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Lyndon Town School begins reading buddies program
READING BUDDIES AT LTS -- Students in Sue Galipeault's fifth-grade class and Mira George's Kindergarten class at Lyndon Town School started their Reading Buddies on Oct. 31. The fifth graders were each matched up to a Kindergartner and names were quickly exchanged. Galipeault said, "The fifth graders are really excited to help the Kindergartners be better readers." Within minutes, the younger children had selected "just right" books from the classroom's library and found a comfortable place to sit and read together with their new big buddy. George said, "It's nice because the fifth graders get a chance to be positive role models for the Kindergartners and the Kindergartners get a chance to be even more excited about reading." Fifth-grader Bryon Noyes said at the end of the session, "I helped him sound out some letters because he couldn't quite read it and put all the sounds together in to words. It made me feel good that I am helping teach him how to read."
Monday, November 10, 2014

French In Our Region Event To Be Held Nov. 14 At Catamount Arts
St. Johnsbury Academy will be hosting the third annual French In Our Region event at Catamount Arts, on Friday, Nov. 14 from 8 to 11:30 a.m. This celebration of French heritage and culture in our region is free and open to anyone hoping to learn more about the presence of French in our community.
Monday, November 10, 2014

Danville Student Named A State Finalist In The Wendy'sĀ® High School HeismanĀ® Program
Jacquelyn White, a student at Danville School, is one of eight of Vermont's best student-athletes recently recognized as state finalists by the Wendy'sĀ® High School HeismanĀ® Program. These state finalists are exceptional student-athletes who embody the Heisman ideals.
Monday, November 10, 2014

LHS Alum To Make Short Film
Littleton High School alum Olivia Marsh is currently crowd-funding her senior thesis film, "Butterfly Thief," as apart of her New York University's Tisch School of the Arts Film & Television curriculum.
Monday, November 10, 2014

Steve Shannon is Artist in Residence at LI
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE AT LI -- Lyndon Institute alumnus and former dance student Steve Shannon, Class of 2006, was on campus recently as an Artist in Residence, working with students in the dance program. Shannon is a professional dancer who has worked in a variety of venues including Disney World, the Orlando Magic, cruise ships, and most recently, with the Harlem Globetrotters. He returns to LI each year to share his skills and techniques with the dance students. During this visit, he supplemented students' work in jazz and ballet with core-focused exercises and concentrated their movements through hip hop material. The dancers will utilize this instruction in their choreography projects for the Winter Recital on Dec. 4.
Monday, November 3, 2014

Concord students celebrate the Day of the Dead
CELEBRATING THE DAY OF THE DEAD -- Concord High School Spanish students and Middle School VKAT (Vermont Kids Against Tobacco) stand with a display they made with other students about the "Day of the Dead." The Spanish students studied and learned about the holiday which is celebrated on Nov. 1. The VKAT made a quilt honoring someone who passed away from cancer. Shown with the display are, from left, Felicia Colbeth, Kaylee Gray, Ashley Darrell, Cassidy Olden, Kaitlyn Girouard and Courtney Morehouse.
Monday, November 3, 2014

Lunenburg schools celebrate Red Ribbon Week
I MUSTACHE YOU NOT TO DO DRUGS -- Students in Lunenburg and Gilman supported Red Ribbon Week by wearing mustaches and stickers on Oct. 27. The third graders, as well as the adults in the room, were a strong representation of the message being heard: front row from left, Sierra Clark, Jazmyn Chase, Una Colby, Raul Mendez, Liviya Russo and Wayne Merritt; back row, Melinda Egan, Spencer Irwin, Joseph Silver, Megan Soucup, Jacob Call, Sonny Colbeth, Jordan Rundgren, Alycia Gainer, Ethan Labounty and Lori Adams.
Monday, November 3, 2014

NCCC students participate in Read With Me training
READ WITH ME -- Students from the Early Childhood Development Class at North Country Career Center in Newport recently participated in the "Read with Me" training sponsored by Vermont Humanities Council. Morgan Irons spent approximately 10 hours working with students on the importance of books and reading to children. Students were able to practice the skills learned, create their own books and each student received 10 books to start their book collection. Participants included, from left, Melanie Chaffee, Molly Palin, Morgan Irons, Miranda LaMonda, Tiah Kneeland, Heather Cubit and Kansas Mandela.
Monday, November 3, 2014

SJA Students Named Finalists For Calvin Prize For Vermont Youth
St. Johnsbury Academy seniors Sydney Benjamin of Peacham and Jay Tilden of St. Johnsbury have been selected as finalists in the 2014 Calvin Prize for Vermont Youth, sponsored by the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation. The winner of the $1,500 first prize will be announced at the Foundation's second annual dinner in New York on Nov. 6. The second-prize winner will be awarded $500.
Monday, November 3, 2014

Riverside School holds Biography Fair
STUDENT RESEARCH PRESENTED AT RIVERSIDE -- Riverside School eighth-grader Brenna Morgan, dressed as biologist Jane Goodall, shows off the display she created in a travel trunk about Jane's life researching chimps in East Africa to audience members during the school's annual Biography Fair held recently. Looking on are parent Donna Nicol, seventh-grader Sarah Barrett of Westmore, and sixth-grader Ishika Patel of Lancaster, N.H., dressed as Hatshepsut of classical Egypt. Biography Fair is the culmination of six weeks of student research and preparing to present learning about individuals they've chosen to study. Presentations include a speech; a display of various components like maps, timelines and crests; and a formal research paper. The fourth-, fifth- and seventh-grade students all presented about Americans; the sixth graders about famous people of the ancient world; and the eighth graders about modern, international figures.
Monday, November 3, 2014

LI Dance students perform at Good Shepherd School
TEACHING THE FUNDAMENTALS OF DANCE -- Rebecca McGregor, dance instructor for Lyndon Institute, brought her LI Dance Company to Good Shepherd Catholic School in St. Johnsbury on Oct. 27 to perform and teach to the entire student body. During this presentation, McGregor and the students explained and demonstrated the benefits to one's self through dance, movement and expression. This year's dance tour focused on jazz/hip hop integrated movements in the performance, as well as with the students in small group workshops. The dancers taught the students of Good Shepherd how to properly warm up, the physiological reasons for warming up, along with performing progressions and choreographies in the dance classes particular style of study. McGregor said that Good Shepherd was one of the many schools that their dance tour would be visiting this year.
Monday, November 3, 2014

Maehan Moran participates in competitions at the University of New Haven
Maehan Moran, of Sutton, recently represented the Henry Lee College and the University of New Haven in West Haven, Conn. by participating in academic, crime scene, firearms and physical agility competitions.
Monday, November 3, 2014

Good Shepherd students visited by firefighters
LEARNING ABOUT FIRE SAFETY -- The Preschool and Pre-K students at Good Shepherd Catholic School in St. Johnsbury recently enjoyed a special visit from Barnet's Fire Chief Ronald Morse during Fire Safety Week. Shown with Chief Morse are: in front from left, Sam Jewell and Jacob Young; back row, Miranda Caron, Brydon Robinson, Henry Joliffe, Brody Dussault, Layla McGarvin (Chief Morse's granddaughter), Harry Murphy, Kellan Kendall and Chloe Angell.
Monday, October 27, 2014

CLiF representative reads to Danville students
CLiF VISITS DANVILLE SCHOOL -- Duncan McDougall, representing the Children's Literacy Foundation (CLiF), arrived at Danville School Oct. 20 with boxes of books to give to the school library and the Pope Memorial Library in Danville. Pope librarians Dee Palmer and Amy Peterson received a grant from CLiF's Rural Libraries initiative which gives books to the school and town libraries, funds storytellers throughout the year and concludes with a book giveaway at the end of the school year. The kickoff event was at the school cafeteria, with school librarian Caroline DeMaio. McDougall also read to the pre-kindergarten students and gave books to them. CLiF is a non-profit private foundation. The books given away were purchased with funds from the Rona Jaffe Foundation. Above, McDougall reads to students K-5 with Palmer in the background.
Monday, October 27, 2014

Riverside students make Stone Soup
CREATING STONE SOUP -- Riverside School's kindergarten through first-grade classroom read and acted out the folk tale, "Stone Soup" as part of their study of vegetables, the alphabet and the harvest season. Each student brought in a vegetable that started with the same letter as his/her name. Additional vegetables like carrots and beans were harvested by the students from Riverside's garden. The story is about a poor family who tempts the townsfolk to share their bits of vegetables in a soup they begin with a clean stone, and is a parable about sharing what one has in times of scarcity to make something greater. Above, Macy Moore adds mushrooms to the soup while teacher Nancy Phillips looks on and tells the story. The class also added alphabet noodles, and then shared the soup with other members of the school community.
Monday, October 27, 2014

Kingdom All Stars perform at Fuller Hall
SCHOOL TIME SHOWS PERFORMANCE -- Kingdom All Star member Jack Luna, of Lyndon, lays down the beat on "Spy 23" during the band's concert at Fuller Hall in St. Johnsbury on Oct. 15. The band features 11 Northeast Kingdom student musicians. The special School Time Shows performance series is produced each year by Catamount Arts.
Monday, October 27, 2014

Gilman student build birchbark houses
NATIVE AMERICAN BIRCHBARK HOME -- Reading "The Birchbark House," written by Louise Erdrich, during a social studies class at Gilman Middle School, the fifth-grade students had a chance to create their own models of a birchbark dwelling. Proud of their accomplishments, they were willing to pose for a group photo: front row from left, Desiree Mendez, Rozalynd Ahlmann and teacher Kelsey Wilkinson; back row, Tyson May, Jacob Silver, Andy Smith, Jeffrey Matheson, Evan Stewart, Olivia Dow and Joseph Daigle. Lydia Walker-Wharton co-taught this portion of the project. To create the basic structure, students used strips of cardboard instead of saplings. They used a cardboard base, masking tape and staples to adhere materials. Using materials found along the walking trail near the school and during ventures at recess, students put leaves, twigs, stones and gravel to good use.
Monday, October 20, 2014

Sue Brown Receives The 2014 VEOP Carolyn Donahue Friend Of Equal Opportunity Education Award
Sue Brown, director of Guidance at Craftsbury Academy, was honored on Oct. 7 at the Vermont Educational Opportunity Programs (VEOP) Annual Conference held at Castleton State College in Castleton, Vt. Brown was acknowledged during a special Awards Ceremony in front of colleagues, friends, and educational professionals from across the region.
Monday, October 20, 2014

Gilman students learn about Spanish celebrations
MAKING SPIRITS FLY -- Learning about the Spanish celebration of "Day of the Dead," the seventh- and eighth-grade students at Gilman Middle School created pieces of art that honored people they had lost. Students used metallic markers, black paper and bright colors, incorporating wings reminiscent of moths and butterflies. Cole Brown, at left, is remembering a great grandfather. In his artwork he has designed wings in the shape of a heart. On the right, Harold Smith employs camouflage coloration and an eye patch to depict a war veteran. Students were enthused about their artistic designs and very willing to discuss the persons whose lives had left an impression upon them. The art teacher in Lunenburg and Gilman Schools is Lydia Walker-Wharton.
Monday, October 20, 2014

LTS student travel to Siskin Ecological Center
LTS STUDENTS VISIT SISKINS ECOLOGICAL ADVENTURES -- The seventh-grade students at Lyndon Town School recently participated in a 3-day team building experience sponsored by the Siskin Ecological Center and led by Siskin's instructor Jason Brueck. Students learned trust and team-building activities for two consecutive mornings at the school and then spend the third day at the Center. Using belay ropes and wearing climbing helmets students worked together to belay their friends up and over a 35-foot wall and to hoist each other up to a trapeze. The Holy Cow, where students were released into a 25-foot free falling swing, was the favorite. Melanie Coons said her favorite part was the low ropes because they all had to work together to get over the wall. Shea McCaffrey thought the best part was the zipline because you were "scared at first but after you were really glad you did it and wanted to do it again and again." Caitlin Taylor said she felt "empowered" by the whole experience. Teachers Diana Gillam and Tammy Parker enjoyed watching the students learn to use the belay ropes and to trust each other more and more as the day went on. Above are, from left, Olivia Robinson, Josh Locke, Jordan Adams, Chris Baker, Elaina Lafonde and Jessica McAllister.
Monday, October 20, 2014

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