7th graders in Mr. Buhler's class recently installed a small hive near campus and are learning about beekeeping and the bee's role in our environment. Mr. Buhler and his classes have been visiting the hive and monitoring its change and growth. In this first video, Mr. B and his students install the hive and release the bees, including the queen.
WUMS 7th graders traveled to Salem, Massachusetts and enjoyed a brisk March day as they explored the Peabody Essex Museum, visited the Salem Customs House, and more. Click on the image to view the entire gallery.
Last Updated on Friday, 05 April 2013 07:00
Grade 7 Students Visit MBR National Historic Park
Friday, 01 March 2013 13:34
On Friday 2/15, the 7th grade took a field trip to Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historic Park and Billings Farm. The focus of the day was on learning about life in rural VT in the 1800s. Students explored what was homemade vs what was store bought and why, butter making, how laundry was done in another era, and some jack jumping for fun. At the Park, students formed teams to build snow shelters and fires to boil water choosing materials and sites as they saw fit. All the groups were successful in their constructions and water boiling efforts. In addition they learned about animal tracks and habits then went out to "read" foot prints, identify the animal who made them, and then try to tell a story of what the animal was doing at that particular place. The weather cooperated nicely and a good time was had by all.
Last Updated on Friday, 01 March 2013 15:05
MS Girls Basketball @ Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Written by Tim Whitney
Thursday, 28 February 2013 11:15
The 8th grade girls basketball team took a field trip to Springfield, MA during the winter break week to visit the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame attended a game college game at Springfield College and received a tour of the new field house with an indoor track and numerous training and exercise rooms conducted by the SC Asst. Athletic Director, Craig Poisson.
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 February 2013 11:39
8th Grader Kyle Rasmussen to Work as Senate Page at VT. Statehouse
Friday, 01 February 2013 14:55
8th grader Kyle Rasmussen is off to work in the Vermont State House as a Senate Page for 6 weeks this spring. Kyle is one of only 30 8th graders state-wide selected to participate in this program. Senate pages deliver messages and perform other tasks for the members of the Senate, the House of Representatives, and the various Legislative offices. Serving as a page offers a unique opportunity to observe the workings of the legislature and to witness first-hand the often-historic events in Montpelier. The program is open to students who will be in the 8th grade during the legislative session of 2013-2014. Congratulations Kyle! Applications and description of the program can be found at http://www.leg.state.vt.us/misc/LegPagesApp.htm
WUMS 7th Grader Maria Shontz shared her “Eggcellent Eggsperiment” where she explores dynamic equilibrium and diffusion. Maria wondered if an egg would actually shrink (as measured by its diameter) if left to soak in a container filled with an energy drink. This video, created by Maria for her Life Science class, presents her hypothesis and demonstrates her steps, methods and finally her conclusion. Check it out.
Last Updated on Monday, 28 January 2013 07:55
Author Jenny Land Leads Brown Bag Lunch Book Discussion
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 11:35
Jenny Land, author of The Spare Room, visited WUMSHS on Friday, 1/4 to lead a brown bag lunch talk with middle school students up in the library. Ms. Land, a teacher at the St. Johnsbury Academy, is the author of The Spare Room, a novel that takes place in Vermont during the 1840s. During her presentation she explained the writing process, what it is like to work with an editor and how she found her source of inspiration for her first novel. In The Spare Room, readers learn about the Underground Railroad through the main character's diary. In addition to doing a reading from her novel, Land shared actual diaries from the 1800s that she's been collecting since she was a teenager. Kudos to Ms. Hayslett for arranging the event and to Ron Miller of Shiretown Books for offering this wonderful opportunity to our middle school students.