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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. 

Some of the field events were long jump, high jump, softball throw and shuttle run. Students were...

Falls Village

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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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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