Thursday, November 19, 2015


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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Renaissance in the News!

This morning, I presented our communities Rain Garden Stewardship Project to the channel 22 News.  I got to share how the rain garden works, and all of the hard work our students have put into this project.  Two students nominated City School as a Cool School because of City School's Stewardship Projects.  Below is a link to watch the different segments from today's news show.

Cool School: St. Albans City School - Story | myChamplainValley

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Hungry Heart

Today, at Unified Arts time, Renaissance and USA watched a movie about drug addiction.  The Hungry Heart was filmed in St. Albans about addicts trying to recover. It followed young adults and adults struggling with drug abuse. Most of the individuals went to Mousetrap Pediatrics and worked with Dr. Holmes to break their habits using therapy and another drug called Suboxone.  Suboxone helps to subsided the craving for other drugs. Many of the addicts had been close to death and had barely survived; some with major health problems. We learned that the pain relief was not worth it.  In the long run, being drug free is definitely the way to be. We will continue the conversation on Thursday when the speaker comes back to speak to our community.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Hungry Heart

November 11, 2015

Dear Parents and Guardians,

On Tuesday November 17 and Thursday November 19, 2015 your child will have a guest speaker during his/her physical education classes.  The speaker will be Mary Pickener, a Vermont Substance Abuse Prevention counselor.  Mary works closely with many agencies in the county as well as local schools.

During class on Tuesday your child will be watching the movie The Hungry Heart in it’s entirety.  The Hungry Heart provides an intimate look at the often hidden world of prescription drug addiction through the world of Vermont Pediatrician Fred Holmes who worked with patients struggling with the disease.  This films shines the light on the healing power of conversation and the need for connection that many of theses young addicts yearn for but do not have in their lives.

On Thursday we will continue the conversation around the factors that may influence one’s decision to use drugs as well as prevention techniques and triggers using a guided curriculum.  

Early exposure to the dangers of drug and alcohol usage paired with early intervention has been found to be the best prevention.  If you have any questions about the presentation please contact us at 527-0565 ext 5002


Meg Jarvis                    Rusty Branon                         Paula Wight                    Heidi Andrews

Physical Education Instructors

Tech Sargent Beams Visits Renaissance

On Tuesday, November 10th, Miss Beams' father, Tech Sargent Beams came to visit Renaissance and talk about his experience being in the Navy and the Air National Guard to get the community thinking about Veterans Day. He talked about his many experiences going to different countries and the challenges of being away from his family. He knew from a very young age that the Navy was the path he wanted to take in life, because of the amount of male figures in his life who had been in the Military. He served an important role in defending the Vermont air base while the Vermont fighter jets flew to protect New York City on September 11th, 2001.  Tech Sargent Beams told the Renaissance community about his truly special experience, protecting the country and defending the people.
Happy Veterans Day!

Friday, November 6, 2015


In 21st Century class, we are learning how to debate. We are researching and organizing information for our first small debate which will be held on Monday. For this debate, we each have a 2 minute time period to state our arguments and a 1 minute counter argument. I look forward to hearing other debates!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Making Solar Ovens!

We are trying to use the sun to heat a marshmallow.  We designed ovens out of oak tag, aluminum foil, masking tape, and a mirror.  Most people decided to use the aluminum foil to conduct heat because they knew it was a conductor.  Also, a lot of people used the mirror to reflect sunlight as another source of heat.  The basic oven was built out of the oak tag.  The next sunny day, we will bring our ovens outside for 15 minutes and test to see if we were able to cook the marshmallow.  This will help us understand heat transfer and give us an opportunity to use our new temperature probe and interface.