May 21 Budget Vote & Board of Ed
2-9pm, MS Foyer
4th Quarter Progress Reports go home
May 22&23 NYS Science Performance Exam (Gr. 8)
May 23 7th Grade Civil War Day
(rain date: 5/28)
May 24 Contingency Day
May 27 No School - Memorial
May 31 6th Grade Trip to
Liberty Science Center
June 3 NYS Science
Written Exam (Gr. 8)
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Kerry Anne O'Neill wins MS Principal's Art
(May 21, 2013) The winner of the Voorheesville
Middle School Principal's Art Collection award for this year is Kerry
Anne O'Neill. Kerry Anne created a metal relief project in her Art 8
class this year with Ms. Triller.
7th Graders Enjoy Class Trip to Boston
(May 20, 2013) Voorheesville
Middle School 7th graders traveled to Boston on Friday, May 17,
the annual class trip. The first stop was at the Boston Science Museum,
followed by a relaxing lunch at historic Quincy Market where students
were able to eat and shop. The students headed to the New England
Aquarium after lunch.
NYS Math League Results
The official results of this year's New York
League are in and our middle school students once again did very well in
The 6th grade team placed 27th out of 82 schools across the state and
3rd in our capital region. Claire Reilly, our 6th grade winner, came in
third in our region.
The 7th grade team placed 28th out of 76 schools who participated and
also placed third in our region. Justin Cunningham, our 7th grade
winner, placed second in our region.
Finally, the 8th grade team placed 26th out of 67 schools around the
state and came in second in our region. Ryan Burczak, our 8th grade
winner, finished second in our region.
Congratulations to all students who participated in this contest for
their outstanding accomplishments.
Anti-Bullying Presentation Comes to VMS
(May 9, 2013) On Thursday, May 9th international speaker Jim
Jordan entertained and engaged the VMS students. His message and
strategies for creating a school culture in which bystanders to bullying
speak up and support victims was well-received by the staff and
students. Special thanks to the PTA for helping to bring Mr. Jordan to
Middle School Students Receive New York State Physical Education Awards
(May 13, 2013) Congratulations to the
following 8th grade students for being selected
for the New York State Physical Education Award: Olivia Biggé, Mia
Crisafulli, Allison Farney, Veda Hensel, Tommy Kelafant, and Sean Nolan. Each year a group of
8th grade students are selected for this award based on
leadership, sportsmanship, good citizenship, and leading an active life
Rube Goldberg Projects in Grade 8
(May 8, 2013) In 8th grade, science students have
been working on Rube Goldberg projects. This is similar to the game
mousetrap where a ball rolls down a ramp and knocks into a lever which
sends another object into motion. Students must explain the different
energy transfers and simple machines in their section of the project.
Anti-Bullying Presentation Coming To VMS
(May 1, 2013) On May 9th, international speaker Jim
Jordan will be presenting his positive message to VMS students. For more
information on Jim, please visit:
Third quarter honor rolls
(April 30, 2013) Congratulations to Voorheesville
Middle School students who made honor roll for the third quarter of
National Junior Honor Society
(April 26, 2013) The Voorheesville Middle School is proud to announce
the chartering of a local chapter of the National Junior Honor Society.
Over the next couple of weeks, eligible seventh grade students will be notified and
considered for membership selection. Please read the attached letter for
Medieval Day in Grade Six
(April 25, 2013) On Wednesday March 27th, the sixth
grade class participated in a day of medieval culture. The students were
taught by medieval performers, Bells & Motley, who treated us to the
art, music, and history of the Middle Ages.
8th Grade Class T-Shirts
(April 25, 2013) Eighth grade students can order a moving up t-shirt
for $10. Order forms & payment are due by Monday,
MS Odyssey of the Mind Team is requesting your
Our 7th grade team is planning a free community
performance on May 4 in the Commons at 1pm, and a number of fundraising
events to support its trip to the World Finals in Michigan at the end of
May. To find out more about the team’s bottle drive, bowling night, and
raffle, please visit
Middle School Principal's Art Collection
(April 16, 2013) It's time for the Middle School
Principal's Art Collection Contest. Middle School students can
submit up to 3 pieces of art work to the contest. The art work must be
work that was completed in your art class (homework assignments will
also be accepted). If your art is selected, it will be framed and put on
permanent display! Please see Ms. Wells or Ms. Triller for more
information. The deadline to submit your work is May 10th.
PTA's Letter Writing Campaign
(April 16, 2013) At last week's BOE meeting, Senator
Cecilia Tkaczyk spoke to our community with regard to state funding for
Voorheesville Central School District and the state of our budget this
upcoming fiscal year. The Senator was not only concerned for our
district, but she urged members of the community and BOE to write
letters to the NYS Legislature asking for more state aid. In response to
this, the PTA will begin a letter writing campaign this week coupled
with a Community Letter Writing Night on Monday, April 22 from 5-7 pm in
the Elementary School Library. We are sending home this informational
flyer and a sample letter for you to consider signing and returning or
to use as a guide for your own personal statement. Please return letters
to PTA (attn. Colleen Zeliph) no later than April 19th. The PTA, in
conjunction with the BOE, will ensure your letter is received at the NYS
Leprechaun Food Drive Challenge
(March 27, 2013) The Builders club would like to
thank all who participated in the Leprechaun food drive
to benefit the Kiwanis Food Pantry. As the holidays pass, pantry
supplies diminish so it was the perfect time to collect food items for
people in our community who need a little extra help.
Thank You to Mrs. Bradshaw, who had the most food and willingly dressed
up. Top o' the mornin' to her!
MS Odyssey of the Mind Team Advances to the World
(March 25, 2013) The
Voorheesville "Odyssey of the
Middle School team will advance to the world competition in Michigan in
May! Congratulations to all the participants and thanks to their
New Banner in the Middle School!
Last June, VMS held a soffit design contest. Olivia
Suozzo’s design was chosen out of 30 submissions. Her creative design
has been transformed into a banner and is now displayed over the
entryway soffit that runs from the main foyer of the middle school
toward the middle school wing.
Altamont Fair - Eco-Friendly Science Fair
The Altamont Fair is excited to announce their very
own Eco-Friendly Science Fair from August 13-18. The title will be: Recycling in your
world, saving our planet one piece at a time.
The Voorheesville Central School District Wellness
Committee is excited to bring Wellness Day to the middle school and high
school again this year. On March 21st, we will have several presenters
from the school, community, and surrounding areas sharing their
expertise in various areas of wellness. Topics range from bicycle and
skateboard safety to weight training; from healthy relationships to
zumba. Many workshops involve active participation so students should be
dressed so they are ready to move. Sixth grade students will have one
workshop in the swimming pool so they need to bring swimwear and
towels. Special thanks to the Voorheesville Community and School
Foundation and the Voorheesville PTA for sponsoring our keynote
Builders Club Food Drive - Leprechaun Challenge
Builders Club will be holding a food drive from
March 11-26 for the Kiwanis Food Pantry. Teachers will have boxes in
front of their classrooms during this time. Students can choose in which
teacher's box to deposit their food items. The staff member who
collects the most cans will dress up like a leprechaun on Wednesday,
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Regional Odyssey of the Mind Winners
(March 5, 2013) Winning smiles closed out a
successful day for Voorheesville Middle and Elementary School
students who competed in the Odyssey of the Mind regional tournament at
Shenendahowa on March 2. Three teams from Voorheesville won first
place and will advance to the State Tournament at the University of
Binghamton later this month. Another Elementary School team won
Hair for a Cure
The VMS Student Council sponsored "Hair for a Cure."
Students were able to get hair extensions and make a donation to a
worthy cause. The event raised $190.00, which was donated to the
American Heart Association in honor of VMS Student Council.
Information for Parents and Families on the
New York State is one of the states that has adopted
the Common Core Learning Standards. To that end, the State Education
Department has posted information on EngageNY.org. The goal of this
information is to help parents and families better understand the New
York State Common Core implementation. To view what is posted, go to
Grade Eight Learns About Nanotechnology
Eighth graders at Voorheesville Middle School
recently learned a lot more about nanotechnology. Dr. Nathaniel Cady, a
research professor from the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering
at SUNY Albany, once again spoke about some of the cutting edge research
happening in the field.
Doodle 4 Google Contest
According to Google's web site, Doodle 4 Google is
"a contest where we invite students in the United States to use their
artistic talent to think big and redesign Google's Doodle for millions
to see. This year, we ask students to exercise their creative
imaginations around the theme, "My best day ever..." One talented
student artist will see their artwork appear on the Google homepage and
receive a $30,000 college scholarship. And their school will be awarded
a $50,000 technology grant."
Pennies for Patients
The Builders Club exceeded it's goal of raising $275
for the Leukemia foundation. With the Pennies for Patients initiative we
raised $333.55. Thank you so much to all students who participated and
the community businesses that allowed us to place boxes in their
UAlbany Day at Empire State Plaza
Students in Voorheesville Middle School's Builders
Club and Student Council participated in UAlbany Day on February 4 at
the Empire State Plaza.
During the day-long event, the students learned what the university has
to offer, including its clubs and degree programs. Some of the
highlights of the day included live student performances, faculty and
researcher demonstrations, hands-on experience with robotics, a tour of
the State Capitol and an opportunity to meet players from the basketball
1st Ever Middle School Yearbook!
Order forms for the 2012-13 VMS Yearbook will be
sent home with students this week. Soft cover books cost $22.00 and hard
cover books cost $27.00. Order online at
(Yearbook ID Code: 11605613), or send in payment with your order form to
the VMS office. Checks should be made out to Voorheesville Middle
School. The deadline to order a yearbook is Friday, February 15, 2013.
Extra order forms will be available in the VMS office.
"Beatlemania Again" Update
"Beatlemania Again", a live performance of the
Beatles best music through the ages, will be performed at the Lydia C.
Tobler Performing Arts Center on February 2, 2013 at 7:00 p.m., here at
Voorheeesville. The live show is a Don Bowers Production. If you are
planning on attending, please do not delay in ordering your tickets.
Call Christy Rivenburg at 765-3313 ext. 109 or on line at:
Proceeds will support school programs.
Spelling Bee Winner
Seventh-grader Emma Bidell was the winner of this
year's spelling bee. She will represent Voorheesville at the Capital
Region Spelling Bee at Proctor's Theater in Schenectady on March 5th.
The winner of this regional competition will compete at the National
Spelling Bee held in Washington, DC.
Winter Intramurals for Grade 6
After a successful fall intramural season, VMS will
be offering intramurals to sixth graders on Tuesdays in January and
February. The intramurals will take place in the Middle School Gym from
2:30 to 3:30pm and will be supervised by Mr. Glisson.
Book Fair a Success!
Thank you for making the VMS Book Fair such a
successful event. With your support, we were able to raise enough money
to donate books to Toys for Tots and to the wish lists compiled by our
very own teachers. Our Toys for Tots donation included traditional books
found on the best sellers list, as well as hands on selections such as
sticker books and drawing books. In addition to the books, we were able
to earn a monetary profit that we will use to fund a variety of VMS
events. The Online Book Fair is available until January 1. If you would
like to take advantage of the wide selection of books and free shipping
to the school, you can go to scholastic.com/fair to make further
Once again, the VMS Student Council thanks you for your support!
"Theodore Roosevelt" Visits Grade 8
On Monday, December 17, 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. One of our most accomplished
Presidents, Roosevelt was brought to life by Mr. Paul Stillman. Thank
you to the Schenectady Theatre for Children and the Voorheesville
Grade Six Visits Albany Institute of History and
On December 4th and 5th, the 6th grade class
participated in the Albany Institute of History and Art's Ancient Egypt
Art and Culture program. Students viewed artifacts in the museum's Egypt
room that date back 4,000 years!
Chris Shaw Visits Seventh Grade
Adirondack singer, songwriter, and storyteller Chris
Shaw visited the seventh grade students at Voorheesville Middle School
on December 4, 2012. 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. LEARN MORE
Turkey Challenge Food Drive a Success - Again
The Builders Club would like to thank our VMS
community for all the donations to our second annual Turkey Challenge
Food Drive. Once again, our food drive was a success as we collected
nearly 300 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, Ms. Bryda had the opportunity to wear the turkey costume
with pride. In fact, she received one quarter of the donations!
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Builders Club members are busy preparing for our next project, which is
selling the Bells of Life to benefit the Albany Medical Center Pediatric
Intensive Care Unit.
Parent Portal Coming to VMS
On November 20th, we will be mailing out report
cards for the first quarter. Additionally, in that mailing we will be
including a letter with details about the implementation of the parent
portal for middle school parents/guardians. The parent portal will allow
parents/guardians to view their child's grades and assignments when
teachers "publish" their grades to the portal. This web-based tool,
which is already in use at our high school, has the potential to greatly
improve our home-school communication. The letter will include
directions for accessing the portal, as well as login IDs and passwords
(parents/guardians with children in the high school will be able to use
their high school ID and password to view information for their high
school and middle school children).
Builders Club Food Drive - Turkey Challenge
Builders Club will be holding a food drive from
November 5-16 for the Kiwanis Food Pantry. Teachers will have
boxes in front of their classrooms during these weeks. Students
can choose which teacher's box to deposit their food items in. The
staff member who collects the most cans will dress up like a turkey on
Monday, November 19. Who will be the turkey? The students
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8th Grade Students Present to Board of Education
On Monday, November 5, 8th grade students presented
a New York City research project to the Voorheesville Board of
Education. Students did an outstanding job in sharing their learning
experience with the NYC research project, NYC gallery walk, and NYC
Character Day Tradition Continues at VMS
Once again, students
at VMS spent October 31st in "character." During the month of October,
studentsselected 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
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American Education Week
American Education Week is the week of November 11,
2012. Parents/Guardians are welcome to visit the classes of their
child. Please come to the office and sign in. You may pick
up your child's schedule at that time.
8th Grade Field Trip to New York City
A soggy day did not dampen the spirit of the 8th graders as they made
their annual field trip to New York on October 19. The students
participated in a walking tour of the immigrant neighborhoods of the
lower east side of Manhattan. The tour, led by guides from Bid
Onion Walking Tours, included sampling ethnic foods such as fried
plantains, Kosher pickles, fresh mozzarella, and ice cream from the
Chinatown Ice Cream Factory (flavors: Green Tea and Red Bean!).
The trip ended with a ferry ride to the immigration museum on Ellis
Island where students were able to walk in the footsteps of the
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The 6th graders are enjoying the new intramural
program at VMS.
to view the pictures!
VMS Morning Announcements start the week of
The Blackbird TV Club will start producing and
broadcasting the morning announcements the week of October 8. This
club, which is comprised of middle school students and supervised by Mr.
Chaize and Mrs. Maxwell, does a daily broadcast. A link to the
broadcasts is available every morning on the VMS homepage. You can
access them by clicking on the "Daily Announcements" button under "Quick
Homework HotLink now on Website
Due to a new phone system, we have been unable to
post our Homework Hotline on the traditional phone extensions. The
homework is now accessible on our website by clicking the Homework
HotLink on the right side of the middle school home page. Many
teachers also have blackboard accounts that allow access to their
homework and handouts. That information is available in the Open
House booklets by individual teacher.
Lunch Calendar on Website
In an effort to save paper, the lunch calendar will
be posted on our website and can be accessed by clicking the Food Menus
link on the right side of the middle school home page. Hard copies
will be available in the office.
VMS Receives Grants from the VCSF
(September 20, 2012) The Voorheesville Community and
School Foundation awarded two grants for $1000 each to the Voorheesville
Voorheesville Open House Booklets
Download Open House booklets for
Grade 7 and/or
that were distributed at Open House on September 18, 2012.
Dignity for All Students Act
(August 22, 2012)
Voorheesville Central School District complies with the Dignity for All
Students Act (DASA), passed into law effective July 1, 2012.
Olivia Suozzo creates winning soffit design
(June 21, 2012) Voorheesville Middle School is proud
to announce that Olivia Suozzo is the winner of the soffit contest. »