Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Announcements 3-22-12

News from the Cafe

Wednesday was National "Kick Butts Day" which is a day to raise awareness about the dangers of smoking. We recognized this day in the Cafe with trivia and special prizes.

News from Team USA

Tuesday after school, several members of Team USA participated in a Webinar hosted by Vermont Energy Education Program. The Team will be applying for a spot in their next year program to make our school even more energy effecient.
On Wednesday,  the Team went to Hardack to participate in Team building activities organized and facilitated by Team USA students.
The winners of our Design a Recreation Facility (Skate Park/Teen Center) Project will be presenting to the St. Albans City Recreation Commission in early April for their considerations.
The Team  thanks Mitch Craib for making a great documentary on Project Based Learning featuring Team USA. It will be available on our web site for viewing.
On Thursday, at 11:30 Team USA will be honored to host Ms. Joan Cavallo as a guest speaker. She will be discussing ' leadership styles' and the 'courage to make changes'!  If you are interested in attending, please contact us.

Alaska - Here we come!

It's your last chance to join us for our virtual trip to The Alaska Sea Life Center. The trip takes place Thursday March 22nd in The Learning Commons at 6:00pm. The trip is free, open to anyone in the community and light refreshments will be served. Please call 527-0565 ext 1100 or email to register. 

News from Open Doors

While there will be no Tutoring next week because of Learning Showcases, Open Doors will have classes next week. (Tues-Thursday) 

SACS Dress Code

With the warm weather this week, please take a moment to review SACS Dress Code.

Students should wear clothing that is neat, comfortable, and appropriate for learning while keeping the weather in mind.

Specific Guidelines:
  • Clothing must cover stomachs, backs and undergarments, including underwear and bras.
  • No halter-tops,spaghetti straps, short shirts, see through items or tank tops with straps less than two inches.
  • All clothing should provide coverage so that no cleavage is showing.
  • Skirts, shorts, or skorts must be as long as mid-thigh.
  • any item of clothing with sexual, drug, alcohol, tobacco connotations or hate or gang related activities or messages are not allowed.
If dress is inappropriate, students will be asked to change and if a change of clothing is not available parents will be called.

Connect with Saint Albans Neighbors

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Behind the Scenes with "The Phantom Tollbooth"

We asked Mrs. Jarvis how long students work on the play once they are signed up for Drama Club:
"The drama club starts in December with the students. We have a couple meetings so students can hear the play. As soon as December break is over, we have auditions. From there, students put in about 50 hours of work in rehearsals. We usually work 3 days a week for two hours after school, plus about half the Saturdays between January and the end of March. Students also have to put in additional time on their own to memorize their lines. We begin by learning the lines and songs. Then we begin to "block" or stage the show. Actors also have to learn other responsibilities such as when to get props, or move stage pieces etc. Students also have to learn choreography. I always tell the kids that it doesn't matter if you have one line or pages and pages of them - there is always a lot for each student in the show to do. One of my goals is to keep as many students on the stage as possible for each scene. "

The Drama Club will be performing "The Phantom Tollbooth" for the entire school today (3/22) in the Big Gym. 

Brainstorm Adventure Brain Fit Tip of the Day

For kids, numerous studies over decades have shown that when children eat a good breakfast, they have more energy, strength and endurance for both physical and mental tasks.

Use your brain for a Mental Exercise: Scan the room in which you are sitting. Now close your eyes and try to recall as many items as possible. Repeat!

WordMasters Word of the Day
from the 4th grade list:

pittance- noun   a small portion, amount, or allowance, especially of money 

Hot Lunch Entree for Thursday March 22nd

Oven Baked Barbeque Chicken 
Rice w/Black Beans & Corn 
Broccoli/Carrot Salad
Wheat Dinner Roll 
Fresh Fruit 
Farm Fresh Milk