Thursday, December 18, 2014

Deck The Doors

With the holiday occasion approaching quickly, we have a contest that goes along with the winter season, called Deck The Doors.

This year, the theme is winter activities. Each TA/ homeroom was given a winter activity and a picture of a teacher. These two items will be incorporated into a door decoration. We encourage you to hide the teacher that you were given in your picture, so others can try and find them.

Some awards included in this will be: the TA with the best use of the teacher and best use of creativity.

Judging will be on January 14th, so make sure to have the decorations finished before then.
Remember that this isn't all about competition, make sure to have fun too!

You would not know by the look of this door now, but wait until after break, and you'll see winter activities be brought to life.

Genetic Discussions

       Over the past two weeks in LA class we have been reading multiple articles about should you or should you not test your embryos, your genome, and what happens with your DNA after doctors do your DNA samples. We had two discussions about the pros and cons of each topic... The most recent article that we read was on the computer. Mrs. Magoon kindly came in and helped us read and highlight the text. The final idea of our discussions is to write a paper on what side your are on. Should you test? Or should you not?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Writing Contest Winners!

Congratulations to Eleanor Braun and Chloe Schiff!

Eleanor's poem,"The Hill" was accepted by the Young Writers Project to be dramatized on stage between December tenth and fourteenth by the Vermont Stage Company at the Flynn Theater.Her poem was chosen as one of the around dozen out of over 200 that were submitted. Eleanor attended the performance and had a great time! Well Done!

Chloe wrote the winning essay for the Montpelier Branch of the VFW Patriot's Pen Contest. Her essay was untitled and the prompt was, "Why I Appreciate America's Veterans." Chloe's essay is now moving on to the  district competition. Good Luck, Chloe, and congratulations on this great accomplishment.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Star, Our Team Mascot: 2nd Owner

As a continuum to our new team mascot, our team teachers, with the help of Grace Carlamango have decided to award Eleanor Braun with the honor of caring for the Star. Eleanor is in Mr. Griffith's TA, and we are confident that they are taking great care of Star. If you want a chance to get Star for your TA, make sure to be hard working, kind, and over all SIRIUS!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Miss. Schreiber

Kyrsten Schreiber is Main Street Middle Schools student intern. She goes to grad school at The University of Vermont and part of her training is to join powers with Mr. Rosenberg to help teach his science class. She says "I feel very fortunate to be interning at Main Street Middle School the students and the teachers have been so wonderful. I can't wait to see what the rest of the year has in store." To other students Miss. Schreiber is "A very enthusiastic leader who will make a smashing teacher one day" (quote Gary Measure). We hope she will continue teaching and have fun!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Sirius science fair

        Sirius Team has been working on science fair projects. The 8 best science fair projects are going to the Vermont State Science Fair. The presentation of science fair projects will be on March 6th, 2014. Mr. Rosenberg said, "I want the kids to explore what they are interested in, to work together as a group and individually on projects at home".

Waterfall Braids

Mrs.Magoons T.A. memebers Mary Curran and Izzy Banse have discovered a new unique braid that looks hard but is apparently quite easy to do. These braids are known as "Waterfall Braids" They have been giving eachother these braids for the past couple weeks. Many compliments have been recieved. Here you can see Mary Curran modeling one of the fantastic braid now.`

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Friendship Bracelets

Mrs. Scott's TA has been working together to make friendship bracelets, another enriching TA activity. Mrs. Scott says this is a good way to work together and for the students to talk to each other about what is happening in their lives. They have made traditional bracelets and bracelets with a Loop De Doo. A Loop De Doo is a machine that you can use to make chic bracelets. This is another great way to wake up the mind.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

2014 Robotics fair

Eli Rosenberg, the 7th and 8th grade science teacher for team SIRIUS, has started teaching a robotics club again. With a group of 6 fourth graders and 4 sixth graders, plus two "student mentors", Anja Samson (7th grade) and Daniel Jestes (8th grade) this team was complete. On November 16th at Norwich University they competed in a tournament. This team came out second in the values presentation, talking about their robots, and 9th in a board game competition where students maneuver their robots across a board, challenging other opponents.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

1000 Paper Cranes

Some have heard the truly inspirational story of Sadako and her thousand paper cranes. If you haven't we greatly recommend you read Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr. Sadako was killed October 25, 1955, in Hiroshima, Japan, by a nuclear bomb. Growing up she made paper cranes and tried to make 1000. This was her way of dreaming of world peace, a goal she never reached. When Mr. Rosenberg was a child, everyone feared nuclear war. So, most children were inspired to make paper cranes. Mr. Rosenberg decided that his TA needed something to be passionate about, so he turned to the familiar paper cranes. Mr. Rosenberg says these cranes are beautiful, it's great to start the day by working with your hands, it awakens the brain, and its teaching kids to be competent which makes them confident. He hopes that others will start to work on cranes too and says that his TA students can teach others how to work on these truly creative and inspiring pieces of art.