Monday, March 31, 2014

Community Compost Forum

St. Albans City School (SACS) is holding Community Compost Forums on Tuesday, April 1st and Tuesday, April 15th from 6-7pm.  A panel of compost experts will present how residents can keep food waste out of the landfill and turn it into nutrient rich garden compost.  Compost Experts from Highfleld’s Center for Composting, Hudak Farms, Northwest Solid Waste District, SACS student compost team and SACS Farm to School will present information and be available for questions.  Educational material available to the public.  Please contact Heather Smith for further information at

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Tom Reynolds Presents to Renaissance

Yesterday, Tom Reynolds, from North West Solid Waste District talked to the students about composting.  Students had a lot of questions for Mr. Reynolds.  There was a great discussion around home composting and the importance of students being advocates in their own homes.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Culminating Events

As part of our stewardship project and 2nd Trimester Culminating Event, the Renaissance community will be helping present a home composting forum for the greater St. Albans City Community to compost at home. There will be presenters from Renaissance as well as from Highfields Center for Composting and the North West Solid Waste District. Students from our community will be participating during one of two nights. The nights are April 1st and April 15th. We invite you to join us at St. Albans City School from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. on your child's evening. You will receive a paper indicating which day your child will be participating. We look forward to seeing you, The Renaissance Teachers

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Google Hangout with Devin Sandoz

A representative from Google Education Play talked to the students last week about their participation in the Hardark'/Aldis Hill Recreating Trail Project.  This project is in conjunction with Friends of Lake Champlain, Google,  Hard'Ack Recreational Area, Aldis Hill Park, and the Franklin County Mountain Bike Club.  Devin Sandoz answered questions about the Nexus 7's that students will be using for this project.  The project will cover curriculum in science, math, engineering, technology, social-studies and language arts.  Students are excited to help the greater St. Albans community have access to well maintained trails that support a healthier lake and local environment.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Our latest Stewardship Project

Denise Smith, a member of our school board and executive director of Friends of Northern Lake Champlain helped kick of the Hardak'/Aldis Hill Recreation Trail Stewardship project.  Students learned about erosion and the effects on their watershed.  We look forward to partnering with Denise throughout this project.
Learn more about this project here.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Baby Pictures Needed for Yearbook

A reminder to 8th graders about baby pictures/messages from parents for the yearbook. They are due to me (Ms. Maquire) by this Friday. Once the pages get sent in for publishing there's not much I can do. Thank you so much. ----- Briana Maguire

Cookie Mining

As part of our Earth Science unit students learned about land reclamation and mining in this hands-on activity.  Cookies were used to model a mine and the chocolate chips represented the ore that needed to be extracted.  Students set up a mining company which allowed them to create a budget in order to purchase a mine and the necessary tools.  Companies paid EPA fines when reclamation was not up to government standards.  With two opportunities to mine, students recognized that they could make the most money when they simply destroyed the land and paid the fine.  As a group, we made connections between our cookie lab with actual mining operations and their effect on the environment.