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By: Tyler Cabral, Jacob Ross, and Colton Kimler
Q. Is there food there?
A. Yes, there was a Snack Shack and they had hot dogs, popcorn, and brownies.
Q. What drinks did they have?
A. Sprite, Pepsi, Hot chocolate.
Q. Was it fun?
A. Yes because it was our first time and it was new to us.
Q. Did you fall a lot?
Q. Is it for ages 5 and up?
A. Yes but the 5 year old kids need to use a walker.
Q. How much does it cost?
A. $15.00 including skating all day and skate rental.
I am a 5th grader in TS Cooper elementary school. I am 10 years old and love drawing.
We recently went on a field trip to an ice rink in Williamsburg. It comes for a good price of $15.00 each. Paying the $15.00 will give you everything you need to start skating. The staff would always ask if you were okay EVERY TIME YOU FELL, but it wasn't annoying me to the point where I would leave. Not at all. There is a snack shack right next to the rink if you get hungry or thirsty. The brownies and hot chocolate are definitely something I could recommend. The skating itself was very fun and worth the money by a long shot. The rink wasn't all that fancy, but I like keeping things simple. The quality is pretty great. Nothing out of this world, but nothing absolutely awful. I'd definitely go back and NOT just to watch people fall... I promise.
By: Avery Hall, Semiyah Saunders, and Shala' Jah Stallings
Q:What is the price?
A:$12 for adults,$10 ages 3-12 , free for ages 3 and under,and skate rental is 4.25 (tax included).
Q:What time does it open+close?
12:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Q: Do they have food and refreshments?
A:Yes they do!They have hot cider,coffee, and bottled root beer
Q:What are some places around the Ice Pavillion?
A:Barnes and Noble,a coffee shop, carriage rides,Tavern,Rockerfeller Bassett Hall, and a Spa
Q:What is the contact info?
Q:How much is parking?
A:If you are lucky you will find free parking!
Hi, this is a summary about our AIG ice skating experience! If you can rollerskate, well then ice skating should be pretty easy. The staff are also kind. If you are looking for a family fun activity then Colonial Williamsburg is a great place! We stayed for 2 hours,and had a blast,and yes we did fall multiple times!!That is the end of our AIG ice skating experience!
By: Sean Rountree and Joseph Foster "JC" Foster
Read the interview below to find out more about our ice skating in Colonial Williamsburg!
Reporter: What schools attended?
JC: The schools that attended were Buckland, T.S. Cooper, and Gatesville.
Reporter: How much did it cost?
Sean: It costs $15. You are paying for a bracelet that allows you on the ice until 8pm and you get skates.
Reporter: What was the location of the ice skating ring?
JC: It is located in Colonial Williamsburg. There is a snack shack right beside it.
Reporter: Is the staff friendly?
Sean: Yes the staff is friendly. There is staff on the ice to help you up.
Reporter: How dangerous is it?
JC: It is dangerous if you don't know what you're doing.
by: Addison Riddick, Hudsen Ward, and Kathryn Haynes
Addison on Ice
I thought it was very fun. There is staff there to help you and your child. There is a snack shack. There are a few safety precautions and the skates have thicker blades than what the pros have because they are safer. You might to bring a thin jacket because it is cold but once you start skating it gets hot. There are little balance objects to help little kids. The cost is $15 per person. Here's a little suggestion: you should probably go at night because the ice melts a little during the day and if you fall you might get a little wet. It freezes back during the night. It is also a romantic place for couples. IT WAS SO MUCH FUN!!!!!
Hudsen on Ice
My experience ice skating was really fun! It took a while to get used to it but after I got used to it, it was awesome! The staff always asked me if I was okay after I fell down. They had a place where you could get snacks as well. They had hot cocoa, popcorn, coffee, snacks, drinks, and candy! It was really fun, so go there today!
Kathryn on Ice
My experience amazing nothing more nothing less. I don't know about the others but I loved ice skating! It can be pretty dangerous though, so please do take precaution and take in consideration the dangers of ice skating. I’m not saying it wasn’t fun, I’m just saying take please take precaution but I’ll stop my rant about the dangers of ice skating and more about my experience! Yes, I fell a few times but you probably know what they say- try and try again until you succeed! So don’t hesitate to go today. Now I’m out... see you later!
Like what you see? Here's the link to the photo album! 😊😊
By: JT Riddick
The Williamsburg, VA ice ring wasn't 5 stars... it was better than 5 stars! It was the most fun experience ever. It had the best staff. Every time you fell they would come help you up. Their snack shack had hot dogs, fat brownies, soda, hot chocolate, and other good stuff. It was worth the money because it was so fun. It only costs $15.00, which includes your ticket to skate and your skates. It's area was about 70 square feet. I fell a lot and it was hard at first but after 30 minutes you'll get the hang of it.Best ever . I WOULD LOVE TO GO BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Last week, our fifth graders competed in school-level geography bees sponsored by National Geographic. The top five students from each school advanced to compete in a county wide competition yesterday and boy, were they awesome!
If you see any of these students, congratulate them not only for making it into the top five from their school, but also for their knowledge, competitive spirit, courage to step up to a challenge, and possibly most importantly - their fantastic sportsmanship! I am proud to call them Gates County kids!
Make sure you send out a special CONGRATULATIONS to third place winner Courtney Unger, second place winner Lavont Jones, and Nevaeh Faison - who came in first place! As county winner, Nevaeh will have the opportunity to take an online test and if her score is high enough to place she will advance to the next round of competition. Wish her luck!
Close your eyes for a second and imagine the following:
You are told that you can't touch the cups with your hands. As a matter of fact, you can't touch the cups at all - no feet, elbows, chin, nothing! You can only use the strings and rubber band to stack the cups.
Check out how our cms students came together to reach a common goal!
When our elementary students caught wind of the Straw Tower Challenge that our middle school students participated in, they insisted on doing it for themselves! Before you could blink, we had teams at each elementary school competing to assemble the tallest tower that could hold a tennis ball for a minimum of three seconds. The catch? They were given only 50 straws, one roll of masking tape, a tape measurer, tennis ball, and list of pretty specific rules. What they did was amazing!
Straw Tower Challenge - Buckland Elementary
Straw Tower Challenge - Gatesville Elementary
Straw Tower Challenge - T.S. Cooper Elementary
Congratulations to JT Riddick and Benjamin Ross for constructing the tallest tower!
This November, our CMS AIG students participated in an escape room field trip at Escape Room Virginia Beach. It was a success and I highly recommend it!
I challenged those students to write and publish a blog post about their experience on this website. Our students worked to follow a set of guidelines to brainstorm, write a post, select and upload pictures, format their blog, and add special features before clicking the "post" button. Afterwards, they commented on the posts of their peers and offered feedback.
...but that's not all!
Cal Bryant agreed to run the "best blog" in the Gates County Index. I, along with my students, spread the word and opened the blog posts up for "voting." To everyone who commented - thank you for your time and thank you for supporting our students!
And the drumroll please...
Congratulations to Derrick Nowell and Camiya Riddick for having the most votes! Stay tuned for their post in the Gates County Index!