Schools

Working Lands Program To Begin at Vermont Tech

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Randolph — A new hands-on program for high school graduates interested in agriculture will start this fall. The yearlong Working Lands Certificate Program is a partnership between Vermont Technical College and the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps. It’s designed to immerse students in agriculture, food, and leadership, and also enhance their access to higher education, the organizations said in a recent news release. “By living, working and learning together, participants earn …

Dartmouth Frat Faces Branding Allegations

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Hanover — Dartmouth College fraternity Alpha Delta is facing allegations that its members burned a mark on the skin of a new member, a practice called branding. “The activities in question reportedly occurred inside the Alpha Delta fraternity house, while the fraternity was on suspension for policy violations in the winter and spring of 2014,” said a statement provided by college spokeswoman Diana …

School Notes: Rivendell Senior Looks to Next Frontier, a Summer Program With NASA

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Long before NASA chose Aquene Sausville of West Fairlee for its Community College Aerospace Scholars program, Rivendell Academy science teacher Kerry (Doc) Browne could tell that this girl was going places. “I had Aquene in conceptual physics in the 10th grade and chemistry in the 11th,” Browne recalled in an email conversation last …

Young Writers Project: Bad Ideas That Turned Out OK

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Young Writers Project is an independent nonprofit that engages Vermont and New Hampshire students to write, helps them improve and connects them with authentic audiences in newspapers, before live audiences and on web sites, youngwritersproject.org, vtdigger.org, vpr.net and cowbird.com. Young Writers Project also publishes a monthly digital magazine, …

A Good Turn

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Dillon Piper, a sophomore at Thetford Academy, turns a natural-edge bowl on the school’s new Powermatic lathe. TA recently received a $3,000 grant from the Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers to purchase the new lathe. The education grant, …

Oxbow High Proposes Slightly Lower Budget

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Australian ballot voting for the Oxbow Union High School budget and other articles on the warning will take place Tuesday, March 31, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Bradford Academy building and the Newbury Town Office. The floor meeting will be held the same day at …

Learning That Lasts

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

More than five months after they interviewed Hartford voters at the polls and amassed, analyzed and reported their findings in class, teacher Franklin Burns’ fifth-graders at Dothan Brook School last week were describing what they’d learned about elections. …

Young Writers Project: Traveling Space in Search of Stardust

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Young Writers Project is an independent nonprofit that engages Vermont and New Hampshire students to write, helps them improve and connects them with authentic audiences in newspapers, before live audiences and on websites, youngwritersproject.org, vtdigger.org, vpr.net and cowbird.com. Young Writers Project also publishes a monthly digital magazine, The …

Colby-Sawyer Offers Tuition Pledge

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

New London — Students considering attending or currently attending Colby-Sawyer College can avoid concerns over annual increases in both in tuition and room and board by locking in those current costs under the college’s price and graduation promise program. The program, announced last week, freezes costs for an …

Small Districts Feel the Squeeze: Vermont Bill Pushes Consolidated Schools

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Mergers. Consolidation. Realignment. Whatever term is used, the core concept behind a major educational reform bill wending its way through the Vermont Statehouse is the same: The state’s taxpayers can no longer afford to pay for the diminished …

House Speaker Receives Variety Of Proposals on Vt. Education

Sunday, March 15, 2015

In December, Vermont House Speaker Shap Smith asked “taxpayers, stakeholders and policy makers” to submit proposals to improve the quality of education and keep costs down. The speaker’s request opened a floodgate through which a range of Vermonters — school board members and parents, attorneys and college professors, …

Bill Aims to Induce School Mergers

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The bill being considered by the Vermont Legislature, H. 361, recommends 25 distinct changes to state education law. At least five of the proposed changes are a set of carrots and sticks meant to induce the state’s supervisory …

Upper Valley Lawmakers Hold Key Posts

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Upper Valley is well represented on the 11-member House Education Committee, which passed the consolidation bill on a unanimous vote. Rep. Kevin Christie, D-Hartford, is the ranking member of the committee, while Sarah Buxton, D-Tunbridge, is the committee’s clerk. While the 1,100 student minimum the bill proposes …