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As registered nurse Celeste Bailey observes, Ryan Guidotti, of Lebanon, adjusts a patient while preparing her for a colonoscopy at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in August. When Guidotti graduated from Project Search at Dartmouth last year, his supervisor in the endoscopy department recognized that he could excel beyond cleaning scopes, which is what he was trained for originally, and began to train him as a tech. Now, Guidotti works full time as a tech, setting up rooms for colonoscopies and removing polyps, among other duties. Valley News — Sarah Priestap

Deciding Who They Want to Be: Young Adults With Special Needs Make Transition From School

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Leah Wright, 22, has spent the past few months settling back into the town she lived in until she was 11. After graduating from Perkins School for the Blind in Massachusetts, she returned to Windsor, where she and her family have been laying the groundwork for the next chapter of her life. On the weekdays, while her parents are working, …

Volunteer Information Session Set for November in Randolph

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Randolph — An information session about becoming a volunteer with Central Vermont Adult Basic Education will take place next month at the nonprofit’s Randolph Learning Center, 10 S. Main St. The organization offers free literacy instruction for adults and for young people who are no longer attending school. Current volunteers are also invited to attend and share their experiences at the event, which …

School Notes: Hartford’s Dothan Brook School Wins Award for Positive Behavior Program

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

White River Junction — At Hartford’s Dothan Brook Elementary School, students, teachers, staff and parents are promoting climate change as a positive thing. How positive? Last week, the Vermont Agency of Education named the kindergarten-to-grade-5 institution as an “Examplar School” for the third year in a row, for its systematic effort to create an environment in which students treat each other better and …

Claremont School Day Lengthened

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Claremont — The School Board voted 6-0 Wednesday night to add 20 minutes to the school day at Stevens High School to make up for 10 days lost to the ongoing renovation. While the longer day was the ideal choice for parents surveyed, it presents some logistical challenges …

Cardigan Mountain Teacher Goes to Camp

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Canaan — Cardigan Mountain School science department Chairman David Auerbach spent part of late July at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., mentoring middle school teachers of science and math who were undergoing NASA-astronaut-style exercises such as simulated flight of high-performance jets, practice scenarios for …

New School, New Challenge: Zimbabwean Student’s Journey Continues at Middlebury 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Innocent Mpoki begins classes today at Middlebury College, one of 660 students in the class of 2018, of which 73 are international students; Mpoki also falls into the 14 percent of students who are the first in their …

‘My Focus Is on Kids First’

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Plainfield — Remember The Little Engine That Could, the children’s book about the tank engine that, while facing a tough task, chanted to itself, “I think I can, I think I can” until, suddenly, it could? The message …

Unity School Nearly Ready

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Unity — After years of waiting, what’s a few more days? That was the sentiment in Unity this week after the School Board announced a delay to the beginning of the inaugural year in the town’s new K-8 …

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 …