Schools

Lawmakers Focus on Class Sizes

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Montpelier — Attention turned to class sizes and student-staff ratios as the House Education Committee continued to fine-tune its education reform bill Monday. Brad James, education finance manager for the Vermont Agency of Education, showed committee members tables detailing student-staff and administrator-student ratios in Vermont’s schools. “We have extraordinarily low student to teacher ratios in Vermont,” James said. Jeffrey Francis, executive director of the Vermont Superintendents Association, said that Vermont …

Randolph High Student Thrives in Speech Competitions

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

One day after winning Randolph Union High School’s Poetry Out Loud contest for the second year in a row, senior Marya Merriam found herself at Jesse’s Restaurant in Lebanon on Feb. 12, silently rehearsing her entry in the second round of the Rotary Club’s District 7850 speech contest. With a trip to the …

The Regrets Of the Young And Innocent

Tuesday, February 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 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 …

Project Search Meetings Set

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Lebanon — A school-to-work program for people with cognitive and physical disabilities will hold three informational meetings this winter. Project Search provides employment and education opportunities to people with disabilities. The program is for students in their last year of high school eligibility. Those interested in applying to …

Claremont Tries to Keep School Budget Level

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Claremont — SAU 6 Superintendent Middleton McGoodwin recommended to the School Board Tuesday night a combination of cuts and additions, mostly in staff, to the proposed school budget to reach a net reduction of $486,000 and bring the proposal to $31.1 million, just $30,000 more than this year. …

Well-Traveled Educator Returns to Granite State to Lead Crossroads Academy in Lyme 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

One minute, he was embarking on another summer at a YMCA camp on Lake Winnepesaukee’s Alton Bay. The next minute, young Brad Weston was turning onto a long career path in education, a route that would take him …

Young Writers Project: Students Write About Pluto and Being Alone

Tuesday, January 13, 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 …

Vt. Gets High Marks in Early Education Progress Report

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Vermont has ranked fourth highest in the nation on a new comprehensive report card tracking progress states are making to provide early education. The report card comes each year from Education Week magazine. Vermont racked up 83 out of a possible 100 points, earning a “B.” The national …

Newport School Board Approves Budget

Friday, January 9, 2015

Newport — The School Board tentatively approved a $16.9 million budget on Thursday night after a wide-ranging discussion with the public on several issues, including possible withdrawal from SAU 43 district with Croydon. Pressed several times by Todd Fratzel, a Selectboard member, and resident Bert Spaulding, to state …

Dartmouth: 64 Students Cheated

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Hanover — Dartmouth College has charged 64 students, many of them varsity athletes, with honor code violations following allegations of widespread cheating in a sports ethics class. Department of Religion Chairman Randall Balmer, who in November accused some of his students of misrepresenting their class attendance, said that …

Young Writers Project: Writing Prompts for the Rest of the School Year

Tuesday, January 6, 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 …

School of Swimmers

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Learning continues outside the classroom during school vacation. Lindsay Stender, 7, of South Royalton, left, and Ana Elizabeth Nielson, 7, of Hartford, practice swimming on their backs during holiday splash camp at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in …

Earning the Gift Of Graduation

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Haverhill — Just before Christmas, a group of inmates at the Grafton County Correctional Facility received a gift many thought they would never lay their hands on. Unwrapped, without ribbons, not redeemable for cash, their presents were small. …