Caleb Matosky, Wolie Davis, Jared Kennedy and Philip Skidd work on a robot in the Mater Christi School Makerspace.
Robotics teamBURLINGTON—In February Mater Christi School’s Bulldog Robotics team competed in the Vermont First Tech Challenge Regional Championship. Organized by the University of Vermont, the competition took place at Essex High School.
Of the 32 participating teams, 17 came from other states in the Northeast. The challenge was to design, build, program and operate a robot according to the competition rules for the season, culminating in a head-to-head competition.
Each First Tech Challenge team consists of up to 10 students in grades seven through 12. The Mater Christi Bulldog team has 11 members, and the group participated in three of the four scrimmages that took place at Essex High School before the championship.
The group was guided by Tricia Finkle, Makerspace integrationist, and Michael Early, technology director, with support from school parents. In the process, students not only experienced the excitement that comes from solving complex problems and creating something new, but also developed authentic science, technology, engineering and math skills and practiced engineering principles.
Rock ‘N Worship nightSOUTH BURLINGTON--VT Christian Music will presents the third annual Rock ‘N Worship night on March 25 at 7 p.m., featuring worship artist and bible teacher Todd Agnew, known for his songs “Grace Like Rain” and “This Fragile Breath.” Local favorites Jason O’Brian from Southern Vermont and Jessie-Lynn from Essex will participate also. This event will be hosted by Community Bible Church on Williston Road. Tickets are available online at VTChristianMusic.com for $15 (for groups of 10 or more), $20 (general admission) and $25 for VIPs.
Stations of the CrossWATERBURY--On Friday, March 31, at St. Andrew Church there will be the Stations of the Cross at 5:30 p.m. followed by confessions at 6.
Stations of the CrossMORRISVILLE--On Friday, April 7, at Holy Cross Church, there will be the Stations of the Cross at 5:30 p.m. followed by confessions at 6.
Coalition for Access, Affordability, and SuccessCOLCHESTER—St. Michael’s College will be joining more than 100 colleges and universities as part of the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success.
The coalition is a diverse group of public and private universities that provide substantial support to lower–resourced and under-represented students, offer responsible student financial aid support and demonstrate a commitment to student graduation.
The college will accept the coalition application for admission beginning this fall.
“We are excited to be joining the coalition and to offer prospective students greater access and affordability through the application process,” said Dr. Sarah Kelly, vice president of enrollment and marketing at St. Michael's College. “The coalition’s application gets students started with the process of applying to college earlier and opens up opportunities for students who may not initially consider a St. Michael's College education attainable. It also gives us an opportunity to communicate about how great outcomes need to be factored in when considering options.”
Annie Reznik, executive director of the coalition, said that expanding the group’s membership “creates the potential for outreach efforts to have a broader impact; we are thrilled to be able to collaborate with St. Michael’s to improve college access.”
The mobile-friendly coalition application includes a suite of online college planning tools—completely free of charge for all high school students — which supports collaborative early engagement outreach efforts by member colleges.
The coalition was founded on principal values, beliefs and extensive research to improve the college application process for all students.
More information about the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success, including a complete list of members, can be found at coalitionforcollegeaccess.org.
Supper with birthday cakeSOUTH HERO—There will be a spaghetti and meatball with birthday cake supper at St. Rose of Lima Church on March 18 at 5 p.m. Call Bette Grenon at 372-4092 for more information.
French-Canadian ancestors programCOLCHESTER—“Finding French-Canadian Ancestors Using PRDH and LAFRANCE” is the topic of a March 18 workshop. The Drouin Institute and The University of Montreal have teamed up to bring genealogists invaluable tools for finding French-Canadian ancestors. These databases are easy to use and reveal a wealth of information from birth, marriage and death records. Vital statistics on whole families are linked from one generation to the next. Knowing how to use the databases together, along with some tips, will fill many of the gaps on your family tree. Following the class Jane Whitmore will help attendees with searches in using the Vermont Genealogy Library’s subscriptions to these databases. Classes at the library are $5 and run from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The library is located on Hegeman Avenue in Fort Ethan Allen. Parking and the entrance are across from the state police building. For more information, go to vtgenlib.org or call 802-310-9285.
Scottish Ancestors programCOLCHESTER--Finding Your Scottish Ancestors will be the topic of a March 25 workshop. Sheila Morris will show how to trace those elusive ancestors, what their occupations were, names that are important and how to find original Scottish census records. She will share maps of Scotland showing the counties before 1855 and after. She will explain the use of ScotlandsPeople.com and describe how to organize research. Classes at the Vermont Genealogy Library are $5 and run from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The library is located on Hegeman Avenue in Fort Ethan Allen. Parking and the entrance are across from the state police building. For more information, go to vtgenlib.org or call 802-310-9285.
Bringing Your Ancestors to LifeCOLCHESTER--Bringing Your Ancestors to Life is the topic of an April 1 workshop.
Many of Lillian Robinson's nieces and nephews aren't interested in pedigree charts, but they love the stories that she shares about their ancestors. Online newspapers, local histories, military records and pension files are some of the places she finds stories. Family group pages on Facebook and swapping information have been other ways her family has shared stories. She has also had success with Random Acts Of Genealogical Kindness. Robinson will demonstrate some of the many ways to find and share family stories. Classes at the Vermont Genealogy Library are $5 and run from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The library is located on Hegeman Avenue in Fort Ethan Allen. Parking and the entrance are across from the state police building. For more information, go to vtgenlib.org or call 802-310-9285.
Use of census recordsCOLCHESTER--Maximizing Your Use of Census Records is the topic of an April 8 workshop. Many genealogists only use census records to locate families and determine who belongs with whom, but downloading the image and spending some time with it can teach you so much more. Lynn Johnson will show you how to get the most from these records. This class will also be helpful for those just starting in genealogy as it will provide an overview of U.S., Canadian and state census records and where to access them. Classes at the Vermont Genealogy Library are $5 and run from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The library is located on Hegeman Avenue in Fort Ethan Allen. Parking and the entrance are across from the state police building. For more information, go to vtgenlib.org or call 802-310-9285.
Presentation on ImmigrationBURLINGTON—On Sunday, March 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the chapel at Mount St. Mary Convent at 100 Mansfield Ave., Sister of Mercy Kathleen Erickson will give a reflection on Immigration, Detention of Mothers and Children. She spent 18 years at the U.S./Mexican border working with immigrants in detention situations. After her return to Omaha, she initiated the Immigrant Detainee Accompaniment Program, was an international observer for the Honduran election in 2013 and serves as interim chaplain at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas.
She will lead a presentation/reflection on how the broken immigration system calls people to go deeper as they examine what it means to be human beings in a polarized world. There is no cost for the event. Parking is available in the Mater Christi School parking lot. For more information, call Sister of Mercy Lindora Cabral at 802-557-4415.