Vineyard Schoolchildren Give High Marks to Morgan Visit

Island students went on board the whaling ship and explored its nooks and crannies. In the blubber room below decks, the children gathered to hear a Mystic Seaport educator speak about what happens after a whale is captured.

Getting Rid of The Talk, Starting a Conversation

There’s no such thing as the talk anymore. And the awkward puberty book — that’s gone too. A new sex education pilot program at the West Tisbury School emphasizes normalizing the conversation about sexual health.

Superintendents Rekindle Idea of Single School District

At a talk sponsored by the League of Women Voters, former superintendent Peter Palches and current superintendent Dr. James H. Weiss spoke of the need to regionalize administrative functions in Island schools . Mr. Palches has asked the League to make a study of the issue.

Yoga for Youngsters: West Tisbury School Pilot Program Begins

A six-week yoga pilot program aimed to expose students from kindergarten to eighth grade launched this month at the West Tisbury School. Students and teachers will be surveyed along the way to evaluate the new project.

Overview of Nine Special Education Programs to Be Presented at Parent Meeting

The Island Parents Advisory Council on Special Education will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19, at the YMCA. Phil Campbell, director of student support services, will share plans for the Bridge and Project Headway programs along with Hope MacLeod, intensive needs specialist.

High School Gets Mostly High Marks From Accreditation Process

In a 134-page report released this month, the New England Association of Schools & Colleges Inc. (NEASC) evaluated the quality of the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School's educational programs.

Ahead of the Curve: English Language Learner Program Thrives

There are 140 nonnative English speakers in the public schools across the Island, the highest count in recent memory. Most are second generation U.S. residents. Educators are responding by setting a standard for excellence in learning.

Special Education Advisory Council to Meet

A general meeting of the Island Parents Advisory Council on Special Education begins at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13 at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School culinary dining room.

Student Support Services Director Praises Quality of Programs

Philip E. Campbell, former director of pupil services in the Auburn schools, took over as the new director for student support services in November. Islandwide, 450 students receive special education services.

State-Approved Changes Set for High School Equivalency Test

The Department of Education will offer a new high school equivalency test in place of the GED. The Vineyard high school, which has administered the test since the 1970s, is preparing for the changes.

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