Veazie Community School parents, please take a moment to complete this anonymous survey. Survey results tied to strategic planning and will be used to assess and inform current practices and procedures. Please contact Mr. Cyr if you or someone you know would prefer a pencil/paper survey. Thank you. https://forms.gle/EkHQV4pACcSy6R2LA
Veazie Community School will be closed today, Monday, April 8.
Veazie School Alumni (VCS and John R. Graham School), please consider contributing to our spring edition of THE VIKING Alumni Spotlight! Answer the brief survey at this link: https://forms.gle/h1oe2MTjBf9MNDpW6 Thank you!
An Important Message to VCS Parents: I want to take a moment to recognize the Veazie Community School Staff and Students for their response to today's lockdown situation. Today was a perfect school crisis scenario with a perfect outcome. As a school we were faced with every challenging variable one could imagine--there was still 5 minutes remaining of our scheduled arrival time, there were a handful of late arriving students and we were responding with a limited amount of information from public safety (too little to attempt to reach out to parents in fear of causing more harm than good). Throughout all of this situation, everyone was safe. We practice school crisis drills for a reason. The entire VCS family stepped up today and demonstrated great respect, maturity, and support for one another. I am extremely proud of our staff and students for their behaviors during this difficult and stressful situation. Part of our crisis plan involves debriefing. We met as a staff after school today to discuss what went well, as well as ways we can improve. This process also includes further conversation with local public safety officials. I encourage you to discuss the importance of school safety with your children as you deem appropriate. Please do not hesitate to contact myself, your child's teacher, or our school counselor should you or your child need further support. Thank you. Matthew Cyr VCS Superintendent & Principal
VCS was notified this morning of potential threats made to a neighboring school. We immediately went into a lockdown and accounted for all staff and students. We have since been notified that there is no real threat. We have cleared the lockdown and are running a normal schedule. All staff and students are safe.
The mall show is over, but with that comes good news! We had a silver and a gold star award for student artwork. Silver star is an honorable mention. Gold star means that that student’s work moves on to be featured at the University of Maine Museum of Art in downtown Bangor in April. SILVER STAR: Rebekah Jaksa, Grade 8: binocular scene in acrylic paint GOLD STAR: Lily Chandler, Grade 7: sailboat scene in acrylic paint
Our phones are currently down while construction crews replace a pole on School Street. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need to contact the school office.
Please take a moment to read the linked health note provided by our school nurse. https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/323457/springhealthnote.pdf
Our 'White Bus' serving Thompson/Village/State Street will be 15 minutes late this afternoon due to mechanical problems. Students are safely waiting here at the school for the replacement bus.
Veazie Community School was well represented at today's State Invention Convention. This amazing group of students made us all very, VERY proud! Congratulations to Camden Brown on his 3rd place finish, Duncan Carlisle on his 2nd place finish, and Olivia Bragdon for earning 1st place honors! WOW, WOW, WOW!!!!
2nd Trimester Report Cards will be going home with students this afternoon.
IMPORTANT MEA TESTING INFORMATION: Grades 3 - 8 will be taking the Mathematics and ELA Maine Educational Assessment (MEA) on the following dates: March 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28; and April 2. Grades 5 & 8 will take the Science test after April Vacation. All public schools receiving State and Federal dollars are required to administer the MEA each year. Students will begin each testing day with a breakfast snack provided by our PTO, and a physical activity so that they can have food in their belly and to get their blood flowing! This will be followed by a single test for that day. We reorganized the entire school schedule for the remainder of the day so that students will not miss any core instruction as well as their beloved specials. We are hoping that our changes will provide students the best chance for success without shutting down the entire school during these mandated assessments. We also hope that by testing all grade levels on the same days and making these dates available in advance will allow parents greater opportunity to assist our efforts by helping to ensure students are well rested. While no single test can give a complete picture of student achievement and the amazing things happening everyday at VCS, the MEA combined with other information can and does help us better understand how to best meet the needs of our students. Thank you for your support! -Mr. Cyr
The VCS annual Invention Convention was held yesterday! Students have spent the last several weeks researching problems and finding solutions to many everyday problems. They all worked hard developing their inventions to solve some of those problems and to market them. A big thank you to this year’s judges, James Dunning, Dr. Julie Keene, and Valli Vel. Our top 5 participants will be moving on to the State Invention Convention next week and they are as follows: Will Francis, Camden Brown, Olivia Bragdon, Duncan Carlisle, and Lana Friess!!
Our Student Council kicked off Winter Carnival week with a fun assembly this morning filled with challenging games and winter trivia. There will be after school events tonight and Thursday, and a culminating afternoon celebration on Friday that will include a camp fire tended by the Veazie Fire Dept. so that our PTO can make S'Mores for all students to go along with their hot chocolate!
March is Youth Art Month! This great display featuring many different works from students in grades Pre-K - 12 all around the Bangor area will be up until Saturday, March 23rd by the old Sears entrance. The picture below includes the Veazie Community School panel! Great work by all of our artists under the guidance of VCS Art Teacher, Ms. Ashley Curtis.
Veazie Community School will be closed on Monday, March 4.
By now, many of you have probably heard about the "MOMO" Challenge on the Internet right now. Some say it is a hoax and some say it is real…... either way it has gone viral and is gaining a lot of media attention with several news reports showing disturbing pictures. This is a great time to discuss Internet Safety. The following Internet Safety guidelines should be followed by schools and homes at all times, and not just when things like the “momo challenge” present themselves: -Bringing up the MoMo Challenge (or other safety concerns) specifically may lead children to investigate it themselves. Instead, consider asking them whether they encountered anything online that caused them to be worried or upset. -If your child is aware of this trend, remind them that Momo is not a real person, cannot directly harm them and cannot tell them to do anything. -Remind children never to contact strangers online, regardless of the method, and never to give out personal information. -Tighten device settings and parental controls. -Report and block any content that is harmful or disturbing. -Supervise your child’s online activity, limit video games and YouTube use to shared family spaces and keep an eye out for unknown phone numbers or email addresses. As a school, we follow all federal rules and guidelines to keep children safe while using the school network and school devices. Unfortunately, as hard as we try, there always seems to be something new that trends with students and young people long before parents and school staff become “in the know" (such as the Momo Challenge). VCS will continue to use best practices and embed digital citizenship in all that we do. Students only spend a small portion of their day in schools, however, so we ask for support from the home front in monitoring the use of technology and more importantly, talking with your children about what they do online. Please stress that children should always report anything they see or hear that makes them feel uncomfortable or unsafe. Thank you for your support.
The VCS Student Council is hosting a Winter Carnival week, nest week. Many of the activities are after school, and require signed parent permission--these forms have been sent home. Here is a copy if you'd like to print. Reminder: Parents must pick-up students on days they stay after....the school does not provide after school transportation.
Art Fundraiser! Be on the lookout for materials related to an art fundraiser. Parents will be able to purchase a variety of items displaying their child's art work! All money raised will be used to purchase art supplies for our PK - 8 program. Please contact our art teacher, Ms. Curtis if you have any questions: email@example.com
The Veazie Town Office is closed today. There will still be trash pickup.
Veazie Community School will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, February 13. Be safe.
One of our Civil Rights Team projects was featured in a State of Maine publication! WAY TO GO VCS!!! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1LFXXfeirD2kCsGZsEsnOPt0-e3pazrSs/view
Kindergarten students were so engaged during our read aloud of “The Toll Bridge Troll” during Library Media class Monday. After our story, filled with lots of reenacting, new vocabulary, and even a little math, students were challenged to build their own bridge using KEVA planks. Students worked cooperatively with a partner across the river from them to help their bears cross using only twenty blocks. We’ll spend the month of February reading different versions of “The Three Billy Goats Gruff” along with a specific Makerspace or STEM activity to accompany each book. The conversations and problem solving techniques these Kindergarten students shared with one another were so inspiring, and we can’t wait to see what else they can create!
4-8 Band students are invited to play pep band music as part of Tuesday's basketball tournament games. Band students will stay after school and can be picked up at 5PM or stay for the second game with parent supervision. Parents, be sure to read and sign and return the letter sent home with students.
Veazie Community School will be Closed Today, Wednesday, January 30, 2019
The Veazie School Committee has a new member! Welcome, Alex Friess. The Town Council approved his application last night to fill-in for the recently vacated seat (until the June elections). Alex is the Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at UMaine and proud parent of two VCS Viking students!
Winter FLEX Friday signups are this week! Every VCS student in grades K - 8 will participate in a self-selected, 9-week course. Classes begin immediately after morning attendance, so don't be late! This winter's selections are pretty amazing, and include: Public Safety Club (with Veazie PD and FD); Wrestling (with Bangor Area Wrestling Club); Scrapbooking, Rescue Dog Read Alouds at Bangor Humane Society; Dungeons & Dragons; Seacoast United Soccer Clinic; American Sign Language; Self-Defense (with Eastern Maine School of Self-Defense); Science Fun; Read, Write, Think; Advanced 3-D Printing (with the UMaine 3D Printing Club); Deep Snow Disc Golf; Yearbook Club; Trivia; & Knitting. THANK YOU TO ALL VCS staff as well as community clubs, businesses, organizations and parents for volunteering and supporting this incredibly unique learning opportunity that has quickly become a cornerstone of our amazing little school. "Small School, BIG Heart!"
Y-Works After School Care is expanding and now accepts "drop-in" care for those who do not want/need to sign-up for weekly child care. The fee is $25/day, and caps at $100/week. Participating children are required to register (once/year). Please direct questions to YMCA director Kristen Parker at 941-2808 ext. 327
Today's rain on top of ice jams caused a pretty extensive roof leak in our library. The roofing company was unsure when they could respond due to the large volume of emergency calls...... Veazie Fire Chief Mark Leonard and Assistant Fire Chief Pete Metcalf did not hesitate to offer their support and effort in these extreme conditions. We are grateful for all of the support Veazie Police and Fire departments provide our school and community!
Mr. Cyr treated these three great kids to breakfast this morning at Dysart's. Their parents were winners of the 'breakfast with the principal' PTO online auction item. Our meal proved to be a diet buster once poutine was ordered as a breakfast appetizer! We had a great time singing in the car and even went through the car wash! Good luck to next year's bidders!
The VCS Civil Rights Team has a new blog post: https://vcscivilrightsteam.blogspot.com/2019/01/civil-rights-day.html#more
Substitute Teachers Needed. If you are interested, please complete our non-teaching application today! https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/191785/VZ_Non_Teaching_Application.pdf
All after school activities at Veazie Community School are cancelled today: Wednesday, 1/9/19. This afternoon's basketball games will be rescheduled to a later date.
All after school activities at Veazie Community School are cancelled today, 1/8/19. This afternoon's basketball games will be rescheduled to a later date.
Due to the forecasted weather, Veazie Community School will be closed today: Monday, December 17.
Veazie Alumni (John R. Graham School and Veazie Community School), please consider answering a short questionnaire so that we can share your story! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdRj9GTBG3fqNJUgSEfwykbl7YkYjilk9XJTQa6-XuizpgiTQ/viewform?usp=sf_link
Hannaford Helps school dollars are due in the VCS box (at Hogan Road Hannaford) by Friday, December 7. Please check to see if you have any of these kicking around at home. If you are not able to get to the store, please drop them off here at school and we will gladly make a deposit for you. Thanks!
Only two days left in the PTO Online auction! We are very close to our fundraising goal. Thanks to all for the continued support!
IT'S ALMOST HERE!!! The Veazie Community PTO Online Auction, 2018 starts tomorrow morning at 8:00a.m. and ends on Thursday, November 29 at 8:00p.m. Bid Early, Bid Often! https://www.32auctions.com/vcspto2018
Veazie Community School will be closed today: Friday, 11/16/18
Thank you to everyone who supported our recent Scholastic Book Fair. We were able to raise over $750 to support our library, STEM resources and classrooms!! In addition, 44 books were purchased directly from the fair for our teachers. We hope everyone is enjoying their new books and can't wait to hear more about what you are reading.
Veazie Vikings basketball practices begin Tuesday, 11/13, please check the schedule for times. Coach Gonyar
Veazie Vikings Robotics Competition tomorrow, 11/10. Good luck team! Coach Gonyar
One last call for blood donors! VCS is hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive today from 1 - 6p.m. Walk-ins are welcome!
During recent Physical Education classes, 4th graders play the game "kinball", a team sport created in Canada. Kinball is played with a ball that is 4 ft in diameter, but only weighs 2 pounds. The goal of the game is to catch and control the ball before it touches the ground. The 4th graders demonstrated amazing teamwork skills while playing this fun game!
Monday's PTO meeting has been cancelled. Our next PTO meeting is Monday, December 3, 2018.
Middle school students have been creating their own versions of the classic board game, Operation, in Library Media class using MakeyMakey and Scratch. Using their “Maker Mindset,” students have taken on many STEM challenges, worked cooperatively to figure out what materials are conductors and insulators, and even learned about open and closed circuits using humans as the loop for electrons to flow. Three of the Operation games were featured at our Hullabaloo!
A special winter weather message from Veazie Community School Superintendent/Principal, Matthew Cyr. https://youtu.be/BqhrHG8Qio4
Veazie Vikings Girls Soccer team will play AS at Mary Snow Field on Monday at 3:30 pm in the Championship game. Go Vikings! - Coach Gonyar
Reminder of the boys playoff soccer game tomorrow, 4 pm, at VCS. The girls won yesterday and will play in the championship tentatively on Monday. Coach Gonyar
Soccer practice is cancelled today, Monday, 10/15. Girls game at Dedham at 3:30 pm tomorrow, no boys practice. Boys game in Veazie Thursday and 4 pm. Soccer practice on Wednesday. Coach Gonyar
School Picture Retakes (by Lifetouch) are scheduled for next Thursday morning-- October 25.
Congratulations Veazie Soccer girls and boys for great regular seasons! Girls will play at Dedham on Tuesday, 3:30 pm, semifinal playoff game. We are working on the boys game and will let you know soon. Hopefully Thursday at home?? Coach Gonyar
The Small-School Cross-Country Championships have been moved to Friday, 10/12 (due to forecasted rain tomorrow)...same start time of 4:15 and same location--Airline Community School.
VCS is hosting a Blood Drive once again this year as part of our Veteran's Day Celebration on November 8. The drive will run from 1pm to 6pm in our gym. Please register online at redcrossblood.org, or contact Mr. Cyr for help with securing a spot-- firstname.lastname@example.org
Veazie Viking Soccer - Game at Dedham today (boys first), home game tomorrow, no practice Thursday, game at PCS (Calvary Chapel field in Orrington) on Friday - Coach Gonyar
Pre-k has been fascinated with finding worms in our new "digging spot". Thanks to some great work done by Glenn Campbell and friends- there is now a perfect spot for the preschoolers to practice shoveling, raking, and digging. They are learning how to handle worms gently and what to do with the worms to keep them safe. Many of the children say that the worms are one of their favorite things about school!
Soccer practice tomorrow before the XC meet here at school. Three soccer games next week, Tues, Wed, and Fri. Playoffs will begin the week of 10/15. I will let you know as soon as I get it. Coach Gonyar
This afternoon's soccer games have been postponed to Friday, October 12. No soccer or cross-country practices after school today.
On Wednesday, October 3, beginning at 2:18 p.m. Eastern Time, there will be a nationwide test of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS). The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of IPAWS and its Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) to (1) assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message, and (2) determine whether improvements are needed. The WEA portion of the test commences at 2:18 p.m. ET and the EAS portion follows at 2:20 p.m. ET. This test message will be sent to cell phones that are connected to wireless providers participating in WEA, which is why it is important to make local education agencies (LEAs) aware in advance. Veazie Community School will use this time to conduct a safety drill and discuss school safety protocol with students (something we practice on a regular basis). In the event of an actual crisis, Veazie Community School will use our mass-communication system to send out emails, phone calls, text messages, website posts, as well as posts onto the social media platforms Facebook and Twitter. If you haven't already downloaded our app, please consider doing so from the App Store or Google Play. We will also send push notification through the App. (These are the same procedures we will use during weather-related school cancellations otherwise known as SNOW DAYS) Please contact Mr. Cyr if you have any questions or concerns. Here is a link provided by FEMA with more information about their upcoming test: https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1522681998488-cfbe1a1f654b8d4413e925f4945bf382/American_Public_Fact_Sheet_2017.pdf
VCS Music Teacher, Mr. Arell is expanding his class blog to include guest blog posts! His first guest post is about instrument maintenance by our very own local David French representative Chris Plaisted! http://musicatvcs.blogspot.com/
Check out the VCS Civil Rights Team Blog! Students will be submitting articles and stories throughout the year. https://vcscivilrightsteam.blogspot.com/
Reminder: The VCS Community Dinner & Open House is this evening from 5:30 - 7:00. We hope to see you there! All donations received this evening will directly support our PTO Visual and Performing Arts Fund.
Bus A had a mechanical breakdown half-way through the morning run. A replacement bus has been sent. Please be patient if your child has not yet been picked up. Bus A covers Chase Rd. Sunset, Davis, Wedgewood.
This evenings PTO meeting has been rescheduled to next Monday, 9/10/18 @ 5pm in the VCS library. New members are always welcome!
Veazie Viking fall sports for students in grades 5-8 begin on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. Soccer practice will be from 2:45 to 4 pm, Cross-Country will run from 2:45 to 3:30 pm. Please make sure your child has the proper permissions to participate. Players should bring proper practice clothing and water. Looking forward to a great season. Brian Gonyar
CHECK IT OUT!!! VCS has a brand new website! www.veaziecs.org (same URL--you may need to clear your cash to view the new site). Also, DOWNLOAD OUR APP!!! Go to GOOGLE PLAY or the APP STORE and look up Veazie Community School!
VCS is fortunate to have after school care available to all K - 5 families. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1az2WFh3UbvcbardyCuv_bcCtrGayvsPF/view?usp=sharing
Public Notice: The Veazie School Committee will be having a special meeting on Friday, 8/10/18 at 8a.m. in the VCS Library for the purpose of acting on the nomination of an open teaching position.