ADL teacher honored as one of Vermont’s Outstanding Science Teachers of the Year
The Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering has named two teachers as Vermont’s Outstanding Science Teachers of the Year for 2015. Kathleen Legg, of Albert D. Lawton Intermediate School in Essex Junction, and Dana Maria Dezotell, of Missisquoi Valley Union High School in Swanton, were honored at a ceremony at the University of Vermont on Oct. 15.
Legg earned a Masters degree in Education from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She has taught seventh- and eighth-grade math, physical science and life science at the Lawton Intermediate School for eight years.
“Kathleen integrates technology into her teaching curriculum and uses an interdisciplinary, inquiry-based approach to ensure that her students see the relevance of science in the world around them, says Lawton Principal Laurie Singer. Legg is a “teacher-leader” who sits on several curriculum committees for the district, is actively involved in the STEAM (Science, Technology, Education, Arts and Math) initiative, and has served as a mentor in various teacher education programs around the state.
Dezotell earned a Master’s degree in Education in 2009 from Union Institute and University in Montpelier, Vt. She has since taught science to ninth- through 12th-graders at the Missisquoi Valley Union High School where she implements innovative classroom practices based on current research, and provides students with a wide window into the world of science through regular field trips. Dezotell is a valuable member of the Science Teachers Association, both in Vermont and nationwide, and is the founder and President of the Challenger Learning Center of Vermont. According to James Daly, Science and Agriculture Department Leader at MVUHS,
“Dana is dedicated to strengthening science programming throughout the state by offering students unique experiences, such as space mission simulations and STEM skill development. She is indeed a most deserving recipient of this honor.”
The Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering (VASE) was commissioned in 1995 by Governor Howard Dean to recognize outstanding achievements in, and contributions to, science and engineering by Vermonters. The Academy is dedicated to fostering the understanding of scientific and technical matters among all Vermonters. Each year, VASE recognizes and honors two outstanding science teachers, one at the K-8 level and one at the 9-12 level.
Legg and Dezotell were presented with their awards at VASE’s annual fall meeting on Wednesday at 5 pm in the Davis Auditorium of the Medical Education Center Pavilion at the University of Vermont.
ETSDMonday, October 27 What: School Board Meeting Where: Founders Memorial School Library When: 7 p.m.
.Wednesday, October 29 What: Parenting on Track Workshop Where: Founders Memorial School When: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
CCSUFriday, October 24 What: PTO Spaghetti Dinner and Book Fair Where: Summit Street School When: 5-7 p.m.
.October 24–27: What: Book Fair open Where: Summit Street School When: 7:30-8 a.m. and 2:45-3:30 p.m.
.Friday, October 31 What: Fall Fun Run Where: Summit Street School When: Afternoon
From Principal Laurie Singer
This time of the school year finds our fall sports winding down the season and we have a little breather before basketball and cheerleading begin. Two additional activities we’ll be starting soon are a Hip Hop Club that will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:10-7:45 a.m. in the gym and Volleyball Club, which will begin as an intramural activity in November and then will operate as a club in between the winter and spring interscholastic sports seasons. Stay tuned for start dates and times for these activities. Seventh graders, new eighth graders at ADL this year and their families have two more
opportunities to attend a technology information meeting that will allow students to bring netbooks or Chromebooks home during the school year.
District Music Festival Auditions
Students auditioning for the District III Music Festival have begun preparing for band auditions that will take place at ADL on Nov. 1 at 9 a.m. Chorus and string student auditions will take place in school over the next couple of weeks. The festival is scheduled for Jan. 30 and 31, 2015.
Save The Date
The ADL Band will have their first performance of the year on Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. The Fall Band Concert will be preceded by the seventh-grade service learning project called “Empty Bowls.” Seventh-grade students have been working for some time preparing for this night making bowls, cooking food, advertising, and writing songs about poverty and hunger. Money raised at this annual event will be donated to the Heavenly Food Shelf for use purchasing products for their work. In addition to these two events, the Parents as Partners will sponsor a Book Fair in the gym lobby as well. More information will appear in future issues of The Essex Reporter. This will be a great opportunity to help out our neighbors in need and enjoy a night of great band music. The jazz band, wind ensemble and concert band will perform.
Second- and third-graders at Hiawatha recently spent a week practicing bike riding skills and learning about bike safety. We were fortunate enough to have the Kohl’s Kid’s Bike Smart Trailer at Hiawatha for the first week of October. The bike trailer is powered by Local Motion and is equipped with enough bikes and helmets for an entire class. For further information and to learn more about this program visit www.localmotion.org.
The next PTO meeting will take place on Nov. 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the music room. All are welcome. Families-keep collecting those Box Tops For Education – it’s an easy way to earn money for the PTO.
Nov. 14 is the Third Grade Talent Show
To all families, the PreK playground is for PreK children only. Thank you for your attention.
The students at Summit Street School are working hard to earn ‘sun bands,’ which they can earn when they demonstrate safe, kind and responsible behavior. To celebrate this positive behavior, all the students at Summit have had a combined afternoon on the playground and went on a ‘Sun Band Parade’ around the community.
Ask your child: “What have you been doing to earn ‘sun bands’ for your class and school?”
This week students in Eve Trombley’s classroom received their first letters from Virginia Yandell’s second-grade class at Essex Elementary School. When Trombley started teaching, she was Yandell’s long-term sub while she was on maternity leave. The two thought that it would be a great way to integrate communities, and the children have had a great time reading and writing letters to their ‘pals.’
Mrs. Dall’s Classroom
Beth Dall’s class has been busy gathering beautiful fall leaves of various varieties to examine in the classroom.
Over the last two weeks, Susan Filipek’s students have spent time measuring objects around their room with rulers, yardsticks and measuring tapes. Students worked alone and with partners to record their findings in both inches and centimeters. They also had an opportunity to measure a gummy worm. First they measured its original length, then stretched it and re-measured it. Over the next couple of weeks students will continue to work on this unit and solve word problems involving measurement. Most of the students can now also tell time to the hour and half hour consistently, and will be working on telling time in five-minute intervals.
Students in kindergarten recently spent time at a pumpkin patch on a beautiful fall day. The corn maze was so much fun and the students learned some very important navigational skills. Mary Whitcomb, the owner of the farm, also explained the process of growing and harvesting pumpkins.
Essex Middle School Students Taste Test Kale
Sixth-graders currently taking Family and Consumer Science class recently made two recipes using kale grown in the EMS School Garden. The recipes were taste tested in the cafeteria during sixth-grade lunch. Student chefs surveyed the taste testers and found that 77 percent of those who tasted the meal thought the Kale Pesto Pasta and Kale Sweet Potato Pizza were outstanding and would eat both again. This activity was the part of an initiative to expose students to different types of new foods.
FMS Field Days
Students at FMS had a great time with the Annual Field Days this year. They’re activities included an egg race, tug of war on the ropes, jumping the hurdles race, relay race, jumping in place for distance, piggy back riding, short speed races and more. All of these events provided for great community building activities for the students and staff at Founders.
Kick-Off. Pass. Steal. Goal. This is the language heard on the physical education field at Founders Memorial School as students play soccer. Grades 3-5 have been engaged in this traditional fall sport for several weeks. Spectacular foliage and pleasant weather have added to the experience. This sport has become so popular that it is played by a wide range of ages and is a favorite choice of playground activities, recreation and youth league play, and summer camps.
The physical education unit focuses on developing fundamental skills, safety, simple strategies and teamwork. There are several critical concepts to consider in planning the practice sessions and among them are the following, according to the NASPE Organization: a) Change in motor skills occurs gradually over many years. b) Getting better at motor skills requires lots of practice. c) Bigger, stronger people may be better at some skills due to their size. d) It is better to focus on movement form than result; the outcome will improve as form improves. e) Working together helps partners get better at motor skills. f) Movement skill development influences social skill development and vice versa. g) Learning many different motor skills gives people more choices for movement as they grow older. h) Finally, learning to enjoy motor skills when young helps people to enjoy them as they grow older. Everyone, let’s play.
Submitted by Deanna Thibodeau, Physical Education teacher at FMS
Celebrate My Drive
Essex High School has asked students to commit to safe driving by taking part in ‘Celebrate My Drive’ powered by State Farm Insurance. Through Oct. 24 everyone is asked to visit www.celebratemydrive.com and make a safe driving commitment.
Principal Reardon has a background in driver education and wants to encourage EHS students to make positive choices. Driving 2N2 (2 eyes on the road and 2 hands on the wheel) should be at the top of the list. Learning to drive and getting a license are big steps and a joyous time for teenagers. Stressing safety habits is always our focus at EHS. The more our students, parents, faculty and community at large visits www.celebratemydrive.com and supports the Hornets, the better our chances are of becoming a winner in this promotion. Not only will you access valuable information, it could also mean a $100,000 grant and a private concert by The Band Perry.
Women in Science
Essex High School kicked off its Women in Science program earlier this month at Waterman Memorial Lounge on the campus of the University of Vermont. This long running program, coordinated by Essex High School science teacher Nancy Smith, provides outstanding opportunities for interested junior at Essex High School to be placed with science professionals throughout Chittenden County for a six-month learning opportunity. Student participants this year are Elena Doty, Gita Krishna, Talia Boyers, Mina Zhao, Charlotte Evans, Nicole Seaver, Madeline Green and Riley Groll. Mentors are Judy Hurst, Sandy Giroux, Karen Lounsbury, Rory Waterman and Liz Alton. EHS is extremely grateful for the continued support of its students by the excellent, high-impact learning experiences our mentors create. Principal Reardon attended the kick-off and had nothing but high praise for the program and all its participants.
Winter Wear Drive at Mater Christi School