At Charter School, Calm First Morning: Games, Recess, Hand Paintings, Lunch
C.K. WOLFSON

At Charter School, Calm First Morning: Games, Recess, Hand Paintings, Lunch

By C.K. WOLFSON

The first day of school at the Martha's Vineyard Public Charter School feels almost like a block party: people hugging each other; adults carrying vases of flowers and trays of snacks; children buddying up; first-name basis all around. The occasion is balanced between a sense of celebration and nonchalance.

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SUCCESS STORY: Public Charter School Is Matchmaker for Learners
MAX HART

It is the kind of sunny spring day that lures young minds out through classroom windows onto the playground, but the seventh and eighth graders in Jonah Maidoff's social studies class at the Martha's Vineyard Public Charter School are decidedly focused on the issue at hand.

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Charter School Students Plan Katrina Relief Work

Charter School Students

Plan Katrina Relief Work

A group of high school students from the Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School will return to Biloxi, Miss., to continue their Hurricane Katrina relief work. The students will be traveling Jan. 6 through 12 to work with the Restoration Point non-profit organization.

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Charter Graduates Praise Their School
Julia Rappaport

This past Saturday, the Martha's Vineyard Public Charter School held its seventh high school graduation. Seven students graduated in the year 2007.

"We were going to do it on July seventh," said Sam Berlow, president of the school's board of trustees, "but we decided that was too much."

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School Seeks Carbon-Neutral Footprint
Julia Rappaport

They recycle paper, plastic and metal and use local potatoes, carrots and lettuce in their cafeteria. Plans are in the works for a school garden and compost pile. And now, the Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School hopes to become the first net zero, carbon neutral school in the nation.

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Nine to Graduate on Saturday From Public Charter School
Remy Tumin

They studied ancient Roman attire, wrote a series of memoirs, documented leaving the family business for the first time and excelled in photography.

And now this small group of distinguished artists, writers and self-directed learners will graduate this weekend from the Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School. Known for their enthusiasm and creativity, the graduating senior class of nine students will accept their diplomas at a ceremony tomorrow afternoon in West Tisbury.

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Charter School’s Robots and Waffles Test Active Imaginations
Sara Brown

Assignments included making French toast, building a robot, taking a yoga class and spray-painting stencil graffiti. For homework: chopping wood for the fire. The tests, voluntarily taken, were those of the imagination — how to fashion an outfit of candy wrappers, what color to paint the clay figurine, how best to build a shelter in the Vermont woods.

Welcome to project period at the Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School.

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Charter School Play

Charter School Play

Next weekend, March 30 and 31, the Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School will present its annual theater production. This year they take on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a play with essentially four plots in one: a royal wedding, prank-playing fairies, a love quadrangle and workmen trying to put on a play. Something for everyone indeed.

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