***Please do not send in any food to be shared among Voyager students***
May 25th- 7:30 - 8:10am: Open House for 8th Grade Challenge (parents invited)
May 29th : No school (Memorial Day)
June 1st : 5th & 6th grade field trip to Fort Ticonderoga
June 1st - 2nd : 8th grade overnight to Ridin-Hy Ranch
June 7th : ⅚ 10 - 11am Learning Exhibition Open House (parents welcome!)
June 8th - 9th : Voyager House overnight to Camp Abnaki
June 15th- 8th grade Graduation 6:30pm (8th grade dance follows pick-up at 9:45pm)
June 16th: Last Day of School! (11:55am dismissal)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Interested in performing in this classic Shakespearean comedy this summer and exploring the wonders of the imagination?
Description: Two weeks of intensive rehearsals from June 26th-July 7th (Mon.-Sat.) and one week of performances (including indoor, evening performances and outdoor, mid-day performances for the community).
Rehearsals: (June 26th-July 7th)-at the Off Center for the Dramatic Arts
Saturday, 9:00am-1:00pm (optional fun activities from 1-4)
**no rehearsal July 4th**
Performances: (July 7th-15th)
Evening shows at 7:00pm, July 7th and 8th (possibly 15th) (at the Off Center for the Dramatic Arts)
Mid-day shows July 10th, 11th, 13th, and 14th (various time/locations around Chittenden County)
Auditions: Monday, June 12th at 1:00pm in Williston (other arrangements can be made if necessary)
Tuition: $300/participant ($200 for each additional sibling)
Contact: Lauren Palmer at firstname.lastname@example.org with any further questions or to enroll as an actor/actress (please also fill out basic registration form below).
Also see hourglassyouththeatre.weebly. com to check out the company’s previous production, for more information about the company, and for an online basic registration form (for actors)
We are also searching for 2-3 crew members to help with lighting (for evening performances), sets, props, and costumes. We are also looking for an assistant director (upper high school). Please enquire by contacting Lauren Palmer at email@example.com.
**sponsored by the Off Center for the Dramatic Arts**
Coder Camp for Girls:
New Coder Day Camp for Girls at Vermont Technical College – Williston Campus – July 17th – 21st – is now open to girls 11 years – 16 years of age.. and we have many full scholarships available thanks to the Vermont Women’s Fund!
Trout Release Pictures from last week:
The Week in Mr. Merrill’s Room (⅚ Humanities):
- Book Presentations: Students lead a book talk on an independent reading book.
- Trout Reflections: Students wrote short essays or personal narratives about their trout week experience.
- Current Events: Finding Fake News - students learned how to analyze and evaluate examples of news stories to determine their credibility and accuracy.
- How did the Framers write our Constitution? That is the question we will be focusing on as we study what unfolded with our government during and after the Revolutionary War. Students will keep a notebook to document their participation in this mini unit.
The Week in Ms. O’s Room (⅚ Math & Science):
Math 5: Students in 5th grade are closing out their first 6th grade Connected Math Book, Prime Time. Our last investigation, which we worked on this week, was all about Distributive Property. Although not a new concept, it is the first time this property has been given a name. The area model of multiplication is a good example of this property and so when students saw the model again, they realized that they had some skills in Distributive Property already. The focus of our work this week was to understand Distributive Property when dimensions are unknown. Really it's a dip into algebra and the next time students will see this idea, they will be working with Quadratics (8th grade). This introduction is essential for us, at this grade level, because it teachers students about equivalent expressions, and Order of Operations. Final assessment will take place Wednesday.
Math 6: Every year I realize just how rich Variables and Patterns is, and how I must hold myself back from all of the skills and concepts of 7th grade! Variables and Patterns launches students into deep discussions about relationships between variables. Students are filling in tables, graphing and the new focus for the last 6 lessons, equation writing. There is so much to learn and the students are so curious, that there are moments when I just have to say...there is more to a concept and you will learn it next year. For now, we are muddling our way through how a table, graph and equation are connected. We learned the simple generalization, y = mx yesterday, so students have a better sense of why all of the data in this unit, has graphed as a line and that the equation is something all the data sets has had in common. We have another investigation and will be wrapping up this book by the end of next week.
5/6 Science: Students began investigations in our new unit, Energy, Forces and Motion, on roller coasters. Who doesn't like the science of roller coasters? Students tested 12 pipe insulation roller coasters in order to answer the question, why do some roller coasters allow the marble to run from start to finish and others do not? It was a lively lesson that then led to a roller coaster challenge of building a roller coaster with a certain set of criteria. Student loved it! I'll be finding marbles under book shelves for the next four weeks!
The Week in Mr. G’s Room (⅞ Humanities):
This week in Humanities, we presented our skits portraying important aspects of life between the World Wars. Some students focused on the unresolved issues from seeds First World War that planted the seeds for the second. Others focused on economic conditions or changes in culture and technology. Students researched their topics in groups and then presented their finding to the class via their skits. We also made time in the week for the DRP reading test and the On-Demand writing prompt for 7th graders. In both classes we are opening space up for independent reading. In seventh grade we are reading The Boy in the Striped Pajamas together.
The Week from Ms. Q’s Room (⅞ Math & Science):
This week students have been investigating systems of linear equations. We learned to find the solution of our systems by means of graphing and by creating equivalent linear expressions in the y= mx + b format. Students were given baggies of 60 m&m’s and jelly beans. They were tasked with finding out how many of each kind of candy they had based on the mass of the bag, the mass of m&m’s and jelly beans. This information was used to create two linear equations. Once we graphed them we were able to find their intersection point and find out exactly how many m&m’s and jelly beans were in the bag. It was a sweet system of equations.
The 7th graders experienced activity-based learning this week. We divided the class into groups of 4 and had five stations that posed hands-on problems related to finding slope from tables, creating linear patterns with blocks, utilizing online graphing programs to match lines to equations, creating tables from linear equations and played a card game that looked at unit rate. We finished the week with reteaching ratios and proportions and unit rates. Students took the Comparing and Scaling retake on Friday.
Students completed their science model games. They created study guides for our end of unit assessment on the flow of energy through the ecosystem. Although the weather was quite hot, we were able to get out and play different games that modeled photosynthesis, the food web and the Carbon Cycle.