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.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Attack of the giant mosquito

Castle Challenge

Students were given the challenge of creating a castle using 50 index cards during Community time. Groups had to collaborate without talking.