School board hears about aliens, vaping, more

By MADELINE HUGHES Do aliens exist? That’s the question at the heart of middle school humanities and science this fall, taught by special educators Ashley Sutton and Matt Glass at Williston Central School. The teachers have noticed a difference in student behavior and learning in the classroom. The curriculum has “really shifted student engagement,” Sutton… Read More »

A light of hope: CVU mourns loss of team player

A light of hope: CVU mourns loss of team player

By MADELINE HUGHES Last Wednesday night, the baseball field at Champlain Valley Union High School was lit up by candlelight and filled with several hundred people. The occasion wasn’t a game but instead a rare school community gathering to mourn the loss of a 17-year-old student who died two days before, on Oct. 8. The… Read More »

Pedestrian bridge spans LaPlatte

Pedestrian bridge spans LaPlatte

By Madeline Hughes A project years in the making recently got underway in Shelburne village, out of sight of passersby. With the parking lot at Shelburne Shopping Park as a staging area, dozens of volunteers have been methodically hauling building materials a half mile or so into the woods. Their destination: the bank of the… Read More »

Bunting travels as Principal of the Year

Bunting travels as Principal of the Year

By MADELINE HUGHES Last week Champlain Valley Union High School Principal Adam Bunting visited Washington D.C. as a perk that came with being honored as the Vermont Principal of the Year. Bunting quietly accepted the award in August at the Vermont Principals Association meeting, where he was recognized for his work in personalized and proficiency-based… Read More »

Gov. Kunin’s new memoir is personal and poetic

Gov. Kunin’s new memoir is personal and poetic

By MADELINE HUGHES Boisterous laughter roared from the secluded Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms Tuesday night as Madeleine Kunin read excerpts from her new book “Coming of Age: My Journey to the Eighties.” Kunin’s reading also at times evoked solemn “mmmm-hmmmms” from the audience. At the launch of her fourth book, Kunin shared more personal… Read More »

School district shares details on safety grants

By MADELINE HUGHES The Champlain Valley School District received just over $115,000 from the state for safety updates to its six schools and work is underway to make those improvements, district officials said. The grant awards were announced by the state in August. Individual schools were able to request up to $25,000 after the state… Read More »