***Please do not send in any food to be shared among Voyager students***
Dates to Know:
- Wed, Sept 27th- Grades 5-8 Curriculum Night, Learning Expo & Parent Assembly
6:30pm - 7:00pm Parent Assembly in Auditorium
7:00pm - 8:00pm Curriculum presentations on house
8:00pm - 8:30pm Learning Expo in lobby & dining room
- Tue, Oct 3rd- Walking Field Trip to Adams Apple Orchard. Permission slip HERE
Please have your student turn into to teacher or TA or email back to KFieldsend@cvsdvt.org
- Fri, Oct 27th- Voyager Harvest Breakfast Open House 7:45 - 8:45am in Voyager
House. Come see various works students have created on display.
- Wed, Dec 6th- Voyager Family Night / Variety Show 6 - 8pm at WCS in Dining Room & Auditorium
Continental Mathematics League 2017-2018
Registration deadline for grades 3-8 is September 22nd
(Registration for grade 2 will be announced in October.)
Grade 4-8 Meet dates:
November 15, December 20, January 17, February 14 & March 14
Williston Central School Supports Hurricane Victims!
Monday, September 18th through Friday, September 29th Bring in your loose change!
Each team will have a collection jar! Donations will help support two organizations!
AllBreed Dog Rescue who have already been in Texas saving owner surrendered and stray dogs from shelters and is currently doing the same in Florida. Twenty-five dogs have been brought to Vermont and are in the process of being adopted from the Williston shelter.
Belle Terre Elementary School located in Palm Coast, Florida which has been closed since the hurricane. Margaret Munt’s daughter, Vanessa Ajayi, works in this school system and is serving as our connection. Note: Margaret was a long-time Williston teacher that passed away from cancer.
We welcome any parents or businesses to “match” the amount of money collected for their child’s team. Contact Jackie Parks, Principal, if you are interested. firstname.lastname@example.org
Williston FAP Annual Fund
Please donate to the FAP Annual Fund. This is how your student's field trips are paid for.
$45 recommended per student. Any amount helps!
Send check to Williston Central School, Williston FAP, 195 Central School Drive
The Week in Mr. Merrill’s Room (⅚ Humanities):
We focused on our preparation for Peace Day this week. Students created peace pinwheels to place out in front of the school on Peace Day. We also studied the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Students were introduced to the idea of a right vs. need and brainstormed rights that they think they have as children. Ms. Cable then introduced the UN Convention - Rights of the Child, and led a read aloud on a picture book that highlights these rights. Students then completed a walking tour, reading stories of children around the world whose rights have been denied. Students had to match the correct right from the convention to the story.
On peace day, our 7th and 8th grade students shared their infographic projects with us, and we shared our first draft peace poems. Together we placed our pinwheels on the front lawn of Equinox.
6th graders were introduced to their pen pals from Hawaii. We will be writing to our pen pals all year. Please ask your student about his/her pen pal.
We will start next week off with our book talks and begin our read aloud of I am Malala.
The Week in Ms. O’s Room (⅚ Math & Science):
Math 5: Students have tackled some important multiplication strategies, strategies that will ultimately help students see relationships between numbers. I realize that sometimes this math looks foreign to you and so homework help may be difficult, but the math sensemaking that students are doing during these times, is very important for their math brains! I had a parent contact me this week, asking me for help, and I was glad to provide some context. Please feel free to do this at anytime! Multiplication strategies included: Double a dimension, double the area; double both dimensions, quadruple the area; 10 x more or less; Halving and Doubling; the Double Double Double. While engaging in these strategies, students are doing multidigit multiplication using basic math multiplication facts AND seeing relationships. It is a worthwhile pursuit! We also tackled volume and surface area, which at it’s roots, is more multiplication!
Math 6: Students are completing the first investigation in Comparing Bits, and learning how to compare pieces and parts! The focus of this unit is on ratios. Students are learning how to write comparative statements that focus on multiplication rather than addition. So I would expect to see statements like, “for every $4 the 6th grade raises, the 7th grade raised $3.50, as opposed to the 6th grade goal is $.50 more than the 7th grade goal. And thus the focus has been on fractions, what fraction of the goal was reached? & “how does one goal for one group compare to the other group? We have used “for every” statements to help us move in this direction. For example “for every $4 the 6th grade raises, the 7th grade raises $3.50. This will help move us to next week’s work on unit rates.
Pics from last week’s Hunger Banquet
⅚ Science This Week! Students have been around the world, looking at life in Gambia and Tanzania through a food and agriculture based lens. We also constructed our temporary Sunbubble, so that we can pilot growing this fall. Today’s work focused on learning about our Lt. Governor, Dave Zuckerman, who will be visiting us roundtable style on Monday.
The Week in Mr. Roof’s Room (⅞ Humanities):
In ELA this week, we continued our independent reading with reading log 3. This is a tool we use to help set goals, track our reading in and out of school, build vocabulary, and explore grammar and literary analysis. To continue our PLP work, we completed an executive functioning survey. This was to help identify strengths and challenges with how we manage ourselves, our resources, and use mental skills to accomplish tasks. We also did some work with subject and predicate identification. We will begin our first writing project next week, which will focus on narrative. This is usually a high engagement, creative time for students, so we’re very excited.
In Social Studies, we were focused on projects for Peace One Day. Peace Day was celebrated on Thursday, September 21st. Students defined vocabulary words regarding peace and human rights, made infographics about Peace Day, and constructed peace pinwheels that were placed on the school grounds. We were able to share our work with the 5 & 6 grade students, who in turn shared their peace poems with us. It was great to work together and hopefully we will have more opportunities to do so in the future.
The Week from Ms. Q’s Room (⅞ Math & Science):
CMP8 and CMP7
This week students began the “Popsi Challenge”, a design engineering project to create a container that can hold 360 cm3 of the refreshing Popsi beverage and have a surface area less than 294 cm2. PopsiCo is looking to update the humdrum can for a new and innovative container that utilizes less material and is stackable, packable and aesthetically pleasing.(Say that fast!) Students did a lot of searching for 3-D figures and tested different dimensions to find a figure that could meet all the constraints. They created flat patterns and 3-D models of their designs. The next task is to figure out how these containers will be transported and stored and finally every student will create a “pitch” for their model that they will deliver to the PopsiCo executives next week.
The week began with some misconceptions that we had about density. Do two logs cut from the same tree have the same density if one is small and the other is twice as big? Does a copper nugget and a copper pipe have the same density? These situations were to get at the concept that size and shape of a similar material have no bearing on its density, and that density is a physical property. We participated in a demonstration on the density of fluids and found that water has a density of 1g/ml. Finally, we explored the physical property of solubility or the ability for a substance to dissolve in another substance. We took water, isopropyl alcohol and acetic acid and placed the solute of salt or sugar in it. We timed how long it took for the solute to dissolve in the solvent. We made claim/evidence statements on our results and learned about what makes water such an incredible solvent. We rounded out the week with looking at the atomic structure. Mr. Shepley, our awesome UVM intern, has begun to present different portions our our class.