GREAT JOB, MOSAIC TEAM!
The Mosaic Team collected large amounts of items for Tatum's Totes, which collects for children entering foster care. Some the items collected included soap, shampoo, hair brushes, diapers, and, as you can see below, backpacks!
Tatum’s Totes is a local non-profit organization that helps supply comfort and necessary items for children and teenagers entering the foster care system. The organization was created in memory of Tatum, a newborn child who passed away from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. The Martelle TA has put together a competition where all Mosaic TAs will be collecting items to be donated. Each item has a point value assigned to it, and at the end of the competition it will be used to see what TA has the most points. The TA with the most points will win a TA party on June 12th. The competition runs May 22nd - June 9th. Good luck to all TAs.
With the help of a grant from Addison County Solid Waste Management District, MUMS has started to compost! MUMS science teacher, Katie Moquin & several 7th grade students have been working closely with ACSWMD Americorp member, Carlie Wright (pictured below with Mosaic students Hannah and Reilly) to develop a composting system at MUMS. The first week was a success - students and adults composted in the cafeteria and in all classrooms! The Composting Club students will be analyzing feedback from students and staff members to improve the system for the next school year.
From April 15 - May 15, students have been challenged to perform 4 hours of community service. Each student has received directions and a log to fill in to document the hours performed. They also received some ideas that would count towards their hours of community service. We have started a bulletin board with additional ideas. Teachers are not allowed to create and run projects for students, but can help with ideas and contacts. Please let us know if you need any help.
For a majority of Mosaic students, SBAC testing is done! They worked hard and persevered to complete these tests this week. Hopefully they all use the 3-day weekend to rest and recuperate! Below is a picture of the homemade cinnamon rolls that were baked by Susan Pratt. Every morning before testing, students were offered a delicious, breakfast treat.
To help students to preform their best on the SBAC tests, the Mosaic Team will provide breakfast each day of testing. This will occur March 27 - March 30 during TA time. The food is handmade by Susan Pratt and Middlebury Bagel and Deli.
The next PRIDE cup challenge is to read!! Students will read daily in TA and fill out a form to record the time that they read. They can also receive reading time credit for reading in study hall or at home. The team with the highest total time read (times added for all students) will win the challenge.
SBAC TESTING IN MARCH.
Thank you for collecting the can tabs. The Mosaic Team was able to collect over 15 pounds of tabs. These will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House to earn money to support families using the Vermont Children's Hospital. Please keep collecting these tabs. Even though the PRIDE cup challenge is over, we can continue collecting for this worthy cause.
PARENT PORTAL February 15, 2017
It appears that the parent/student portal is again working. Please let a teacher know if you experience any problems so that these may be reported to the tech team. Thank you.
TABS! TABS! TABS!
All teams will be collecting can tabs as part of an upcoming PRIDE cup challenge. Tabs can be collected from soda cans, soup cans and even dog and cat food cans. The tabs are then donated to the Vermont Children's Hospital who earns money by weight (by selling them for metal to be reused). This does not take away from the redemption value of cans while donating to a great cause. Please send them in with your child to give to his/her TA teacher. Thank you.
THE DANGERS OF TEXTING AND DRIVING
In Mrs. Quinn and Mrs. Broderson's math classes, students have examined the dangers of texting and driving at different speeds and in different locations (highway vs residential area). Recently, the classes combined to write some public service announcements. Below, are 2 sample PSAs (in rough draft form).
We also want to thank our speakers who volunteerd their time in educating us on the dangers of distracted driving. Officer Chris Mason went over statisitics and gave us personal stories relating to distracted driving. State Troopers Justin Busby and Steve McNamara discussed the Vermont law regarding distracted driving. They also staged an accident scene involving a vehicle and a bicyclist. Students were able to see how math allows police officers to separate the fact from fiction in accidents such as this.
MOSAIC STUDENTS ARE THANKFUL
Mosaic students and teachers brought in over 800 pounds of food to help replenish the food shelves at HOPE. This included cans of soup, juice boxes, pasta, and even turkeys. The school raised over 5000 pounds of food overall. Thank you to all who donated and made this such a successful drive.
The Mosaic dance is scheduled for November 18 from 7 - 9 pm. In addition to be a great time for students to socialize and dance, it is the main fundraiser for the team. If dancing is not your "thing," there will also be a movie shown and a technology experience. The cost to get in is $5/person (or $4 with a donation to the food shelf).
In order to run the dance, we are required to have at least 10 parent chaperones. If you are able to help chaperone, please e-mail Jan Broderson at firstname.lastname@example.org (if you already contacted your child's TA teacher, that is fine). We also would appreciate food and beverage donations to be sold at the snack bar. Thank you for your help.
Looking for a real math challenge? Here is an opportunity to try some challenging math problems and compete with people from around the world. There is even a possibility of earning money for college.
Students are currently working on their Personalized Learning Plans (PLPs). They will have the opportunity to share these with parents during parent conferences. You will hear from your child's TA teacher by mid-October to schedule a conference.
Please remember to bring in the forms that were mailed home. You can hand them all in to your Teacher Advisor (TA). If you already mailed them back to the office, you are all set.
Welcome to all of our incoming Mosaic students! The teachers are busily preparing for your arrival on August 30th, the orientation day. This is a great day to meet your teachers and classmates - no school supplies needed.