Monday, April 16, 2018

Message from Principal Stebbins about graduation

Greetings 8th grade parents,

I understand that some 8th grade parents may have some questions/concerns with the end of the year schedule for 8th grade.  We have made a couple of changes for this year and I can explain why we made these changes as a great deal of thought went into it. Overall, we are trying to align our end of year 8th grade activities around "graduation" more closely with what the other PK-8 schools are doing in Maple Run and we are being sensitive not to conflict with BFA end of year events.

No caps and gowns:
1) We have had numerous complaints over the years that this is expensive for families.  We are trying to be sensitive to this issue.
2) Students have complained that the caps and gowns are very uncomfortable as it is often warm in the gym during graduation. Students get warm and remove their gowns immediately, sometimes throwing them away.
3) Since we are now one school district, Maple Run, (SATEC is no longer a stand alone school district) we did not think it would be appropriate to have caps and gowns as this ceremony is more of a celebration than a graduation from one school to another.  This is more like students moving from 6th to 7th or one building to another. 
4) SACS does not have students wear caps and gowns and as the other large building in Maple Run moving kids to BFA we are trying to align our practices.  (Not 100% sure where Fairfield will land, but they may move in this direction this year or in the future).  

Dance same night as graduation (June 13th):
1) Since the dance is a celebration of completing 8th grade it made more sense to have it right after graduation.  
2) The other PK-8 schools are planning to have their dance right after graduation so we are trying to align to what the other schools are doing.  
3) Due to us being one school district it is very important that the PK-8 schools do not schedule end of the year events the same night as BFA events.  This does limit us with dates at the end of the year.
4)  There have been complaints in the past from parents that having a dance and graduation on different nights was expensive (i.e. special dresses, outfits needed for different events, girls getting their hair done, etc.).  Making everything on one night will help reduce these extra expenses for families and reduce the pressure of outdoing one another by having limos bring kids to the dance, for example.

In terms of the events being on a weekend, it has not been our practice to schedule all 8th grade events on a weekend (i.e. Friday).  For example, in the last two years (2016 and 2017) the graduation dance has been on a Friday and a Wednesday and graduation has been on a Monday and a Thursday

I understand that for parents who have had older siblings move on to BFA that this is a change; however we are all embracing the changes that being part of one school district means.  These modifications do not take away two of the important pieces we have always had for 8th graders (a graduation ceremony and a 7/8 dance to celebrate).  These will both still be formal and special occasions for our students.

I hope that parents can understand the rationale for the changes and help put their energy into making June 13th a special night for our 8th graders.

Sincerely,

Angela Stebbins
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Angela Stebbins
Principal
St. Albans Town Educational Center
169 South Main St.
St. Albans, VT
05478
ph: 802-752-2600
fax:  802-527-7043

Thursday, April 5, 2018

2018 8th Grade Montreal Trip

April 5th, 2018



Dear Parents /Guardians of 8th grade students,


We have good news! While it won’t be official until after approval from the superintendent, we are hopeful that our 2018 class trip will be to Montreal. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to raise money for our trip.

On Friday, June 8th, students will arrive at SATEC, as usual, and depart for Montreal at approximately 8:30 a.m. In the past, we have visited the Biodome, the Planetarium, the Olympic Tower, the Underground City (underground mall), and Mont Royal. Our plans, including the date, are subject to change over the next month, as we iron out the details. We anticipate visiting two or three sites, and much depends on ticket prices and event times. We will return to SATEC that same evening, and students will need to be picked up by a parent/guardian at SATEC. We will follow up with a detailed itinerary at a later date, but wanted to make sure that you all were aware of our plans early on.

To travel across the border, proper documentation will be necessary. Students will need written permission from both parents (we will be providing you with a form), their school ID card, and a copy of their birth certificate. In an effort to keep our student to adult ratios low, we will also be in need of parent volunteers to chaperone the trip. All parent chaperones need to pass SATEC’s background check each year that they chaperone a SATEC field trip. If you are interested in joining us, please fill out the background check paperwork with Kathy Sargent as soon as possible. In addition, parent chaperones will be required to ride the bus with us to and from Montreal and will be expected to pay at least a portion of the entry fees. Proper documentation (either an enhanced driver's license or passport) will also be needed. In the event that we have more volunteers than openings, we will draw names at random.

We are very excited about this trip and want to commend those who worked so hard to fundraise for this incredible opportunity. As you can imagine, a trip of this magnitude for so many people is very expensive. Without the commitment and hard work of our parents and students, it would not have been possible.


Thank you for your support!


Sincerely,


The 8th Grade Team


Jauna Berry
Abby Lanfear
Sonia Devarney
Keith Peterson
Ellen Stanley
Lorelei Westbrook
Will Howrigan

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Spirit Week!



February 19-22nd is SATEC’s Spirit Week

“America  Monday Dress in red, white, blue, stars and stripes!
“Dress Alike Tuesday Find a staff member, teacher classmate or friend and dress alike. The more people you get involved the more points you earn!
“ Wacky Wednesday” Wacky Hair, Mismatched clothes, How wacky can we make this day?
“Theme Thursday  Each Learning Community will decide on what to theme to represent that day.
Friday, “Class Color Day”
8th grade - wear black

Homework posts

Dear families,

During the second half of the 8th grade year, we do not post homework assignments online. They are still posted within our classrooms on our homework boards. Most teachers at BFA do not post their homework online, and we want to get students ready for next year. 

Let us know if you have any questions.

Thanks,
Abby & Will

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

BFA Information Session - 1/31 - 6 p.m. SATEC Cafeteria


BFA will be coming to SATEC to meet with parents of 8th graders on Wednesday, January 31st from 6:00 to 7:00. We'll discuss the transition from middle to high school as well as the process for registering for classes. This is a great opportunity to ask questions, gather information, and fill out required forms. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday. If you have questions, please contact Don Fagnant at 752-2782.

Monday, January 29, 2018

MONDAY, JANUARY 29

Homework

Lang. Arts:
* Reading Log  DUE Thurs. 2/1

Math:  
* Maths Mate (3, 1)  DUE Mon. 2/5

* Lesson 9 (in book)   DUE Tues. 1/30

* Manga high assignments

Social Studies:
* None
               
Science:
* Lesson 11 packet   DUE Tues. 1/30

REMINDERS: 
+ Headphones/earbuds are needed for class. If you have lost the ones given at the beginning of the year, please look for them/ replace them ASAP.  Thank you 

Thursday, January 25, 2018

THURSDAY, JANUARY 25

Homework

Lang. Arts:
* Reading Log  DUE Thurs. 2/1

Math:  
* Maths Mate (2, 8)  DUE Mon. 1/29

* Manga high assignments

Social Studies:
* Current Events Project   DUE Fri. 1/26
               
Science:
* Lesson 10 packet   DUE Fri. 1/26

REMINDERS: 
+ Headphones/earbuds are needed for class. If you have lost the ones given at the beginning of the year, please look for them/ replace them ASAP.  Thank you