APRIL 2013

Vilas Middle School
Dinner in Oz a Hit!
Students perform two sold out shows

Important Dates
! ! April 9th AAA Site-Based Committee 17th APS 250th Show 1 & 6 pm 19th Arbor Day Ceremony 22nd- 26th April Vacation 29th Author visit to Vilas 30th Author visit to Vilas Job Shadow day for 7th & 8th grade ! May 1st Vilas mascot competition due 1st AAA Art Show 5-7pm 4th Acworth 5K for Play 8th AAA Site-Based Committee 14th Vilas Concert 6pm 24th Memorial Day Ceremony 1 pm 29th FM Jazz band & Madrigals visit Vilas

March 28th and 29th Vilas Middle School Students participated in the first ever dinner theatre production of “Dinner in Oz”, led by Mr. Amend. Over 40% of 6th, 7th and 8th grade students participated in the evenings events. All aspects of

the night, including acting, set design and menu were student driven. All students involved performed tremendously in the face of two completely sold out shows. Good Job to all involved and we hope to see you all next year!

VILAS TO HOST ALSTEAD ATTENDANCE AREA ART SHOW May 1st will mark the the first annual Alstead Area Art Show in honor of the 250th celebration. Vilas middle school will host the show, displaying over 600 pieces of art work form grades K-8. Families, friends and members of the community are encouraged to join us on this fun filled night, to see what our talented students have been working on all year!

AAA Art Show!




APRIL 2013

Has Spring Sprung? ! Earlier in the year, the 6th grade completed a geology unit and then we moved from the strata of the earth outward to our solar system and beyond. It is now time for life! The 6th grade is learning about the six characteristics of all living things, which are: cells, organization, response to stimuli, reproduction, growth and development, and energy usage. As part of our learning of these, we will focus on the many responses living things have to environmental changes in the spring, such as the amount of sunlight. Basically, students will look for clues that spring has sprung and at the same

time observe one of the characteristics that all organisms share. The Big Hatch ! The 225 brook trout eggs that we placed in our tank have begun to hatch. The next stage of development, during which they are known as alevins, lasts 4 to 6 weeks. During this time they will gain their nutrients from their yoke sac. At the fry stage the brook trout will be stocked in the Cold River, but not before our 7th graders map the Cold River, study the habitat needs of Brook Trout, identify the macroinvertebrates found in the river, and analyze the water quality.

LIBRARY NEWS With Mrs. Boyington K-8 Library Media Generalis Every year there are ! several children’s books that are selected for literary awards across the world. Two major American awards given annually by the American Library Association are the John Newbery and the Randolph Caldecott. The Newbery medal is awarded to the author who has made the most distinguished contribution to children’s literature during the year and the Caldecott award is given to the artist of the most distinguished ! children’s picture book for that year. The 2013 winners are... John Newbery Medal
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Newbery Honor Books
Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlutz Bomb: The Race to Build- and Steal-The World’s Most " Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

Randolph Caldecott Medal
This is Not My Hat, written and illustrated by Jon Klassen

Caldecott Honor Books !
Creey Carrots! written by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by Peter Brown Extra Yarn, written by Mac Bernett and Ilustrated by Jon Klassen Green, written and Illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger One Cool Friend, written by Toni Buzzeo and

Illustrated by David Small Sleep Like a Tiger, written by Mary Logue and illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski

For More information on these awards and others visit the American Library Association at

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The following pictures show the existing and the proposed first floor of Vilas Middle School. The proposed plan includes major changes to almost all aspects of the first floor. In one of the most notable changes basketball court will be converted to two new classrooms. Also the girls’ and boys’ locker room area will be renovated and will include a hallway to the new gymnasium.





APRIL 2013

Design Our Squire Mascot Contest
Mascots inspire and embody a school’s spirit. They visually represent a school’s community and culture. For these reasons, the 2012/2013 8th Grade Class is hosting a Design Our Squire Mascot Contest.

Designing A Squire is Easy
Step 1: Create your best drawing/design representing a Vilas Squire.
!  All artwork must be school appropriate and representative of squires and the !  school’s principles. Talk to your parents, teachers, or friends for ideas. !  Only one entry per person.

Step 2: Submit your artwork to Mr. Amend or Ms. Higgins by 5/1/13.

!  All submissions must be two pages.
!  Page 1: Your name, contact info, and a brief statement about your work. !  Page 2: Your artwork. DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME ON YOUR ARTWORK.

Step 3: Waiting for the voting process to take place.

!  The initial voting process will be done by the 8th grade class. The Vilas Alumni will vote on
the finalists. ! !  The winning entry will be announced at a school function towards the end of the year.

All entries must be submitted by May 1st. Who can enter?
Design Our Squire Mascot Contest participants must be past or current students, parents, and staff members.
By submitting a piece of work, you consent for the Fall Mountain School District as well as Vilas Middle School to use your work unconditionally in a manner that supports education, athleticism, and Vilas Middle School.


Thanks to awarded grants from Target and FMEEA, Vilas Language Arts will be working on a graphic novel, concept design unit after April vacation. The unit will include a visit from published author, Erik Evensen, as well as use of professional drawing equipment such as prismacolor markers. We look forward to seeing what the kids will create!
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APRIL 2013

Fundraiser ends 5/10/2013 Cash or checks payable to Vilas MS Squires Community Discount Card, $10 each


*  PARENTS: Take  the  flyer  to  work,  ask  your  co-­‐workers  to  help  support  VMS  by  buying  a  card  for  themselves   and  maybe  one  for  a  gi@! *    Ask  your  family,  friends,  neighbors,  and  parents’  co-­‐workers  to  help  support  VMS  by  buying  two  or   more  cards!  Discounts  are  for  area  businesses,  many  in  our  community  will  want  a  card.   *    No  door  to  door  sales  -­‐  for  safety’s  sake!   *    Please  collect  payment  with  the  orders.  $10  each  returned  to  school  on  turn  in  days,  cards  will  be   distributed  accordingly.   *    Please  fill  out  all  informaLon  on  Flyers  carefully,  including  student’s  name.  

Prizes for Participating in the Fundraiser
For every 3 Squires Discount cards you sell, you will earn a pull from the cash box. Sell 10 cards, earn a free Squires Card for your family. TOP SELLER EARNS a 32” Flat Screen TV or $150 VISA Gift Card
The Squires card not only offers special discounts to those businesses on the back of the cards but has a national component. Simply go online and enter the zip code where you are traveling, whether it’s a day trip to Keene or a family vacation to Orlando, offers are nationwide. Print the online offers and take them with you. A few businesses are Dunkin Donuts, Sears, Wen- dy’s, Dominos, Subway, Chilis, etc. There are over 100 offers just in the Keene area! Turn in Days: April 30th, May 3rd, May 7th, May 10th Cash or checks payable to VILAS MIDDLE SCHOOL Please visit www.GAschoolstore.com, enter ID # 2744878 hundreds of unique items available online!

Thanks for your support & commitment!
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