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Toys for Kids VT by Rory

Do the holidays make you want to share?

There are some kids who won’t receive any gifts under their tree!

If you’re feeling generous and you want to make this holiday fun for everyone, then you should make a stop at any CSSU school and drop off a toy for kids around Chittenden County. They won’t be delighted by their favorite toy without your help!

The brilliant people at the radio station  WPTZ are making this happen. For more information go to

I hope you enjoy your upcoming holidays!

November 20, 2013 at 5:43 pm 6 comments

The Best Fieldtrip Ever

Mt PhiloBy Harper and Luke

This fall, Equinox House hiked Mt. Philo to meet new, friendly faces and for the third graders to make fourth grade friends.

When we got off the bus everyone was excited and ready to hike. We split into groups and started to climb up. The trail was rocky and narrow. Be careful. Don’t fall off the side.

When we finally got to the top some people were really excited. Some had never hiked it before. People could play Wall Ball. Some played football with a tennis ball. Others were really tired so they sat down and ate lunch. It was a sunny day. If you looked over the side, you could spot hawks.

After lunch we took a team photo and started to pack up. We all headed to the hot, tar road and started to walk to the bottom. Everyone was tired and sweaty and ready to go back to school. The boiling sun hovering over us made us even more tired!

We were still all happy and excited about the hike.

September 30, 2013 at 6:52 pm 7 comments

A New Year

(Student Reporters in all Grade1-4 Houses asked classmates about starting a new year.)

The First Week of School

Emma A.  (Gr. 4) and Brianna A. Equinox House Reporters

The morning school started, we all had first day jitters. So, for all the new third graders, we say this to you. It’s really not that tough. The first days are always the most difficult for the brand new kids. What are the Houses? Well, the Houses are Equinox, Kaleidoscope and Mosaic. Those are the third and fourth grade Houses. If you’re wondering, it’s not all new teachers. You still have Mrs. T-H, and Mrs. Poirot and if you went to summer camp at WCS, you’ll see Liz (Ms. Demas) around. And you go to Tech classes with Mrs. Provost. Now, from this amazing school to you, have a fabulous school year!

What is the best thing about coming back to school?

Equinox students:

Emma (reporter) – the new kids

Brianna (reporter) meeting new friends

Brianna C. – I don’t stay after school this year

Mary – I get to do math again

Nolan – new people

Kyle – recess

Ethan – seeing old friends

Olivia – reading groups

Carmella – new class

Allison and Izzy Kaleidoscope House Reporters

Can you believe it? We’re back in school! How are you feeling? Well, here are some examples of what kids in Kaleidoscope think are the best things about being back.

Rylee – getting to see your friends

Tristan – having cafeteria breakfast

Ananya – making new friends

Nick – going to Art and Library

Katrina – singing in chorus

Diego – going to recess

Leslie – to make new friends

Luna – getting back into the routine

Gabe – getting to read different books.

Kerrigan Mosaic House Reporter

Bridget – getting to see my friends

Amelia – seeing the teachers

Ada – having the best teacher

Zoe – You get to meet new friends.

Megan – Reading

Joshua – Art

Allen Brook School

Montana – Harmony House Reporter

I went around to the classrooms in Harmony House and I asked the teachers and students, “What is your favorite thing about coming back to school?” My favorite thing is seeing all of my friends.

Rose – seeing friends again

Naomi – getting the same teacher again

Logan – Recess

Elizabeth – Art

Amelia – Snack

Marin – Writing

Jacob – seeing friends

Ms. McCormack – seeing the kids

Ms. Crowley – meeting all of the new kids.

Lily – Horizon House Reporter

Lily (reporter) – seeing my friends and teachers

Brian – seeing my friends and teachers

Bella – hanging out with my friends

Kinsley – playing with my friends

Mia – meeting new people

Aaron – I get to do math.

Parker – Synergy House Reporter

Parker (Reporter) – Meeting my new teacher

Kyle – going to P.E.

Kevin – seeing all my friends

Sam – building structures I did not get to build last year

Brayden –getting to learn again

Cadence – having fun with your friends

Baylee – reading new books

Alyssa – the fish

Chris – learning more

Welcome back to all!

September 4, 2013 at 6:48 pm 4 comments

District History

District History

by Emma Anderson, Alexa Butler and Amy Garrison

Ms. Schoolcraft’s class – Equinox

Here’s a bit of history…

by Emma and Alexa

The Old Williston Schools

Up until 1940 there were a dozen one-room school houses. Albert D. Lawton said in 1935, “We need one school with more than one room.” Why did he say that? Transportation and maintenance at the old school houses cost too much. In 1949 the old village school house burned and collapsed.

The First Addition

By early October 1950 WCS was ready. But it only had 8 classrooms. The school’s population was growing rapidly. The addition was under construction from 1954–1955. The addition had an  assembly room used for Physical Education, it involved a Cafeteria and a stage and 2 new classrooms. Now, those 2 classrooms are combined to make the Mansfield art room.

The Second Addition

At the end of the 1950s the school needed EVEN MORE space. They needed more space for two classrooms and then six classrooms. Mr. Hazen Wood said two additional teachers would be needed right away. He thought there should be more classrooms now instead of waiting until the next year. The theory came from the town saving money for the following years.

The Third Addition

Soon, they needed EVEN MORE classrooms and a new gym and and a cafeteria. There was The Williston School Planning Group. They prepared for the next addition. The sewer system was bad and needed to be bigger. And they needed more classrooms for foreign language.

The Fourth Addition

In 1968-1990 there was a construction break, a BIG break! Soon, that came to an end. The town demanded an addition. The school had to handle 250 students in the new space. The town said every 4 classrooms should have a kiva, a teacher space and a project room and outside should have a greenhouse. What was surprising was the school board wanted a pool but that’s where the town put their foot down.

Life As A Teacher  

By Amy

The life of a teacher was hard. S/he would live close to the school and would earn $900 a year.

All kids walked to school and helped clean the school house. The first student to school would build a fire for warmth and to bake lunch. All students brought a potato to bake for lunch. The little kids went to recess @ 2:00 to 3:00 because big kids go out at exactly 3:00. All anybody would say is life as a teacher was hard, very hard.

And. now for the big news…

My Interview with Mr. Robert Mitchell (Former Administrator)

by Emma

In my interview with Mr. Mitchell I learned about two very interesting things, the canopy and the pool. There was a pool included in the fourth addition plans. Mr. Mitchell didn’t think that the town would approve it. When he told me about the pool, I was mad at first because it would have been awesome to have a pool. But I finally agreed with his reasons for not wanting to include it in the addition.

He told me a story about a canopy over the old entrance where all the kids entered and exited the school. One day, there was a noise. “It was so loud!” Robert Mitchell said. Part of the canopy had collapsed. There was no spot to let the kids out. “It was a very challenging day for everybody in the school.”

As Mr. Mitchell looks back he realized that he really enjoyed being a classroom teacher and he would have been happy being in the classroom his whole life. He had been a teacher in Burlington where he taught science and health and then was assistant and co-principal in Williston.

All I really want to say is thank you Mr. Mitchell and thank you for your time and the history of Williston Central School.


About The Authors

EMMA- I am a third grader in Equinox House and I have Sarah Schoolcraft as a teacher.  She is very supportive about my group’s writing.

AMY- I am a student also in Sarah Schoolcraft’s class and I joined the group late but still participated by writing the section about the teachers.

ALEXA- I love to write as well and am glad to have participated in this article.


Source: The History of Williston Central School, 1950 to 2000 by Richard H. Allen


June 10, 2013 at 5:24 pm Leave a comment

Continental Mathematics League Winners – Grades 3 and 4


The Grade Four First Place winner is Julia! Aidan and Rylee are two of the three winners tied for second place. Shown above with Mrs. Poirot.

???????????????????????????????Sunny also won a second place medal for Grade four.

First Matteo Meyer Second Erik Schneider

Shown left to right: CML Coordinator Mrs. Poirot, second place medal winner Erik Schneider and first place winner Matteo.

Congratulations to all of our medal winners and to over eighty other third and fourth graders who participated in the Continental Mathematics League this year.

April 18, 2013 at 6:53 pm 1 comment

Math Enrichment

by Rory Anderson and Peyton Jones

     Do you know that there is something called Math Enrichment?

     Math Enrichment is extra math for kids who need an extended challenge. The Enrichment room is located in between Ms.Kennedy’s music room and the tech lab.  Its always serious topics that we have conversations about and you only have one chance to bring your folder and homework in or you have to talk with your teacher. Then, next time you forget it, you have to talk with  your parents.

     In the Enrichment room, when you are working on an exit task or homework that you are just getting started on, it is very silent.   There  are different  sessions. At the beginning of each session if you’re new in the group you can pick a folder that is red, clear, black or blue. There are eight weeks in every session.

     A lot of the problems we do are exciting and challenging.   Some of the problems involve fractions.   Fractions are when you divide a  certain amount of space into smaller sections.  Betty Poirot runs math Enrichment for grades K-4.

     One part of  Math Enrichment is the Continental Mathematics League Program. The Enrichment teachers purchase materials from the company and then provide a training for interested volunteers. Volunteers teach small groups of kids who want an extra math challenge. This year about one hundred kids participated.

     Lastly, we have an  example of  a problem for you to solve, have fun doing it. Good luck!

          Find two consecutive  counting #’s that add to each of the following  sums. ( Consecutive counting  #’s  are those that you say in order  when you are counting. The smallest counting # is 1.)

  15=___+ ___        18=___ + ___

             57=___+ ___             58=___+___

           229=___ + ___        228=___+ ___

    What did you notice about all of the sums above?  Were all of them possible to solve?  Why or why not?

     Now try the same thing for three consecutive counting numbers.

    15=__ +  __ + __        18=__ + __ + __

    57=__ +__+ __            58=__+ __

    229=__  + __ + __        228=__ + __ + __

(This problem is from Extending the Challenge in Mathematics.)

April 18, 2013 at 5:33 pm Leave a comment

Gymnastics by Charlotte and Jessica

Have you ever balanced on a balance beam? Now WCS is having gymnastics classes about tripods, balance, roundoffs, cartwheels, and more soon to come.
In gym class, we keep trying, and hopefully succeed. Some kids are really good at gymnastics because they take gymnastics after school, but some people have a little trouble. You are about to learn about what we do in gymnastics, what the feeling is, what the equipment is and how we use it.

     When you walk into the gym and see mats all over the floor, you know you are going to have a fun time, with bad times, and good times. Sometimes you can feel scared or nervous. If you can’t do something, you know you will just try harder to succeed.

     You first run around the gym two times. That gets most of your energy out and focuses you on what you are going to do next. You do gymnastics for a long time. You can tell what you are going to do that day by the equipment that is laid out.

    We have many things we use in gymnastics called equipment. One  is called a mat. We use the mats for stretching. Another thing that we use in gymnastics is called the rings. We use the rings  by putting our hands on the two rings and hanging upside down. We also have a balance beam, horizontal bar, and parallel bars. We have ropes that are hanging from the ceiling, and we grab a hold of the rope, run, jump, and then hopefully land in one of the hula hoops. If not, we go over to the “body parts bag” if something touches outside of the hula hoop, crocodiles live outside of the hula hoops. If you land in the hula hoop that is across from you, that is the spot where no crocodiles can get you. The equipment is VERY fun, and exciting.

     There are so many things that we learn and do in gymnastics. A lot of the movements that we practice are on the mats. You do forward rolls, backward rolls, handstands, tripods, and most of all, the pike, tuck, and layouts. We do LOTS of fun stuff. The mats are one of the coolest station.
We have had SO much fun using all the gymnastic equipment and learning so many things from the gym teachers who helped us learn all the things we learned and to allow us to use some of the equipment.

We would like to thank Mrs. McClintock, Mrs. Oaks, and Mrs. Kolash for teaching us all the amazing gymnastic moves. We hope you enjoy our videos showing some of the gymnastics equipment and moves.

March 11, 2013 at 7:12 pm 7 comments

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