June 5 2014

The Terra Incognita of School District Consolidation

by C.B. Hall Perhaps Vermont is overdoing this local control stuff. Between 1952 and 2012, the rest of the United States saw its school districts reduced in number by 80 percent in the name of efficiency, consistency of educational offerings and cost reduction. Meanwhile, Vermont’s complement of school districts actually increased. Today, by one count, […]

Heard on the Street 6.5.14

Norwich Launches New Journal It’s about winning the hearts and minds. Norwich University’s Institute for the Study of Culture and Language has launched a new journal on the role of cultural competence in military missions. The semi-annual Journal of Culture, Language and International Security will bring together experts in anthropology, linguistics, military science and other […]

Montpelier’s Elementary School Boosts Brain Power with Physical Education

Montpelier’s Elementary School Boosts Brain Power with Physical Education

by Mary Mello Emmanuel Riby-Williams surveys his physical education class with a watchful, smiling face. He’s surrounded by seventeen tiny kindergartners furiously moving their arms like windmills as they warm up before class. For their teacher, it’s been a long journey from his childhood in tropical Ghana on the west coast of Africa to this […]

Nine Years of Transformation: Barre Tech Center Building Trades Students Contribute to Hurricane Katrina Recovery Efforts

by Emily Kaminsky Every year for the last nine years, building trades instructor Steve Coultas has lead a group of more than a dozen Barre Technical Center (BTC) juniors and seniors on an eight-day trip to the Louisiana Delta. Their mission: to help with the ongoing rebuilding and recovery efforts following Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav […]

Graduation Spotlights: A Bright Future

John Rahill, U-32 Senior, Shares an Excerpt of His Address to Younger Students “I went to Doty Elementary School in Worcester with a total of 60 kids in the entire school. You can only imagine how overwhelming it was to enter this packed gymnasium on the first day of school, trying to search for an […]

Montpelier High School Debate Team goes to the Nationals

Montpelier High School Debate Team goes to the Nationals

by Lindsey Grutchfield The Montpelier High School Debate Team has enjoyed great success this year. Our teams placed second and third in the National Forensic League’s Iroquois District Tournament. Later this spring, members Mary Elliott Porter and Aly Furber will compete in the national tournament in Kansas. Leah Sagan-Dworsky will also be attending for congressional […]

Best Buddies Program Forges Friendships at Harwood

by Nat Frothingham Maureen Charron-Shea is a speech and language pathologist at Harwood Union High School and last fall started the first Vermont (high school) chapter of an international organization called “Best Buddies.” Founded in 1989 by Anthony Shriver, Best Buddies encourages one-on-one friendships between high school students, where one student extends the hand of […]

Green Team Promotes Environmental Awareness at Main Street Middle School

Green Team Promotes Environmental Awareness at Main Street Middle School

by Isabelle Franke At Main Street Middle School in Montpelier, students on the Team Summit “Green Team” are working to improve sustainability initiatives and reduce waste. In partnership with Gwen Lyons of the Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District, student committees focus on specific environmental, energy and sustainability issues. In the spring of 2011, teachers […]

Twinfield’s Canoe Journey Project

Twinfield’s Canoe Journey Project

by Joyce Kahn Twinfield Union School’s eighth-graders don’t just graduate from middle school with a simple ceremony and enter high school the following September. Their modern day right of passage involves building a cedar strip canoe together, crafting individual paddles and participating in a four-day wilderness canoe trip in the Adirondacks. This was the fifth […]

Students are “On The Move” at Barre City Elementary and Middle School

Students are “On The Move” at Barre City Elementary and Middle School

by Emily Kaminsky On Friday, May 16, 345 students in the fifth through eighth grades at Barre City Elementary & Middle School (BCEMS) spent the day improving the school and giving back to the community as part of their annual “May Day” event. “May Day is a time when we can get out into the […]