Schools

Lawmakers Focus on Class Sizes

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Montpelier — Attention turned to class sizes and student-staff ratios as the House Education Committee continued to fine-tune its education reform bill Monday. Brad James, education finance manager for the Vermont Agency of Education, showed committee members tables detailing student-staff and administrator-student ratios in Vermont’s schools. “We have extraordinarily low student to teacher ratios in Vermont,” James said. Jeffrey Francis, executive director of the Vermont Superintendents Association, said that Vermont …

Randolph High Student Thrives in Speech Competitions

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

One day after winning Randolph Union High School’s Poetry Out Loud contest for the second year in a row, senior Marya Merriam found herself at Jesse’s Restaurant in Lebanon on Feb. 12, silently rehearsing her entry in the second round of the Rotary Club’s District 7850 speech contest. With a trip to the …

The Regrets Of the Young And Innocent

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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Newport Voters Favor Lowering Budget

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Newport — About 140 residents at Tuesday night’s deliberative session approved two amendments to the proposed budget, amended another article concerning a tuition agreement with Goshen and listened to a few speakers advocate for teacher and support staff contracts. The warrant will now go to voters at the …

School Notes: Hanover High School’s Footlighters Feel a Connection to Celebrated Play 'The Laramie Project'

Monday, February 2, 2015

Hanover — If Sarah McPeek needed any more incentive to perform in The Laramie Project at Hanover High School last week, the motivation roared past her on the streets of Hanover not long before the school’s Footlighters theater …

Young Writers Project: Students Consider Events That Change Lives in Seconds

Monday, February 2, 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, …

We Can Weld It! Class Helps Women Gain Metalwork Experience in Comfortable Setting

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Hartford — Soul music pouring from the shop speakers competed with the clanging of a hammer on metal and the electric sizzle of welders on a recent evening at Hartford Area Career and Technology Center. Wearing masks or …

Charlestown Teacher Gets VFW Award

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Charlestown — John J. Cenney, of Charlestown, was recently named a local winner of the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Department of New Hampshire. Maj. Cenney is a social sciences teacher, department chairman and Senior Army JROTC instructor at Fall …

Dartmouth’s Road to Reform: No Hard Alcohol Among New Policies

Friday, January 30, 2015

Hanover — Dartmouth College President Phil Hanlon on Thursday announced a wide range of policy reforms intended to curb high-risk behavior and improve academics and residential life on campus, including a ban on hard alcohol and a mandatory …

Newport May See Revenue Shortfall

Friday, January 30, 2015

Newport — Finances could get worse for taxpayers after the Lempster School Board voted Thursday night to enter into a tuition agreement with the Fall Mountain Regional School District. That could mean 14 Lempster students would attend Fall Mountain next school year, potentially creating a $200,000 revenue shortfall …

U.S. Adviser Gives Insight On Iran Talks

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Hanover — A key member of the United States delegation on the Iran nuclear negotiations expressed tempered optimism Wednesday about a possible deal despite a tight current deadline for action and formidable obstacles in both Washington and Tehran. …

Music to Fewer Ears: Testing Cuts Time for Performing Arts Education

Monday, January 26, 2015

Megan Prince saw her future — part of it, anyway — while playing the trumpet at her middle school in Albany, N.Y. “I had a band teacher who was so inspiring,” Prince, now the elementary-school music teacher for …

School Notes: Years of Lessons Bring Cellist New England Honors

Monday, January 26, 2015

For Neha Garg, something had to give two years ago: Competitive swimming or the cello lessons. This past December, the decision paid off, when the Hanover High School senior raced to first place among high school-age musicians trying …