Schools

Merge With Dresden Still An Option

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Hanover — In response to Vermont’s new school consolidation law, administrators and School Board members in Hanover and Norwich continue to consider the possibility of mergers with nearby districts and within the Dresden School District itself. A new opinion from Dresden’s attorney indicates that voters in the two towns could approve an intra-district consolidation as soon as March, provided both the Hanover and Norwich school boards choose to bring it …

New Tunbridge Principal Reaches Out to the Community

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

It seems strange that most school administrative contracts have a starting date of July 1. That’s nearly two months before students return to the classroom, two months before a school begins to fulfill its purpose. Scott Farnsworth, hired as principal of Tunbridge Central School in May, had read in an education magazine some …

Prompts Released For Young Writers

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Young Writers Project is an independent nonprofit that engages students to write, helps them improve and connects them with authentic audiences through this newspaper; YWP’s web site, youngwritersproject.org, and digital magazine, The Voice; and other partners, including vpr.net and vtdigger.org. Young Writers Project has just launched a new website at youngwritersproject.org designed to …

School’s Out, Forever: Longtime Educators Retire From Upper Valley Schools

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Fresh out of Vermont’s Johnson State College in 1973, Norman Wolfe walked into Hartford Memorial Middle School expecting to teach music deep into the 21st century. Although maybe not this deep: This month, at the end of 42 …

Norwich Woman Joins Institute Board

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Lebanon — Jacqueline “Jaci” Allen, of Norwich, has been appointed to the Upper Valley Educators Institute board of directors. “For over 30 years, Allen worked with Fortune 500 companies and regulators in sales, marketing, strategic planning and consulting …

Claremont School Board Will Pay Contractor

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Claremont —After hearing a report on the $12.6 million Stevens High School renovation project from Steve Horton, the school district’s representative, the School Board voted unanimously Wednesday to make a final payment of $275,000 to Trumbull-Nelson, the general contractor, and retain $50,000 while some minor work is completed. …

Shumlin Signs Off on School Consolidation Law

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Bolton, Vt. — With the numbers of kindergarteners and primary grade students down by about half and costs climbing, some wondered how long taxpayers in the rural town of Bolton were going to be able to keep the Smilie Memorial Elementary School open. But last November, voters in …

The Meaning of Yes and No: WISE Counsels High School Students on Sex and Consent

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The question before a group of 10th grade students in their early morning health class at Hanover High School is this: What happens if you’re on the verge of, or already engaged in, sexual activity but you’re not …

Young Writers Project: Finding a Message in a Bottle

Tuesday, June 2, 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 …

Long-Debated Renovation Begins at Mascoma Campus

Friday, May 29, 2015

West Canaan — There’s a new show in town, and it doesn’t cost a penny. Construction at Mascoma Valley Regional High School began little more than a month ago, and Enfield resident Kate Plumley Stewart, vice president of …

Dartmouth’s ‘Animal House’ Frat Fights to Keep Residence

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Hanover — After Dartmouth College last month cut ties with Alpha Delta Fraternity, the Greek-letter organization is appealing a decision by town officials forbidding it from housing its members at the East Wheelock Street mansion it owns. Hanover …

Thetford English Teacher Plans a Fundraising Contest

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Once upon a time around the turn of the 21st century at Thetford Academy, Amanda Frost tested the patience of English teacher Joe Deffner. “I was — I don’t know — sassy, and he would call me out …

Students Write About What They Missed, and a Picture of Cats

Tuesday, May 26, 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. …