Friday, April 20, 2018

Week of April 16th - 20th

TA’s Notes:
***Please do not send in any food to be shared among Voyager students***
***Please notify us if your child has strep.  Thank you for this courtesy.***

Voyager Homework Club- Tuesdays (2:00-3:30pm) and Wednesdays (3:00-4:30pm)

SPARK: The final session of Spark Enrichment will begin the week we come back from April break.
Here's the listing of workshops and the link for registration.

Dates to Know:

April 23rd- 22nd- No School (April Break)

Friday, May 4th - For Vermont Arbor Day (Friday, May 4th) ⅚ students will be participating in a community volunteer riparian tree planting along Allen Brook (immediately as you enter the nature trail behind the soccer field). This site in Williston lacks adequate riparian buffer habitat. Students should wear boots or old sneakers and dress to be outside for most of the day.

Week of May 7th - ⅚ Brook trout stocking on Lewis Creek in Starksboro, VT. Date TBD based on weather forecast. Permission slips and more details to follow.


The Week in Mr. Merrill’s Room (⅚ Humanities):
This week, Mr. McElroy is wrapping with his Slavery Unit with the ⅚ students. They have spent time this week working on their final project for the unit, a character creation where the students create a fictional slave based on real historical information they’ve learned during the unit. Some are making posters, while others are making collaborative skits, and everything in between. They will be presenting their projects during a Gallery Walk on Friday morning, finishing off the Slavery Unit before we head off for break.

The Week in Ms. O’s Room (⅚ Math & Science):

Math 5:
Highlights:
  • Students learned about area of rectangles and then used the strategies of subdividing and enclosing to find the area of composite shapes.
  • Students revisited the concept of volume to apply the l x w x h strategy to composite solids.  
  • Students reviewed rounding and took a cumulative review quiz to make sure the concept has stuck!


Math 6:  
Highlights:
  • We took a big leap this week and focused on equations.  See public records for some of the specifics. We are fully into an algebra unit at this time and many students are loving the abstract math.

⅚ Science:
Highlights:
  • We were introduced to our anchoring phenomenon to ask the question what is happening and why is it happening?  The Grand Prismatic Pool in Yellowstone is the geologic feature we are trying to understand! Maybe a trip to Yellowstone is in order:).
  • We learned about the four spheres of Earth.  New language includes the hydrosphere, geosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere.  These vocab terms are critical for meeting the standard for this unit (that all spheres are interconnected).
  • We played the Toss the Earth game.  The goal of the modeling scenario was to see if we can describe the Earth’s surface.  We collected data and compared it to the actual surface area data for land and water. Our experimental data matched our theoretical data.  Lots of math.


The Week in Mr. Roof’s Room (⅞ Humanities):

ELA: In English, students worked on writing for a public audience and possible publication. They wrote in any style they wanted, with either new pieces, or by editing and revising an older piece. These pieces will be submitted to The Scribe, which is Williston Central School’s literary magazine, or to The Williston Observer for the Kids take over the Observer edition. Students have reading log 30 to complete over vacation, which they began on Monday of this week.
Last week, students were able to have a presentation from Pastor Andrew Magnuson on Christianity.

SS: Students worked on the engineering task during the afternoon, so social studies was postponed.


The Week from Ms. Q’s Room (⅞ Math & Science):

CMP8
This week we began investigating quadratic function. These are functions that form parabolas.
We looked at landmarks such as the maximum point, x-intercepts, y-intercept and the line of symmetry.  Students also began working with polynomials: binomials and trinomials. These are expressions that have a number of terms such as x2 + 3x + 5, this is an example of a trinomial.
We also practiced using the distributive property to create equivalent expressions, such as
x(x + 3) = x2 + 3x.  We learned about the FOIL method when multiplying binomials.


CMP7
This week the 7th graders did a fabulous job completing and presenting their survey projects.  We shared our work in a “Speed Dating” format and so every team had the opportunity to share their results from their data.  We worked on creating class records for our Comparing and Scaling Unit Test and then worked toward completing the assessment.

Science 7th/8th
This week our earthquake resistant building engineers were treated to guest speakers.  Erik Urch, who is a geologist, helped us to understand how earthquakes work and the types of waves that are created.  We used springs to enact p-waves and s-waves. Lauren Davis helped us to understand what architectural structures help hold up buildings.  Using tinker toys and pictures students began to get ideas of how to build their structures. A rigorous approval system was followed as students did background research, listed important vocabulary, explored the science of earthquakes and buildings that can handle seismic waves and created designs ideas.  They were given specific materials and constraints. The “Great Shake” will not happen until we get back from break.


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Week of April 2-6

TA’s Notes:
***Please do not send in any food to be shared among Voyager students***
***Please notify us if your child has strep.  Thank you for this courtesy.***

Voyager Homework Club- Tuesdays (2:00-3:30pm) and Wednesdays (3:00-4:30pm)

TESTING...TESTING...TESTING
Hello Voyager House Families,
Next week Voyager House will be conducting the SBAC and Science testing.
We would GREATLY APPRECIATE that you make every effort not to schedule regular appointments during this time as all testing needs to be made up at a later time.

Also - please support your child by encouraging good sleep and healthy food/snacks/drinks.

Also- Don’t forget to equip your child with earbuds!

Thanks so much parents and guardians!
VOYAGER 5-8 SBAC Testing Schedule
MON 4/9
TUES 4/10
WED  4/11
THURS 4/12
FRI 4/13
Regular
8:30-10:30
ELA CAT
8:30-10:30
ELA CAT
1:15-2:45
Math CAT
8:30-10:30
ELA PT
*read text
*first draft handwritten

1:15-2:45
ELA PT
Type up and edit
8:30-10:30
Math PT


The Week in Mr. Merrill’s Room (⅚ Humanities):
We did some preparation for SBAC testing which starts on Tuesday next week. Students reviewed the training and practice sites and answered some practice questions.

Mr. McElroy and the students have wrapped up reading Nightjohn and will be taking this week to focus on important historical events leading up to the Civil War and how these events affected or were affected by the institution of slavery.

The Week in Ms. O’s Room (⅚ Math & Science):

Math 5:  Students had a ton of fun this week playing with the characteristics of polygons.  Specifically we reviewed key characteristics like parallelism, perpendicularity, congruent, side measure, number of sides, and angle measures within polygons in order to name them.  Students brought prior knowledge and some new ideas to the table when solving Polygon Riddles. Students were given clues, one at a time, that were true characteristics of polygons, in order to ultimately name the polygon.  Students also continued work with visual patterns and graphing them, in order to solidifying graphing techniques and make claims about the story of a growing pattern.

Math 6:  6th graders made a big algebraic dive this week by graphing all week and looking at linearity.  Does the data graph as a line or not? What does that graph tell us about the data? We graphed several scenarios this week, from distance traveled on a bike tour, to cost of bike rentals, to look for patterns and trends that might tell the story of the data.  Students have become excellent at graphing and specifically discussed: why are two lines parallel? What happens when a line crosses the y axis at zero? At some other place? Where can I see those realities in the table? What happens when one line is higher than the other?  What does this tell us about rate? What does an intersecting set of graphed data tell us? We are moving in the direction of understanding how equations can further clarify the story of graphed data!

⅚ Science:
Students continued to make way on their modeling human body interactions.  Group work has been a great aspect of this project. We ended our week with the UVM Pathology Dept, who brought technicians in to show students, how blood is drawn, what autopsies reveal about a person’s disease history, what urine and blood can tell us, what bacteria lives on our door knobs and faucets, and how we use microscopes to diagnose.  It was really interesting!




The Week in Mr. Roof’s Room (⅞ Humanities):

ELA:  Our 7th and 8th graders are continuing to work on their commonly confused words. There are so many words, and they’re all affected by the effects of definitions and spelling! Independent reading focused on these words, complex and compound sentences, and also analysis of author’s craft. This means that students examined the WHY behind the choices that authors make, either with plot elements or with the actual structure and word choice. Students continued reading sacred stories and answering comprehension questions. In addition, students read a synopsis of Guys and Dolls so that they would have more background knowledge when watching the school musical.
SS:  Students worked on current events, using CNN 10. We are working on using evidence to support a quote, and will be transitioning to analysis of stories from summary soon. Students also used time to work on their math and science projects this week, and did not have class on Thursday due to the musical. We also worked on world religions by completing a practice quiz.

The Week from Ms. Q’s Room (⅞ Math & Science):

CMP7
This week was all about statistics!  Students formed survey questions that elicited both categorical and numerical data. Questions like: What sport do you participate in? How many hours do you study? How much sleep do you get at night?  What social media app do you use? We began to analyze our data and looked for trends, make some comparisons and making meaning from the numbers. Students were asked to make predictions before we began data collection and we will see how accurate they were. Beside learning about different graphic representation, we will learn to use Google Sheets to create graphs and use different functions.

This week we learned about the 5 number summary: minimum, maximum, median, quartile 1, quartile 3. We then created box and whisker plots that represented the data.
Before break we will wrap up this unit with a summary of our findings and the Comparing and Scaling Unit Test.


CMP8
We completed our Butterflies, Pinwheels and Wallpaper unit with finishing our mandela project.  Students needed to address how their images showed: translation, symmetry, dilation, rotation and reflection.  They came out beautifully. We began our BPW unit test and will continue into the next week.


Science 7th/8th
This morning our students shared with the greater Williston Community their learning of their self selected geology topics. Our 3rd and 4th grade visitors were very impressed with the models, activities, and enthusiasm our students shared with them. Hats off to the hard work our 7th and 8th graders presented today, we were all truly impressed with their exhibits. Be sure to ask your child about their presentation and topic! Mrs. Quatt will be taking the back the saddle in science, it has been a pleasure teaching our students for the past 4 weeks and I look forward to continuing to work with them as we approach May.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Week of March 26th - 30th

TA’s Notes:
***Please do not send in any food to be shared among Voyager students***
***Please notify us if your child has strep.  Thank you for this courtesy.***

Voyager Homework Club- Tuesdays (2:00-3:30pm) and Wednesdays (3:00-4:30pm)

Thank you to all our parent volunteers & student volunteers for set-up, Sale helpers, clean-up crew, to all who donated items, all who donated concessions and everyone who helped support this fundraiser!!

The FAP Big Basket Raffle

Collections for the 18th Annual Big Basket Raffle and Silent Auction are underway!  This is one of FAPs biggest fundraisers of the year, with proceeds funding FAP programs that support all WCS and ABS students, families and staff.  Items donated by our Williston School District families will be made into beautiful themed baskets that will be raffled off at the BIG BASKET RAFFLE on Saturday, April 14th, 2018.

We ask each family to purchase and donate one (or more) item(s) that relate to your class theme:  
Mr. Merrill
GOING GREEN
Donation suggestions: reusable shopping bags, kitchen compost bucket, natural cleaning supplies, reusable lunch containers, cloth napkins, books on how to live greener, rain barrel, organic/natural packaged snacks, natural cleaning products, organic seeds, organic cotton t-shirts, gift cards to health food stores, CFL light bulbs, LED flashlight, rechargeable batteries and charger. Gift cards to businesses like Healthy Living, Natural Provisions, Trader Joes or any company with a green theme.

Ms. O’Brien
LIVE RIGHT, LET’S GET FIT
Donation suggestions: yoga mat, exercise ball, weights, water bottle, energy bar, sport drinks, jump rope, exercise video, Pilates kit, pedometer, ear buds, iPod arm band holder, reflective vest. Gift cards to businesses like Alpine Shop, Dick’s, or Fleet- Feet. Also consider Zumba Class passes or Jazzercise passes.

Ms. Quatt
GET ORGANIZED
Donation suggestions: desk top/draw organizers, photo album, plastic bins, cord organizer, list notepads, Post It pads, highlighters, compression bags, dry erase board/calendar, dry erase markers, cork board, battery organizer, organizing baskets, gift card to stores like Walmart, Home Depot, Bed Bath & Beyond, Staples

Mr. Roof
SNOW DAYS
Donation suggestions: Sleds, marshmallows & hot chocolate, face masks, hats, ear warmers, hand & toe warmers, snow gear, snow paint, gift cards to Alpine Shop.

Family contributions are voluntary, and every item, large or small, is greatly appreciated.  Price is not a factor, and all donations are anonymous. If you have more than one child in a house, it is perfectly acceptable to donate one item per family.  Students may also join together to donate a larger item.

The Basket Raffle Committee members are also out contacting local businesses for gift basket items, gift certificates, and silent auction prizes.  If you have a connection with a local business you think would be interested in supporting this school fundraiser, please contact Sarah Francisco, at sarah_francisco@hotmail.com

Spring Ultimate at HCS
For those interested, ultimate Frisbee will be offered this year as a school sponsored afterschool activity. Practice times will be Wednesday evenings from 6pm to 7pm and Friday afternoons from 2:55 to 3:55 (so students can take the late bus home). Students from other CVSD schools will be welcome on a first come first serve basis.
All practices and any home games will be at Lyman Park. Boys and girls in 5th-8th grade are welcome to sign up, but if there are overwhelming numbers this will be limited to 6th grade and up. Start date will be Wednesday April 11th, 6pm, at Lyman Park. Last practice will be Wednesday June 6th. Game schedule TBD. Participants will not be required to attend all practices. To sign up please e-mail Dan Opton at dan@blueheronbuilding.com  By April 5th .
All students wishing to participate must fill out the HCS School Sponsored Activities Family Permission Form. This is different from the Family Permission Form for HCS Athletics Form that you may have already filled out for another sport.
We are planning to have a couple of away games and we will need parents to help out with transportation, therefore participants must also fill out the Acknowledgement of Transportation Form. Both forms can also be found here on the HCS Athletics page: https://sites.google.com/cvsdvt.org/hcsathletics/home.
Deadline for getting the forms filled out is THURSDAY, APRIL 5TH, otherwise students will not be allowed to participate.

TESTING...TESTING...TESTING
Hello Voyager House Families,
During the Week April 9th Voyager House will be conducting the SBAC and Science testing.
We would GREATLY APPRECIATE that you make every effort not to schedule regular appointments during that week as all testing needs to be made up at a later time.

Also - please support your child by encouraging good sleep and healthy food/snacks/drinks.

Thanks so much parents and guardians!



The Week in Mr. Merrill’s Room (⅚ Humanities):
  • We wrapped up our narrative unit and 3DVT project in preparation for our open house on Thursday.
  • Students have spent time diving into Nightjohn and sharing their thoughts on the institution of Slavery before the Civil War.
  • To finish off this week, we’ll be focusing on narratives from former slaves taken in the 1930s to learn more about their experiences under slavery, as well as to help students compare and contrast these experiences with those of the characters we are reading about in Nightjohn.

Pics from 3D VT Competition at VT Technical College in Randolph
The Week in Ms. O’s Room (⅚ Math & Science):

Math 5:

Math 6:  

⅚ Science:




The Week in Mr. Roof’s Room (⅞ Humanities):

ELA: In English class, we focused on commonly confused words. We practiced using them correctly through website exercises and on Reading Log 27. We continued to practice our study of compound and complex sentences using independent and dependent clauses. We also took a look at some sacred texts from various religions. We read the texts, had some class discussion, and then completed short answer responses.

Social Studies: In Social Studies class, we continued our current events practice of watching CNN 10, and then writing a summary on one of the stories from the newscast. For the past few weeks, we’ve been working on incorporating a quote.

The Week from Ms. Q’s Room (⅞ Math & Science):

CMP8
This week the 8th graders had a fairly comprehensive math check-up.  As a class they did a great job and are making excellent progress on symmetry, congruence and geometric transformations.  We took a brief pause from our day-to-day to begin our geometric mandala project. Mandala is a Sanskrit word for “circle”. A mandala is a visual representation of “wholeness” and can often represent a person’s model of their universe.  Within mandalas you will see repeated patterns, symmetry and geometric transformations. Students mandalas will have the following features and be able to describe them in relation to their work:
  • Lines of symmetry
  • Rotation
  • Translation
  • Reflection
  • Dilation
They are working hard and we look forward to seeing their finished product.  
We are also preparing for SBAC tests with reviewing test taking strategies and practicing problems.

CMP7
This week 7th graders took a quick math check-up.  The class is making great strides in their learning targets.  We are taking a brief segue with a statistics project. Students are reviewing measures of center (mean, median, mode, range) and we are looking at both categorical and numerical data (qualitative and quantitative) and different forms of graphical representation.  Students will work in pairs or by themselves. Students will have to ask two related questions, one that elicits numerical data and one that is categorical. We will also look at trends and discuss the mathematical significance of our data.

Science 7th/8th

Students picked up where they left off last week from our field trip to one of Allen Brooks’ curvy turns. Our topic for the week has been weathering and erosion as we consider how water shapes our landscape. Student’s shared what they recalled from Friday as we investigated the nuances between weathering and erosion. Though not an easy task, students developed understanding of the differences through independent video research, pairing sharing, and old fashioned sandbox demonstrations. Both classes expressed what they understand about how water shapes our landscape by drawing models and expressing the processes involved while leaning on 4 key vocabulary terms in their description. The tail end of the week has been exciting as students are researching their topics for our museum exhibit next Friday morning, April 6th. The museum is tailored to younger members of our Williston community. Mr. Willis and Mrs. Martell have agreed to have their 3rd and 4th graders come visit our museum exhibits - students will have the opportunity to share what they have learned about their selected topic in a way that is engaging and interactive for younger students. Looking forward to next week and seeing what our students create!