This week, I'm highlighting one of our community partnerships. WUHSMS enjoys a close relationship with the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park. Over the past several years, this partnership has developed to the point that the park has, in essence, become an extension of our campus. In this newsletter, you will have a chance to see some examples of this partnership in action. The park partnership is one of the many ways that local organizations offer their assets to our students These community partnerships are a powerful tool that WUHSMS uses to extend learning opportunities for students. Thank you community partners!
This week's newsletter also includes examples of students building community connections. Students designed Red Ribbon Week activities that aimed to strengthen our school community by building connections across the student body. Students also deepened our global connections by raising money for our sister school in Puerto Rico, Nuestra Escuela. Go WUHSMS students. We are Woodstock!
All School News & Events
October 27, Middle School Halloween Dance (grades 7 and 8) 6-8:00 pm in the Middle School Gymnasium
November 2 and 9, Parent-Teacher conferences
November 3, High School Halloween Dance (grades 9-12) 8:30 pm in the Village at the Little Theatre
November 7, WUHSMS Band Concert 7:00 pm
November 7 , Twenty-two students from France begin their two-week stay at WUHSMS
November 9, Veteran's Day Assembly
November 10, Veteran's Day - School Closed
November 15, Coffee with the Principal 5:30-6:30 pm, Room 18 (note different location)
November 15, WUHSMS School Board meeting 7:00pm, WCSU Conference room (note different location)
French and Spanish Students at MBRNHP
Keri Bristow, Colleen O'Connell. and Marie Anderson
Students in Advanced Studies in Spanish and French just completed aninterpretation unit at the Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historic Park. Each student chose a theme relating to the Park's mission and researched and prepared a tour to communicate their findings. French and Spanish speaking community members listened to the student tour guides and were impressed with the student's communication skills. Topics included the bomb shelter under the Belvedere, the artwork in the mansion, Jersey cows, conservation measures used in the park, the family and gardens, and the architecture of the mansion. The students spent much of the first quarter preparing this project with the help of park personnel, with great thanks to Ranger Marie Hansen for her organization. Ms. Hansen tells us that MBRNHP is the only National Park that uses foreign language students to do interpretation.
Family and Consumer Sciences, Studio Art III, and, AP Studio Art Students at MBRNHP
Katrina Jimerson and Marie Olson-Bodeau
Eighth grade students in Family and Consumer Sciences along with high school juniors and seniors in Studio III and AP Art went to Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park to study the park's collection of Hudson River School paintings and, to draw landscapes of their own.
In the mansion, students learned how to "read" a painting. And they learned and used Visual Thinking Strategies to discuss paintings by Thomas Cole, Albert Bierstadt and William Bradford.
Outside, students explored the grounds finding vantage points to sketch what they saw.
The objectives were to of this experience where to understand how natural places can be used as inspiration for artists and, to gain a greater appreciation of their surroundings.
Students were engaged in the activities and inspired by their beautiful natural surroundings and the magnificent landscape paintings. As a result of their in-class lessons and the field trip, students in FACs will be making a landscape quilt using natural dyes they made and Studio III and AP Art students will be making landscape paintings.
Red Ribbon Week
This week students celebrated "Red Ribbon Week" through the efforts of high school students from the Vermont Teen Leadership Safety Program or VTLSP.
Recognized nationally, the goal is to educate others on the dangers of drug abuse.
VTLSP takes this campaign to a different level by focusing each day with a theme that surrounds making healthy decisions; Monday is Red Ribbon Week kick-off, where a short history is given and Red Ribbons are handed out during Advisory. Tuesday's focus is DeStress Day where posters are up around the school with words of encouragement and ways to deal with stress and to "Take what you need to DeStress", because people are more likely to do drugs when feeling stressed. Wednesday is Exercise/Fitness Day where fun activities will occur during the Best Day Assembly. Thursday's theme is Nutrition Day and fresh apples will be handed out and Woodstock Farmer's Market graciously donated some apples for our event. This encourages others to eat healthy which leads to a healthy lifestyle. Friday is Empowerment Day, or Empower"mint" Day.
The hope is that students learn to empower other students on a daily basis to help maintain a healthy school and community.
The National Honor Society, Students for Social Justice Club, Interact Rotary Club, Spanish Club, and Student Council at the Woodstock Union High School is holding a coin drop for the month of October in order to raise money for our sister school in Puerto Rico, Nuestra Escuela. Nuestra Escuela’s families, as so many others in Puerto Rico were recently devastated by Hurricane Maria. All donations go directly to the school’s relief and rebuilding efforts to assist students and families with their needs. Please support Nuestra Escuela and donate! Look for “coin drop” containers in the HS and MS offices and around the community.