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2015 New Hampshire Poetry Out Loud Competition Sites Announced
The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts recently announced that the competition roster for this year's NH Poetry Out Loud is set. Forty-one high schools and school groups, from Groveton to Keene to Portsmouth, will vie to be home to New Hampshire's state champion as the program celebrates its 10th anniversary.
Monday, December 8, 2014

Good Shepherd students donate winter coats to DCF
WARM COATS FOR DCF -- Karen Haskin's sixth-grade students at Good Shepherd Catholic School in St. Johnsbury recently donated winter coats and outdoor gear to the Vermont Department for Children and Families. The winter jacket drive was part of their unit of study about St. Martin of Tours. St. Martin was best known for the account of his using his military sword to cut his cloak in two, to give half to a beggar dressed only in rags in the depth of winter. Michelle Fox, representing DCF, stated that these donated jackets, ski pants and boots will help a lot of families that are in need in the local community this winter. Participants include: front left, Isabella Bostic and Hannah Bacon; front right, Ozora Rice and Gavin Ghafoori; back row from left, Lukas Morris, Gabe Hatch, Micah McFaul, Evan Lamarre, Carter Gingue, Anthony Gibson, Cameron Lamarre and Michelle Fox.
Monday, December 8, 2014

White Mtns. JROTC teams compete at Spaulding High School
DRILL LEAGUE COMPETITION -- The White Mountains Regional High School JROTC (Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps) Drill Team traveled to Spaulding High School in Barre, Vt. Nov. 1 to compete against six other JROTC teams in a Northern New England Drill League meet. The Spartan cadets have had an exceptional drill season and they continue to dominate the league. The WMRHS cadets placed in first place in Color Guard, first place in Inspection, second place in Platoon Armed, second place in Platoon Unarmed, first place in squad Armed, and first place in the Squad Unarmed event. The cadets also competed in IDR (Individual Drill Routine). Cadet Emily Day placed first in Armed IDR; Cadet Marissa Person placed second in Armed IDR; and Cadet Ezekiel Ratliff placed third in Unarmed IDR. Submitted by Cadet Sgt. Nicholas Accardi.
Monday, December 1, 2014

Lake Region students hold successful food drive
THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE -- The Lake Region Union High School Thanksgiving Food Drive, operated by students from Betsy Calhoun's and Amanda Fortin's homeroom classes, collected over 11 boxes for Northeast Kingdom Community Action (NEKCA) in Newport. James Ingalls' homeroom raised over 50 items. Above, participants included: from left, Ingalls, Melanie Joubert, Alexis Smith, Catherine Close, Dawson Stebbins, Nathaniel Mason, Jeremy Taylor, Cody Lanou, Harman Tessier, Jordan Fecher, Riley Urie and Arion Dopp.
Monday, December 1, 2014

Students complete Early Childhood Development classes
STUDENTS COMPLETE EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS -- Students in the Early Childhood Development at North Country Career Center's Level 1 Program recently completed the Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma Prevention Program sponsored by Prevent Child Abuse Vermont. Above, Jasmine Sicard, Francesca Acebo and Samantha Greenwood, lead by Kay Shangraw of PCAVT, learn how shaking a child can affect a their brain. Below, students in the NCCC Level 2 Program recently completed a six-week Basic Sign Language Course, learning over 400 words: seated from left, Kansas Mendala, Molly Palin, Makennah Morris; back row, Victoria Westover, Anne-Marie Tremblay (instructor), Tiah Kneeland, Amber Bernier, Heather Cubit, Miranda LaMonda and Melanie Chaffee.
Monday, November 24, 2014

Waterford School honors Veterans
SPECIAL ASSEMBLY HONORS VETERANS -- The Waterford School honored community veterans by holding an assembly on Veteran's Day. The band played patriotic songs, and students sang and read poems. All the classrooms adopted a veteran for the school year. Following the assembly, the veterans visited the classrooms to talk about their time in the Armed Forces. Veterans honored included Jim O'Malley, Kurt Billig, Jack Baker, Jim Wilson, Brent Beck, Wally Knight and Robert Moses. In photo above, second and third graders are shown with Jim O'Malley: front row from left, Casey Keach, Wilder Thomas, Andrew Thorton-Sherman, Lily Cahoon, Cale Stone, Cassidy Kittredge and Honora Davis; second row, Oden Palmer, Dylan Reichert, Kyle Miller, Nathan Cushing, Callvin Lewis, Terrence Roberts and Sofia Limoges; third row, Tyler Gagnon, Nathan Anti, Morgan Chase and Chase Drinkwater; back row, Jacob Fucci, O'Malley, Gavohn Gonyaw-Eaton and Rosie Nadeau. In photo below, the fourth graders are shown with their veteran, Kurt Billig: front row from left, Weston Davis, Alana Brill and Katie Nadeau; kneeling in second row, AJ Roberts, Grace Denio, Connor Tucker, Bryn Whitehead, Breanna Barnes, Mishaya Manchester, Morgan Keach and teacher Emily Davis; back row, Camryn Bunnell, Sarah Pennypacker, Anna Casciari, Billig, Kaiya Billig, Haden McLaughlin, Hannah Amadon, Connor Payeur, Griffin Kimball and Ashton Fisher.
Monday, November 24, 2014

Author David Stahler visits Gilman Middle School
LEARNING HOW BOOKS ARE INSPIRED -- David Stahler Jr., author of the "Truesight Trilogy," met with students at Gilman Middle School on Nov. 19. The early afternoon was spent with all grade 5-8 students, who had a plethora of questions about two more recent books, "Doppelgänger" and "A Gathering of Shades." Students were fascinated by the development of characters, as well as what might have inspired the publications. After the first session, about 17 students met with David to hear him critique their writing and share ideas. Participating students include, from left, Kelsey Wilkinson, David Stahler, Jacob Silver, Rozalynd Ahlmann, Desiree Mendez and Olivia Dow.
Monday, November 24, 2014

Call for Entries: The 2015 DuPont Challenge Competition
WILMINGTON, DE -- Inspiring the next generation of innovators at the forefront of scientific discovery has been a goal of The DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition for the past 29 years.
Monday, November 24, 2014

Essex Caledonia students attend OVX/VKAT Summit
LEARNING THE HAZARDS OF SMOKING -- Student from the Essex-Caledonia School District attended OVX/VKAT (Our Voices Xposed/Vermont Kids Against Tobacco) Youth Tobacco Summit that was held in Montpelier recently. Attending workshops on smoking hazards and cigarette advertisements were, from left, (student leaders at Concord School) Kaitlyn Girouard and Mya Rutledge, (Waterford School) Kristin Belknap, Anona Hening and Zachary Fucci, and (Gilman School) Andrea Elie and Tara Thomas.
Monday, November 24, 2014

LI Welding students make floral designs for fund raiser
FUND-RAISING DESIGNS -- Students in Melissa Tyler's welding class at Lyndon Institute created this unique floral sculpture to raise money for this year's SkillsUSA® competitions. The student artists were LI juniors Ryan Solinsky and Nancy Young, with assistance from LI alumnus Andrew Fontaine. The team worked with Performance Powder Coating in St. Johnsbury who donated powder coating services. Precision machining company, NSA Industries, also located in St. Johnsbury, donated the clear coat material needed to complete the powder coating.
Monday, November 17, 2014

Gilman students work on goals for future
EARLY START AND KIDS2COLLEGE -- Lindsay Jones has been working with grade 6-8 students from Gilman Middle School raising awareness about education and helping students connect their interests with future career goals. Above Lindsay asks Alex Fleury, a seventh-grade student, about some of those interests, as well as material she has presented. During the five weeks, students have had opportunities to talk about where they would like to be in 15-18 years, complete an interest inventory, identify careers, learn about classes they should take in high school, identify individual learning styles, learn about financial aid and discuss factors considered by colleges when evaluating applicants. Students are creating posters about careers which interest them.
Monday, November 17, 2014

Good Shepherd students learn tips and techniques of using watercolors
LEARNING TIPS AND TECHNIQUES OF USING WATERCOLORS -- The Vermont Watercolor Society visited the Good Shepherd Catholic School in St. Johnsbury on Oct. 29. The students spent the morning learning tips and techniques through the use of water colors by VWS artists, Mary Alice Brenner and Patricia Lipinski. Good Shepherd received a donation of complete water color kits from the VWS president Mark Nielsen. The artists, as a part of the societies outreach program, joined Marci Bostic's art classes to share their wisdom, their paintings and to spread their love of watercolors to the students. Above, Bostic and Brenner teach and guide students through the use of water colors.
Monday, November 17, 2014

Lunenburg students release butterflies
GOODBYE PAINTED LADIES -- The second-grade students at Lunenburg Elementary School study the life cycle of a butterfly each year, hoping the caterpillars they nurture will complete the process and finally morph into butterflies. Once again, they were ready to emerge, this time on the morning of Halloween. Prepared to watch their "grown up" caterpillars (who emerged from their cocoons as Painted Ladies) take to the skies are, from left, Makayla May, Lillian Smith, Hailey Williams, Scott Summers, Gunner Stewart, Trent McKay, Heaven Fuller, Noah Covell, Aliyah Chase and Jonathan Colbeth.
Monday, November 17, 2014

Learning About The Types Classifications Of Rocks
Students in Lyndon Town School's fourth-grade classes have been learning about the three types of rocks -- Sedimentary, Metamorphic and Igneous -- and investigating the properties and characteristics of rocks and minerals. Part of the unit gives students the chance to be material engineers.
Monday, November 17, 2014

Miller's Run students present performance of "A Turtle is Born."
THE TOUR DE TURTLES -- The Kindergarten class at Miller's Run School in Sheffield, assisted by the seventh-grade class and a group of fifth- and sixth-grade students, recently presented a reader's theater performance of the Costa Rican children's book, "A Turtle is Born," by Rodolfo Dada. The play depicted some of the dangers sea turtles encounter on their journey from the egg to the sea. The fifth- and sixth-grade Enrichment group read the story, and assisted the kindergartners with their costumes. They also created a life-size model of a green sea turtle named Esperanza, who was released in Tortuguero, Costa Rica, on July 3, 2014. The seventh-grade class created the sets and props, and the Kindergarten students were the baby turtles.
Monday, November 17, 2014

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's® High School Heisman® 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's® High School Heisman® 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

WMRHS JROTC competes in Essex Junction
COMPETING AT ESSEX HIGH SCHOOL -- The White Mountains Regional High School Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps Drill Team traveled to Essex High School in Essex Junction, Vt. on Oct. 26 to compete against other Northern New England JROTC Drill teams. The Spartan Battalion cadets placed first in the Color Guard event, first in Unarmed Squad, first in Armed Squad, first in Unarmed Platoon, first in Armed Platoon, and second place in the Platoon Inspection event. Participating were: kneeling from left, Ezekiel Ratliff, Amber Reynolds (captain) and Dylan Spreadbury; standing: LTC (retired) Darrel Gearhart, Remington Smith, Michael Mahabir, Brandon Patterson, Donald Randall, Marissa Person, Nicholas Accardi, Emily Day, Thomas Schmidt, Julianna Dami, Nicholas Hatfield, Elijah Ratliff, Matthew Higginbotham and Donale Atlas. Submitted by Cadet Sgt. Nicholas Accardi.
Monday, November 10, 2014


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