Middle School Intraterm 2018

School News
March 6, 2018
Students in grades 6-8 took part the first-ever VMS Middle School Intraterm. Following a format similar to upper school, students took part in mixed-grade courses ranging from wilderness survival skills to fashion design. They even created world peace...  


Backcountry Skills

Schedule

  • Day 1: Studied various elements of snow safety; created simulations of different snow types with various kitchen ingredients; discussed human elements of danger; practiced using beacons outside.
  • Day 2: skinned up Mayflower Gulch for hands-on practice of skills the learned on day 1; dug pits to measure slope angle to learn how to shovel most efficiently; enjoyed some backcountry skiing
  • Day 3: Visited Vail Ski Patrol to learn about their avalanche mitigation work; met the rescue dogs, talked with patrollers about their protocols and practices; observed them working

Student Reflections

  • I learned the importance of knowing the skills to have to go to the backcountry. —Javier Braun
  • I really want to ski in the back country now. —Sawyer Reed
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Building a Better Air Cannon

Schedule

  • Day 1: Field trip to Vail Police Department; began designing air cannons
  • Day 2: Constructed and refined air cannons using 55 gallon trash cans, heavy duty shower curtains, and surgical tubing
  • Day 3: Tested range and accuracy using fog machine to generate smoke rings; worked on town meeting presentation

Student Reflections

  • I learned that it is really important to work as a team, and I learned that I can work well with a team well. —Zoe Laird
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Exploring Perspectives Through Music History and Art

Schedule

  • Day 1: Drove to Denver; visited two art galleries and went to lunch at Union Station to learn about the history of the building; visited the Contemporary Museum of Art; walked to the Brown Palace Hotel and took a self guided tour to explore its history; dinner at the Spaghetti Factory where we learned about the history of both the building and the trolley car; attended a performance of Stomp; VERY full day!
  • Day 2: Visited the Molly Brown House and learned about the often misrepresented story of Margaret Brown; stopped at SubCulture to get sandwiches; returned to Vail
  • Day 3: Worked on creating documentaries focusing on perspectives of the different places we visited; skied together for Ski Friday

Student Reflections

  • I learned that I like art more than I thought. —Izzy Glackin
  • The highlight of the trip was definitely watching Stomp, it was nothing like I thought it would be, it would blow your mind. I loved how they all worked together, and the music they made was incredible. I will never forget this trip, it was amazing. —Stella Addis
  • I have spent a lot of time in Denver over the years but I didn't ever realize how rich it's history is, and how artists have expressed that through their work. One of the art galleries that we visited had an exhibit that focused on the mountains and the beauty surrounding us everyday. My biggest takeaway from the trip is that where we live is truly a wonderful place and sometimes art can help us realize that again. —Cami Johnson
  • I learned that I see things differently then everyone else and see it in my own way. —Hannah Serbinski
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Fashion Passion

Schedule

  • Day 1: Met with the owners of Grey Salt, Perch, and Luca Bruno to learn about entrepreneurship, choosing clothing from vendors, and clothing construction; went to the Thrifty Store in Edwards and Walmart to purchase clothing items.
  • Day 2: Creation day; deconstructed and reconstructed clothing; explored embroidering, painting, and distressing items purchased on Day 1; designed custom painted sneakers
  • Day 3: Finished up projects and modeled wares for the lookbook

Student Reflections

  • I learned that I can be creative. —Lucca Jimenez
  • I learned that I want to do fashion when I grow up now. —Ryder O’Connell
  • I learned that I'm good at sewing. —Kaitlin Keane
  • My highlight was figuring out that I was capable of hand embroidering. I never thought that I would be able to do that. —Anna Pope
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Flavors & Fragrance Chemistry

Schedule

  • Day 1: Lesson on distillation and boiling point; field trip to the Breck Distillery
  • Day 2: Explored scents; developed formulas for candle fragrances; cooked chicken piccata; made candles
  • Day 3: Watched Chef’s Table to see how modern chefs incorporate all five senses into various dishes; explored the five flavor modalities - sweet, salty, bitter, sour, umami

Student Reflections

  • I learned that I love essential oils! —S.K. Baumer
  • One idea that sparked was to make candles with my family. —Margaret Campbell
  • I learned that I have good taste buds and that I like more foods then I think. I learned that some weird food combinations taste very good to me. —Camren Flashner
  • A lot of the smells smelt very good, and others... let's just say didn't smell that lovely! It was so fun to choose what scents we wanted to put in our candle, and experiment with what scents would go well together! —Gracie Johnson
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Italian Restaurant

Schedule

  • Day 1: Started building our restaurant; researched local business openings and prices to rent the space to come up with an initial cost budget; went to La Bottega for lunch to research and spoke with the pizza maker; met with a chef from Zach’s Cabin to learn about restaurant operations
  • Day 2: Worked on restaurant design in Sketchup; made pizza; compiled a list of furniture we would need to buy and determined staffing needs
  • Day 3: Finalized our restaurant design; went to Vendettas to compare and contrast all the different pizzas we enjoyed over the Intraterm; concluded that the best pizza was that the one we made ourselves at school, and thus, our restaurant would be a success

Student Reflections

  • I learned that I am capable of managing a pizza kitchen and that I like to start up businesses. —Marco Geglio
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Wilderness Survival Skills

Schedule

  • Day 1: Survival simulation game; research project on famous outdoorsmen e.g. John Muir, Sir Edmund Hillary, Ernest Shackleton; discussed “grit” and how we incorporate it into our experience; snowshoed up Booth Falls Trail; played camouflage; learned about tree identification, shelters, bear safety, tips for safe hiking
  • Day 2: Visited Vail Search And Rescue in Edwards; hiked to East Vail campground; learned about fire building, tarp rigging, shelters, melting snow to make water; enjoyed hot cocoa
  • Day 3: Hiked to East Vail Campground; built quinzee snow shelter; had snowball fight; enjoyed Ski Friday

Student Reflections

  • I learned that Intraterm is a great learning opportunity and is a fun experience. —Jack Schwartz
  • The snow ball fight made me feel included. —Jackson Cohn
  • I learned that you have to have grit or learn about grit, and you have to be patient with your partners. —Diego Braun
  • I learned that I had more grit than I thought I had. —Jake Stavisky
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World Peace Game

Schedule

  • Day 1: Introduced the game and roles; talked about the history and development of John Hunter’s Game; Began game play and solved 2 of the 20 crises
  • Day 2: Full game play; solved most of the world crises
  • Day 3: Half day of play; students completed all crises and won the game; watched a documentary on the WPG

Student Reflections

  • The world peace game was a lot of fun because we had to solve real life problems. —Ryan Stockton
  • We stayed within the school, but I learned a lot more about how the world works. —Tiki Jaffe
  • I liked when the World Peace Game was finally solved. It felt like you had a giant weight lifted off your shoulders, and also proved that world peace IS achievable with lots of cooperation. —Henry Pratt
  • I learned that I love to be a leader. —Kate Henry
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