Venice Middle Scoop – 3

IMG_1661[1].JPGWelcome to the third edition of the Venice Middle Scoop. In this month’s edition we ventured to Kilwin’s. Our group rated it a four and a half. We rate it this way because the ice cream was amazing but it was very expensive. Every scoop (by itself) is $5.13 and with a waffle cone it is $6.41. The toppings, no matter how much, were $1.05.

At this store they serve not only ice cream, but also fudge, chocolates, and candies. One deal for the fudge is buy one get one free. Most of the ice cream is shipped in from Petoskey, Michigan. Also, 70% of the waffle cones are made there. Altogether a yummy trip!

Science Fair

Once again this year, Venice Middle is hosting the Science Fair. It is always a great event packed with fun experiments and well-made posters. Please congratulate the following finalists for qualifying for Regional STEM Fair to be held January 31, 2018.

6th Graders: Mason Teuscher, Madison Ballard, Laine Warmack, Natalie Hill, Emily Ireland, Hannah Reynolds, Payton McDowell, Xavier Adam, Riley Vance, Maya Kowalski, Riley Boock, Veda Kushman, Gabriella Lakomy.

7th Graders: Noah Whelden, Riley Highfield, Brayden Wittenbauer, Liam Wittenbauer, Caleb Konrardy, John Baldes, Isabel Rodriguez, Megan Sprague, Viktor Nilsson, Pierce Cameron, Briar Stonehouse.

VMS Young Marines Dominate the 2nd Raiders Event

On February seventeenth of 2018, 7 o’ clock AM, the Sarasota Military [Prep School] Academy held the second Raiders event. Young Marines from Venice Middle were driven to the school to go through a series of sport events, much like the one we held in our school in the month October [of 2017].

There were five events in this competition. They consisted of a one-mile run, kettle bells, a mystery event, an obstacle course, and a Physical Fitness Test [PFT].

Competing against SMA Prep, Imagine Young Marines, and Manatee Sea Cadets, VMS won – out of thirty-five trophies – seventeen trophies.

The Young Marines dominated the competition and look forward to continuing their success in the final event on March 10th at Imagine School in North Port.

Math-counts Trip To Bradenton

The Math-Counts team traveled to Bradenton on February the second in 2018 to participate in the Math-counts tournament. Students Zach Hudson, Greg Heenan, Apollo Rasmussen and Gary “Max” Sanderson competed with the other top Math students in the district for the right to participate in the state Math Counts competition. In this tournament we competed in five separate rounds. The five rounds included a team round, target round, sprint round, cipher round, and Countdown round.

The team round was when the team teamed up and had to compete against the other teams for 20 minutes. This team consisted of four people. They had 10 problems do complete. The target round was when each student worked alone and had approximately 30 minutes to complete at total of 8 problems. They gave you these problems in sets of 2 and 4 minutes to complete them. The sprint round is when you have a total of 40 minutes to solve 30 problems (no calculators allowed).  The cipher round is when you have a problem you solve it then put it in a device of sorts and click enter. The faster you are the more points you get. And last but certainly not least, the countdown round. This is a round where you have 45 seconds to answer each question (no calculators allowed). people with the highest scores on sprint and target rounds compete head-to-head. This round is optional.

Venice Middle students held their own against other top Math students in the district.


Beginning Band Concert

Mr. Ackroyd led the Charger Beginning Band in their premier performance of the year Thursday, January 18th.   After beginning with folk songs everyone knows, the band literally rocked it, performing medleys of Queen’s greatest hits.  The audience assisted with the beat to “We Will Rock You.”  The Beginning Band showed the audience how much students have learned working under Mr. Ackroyd.  They sounded like they had been practicing much longer than one semseter. Great job!