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Students Plant Orchard at Berlin Elementary

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In May 11 third and fourth graders worked with students from Central Vermont Career Center to plant 14 more trees the BES Orchard. This project was funded by Central Vermont Rotary. Many thanks to Dave Wilcox, Carol Earle and Amanda Garland for all their efforts making this such a successful learning opportunity for students our young students and the high student leaders.

Kate McCann wins Teaching Excellence Award

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U-32 teacher Kate McCann was presented with the Angelo J. Dorta Teaching Excellence Award at the Vermont NEA Awards Ceremony at the Stoweflake Resort on April 7.  As the 2018 Vermont-NEA Angelo J Dorta Teaching Excellence winner, Kate has been recommended by Vermont-NEA for the national NEA Teaching Excellence Award.

Kate McCann, center, is presented with the Teaching Excellence Award at the Vermont-NEA Awards Ceremony April 7.

Kate was recently named an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow for K-12 educators in the fields of STEM. She also is the recipient of the AOE Vermont Teacher of the Year award in 2017, the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching 2015, and National Board Certification Adolescence and Young Adulthood Mathematics.

Mark Chaplin – VT Cross Country Coach of the Year

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Kathy Topping, Orli Schwartz, Mark Chaplin, Eliza Merrylees, Anna Davis-Noe.

Longtime U-32 science teacher Mark Chaplin was recently named the Vermont High School Girls Cross County Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). USTFCCA honored one boys coach and one girls coach from each state, selecting winners based on their team’s performance during the 2017 season. The performance criterion includes team score and placement at state championships, among other things. Mark will receive a trophy from the USTFCCCA recognizing his achievements and will be considered for the association’s National High School Cross Country Coach of the Year award. http://www.ustfccca.org/2018/01/featured/2017-ustfccca-high-school-cross-country-coaches-of-the-year

Mark, who has taught science at U-32 for 45 years, has been coaching cross country since 1973, as well as track, and Nordic skiing. He also coached girls’ basketball for the first two decades of his work at U-32. During this time Mark’s teams have been in the top two in the state over sixty times. Read more about Mark’s success in the current issue of the U-32 newsletter.

East Montpelier Amazon River Dolphins Create Reuse-It App

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The Amazon River Dolphins, a FIRST Lego League Team from East Montpelier, Vermont has been named ‘Best in State’ in the fifth annual Verizon Innovative Learning App Challenge for their smart phone app, Reuse-it.

The Verizon Innovative Learning App Challenge is a nationwide competition for students to design a smart phone app aimed at “solving societal issues in their schools and communities.” The learning experience is meant to spark greater interest in STEM subjects: science, technology, engineering and math.

The East Montpelier team will receive a $5000 award from the Verizon Foundation for the East Montpelier Elementary Parent Teacher Neighbor Org. and tablets for each of the students.  To learn more, view the news presentation on My Champlain Valley.

And to learn more about the Amazon River Dolphins, view their blog.

Trash Audit

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The U-32 Green Team held a trash audit in the atrium on Wednesday, January 24th. Green team members worked with CVSWMD folks to sort and weigh the trash, recycling and compost from Tuesday, January 23rd. This took place in the atrium where members of the Green Team worked during their free bands and lunch to sort through the waste. The event was set up in hopes of learning how well the U-32 school community does with composting and recycling and what might be done as a school to increase recycling and composting and reduce waste.

Robo Raiders Success

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Robo Raiders Team 4946 waits in the bleachers for the Opening Ceremony to kick off the FTC Robotics Tournament. Pictured, left to right: Katerina Wood, Sophia Heinz, Frances Kaplan, Alexandra Reilly, Stephen Looke, Kieran Edraney, and Eric Jacobsen (Team Captain).

On Saturday, February 11, after working independently together since September toward building and programming a working robot, the U-32 Robotics Team, Robo Raiders #4946, competed in the all-day Vermont Regional FTC (FIRST Tech Challenge) robotics competition, organized by UVM and held this year up at Essex High School. Paired up in alliance with a different team each bout, the Robo Raiders competed in five matches opposite two other alliance teams. They demonstrated cooperation, innovation, problem-solving, a sense of humor, grace under pressure, and “gracious professionalism,” a key tenet of the FIRST Robotics program. Special guest Governor Phil Scott spoke during the Opening Ceremony. In his remarks he mentioned that he once student-taught at U-32, and afterward he made his way over to “the pit” to meet the U-32 team and check out their robot. The Robo Raiders placed 13th out of 32 teams participating from across New England.

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