Month: February 2011

Joseph defends title as top speller at MES

For the second consecutive year, Ryan Joseph will represent Milton Elementary School at a statewide spelling bee in March, vying for the chance to represent Vermont in the Scripps National Spelling Bee this summer. As a fifth grader last year, Ryan beat 11 MES fifth and sixth graders and finished in the top 10 out of 46 spellers in the Vermont bee, he said. The only speller – indeed, the only person – wearing a tie in the 5/6 gym on the morning of Friday, Feb. 9, Ryan seemed poised for success. Twelve fifth and sixth grade classes filled...

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Scores show small gains and losses on state tests

Test scores fluctuated in the latest round of state reading, writing and math exams, according to Vermont Department of Education data released February 9. Only high school math scores improved in the proficient and above category from 2009, from 27 percent to 31 percent. This still leaves the majority of students not meeting standards as set by the NECAP, or New England Common Assessment Program, used in four states to measure students up to grade level expectations. Milton is seven points behind the state’s average, which is 38 percent proficient and above for Grade 11 math. Even though both...

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District mulls middle school move

It’s no secret that Milton’s middle school is cramped. The classrooms are squeezed into one corridor of Milton Middle High School, with some classes meeting outside in a trailer with no bathroom. Now some district administrators are questioning whether the middle school grades 7 and 8 might find the elementary school more spacious. The School Board entertained a discussion on this at its Feb. 7 meeting, when superintendent Marty Waldron pointed out that the district’s declining enrollment gave his team a chance to consider giving the high school its own building. “The desire to have space for a middle...

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‘I never saw it coming’

Cindy Burton would often take the metro to Tahrir Square. To her and her family, the square was nothing special – and the area was actually shaped more like a circle. Never did Cindy Burton expect that Tahrir, a site of museums and the American University of Cairo in Egypt, would become the epicenter of the Egyptian revolution that ousted the country’s 30-year ruler, President Hosni Mubarak, from power. “To see it escalate so quickly, I was shocked,” Burton said. “The momentum kept going.” Burton and her husband, Tony, and sons Asa, 9, and Creede, 11, returned home from...

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Taxpayers get 1st glimpse inside Georgia fire station

For the past year, Georgia residents have watched the progress on the new fire and rescue station from the outside as they drive by. On Saturday, Feb. 12, the public had its first opportunity to look inside the new building during an open house. “We’re going to have our own home, so to speak,” said Keith Baker, a 22-year volunteer firefighter and one of the town’s assistant fire chiefs. The fire department shares a building with the highway department, which Baker said is “essentially a garage for trucks.” The building has a small office that also doubles as a...

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