Sunday, December 9, 2012

Operation Happiness

Last Friday, we donated all of our items to Operation Happiness. Including the items that were collected on Friday morning, City School donated 2,660 items! Here is a quick video that shows you what it took to get all of the items donated. Thank you for supporting this community event.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Mark your Calendars!

Our Culminating Event is Thursday, December 20th.  Please join us from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. as students present their Sci-Fi-Envi stories. 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Learning Showcase

Learning Showcases are Today and Wednesday.  This is just a reminder if you've signed up for a Learning Showcase.  Please email us if you have a question or concern.

Click below to signup for your child's Learning Showcase.

Monday, November 26th
Wednesday, November 28th

Operation Hapiness

Team Renaissance will be collecting non-perishable food items for Operation Happiness Food Drive (formally known as Cram the Complex).  Communities will be provided with a collection box beginning November 26th until Thursday, December 6th.  Our goal for this year is 2012 food items.  We will collect items from your Learning Communities boxes by noon each day.  There will be a Gates Fudge Ice-Cream party for the Learning Community who collects the most food items.

Suggested Food Items:
Canned Vegetables
Peanut Butter
Spaghetti Sauces
Tuna Fish
Bottled Gravy
Stuffing Mix


Thursday, November 15, 2012

PIcture Retake Day

Retake Day is Friday, November 16th!
8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. in the Library
If you need a retake- The entire picture package is to be returned to the photographer on retake day before a picture can be taken.  Order forms are at the front desk in the lobby.
If you received the wrong background please call Geskus at 1-800-948-1120

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Veteran Art Project

Our team worked with two 1-3 teams on an art project on Monday.  We are proud of everyone who helped and led the younger students.  Pictures from the day are coming as soon as I know it is ok to post the younger student faces.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Monday, November 5, 2012

Hosting a Dance

The Renaissance team will be hosting a dance on Friday, November 9th, form 7-9 pm.  THis dance is a fundraiser with all proceeds going to our team.  School policy states that we need a minimum of 10 chaperones.  If you are able to help us chaperone, please contact the Renaissance teachers by Wednesday morning, 11/7.  All background checks need to be up to date.  Please contact us with any questions.

Thank you!

-Renaissance Teachers

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Support the Class of 2013

The 8th grade class of 2013 is selling wreaths until 11/5! To buy one, see your favorite 8th grader or there is an order form at the front desk. Please make checks payable to SACS PTO.
Thank you,
Class of 2013

Mr. Reynolds talks to our Community

Our 21st century class had a guest speaker from NWSWD (Northwest Vermont Solid Waste Management District).  He talked to our community about his job and passion for recycling.

Friday, October 26, 2012

7th Grade Parent Information Night

There will be a Seventh Grade Parent Information Night on Thursday,  November 1st from 6:00 - 7:00 pm in the Renaissance Community.  Topics to be covered include:  homework, website management, student responsibilities, expectations, and PowerSchool.  We hope to see you there.  If you are unable to attend, but would like to meet with us at another time, please call the Renaissance Community.

Progress Reports

Students are bringing home progress reports today (Friday, October 26th). These include the PowerSchool reports for Math, Language Arts, and 21st Century. Please review these with your student, and return the signed sheet. Thank you!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

7th Grade Walking Field Trip

Tomorrow the 8th graders will complete NECAP testing with the last two writing sections. 7th graders will be out in the community collecting data as they go on a walking field trip. Using their distance and time, students will analyze their walk, create graphs and tables that represent the data, and extend their finding to a walk that they plan for younger students. The Project will run Thursday through next Tuesday. We will be posting our work on Haiku if you would like to see what we are up to! Should be a great way to get outside and enjoy the fall leaves!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Popcorn lab

Today, students practiced using the scientific method with popcorn! Students focused on writing an accurate hypothesis and procedure to test for the best tasting microwave popcorn.

Monday, September 24, 2012


NECAPS begin next week, and will run for two weeks. Here is our schedule for those weeks. Remember it is important to get a good nights sleep, eat breakfast, and bring your game face before all NECAP testing. Our Schedule

State Song

Friday, September 21, 2012

Geography Study Tools

Students from Renaissance can use Google Drawing templates to help them learn and study the names and locations of the states. The New England map is a great way to practice with the drawing interface by moving shapes and copying text boxes. The Eastern US, Midwestern and Southern US, and the West Coast maps are all available to them in our Google Apps domain. Simply go to Drive--Create--From Template and search "map."  Once you find the map you like, choose Use This Template.  NOTE: These maps only work if you are logged into the domain.

Thursday, September 20, 2012


What's a CLA you ask?  CLA stands for Common Local Assessments; or tests that everyone at our school take.  Today 7th and 8th graders took their computational fluency test.  This year the test was given online.  Most students used small white boards to do their work.  Great job Renaissance!

Save the Animals!

Students worked in teams to flip their raft, stay on the drift wood, and save the animals.  Here is one groups journey.  Enjoy.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Student Voice in Thematic Units

Students have worked for ten days creating a structure for our 21st Century. Our completed document will be posted soon. Thank you students for your engagement and your interesting questions.

Ms. Suzi talks to our community!

Yesterday Ms. Suzi talked to us about Theory of Mind. She helped students to understand that some students think differently based on their brains, and how they can help support students within the school community. Thank you for coming in!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Green Up Day

Thank you to all communities for participating in our fall Green Up Day.  The school grounds look great; all of the flower beds are weeded and ready for Spring planting.  Here are a few photos from the day!

Thursday, September 13, 2012


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Science Experiments

Some very unusual things happen when you mix a little milk, food coloring, and a drop of liquid soap.  The milk is more complicated than it looks. It is made up mostly of water and then equal parts of protein, fats, and sugar. The fat has been broken up and spread throughout the milk (by the process called HOMOGENIZATION) into tiny pieces of fat called globules.  When the milk was first placed into the carton, it was still and did not move. Even when the food coloring was added to the milk, things were still quiet. This is because the fat globules were steady and undisturbed. When the soap hits the milk, things begin to move.

The soap breaks up the fat globules and lets them spread across the surface of the milk. As the globules break and expand, they create movement in the milk. Normally you would never notice this, but the food coloring shows how the surface of the milk moves and changes in response to the soap breaking up the fat in the whole milk.
This flowing shows how soap works. It is the same kind of thing that happens when you wash dishes or hair with soap. The soap breaks up the fat or grease and lets it to flow in the water and down the drain.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Let's Make It A Great Week!

Last Friday, all middle school students played North & South. This event was organized by 6 students. Thanks for the fun at the end of the week.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Password Change Reporting Form

For all students with new email accounts:

You have a default password to enter your account for the first time.  For safety and security reasons, it's in your best interest to change that password. If you do, please fill out this form so we can keep a record of your accounts.  If you change the password and forget what it is, we can't go in and fix it--we'll have to delete the account.  If we have to do that, you'll lose access to all of the Google docs you created using this new account.  So, please use the link to fill out the form so we can record your information.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

We have all of our Laptop forms Signed!!!

Green Up Day

Wednesday September 12th is a school community Green Up Day.  All communities have signed up to participate!

North East Map Quiz

Know the location, spelling and abbreviations

  • Maine
  • Vermont
  • New Hampshire
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Massachusetts
  • Connecticut
  • Rhode Island

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Kill Kare

Last Friday, the community enjoyed a beautiful day at Kill Kare State Park. Students fished, swam, played volleyball, lacrosse, and wiffle ball. We even got to test out "Patty" the recently completed boat. Here are some pictures from the day. We look forward to doing this again next year.

Student Made Poster

Thursday, June 7, 2012


Mr. Mehaffy talks to Renaissance about boating terms. What a wealth of knowledge!

The Boat!!!!

Wow! I'm not sure we thought this day would come... the boat is finished and boy does it look fabulous! We will bring it with us tomorrow so that the gentlemen who made it can test it out! Mr. Meahaffy are you going to go first?

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Culiminating Event & 8th Grade Renaissance Celebration

Who:  Renaissance Families

What: Forces Culminating Event, Presentation on Community Service Projects from the year, and a team graduation for our 8th grade students. 

When: June 14th, 1:00 p.m.

Where: Renaissance Learning Community (double room)

Why:  To showcase the work of our students and honor the 8th grade students leaving for high school

Field Trip

The Renaissance Community has planned an end of the year field trip for Friday, June 8th.  We will travel by bus to Killkare State Park at 9:45 a.m. and return at about 2:15 p.m.  Students will need to bring a lunch and any snacks, drinks etc. that they will want for the day.  Students who normally have hot lunch in the cafeteria may order a brown bag lunch.  Please do not send any glass bottles or containers.  Students may also want to bring a swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, fishing equipment, Frisbees, footballs, etc.  We need the permission slip returned to the homeroom teacher this Friday (June 1st).  Raindate will be June 12th.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Wind Powered Boats

With Traveler students watching, students raced their wind-powered boats during WIN time today.

Carnival/Orientation Schedule

7:45-8:15 WIN
8:15-8:30 home room
8:30-9:15 21st Century
9:15-10:15 8th grade math/ 7th grade LA
10:15-10:30 8th grade snack, leaving for BFA
10:30-10:45 7th grade snack
10:45-11:30 Set Up Carnival
11:30-12:00 picnic lunch
12:00-1:45 Carnival
1:45-2:20 prizes/reflection
2:10-2:30 outside recess

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Engineering Bridge Project

Students are creating proposals to present to the Renaissance Construction Company as party of a real-world bridge-building project. They're exploring engineering, design and manufacturing concepts as they plan out their bridges. The culmination of this project will include a presentation to their teachers that integrates finance and communication skills.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Green Up Day!

Our students have been planning our May 18th Green Up Day! They have been making maps, schedules, organizing supplies, and designing a productive school-wide event! We are so proud of the leadership they have shown so far!


IBM engineers joined Renaissance students on May 7th. Students learned about engineering careers and explored properties of electricity. Students were actively engaged with the engineers with hands on inquiry projects. Both the students and the engineers commented on what a wonderful joint activity this was. The IBM engineers employees were so impressed with students enthusiasm that they asked to come back!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


Freshman Orientation

​On Friday, May 25, your Eighth Grader will be walking to BFA for Freshman Orientation. This is an annual event to introduce eighth graders to the wonders of their upcoming ninth grade year. This is always an exciting day. The students will receive a mock schedule for next year and get to meet teachers and fellow ninth graders from the other sending schools.
On Friday, lunch will be provided by BFA. Your Eight Grader will be dismissed from BFA at 2:00 P.M. and walking home. If you choose to do so, you may make arrangements to pick students up at approximately 2:00P.M. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to give us a call.

Friday, May 11, 2012


The seventh graders continue to learn how to reflect on their work. This week we stopped and thought about what we wanted to accomplish from GreenUp Day.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Next Weeks Schedule Change

NECAP Schedule Tuesday/Wednesday

8:30 - 10:00 NECAP
10:00 - 10:15 Snack
10:15 - 11:15 7th Grade LA/8th Grade Math
11:15 - 12:00 7th Grade Math/ 8th Grade LA
Recess in the afternoon during 21st Century

NECAP Schedule Thursday
8:30 - 9:30 NECAP
9:30 - 9:45 Snack
9:45 - 10:45 7th Grade LA/ 8th Grade Math
10:45 - 11:45 7th Grade Math/ 8th Grade LA
11:45 - 12:00 Break
1:15 - 2:00 21st Century Bridge Project
2:00 Outside

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Concept Assessment

All students are working on a test that helps identify what mathematical concepts they understand at their grade level.