Newsletter #1, 2014-15

August 22, 2014

Middleton Robotics Parents, Students, Sponsors, & Volunteers:

Is everyone excited to start the 10th robotics season at Middleton? It is again time for me to start sending out emails about upcoming Robotics Club activities. I know that some of the teams have been meeting over the summer but it is now time to officially kick-off the 2014-15 season.  I am using my email distribution list that includes team members and parents from last season.  One of the first activities of the new season will be to figure out how many students we will have in the club this year and assign them to a VEX, FTC, or FRC team.  All students (including returning students) will be required to complete a club registration form for the 2014-15 season and I will use the information from the registration forms to update my club email distribution list.  We will distribute the registration form at the kick-off meeting described later in this email and I will also include the updated form in a future email.  The remainder of this email contains three important upcoming activities for the Middleton High School Robotics Club:

1.       2014-15 Season Kick-off Meeting – August 22, 2014 at 5:30pm

2.       FTC 2014-15 Season Kick-off – September 6, 2014

3.       Golf Tournament Fundraiser – November 15, 2014 

Newsletter Details:

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1.       2014-15 Season Kick-off Meeting – August 22, 2014 at 5:30pm – The Middleton High School Robotics Club kick-off meeting will be held in the school auditorium on Friday, August 22, 2015 at 5:30pm.  All students and parents interested in joining the robotics club should plan on attending.  The purpose of the meeting is to provide new and returning students an overview of the robotics club financial and time commitments so that you can make an informed decision about joining the club. I will provide a short overview presentation followed by a question and answer session.  In additional to reviewing the robotics club activities, this will also be a great chance for everyone to learn more about other clubs at Middleton.  The August 22nd kick-off event will also allow you to learn more about the FBLA and TSA/Electrathon clubs as well as obtain all of the necessary school and county paper work required to participate in these clubs.  I look forward to seeing everyone at the Kick-off meeting. 

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2.       FTC 2014-15 Season Kick-off – September 6, 2014 – The FTC robotics challenge will be announced by FIRST on September 6, 2014 and Middleton will again be hosting the FTC Kick-off event for all teams in Florida.  The FTC kick-off event will be from 10am to 2pm and is a great chance for all FTC teams to learn about FTC and see the new 2014-15 game challenge.  All FTC team members should plan on attending this event and this also will be an early season fundraising opportunity.  We will need volunteers to help run a concession stand and for club members to donate items that can be sold at the concession stand.  Items that can be donated include water, soda, chips, hot dogs, hot dog buns, baked goods, etc.   I will send out a more detailed email about the FTC kickoff event in the coming weeks. 

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3.       Golf Tournament Fundraiser – November 15, 2014 – Several of the returning club parents have already been working hard to organize fundraising events.  We have booked our first official Tampa Bay Robotics Foundation Golf Tournament! Save the date!!! Saturday, November 15, 2014, 9:00am at Bloomingdale Golfers Club in Valrico, Florida (http://www.bloomingdalegolf.com/)

We can have up to 144 golfers (35 foursomes) and can potentially raise $7,000-$10,000 for the Middleton Robotics club.  Charity Auger and Kerry Ward are looking for additional volunteer help to organize and manage this event.  We will also need robotics students to help volunteer at the tournament.  We are looking for some parents to participate in the tournament committee that can help with hole sponsors, gift baskets, flyers, etc.  We would like to set-up a time to have a committee meeting as soon as possible.  Therefore, please reply to this email and let me know if you are available to help and I will forward your contact information to Charity and Kerry.  Thanks in advance for everyone’s help.

Newsletter #19

May 29, 2014

Middleton Robotics Parents, Students, Sponsors, & Volunteers:

Thanks to everyone that attended the final parents meeting at Middleton last Friday, May 23, 2014.  If you missed the discussion, I have attached the presentation we reviewed during that meeting. This email contains additional information about two of the topics discussed during the meeting:

1.       Yellow Book Distribution Fundraiser

2.       Season Celebration Party—May 31, 2014

Newsletter Details:

1.       Yellow Book Distribution Fundraiser – Last year we were able to get a jumpstart on the next seasons fundraising by earning $2,711 and it allowed many students to receive credit toward their fundraising requirements for the 2013-14 season (e.g.  Elijah DeWolf raised $782.45, Jon Roth raised $364.05, & Nick Berglund raised $300.83).  The main reason we were able to raise $2,711 is because we had multiple parents that organized individual groups of students to distribute the Yellow Books.  The more people involved, the more routes we can do, and the more money we can raise.  The Yellow Book Distribution starts on June 2, 2014 and you will need to go to the warehouse (Seaboard Terminals, 6708 Harney Road, Tampa, FL).  Before going, I suggest you first decide what zip codes and areas you are interested in distributing books.  When you arrive at the warehouse, please tell them that you are a part of the Middleton High School Robotics Club and they will work with you to find routes for you.  After completing the route(s), you will need to return to the warehouse and return any books you did not distribute along with the distribution worksheet.  They will give you a receipt for your route and the dollar amount that will be credited to the account.  Please email me the dollar amount and the students that helped you distribute the books along with the hours they worked.  The following link provides a video with more details about the process:  http://vimeo.com/17144885

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2.       Season Celebration Party—May 31, 2014– I will again be hosting an end of year celebration party at my house located at 18806 Crescent Road, Odessa.  We will start at 1pm and end when the last person leaves.  As usual, I will provide the main meal for dinner but I am asking for everyone to bring drinks, snacks, and side dishes.  All students, parents, and family members are welcome to attend. So far, I have received an RSVP email from 10 people. Please response to this email prior to May 27th and let me know how many people will be attending and if you will bring drinks, snacks, or a side dish.

 Hans K. Wolf

Newsletter #18, 2013-14 Season

May 19, 2014

Middleton Robotics Parents, Students, Sponsors, & Volunteers: The purpose of this email is to announce the final two events of the robotics season. On Friday, May 23rd at 5:30pm we will have the final parents meeting to review results and discuss plans for next year.  The final event of this season will be the club […]

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Newsletter #17, 2013-14 Season

May 14, 2014

Middleton Robotics Parents, Students, Sponsors, & Volunteers: As we wind down the 2013-14 robotics season, it is time to review progress and start planning for next year. We have three important events coming up in the next two weeks that are described below is this email. Plus I would like to start collecting information about […]

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World Championship 2014!

May 4, 2014

Congratulations to all 3 Middleton FTC Teams for making it to the First Robotics World Championship this year. Masquerade made it to the Franklin Division Finals and set a new world record for a combined high score 827. Thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors who made this possible!

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Newsletter #16, 2013-14 Season

April 19, 2014

More exciting news about the accomplishments of the Middleton High School Robotics Club.  In only our second year of competing in VEX tournaments, our team Theseus has qualified for the TSA (Technology Student Association) National VEX Competition.  This event will be June 27, 2014 through July 1, 2014 at the Gaylord National Resort & Conference […]

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Newsletter #15b, 2013-14 Season

April 4, 2014

Middleton Robotics Parents, Students, Sponsors, & Volunteers: It has been a while since my last Middleton Robotics Club newsletter and a lot has happen in the last couple of months.  Both of our VEX teams (Minotaur, and Theseus) received bids and attended the Florida State Championship.   This is a significant accomplishment given this is just […]

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Middleton FTC Teams going to World Championship!

March 3, 2014

Congratulations to ALL 3 Middleton FTC Robotics Teams (1369 Minotaur, 3846 Maelstrom, 4997 Masquerade) that competed in the Texas Super Regional in San Antonio and  qualified for the World Championship in St. Louis in April. For the first time, we have more than 1 team quialifying and we need your help with fundraising. You can […]

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Newsletter #15, 2013-14 Season

February 12, 2014

Middleton Robotics Parents, Students, Sponsors, & Volunteers: It has been a very busy start of the year for the Middleton Robotics club.  We hosted a VEX and FLL tournament as well has our three FTC teams attended the state championship.  The FRC team is in the middle of their build period and have created an […]

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All 3 Middleton FTC Teams Advance to Super Regional in Texas

February 3, 2014

Congratulations to all 3 Middleton FTC Teams on advancing to the FTC Super Regional in San Antonio later this month. You can help send the teams to Texas by donating online.

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