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 FALLS VILLAGE — The public hearing on the proposed spending plans for 2017–18 is Thursday, April 27, 7 p.m. at the Lee H. Kellogg School.

The Board of Education budget proposal (last updated April 12) is $1,840,732, an increase of $28,394 or 1.6 percent.

The town’s share of the Region One School District budget proposal (the subject of a referendum vote Tuesday, May 2) is  $1,312,857, an increase of $54,753 (4.4 percent).

Total education spending, should both proposals pass, will be $3,153,229, an increase of $83,147 (2.7 percent).

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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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Teachers question new scheduling plan

Teachers at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) expressed concern about the new schedule for the 2017-18 academic year during the Region One Board of Education meeting Monday, Feb. 6.
The new schedule is a semester schedule with longer class periods. Classes meet every day.
The existing schedule is a “rotating” schedule, and courses “drop off” every four days.

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Secrets hidden in the Great Mountain Forest tell tales of days gone by

After tramping through the snowy woods on a bright winter afternoon, Saturday, Feb. 3, a group of hikers relaxed at a camp fire and had tea.
The hike through a section of the Great Mountain Forest (GMF), looking primarily at evidence of iron industry activity and the effects on the forest, was led by Jody Bronson, GMF’s forester, with scientists Charlie Canham, Bob Marra and Tom Stansfield.
There was a modest amount of snow, and ice underneath it. The hikers wore traction devices such as YaxTrax on their boots to avoid untimely slips.

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Covered Bridge repairs planned for 2018

Representatives from the state Department of Transportation (DOT) previewed plans for repair of the historic 19th-century covered bridge over the Housatonic River on Feb. 2.  

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Creating a kinder world, one etiquette class at a time

As part of EdAdvance, one of Connecticut’s Regional Education Services that sponsors continuing and adult education courses, Housatonic Valley Regional High School will welcome Karen Thomas, a certified expert in courtesy, conduct and conversation. She will share her mastery of manners in two courses this spring: “Advanced Business Decorum” will be offered in March and “Dining Debonair” in April.

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The new grading system, explained

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Parents of students at the Lee H. Kellogg School (LHK) — and the other schools in the region — can expect to see some changes in how their children are assessed and how those assessments are reported.
At a meeting for parents at the school Thursday, Jan. 26, LHK Principal Jennifer Law and a group of teachers explained the changes to a group of seven parents.

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A new way to teach children in Region One

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FALLS VILLAGE — Region One Assistant Superintendent Pam Vogel said the shift to new grading practices in Region One will emphasize mastery of subjects rather than day-to-day activities.
Vogel took a few minutes to chat with The Lakeville Journal on Friday, Jan. 20.
She said there is a nationwide problem of students leaving high school unprepared for college or a career, to the point where many colleges and universities must offer remedial instruction in basic subjects.

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Rich world captured in show at D.M. Hunt

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FALLS VILLAGE — Sarah Martinez showed a visitor her new art studio on Sunday, Jan. 15. Most of the lights had yet to be installed, but on a relatively sunny afternoon, the space was nice and airy and bright.
Martinez, who lives in an iconic stone house in the village with her husband, Brook (who is the music teacher at the Lee H. Kellogg School), and two small children, said she outgrew the room she was using in the house.

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Number one!

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