And what a wild time it was!
  The week began with the middle school students working to prepare for our Veterans Panel. This years panel was a very well attended event and both veterans and students alike seemed to enjoy the opportunity to share and hear stories. Link to Village Soup coverage of the event.

Tuesday was a "normal day" with some outstanding basketball games after school with Lincolnville. Well done teams!

Thursday, we came back from Veteran Day with a H1N1 clinic at Lincolnville. Those of us who stayed at AVS put together two composting containers for winter compost and the 7th grade students prepared a bed and planted the garlic for next year's crop. It was a great time out there digging, planting and cleaning up. We then had lunch, then home for the students as we had a full slate of parent conferences for the afternoon and evening. Thanks to all those parents who were able to make it in for a meeting. It is always great to share and hear about the students.

Friday brings a busy day as 8th grade discussed fund raising and started talking about where we might be heading on our class trip in the spring. Plenty of ideas.
I then got news that our Appleton Roots Garden is now listed with the Maine School Garden Network. Very good news. Check it out here.

Basketball games tonight I could not stay for the conclusions but wish teams all the best. Things were looking positive when I had to leave.

Bottle drive on Saturday so have your bottles ready.

Monday will be here soon enough!

Wow! One of those days.  This next stretch could be a wild time.

Morning meeting to get Veterans Day panel loose ends tied up. Things are looking good for that and it is looking like great participation for out Vets. Looking forward to it.

8th graders took the math competency test this morning so our schedule was flipped on it's head. Thanks to all for their flexibility with this.

7th grade: got a few students started with their blog spaces and then a 80% successful intro to ALEKS the online math program. A few students run into a road block that we are working to fix this evening. Thanks for your patience gang.

Veterans day panel is Monday, Nov. 9th 10:30-12:20 with lunch to follow.

H1N1 clinic coming up next week, Nov 12th in the morning. Make sure to get your paperwork in this week so the order is complete. There will be no extras!

Also parent conferences on that day and it is a 1/2 day. Wow.

Student leaders met at lunch and are getting things organized for a Thanksgiving food drive. Lots of logistics to get ironed out. Very excited group. Look for what you can do to help out in the form of food contributions in next weeks NotesHome.

Today ended with a tremendous team effort from the boys basketball team. I had to leave a halftime but we looked to be in control. Very exciting and entertaining. Well done gentlemen!

Photo: Veterans Day  -  eqqman

So we have all made it through the sugarfest and are now into basketball season and the time shift.

The basketball teams got started last night with games against Hope. It was great to see our teams out there working as a team and having a good time.

We have been working on getting ready for the math comp test which is tomorrow morning. Good luck to all. I know that you are all looking forward to another test.

7th grade had a great learning experience in science as they presented information to students at Hermon Middle School last week using Skype. It was a great experience for both groups and we are looking to share our learning with Hermon again at some point.

Veteran's Day panel discussion will be on Monday Nov. 9th. We are planning and looking forward to this annual Appleton gathering.

On Wednesday morning there will be an interesting car in the parking lot. We are lucky to have two of the builders/designers coming over to share what they have been up to for about a year as they create this car for the Auto X prize.

Here is a link to a write up about the car.

This is an amazing project that is a Mid-Coast Maine team.   Can't wait!