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DEBORAH WOLF has 37 articles published.

15 years

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Sharon Grossi, Anne Decker, Paula Crossett, Meg Dawkins, Ben Heintz, Adam French, Ellen Shedd  were honored for 15 years of service to Washington Central Schools on opening day, August 22nd.

10 years

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Lynn Wagner, Mary Carpenter, Lisa LaPlante, Tracy Martin, Jennifer Wiater were honored for 10 years of service to Washington Central Schools on opening day, August 22nd.

Not pictured: William Dunn, William McMahon, Chantal Boulanger

Rx Take Back Day

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Washington County Sheriff W. Samuel Hill, in cooperation with the DEA, has coordinated six Collection Sites within Washington County for the safe disposal of unused prescription medications.

October 28, 2017, 10:00 am-2:00 pm

Farm to School at Berlin

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Preschool bean harvest and 3/4 grade potato harvest. Students are currently focusing on garden harvesting, food preparation and tasting ripe, nutritious food grown in the Anne Burke Community Garden.

Berlin students celebrate International Compost Awareness Week

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On May 16, Berlin Elementary School students led a tour for Agency of Natural Resources Secretary Julie Moore of the school’s classroom, cafeteria, and outdoor composting system, which has turned more than 60 tons of food scraps into soil products since 2009. Students showed how their composting efforts contribute to healthy soils in recognition of International Compost Awareness Week.

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Thank you Heidemarie and Steve

in Arts in our schools by

Heidemarie Holmes-Heiss and Steve Owens pose outside Calais Elementary. Both are leaving WCSU at the end of the school year. Heidemarie taught art at Calais and EMES 17 years and Steve taught music at Calais Elementary 25 years. (As of July 1 Steve is going to be the principal of the Albany Community School.) Congratulations and we’ll miss you!

Act 46 Update

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What is Act 46 and why should I care about it?

Act 46 is a law passed by the Vermont legislature in 2015, inspired by concerns about rising property taxes, declining student enrollments, and a growing achievement gap among students. It requires Vermont school districts to explore new governance structures.

The WCSU board organized a summer study committee, of representatives from each town, in June 2015, to research Act 46. In September 2015 a formal Act 46 Study Committee was appointed with equal numbers from each member town and voting members.  Recognizing the far-reaching nature of any recommendation to change the nearly fifty-year-old governance structure, committee members determined that a final recommendation would require the support of a supermajority—nine of the 11 voting members. The committee could not agree on a recommendation that was supported by the required supermajority, after eighteen months of work. The committee disbanded.
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Theater in our Elementaries

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Rumney presented The Wizard of Oz April 7th and 8th.

Theater has a big role in our elementary schools. Kids love to prepare for and participate in dramatic productions both large and small. Here is a snippet of what’s going on these days.


This is the second year that first and second graders at Calais Elementary have been one of seven Vermont schools invited to collaborate with the ECHO Leahy Center and the Very Merry Theatre Company as part of the Waterways Stage Production. This project based learning experience combines science with drama in a hands-on, student led format. School groups pick an organism to study, and create a play to teach others about their species. This year the theme is threatened /endangered aquatic organisms and students are studying the Eastern Pearlshell Mussel which is the only threatened species in the Calais area. Sarah Adelaide, from the Very Merry Theatre Company is helping students develop, write and practice the play, while ECHO biologist, Nina Ridhibhinyo, teaches them about the greater Lake Champlain Watershed. Calais parent, VT Fish and Wildlife Biologist, Mike Wichrowski first introduced the Calais kids to the Eastern Pearlshell Mussel. Keep Reading

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