Raven Circle in Williston. Anyone is welcome to come.  Please e-mail Shelly if you have questions.

Please mark your calendar for October 28th- our first Fun Night.  We will need trinkets for prizes and many parent and student volunteers.


Theater Update

We have stage managers and technical roles determined for both Midsummer Night's Dream and Phantom Tollbooth.  Those students with large leadership roles will begin in these roles on Monday.

We also completed auditions on Friday and working to finalize our casts, which will be posted Monday.  Any student who auditioned for a speaking role will have lines on stage!  Those with smaller parts will start with a literature group focused on their play on Monday while those in larger parts will begin rehearsals immediately.  We thank you in advance for supporting students to be accepting of the roles they receive.  Not everyone will get their dream part but we have found parts for all!


WCS Candidate Forum

Eight candidates for various Vermont offices came to WCS Friday morning to field questions from our students.  The candidates include Senator Leahy, Congressman Peter Welch, Deb Bucknan (running for Attorney General), David Zuckerman (running for Lieutenant Governor), Scott Milne (running for US Senate), State Treasurer Beth Pearce, Randy Brock  (running for Lieutenant Governor), and Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan.

Seventh and eighth graders prepared questions and each team selected two students to address the candidates.  Claire Goldman and Matt Yandow represented Swift House quite professionally.

Fifth and sixth graders created hand-drawn posters for the candidates which lined the hallways, the auditorium and the front of the stage.  Candidates signed many of these posters which students may now bring home.  You can see the full forum here on the RETN website.

The panel responding to student quesitons

Claire G addresses the panel with her question

Franny K and Philip N assisted RETN produce the live stream

Senator Leahy with Emma, Taylor and Shelby

Senator Leahy with Aria, Gabby and Kahlyn




Student Work

Seventh and eighth graders were asked to create a model demonstrating how matter and energy flows through living organisms through the process of photosynthesis and respiration. 

Olivia O's Photosynthesis Model


Nora's Model with Molecules

Nora's Model with Symbols

Ethan's Model with Marshmallows
Students in the lit group "Because of Winn Dixie" demonstrate their vending machines which highlight characteristics of protagonists in the book. Students designed the machines to highlight characteristics that are inferred from what the character says or does in the book.

Savannah's machine

Dylans' machine

Students in Lord of the Flies created projects to highlight the overarching themes of the book, such as survival and conflict.

Elliott, Aria and Amelia test their board game

Nick Parker and Aiden G analyze events with a map



8th Grade Field Trip

Our 8th graders will enjoy an overnight 8th trip together this Spring at the Ridin-Hy Ranch Resort in Lake George, New York. This will be a celebratory trip in a relaxed, supervised environments with lots and lots of fun activities. Swimming, fishing, boating, horse back riding, crafts, horse shoes etc.

Throughout the course of this year there will be several fundraisers that will directly benefit lowering the costs of this trip. The first one is a Fall Festival coming up in October. 8th parents and students are needed to work at this event.

Please use the link below to sign-up and help. The link is http://signup.com/go/LSyKKs








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