Monday, May 2, 2016

Announcements 5-3-2016


Open Doors
Open Doors Session 5 will begin Monday May 9th, and enrollment forms will go out Tuesday May 3rd. Please contact Alisha Sawyer with any questions - 527-0565 x.1103.

Students, did you participate in Open Doors this year? Take this quick survey to tell us what you liked and what you think we could better:

Parents, if your child has participated in the Open Doors program this year please take a few minutes to fill out this survey:

Thank you!

Fitness Team Practice Tuesday May 3rd
The last Fitness Team practice will be today 3:15-4:15.  The competition will be this Thursday at Norwich University. Please be at school at 6:15am on Thursday 5/5
Bus will leave school at 6:30

If you plan on riding the 4:40 bus after today's practice please sign up by 12:00

Questions please contact Meg Jarvis at 527-0565 ext 5002


Jr. Band lessons are not happening today, and Jr. Band is not happening until Thursday. Jr. Band students should bring their instruments to the band room today, and leave them for Mr. Mehaffey to physically go over this week. Clarinet lessons are on for tomorrow, and Jr. Band lessons will be happening Thursday this week.

Sr. Band is rehearsing today at 2:00 PM.

Many thanks to the City students who participated in chorus and band for the district festival this weekend. It was fantastic.

Outside Recess
It is a good day to get outside.

Tomorrow 5-4-2016 is a Walking Wednesday

Please get your walking shoes on (or use your bicycle) and come to school under your own power. Join one of our walking groups if you want company.

Walking Contest

The annual Walking Contest will be held over four (not six) weeks in May and will have three components to it:

  1. Determine which community has the largest turnout for Walking Wednesday events held once a week over May.
Incentives to participate - group photo in daily announcements and an hour and a half of time with Rise VT and their smoothie bikes (June 3rd).

  1. Determine which community completes the most walking path laps each week.  
Incentive to participate - win the right to display the golden shoe award for the week.  A picture of the team with the award will be taken and posted on daily announcements.

  1. Determine which community completes the most laps over the four weeks.
Incentive to participate - $200 to spend on recess equipment (kickballs, basketballs, soccerballs, tennis balls etc.)

A few Rules
All laps must be completed on the ½ mile gravel walking path.  Laps indoors around the gyms or beyond the school campus on field trips will not count!

On Walk at lunch day (May 3rd) and SBAC testing days all laps around the walking path count double towards the contest.

Blue Cross Blue Shield Walk at Lunch is TODAY.
This marks the first day of our May walking contest. Please go out before, during or after lunch to walk. Collect a sticker to demonstrate that you participated.

Record double the number of walking laps you complete today. Recording sheets are located on a table in the covered alcove outside, and between, Renaissance & USA.

Team USA Raider Report Students Place 1st in VAN Video Challenge

Congratulations to the Raider Report crew consisting of Hailey, Sydney, Kayleigh, Hannah, Paige, and Forrest. They brought home the top prize in the Vermont Access Network Video Challenge ( It is a statewide contest for kids to adults. There will be an announcement at their meeting in May.

The challenge consisted of making a video that contained, a paper clip, a jar of olives, and the quote "We are not in Kansas anymore." The video needed to be five minutes or less and the kids, in a random drawing, selected the genre, romance/romantic comedy. The students came up with their production, Light of My Life.

Link to Video  5 minutes long

A Few VMEA Vermont Middle School District Music Festival Pictures
On Friday and Saturday last week some amazing music was generated and taught in the St. Albans City School large music room, the big gym and the little gym.  Hundreds of students from District One assembled to be taught by top Vermont music instructors.  All our students gave performances that we can be proud of!

Example Video of the Wind Ensemble Conducted by Lloyd Dugger III.           
Link to 1 minute video sample
Link to 5 1/2 minute video

Friday's Pictures

Saturday's Pictures


Message from the Nurses

Parents and students feel free to visit our health page (Link to Page) on the school website at any time for seasonal and health updates, recipes, safety tips and more. Thanks!

Drama Practice

Ms. Hartman and the students in the Lion King production have been practicing hard for months. Performances of the Lion King will take place May 13th and 14th at 7:00 PM.  This picture was shared by Mrs. Trainer on 4-28-2016.

More Practice on 5-2-2016

We have apples for snacks today

  • Apples are a member of the rose family of plants, along with pears, peaches, plums and cherries.
  • Archeologists have found evidence that humans have been enjoying apples since 6500 BC.
  • Apples ripen or soften ten times faster at room temperature than if they were refrigerated.

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Entrée Options Main Meal or Cabot Yogurt Parfait or Deli Sandwich or Pizza
Offered with all Meals Vegetable/Fruit Bar Fresh Fruit, Fresh Hood Milk