April 10 Contingency Day - No School
April 11-21 Spring Break
April 21 Board of Ed. Mtg., 7:30pm
April 29 Lifetouch Spring Pictures
April 30 NYS Math Testing
May 1&2 NYS Math Testing
May 9 7th Grade Field Trip to
May 16 6th Grade Field Trip
May 20 Board of Ed. Budget Vote and
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Semi-Formal Spring Fling Teen Night
(April 7, 2014) On Friday, April 4, the Junior Class
sponsored a Semi-Formal Spring Fling Teen Night. Over 170 students
attended, making this one of our most successful middle school events.
Not only was there dancing, but the gym was also available for students
who wanted to play basketball. Keshava Pai and Abby Parker were voted
Prince and Princess of the dance. Fun was had by all!
Grade Eight Learns About Nanotechnology
(April 7, 2014) Voorheesville 8th graders recently
had the opportunity to hear from Dr. Nathaniel Cady, a research
professor from the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at SUNY
VMS Yearbook Order Deadline
(April 3, 2014) It is time to order your Middle
School Yearbook! Just click on the link below and use the yearbook ID
code 11605614 to order online. The price of a soft cover yearbook
is $25 and a hard cover yearbook is $30. The deadline for ordering
a hard cover book is Friday, April 11.
Lego League Team Competes in 1st Lego League
(March 28, 2014) A Voorheesville Lego League team
participated in the 2013 Nature’s Fury First Lego League Challenge at
Ballston Spa High School on
February 8, 2014. Team BrainStorm, comprised of ten students from grades
4 through 8, had to build a robot, program it to make missions to help
victims of natural disasters, and complete and present a research
project on a natural disaster. Team BrainStorm researched forest fires.
VMS Chapter of NJHS Raises Funds for Leukemia and
(March 28, 2014) The Voorheesville Middle School
Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society joined with almost 30,000
schools nationwide to host a fundraising event called Pennies for
Patients for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Bells & Motley Visit 6th Grade
(March 26, 2014) On Friday, March 21st,
Voorheesville Middle School continued the decade long tradition of
hosting a special culture event led by Medieval historians and
performers; Bells & Motley consort. This year, students participated in
two-hour long workshops focused on the art and music of the Middle Ages.
Library Hosts Divergent Movie Release Party
(March 21, 2014) On March 20, the school library, in
conjunction with the Youth Services Voorheesville Public Librarian
Debbie Sternklar, held a
Divergent Movie Release Party to celebrate the dystopian novel turned
movie Divergent by Veronica Roth.
Fifteen middle and high school students came to celebrate the factions of
Divergent, Reader's Theater, 'Erudite' jeopardy and 'Dauntless' physical
VMS Yearbook Orders
(March 14, 2014) It is time to order your Middle
School Yearbook! Just click on the link below and use the yearbook ID
code 11605614 to order online. The price of a soft cover yearbook
is $25 and a hard cover yearbook is $30.
7th Graders Celebrate Career Day
(March 14, 2014) To recognize the 7th Grade
Character Education Theme of the Month "Responsibility", students
dressed like professionals who have worked hard to achieve their career
Origami Artist Barbara Bennett Visits
Voorheesville Middle School
(March 11, 2014) Last week art students participated
in an origami workshop with Barbara Bennett (a.k.a. Mrs. Red Shoes).
Mrs. Red Shoes started folding at the age of 8 and has been teaching
origami classes to adults and children for more than twenty-five years.
Students learned a variety of folding techniques to create gardens,
animals, sun catchers, boxes and blocks. An exhibit of student work is
currently on display in the Performing Arts Center Lobby Gallery.
Principal's Board of Education Report
(March 5, 2014) To view Mr. Franchini's
Board Report for the month of March,
VMS Odyssey of the Mind Team Takes 1st Place in
(March 3, 2014) Voorheesville Middle School’s
Odyssey of the Mind team won first place for its chemistry themed
performance at the Odyssey Regional Tournament at Shenendahowa High
March 1. They now advance to the State tournament in April, along with
a team from the elementary school.
Internet Safety Presentation
(February 27, 2014) On Thursday, March 6, an
Investigator from the NYS Police will speak to the VMS student body
about the dangers of social networking. In the presentation, students
will learn about critical strategies they can utilize in order to stay
safe while online. If you do not wish your child to attend the
see the attached letter.
Library Celebrating African American History
(February 25, 2014) In celebration of African
American History Month, the library will host a read-in during periods
5, 6, and 7 on Thursday, February 27. Students are invited to stop by
during lunch or a free period to celebrate sharing a works of art -
poetry, literature and music - created by African Americans.
Second Quarter Honor Rolls
(February 12, 2014) Congratulations to Voorheesville
Middle School students who made honor roll for the second quarter of
Principal's Board Report
(February 7, 2014) To view Mr. Franchini's
Board Report for the month of February,
School Pride Day for 7th Graders
(February 7, 2014) Seventh grade students show their
school pride by wearing their school colors or their Team 7 t-shirt.
This coincides with the 7th grade Character Education theme of Loyalty.
Adopt a Soldier
(February 7, 2014) Builders Club is collecting items
to send to our service men and women. Boxes are located outside
the VMS office if you would like to contribute. LEARN MORE
Student Council Fundraiser for the American Heart
(February 6, 2014) Student Council will be holding a
fundraiser to benefit the American Heart Association on Wednesday,
February 12. Students may have a red hair extension added to their
hair or get a glitter tattoo during their lunch period. The cost
Superhero Day Celebrated by 7th Graders
(January 17, 2014) The 7th grade celebrates Superhero Day. Students
fight name-calling by dressing as their favorite superhero. This event
coincides with the 7th Grade January Character Education Theme of
Voorheesville District Spelling
(January 15, 2014) The Voorheesville Annual Spelling
Bee was held on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 12:15 p.m. in the
Performing Arts Center. Thirty nine students participated, ranging from
4th through 8th grade.
Principal's Board Report
(January 9, 2014) To view Mr. Franchini's
Board Report for the month of January,
NJHS Selection Process Explained
(December 19, 2013) The National Junior Honor
Society (NJHS) is the nation’s premier organization established to
recognize outstanding middle level students. More than just an honor
roll, NJHS serves to honor those students who demonstrate excellence in
the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship, and
Watch the video to learn more about the selection process for induction
into the Voorheesville Middle School Chapter of the National Junior
VMS Students Enjoy a Performance by their Peers!
(December 19, 2013) On Thursday, December 19, the
7th and 8th grade band and chorus performed for the VMS student body.
The concert was enjoyed by all!
BBTV Club Visits Time Warner Cable News Studio
(December 19, 2013) On Wednesday, December 18,
members of the Blackbird TV Club visited the Time Warner Cable News
studios. Students toured the studio and witnessed first hand the
concerted effort necessary to make the news station successful. Students
were able to get hands on experience with the audio and camera boards.
The highlight of the visit was when the students got an opportunity to
tape a news segment in the studio.
Builders Club Raises Money for AMC PICU
17, 2013) On December 8th, fourteen Builders Club members sold Bells of
Life at Crossgates Mall. Through their efforts they raised over $600 for
the Albany Medical Center Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.
Thank you to Mr. Jim Haldun and Janna Shillinglaw from Kiwanis and
Michele Bintz from Key club for chaperoning.
"Theodore Roosevelt" Visits the 8th Grade
(December 16, 2013) On Monday, December 16th, the
8th grade was treated to a visit from President Theodore Roosevelt! The
President enthralled the students with colorful stories from his life.
TR (don't call me Teddie!) was a conservationist, a trust buster,
builder of the Panama Canal, and a progressive reformer.
8th Grade Students Visit CNSE
(December 13, 2013) On Thursday, 12/12/13 a group of
8th grade students were invited to attend Nano Career Day at the College
of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) at SUNY Albany. Students got
firsthand look at the exciting world of nanotechnology that is playing
an increasingly important role in our society.
7th Grade Team Event - "Pay It Forward"
(December 11, 2013) On Tuesday, December 10, the 7th graders attended a
team kick-off event for their theme "Pay It Forward."
The event included four stations:
1. Star Girl Chapter Reading
2. Article Reading and Journal Jot
3. Pay It Forward Challenge
4. Pennies for Paws
Catching Fire Kick Off Event
(December 6, 2013) The library hosted a movie kick-off
event for the release of Catching Fire on Thursday, November 21 after
school. The event, attended by more than 50 middle and high school
students, included The Hunger Games themed activities and prizes.
School Spirit Days Sponsored by Student Council
Middle school students will be showing their school
spirit the week of December 16. Each day there will be a different
Dec. 16 - Mismatch Mustache Day (wear either mismatched clothes or
something with a mustache).
Dec. 17 - Tie-Dye Tuesday
Dec. 18 - White Out Wednesday (wear white like you are trapped in a
Dec. 19 - Sweater Day
Dec. 20 - Holiday Spirit Day
VMS NJHS Walks to Support St. Jude Children's
(November 25, 2013) On Saturday, November 23,
members of the Voorheesville Middle School Chapter of the National
Junior Honor Society joined people in 75 cities nationwide to give
thanks and walk in support of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and
to raise money in support of its mission — finding cures and saving
Minds-On Underground Railroad Workshop at
(November 22, 2013) On November 20, 2013, a group of 7th
grade students participated in a one-day workshop on the Underground
Railroad sponsored by Minds-On at the Rensselaerville Institute.
Turkey Challenge Food Drive a Success
(November 22, 2013) The Builders Club would like to
thank our VMS community for all the donations to our third annual Turkey
Challenge Food Drive. Once again, our food drive was a success as we
collected nearly 500 items for the Kiwanis food pantry! We would also
like to thank all of the teachers who participated. As a result of
collecting the most items, Mr. Nardolillo will wear the turkey costume
ALL day on Monday, 11/25/13. He received 221 items!
First Quarter Honor Rolls
(November 21, 2013) Congratulations to Voorheesville
Middle School students who made honor roll for the first quarter of
Chris Shaw Visits the Seventh Grade
(November 21, 2013) Adirondack singer, songwriter, and storyteller Chris Shaw visited
the seventh grade students at Voorheesville Middle School on November
21, 2013. The morning started off with a presentation on the French &
Indian War where Shaw, dressed in period clothes, educated and
entertained the students with the equipment and weaponry of the war.
Minds-On Problem Solved Workshop at
(November 21, 2013) The Problem Solved workshop
really challenged students to think outside the box and learn new
strategies for solving problems and persevering. We learned about
lattice diagrams, puzzles, and "fair voting" methods. A memorable moment
of the day was when the students set the new record of 24 routes for
getting from 99 to 100 by only adding 11 or subtracting 7!
Minds-On DNA Workshop at Rensselaerville
(November 20, 2013) A close look at DNA and DNA
technology was in store for students as they isolated banana DNA and
found out how the "stuff" on CSI is really done. Hands on with hi-tech
equipment including electrophoresis solved the "mystery"! Students left
with a sample of DNA to show off at home.
Veterans Day Library Project
(Nov. 18, 2013) Sixth grade students reflected on
the meaning of Veterans Day in a recent Library Advisory. After reading
The Wall by
Eve Bunting, a picture book about a young boy's visit to the Vietnam
Veterans Memorial, we discussed how we can honor military heroes in our
Sixth Grade Trip to the Albany Institute of
History and Art
(Nov. 18, 2013) On Tuesday, November 12 and
Wednesday, November 13, the sixth grade class visited the Albany
Institute of History and Art. Students were exposed to over 200
artifacts from Ancient Egypt including two mummies purchased by the
museum almost 100 years ago. In light of some recent findings, GE
partnered with the museum to offer an extended exhibit that included
artifacts from over 140 museum collections around the world.
American Education Week
(Nov. 12, 2013) The week of November 18 is American
Education Week. Parents are welcome to visit their children's classes
during this week. Please sign in at the Middle School Office.
Turn Markers Into Energy
(Nov. 12, 2013) The Voorheesville Middle School
National Junior Honor Society is coordinating a special program in
conjunction with Crayola called Crayola ColorCycle. This is an
amazing new program devised to turn used markers into energy!
Everyone Counts Day
(Nov. 8, 2013) Seventh grade celebrates Everyone
Counts Day by wearing jerseys or shirts with numbers printed on them to
show that everyone counts. This event coincides with the 7th Grade
November Character Education Theme of Citizenship.
Builders Club Food Drive
(Nov. 6, 2013) Builders Club will be holding a food
drive from Nov. 8-22 for the Kiwanis Food Pantry. Food items may be
placed in boxes outside of MS classrooms during these weeks. FOOD
The staff member who collects the most cans will dress up like a turkey
on the Monday before Thanksgiving. Who will be the turkey? The students
Peer Tutoring offered by NJHS
(November 1, 2013) The VMS Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society
will be offering peer tutoring services beginning this Tuesday, November
5th, during the first half of 5th period (lunch/recess) on Tuesdays and
Thursdays. Peer tutoring will take place in the Commons. Students in
grades 6-8 are encouraged to use peer tutoring for help on
assignments/homework, as study buddies for upcoming tests and quizzes,
and/or for assistance with organizing binders. Students can also use
peer tutoring as a quiet place to do work.
Character Day Tradition Continues at
Voorheesville Middle School
(October 31, 2013) Once again, students at VMS spent
October 31st in "character." During the month of October, students
selected and researched a historical figure. The students had to select
a person from the time period they will be studying this year.
Specifically, students in grade eight had to select a figure from
American history since the Civil War, while seventh graders had to
select a historical figure from before the Civil War. The sixth graders
had to pick someone from global history. As part of the culminating
activity, students dressed as their character and gave a speech to their
Picture Day - October 29, 2013
(Oct. 21, 2013) Lifetouch will here on Tuesday,
October 29 to take middle school and high school pictures. Order
forms will be sent home with students this week. Students will need
their order form and payment at the time their picture is taken.
For yearbook purposes, all students, faculty and staff
will have their picture taken even if not purchasing a picture
Visit mylifetouch.com for additional information and online payment
details. Picture Day ID: AD083267Q0
Lego League Enthusiasts
(Oct. 16, 2013) Amy Tesch-Layman, the coordinator of a First Lego
League program at Voorheesville Elementary and Middle School, has
started a Voorheesville Lego League Facebook page. Please read the
attached letter from Ms. Tesch-Layman to
Seventh Grade's 1st Character Education Event!
The 7th Grade held their first Character Education
Event to coincide with their monthly theme of Cooperation. On "We All
Rock Day," students wore their favorite concert or music shirts to show
that we all rock!
Seventh Grade Character Education Themes
The seventh grade has scheduled monthly character
events that coincide with the Character Education Monthly Theme. View
Risk Behavior Survey
(Sept. 30, 2013) Between October 7th and 9th,
students in grades 7 and 8 will be taking part in a voluntary Risk Behavior
Survey based on a survey developed by the Center for Disease Control
(CDC). They will be asked to answer questions about their health
behaviors. To learn more about the purpose and content of the survey and
to understand your child's rights and your parental rights regarding
please see the attached letter.
Author Carolyn Huston Visits Seventh Grade
(Sept. 30, 2013) On Thursday, September 26,
2013, the seventh grade welcomed Carolyn Huston, author and Native
American researcher, to share her
experience living at a Navajo boarding school during her own seventh
grade and her
over twelve years of research on Native American foods.
Congratulations to Student Council Officers
(Sept. 30, 2013) Congratulations to the following
middle school student council officers:
6th grade: Public Relations- Erin Young,
Vice President- Maggie Thayer
8th grade: President- Emily Hampston
The first meeting will be after school on Wednesday, October 2.
Elections for class representatives will be held in each social studies
class this week. The first meeting for reps will be Wednesday,
Grade 8 Nano Career Day Opportunity
(Sept. 26, 2013) The College of Nanoscale Science
and Engineering at SUNY Albany will be hosting Nano Career Day for 8th
grade Voorheesville Middle School students on Thursday, December 12th
from 8:00 - 11:00am. Thirty 8th grade students will be able to attend
this event. Students should see Mr. Iannotti for the application essay,
which must be submitted to Mr. Iannotti by Thursday, October 3rd.
Welcome Message from VMS Open House
(Sept. 25, 2013) If you were unable to attend the VMS Open House on
9/24/13, your packet of information will be mailed to you.
Mr. Franchini's welcome message:
AIS Open House Presentation
(Sept. 25, 2013) Mrs. Conroy's AIS Open House Presentation:
Odyssey of the Mind Interest Meeting
(Sept. 27, 2013) There will be a meeting for
students (Gr. K-12) and parents on Monday, October 7th at 6:30pm in the
ES Cafeteria. The purpose of the meeting is to provide information
about Odyssey of the Mind. There will be sign-ups for those
interested in participating, as well as for parents willing to coach a
Young Entrepreneurs Academy
(Sept. 26, 2013) The School of Business is currently
accepting applications for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy for the
2013-14 academic year! The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is an
eight month program that teaches students in grades 6-12 how to start
and run their own, REAL businesses. YEA! is held on the UAlbany
campus every Tuesday from 4-7 PM, beginning in November and ending in
VMS Intramurals - Change of Playing Day
(Sept. 23, 2013) Grade 6 intramurals will be playing
on Wednesdays for the remainder of the season.
VMS Student Council
(Sept. 16, 2013) Any student interested in holding a
position for student council should pick up an application during lunch
from Mrs. Bradshaw (Rm. 218) on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday this
week. Completed applications must be turned in by Friday, Sept. 20. Speeches are due Monday, Sept. 23. They will be
recorded on Tuesday, Sept. 24 during lunch. Elections will be held on
Friday, Sept. 27 in all Social Studies classes.
Elections for reps will take place the week after the elections for
VMS Intramurals for Grade 6
(Sept. 13, 2013) VMS will begin hosting intramurals
for 6th graders next Tuesday, September 17th. Hosted by Mr Glisson, the
program will run through the first 10 weeks of school. We will begin
with flag football. Students will choose future activities once we get
Back-to-school supply lists
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