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This year's Harvest Fest was a huge success!
At Harvest Fest, the annual community dinner that serves as the culminating event of the Wyoming Primary Schools Garden Project, primary school students and staff prepare and serve a meal with the crops that they have sowed, tended and harvested.
“This was the biggest and most attended Harvest Fest and the food was a hit,” said Teacher Adam Beard.
This year, 815 meals were served and $8,436 were raised! The money will go to phase 3 of construct of the new sister school in Sierra Leone. Phase 3 includes plumbing, electrical and plastering of the interior and exterior building. Some money will also be used to purchase some land surrounding the school to provide more space around the building.
“That leaves us just $3,000 short of the completion of construction,” said Mr. Beard. “Then we need to furnish it and we’re done. We are so close!”
New to Harvest Fest this year were the Wyoming Primary Schools Talent Show (65 students took part in the talent show!) and the Wyoming High School-Wyoming Middle School Empty Bowls Project. Last spring, high school ceramics students, 5th graders and their teachers worked together to produce beautiful, handcrafted slab bowls. They were sold at this year’s Harvest Fest raising $275 that was donated to Tender Mercies in downtown Cincinnati.
Planning for next year’s menu and crops is scheduled to begin in a couple months!
Administrative Assistant changes coming to Wyoming Primary!
We want to thank Lora Rudig for all of her amazing service to the Vermont School community! Lora has accepted a position as the Wyoming High School Attendance Administrative Assistant, the position she held prior to coming to Vermont School six and half years ago. Her first day at the high school is this Thursday and we wish her the best of luck as she heads back across the Pike.
We are thrilled to welcome Colleen Bell back to the Vermont School community! Colleen has worked collaboratively with families and staff at Hilltop School as the Principal’s Administrative Assistant for the last six and a half years and she will now be doing the same at Vermont School. Prior to joining the staff at Hilltop, she was the Vermont School Building Administrative Assistant for five years. Her first day at Vermont School is this Thursday.
Lastly, we would like to welcome Administrative Assistant Holly McDaniels to Team Primary! She will be working alongside Administrative Assistant Jenni Burgess at Hilltop School. She was board-approved at last night’s meeting and is scheduled to start on Tuesday, Sept. 3. We look forward to welcoming her to Hilltop School!
More information about new staff members in our Primary Schools will be shared in the coming days.
Construction underway on Hilltop School campus
Hilltop School is getting new playground! Construction is scheduled to begin next week and last through July 19. Due to playground construction and the current roofing project underway, please avoid the Hilltop School campus through July 19. Thank you!
Each year, our third graders tour Wyoming, visiting historic sites and dropping by the police and fire station and the city building. Today, classes from Hilltop School learned about fire safety, city council meetings and more!
After a year of shared books & correspondence, pen pals meet at Elm School
Each year, Ms. Dobson's Elm School first grade students are paired with Mount St. Joseph University education students as book club pen pals. Throughout the school year, the pen pals read six different books and follow each with an exchange of letters on the literature that they've shared.
Arbor Day at Vermont School
Vermont School celebrated Arbor Day with the City of Wyoming Urban Forestry & Beautification Commission today! Festivities included the reading of a City Proclamation, the gift of a tree and a tree scavenger hunt! This celebration moves to a different primary school each year.
Author Tammy Bundy visits Elm, Hilltop and Vermont Schools
Author Tammy Bundy visited with 3rd & 4th grade students at all three primary schools today, sharing her writing process and answering questions about writer's block and more. When she asked who in the audience is a writer, the room filled with raised hands!
First Grade project brings smiles to families at Ronald McDonald House
Elm School, Hilltop School, and Vermont School first graders participated in a service learning project that resulted in the delivery of lots toys to Ronald McDonald House for families in residence this holiday season.
Each student kept track of the responsibilities they handled at home at the end of November and beginning of December. Parents then decided if their student would receive an allowance for the completed chores. After that, students decided how much of that they might donate. The students brought their donations to their classrooms in December and then shopped for toys within their budget online.
At the Ronald McDonald House, parents in residence can choose gifts for their children at no cost to them, then volunteers wrap and deliver the gifts for the holiday.
Vermont School 2nd graders complete annual holiday community project!
Vermont School second grade students have completed their annual holiday community project! Each student received a new book to read and outline. Then they created a game that relates directly to their book. Students try out the games and then package them up and deliver them to the Inner City Youth Opportunities (ICYO) afterschool program. This year ICYO will be receiving 44 new games and new books from the 2nd graders at Vermont!
Primary students have great success at math tournament
This month, 44 Wyoming Primary students competed at the 2nd Annual Perennial Math Tournament, and had great success! Our students were among the 170 3rd through 8th graders at the competition at St. Bernard-Elmwood Place High School.
They placed in the following categories:
1st Place, 3rd Grade Individual: A.J. Wilson (Hilltop)
2nd Place, 3rd Grade Individual: Kara Fischer (Hilltop)
3rd Place, 3rd Grade Individual: Luke Cielak (Vermont)
2nd Place, 3rd Grade Team: Tamiko Lin, Luke Cielak, Max Boissonnet, Liam Hagerman, and Teddy Peterson (all Vermont)
3rd Place, 3rd Grade Team: June Eslinger and Ryan Andersen (Elm) and A.J. Wilson and Grace Hasler (Hilltop)
1st Place, 4th Grade Individual: Emme Kurtz (Elm)
2nd Place, 4th Grade Individual (Tie): Evan Jolly (Elm) and Reid Bornholdt (Vermont)
2nd Place, 4th Grade Team: Logan Lu and Reid Bornholdt (Vermont) and Emme Kurtz, Phoebe Alvis, and Evan Jolly (Elm)
3rd Place, 4th Grade Team: Greg Kleinschmidt and Addie Huber-Jahns (Elm) and Freeman Miller, Natalie Schmall, and Chance Mullins (Hilltop)
The tournament was broken up into two tests, one individual and one team. For the individual test, participants had 30 minutes to answer 15 questions. During the individual test, the parents were instructed to form teams of 5 or less and were given the 5th-6th grade test to complete. No team got them all correct, but two of our parent teams tied for 1st place!
Students came back together to play large group math games in the auditorium while the proctors scored the tests. The team test was 10 questions in 20 minutes. The winners were given medals and recognition in an awards ceremony after the tests were complete.
The Wyoming teams, made up of students from all three primary schools, praticed in the weeks leading up to the competition. This gifted education activity was open to all primary students identified as gifted in math or superior cognitive ability.
Students participate in 1st annual 4th grade trip to the Cincinnati Art Museum
On October 12, students participated in the first annual 4th grade trip to the Cincinnati Art Museum. At the museum, 10 groups of 15 students were led throughout the museum by docents where they learned about art, history, language and cultures from around the world.
Each group saw collections from all over the planet, including Africa where groups of students connected instantly by locating Sierra Leone on the map and telling the docents all about the schools that are being built there with help from Wyoming students!
First Zero Waste Lunch of the year reduced waste and recycling by 45%
The first Zero Waste Lunch (ZWL) of the year was a fantastic success! In total, all three primary schools reduced landfill waste and recycling by 45%!
Parents, students and staff kept 43 pounds of trash out of the earth on October 4th compared to what was sent on the Thursday of the previous week. This is a record decrease by 8 pounds since ZWLs started last year! Mark your calendar: The next Zero Waste Lunch is scheduled for December 13th.
Questions? Interested in learning about other school-based environmental initiatives? Please contact the Parent School Association Green Team Co-Leaders Elizabeth O’Keefe at [email protected] or Lauren Albarella at [email protected].
Help Vermont School 3rd grade students learn about world cultures in Wyoming!
Vermont School 3rd grade classes are building an exhibit on World Cultures in Wyoming. They need your help to identify how residents of the City of Wyoming celebrate cultural traditions from beyond our country’s borders. Please use this survey to let us know what cultures you celebrate and how: https://form.jotform.com/82706408726158
This brief survey could take just a couple minutes of your time (depending on how much information you choose share).The survey allows for entering multiple cultures; please complete the fields for one culture at a time. The survey will be open until Tuesday, Oct. 9.
Thank you so much for helping our students learn more about their community!
Another amazing Wyoming Primary Schools Harvest Fest!
More than 600 community members gathered for the annual Primary Schools Harvest Fest. One hundred sixty-five (165) student and adult volunteers served around 200 pounds of pasta, 800 cups of chili made from 480 tomatoes and other veggies from the primary gardens. The event, along with t-shirt sales and the Spring Plant Sale, brought in more than $7,000 for phase 2 of construction of the new school in Sierra Leone. This is the second school that is being constructed through funding from this Wyoming Primary School Project.
This year-round project starts when students and teachers decide the menu for the community dinner the previous January. Gardens are planted with the produce needed for the menu and student tend the crops throughout the year until harvest.
The lead up to the 2018 Harvest Fest included celebrations at each Primary School with costumes, water balloons, dancing, and some scooter races with special guests.
September 11, 2018
Each Wyoming Primary School observed Patriot Day this morning by raising the flag, particpating in a moment of silence and singing songs together. Thank you for the Wyoming Police Department Color Guard for presenting the flag at Vermont School today. The Wyoming Police Department Color Guard presents the flag at a different primary school each Patriot Day on a