Teacher Jessica Cosmo works with Kaleb Jamieson, a fourth grader, during a writing workshop for third, fourth, and fifth graders at Chelsea School in Chelsea, Vt., on April 15, 2015. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap) <p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to</i></p>

School Notes: Donor Provides Chelsea Elementary With Windfall of Books

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Something in the way Chelsea Elementary School teacher Jessica Cosmo wrote her online request spoke across the miles and the years to Vermont native Susan Bugbee in her adopted Arizona. “We begin each day with our morning meeting,” Cosmo wrote on, a crowd-sourcing Web site for educators. “We say ‘good morning’ to each other using first names and make …

Cornish School Board Votes Down All-Day Kindergarten

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Cornish — The School Board Monday night voted against pursuing a full-day kindergarten program for next fall, contradicting townspeople’s 95-48 vote in favor of full-day kindergarten at the annual school district meeting in March. Monday’s 3-2 vote — with the recently elected Justin Ranney and Gregory Clark Jr. voting in favor of the program — was met by some outcry from the crowd …

Kearsarge Board Names New Superintenent

Monday, April 20, 2015

Sutton, n.h. — The Kearsarge Regional School Board has selected its pick for superintendent. Out of two finalists, the board chose Winfried Feneberg, currently the superintendent in Windham, N.H., to replace outgoing Superintendent Jerry Frew. The other finalist was Bow High School Principal John House-Myers. School Board Chairman Ken Bartholomew said both candidates were excellent but that Feneberg was ultimately chosen because he …

Helping to Save A Life

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Dartmouth Frat Appeals Punishment

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Hanover — Dartmouth College’s Alpha Delta Fraternity has announced it will appeal a recent decision by a college judicial committee to “derecognize” the student organization, which would effectively kick it off campus. College officials penalized the fraternity after determining it had harmed its members last fall when new …

No Raises For Geisel Workers

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Hanover — Most non-union employees of Dartmouth College will receive a 1.5 percent pay increase for the upcoming school year but faculty and staff at the Geisel School of Medicine will have to settle instead for shots at one-time payments that would leave their base pay unchanged. “I …

School Notes: New Teacher Keeps Cornish Elementary Science Fair Going

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Leading up to the science fair for his 49 students in grades 5 to 8 at Cornish Elementary School last Wednesday , first-year teacher Paul Hammond issued a boast to his students: He would outscore everyone who tested …

Young Writers Project: My Own Private Vermont

Tuesday, April 14, 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,,, and Young Writers Project also publishes a monthly digital magazine, …

Committee: ‘Derecognize’ Dartmouth Frat for Branding

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Hanover — A Dartmouth College judicial committee is calling for the “derecognition” of Alpha Delta Fraternity stemming from recent revelations that new members this fall received brands on their skin. Administrators found the fraternity responsible for causing physical …

Obama Campaign Poster Depiction on Hanover High Mural Up for Debate

Monday, April 13, 2015

Hanover — A spirited debate over the nature of political speech has broken out at Hanover High School, where two students are protesting the presence of a painted mural that depicts the “Hope” poster of Barack Obama from …

Invested in Students: Hanover Couple Funds Education in Africa

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Hanover — Before awarding scholarships to needy students in the West African nation of The Gambia, Donald May likes to visit their families in and around the farming village of Salikenni. Three years ago this month, the retired …

Vermont Senate May Ease School Consolidation Requirement

Saturday, April 11, 2015

White River Junction — With the Vermont Senate this week taking up a major education reform bill, supporters touted its cost-saving potential while opponents said it could l eave uncertain the role of school boards and impose an unrealistic spending limit on school districts. The House-passed bill aims …

The Sweetest Class

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Fifty middle school students from Tunbridge Central School spent the day at Mike and Amy Bogardus’ farm in Tunbridge last Friday, learning about making maple syrup. After helping to gather sap from the Bogarduses’ 1,200 to 1,300 taps …