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Science teacher Suzan Locke looks over a picture that first-grader Faith Brown had drawn on Sept. 26, 2014. Locke is a teacher at the White River School in White River Junction, Vt.
Valley News - Jennifer Hauck

White River School Defies Odds With Above Average Test Scores

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

White River Junction — For Suzan Locke’s money, what she and her fellow science teachers in the Hartford School District learn about their students lesson by lesson, field trip by field trip, day by day, means more than the kids’ scores on standardized tests. Even when the latest scores show that Hartford’s elementary-school population, including those whose families live at …

Young Writers Project:

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Young Writers Project last week launched a new digital literary magazine, The Voice, featuring the best writing, photography, audio and video from Vermont and New Hampshire students, Grades 3-12. The Voice is an interactive magazine published each month during the school year and available for viewing and sharing from YWP’s website, YoungWritersProject.org. It offers students a dynamic new way to publish their work …

All That Jazz

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Above: Musician John Clayton, of Los Angeles, uses a bass to explain the importance of feeling and sound during a workshop at Mascoma Valley High School in Canaan that Clayton and his brother Jeff Clayton hosted last week. Left: Jeff Clayton asks the students in the Mascoma Valley High School jazz band to …

Unity Elementary School Delays Opening

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Unity — The School Board decided Tuesday night to delay the opening of the new elementary school to Monday, Sept. 8, which is four school days later than planned. Principal Chip Baldwin said Tuesday night that a few parents told the board they wanted the school to be …

Welcome Aboard

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Renata Walker works on a chalk drawing of a Viking ship to accompany the Norse mythology lesson she has planned for her fourth-grade class at the Upper Valley Waldorf School in Quechee. School begins at the Upper Valley …

Stevens High to Open Sept. 10; Renovations Delay Start of School Year

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Claremont — The ongoing renovations at Stevens High School have forced the district to delay opening of the school for grades 9-12 until Wednesday, Sept. 10, two weeks later than originally scheduled. School officials said several factors associated with the major overhaul led to the decision. An air …

Stevens a Work in Progress: School Year Brings New Leader, Ongoing Renovations

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Claremont — Though she begins her first year next week as principal of Stevens High School in the midst of a major renovation, Patricia Barry will gladly accept the short-term disruption for the long term benefit to the …

Lebanon College To Close; School Cancels Fall Classes

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Lebanon — Following years of economic turmoil, Lebanon College has canceled all of its classes for the upcoming fall semester in what is likely “the first step towards closing” the school, President Ron Biron said in an email Monday evening. “Without a substantive increase in enrollment across the …

Holcombe Defends Vt. Schools

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Virtually every public school in Vermont has been labeled as “low-performing” under the federal government’s No Child Left Behind Act, and the state’s secretary of education is outraged. But Rebecca Holcombe is not angry about the seemingly poor …

Cornish Revises Comment Period

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Cornish — Despite opposition from several Cornish residents, the School Board on Monday passed a resolution revising the board’s policy on public participation, removing language from the old policy that encouraged public input at board meetings. More than 30 people attended the meeting, and according to Glenn Thornton, …

S. Royalton, VLS Mourn Ex-President

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

South Royalton — Geoffrey B. Shields had a rare gift for paying attention. Students remember the affable former dean of Vermont Law School hiking with them to Kent’s Ledge and hosting dinners with his wife, Genie. They remember …

Stitching Up Childhood Friends

Friday, August 1, 2014

Windsor — When I heard about Sue Spears’ new teddy bear clinic at the Windsor Public Library, I immediately wanted to take my childhood teddy bear, Pink Bear, to Spears, so she could work her magic. When I …

Boards Weigh Closing Elementary Schools in Barnard, Bridgewater

Friday, August 1, 2014

Woodstock — School boards in the Windsor Central Supervisory Union are expected to hear more information in coming weeks about a plan to close two of the district’s elementary schools, a consolidation that would leave Barnard and Bridgewater without a public school within their towns and reconfigure the …