Letter to the editor: Civics ed would build community

In reply to the Oct. 21 letter to the editor that ran under the headline “The BLM flag is a divider” — I would like to see civics and community service emphasized in schools.

Letter to the editor: Ripton chose to exercise rights

I was astounded by Oliver Olsen’s comments in the Addison Independent article last week referring to Ripton’s withdrawal from ACSD.

MUHS students raise the BLM flag

THE FLAGPOLE AT MUHSIndependent photo/Steve James MIDDLEBURY — More than 80 Middlebury Union High School students stood shoulder-to-shoulder during a picture-perfect Friday afternoon to witness the raising of the Black Lives Matter banner on the MUHS flag … (read more)

Ripton gets extension on school deadline

The Vermont State Board of Education (VSBE) is giving Ripton a two-month extension to negotiate an agreement that could avert the town’s planned exit from the Addison Central School District.

Birdsey offers insights on how students learn

The North Branch School director has condensed a collection of real stories that occurred inside and outside the classroom over a span of 10-12 years into a new book titled, “Hearts of the Mountain: Adolescents, a Teacher, and a Living School.”

New Folklife Center project focuses on schools

The Vermont Town Schools Project aims to foster conversations among community members to create an oral history collection exploring the relationship between towns and their schools.

Editorial: George Jaeger: ‘Education must be better & much deeper’

GEORGE JAEGER A dear friend to many of us Middlebury-area residents in the 60-plus crowd, George Jaeger led a fascinating life. Born in Vienna, Austria in 1926, the son of Frederick Jaeger who was a university professor of art, he and his family survived … (read more)

Letter to the editor: Consolidation is an issue at MUMS

I recently retired (June of 2020) from MUMS after 31 years as the school’s guidance counselor and am very saddened by the recent article in the Addison Independent as well as the presentation that Fawnda Buttolph made to the ACSD board.

Cullinane: ACSD is committed to creating a more inclusive environment

The Addison Central School Board agreed on this statement regarding the flying of the Black Lives Matter flag at Middlebury Union High School, and board Chair Mary Cullinane read the statement at this past Friday’s flag-raising ceremony.

MAUSD responds to crisis in Bristol

School board members, staff, parents and community members were looking for answers when the MAUSD board convened a special meeting this past Thursday, Oct. 21.

VUHS seniors walk for HOPE

The annual Vergennes Union High School senior class walkathon went on as scheduled on Monday despite rainy, cold weather.

Ripton, ACSD talks fail to make progress

Positions on both sides appear to make the chances for an accord unlikely before the Vermont State Board of Education (VSBE) re-examines Ripton’s withdrawal bid in November.

MUMS taking new steps to remedy student unrest

Middlebury Union Middle School, plagued this fall by an alarming pattern of student discipline problems, is reversing the trend thanks to newly hired staff, new programming and help from the community.

Longtime children’s advocate steps back

“Natalie Peters has been an inspiration, mentor, nudge, goal setter, and hard worker for generations of Addison County people and organizations,” Cheryl Mitchell said.

ACSD, teachers ink new three-year deal

The contract will add 4%, 3.5% and 3.3% in new money, respectively, to the teachers’ salary structure during each year of the agreement.

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