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FALLS VILLAGE — Michael Hanlon Jr., a junior at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, is cleaning up a hometown hang-out spot in Falls Village one rhododendron at a time. As part of his community-minded Eagle Scout project, Hanlon decided to clear branches and debris from a public area around Falls Village’s visitors sign, a spot he says he often rides his bike past. The landscaping effort includes new plants in the area, as well as cleaning up the visitor signs so it can once again  become a welcoming for viewing town notices. 

Hanlon hopes to conclude this...

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The real numbers on HVRHS NYP grades

FALLS VILLAGE — The numbers are in for the second grading period at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS), and there are five student athletes out of 106 who are ineligible to participate in sports because of their grades.
HVRHS Principal Jose Martinez made the announcement on Monday, Feb 19.
There has been considerable controversy this month about changes in grading practices and the impact on students who also participate in extracurricular activities — especially sports teams.

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Student inventors work to solve life’s problems

FALLS VILLAGE — Anyone who has ever slipped on ice while shoveling snow will appreciate Lee H. Kellogg school sixth-grader Logan Dean’s “Snow B Sandin’” invention.
It’s a lime spreader with a shovel blade attached to the front. Simply put some sand in the spreader and start moving snow. The sand provides much-needed traction.
This was one of 26 entries in the Invention Convention on display, along with eight Science Fair projects, at the school Tuesday evening, Feb. 6.

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HVRHS will keep 6 AP classes

FALLS VILLAGE — The Region One Board of Education, at its meeting on Monday, Feb. 5, voted to keep the current six Advanced Placement courses at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS), in biology, environmental studies, physics, calculus, English literature and statistics.
An English 12H and a CP statistics class, as alternatives to AP in those subjects, will be added as long as there is no impact on the budget. 

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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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