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FALLS VILLAGE — Three large dumpsters filled with old desks, cabinets and other ephemera outside Housatonic Valley Regional High School are the result of the initial demolition stage of the $5.75 million building project approved by Region One voters last June.

Region One Business Manager Sam Herrick said on Tuesday, July 11, that the next stage is preparing for installation of new plumbing and electrical systems in six classrooms in the science wing.

Also: roof work (replacing deteriorating faux-slate shingles with asphalt shingles), HVAC work and renovated locker...

Falls Village

Solving everyday problems at HVRHS science fair

FALLS VILLAGE — Seventy-four students at Housatonic Valley Regional High school participated in this year’s science fair on Tuesday, May 23. 
In biology, Christina Winburn earned first place for “Which method is most effective for cleaning cell phones?”
Anna Coon took second place with “Salt in the wound: How do ice melters affect plant life?”
In third place was Carly Tygart’s “Does chewing gum affect cognitive function?”

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Students compete in Region One meet

FALLS VILLAGE — At the Region One track meet on Thursday, May 18, students from the six regional schools came together on the field at Housatonic Valley Regional High School to compete in eight different track and field events.
It was a very warm day, with temperatures at about 91 degrees before noon as the events were getting underway. 
The six schools that make up Region One are North Canaan, Cornwall, Falls Village, Kent, Salisbury and Sharon. 

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Flora and fauna shown at FFA open house

FALLS VILLAGE — The annual Housatonic Valley FFA Open House was held on Wednesday, May 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday, May 18, in the agricultural education (ag-ed) wing of Housatonic Valley Regional High School. As always, the milkshakes (also known as jetshakes), petting zoo and big tractors were highlights.

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Easing the anxiety for incoming freshmen at HVRHS

FALLS VILLAGE — Three students at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) have started a program to provide incoming ninth-graders with the transition to high school.
Sophomores Victor Flores of North Canaan, Manuella Matsudaira (Cornwall) and Caroline Hurlburt (Cornwall) came up with the idea in response to an announcement last November from HVRHS Principal Jose Martinez, inviting students to submit proposals for a new competition sponsored by the 21st Century Fund for HVRHS: the annual Ingenuity Competition.

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A little off the side

A crowd gathered around sophomore Maggie Baldwin as she demonstrated how to correctly clip a Brown Swiss cow during the annual Housatonic Valley FFA open house last week in the agricultural education (ag-ed) wing of Housatonic Valley Regional High School. Story, see Flora and fauna show at FFA open house.

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Hands-on learning: invasives workshops on May 20

Two field workshops are scheduled for Saturday, May 20, and will demonstrate landscape management options to reverse invasive impact and encourage native plant ecosystems. 

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Learning about the past, first hand

FALLS VILLAGE — Peter Vermilyea’s social studies students interviewed people who were at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS)in the 1950s as part of an oral history project.
The interviews took place in the school cafeteria on Friday, May 12.
Eli Hill and Jared Taylor interviewed former HVRHS Principal and Region One Superintendent Ed Kirby, a Sharon native and resident. The time period was stretched a little with Kirby, who graduated from HVRHS in 1945.

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LHK students learn about the environment

FALLS VILLAGE — Sixth-graders at Lee H. Kellogg School are participating in a program called Project TREE (Teaching Regional Environmental Education) funded through EdAdvance in Litchfield. 
Through this program, students participate in four field trips to environmental education centers across the state.
In the fall they visited White Memorial Foundation and Indian Rock Nature Preserve. 

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LHK concert was out of this world

FALLS VILLAGE — Thursday, May 4, was the night of the spring concert at Lee H. Kellogg School.
It was also “Star Wars Day.”
So the show had a decidedly other-worldly feel to it, starting with the space helmet graphic on the program, the children speaking like movie robots, and the singing of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity/Starman,” complete with a video of a space ship launching.
And space helmets.

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Young readers spend time with a favorite writer

FALLS VILLAGE — Prolific author Chris Grabenstein visited with Region One elementary school students at Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Tuesday, May 2. 
The author of “Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library” (one of the most popular books in this year’s state Nutmeg reading program) led a high-energy presentation, including a history of his career (starting with homemade comics in the fifth grade).
Then he asked the students if they wanted to help write a story. They replied in the affirmative.

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