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CMS “Cougar Mews” Gets WCAX Airtime!

A news sense is really a sense of what is important, what is vital, what has color and life—what people are interested in. That’s journalism.
—Burton Rascoe, former literary editor of the New York Tribune

Student journalism is gaining momentum all across the country. At Colchester Middle School, what started as simply a way to encourage students to attentively listen to morning announcements is really taking off. A group of students have worked alongside Assistant Principal Dovid Yagoda to set up a mini-studio in which they film newscasts about the weather, CMS sports, and general school announcements. They then work with Unified Arts educator Bjorn Norstrom to edit the video, and the clips air weekly on the projectors in CMS classrooms. It’s an extracurricular initiative that is really gaining momentum—so much so that it has caught the attention of WCAX News.

The CMS group visited the WCAX studios on February 8, watching a live broadcast in action, posing questions to news anchor and executive producer Roger Garrity, and then taking a turn behind the news desk themselves.

Then, on February 16, a news team from WCAX visited Colchester Middle School to check out the students’ operation. Education reporter Keith McGilvery watched the students in action, gave them pointers, and conducted interviews.

You can watch the nearly three-minute WCAX news story about the Cougar Mews here!

This is life training in action—and not just from a potential career perspective involving writing, public speaking, and learning new technologies. The students are acquiring hands-on experience with becoming and remaining well informed about the issues and events surrounding them, and they are gaining respect for expediency, deadlines, analytical thinking, creativity, accountability, ethics, versatility, and so much more.

For a fun little (five-second) clip, click here!

Way to go!

And finally, we have some quick reminders about upcoming events.

Registration Night for this year’s Girls on Track program for sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade girls is Wednesday, February 22 at 6:30 in the CMS lobby. The program will begin during the last week of March and will run for ten weeks, culminating in a 5K event at the Champlain Valley Exposition on June 9. The program cost is $70, and scholarships are available. For more information, please e-mail CMS guidance counselor Kara Pawlusiak.

Thursday, February 23 is Registration Night for Girls on the Run; registration will take place between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. in the Malletts Bay School cafeteria. Similar to the aforementioned Girls on Track program, Girls on the Run is a ten-week, curriculum-based program for girls of all fitness and ability levels in grades 3–5. It, too, will culminate in a 5K event at the Champlain Valley Exposition on June 9. Team practices will begin the week of March 26; each of the three teams will practice twice a week at different times—some will meet immediately after school, and at least one will meet later in the afternoon. The program fee is $70, and scholarships are available. Space is limited per team, and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis! For more information, click here.

Parent Teacher Conferences will take place at Colchester High School, Colchester Middle School, Malletts Bay School, Union Memorial School, and Porters Point School on March 6. Parents are encouraged to contact their appropriate school(s) to schedule a conference.

Remember that each of our schools publicizes upcoming events in a calendar and/or regular newsletter; please be sure to check them regularly to stay informed! Colchester School District also posts a district-wide calendar of events, so be sure to check there often, too!

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