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Brothers Owen, left, and Eamon Deffner play a quick round of the bean bag toss game cornhole, at their home in Thetford Center, Vt., on May 21, 2015. The Deffners are travelling across the country this summer with their father, Joe, to raise money for St. Jude's Hospital with their cross-country Cornhole Challenge. 
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Thetford English Teacher Plans a Fundraising Contest

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Once upon a time around the turn of the 21st century at Thetford Academy, Amanda Frost tested the patience of English teacher Joe Deffner. “I was — I don’t know — sassy, and he would call me out and expect me to live up to a higher standard instead of assuming I didn’t care,” Amanda Frost Reed, who a decade-plus …

Students Write About What They Missed, and a Picture of Cats

Tuesday, May 26, 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 Voice. YWP is supported by …

WISE to Open Dartmouth Office

Friday, May 22, 2015

Hanover — Dartmouth College has reached an agreement with WISE, the Upper Valley nonprofit that provides crisis counseling and other services, to place an advocate for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence on campus. Beginning this summer, a crisis center will be staffed by a full-time WISE employee who will serve as a liaison between the nonprofit’s main office in Lebanon and …

Unified Prom Called ‘Amazing’

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Hanover — A unified prom, themed “Under the Sea,” was held last weekend at Hanover High S chool. The prom, supported by the Byrne Foundation, brought together about 40 Hanover and Hartford high school students with and without …

Colby-Sawyer Graduates: Be Mystical

Sunday, May 10, 2015

New London — Tales of rock and roll, mythical creatures and sentimental inspiration prevailed at Colby-Sawyer College’s commencement ceremony early yesterday afternoon. Before 312 students crossed the outdoor stage, faculty and students told stories to the soon-to-be graduates …

Meeting Expectations: Longtime Educator Bob Scobie Produces Guidebooks Aimed at Improving Special Education Sessions

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Bob Scobie has witnessed from all angles the challenges faced by special education students. After decades as a classroom teacher, education researcher, principal and learning specialist, as a parent of two sons with learning issues and as a …

Students Write About a Spooky Photograph and Where They Feel Most Safe

Tuesday, May 5, 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. …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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,” …

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. …

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 …