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FALLS VILLAGE — Thomas Guskey of the University of Kentucky told an audience of Region One School District parents, school board members, teachers and administrators — and at least one student — that American grading practices compare unfavorably to those of other countries for a simple reason.

A single grade, whether expressed as a letter grade or a percentage, “requires integration of diverse information,” such as academic performance, the learning process itself and the progress the student has made.

Trying to boil all that information down...

Falls Village

Dowd & Scarpa top two in HVRHS Class of 2018

FALLS VILLAGE — Molly Dowd and Jack Scarpa, both of Salisbury, are the valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of the class of 2018 at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
Dowd, 18, is the daughter of Jon and Tracy Dowd. She will attend Suffolk University in Boston in the fall.
Scarpa is the son of Dana and Jeff Scarpa. He will attend the University of Connecticut (Storrs).
Both of these focused students already know what they plan to study. Dowd is going to major in actuarial science and math.

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Students educate public at HVRHS FFA Open House

FALLS VILLAGE — Every May at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, the Housatonic Valley FFA and agriculture department host their annual FFA Open House, where students participating in agricultural education classes demonstrate and present displays to the public, as well as judges. 
This year, the event took place on Wednesday, May 16, on a gray and rainy evening. Despite the weather, students greeted visitors indoors and out.

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Candidates for state contests

FALLS VILLAGE — The contests for the November statewide elections is shaping up.
Last week, state Rep. Brian Ohler (R-64) and Democratic challenger Maria Horn of Salisbury received their party endorsements.
State Sen. Craig Miner (R-30) faces a rematch with Democrat David Lawson, the head of the school board in New Milford. Lawson was renominated Monday, May 21, in Bantam at that party’s convention.The state Republican convention endorsed Salisbury’s Thaddeus Gray for state treasurer. He will face Art Linares in the primary.

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Interviews illuminate the past for students

FALLS VILLAGE — On Friday morning, May 11, at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS), students enrolled in U.S. History interviewed their elders on what their lives were like when they were high school students in the 1960s.
Teacher Peter Vermilyea  opened the event and provided some context.
“In the social studies department, we strive to make connections with the past,” Vermilyea said.
The idea is for the students to learn about national trends by looking at local history.

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Addiction talk quietly hits a nerve

FALLS VILLAGE — What John Morello does is not exactly comedy, although he does crack jokes. It’s not motivational speaking, but he does try to motivate people. He assumes multiple characters, but it’s not theater.
Whatever it is, Morello brought it to Region One on Thursday, May 10, with three shows at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) — in the morning for middle school students, in the afternoon for the high schoolers, and again in the evening for parents and community members.

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Falls Village vote is May 22

FALLS VILLAGE — The Falls Village Board of Finance will hold a special meeting to set the 2018-19 mill rate immediately after the town budget meeting, which is Tuesday, May 22, 7 p.m. at the Lee H. Kellogg school.
During the board’s regular meeting Monday, May 12, member Louis Timolat argued for a tax cut of at least one mill and as much as a mill and a quarter.
He said with a healthy balance in the general fund, it would be the right time for tax relief. 
The mill rate is currently 24.95.

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Region One: Budget passes, first try

FALLS VILLAGE — The Region One School District budget passed in a referendum vote Tuesday, May 8. The yes votes were 634, the no votes were 550, a margin of 84 votes and a percentage of 54 percent.
Salisbury had the highest turnout (340 votes cast) and the highest percentage of yes votes (242, 71 percent).
Cornwall voted yes by 103 to 58 (64 percent). 
The budget squeaked by in North Canaan, 97-90 (52 percent).
Falls Village voted no, 82-63 (56 percent).  
Sharon voted no as well, 85-74 (53 percent).

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Holderman new intern at The Lakeville Journal

FALLS VILLAGE — Matt Holderman, 18, has joined The Lakeville Journal as an intern.His first day was Tuesday, May 8.
Holderman is a rising sophomore at Keene State College in Keene, N.H., where he is majoring in multimedia journalism. In his first semester, he wrote sports articles for the college’s newspaper, The Equinox. He also was an announcer for Keene State at home games for the men’s and women’s basketball teams. 

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Falls Village budget vote is May 22

FALLS VILLAGE — Falls Village school board Chair Pat Mechare and First Selectman Henry Todd presented their respective budget proposals to a public hearing on Monday, April 30, at the Lee H. Kellogg school (LHK).
The proposed spending plan for LHK is for $1,884,670, an increase of $44,299 (2.41 percent).
The town’s share of the Region One budget is $1,177,359, a decrease of $135,498 (-10.32 percent).

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AFS students find joy at school

FALLS VILLAGE — The three foreign students at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) this school year were unanimous on one point: public discussion of and involvement in the high school’s grading system just doesn’t exist in Argentina, Thailand or Italy.
Maria Quenan, age 17 and a senior, is from Argentina. Jaa Kongkasri, age 16, is a junior and hails from Thailand.
And Marco De Pascali Pepe, age 17, is a junior from Italy.

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