Schools

Tucked Away in an Attic, Hidden Stories for Young Writers

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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Dartmouth College Professor: Curb Grade Inflation

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Hanover — If the current trend in student assessment continues unchecked, the Dartmouth College class of 2064 will graduate with about 1,200 valedictorians. Though he cast it as an unlikely scenario, such was the picture biology professor Mark McPeek, who heads a committee on grade inflation, painted for his colleagues at an all-faculty meeting Monday afternoon. At Dartmouth, as at any of its …

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, …

For Many, Community College Is the Ticket to a Better Life

Sunday, March 8, 2015

In the summer of 2012, Ashley Andreas moved to Vermont with her boyfriend, whose family lived in the state. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Andreas left Millersville University, near Lancaster, at the end of fall semester 2011. Her …

Cornish Ousts School Board Chair

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Cornish — In the midst of a nearly seven-hour school district meeting Saturday during which the School Board chairman defended budget cuts under his leadership, voters ousted him from his seat, electing two first-time candidates in a three-way …

Plainfield Turns Down School Choice

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Plainfield — The town’s teenagers will continue to attend Lebanon High School. In a 171-33 vote, residents Friday night defeated a School Board-backed proposal that would have initiated the formal process to withdraw from a regional agreement with …

School Notes: Woodstock’s Agriculture Program Has Grown

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

S pringfield, Vt., native Arnold Howe moved to Woodstock in the mid-1950s to teach agriculture at Woodstock Union High School. Back then, a lot of his students came to school after helping with farm chores, and went home …

Young Writers Project: Describing a Step Into Weightless Space

Tuesday, March 3, 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Dresden School Taxes Set to Rise

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Voting for the Dresden, Hanover and Norwich school budgets will take place on Tuesday, March 3, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Norwich residents may cast their ballots at Tracy Hall and Hanover residents may vote at the Hanover High School gymnasium. Hanover — Voters in Hanover and …

To Cancel, or Not to Cancel: School Officials Weigh Many Factors in Calling Off Class

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Punxsutawney Phil wakes up early once a winter. But school administrators around the Upper Valley expect to rise before dawn at least a few more times over the next two months before they can stop monitoring weather forecasts …