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Tucked Away in an Attic, Hidden Stories for Young Writers

Tuesday, April 28, 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, The Voice. YWP is supported by this newspaper and foundations, businesses and individuals who recognize the power and value of writing. This …

Dartmouth College Professor: Curb Grade Inflation

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Hanover — If the current trend in student assessment continues unchecked, the Dartmouth College class of 2064 will graduate with about 1,200 valedictorians. Though he cast it as an unlikely scenario, such was the picture biology professor Mark McPeek, who heads a committee on grade inflation, painted for his colleagues at an all-faculty meeting Monday afternoon. At Dartmouth, as at any of its …

Stevens High Taken Off Accreditation Probation

Friday, April 24, 2015

Claremont — Dave Putnam remembers the recent dark days for Stevens High School, literally and figuratively. In March 2010, voters defeated, by the narrowest of margins, a $23 million bond to renovate the aging high school and that spring, the state Legislature imposed a moratorium on school building aid that would have paid about 60 percent of the construction costs. Two years later, …

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 …

Young Writers Project: Trading Places With a Rooster

Tuesday, April 7, 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 …

Lebanon High School 2nd Quarter Honors

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Grade 9 High Honors: Kainat Altaf, Jaret Armstrong, Edward Bieszczad, Samantha Brady, Clarisse Brown, Meredith Cocklin, Ethan Daly, Rachel Grohbrugge, Cecilia Hampton, Shelby Hanks, Samantha Jones, Fatima Khan, Quinn LeCain, Zoe Liebold, Audrey Lytle, Cameron Magari, Kathleen Merchant, Kimberly Merchant, Sophia Miller, Alexandru Munteanu, Amber Nicholson, Ryan Nicholson, …

For the Love Of the Students

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Croydon — When the bell at the top of the Croydon Village School rings, Kelly George’s 10 first- and second-graders know it’s time for classes to start. It’s a stark difference from the elementary school that George taught …

Vt. House OKs Education Reform Plan

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Montpelier — The House approved a plan on Thursday to merge the state’s 272 school districts into fewer, larger school systems. H.361 mandates that school districts study merger options with neighboring districts. By 2019, all districts must be part of PreK-12, “integrated education systems” with a minimum of …

Stevens Reduces Tuition

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Claremont — The School Board Wednesday night voted to reduce its high school tuition rate for next year by more than 20 percent in the hopes of attracting more out-of-town students. The new $14,500 rate puts Stevens below Windsor, $16,195, and Fall Mountain, $15,700, and almost on par …

Rise of the Robotics Clubs

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Claremont — Haiden Pascarelli had a dilemma. Kneeling on the carpeted floor in a room off of the indoor pool at the community center, the 7-year old was looking over his remote operated vehicle and said to no …

Musings on The Future Grow Gloomy

Tuesday, March 31, 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 …