News from Cynthia McPhetres
I have a degree in Studio Art from UVM with an English minor. I have attended Breadloaf Writers Conference on the basis of my poetry writing and I also attended a year at Law School long ago.
I liked to travel. I lived 18 years on Martha’s Vineyard, and I lived in Key West, as well. My daughter was born on Martha’s Vineyard. As Vermont is a wonderful place to bring up a child, and I have a lot of relatives, I returned. I went back to school to get my teacher’s certificate, and started teaching Art!I taught Art for a year at South Royalton, then was hired at Rochester. I moved to Rochester a year later as I love the school and wanted my daughter here!She was a a great softball pitcher and won the state championship her senior year.
The first major Art project will be for the Tunbridge World’s Fair! We will all work on a collaborative project for that, involving weaving fabric strips through garden mesh.
Library Keyboarding classes in the Elementary will be shared between myself and Jeanette Bair. We are so glad to have her back on board!
The HS Library is all changed. The books are now all in the Information Center, that used to be the computer lab. Since all students 4-12 will have their own laptops, we have no use for a lab. Kelly Foy donated beautiful shelves from her former bookstore, which now house most of our books. With help from Keith Bush and Alex Munyon over the summer, the fictionand biography bookcases were painted. I painted the makerspace cases.
The former library is now the Learning Commons! It is a beautiful bright, spacious area with a “green screen” and a Makerspace! A makerspace is a DIY area filled with tools and supplies. Any donations of Legos and any other building sets would be appreciated!
We would also appreciate donations of sofas, and comfy chairs in very good, sturdy condition to enhance our Commons.
There is also an Online Learning Room where students who take courses online can go to work.That too needs comfortable furniture.
An exciting new year is ahead of us in Art and reading and making!
The Artroom and Makerspace and both libraries were very busy this week!
The Elementary Library is becoming very busy with listening to stories, learning about the illustrator, the publisher, and the author. There are many facts one can find in the first pages of a book.
There was lots of Art to display this week as projects students have been working on have been completed!
Kindergarten has finished their self- portraits, that are remarkable!
STEAM class completed artwork created to show how the Indians in the Bahamas felt when Columbus arrived.
STEAM class also made “Stained Glass” by dying flat pasta that they had “chipped” with alcohol and liquid watercolors. After drying, they arranged the shapes and colors on 1 piece of clear contact paper , then carefully put another piece on top. They taped both pieces together making a frame. Then they used Sharpie to create the black around the shapes. In a window, the light glows through the pasta!
We had a very exciting week in STEAM class. After reading “The Seeds Of Change” about 5 changes that came about after Columbus discovered the Americas, each student chose a “seed ” and started a big creative project illustrating it. They are using each component of STEAM- Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.
Projects range from a corn mill to a Paper mache horse. Stay tuned to see the variety of projects coming to fruition.
December in the Art room.
The holidays are a VERY busy time in the Art Room!
Included are some photos!
Elementary Library is busy working in their research skills. After having gone through the Dewey Decimal system for the first half of the year, learning where different subject books are, now we are working on alphabetical order and how to find books.
Various games and handouts are assisting even the youngest to learn how the alphabet can help in finding a book.
In the photos here, first grade is putting various combinations of letters in alphabetical order as practice.
Ms Bair is doing very well after getting her second hip replaced. Everyone is glad she is back!
Feb. 17, 2017
Elementary classes are working on a contest entry about their favorite tree. They are writing a story and illustrating a poster about it. It is for the VT State Forstry Dept. We had 2 winners last year, and one the year. Edited! The winners go on the UVM TV show” Across the Fence”.
Middle school Keyboarding classes are improving every day! Fun online programs and games make this a good time.
Elementary Library classes have been exploring the Gale data base. They have also worked on how to search for books.
STEAM class is working on Altered books. Using old books that were headed to the dump, each student chose a book with good bindings and paper . They will alter the subject matter for a few pages, but will also alter it to be a subject they are j terested in. The first assignment was tracing their hand inside the front cover, and drawing patterns on the hand. They also had to put their name in by using the tape transfer method. By putting magazine letters under packing tape, they soak and roll off the paper thereby transferring the ink only into the tape. The tape is still sticky and can be taped down.
STEAM will learn all sorts of ways in altering their book to make it theirs.
MS Art class is working on their own version of a Blue Dog statement painting.
Grades 1-6 have entered into the VT State dept of Forestry Growing Workd of Art contest! This is the third year of this particular contest and we are hoping for another win! Rochester won the first year with third grader Maggie Klingensmith. Last year we won with eighth grader Tessa Stewart AND second grade Virginia Mongeur! The winner gets to go on the Across The Fence TV show on WCAX-TV. There is a poster to be drawn and a story to be written this year about ” My Favorite Tree”.