Sadly, the last day of the VAST program occurred on May 5. The VAST school year ends early because May 5 is the last day of classes for our Vassar student mentors. To celebrate our last day, we had an 8th grade graduation ceremony at Poughkeepsie Middle School. At the end of our last day, ...read more
VAST is on break right now as the Vassar students are on their 2-week spring vacation. The program will start back up again on Monday, March 24. Last Monday before our vacation started, our scholars finished their homework early and got to play basketball in the school gym for the last hal ...read more
On Wednesday February 26, VAST scholars and families were invited to Vassar College to attend a Career Night panel. The panel featured community members from various professional careers, including Teaching, Art/Graphic Design, Construction, Restaurant Management, and IBM Engineering. Our ...read more
Every Friday at VAST, the scholars rotate to a new activity led by Vassar student mentors. Many of our activities continued from where we left off in the Fall semester, such as Debate, Art, Cooking, and Science. We have one new activity this semester: Improv! One of our mentors teaches fun ...read more
Poughkeepsie Middle School has released the Honor Roll list for first quarter! Most of our scholars made the honor roll this quarter. That is a huge achievement and a great way to start off the school year. Check out the chart below to see how many of our students are listed on the honor r ...read more
Sadly, our last day for the semester was Wednesday December 11. Instead of normal tutoring, we had a party day to celebrate everything we’ve done together. Our mentors and scholars had so much fun spending time together before the Vassar tutors left for their winter vacation. Check o ...read more
The last day of VAST for the semester was Friday, December 6. To celebrate all of our accomplishments so far, VAST went on a field trip to Vassar College. The VAST students are always excited to go on a trip to Vassar and see something new. For this field trip, we saw two different parts ...read more
Before Thanksgiving break, VAST took some time to think about how we can thank each other and ourselves for all the hard work we have done. Scholars and mentors traced their hands and wrote a “THANK YOU” message to put on the poster below. They could choose to either thank some ...read more
Every Friday, VAST was lucky to welcome special guest mentors to teach an Art Talk activity. Three Vassar students who are docents in the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center came to VAST to run the activity: Sophie, Olivia, and Angela. The scholars looked at historical paintings and made their ...read more
Every Friday, scholars practiced their public speaking skills in the Debate Activity and had heated discussions about current events. They focused on the issue of gun control. Should gun control laws be passed in the US? The scholars were divided into 2 opposing teams to debate this questi ...read more
The scholars have been cooking up a storm every Friday. Cooking is always one of VAST’s most popular activities First, the scholars learned knife safety skills. They used what they learned to chop up tomatoes, onion, cilantro, and other ingredients to make salsa and guacamol ...read more
VAST was lucky to collaborate with an engineer from IBM to plan a hands-on science activity. Every Friday, a group of scholars learned about electricity using the snap circuit kits pictured above. IBM was generous to let us borrow the kits for the scholars to use. They were ...read more
Watch the video below to see two of our scholars, Chanda and Victoria, working together to build a snap circuit. Chanda reads the directions aloud to Victoria so they can map the circuit together and figure out how electricity works. Video IBM 12-9 IWEBIX Webdesign
In the video featured below, watch one of our mentors, Nathan, demonstrate public speaking skills to students in the Debate Activity. In addition to running Debate, Nathan is a Head Mentor for the 6th graders in Room 115, the Awesome Rockets. Video Debate 11-22
Poughkeepsie Middle School and Vassar College working together!
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