Thursday, September 18, 2014

Field Trip

Team Sirius has an upcoming field trip on October 2nd. This trip will include helping our community through picking apples at an orchard through a program to give apples to the Food Shelf. This field trip will also include an afternoon viewing of a Scottish Theatre production of "Robin Hood". However, in order to pick apples, we need to raise about $400 dollars. In Science class, fundraising suggestions included a car wash, a cider stand, and numerous requests for bank robbery (which were ousted by Mr. Rosenberg). Everyone on Team Sirius is very excited for this trip! 

Crafters Edge: Weekly Report

As a student run business for Main Street Middle School, Crafters Edge is dedicated to constructing products to fit your needs and/or wants, organizing student run events such as our Annual Craft Fair and school dances, and to essentially satisfy the public and community with our excellent services. This year, we have focused mainly on organizing and formulating ideas for products that will meet your expectations. In the art department we have evaluated what our products will cost, how much they will sell for, and are starting to construct them.

In the Family Consumer Science (F.C.S.) department, pies are starting to be made, and a new assortment of baked goods are being sold. You can now buy: dozens of cookies (Oatmeal Raisin, Sugar, Chocolate Chip, and Snicker-doodle), a mixed berry, a Smore's, a Lemon Meringue, and a cherry pie. As an addition, we are also now selling Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough made by our lovely chefs in the F.C.S. Department.

These past few weeks, the Tech. Ed. Department has been going over safety in the wood shop, and have begun drafting what their products will look like, the dimensions of the products, and how to be safe when working with powerful tools.

Stay innovative and responsible Crafters Edge Students!

SIRIUS Team Flags!

 This August, during one of our first team meetings of the year, team SIRIUS decided to brighten the quad with colorful and festive flags. Because of the empty space in our main room lacking decoration, we decided that every SIRIUS student should make their own flag to hang up with at least one of the following words on it:

S pirit
I magination
R esponsibility
I  ntrospection
U buntu
S ervice

These are the ideas team SIRIUS focuses on. We're trying to be an enthusiastic, creative, responsible, and compassionate group of students.

Now that these flags are up, the quad will be an inspiring place that pops out and reminds us every day of the things we stand for.

Guest Speaker from JUST BASICS, inc.

  Monday, September 15th, Theresa Murray-Clasen, employed by the Montpelier food pantry, JUST BASICS, inc. came in and told team Sirius a little about what she and the program do. Much of the team gathered in "The Quad" for a little demonstration. It involved giving a small portion of the people in the room some food and a large portion with nothing making it quite unfair. The simulation showed how many people are hungry and have food insecurity in Vermont. One in every five people may not know where their next meal is coming from. This number is staggering, with a world average of one in every eight. Theresa and the organization she works for aim to change this.
  JUST BASICS, inc. is a non-profit that organizes food drives and allows people with food insecurity to come in and get a meal when they need it, they run the Montpelier food drive and other programs. A link to their web site is below.

      JUST BASICS, inc.

Up Coming Craft Fair

Main Street Middle School's annual craft fair is getting closer and closer everyday, with the date of the event being on Saturday, November 15th. This event will be held in the gym, starting at 9 AM, and ending at 3 PM.

Each Crafters Edge department has already started creating products to sell and will be set up in the gym. Some of the products that will be sold include the following: hand knitted scarves, holiday cards, bracelets, ornaments, jewelry boxes, picture frames, and more. Every 8th grader will have a shift that day and will be there to assist you if you need any help.

As well as Crafters Edge being set up in the gym, there will be other vendors there selling their products. If you are interested in having a table set up at the craft fair, you should contact Rhonda Brace. In the process of getting a table, you will have to fill out a short form and pay a small fee of 20 dollars.

Everyone is welcome to this event and we would be glad if you were to stop by, even if it's just to grab a bite to eat, or browse the vendors.We hope to see you there!

Decorations in the Hallway

The Sirius hallway is full of interesting artwork by teachers and students alike. Mr. Scott  worked with the students in his math classes to create interesting "Wordle's." Wordle's are word mosaics. The Wordle's we made use words that describe each student. After creating these individual Wordle's, Mr. Scott put the Wordle's together to create huge letters spelling out I AM SIRIUS. Mr. Rosenberg also worked with the Sirius team to spell out "SIRIUS" with our bodies. These two amazing projects are paired perfectly with our learning permits describing things we like, to create a sense of community, while adding color and interest, in our hallway.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Sports: Girls Soccer

The MSMS 8th grade soccer team, accompanied by 7h graders Juna, Christy, Bella, Lily, Olivia, and Jenna, beat Stowe 6-0. At half time the score was 3-0, a goal by Bella and two goals by Chloe, one off a penalty kick. Early in the second half, Bella scored followed by a goal by Lily, and a final goal by Lily.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

New Teachers!

The school is buzzing with the new arrivals this year! 

  • Madame Kahn, French Teacher
  • Mr. Appel and Ms. Harper, 6th Grade Teachers
  • Mr.White, Athletic Director and Assistant Principal
  • Ms. Barden, ELL Instructor
  • Ms. Young, Special Educator
They have all come to Main Street. All of these teachers will help to enrich and brighten our school community. 

Everyone at MSMS welcomes you, newcomers!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Jeh Kulu

Jeh Kulu
Dance and Drum group came to MSMS to teach us an African dance during class time. Each class group learned a different dance. After we had learned the dances properly we went down to the cafeteria to perform in front of the other groups of students and teachers. When we thought it was over though, we got a surprise! The teachers walked onto the "dance floor," and performed their own special dance that they had learned.

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By Eleanor

Students throughout Team Sirius are biting their nails in anticipation of this Friday, March 21. It's Conference day! The day students receive either cupcakes or chores! THE DAY OF PARTIES OR PUNISHMENT!!! Well, maybe that's a bit overdramatic, but it is the day Sirius students and their parents will come in to chat with teachers about their performance and experience this trimester. Students filled out Self Evaluations in many of their classes; these have been returned and brought home to parents. Come in on Friday for your conference!

Barbie Bungee Jumping?

Yeah, It's Math Class for Eights

By Harriet, Keara and Rachel

The 8th graders of Team Sirius have spent the past few weeks enjoying the ultimate math class-- bungee jumping barbies. In preparation for the big jump, we dropped the barbies in the Math Room, testing the amount of rubber bands that we needed. Mr. Scott gave us the maximum of 10 rubber bands. Extrapolating the estimate number of rubber bands needed to keep Barbie and Ken from hitting their heads on the floor, while giving them the thrill of their lives. While getting the the data we made tables to keep track of how far different amounts of rubber bands would stretch. Once we finished getting data we had to weigh the Barbie, or Ken that we were given. 

Pi Day!

March 14th was a day for celebration on Team Sirius. Another way to write March 14th is 3.14,  a commonly used number when it comes to circles. This is of course, pi. Sirius celebrated this day by reading stories about pi, having pi contests, and last but definitely not least eating pie!!! Some of the contests included reciting as much of pi as possible, blowing a bubble out of whipped cream covered gum.