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FALLS VILLAGE — Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) Principal Jose Martinez said goodbye at his final board meeting on Monday, June 4. Martinez is retiring after four years at HVRHS. Assistant Principal Ian Strever will succeed him.

This week Region One announced that it has hired Steven Schibi to be the new assistant principal. Schibi is currently the dean of students for the Region 10 School District, which is on the campus of Lewis Mills High School in Burlington, Conn.

Martinez said over his time at HVRHS there have been ups and downs. 

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Falls Village

Adjustments as new grading system kicks in

FALLS VILLAGE — The discussion of grading practices continued on Tuesday evening, Feb.6, at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS).
HVRHS Principal Jose Martinez thanked the parents and students for attending, and the students in particular for providing feedback in meetings with faculty last week.
The school has changed from traditional letter grades based on a percentage score to a system where any grade beneath 70 percent is designated NYP, for “not yet proficient.”

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Student voices heard at protest over grades

FALLS VILLAGE — About 60 students from Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) got a lesson in social justice during a walk-out on Thursday morning, Feb. 1, in protest of the new grading system implemented at the start of the school year.
HVRHS Principal Jose Martinez said the protest occurred at 10:30 a.m. during the mid-morning “flex block.”

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Region One meeting: Grades the topic

FALLS VILLAGE — At their regular board meeting on Monday, Feb. 5, members of the Region One Board of Education questioned Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) Principal Jose Martinez about how many students are struggling with poor grades.

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Final tally for CROP walk

FALLS VILLAGE — The 34th Annual Northwest Connecticut CROP Hunger Walk, held Sept. 24, 2017, raised $33,851, exceeding 2016 by almost $5,000, reported the Rev. Heidi Truax of Trinity Episcopal Church in Lime Rock.  
Three-hundred-sixty-two walkers (and at least three dogs) left Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS)and  covered an estimated 1,767 miles. 

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In photo show, beauty is precarious

FALLS VILLAGE — Photographer Tara Nugent’s exhibit, “The Presence of Absence,” is at the Two Walls Gallery in the library at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) through March 16.
Nugent, who graduated from HVRHS in 2009, said she sees “something beautiful” in ordinary objects, such as precariously tilting outhouses, or a fence made of old, warped boards.
“I know the moment could be gone in minutes.”
Nugent does much of her work in medium-format film — specifically, 120 size film.

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Concerns over grades at HVRHS

FALLS VILLAGE — Concerns about the number of students with poor grades, and the effect on participation in their extracurricular activities, surfaced last week at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS).
On Thursday, Jan. 25, Principal Jose Martinez sent a letter to parents explaining the situation.
There is a new grading system at the high school and it is in its first year of full implementation.

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Frustration and uncertainty in D.C.

FALLS VILLAGE — “It’s an extraordinary time in the nation’s history,” said U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-5) at the start of a wide-ranging interview with The Lakeville Journal on Friday, Jan. 26, at the paper’s new office in Falls Village.
“I feel like I’m back in school and have been given a blue book. ‘Congress: explain. Trump: explain,’” Esty said.

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Geo Bee close call

FALLS VILLAGE - — Lee H. Kellogg School teacher Amy Lake reported the eighth grade Geo Bee on Wednesday, Jan. 10, was “one of our biggest nail-biters in a long time. A real battle for third place, and then neck and neck between the two finalists.” 
The champion was Natalie Wadsworth, with Alex Lopes in second place and Avery Tripp in third. 

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Housatonic Student of the Week: Dean Saccardi

The Lakeville Journal congratulates the honorees of the student of the week program at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. 
 

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Corner ready to join 21st century?

FALLS VILLAGE -— If you’re a resident of rural Connecticut, it is all too easy to imagine, especially in winter, driving down an unpopulated road lined with trees and finding the aftermath of car accident. Equally easy to imagine is checking on the driver, pulling out your phone to call for help, and finding you have no signal. Calling 911 at that moment is not an option. Do you wait with the injured party hoping someone else will drive by in time? Or do you leave so you can eventually make it to an area with service? 

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