Digital Citizenship Thursdays
(October 2017) Digital Citizenship will begin this month during Jump class. A rotating schedule was established for 
the rest of the school year. During this time our Librarian, Mrs.  Rampone, and I will cover lessons on internet safety and digital citizenship. 

CVS Welcomes Three Ozobots
(Spring 2017)  During our LifeTime Activites Program, students had the opportunity to explore and partake in some STEM learning while coding our newest additions to the Technology and Mosaics departments. These little robots are called Ozobots, and they respond to color coding drawn with markers and also to block-based programming done on Chromebooks or iPads. Students enjoyed mastering various age level challenges. We will be integrating and introducing these robots into classroom curriculum. To learn more about Ozobots visit:
(November 2016) Afinia is the name brand of one of our 3D printers at CHUSD. Last month a representative from the company interviewed Mrs. Cacciatore about the use of their product at both the Castleton Elementary School and Castleton Village School. Click here to read the Afinia Article

2016 3D Vermont Architecture and History Olympiad

Castleton Village School students from Mrs. McKinstry's Jump class participated in the second annual 3D Vermont Architecture and History Olympiad. The event took place March 25th at Vermont Technical College in Randolph. Students researched two historical buildings in Castleton, The Medical College and the Federated Church. They also worked in the CAD program SketchUp to recreate a 3D model of each building, scaling it to 1/200th of its actual size. Both files were printed using the school's 3D printer. At the event, students were judged on the accuracy of their scaled model, their oral presentation before the judges, along with the content of their multimedia exhibition. Our Medical College team won the Middle School division and were awarded 5 new Chromebooks for the school. Each scaled model was placed on a large Vermont map, this map, along with all the buildings, will be touring around the state. A QR code was placed under each model linking spectators to the multimedia presentation. Castleton Village School students plan on sharing their second model with the Castleton Historical Society so both the local community and visitors can experience this historic preservation project. Click the links below to visit the student generated websites containing more detailed information and multimedia projects.

Google Classroom
(September 2015) This year we have done away with Teacher Dashboard, and have decided to use Google Classroom. The teachers have all received training, and are developing and using this new technological interface. Please watch the video below for a quick overview.

CVS 1:1 Deployment
(August 2015) Our 1:1 deployment went quite smoothly. Students in grades 7 and 8 received the same Chromebook they were issued the previous year. Our 6th grade students received new Lenova Chromebooks, that will be their assigned device for the three years here at CVS. Below is the link to our 1:1 website, where you will find the CHUSD 1:1 Handbook, our Responsible Computer, Network, and Internet District Policy, and school specific permission forms.

Top 3D Winter Ornaments
(December 2014- February 2015) Mrs. Parrott and I (Mrs. Cacciatore) are incredibly proud of the work our
6th, 7th and 8th graders did on their first 3D project.
All projects were judged and the top 16 designs (we had to add one more)
were printed and then displayed in the office window.
Choosing only 16 was not an easy task. The presentation below shows our top winter ornaments
from concept through design, to final production.

3D Winter Ornament Project and Contest
Mrs. Parrott has introduced our students to their first STEAM project in art class. For the last part of November and into early December, all 6th, 7th and 8th grade students will be designing a winter ornament. They first are creating a sketch on paper, then executing their final design using TinkerCad. The top 15 (most creative designs) will be printed using our new 3D printer and displayed in the office window. 
For more details please review the presentation below.

Our 3D Printer is Here! 
(October 31, 2014)  A huge thank you to Mr. Rodney Batschelet, Benson School's Technology Administrator, for guiding Mr. Furman on how to set up and then print from our new 3D Printer. We are so excited to see what STEM and STEAM projects will be created by our students at both CES & CVS. Below are photos and a video from our first print run. Why did we print a bat? Two reasons; first, because it was Halloween, and second because we know how much Ms. Ramey loves them. This small bat took about 18 minutes to print.

What type of Digital Footprint are you creating?

During the months of October and November Mrs. Cacciatore is visiting Odyssey classes and discussing what it is to be a good Digital Citizen and how your activity on devices determines the mark your Digital Footprint leaves in this world. Following the discussion, students create a visual interpretation of their own personal Digital Footprint on their Chromebooks. The word clouds were generated using the web based tool called Tagul (   Here are a few examples.



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