School News in Brief


Choral society scholarship auditions to be held May 13

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington County Choral Society Scholarship Auditions will be held on Tuesday, May 13, at 6 p.m. at the Second Congregational Church, Hillside Street. This year up to two $400 scholarships will be awarded to talented young musicians. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide financial support for the continued study of music.

The auditions are open to high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors from Bennington County and the neighboring towns of Williamstown, Mass.; Petersburgh, Hoosick, White Creek, and Cambridge, N.Y.; and North Adams, Mass.

This year four students are entered in the auditions. Each student will be performing two selections. The public is invited to attend any or all of the performances. The scholarships are awarded following the completion of the auditions. Hoosick Falls Elementary School Honor Roll and Merit List

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Hoosick Falls Elementary School announces the Honor Roll and Merit List for the third marking period.

Honor Roll:

Fourth Grade: Jacob Andrew, Jay Betit, Cooper Cavanaugh, Michael Cornell, Emma Cross, Kara Cushman, Olivia Estes, Kenneth Gregory, Brendan Grenoble, Jaiboy Gulley, Allison Hathaway, Hunter Hathaway, Riley Hayes, Alexandra Janowski, Conner Jones, Sydney Kasulinous, Lyric Kriner, Marissa Landry, Rhiannon Lane, Amber MacNeil, Molly McGuire, Marley McLellan, Brody Mullen, Rylie Niles, Megan Perry, Kaitlyn Philpott, Ceana Potter, Savanna Sprague, Justin Symonds, Avarie Taylor, Tucker Thayne, Ramsey Webber.

Fifth Grade: Dean Baisden, Aiyana Baker, Zoey Becker, Dezmond Bolster, Robert Bulson, Kailyn Burdick, Ryker Dorman, Ayla Fauler, Madelyn Kasulinous, Macy Lindsey, Jessica Lohnes, Kendra Marshall, Maria Martinez, Erin McCart, Michael McCray, Jr., Colin O’Hare, David Paulson IV, Rosabell Plusch, Emilie Raczynksi, Kylei Ruebel, Adrianna Sacilowski, Mikayla Smith, Grace Spiak, Caroline Still, Aleah Stowell, Zachary Tomczak, Stefan Wade, Molly Walker, Kodi York.

Sixth Grade: Abigail Attanasio, Colin Cipperly, Brenden Duncan, Emily Gardner, Shaylyn Graham, Zoe Gress, Kelsey Haynes, Ally Hoag, Collin MacDonald, Faye MacDonald, Kaitlyn Maxon, Amy Perry, Hannah Rosenburg, Emily Snow, Logan Thayne, Madeline Walker.

Merit List:

Fourth Grade: Noah Abbott, Alexander Bushee, Emma Chirasello, Joshua Colegrove, Kiley Cross, Wyatt Gaillard, Ashtyn Green, Brady Hathaway, Jameson Haviland, Jordan Hill, Rylee Holbrook, Owen Kelly, Colin King, Alexis L’Heureux, William Shiland, Gabriella St. Hilaire, Tucker Webber, Ethan Yonconish.

Fifth Grade: Faith Arnold, Amber Brock, Felicity Colegrove, Austin Crandall, Mersadeys Fowler, Ethan Gilson, Julian Granger, Brianna Harmon, Ziena Hurlburt, Jenny Inigo, Kazamire Jones-Fote, Elizabeth King, Mackenzie McBride-Keays, William Morse, Alex Pieniazek, Bradley Pleasant, Angel Quinones Dones, Mathew Smith, Garrett Smith, Kayla Snow, Caitlyn Stratton, Honoria Warner, Amelia Whitman.

Sixth Grade: Jason Brock, Emily Brownell, Sierra Crandall, Coreena Decker, Mackenzie Ellis, Kerissa Fisher, Katelyn Goodermote, Dillon Grogan, Cameron Harris, Delilah Hoag, Leighton Holbritter, Hailey Houghton, Quinn Kinney, Maxwell Kipp, Alaura Lasher, Kaylee Maynard, Yanira Perez Gomez, Abigail Philpott, Dylan Schmid, Taylor Schumann, Karlie Telford, Evan Webster, Samuel Wickenden.

The Downtown School hires faculty for its opening this fall

MANCHESTER -- The Downtown School, a new, independent, progressive education elementary school opening this fall in downtown Manchester, announces two new teachers for its inaugural year.

Brittany Denny will join The Downtown School as head teacher for the kindergarten/first grade class, and Scott Howard will join as head teacher for the second grade/third grade class.

"We couldn’t be more excited about the addition of these creative, experienced, passionate educators to our team at The Downtown School," says Downtown School Founder Alexa Manning. "As we open our doors this fall, nothing is more important than the quality of our faculty. Brittany and Scott are two of the most inspired and inspiring teachers you will ever meet."

Denny has a master of science in education from Bank Street College of Education in New York with a major in childhood education and literacy; and a B.A. from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Denny has 12 years of teaching experience, including work as a 1st Grade teacher at The Bank Street School for Children in New York; kindergarten teacher at The Children’s Development Center in Bozeman, Mont.; and Teaching Artist and Science Instructor at the Bozeman Children’s Museum. Most recently she was the Youth Programs Director and Teaching Artist at Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center in Makawao, Hawaii.

Howard has a master of arts in teaching degree from Teachers College at Columbia University in New York with a major in Early Education and Elementary Education; and a bachelor in education from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He has taught for 12 years at P.S. 261 in Brooklyn as a Head Teacher for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Grade classrooms. He is currently the P.S. 261 Science Specialist for pre-kindergarten through 5th Grade as well as the LEGO Robotics Coach. He is also an Afterschool Science teacher, Head Summer Camp Counselor, and Science Curriculum Writer for the Brooklyn Heights Montessori School.

The Downtown School is located at 106 Palmer Place. The Downtown School will hold a Meet the Teachers open house on Sunday, May 11, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and on Monday, May 12 from 4 to 6 p.m. Interested families should schedule an appointment in advance. More information is available at or by phone at 802-379-8810.

Gov. Shumlin commends apprenticeship grads

RANDOLPH CENTER --Gov. Peter Shumlin on April 26 addressed the 87 graduates of the Vermont Department of Labor’s Registered Apprenticeship Programs in electrical, plumbing and tramway trades. The programs are run in conjunction with Vermont Technical College under a grant from the Department of Labor. The ceremony was held at the VTC campus in Randolph Center.

"This program is a great example of how Vermont is engaging the workforce in training and development. The graduates will have a bright future in Vermont and earn good wages as skilled tradespeople," said Shumlin. He said Vermont will be seeking additional federal funding under the recently announced "American Apprenticeship" grant initiatives so that more Vermonters can participate in apprenticeships in new, high-growth fields, including health care, engineering, telecommunications, green energy, information technology, and advanced manufacturing -- all areas where Vermont needs workers.

The Department of Labor’s Apprenticeship programs currently have over 800 students enrolled, with classes held in various locations across the state. The electrical and plumbing programs, with over 500 students, offer some of their class instruction through local Vermont Interactive Television sites to assist students for whom travel to classes might not be an option.

The Apprenticeship program is a "Learn while you Earn" model whereby students are earning wages while they are training, connecting their classroom experience with real life work. In some programs, apprentices can earn an industry-recognized credential and college credits. Over the course of a career, the U.S. Department of Labor estimates that a registered apprentice program is worth more than $300,000 additional salary.

"The apprenticeship programs are an excellent re-entry point into the work world for veterans, displaced workers, long-term unemployed persons, as well as a starting point for recent high school and college graduates who are looking for career options", said Labor Commissioner Annie Noonan.

To learn more about the State Registered Apprenticeship Program, contact Judy Bourbeau at the Vermont Department of Labo at or call her at 802-828-5250. To learn more about Vermont Technical College, visit

LTS students visit astrophysicist in NYC

DORSET -- A group of Long Trail students from Jen Rosenthal’s 9th grade Conceptual Physics & Earth Science class visited New York’s American Museum of Natural History on April 25. The trip was intended to extend the topics that students are learning about astronomy.

These students had the unique opportunity to meet with Dr. Catherine Garland, a visiting professor from Castleton State College and astrophysicist. Garland gave the students a personal tour of the Hayden Planetarium and discussed her stellar research with them.

Williams prof named president of the School for Advanced Research

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Michael F. Brown, the James N. Lambert ‘39 Professor of Anthropology and Latin American Studies at Williams College, has been named president of the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, N.M.

A member of the Williams faculty since 1980, Brown has served as department chair, director of the Center for Technology in the Arts and Humanities, and director of the Oakley Center for the Humanities and Social Sciences.


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