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Logan Riley, an eighth-grader at the Lee H. Kellogg School, is a semifinalist, eligible to compete in the 2017 Connecticut National Geographic State Bee, which will be held at Central Connecticut State University on Friday, March 31.

This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition. Bees were held throughout the state to determine each school champion. School champions then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. The top-scoring students compete in the state bees in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia,...

Falls Village

Region One: Budget takes back seat to schedule

FALLS VILLAGE — The Region One Board of Education and the All-Boards Chairs committee met jointly Monday, March 6, at Housatonic Valley Regional High School to take their first look at the Region One budget proposal for 2017-18.
The All-Boards Chairs committee, as its name suggests, is made up of the chairmen of the six town school boards and the regional board of education.

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More secrets from Falls Village

Eric Veden’s latest episode in his Falls Village documentary series is now available. It’s especially useful if you’re curious about baking bread and/or which parts of a sheep to avoid at a feast.
“Baking Bread” follows Gloria Tatsapaugh as she prepares to bake bread in an old, but functional, wood-burning stove and oven.
Her partner, Leon Harris, points out the stove was designed to burn either coal or wood; if using the latter, it has to be in small lengths: 12 to 14 inches.

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Anger and some progress at HVRHS meeting

FALLS VILLAGE — After a very long and often contentious meeting attended by about 155 parents, students and a few teachers, incoming Region One Superintendent Pamela Vogel agreed to meet with a group of students the week of March 6 to get their feedback on proposed changes to the teaching method at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS).
Near the end of the meeting, Vogel was asked by a parent, “Is this change happening, regardless, next year?” She responded, “I’m not saying at this point.”

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Teachers object to new schedule at high school

Teachers at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) are not happy about the new schedule planned for the high school for the 2017-18 school year.
Damon Osora (English department chair), Nur Abdulhayoglu (science department chair), John Lizzi (social studies teacher) and Vance Cannon (library media specialist) met with The Lakeville Journal on Friday, Feb. 17.

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Regional middle school students perform

Rob Nellson, band director at Salisbury Central School, introduced the group of middle-school band and chorus students at the Region One Music Festival at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) on Wednesday evening, Feb.15, praising the students’ work ethic during rehearsals.
“It’s top-notch,” he said.
The Regional Band then charged ahead in a spirited rendition of Mark Williams’ “Plaza de Toros.”
The regional band and chorus each performed four pieces.

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Carter new assistant superintendent

FALLS VILLAGE —The Region One Board of Education has hired Salisbury Central School (SCS) Principal Lisa Carter as the new assistant superintendent for the Region One School District.
It was made official on Thursday, Feb. 16.
Carter took over at SCS in 2011. Before that she was a social studies teacher at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
She has also worked for the U.S. State Department and in the corporate world.

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Serious reading, serious fun at Read Aloud

“This is a serious book,” said Ellery “Woods” Sinclair as he read “Separate is Never Equal” (by Duncan Tonatiuh) to the seventh grade at the Lee H. Kellogg School in Falls Village during Read Aloud day on Wednesday, Feb. 8.
Sinclair’s grandson, Kneeland Munson, was sitting next to him.

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Schools budget shows 2.97 % rise (so far)

The Region One School District draft budget proposal for 2017-18 contains an increase of 2.97 percent, according to budget committee members Jonathan Moore of Kent and Robert Whalen of Sharon.
A 2.97 percent increase over the current budget of $15,494,235 is about $460,000.
The two reported to the Region One Board of Education during the regular meeting Monday, Feb. 6.
Moore said the 2017-18 budget proposal was the most challenging he has experienced in his seven years on the board.

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Housatonic student of the week

The Lakeville Journal congratulates the honorees of the student of the week program at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. 
 
When I found HVRHS senior Scott Dignacco at the end of the day one Friday, two personality traits about our 2017 Scholar Athlete became immediately apparent. 

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Seeing the profits from the trees

The Housatonic Valley FFA holiday store was another success, thanks to the wonderful support of the community. The store opened its doors in December with an initial shipment of 730 trees, which sold out.
At the Region One Board of Education meeting Monday, Feb. 6, FFA members reported that in addition to the trees, the store sold 263 wreaths made in-house and 354 commercially made wreaths; 656 poinsettias; 580 blocks of cheese; and nine tree stands.

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