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    The VSU Verizon Innovative Learning Minority Male Program

    The VSU Verizon Innovative Learning Minority Male Program (VSU-VIL MM Program) is a year-long experience that kicks off with a 3 week summer camp from July 9 – July 27. The camp is held on the campus of Virginia State University Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and is for young men who will be in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade at the start of the next school year. The camp is free of charge. Transportation to and from VSU is provided and the students are served breakfast and lunch each day in the school cafeteria. During the program the young men will be exposed to 3D printing and modeling, coding, electronics, virtual and augmented reality, design thinking, and conflict resolution. They will also be given a Verizon Ellipse 11 tablet to work with during the day. Students who meet the attendance requirements for the year will be given the tablets for their personal use, at no cost. Verizon will also provide access to their 4G network for students who don’t have internet access at home. Parents who are interested in applying should contact John Travis at 804-524-6739 or via email at

    Parents can also sign their son’s up during our parent orientation being held this Saturday, June 30th from 10:00 am – Noon in Harris Hall on the campus of Virginia State university.

    Ms Massengill’s students report on the history of April Fools Day

    The History of April Fools Day
    By Lily Junell

    This year, April Fools Day will take place Sunday, April 1st. April Fools Day can also be called “All Fools’ Day.” April Fools day is a well-known holiday where people play jokes on each other and then say things along the lines of “April fools!” or “I’m innocent! It was a joke.” It actually has a long history, dating back to the early 1500s. Some people believe it began when the Gregorian calendar took over from the Julian calendar, and the New Year went from April 1st to January 1st. Those who forgot and tried to celebrate New Year’s were teased and called “April fools.” Other people think other things are its origin, like the Romans’ end-of-winter celebration, Hilaria, the Vernal Equinox, the end of the Celtic new year festival, and Noah (Noah’s Ark) sending the dove to find dry land before the waters subsided. There is a
    superstition that the joking times expire at noon on the 1st and any jokes past that time bring bad luck to the joker, and also that if one doesn’t respond with good humor to the jokes they will get bad luck. In Scotland, the April fool is called an April gowk, which translates to cuckoo. The Scottish also had a prank
    about harvesting spaghetti, showing videos of happy peasant women harvesting spaghetti. The length of the spaghetti was explained as a result of a lot of dedicated cultivation. In France, the fool is called a “poisson d’avril” which means an April fish. The French insist that all such pranks include or reference a fish. It is popular there to ask someone to hold the line in a phone call, and then return and ask if there’d been any bites. It is also popular to trick the victim into calling a fish shop or local aquarium. In Ireland, it was traditional to entrust the fool with a letter to give to a named person. The named person would ask the victim to take it to someone else. When the letter is finally opened, it says “send the fool further.” These trends have been around for a while, so maybe you can create some long-lasting trends too!

    Ms Massengill’s students report on schedules

    Schedules, Schedules
    By Brianna Oakley

    You’ve been asking about your schedules, so here you go! We went straight to Mrs. Lewis and got some answers. So without further ado, here is some inside information from Mrs.Lewis for you!

    This year the guidance department made a change and decided that all counselors will stay with their grade level. So that means that you will have a different counselor each year you are here. Mr. Thompson is eighth grade, Mrs. Lewis Is seventh grade, and Mrs. Scheich is sixth grade. You can go to your counselors about anything. You can go to them for bullying, a
    schedule change and so much more. Make sure that you go if you have any problems and need some help!

    Speaking of schedules… how long does it take to make a fully functioning schedule? Making a schedule takes a long time! It can take weeks to make and is very hard for the counselors. The counselors come back to school weeks before teachers and students do. They use this extra time at school to think about every single student and make sure that they get a functioning schedule. How do they do it?

    To make a fully functioning schedule Mrs.Lewis starts by checking your previous SOL scores. She uses those and teacher recommendations to match you with a good teacher. She may not always give you a teacher that you like, but don’t be mad at her. She has a lot more on her plate than you do.

    So next time you see your counselor make sure to tell them thank you, because if it wasn’t for them we would not have the fully functioning schedules that we have today. You may not like school or the work that comes with it, but at least you’ve been paired with a teacher that matches SOL standards and helps you to grow into the people of tomorrow!

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