Schools

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, Stevens was placed on probation with the …

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 donorschoose.org, a crowd-sourcing Web site for educators. “We say ‘good morning’ to …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Working Lands Program To Begin at Vermont Tech

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Randolph — A new hands-on program for high school graduates interested in agriculture will start this fall. The yearlong Working Lands Certificate Program is a partnership between Vermont Technical College and the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps. It’s designed to immerse students in agriculture, food, and leadership, and also …