The Knight Tribune 252-431-0440 1227 Dabney Drive, Henderson, NC December Charter School History Celebrate our Differences By: Katie Smith & Brittany Pendergrass Vance Charter School is a place The SACS team visited our school where we are working to become aware of November 28th and 29th. They reviewed the culturally diverse society that surrounds records, held interviews and also talked with us everyday. The holidays are a great time groups. Assistant Principal, Dona Mann, to reflect on that, as many celebrate a said, “SACS checks up on us every 5 years holiday other than Christmas, including to see if we are following through and doing Yule, Ramadan, Kwanzaa, and Hanukkah, what we say we are, such as all the as well as countless others! improvements we have made.” SACS is apart of AdvancEd, which is dedicated to being the leader in advanced excellence in education so that everyone is prepared for success in an ever changing and diverse world. On Nov.29Th the SACS team announced they are going to recommend we be accredited. VCS was the first charter school in the state to be SACS accredited, also leading us to be the first recommended charter Hanukkah (Jewish) -- Begins at sundown on school to be reaccredited. December 4 (ends December 12) Saint Nicholas Day (Christian) -- December 6 Adventures at Sound of Sea Ramadan -- Began September 13 By: Shannon Satterwhite Eid al-Fitr (Muslim) -- October 13 Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexican) This year the 5th grade took the -- December 12 St. Lucia Day (Swedish) -- December 13 annual "Sound to Sea" trip down to Atlantic Christmas (Christian) – December 25 Beach. Thanks to the 5th grade teachers, Boxing Day (Australian, Canadian, Mrs. Barnes and Mrs. Parsons, it was a English, Irish) -- December 26 blast! When the 5th grade went, they got to Kwanzaa (African American) -- learn about different habitats like ponds, December 26 to January 1 beaches, sounds, maritime forest and Barrier Omisoka (Japanese) -- December 31 Islands. They learned about habitats and Eid'ul-Adha (Muslim) – December how they help one another. Each child had a 20-22 chance to serve as a "waitron", where they Epiphany (Christian) -- January 6 would set up for the meal, clean up after it and even get additional food and drinks needed at the table during meal time. The trip was full of fun and learning and thank- you to everyone who helped put it together. Club Corner What’s Happening BETA Club Kindergarten By: DJ Johnson & Anthony Raynor By: Matt Weaver & Dylan Bowen The Beta Club has a December full Mrs. Munn & Mrs. Harrison's of service projects, including the following: Kindergarten class will be taking a "trip" around the world! We have filled out our A California Christmas - this project is passports, are "packing our suitcases" and providing book bags filled with school getting ready to take off! The students will supplies for California students who've lost "leave our country" and learn about how their homes and or schools to wildfires. people in other places celebrate Christmas and other holidays in the month of Salvation Army Bell Ringing - The Beta December. They will be learning about Club is assisting the Salvation Army Kettle St.Lucia Day in Sweden, Las Posadas in Drive at Walgreen's(in Henderson) to raise Mexico, St. Nicholas Day in Holland and money for needy families in the area. The many more holidays and traditions all over money received helps provide holiday gifts Europe and North America. The and meals for needy families. Kindergartners are very excited! The little ones will also be wearing their pajamas on "Senses Garden" - Beta Club members will Tuesday, December 18th, while snuggling up plant plants that can be touched, tasted, felt, with a wonderful book, called The Polar smelled, and heard by Kindergarten and Express, by Christopher VanAllsburg. First grade students. Beta Club members will make signs and task cards to help the 1st grade plants be a real learning experience. By: Haley Chapman & Kelly Tharrington Technology Club Volunteers are needed to help with By: Rebecca Falkner Christmas/December classroom projects. The first grades also need people to help The Tech Club meets once a week, with their field trip on December 17th. on Thursday, from 2:45-3:30. Mrs. Chudasama, Tech Club founder at Vance 2nd grade Charter, requires hard work and studies from By: Joseph Hill & Jeremy Faucette a few talented middle school students. The club was established to expand the mind of The 2nd grade is going on a trip to the students outside of their regular studies Kenly Tobacco Farm Life Museum to during school hours. These students are experience a working farm, a one roomed participating in competitions through the school house, a blacksmith shop , and they Internet. One of which is to create a website will learn how to candle dip. They will use that students must write explaining the life the candles for their own Christmas gifts. of teenagers! We wish the Tech Club the The 2nd grade will also be conducting their best of luck when they enter their final 3rd service project. They will be going to project in the Thinkquest competition in Brentwood Nursing Center in Oxford, NC April! with Ms. Bates. They will be decorating stockings to put on residents’ and patients’ doors. The students will play bingo with the 5th Grade adult day care members and do some By: Matt Renn & Colton Floyd caroling as well. Mrs. Washington said, “this trip will always be memorable and will The fifth graders in Mrs. Barnes’ show compassion of the 2nd graders and math class are working with fractions and others.” fraction/decimal equivalency. In social Volunteer opportunities available studies they are learning about early include running papers, helping with the explorers if North and South America. They holiday decorations, or you can check out have a project due on December 17th. In Ms. library sources to help students do their Parsons’ language arts they are practicing holiday customs’ reports. And for any parent alliteration. You can see their work posted who has a leaf blower we would appreciate on the wall by the girl’s bathroom in 5-8 it if you would blow off the playgrounds and hallways. In science class they are learning remove any trash in the dumpster in the back about physical and chemical weathering, of the school. erosion, and deposition. On the last day of school before the holiday break the fifth 3rd Grade graders will enjoy a Christmas celebration By: Emily Cobb & Adam Hope by moving in groups of five from one station to another. These stations will include The third grade is going to the cookie decorating, crafts, storytelling, planetarium on December 17Th. They will be computer games, drama, and even karate! studying about animals and their habitats; they will also be dissecting owl pellets in Middle School relation to Birds of Prey. By: Josh Justice, Sam Jarrell, & Jesse Knapp 4th grade Mrs. Sandlin’s 6th and 8th grade Language By: Melvin Gray & Daniel Hunter Arts are working towards completing their novel unit. The 6th grade is currently The fourth grade has some volunteer reading Al Capone Does My Shirts, while Opportunities, including recess duty from the 8th grade is reading Flowers for 2:00 to 2:30 and lunch duty from 12:15 to Algernon. Supplies Needed: Sharpie 12:45. The things that are happening with Markers; Black Expo Markers the fourth graders are that they have to read more than 100 books through Scholastic's Ms. Avery’s 7th grade math class is Classroom Cares; which earns 100 books for currently working on graphing data and the needy schools. types of graphs, while 7th grade science is In the classes students are working learning about the human body. There will on the multiplication facts in math. In be more projects and homework during this science they are studying electricity and section of study because of how much magnetism and for literature they are material there is to cover. Most of the reading Robin Hood. In Social Studies they projects will be worked on in class, but are studying the Middle Ages. In Language please check with students about homework Arts/Writing, they are learning poetry. The and projects. Volunteer Opportunities- fourth graders went on a field trip to Raleigh Donations for science lab. Friday lunch on December 7th. volunteers are also needed. Mr. Hight’s 6th grade math class is working 3rd Grade A-B Honor Roll on fractions now and about to begin Jasmine Allen, Jared Bennett, Dylan Bowes, multiplying fractions. In his Algebraclass, Jennifer Cable, Ashleyn Collier, Callie students just finished the unit on slope and Danehy, John Glover, Allison Hines, Gracie are now going to begin working on scatter Mason, Brittany Overby, Hayley Parham, plots. Supplies Needed: Black Expo Cameron Paynter, Zoe Peace, Destiny Reid, Markers, Kleenex, Paper Towels, Pencils, Alicia Spence, Katie Testerman, Payne Board Cleaner, and Paper. Watson *Remember 10 tickets = 1 Homework Pass Ms. Lamond’s 6th grade science class is 4th Grade A Honor Roll studying heat, sound, and light. There will Katie Ayscue, Miller Bartholomew, Hunter be a test soon. Supplies Needed- Paper Brummit, Elizabeth Gresham, Macy Lee Towels Johnson, Jacob Mosely, Carson Noel, Rebekah Ratliff, Autumn Richardson, Kayla Mr. Connolly’s Pre Algebra class is Satterwhite, Mattison Satterwhite, Marissa currently learning the percentage of change Vaughan, Gabby Williams, Dylan Yacos and sales tax. 4th Grade A-B Honor Roll th Mrs. Goswick’s 6 grade class is currently Christopher Ayscue, Jonathan Boggs, learning about South America and their Sterling Bullock, Skyler Cunha, Patrick history and culture, as they continue Dickerson, Carson Driver, Uriah Ford, working on a project about the countries of Dylan Jackson, Blair Kimbrell, Eric South America (major products, a historic Lemmond, Mary Mills, Alyson Mosely, timeline, and a fact file for the country). Evan O’Geary, Leah Paul, Elizabeth The 8th grade is learning about the Civil War Pegram, Harrison Perkinson, Carla Pike, and the events leading up to the Civil War, Brittany Renn, Taylor Richardson, Dar as well as the devastation caused in North Sedigh, Rebbeca Short, Alicia Tuker, Jacob Carolina. Weaver 5th Grade A Honor Roll 1st 9 weeks Honor Roll Bryce Abbott, Kevin Treacy Submitted by: Eric Person 5th Grade A-B Honor Roll 3rd Grade A Honor roll Chase Allen, Emma Burgess, Hannah Megan Andrews, Emily Ascue, Christopher Burgees, Johnathan Byrom, Justin Care, Brame, Jonathan Cole, Taylor Currin, Will Harris, Nick King, Sarah Mason, Brooks Falkner, Anna Freular, Neil Jasmine Matthews, Amanda Mosley, Gresham, Jackson Grissom, Ellie Christopher Pendergrass, Joseph Sharpe, Hedgepath, Alan Hicks, Kristen Hicks, Logan Tyndall, Luke Wheeless Tyler Jones, Megan Maddox, Jabe Montgomery, Madison Owens, Conner 6th Grade Honor Roll Pendergrass, Dawson People, Hannah Madison Bobbitt, Ava Gruchez, Victoria Roberson, Tuner Roberson, Avery Snoddy, Jackson, Katherine Jarrell, Sadie Lee, Kassidy Tillotson, John Wheeless, Matthew Kelsey Maddox, Tykala Martin, Matthew White McCutcheon, Laura Mosley, Kayla Royster, Harli Sams, Luke Trull Sports Report 6th Grade A-B Honor Roll Mens Basketball Casey Cayton, Tori Duncan, Holden By: Zach Layne & Becker Seifert Hedgepeth, Megan Henderson, Reed Kimbrell, Stephanie Nguyen, Kaila Pinit, Men’s basketball season is here! The first Kendall Stone game was a 49-41 win against Lighthouse Academy. Becker Seifert had 15 points, 7th Grade A Honor Roll Dylan Bowen had 12, and Zach Layne Alexandra Bercik, Kristin Long, Morgan pitched in 10 in the win. The next game was Noel, Megan Rogers against Crossroads. After a well-played game, we lost 49-45. Our next game was 7th Grade A-B Honor Roll against Franklin Academy and we lost 44- Colton Aiken,Nicholas Andrews, Logan 40. We played KVA on the 4th and won 50- Brinker, Ethan Byrom,Kayla Felts, Isabelle 42 in a very well played game by the Goodwin, Gerri Anna Hedgepeth, Barrett Knights. We are 2-2 and steadily improving. Johnson, Josh Langley, Kaitlyn Moodly, We have a game December 11th against Kara Reese, Jake Ruggles, Nick Sharpe, Crossroads. Go Knights! Trey Stainback, Lauren Swilley, Katherine Treacy, Ashley Usher, Ryan Wilson Lady Knights By: Liana Parsons & Rebekah Edwards 8th Grade A Honor Roll Rebekah Edwards, Rebecca Falkner, Colton The VCS girls' basketball team is Floyd, Alexis Green, Abigail Gruchacz, Sam ready for a great season. Team members are Jarrell, Zach Layne, Liana Parsons, Alli Rebekah Edwards, Liana Parsons, Katie Purvis, Matt Renn Smith, Morgan Noel, Haley Orr, Harley Parrott, Gabby Matthews, Logan Brinker, 8th Grade A-B Honor Roll Kara Reese, and Kayla Felts. The girls lost Haley Chapman, Melissa Elliot, Jeremy their first two games. The first one was Faucette, Daniel Hunter, D.J. Johnson, against Lighthouse, 13-36, and the second Megan Narron, Eric Person, Anthony was with Crossroads Christian, 21-34. They Raynor, Adrienne Robertson, Shannon won against Franklin Academy, 20-16 and Satterwhite, Katie Smith, Andy Tillotson, lost to Kerr Vance, 21-15. In their second Mac Watson game to KVA the girls lost 26-15. "These girls are a strong group of players with a lot of determination. They play great for a team with only one returning player. We hope that Volunteers Needed with practice and confidence we will have The Athletic Department is in need of more wins", say coaches Deborah Mann and volunteers in the spring to serve on Friday Michelle Stevenson. Our upcoming games lunches. Also, we still have several games are posted on the school website under without someone running the front table. "Athletics". Come support the VCS girls Please email Coach Sandlin if you are basketball team and enjoy the game! interested – firstname.lastname@example.org.