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2016-17 School Year

Berlin students celebrate International Compost Awareness Week

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… Keep Reading

2016-17 School Year/Arts

Thank you Heidemarie and Steve

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… Keep Reading

Act 46 Update

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… Keep Reading

Theater in our Elementaries

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. Calais This is the second year that first and second graders at Calais Elementary have been one of seven Vermont schools invited… Keep Reading


Jr. Iron Chef

 Berlin Elementary sent two teams to the recent Jr. Iron Chef competition. They worked very hard to learn complicated recipes and represented Berlin with confidence. Congratulations “Can’t Beet the Bobcats” and Berlin Bakers! Keep Reading

Education is Changing

How do we know what they know now? What would it be like to drive around in a car from 1920? It probably wouldn’t work very well.  And it wouldn’t make much sense. Interestingly, we are currently using an educational system very similar to what was used over 100 years ago. We have been very… Keep Reading

2016-17 School Year/Celebrations

A Tribute to Laure Angel

The U-32 community has been deeply saddened by the loss of beloved teacher and colleague, Laure Angel.  Laure passed away following a snowmobile accident on February 5th.  Laure was a native of France, due to be sworn in as a US citizen on March 20th.  She came to the US as a teenager, and graduated… Keep Reading

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