CVSD introduces proficiency based learning

Champlain South Supervisory Union parents saw some differences on their middle school students’ recent report cards, changes that reflect a push toward assessing student performance based on proficiency. Known as proficiency-based learning, or standards-based learning, this system assesses a student’s progress toward a predetermined learning target. Champlain Valley Union High School already uses proficiency-based learning,… Read More »

SCS students collecting postcards from around the globe

If you’re heading somewhere fun for February break, or your best friend lives in Thailand or your mom lives in Turkey, Natalie Lodge’s fifth grade class at Shelburne Community School wants to hear from you. The students are studying world geography, and part of the fun is collecting postcards from around the world. In an… Read More »

Shopping with Chea

Shopping with Chea

We did it! We’re here, and the end is in sight, and even if you’re the world’s best procrastinator (sorry, you can’t beat me, I’ve been sitting here at my computer looking for split ends for twenty minutes instead of typing), don’t worry. I’m here for you. The Old Brick Store in Charlotte is a… Read More »

Shopping with Chea

Shopping with Chea

  I’m not hard to buy for. Get me something encrusted with diamonds or a good book, and I’m happy until next December. One thing I don’t love, though, is a practical gift. (Please see my husband for further information, regarding in particular the infamous Waffle Maker Birthday Incident of 2012.) When you’re standing in… Read More »

Shopping with Chea

Shopping with Chea

Don’t worry if you’re on your way empty-handed to a holiday party, or an acquaintance stops by with a gift and you have nothing in return. I brought someone a half can of Pringles that I found under my kid’s booster seat as a hostess gift the other day, and she seemed thrilled with it.… Read More »

Shopping with Chea

Shopping with Chea

It’s my favorite time of year, when wisps of snowflakes start to fall, the spirit of the season is upon us, alcohol can go into hot drinks as well as cold, and my Am Ex starts to sweat. It’s been a long fall, and I think we can all use the cheer of some retail… Read More »

Local Airbnb rentals benefit from state agreement

Local Airbnb rentals benefit from state agreement

Everyone who lives here knows the charms of small-town Vermont, so it is no surprise that Airbnb.com, a popular homesharing web site that allows regular people to rent out rooms or entire properties online, is a big hit with both visitors and homeowners in the area. There are close to a thousand Airbnb rentals available… Read More »

Fisher Brothers Farm: berries and big ideas

Fisher Brothers Farm: berries and big ideas

On the rolling fields of Spear Street, just north of the Kwiniaska golf course, on the east side of the road, sits a new, bright red barn, the hub of Fisher Brothers Farm. It’s surrounded by rows and rows of berries and other pick-able fruits, and it’s all there because of the hard work and… Read More »

Teacher, runner, motivator

Teacher, runner, motivator

David Baird is a beloved fifth grade math and science teacher, at Charlotte Central School, as well as the school’s middle school cross-country coach. The Shelburne resident is an inspiration for his students far beyond the classroom, too, performing some outrageous athletic feats in his spare time. At a recent school-wide meeting, the theme of… Read More »

Buccaneers youth football addresses concussion issue head on

Buccaneers youth football addresses concussion issue head on

Spring sports aren’t even over yet, but it’s already time to sign up for fall Buccaneers football, the program for youth players in Charlotte, Hinesburg, Shelburne, St. George, and Williston. Some parents worry about their children playing football because of recent discoveries about the long-term mental and physical consequences of concussions; because of this attention,… Read More »

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