School Enrollment Continues to Rise

Enrollment is up this year at Island public schools, especially in Oak Bluffs which now sends the largest number of students to both its elementary school and the regional high school among the six Island towns.

First Step Is Big Step on Path of Education

As a conversation unfolds across the country about the value of pre-kindergarten learning and whether it should be incorporated into public school education, similar conversations are quietly taking place here. The idea of universal preschool is expected to be up for discussion this year.

Uneven MCAS Scores for Vineyard Schools

While holding their place across the board for strong academic achievement, Vineyard public schools turned in mixed scores this year on the MCAS exam with some schools showing new areas that need improvement, especially when it comes to improving proficiency among low income, non-English-speaking and special needs students.

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.

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