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 …

Dartmouth Frat Faces Branding Allegations

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Hanover — Dartmouth College fraternity Alpha Delta is facing allegations that its members burned a mark on the skin of a new member, a practice called branding. “The activities in question reportedly occurred inside the Alpha Delta fraternity house, while the fraternity was on suspension for policy violations …

School Notes: Rivendell Senior Looks to Next Frontier, a Summer Program With NASA

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Long before NASA chose Aquene Sausville of West Fairlee for its Community College Aerospace Scholars program, Rivendell Academy science teacher Kerry (Doc) Browne could tell that this girl was going places. “I had Aquene in conceptual physics in …

Young Writers Project: Bad Ideas That Turned Out OK

Tuesday, March 24, 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, …

A Good Turn

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Dillon Piper, a sophomore at Thetford Academy, turns a natural-edge bowl on the school’s new Powermatic lathe. TA recently received a $3,000 grant from the Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers to purchase the new lathe. The education grant, …

Oxbow High Proposes Slightly Lower Budget

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Australian ballot voting for the Oxbow Union High School budget and other articles on the warning will take place Tuesday, March 31, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Bradford Academy building and the Newbury Town Office. The floor meeting will be held the same day at …

Learning That Lasts

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

More than five months after they interviewed Hartford voters at the polls and amassed, analyzed and reported their findings in class, teacher Franklin Burns’ fifth-graders at Dothan Brook School last week were describing what they’d learned about elections. …

Young Writers Project: Traveling Space in Search of Stardust

Tuesday, March 17, 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 …

Colby-Sawyer Offers Tuition Pledge

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

New London — Students considering attending or currently attending Colby-Sawyer College can avoid concerns over annual increases in both in tuition and room and board by locking in those current costs under the college’s price and graduation promise program. The program, announced last week, freezes costs for an …

Small Districts Feel the Squeeze: Vermont Bill Pushes Consolidated Schools

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Mergers. Consolidation. Realignment. Whatever term is used, the core concept behind a major educational reform bill wending its way through the Vermont Statehouse is the same: The state’s taxpayers can no longer afford to pay for the diminished …

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, …