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Have you ever thought about jumping into an ice cold lake in the winter? 27 students and parents from our school jumped into frozen Lake Champlain on February 2, 2013. We raised $10,221 for Special Olympics Vermont and also raised $600 for our Unified Sports Programs (Bocce and Snowshoeing.) There were new plungers and many who returned from prior years to take the plunge.
My first time doing the Penguin Plunge was in 2011 on my 13th birthday. I had a great time turning into an icicle! The first year I wore a black mullet wig into the lake because I thought it would keep my ears warm. After plunging, I asked my Mom this really weird question, “Can I do this every single day?” Mom said, “No, but you can plunge again next year.” I’ve plunged every year since then and hope to for many more years.
Now try to imagine what jumping into a frozen lake would feel like! It takes about 10 seconds from the Staging tent to getting into the lake. When I went under I felt like I just suffered a non-electrical stun right through my body! I could walk, but I felt like my legs were made out of cement! It takes a little longer getting back to the changing tent, which is heated. For the last 3 years, I was the 3rd to last person out. I love the feeling of the ice cold water!!
I’m hoping more WCS staff and students will consider joining the Williston Central School Plunge Team next year!! Congratulations to this year’s Williston Central School Plunge team!! Great job!!
Brutal wind, freezing weather, ice everywhere, snow. This sounds like the Arctic right? Well actually, it’s the Burlington Waterfront in the beginning of February. Imagine running in the 30 degree water during the winter. Sounds crazy, right? Well about 1,000 people or more decided it would be a fun idea to run into the water, me being one of them. I was a part of the Williston Central School Penguin Plunge team. We raised money for our Unified Sports team. This experience is one I am sure not to forget. I only went into the water a little above my knees, but it still was the coldest I have ever been. Right when you run into the water you cannot feel your body, it’s very very cold. No matter how cold the water was, I still had a really great time. The experience is breathtaking; it’s a rush of nerves and excitement. Most people have no problem running right in, and even dive into the ice water; I was a little different going in. I hesitated at first, and then ran in! Remember, think again when you you don’t go into a cold pool, because trust me, there is colder water you could be swimming in!
Every year in February in Burlington, more than 1,000 people jump into Lake Champlain to raise money for the Special Olympics. I am proud to say that I am one of them. The Penguin Plunge is basically a lot people jumping into freezing water trying to raise money for the Special Olympics. This past Penguin Plunge was my third year doing it and I can’t wait to do it again next year! The day of the Penguin Plunge is crazy; everybody who signed up is there plus watchers, friends and family, so the place is packed. You have to wait about two hours before actually going in the water. First, you go to the sign-in tent where you sign in and get your free hat and gift bag, there’s also hot chocolate and bagels. Then you go to the changing tent where you get into whatever you are wearing into the water. After that, you and your group walk (or run) to the staging tent where you wait for your number to be called. The staging tent is really small and it has a lot of excited and anxious people in it, so it feels like the tent is shaking. Everybody is really excited and nervous to go out because you are about to jump into frozen water! It takes a lot of courage to do the Penguin Plunge and everybody gets nervous. “At this point I don’t want to do it anymore.” said team member Cassidy right before jumping in! After that it is pretty much how everyone explains it: wet and really cold. Then you are running out you grab a towel and heading in the direction everyone else is going – back to the changing tent. Unfortunately, most of the people on the WCS team are boys, so on my first year I found myself in the boys changing tent! I have learned my lesson and luckily that has never happened since then. The Penguin Plunge is a great way to raise money for the Special Olympics and have a really fun time! I can’t wait until next year!
Jordan Van Wilde
On Thursday, August 30, 2012 Sterling house went on a hike. Where did they go? Sterling Pond. Sterling goes every year. On the way up many people’s legs hurt because the hike is very steep. Although their legs hurt it was worth it because the view was so beautiful. We ate lunch up there and then we went down. Everyone was so happy to be down again but some kids were disappointed that we had to go back to school. I interviewed some kids in Sterling House, here’s what they said,
2] Is the hike too long?
Ethan said, “It’s too long.” Lucas said, It’s too short.” Both Liam and Martha said that it’s not too long.
3] Do you think we should go every year? All four said yes!
4] Do you think the hike is worth it? All four said yes!
The Sterling House tradition of hiking to Sterling Pond at the beginning of the year is great!
By Makenzie Detch and Sophie Beliveau
In Hanes Christan Anderson’s classical tale “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, a boy named Peter lives with his grandmother. One day, they run out of money so Peter is determined to go into town, get a job, and make some money. He meets a blacksmith that leads him to the emperor’s palace. Peter tricks the emperor to think that he makes “magic” clothes even though he can’t. He pretends to make the magic clothes that are invisible to anyone who is unfit for their position or unfit for royalty. Later, at the royal precession, the emperor comes out without clothes, and gets revenge on Peter. “The best part was when the emperor was sleep-walking onto the stage.” Reports Tyler. Julianna feels that “The precession was the best part.”
In the Grimm Brothers tale “The Pied Piper”, Hamelin Town has trouble with rats so the piper comes to help. The piper exclaims that he’ll rid the town of rats for 1,000 dollars. After the deal was made, the piper got to work and all the rats left Hamelin Town. The Mayor and the city Council members decided to cheat the piper out of his fee. So the Piper gets mad and leads Hamelin Town’s kids toward the Kolpperburgh Hill that’s a thousand feet high. Hamelin Town loses their purse-strings and their collars then decides to pay him the 1,000 dollars. “The best part was when the townspeople yelled at Browning.” according to Liam. Shannon sums up the experience by saying, “The best part was being on stage having fun with all my friends.”
In conclusion, we think Sterling House did a wonderful job with these productions. We hope they do more good plays next year!
The Enrichment Garden Class learned about succession and the development of the WCS property over time.
The Concept of Succession
Nathan VanBuren and Abby Rosenthal
In our garden class we talked about what happens when there is disaster that brings plant life in that area to ground zero. This is the beginning of the process called succession. The stages of succession are annual plants, perennial plants and grasses; shrubs; young forest; mature forest and finally, climax forest . You’re probably thinking, “What do these words mean”! Well this handy table should help.
Name of stage
Years in that stage
Plants in that stage
|Annual plants.||First 5 years||Grasses, wild flowers||Pioneer plants like grasses and wild flowers flourish|
|Perennial plants and grasses.||6 to 25 years||Tree seedlings, Large shrubs||Tree seedlings and shrubs take root.|
|Young forest||26 to 50 years||Deciduous trees, Evergreens||Deciduous trees develop and shade the forest|
|Mature forest||51 to 150 years||Evergreen trees||Evergreen trees take over the forest which opens holes in the canopy for annual plants|
|Climax forest||150 to 300 years||Oak or maple, or fewer larger evergreens||Larger trees dominate the forest|
Succession in Williston
Nate Cuttitta and Zach Hark
For many years this area was forested. In the 1700s, signs of industry started to appear. The forest was chopped down for agriculture, especially in the northern part of town because it is close to the Winooski River. In the early to mid-1800s, farmers grew a variety of crops and kept sheep. The railroad was built along the Winooski River at this time. Development, including a gristmill, train station and other important businesses along the railroad tracks in North Williston happened at this time. The development of the railroad and farm land development in the mid-west led to the growth of dairy farming in North Eastern towns like Williston. In the 1900s, dairy farming continued, but fluid milk replaced butter and cheese as dairy product that were produced. During the time from Williston’s settlement until the 1940’s, several one room school houses were scattered around Williston. Before Williston Central School was built, several buildings and farmland were where the School now stands.
Some information taken from Allen, Richard H, (1987) Our Town: Williston, Vermont, Williston Central School. Photographs and maps supplied by Richard Allen.
For more information, see http://www.uvm.edu/place/towns/williston/cultural.php
How to Put a Garden to Bed
Evan Turner and Nick Durieux
It’s the end of the season and you have all this good and nutritious stuff going to waste. All these useful ideas could be used to make sure you are making the most of your garden this year and preparing it for a great growing season next year.
How to put a garden to bed:
- Play “Dead or Alive”. We pulled out lots of dead plants from the garden clean out service session.
- Dead goes to compost.
- Choose what you want to eat and eat it. We ate cale and broccoli.
- See if we can harvest seeds from anything. In our medicinal plant garden we kept the big aster, strawberries, and Echinacea plant. We also kept the sage and some mint. We cut and dried echinacea flowers and sunflowers so that we can plant the seeds later.
- Turn the soil and add compost.
Tools that will help you put a garden to bed:
- snippers-make sure to secure the lock when you are not using these
- spading fork- get weeds out by roots
- rake- for raking and smoothing
- forked hoe- to rip open the ground (loosens soil in long line, and then you can take out the weeds
- Grabby fork- like rake, only grabber
- Wheelbarrow- for carting stuff
NO More wasted plants and a happy garden for the future!
WHAT YOU NEED
- Brown stuff- for example, dried grass, leaves and shredded newspaper (carbon rich)
- Green stuff-for example, vegetable peels and fruit rinds (nitrogen rich)
- Dirt, water, compost turning tool like a pitchfork
- Compost bin (or spot for a compost pile)
HOW TO MAKE THE COMPOST
- First you need a compost bin. You can buy or make your own bin. See the links below for how to build your own bin.
- Layer your brown and green materials. You need a mix of brown and green stuff. See http://www.compostinstructions.com/about/for more information.
- Water it. Compost needs to be damp like a squeezed out sponge. It should be able to drain easily.
- Turn your compost to increase air flow. To increase air flow, you can turn your compost with a shovel or pitchfork every few days or once a week.
Learn More About Composting
Shorya Malhotra, Tommy Zych, Skyler Blow, MattYakubik
The following links could help you with composting. As part of our garden class, we learned about how to compost. A few of us reviewed a bunch of websites for composting as a smaller group project. We think these might be most helpful links.
WEBSITES FOR HOW TO COMPOST
Alexa Pudlo and Taylor Antonioli
In our garden class we learned about how to design a garden. Things to keep in mind when starting a garden:
- What size garden bed do you need for spacing of the plants? We learned that different plants need different amounts of space. For example, summer and winter squash need a lot of space, but carrots don’t need a lot of space. Sometimes plants can be put closer together than Gardening books say. One way to use space well is to put plants at the edge of the garden and let them flow out onto the grass.
- Soil quality and depth needed for plants. Some plant need different types and depths of soil. If you plant a carrot and you don’t know what kind of soil you’re planting it in, it might not be very good.
- How will you (and the school) use what you are planting? We had two beds to plan for (see bottom photo below). In one bed, we planned to grow cucumbers, melon, and squash because that’s what the kids in our group like to eat (first photo). Another group planned an herb garden with thyme, parsley, cilantro, basil and chives, because that’s what the kitchen here at school uses most (second photo).
- It’s better to plan out your garden on paper first. See our plans below.
Peace One Day!!!
Written by Abby Rosenthal
Peace one day. Peace one day, that’s pretty crazy! How can one person create a day of peace? They can’t. It takes many willing people for a day of peace. One idea can grow like a flower but only you can help it bloom.
In class we worked on Peace Makers. The first question we were asked was, “What does peace mean to you?” At first we got tie dye, funky big glasses, hippy guitar people and then we began to get somewhere with one person’s answer: Non-violence. Then it hit us, a peace maker fights with the brain, sneaky-ninja stealth, and knows fighting is never the answer (Does that sound like somebody you know, maybe your mom? No fighting-blah, blah!).
Jeremy Gilley is a person who had a dream like Martin Luther King. His dream was not fighting for equal rights. He fought for Peace One Day. Jeremy had an idea that he could make a day of peace. We could make a day without threats, killing, or hurtful ways. A day where if your sister steals your clothes, you say “Give it back when you’re done.”, day of agreement.
Jeremy Gilley began by holding a press conference to get people interested, kind of like a big parent teacher conference. After that, Jeremy went to schools around the world and to big events and spoke about this idea. September 11, 2001 was when the first Peace One Day was supposed to be. That was the horrible day of destruction of the World Trade center and other places in America. September 21st is the new calendar date for Peace One Day. Peace One Day has come a long way. Now, Peace One Day is a non-profit organization that works to build this idea of a day of peace.
Learning about this story inspired many people. After hearing this news of Peace One Day celebrations, more people began to celebrate it! During Social Studies in Sterling House, we learned about Peace One Day. This happens every September 21st. The activities we’ve done included the A.B.C project. This project has us find words for each letter in the alphabet. The words tell us what Jeremy Gilley did and where he went. We also did the five W’s and the one H. We chose a famous peace maker and found out what they did, how they did it, who they are, when this happened, where it was, and why they did what they did.
Peace One Day has been achieved in many areas throughout the world with over 20,000 people celebrating. To keep the peace and archive the greatness, do something on September 21st -Peace One Day. The day without fighting, the day is amazing, a day like Superman. What will you do next September 21st?