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Nason Slattery, 13, of Claremont, N.H., tightens the zip ties on his underwater robot during 4-H Robotics in Claremont, N.H., on March 23, 2015. Slattery will enter his underwater robot in the 2015 UNH Seacoast SeaPerch Regional Competition, which takes place on April 11. (Valley News - Sarah Shaw) <p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.</i></p>

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 one in particular, “my up and down motor won’t work.” Without functioning motors that spin small propellers, Pascarelli could not operate his …

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 Voice. YWP is supported by this newspaper and foundations, businesses and individuals who recognize the …

Windsor High School Wins Inaugural 3D Modeling Contest

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Since October, about 20 Vermont schools have been competing in a first-of-its-kind project that combines high tech 3D printing and old fashioned local history. Last week, the teams of students gathered at Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center to show their work in the first-ever 3DVermont competition. A group of students from Windsor …

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 …

Dartmouth To Enforce Liquor Ban

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Hanover — Stiff sanctions will soon take effect for students and organizations found in violation of Dartmouth College’s new ban on hard liquor, college officials announced last week. After March 28, undergraduates caught drinking or in possession of alcohol over 30 proof, or 15 percent alcohol, likely will …

On School Consolidation, Vermont Could Learn From Maine

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Montpelier — Vermont lawmakers are working on legislation this session that would create a 1,100-student minimum for the state’s school districts. The proposal is an effort to improve educational offerings and to curb property tax rates that have been rising rapidly throughout the state while student enrollment declines. …

School Notes: Rivendell Principal’s Letter Sparks Response From State

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Given a choice, Keri Gelenian would test the will of the Vermont and federal education agencies rather than put his Rivendell Academy students and staff through another high-stakes standardized exam this spring. Given the nearly $500,000 in federal …

Exploring The Fears Of a Child Abandoned

Tuesday, March 10, 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, …

Hartford H.S. 2nd Quarter Honors

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Ninth Grade Maximum Honors: Brianna Aubrey, Alexandria Bartlett, Kylee Beaucage, Sarah Boulanger, Elise Boyle, Megan Bushway, Michael Churchill, Tyler Eldredge, Malachy Flynn, Grace Furlong, Tyler Hamilton, Benjamin Healy, John MacElman, Zachary Moote, Christian Morais, Steven Neily, Christopher Nulty, Amanda Paccione, Kyle Prior, Michaela Ricker, Emily Royce, Alexander St. …

Local & Regional Briefs: Monday, March 9

Monday, March 9, 2015

Tuition Increase of 2.9 % Approved for Dartmouth Hanover — The Dartmouth College Board of Trustees last week approved a 2.9 percent rise in tuition for the 2015-16 academic year, the same increment as between last year and the current year, according to a college news release. The …

For Many, Community College Is the Ticket to a Better Life

Sunday, March 8, 2015

In the summer of 2012, Ashley Andreas moved to Vermont with her boyfriend, whose family lived in the state. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Andreas left Millersville University, near Lancaster, at the end of fall semester 2011. Her …