Thursday, December 18, 2014

Barbie Bungee

Today in math class, the 8th graders got to plan a bungee jump for Barbie off of the staircase.  We had to take rubber bands and tie them to Barbie.  The rubber bands acted as the bungee cord.  The goal was to get Barbie as close to the ground as possible without
touching the ground.  We did trials and recorded the height in our data tables.  We had to make equations to find the slope.  We used our equations to estimate how many rubber bands it would take for Barbie to bungee off the staircase safely.
-Alyssa Florio

Heat Transfer

Today in 21st century class we learned how particles move in hot and cold substances. In hot water, particles move faster, and in cold water, particles move slower. The experiment we did was with a ball and ring. One stick had a ball on it that could fit right through the ring. Once you dip the ball in the hot water, the particles move faster so it expanded and it didn't go through the ring. Once we put it in the cold water,, the particles in the ball moved slower, so it went right through. This experiment showed how particles move in hot and cold substances.  Here is a video of the experiment.  We also listened to a radio clip that related to our 21st Century class.
- Maya Perrault

Interviewing Senator Leahy

Students interviewed Senator Leahy on Tuesday.  An article about the experience will posted soon.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Elves Visit Mrs. Biggie

Over the last year, Santa has been checking his list twice, to make sure all the boys and girls are extra nice.  As he checked his list, he noticed one special girl at City School.  Now this girl worked hard to spread cheer throughout the year.  Santa thought he would send her a special surprise to make her holiday even brighter than usual.  He asked all of his elves at the North Pole to create decorations.  Then Santa sent his two favorite elves, Holly and Day to "Elf" her office.  Check out this video to see Winter Wonderland at City School.

Interviewing Steve Widdis

On Monday, Renaissance interviewed Steve Widdis about his experience in Saudi Arabia.  Students asked many questions about the culture.  Students learned what clothing was typical, what types of games they play, and some of the rights of men and women.  This was a practice run for our interview with Senator Leahy.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Marshmallow Catapults

Students created catapults in 21st Century. They launched marshmallows across the classroom to see who's went the furthest.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Operation Happiness

After weeks of collecting donated food from the whole school family, Team Renaissance went to work sorting, transporting and delivering it to where it needed to go.  Operation Happiness has been a labor of love for Renaissance and our school for several years now.  Each year this kind of community service enriches our student's lives. Renaissance and everyone that donated food this year deserve our thanks.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Tis the season

The 8th graders solidified their knowledge of slope today by making an ornament to decorate our slope tree!  Students seemed to enjoy our 15 minute craft break.  

Monday, November 17, 2014

Operation Happiness Update

Renaissance has 134 nonperishable food items. Our goal is 300 items. We have about 45% of our goal. Keep up the good work and bring in some more items this week!

New T-Shirts

Renaissance is getting new t-shirts made.  They cost $8.50 and come in adult sizes.  We predict that they will shrink some since they are 100% cotton.  The order forms went home today.  Below is the design.  The blue will be a bit more royal blue than navy.

Stewardship Update

Renaissance presented during the School Board meeting last Thursday.  Students did a wonderful job!  We are very proud of the students who presented and those that continue to work on this stewardship project.  Below is an article on the project, and few pictures from VtFest.

St.Albans City School 7/8 learning communities had the opportunity to attend Vermont Fest on Thursday November 6, 2014.  Renaissance students, Maya Perrault, Kiara Biggs, Colin Lund, Ethan Ireland, and Sebastian Tatro chose to take part in this event.  They presented to a group of 35 educators, about one of the Renaissance Community’s active stewardship projects utilizing technology.  Stewardship projects are part of the individual communities within St. Albans City School.  Communities have chosen these projects to help our community while developing our problem solving and collaboration skills.  The majority of these projects are still in progress and span more than one school year.
Vermont Fest takes place at The Killington Grand Resort in Killington. It is an educational technology conference that  people involved in education from all over the state attend. There are presentations and workshops that focus on how to creatively use technology in the classroom.
In the past few years, St. Albans Bay has been on high alert due to large amounts of blue- green algae. The water has not been safe for recreational use in this area. One of the primary cause for this blue-green algae in St. Albans Bay is phosphorus runoff from our area. Our project is to improve the trail system design at Hard’ack/Aldis Hill.  The phosphorus flows unfiltered down the trails, past the trees, and plants.  It doesn’t go through the trees and plants due to the design of the trails. The phosphorus is then carried through storm drains, into the lake. Phosphorus is used for plant growth, and when in the water, it grows algae. Algae produces toxins, and use high levels of oxygen, which kills off large numbers of marine life. The trails are going to be improved to make them more user friendly and to hopefully decrease the runoff that affects the lake.
In March of 2014,  Nexus 7 tablets and the My Tracks app were introduced to the Renaissance Learning Community. Students were taught how to use the new technology with  an outdoor digital scavenger hunt.  The learning community then traveled to Cady Hill Forest in Stowe to observe how the trails were designed and to practice using the new technology.  Interviews of engineering firms were held by representatives from Friends of Northern Lake Champlain,  St.Albans City,  St. Albans Town, St. Albans Mountain Biking Club, The Board of Hard’ack/Aldis Hill, and the Renaissance community. The engineering firm that was chosen was Sinuosity. Trail development experts from Sinuosity taught Renaissance students how to identify and measure different types of erosion. The entire Renaissance community then went to Hard’ack/Aldis Hill to identify, measure and document with pictures the erosion on the trails.  The data Renaissance collected was used to produce recommendations for the improvement of the trail system.

   Presenting the Hard’ack/Aldis Hill project to a group of educators at Killington was a great opportunity for our learning community. During the presentation, students explained the problems with the trails and Lake Champlain and what was being done to help solve the problem.  The teachers described how the technology played a role in the project and how this project strengthened the curriculum and supported our Personal Learning Plans by bringing many professionals into the classroom. The audience had questions for both students and teachers, which everyone thought more about. After the presentation, both students and teachers got to walk around a maker faire. Students observed and tried the different workshops, ideas, and projects. Renaissance students went to Killington with a purpose to share their technology rich project, and left more aware of educational technology in Vermont.

Veterans Day

On November 11th, our School walked up to Taylor Park to watch the parade and listened to speeches made by members of the community.  Renaissance students walked younger kids from Imagination and Travelers.  Here is what a few students had to say...
"We held their hands, talked to them, answered their many questions, and played games like I spy on our walk to the park."
"It was difficult"
"We needed much patience, but it was rewarding."
"Stressful at times"
 Here are a few pictures from the day.

Learning Showcases

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

The Geek Squad took over for the day.  Progress reports went home today and should be signed and returned by Tuesday.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Thursday, October 2, 2014


BMS stands for Basic Math Skills.  At the beginning of the year the whole community takes a basic math skills test.  This test lets Ms. Eichorn and Mr. Laroche know what our struggles are in math and what we are good at.  The skills we get wrong on the test we have to work on for an hour each week.  If we think we have practiced enough and we understand it, we can test out.  If we test out and get all four questions right we don't have to practice that skill anymore and move on to the next one.  Both grades have a planning sheet located on Haiku to direct their learning.  Here is a picture of the planning sheet.


This past week, three Renaissance students and two Renaissance teachers participated in a webinar. This webinar was about the Hard'ack and Aldis Hill trial project that the Renaissance community has been apart of. It was extremely intimidating from a students point of view, knowing that there were going to be so many teachers in the audience (200+). After the webinar, got started all of the participants worked together to explain Stewardship Projects that are happening at our school.  We mainly talked about our experience with the trial project.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Our community went to a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on September 18 to open up the new walking trail. Now anyone can go walk the trail for exercise!  Maya Perrault presented during this ceremony.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Renaissance Parent Night/Open House

Haiku Parent Login Information

Click on the link & enter the code.  Click on "parent" and then find the orange "register" button in the lower left corner.  After you register, you can add the remaining classes by following the links below.


Monday, September 22, 2014

Picture Day

Renaissance will be taking school pictures on October 2nd at 7:45 - 8:45.

Art & Technology Unified Arts Letter

St. Albans City School
29 Bellows St.
St. Albans, VT 05478

Dear Parent or Guardian,

Your son or daughter is currently participating in Art and Technology for his or her Unified Arts Elective Course this trimester. As part of the course, students use Blogger to create a portfolio of his or her artwork. For the duration of the course, I share administration over the blog with your student.  I require that students set the privacy settings for his or her blog to “Not listed on Blogger” and “Not visible to search engines.” The blog will be set to Private and your student may choose to invite specific readers to have access to the blog via email. After the course ends, your son or daughter may choose to change these privacy settings since he or she will be the sole administrator of the blog.

Using Blogger and accessing technology through this course requires students to adhere to all expectations outlined under the St. Albans City School Technology Acceptable Use Expectations, which were sent home for your signature earlier this school year. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you,

Ande Tagliamonte

Art/STEAM Teacher
St. Albans CIty School
802-527-0565 ext.2216

Friday, September 19, 2014

Dear Renaissance Parents,
The St. Albans City School Annual Open House and Harvest Dinner will be held on Thursday, September 25th from 5:00 - 7:00 pm.  The Renaissance Community will be holding a Family Forum from 5:00 - 5:45 to share information about Haiku, Stewardship Projects, and academic expectations. Students and teachers will give a short presentation and then answer any questions that you may have.

We will be finished in time so that you may enjoy the Harvest Dinner with your family.

We look forward to seeing you,
The Renaissance Community

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Track Green Up

Today during 21st Century, Renaissance students went outside and cleaned up the new track. Students picked up trash, cut branches, and raked the area.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

2014 First Day

The Renaissance Community had a great first day.  Here is the informational slideshow from today.  We look forward to a wonderful year.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

8th Grade Celebration!

The seventh grade students put on a killer 8th grade celebration!  The room looked amazing, and many families brought in desserts for the dessert bar.  If you missed the action, don't worry.  Videos from the ceremony are below, as well as, the end of the year slideshow!

Sinuosity Visit

Last week Sinuosity (the company who is working with Renaissance of the Trail Stewardship Project) came and visited with Renaissance.  We celebrated all that we have accomplished this school year.  Sinuosity showed us how they used the data we collected to create "prescriptions" for different trail areas.  Some trails may be designed to be less steep, portions of other trails may be closed, and some trails may need minor maintenance.  We have learned so much from Brook and Mariah, and can't wait to continue this work next school year.

Friday, June 13, 2014


This past Tuesday, the seventh graders hosted the Renaissance Carnival for the Traveler team.  Due to weather, the carnival was held indoors.  Students felt it was important to form a bond with the kids and wanted to provide a fun party for them. They wanted to have a leadership role so that the younger students would trust them. Renaissance kids were very creative, and hosted an awesome Carnival! Mr. Edwards said, "This was the best carnival ever!"

Renaissance sends best wishes to Mrs. McCarthy!

Students signed the book "The Dot" for Mrs. McCarthy.  The book was presented to her during the retirement party last night.  Thank you Mrs. McCarthy for supporting all of the Renaissance kids.

Renaissance is Growing!

Our family is expanding!  Every afternoon at 1:45, we had the opportunity to do some team building with our newest students.  Students were faced with challenging tasks in groups.  They had to work together to build a shelter that fit all members of their group.  They could only use newspaper and masking tape to create a free standing shelter.  Students found this task to be difficult and really had to communicate and collaborate around many ideas to make a viable structure.  Early in the week, students built marble runs in attempt to have their marble travel down the ramp at the slowest speed, without ever touching the marble.  Students liked this challenge, and enjoyed designing different paths for their marble.  "It was like a homemade pinball machine" said Haley.
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PLP Speeches

Simply Amazing!  All 8th grade students and their families came out on Wednesday to support their student's future goals.  We are so proud of all of their hard work and dedication!
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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Personal Learning Plan Speeches

Dear Grade Eight Parents,
We would like to invite you to our PLP Speech Presentation evening on Wednesday, June 11th at 6:00 p.m.  This is a special evening for parents and students.  Each eighth grader will be sharing the speech that highlights their future career goals, as well as reflections on her/his learning at St. Albans City School.  As you child's teachers, we have seen growth and maturity among many of the students and we are excited for them to share with their families their hopes and dreams for their future.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact any of the teacher at 527-0565 ext 2014.
Thank you,
Reanaissance Team Teachers

Community Celebration & Graduation

Dear Grade Eight Parents,

We wanted to let you know about some important dates and times for the week of graduation. Grade Seven will be hosting the community Grade Eight Celebration on Wednesday June 18 at 1:00. It is at this time that Characteristics of Learning Awards will be presented, as well as Exploratory and Band Awards. Each eighth grader will be receiving their certificate from the Renaissance team teachers and there will also be some other fun presentations and events. There will be a dessert bar reception for the eighth graders and their families immediately following the short ceremony. Parents and other family members are cordially invited to attend this celebration with their student. The second important date is Thursday June 19. Graduation will be from 6:00 to 7:00 PM. Students need to be here by 5:30 on Thursday and the dance is from 7:30 to 9:00. Students need to be picked up at the front of the building promptly at 9:00 PM. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. We are excited for the Grade Eight students as they end their time at City School and prepare to enter their high school career.
Renaissance Team Teachers

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Leadership from BFA

Today BFA leadership class visited Renaissance to inspire us and get us ready for high school.  They tried to instill the importance of organization and academic success.  We appreciated the high school students kind words of wisdom. 

Pizza Garden

A handful of Renaissance students worked with Mrs. Smith to plant our 2014 Garden!  They planted a pizza garden and included cucumbers for a snack.  Great job!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Sinuosity visits Renaissance!

Students learned how to identify erosion on trails.  Working in groups, students sent representatives to identify whether the trail's major problem was mud, tread erosion, widening, or just fine.  As students grew in confidence, they participated in a simulation that allowed them the opportunity to practice the field work they did in the afternoon.  Students mapped troubled areas using their Nexus 7s.  The data will be used by the engineers to design a better trail system. It was a fun day!  We can't wait for the engineers to return to share the results from our data collecting.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Bridge Building

Students have begun building their bridges as part if their engineering and design work.  Ask them what type of bridge they designed in their group.