Scholarship deadline fast approaching
VSAC reminds students to complete applications by March 7
Whether you want to study construction, music, fish and game management or holistic health, chances are there’s a scholarship that could help fund your education.
The Vermont Student Assistance Corp. administers more than 160 scholarships for Vermont organizations and individuals looking to help worthy students in their local communities or who share a common academic pursuit. But students need to act fast — the deadline for applying for the 2014-15 academic year is March 7.
“VSAC is the one-stop source for students and their families when it comes to talking about and financing education and training after high school,” said Scott Giles, president and CEO. “The scholarships that VSAC administers are a real benefit to accomplished students with academic goals in mind.”
Information on available scholarships and eligibility can be found in VSAC’s online brochure, Scholarships for Vermonters, available at vsac.org. VSAC also has links to complete the online unified scholarship application, or USA, and any required transcripts, recommendations or other documentation can be uploaded right at the VSAC website www.vsac.org. For more information, call 888-253-4819.
From Principal Laurie Singer
ADL’s 44th Annual Basketball Tournament was a huge success due to many helping hands. Many thanks go to Duncan and Karen Harvey who were our parents extraordinaire at overseeing the entire snack bar operation and many other details, the many parents/guardians/siblings/grandparents/alumni (the Kents) of our winter sport athletes who sold raffle tickets and worked the snack bar. Many staff members rounded out the helpers by providing crowd control, covering snack bar spots, taking photos and selling programs. Special recognition goes to Athletic Director Kevin Barber, administrative assistant Barb Edwards, and head custodian Rich Bigue as well as the rest of the custodial staff for the countless hours preparing for and working this event. Lastly, to our head cheerleader at the Dawg Pound, PE teacher Ashley Stebbins, the modeling of exhibiting school spirit in a positive manner loud enough to hear in the upper parking lot was an incredible feat. Clearly, this is an event not to miss, so mark the calendar for next year when ADL hosts the 45th Annual Tourney, Feb. 18-21, 2015.
Celebrating Creative Minds
Next Thursday, March 13, students from the communities of Essex, Essex Junction and Westford will be celebrating the arts at Essex High School from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The evening will feature performances in music, dance, drama, film and a huge display of visual art works from students in kindergarten through 12th grade. This celebration coincides with Arts in Our Schools Month and is a showcase for the artistic work of many of our young school age students. You won’t want to miss this amazing evening.
Spring student led conferences will take place on March 20 from 12-8 p.m. Additional information and a link to sign up on our school webpage is at www.ccsuvt.org/adl. Hopefully most parents and guardians will attend with their students on that day.
Enrichment/Extension Learning Opportunities
Over the past few months Mr. Bochanski and the staff at Hiawatha have had multiple discussions about the manner in which they have provided enrichment/extension to students at Hiawatha. All of Hiawatha’s classroom teachers and specialists work with purpose and intent in supporting enrichment and lesson extension within our classrooms and learning places. That said, they know that there is always room for improvement. One pathway that they have taken in their investigation of possible enrichment and extension learning opportunities is a web-based learning platform called the Kahn Academy. This is a free website that is available to anyone interested in learning more about many different content areas. Over the next few weeks, Mr. Bochanski will be working with the third-grade teachers and students in exploring enrichment and extension possibilities on this website. The goal is to begin with a small group of students, then slowly expand opportunities throughout all grade levels. They will be identifying students who demonstrate completion of class assignments and are able to work independently for periods of time. They will also continue to investigate other pathways in providing these types of enrichment and extension opportunities for students.
Hiawatha thanks the many volunteers at Hiawatha (over 100) who help to make our school a wonderful place to learn and grow. There are engineers from IBM, United Way volunteers, parent volunteers, ADL volunteers, and community volunteers working with staff to support all of the children. On behalf of our students, thank you!
The PTO met on Feb. 18 to continue planning its spring event — “Bingo and a Bowl for a Buck. Stay tuned for more information in early March. PTO meetings are held in the music room and childcare is available. Contact Rosalind Hutton for more information or how to volunteer for the PTO at email@example.com.
Simplicity Parenting Course Offered
Building Bright Futures of Chittenden County has passed along information to the school on parenting workshops available to parents in February and March. The Simplicity Parenting Series is an opportunity for parents of children ages 3-12 to explore ways to simplify their home life, deepen their relationship with their children, and create the family life they really want. Anne Shapiro, a Waldorf teacher with 20 years of teaching experience, a mother of three grown children and trained facilitator in Simplicity Parenting, will lead five workshops that will help parents learn how to slow down and experience how truly joyful a simplified life with children can be. For those interested in attending these workshops, call 985-2827, x12.
Essex Elementary School and Founders Memorial School will participate in the “Reading is an Investment” program. The schools are just two of 130 Vermont elementary schools that will participate in the program, which is sponsored by the Vermont State Treasurer’s Office.
The program offers students in kindergarten through sixth grades the opportunity to learn about money and basic financial concepts. The goal of the program is to promote the teaching of personal finance by providing elementary schools with quality children’s books that explore financial subjects and give tools to teachers and librarians that they can use to help kids make the connection between these stories and their individual lives. The educational focus for the 2013-2014 program is “Choices Have Costs and Benefits.” The featured books are: “Betty Bunny Wants Everything,” by Michael Kaplan; “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind,” by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer; and “The Can Man,” by Laura Williams.
Students who read at least three books from the list and complete personal reading requirements can send a completed reading log to the Treasurer’s Office for entry in a statewide drawing for one of 20 accounts in the Vermont Higher Education Investment Plan — Vermont’s official 529 college savings plan — in the amount of $250.
Librarians, Sara Jablonski and Carol Scrimgeour, will be submitting the completed reading logs before the deadline of March 15. The recommended reading list may be found on the State Treasurer’s website: www.MoneyEd.Vermont.gov. For more information contact Carol Scrimgeour at firstname.lastname@example.org or 857-2140.
A journey into snow
Does the thought of spending time in a shelter made of snow give you the chills? It shouldn’t. Sixth-grade students on the Journey team at Essex Middle School headed out on Feb. 7 to investigate just how warm snow can keep you.
The students were separated into seven groups and were given instructions to build a snow shelter that would fit all five to six members inside. The shelters also known as quinzees were made by gathering snow into a pile and then hollowing it out. Aside from having tons of fun the lab itself explored the insulating properties of snow. It also examined radiation properties and whether adding more people into the structure increased temperature.
When construction was completed, students measured the outdoor and indoor temperatures. They added one student at a time into the shelter and recorded the data after each one. Students found temperatures to be up to 10 degrees warmer inside compared to outside. In conclusion, snow acted like an insulator and humans do radiate heat.
Mrs. Kitchen’s and Mrs. Bacon’s third-grade team at Founders Memorial learned about economics when they created and ran their own business called Pet Love with profits benefiting Potter’s Angels Rescue. The team studied the roles of consumers and producers to see how all citizens play a part in the economy. Students produced homemade dog treats and cat toys that they sold at Founders. They also used biographies about dogs from Potter’s Angels Rescue to create Animoto videos that were shown to FMS students as advertisements and are currently being used by the rescue to promote their adoptable animals. Along with the videos, students wrote opinion pieces to convince consumers to buy the dog treats and cat toys. Math was used daily to calculate the number of products needed to reach a goal of raising $1,000, how to package and sell the products, and to track profit. All money from this fundraiser is being donated to the rescue. For more information, visit: www.pottersangelsrescue.org.
New England Common Assessment
NECAP assessment results have been received at the school and are currently being reviewed by the school’s data team. This state sponsored assessment was administered in October to all fourth- and fifth-grade students at Fleming. The NECAP individual student reports have been mailed home to parents/guardians with a letter of explanation regarding this assessment from the school district. Contact your child’s teacher with questions about how these assessment results align with your child’s current learning performance.
It is approaching the time of year when discussions about the 2014-2015 student placements begin. Learner Characteristics have been sent home with all fourth-grade students. Parent/guardian responses are included with school-based information as we undertake the process of assigning fourth-grade students to fifth-grade classes. Fifth-grade placements will be made within the same House Team.
Fleming Arts Celebrations
During the month of February the big spotlight was on the arts here at Fleming School. The winter instrumental concert and Fleming Dance Off performances were performed in front of full houses. We are very proud of our talented music and dance student-artists and grateful for the outstanding music and dance educators who teach the students to perform at their very best individually and as part of a team.
Student Council Advisor
Many thanks to Fleming parent Steph Teleen, who has been an advisor to the Fleming Student Council for the first half of the school year. Fleming is now looking for a new parent-volunteer to be a student council advisor and assist Principal Ryan in facilitating bi-weekly Student Council meetings on Friday mornings from 7:45-8:30 a.m. Contact Principal Ryan at 878-1316 if interested in assisting.
Chess Club Mentor Still Needed
Fleming would like to once again have a weekly chess club after school, but we are in need some adult mentors in order to offer this activity. If interested in volunteering, contact Principal Ryan at 878-1316.
Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction:
Mark your calendars for March 29 when Summit Street School will host a Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction from 8-10 a.m. Some auction items include:
- One night at The Essex (a $269 value)
- Gift Certificate from Phoenix Books
- 2 Gift Certificates from Grand Buffett
- 4 Admission Passes to the Montshire Museum
- 12 Month Membership to Planet Fitness Valued $120
- Catamount Center Summer Family Membership Valued at $250
100th Day of School
The 100th day of school was recently celebrated by students at Summit. The day was kicked off with an assembly featuring Mrs. Manz’s first-graders who shared photos from 100 years ago that children compared to life today. Around the school, children displayed their 100 project displaying 100 items in various ways. From 100 Cheerios glued to a piece of paper, to the number 100 using M&M’s. So much thought and creativity went into the making of these fabulous projects.
Students at Summit are enjoying using the newly purchased cross country skis that were acquired through donations from the Fun Run. Each morning children ask P.E. teacher Rosalind Hutton, “Are we going outside today?” Mrs. Hutton appreciates the hours of assistance from Summit parent Eric Bowker whose family owns the Catamount Family Center in Williston. The children are truly enjoying this experience. Many families have taken the opportunity to “sign out” skis on Friday for weekend enjoyment in the snow.
Third-graders in Ms. Peterson’s social studies class are studying the Champlain Valley. Students learn about how this region has changed from a geological and cultural perspective. They learn about the first people to arrive in this area during the Paleolithic Period, around 7,000 B.C., just after the Ice Age. Comparing and contrasting life includes learning about survival by hunting for food. (Did you know mammoths used to live in Vermont?) This period eventually turned to the Archaic Period when the climate changed; glaciers fully melted, and trees began to grow. Smaller animals moved to the area and the hunting and living conditions changed. The next period students will study is the Woodland Period. Native Americans who lived in Vermont at this time were known as the Abenaki and across Lake Champlain were called the Iroquois. This is a meaningful way for students to learn about Vermont’s past.
Tuesday, March 11 – PTO meeting starting at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 13 – Ms. Turcot’s class presents at assembly starting at 8:15 a.m.
Friday, March 14 – Second-grade trip to the Audubon Center; bus leaves at 8:45 a.m.
Save the date!
Save this date: Thursday, March 13 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
The Arts Faculties of Essex Junction, Essex Town and Westford Schools will host the opening night of The Annual Arts Showcase “Celebrating Creative Minds” at Essex High School.
This production will feature visual art, music, theatre, film and dance created and performed by the talented youth of our schools: Summit Street, Hiawatha, Thomas Fleming, Westford, Albert D. Lawton, Essex High School, and Essex Elementary, Founders Memorial and Essex Middle School.
There will be a K-12 exhibition of 2-D and 3-D visual art in the library and the main hallways. Film presentations will be shown in the AV space located in the library. Musical performances will be taking place in the gym, theatre and dance will be presented in the auditorium.
Schedule of events:5:30-5:50 p.m. Chorus 6:00-6:20 p.m. Orchestra 6:30-6:50 p.m. Band 7:00-7:20 p.m. Dance 7:30-7:50 p.m. Drama 8-8:30 p.m. Improv comedy .
EHS Performing Arts presents Cabaret Night and a one-act
Essex High School performing arts department will present a double-bill next Friday, March 14. The evening will begin with Cabaret Night in the cafeteria at 6:30 p.m. produced by Glory Reinstein. Desserts and beverages will be served while music students entertain. The One-Act play entitled “Sailing to Alderaan,” will be presented at 8 p.m. in the auditorium. This original play was written by local playwright and actress Kathryn Blume and directed by Susan Palmer with music adaptations by senior, Annie Beliveau. It centers on a young man who finds his voice through a strange and magical adventure. Tickets are $10 general admission, which covers both events and can be purchased from choral students or at the main office at any time. Proceeds will benefit the choral trip to New York City. For further information, call 857-7000, x1581.