Thursday, December 17, 2015

December Assembly

The Kindergartners led our December POPS Assembly.   They sang a song about elves and passed out the POPS awards.

Students waiting for the assembly to begin.

POPS class of the month. 

POPS students of the month. 
Photos by fifth graders, S.A. and R. G.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

4th Grade Trip to Shaw's

Walking to Shaw's

"Clink, clink, clink."  Money dropped into the "tip" jar at the bake sale.  There was so much money in the jar!  (We were selling food to make money so that we can buy groceries for the John Graham Shelter.)

At school the next day, I went through Morning Meeting, science, typing, specials (PE and music) and then recess.  After recess we went in to our groups.  Protein, canned goods, hygiene products, fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, grains, dairy, and my group - meals in a box.

We walked down the hall in our jackets and gloves and hats.  I thought the walk would be fast but it wasn't.  We had to walk for miles!  Soon we made it to the store.  All that food made be hungry, but I knew that I wasn't buying food for me.

I found my group in isle two.  They were looking at boxed mac and cheese.  We bought three boxes of velvet mac and cheese and two boxes of ramon noodles. We also bought angel hair spaghetti.  Then we waited until every one else finished their shopping.  Finally, we walked back to school.  On the way, we dropped our food off at the John Graham Shelter.  The people there looked very elated when they saw us with the food and hygiene products.

When we got back to school, we had hot chocolate and cookies.  I devoured my cookie and sipped my hot chocolate.  As I drank my cocoa, I thought about how delighted I made those people at the shelter.  That made me smile.

As you can see, it is never too late to do the right thing.

Written by fourth grader, R. G. 

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The VUES Craft Fair was a Success!

$244.00 and 10 boxes of food was donated to the Vergennes Food Shelf.  Also, $3,600.00 went to support the After School Fusion Program.  Some of the jobs were baking, donations, setting up, taking down, ans hanging signs.  Some people who supported that were parents, teachers and students.  The vendors did very well, and there was a great turnout of shoppers.  

Some other little fun facts that happened: 
  • There was a children's room where kids could do crafts, and they could watch movies while their parent were shopping
  •  Some former VUES students were the DJs for Christmas music.
  •  Steve Sawyer and the chorus group came through and sang carols.  
  • Finally the winners of the Raffle Selling Contest... there was a fifth grader in Mrs. Cadoret's class who got first place, another fifth grader in Mrs. Racine's class who got second place, and a kindergartner in Mrs. Ekroos's class who got third place.  They all will receive a Vergennes Green Bucks.

Some VUES students that helped out!

The Chorus group singing carols.

                                                                                                                                                                                     By 6th grader S.P.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Illustrator Visit

Bethany Farrell came to visit the Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade and 3rd grade students.  She illustrated the book, Oberst and Valentine Find Their Human.

 Beth explained how she turned sketches into illustrations. 

Beth shows students her sketch book. 

Students asked many interesting questions.
Written by sixth grader,  R.O.


6th Grade Science

Laura MacLachlan from Vermont Energy Education Program visited 6th grade for a day.   She is an energy educator.  She serves schools in Addison and Rutland counties.  6th grade science students did an greenhouse gases experiment.  They used a heat lamp for the sun, two 2 liter soda jugs, rocks, 2 thermometers, and 2 data sheets.

One 6th grader said, "It was fun and cunfuzzling at the same time."

Another said, "It was fun."

Three sixth graders are listening for the next direction.
The materials for the experiment.

Here they are doing the experiment.

Now Laura Machachlan is helping two sixth graders.

                                                                                                                                                      By 6th grader S.P.

November Assembly

On Tuesday November 24, 2015, the whole school gathered in the gym for the November POPS assembly. First, they gave out POPS awards to 13 students (one for each class). Second, the sixth graders played a little game about teamwork called Pipeline. Mrs. Wenzel's homeroom won by the way. After the sixth graders game, Ms. Newton asked what the students in the audience saw.  Then, whole school watched a 6th grade ropes course video.  And at the end of the assembly, they gave out the POPS classroom of the assembly.
Article written by E.T in sixth grade. 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Veterans' Day 2015

On Wednesday, VUES observed the Veterans' Day with a school assembly. We sang the National Anthem, and we watched our Student Council walk local veterans into the gym. Students from VUHS History Club gave speeches, recited poetry, sang and played music.

The Scribner Family
Sgt. John Montgomery served 18 years in the Vt. Army National Guard
Corporal Al Reynolds served for 6 years during the Vietnam War era
Sgt. Chris Ballard was a Flight Medic in the Army.

The Boy Scouts helped with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Written By Students R.G. and S.P

A letter to a veteran. 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Volunteers at VUES

Martha Sanborn

We have a volunteer at the library who puts books away.  Her name is Martha Sanborn. She has been volunteering for four years! She wanted to volunteer in the library because she wanted to help Ms. Foley, and Ms. Foley is nice to her. She loves books. She also came here because she has two daughters in this school.  


We have a volunteer in the kitchen named Joaninha. She volunteers here because she loves the children, and she likes to be helpful. She has been volunteering in the kitchen for two years. She washes the dishes, prepares food, and serves food. She likes the people she works with in kitchen, and also she likes the teachers. Her favorite food is butternut soup.

Article and photos by sixth graders, O.H. and I. H

Monday, November 2, 2015

Halloween at VUES

On Friday, October 30, 2015, VUES students and staff wore their Halloween costumes for Spirit Week!! The 6th graders led the Halloween parade, all of the VUES student followed behind them. They walked up and around Main Street, and then back to school!!! Everybody had a great time!!!!
Written by sixth grader, S.P.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

VUES Book Fair is Coming in November!

Nov. 2nd -5th during the school day, 7:45- 3:30
***Special Evening Hours ***
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd from 5-7pm
A great selection of books will be for sale at the VUES Book Fair on Monday, November 2nd through Thursday, the 5th.  Students will have an opportunity to visit the book fair during their regularly scheduled library class.
The goal of the book fair is to promote reading.  In addition, a portion of all purchases will benefit our school by generating books for the school library and/or funds for library projects.

Shop Online
If you are out of town or can't make it to our Book Fair, you can also help support our school by shopping online.
  • Send wish lists to family and friends
  • All orders ship free to the school
  • Browse an expanded book selection - all ages through adult

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Fun Run 2015


The start of the fun run!!!!

SO FUN!!!!

You gotta follow the cones!!!!


Some winners of the Fun Run!!!

VUES had the annual Fun Run on Wednesday.   The Fun Run's three goals are: 1. To promote healthy behaviors, 2. To fundraise for school wide projects or special programs, & 3. To have fun! The rain didn't stop our runners from this school-wide event this year.
Written by 6th grade, O.H. 

Friday, October 23, 2015

October POPS Assembly

3rd Grade led the October POPS Assembly with a song.

Mrs. Wenzel's class received the October POPS Classroom Award
 from Mrs. Sargent and Mrs, Kayhart.

Another group of VUES students were awarded the POPS Student
 of the Month Award.  Each classroom gave a student award. 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Spirit Week Next Week!

Spirit Week
Next week, the week of Oct. 26th - Oct. 30th, VUES will be doing a Spirit Week! Each day of the week will have a different theme. The VUES Student Council is organizing this event.

Oct 26 Monday- RAINBOW DAY
Each grade wears a different color!
Kindergarten - Red
1st Grade- Orange
2nd Grade- Yellow
3rd Grade- Green
4th Grade- Blue
5th Grade- Purple
6th Grade- Black and White

Oct 27 Tuesday- TWIN DAY
Wear the same clothes as all your friends and classmates! Oct 28 Wednesday- JERSEY DAY  (Also the Fun Run day!)   
           Wear the same jersey as your favorite sports team!

Dress up as someone from a different decade!
Some suggestions are the 80s, 70s, 60s, etc.

Oct 30 Friday- COSTUME DAY         
Wear your Halloween costume to school!   
Article written by R.O.and edited by I.H.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

5th Grade Starbase

For the last several weeks (about once a week), 5th grade students have been going to Starbase in South Burlington to learn about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).  
Below are some pictures of their Starbase activities.

Students ...

built rockets,  

used flight simulators,

created  models molecules,

and conducted experiments with air pressure and marshmallows. 

Students are really enjoying Starbase.  "It was awesome!" is a quote from one fifth grade boy. 

Captions by sixth grader, D.V,

Monday, October 12, 2015

Gwen Zwickle

We have a new literacy teacher and her name is Gwen Zwickel. She came to this school because she heard great things about this school. She used to work as a literacy teacher, and also an art teacher. She grew up in New Haven, Vermont. Her favorite color is periwinkle. Her favorite animals are cats and giraffes. One of her favorite book series is Harry Potter. One of her favorite movies is “The Hunger Games”. If she wrote a book it would be about a horse that escapes from its barn and had an adventure. She went to UVM.. If she had a super power, it would be to read minds. Her favorite ice cream is Coconut Dark Chocolate and Almond Chunk. We look forward to having her as a teacher.

Photo and article by:Ian .H, Oscar .H, and Dereck .V