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FALLS VILLAGE — Thomas Guskey of the University of Kentucky told an audience of Region One School District parents, school board members, teachers and administrators — and at least one student — that American grading practices compare unfavorably to those of other countries for a simple reason.

A single grade, whether expressed as a letter grade or a percentage, “requires integration of diverse information,” such as academic performance, the learning process itself and the progress the student has made.

Trying to boil all that information down...

Falls Village

Specific FY 2012 cuts requested, boards now move to public hearings

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — The Board of Finance, after reviewing the proposed spending plans for the town and the Lee H. Kellogg School, asked for one specific cut of $5,000 from the Board of Selectmen and a total of $12,000 in reductions from the Board of Education.
The requests were made during a special meeting Monday, March 28.
First Selectman Pat Mechare presented the latest version of proposed spending plan for the town. The total, $1,542,790, is exactly the same as this year’s budget appropriation.

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‘Doin’ it for some doll’

The Housatonic Musical Theatre Society had a full house for all three presentations of “Guys and Dolls” last weekend. Becket Harney, at far right in the photo, playing Nicely Nicely Johnson, led a trio of gamblers in singing about horses, crap games and the ups and downs of love. At his left was Griffin Randall (playing the part of Rusty Charlie) and, far left, Gabe Lefferts (playing the part of Benny Southstreet).

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Final tweaks made to Region One budget

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — There is one more budget workshop Thursday, March 24, but the draft budget presented March 7 to the Region One Board of Education is, for the moment, unchanged.
The Region One budget has three component parts: Housatonic Valley Regional High School, the Region One central office, and Pupil Services (which includes special education).
The budget is voted on each May in a districtwide referendum. Voting is at town hall in all six Region One towns (North Canaan, Falls Village, Salisbury, Sharon, Kent and Cornwall).

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Rehearsing Seuss

Lanny Mitchell put the cast of “Seussical” through their paces at a rehearsal of the Falls Village Children’s Theater last Sunday, March 20. The show will be performed in the auditorium at Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Friday, April 1, and Saturday, April 2, at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, April 3, at 2 p.m. Admission is free but donations will be accepted.

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Municipal budget presentation March 28

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FALLS VILLAGE — A “thorough inspection” of the Falls Village Day Care building on Page Road by Allied Engineering found the building’s roof to be “safe and secure,” First Selectman Pat Mechare reported to the Board of Selectmen at the regular monthly meeting Monday, March 14.
During this winter’s frequent snowstorms heavy, wet snow piled up on the roofs of both the day care center and the Lee. H. Kellogg School. A combination of private contractors, school employees, the Falls Village Volunteer Fire Department and volunteers got the snow off.

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Housatonic Valley Regional High School student of the week

The Lakeville Journal congratulates the honorees of the student of the week program at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
FALLS VILLAGE — If space were no consideration, the dozens of students who performed in and worked on “Guys & Dolls” last weekend would all be our students of the week.
But it was Housatonic senior Ellie Yahn’s performance onstage and in school that have made her our choice for this week.

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Housatonic Valley Regional High School student of the weekHousatonic Valley Regional High School student of the week

The Lakeville Journal congratulates the honorees of the student of the week program at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
FALLS VILLAGE — If space were no consideration, the dozens of students who performed in and worked on “Guys & Dolls” last weekend would all be our students of the week.
But it was Housatonic senior Ellie Yahn’s performance onstage and in school that have made her our choice for this week.

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60 booths at Sunday’s trade fest

cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — There have been bleak moments in recent weeks, when it felt like the snow would never stop and the ice would never melt. Certainly, the calendar promised that the first day of spring would be March 20. But for many Northwest Corner residents, the best reassurance that spring is here and warm weather will finally return comes in the form of the annual Tri-State Chamber of Commerce “Buy Local” trade festival, held annually at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.

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Lambs are here, it must be spring

patricks@lakevillejournal.com, karenb@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — Larry the Lamb is the latest addition to the animal family at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. Larry was three days old when this photo was taken on Monday, March 14.
On Monday, Nick Tripodi, a junior from Sharon, Melody Sandquist, a sophomore from Kent, and teacher Karen Davenport were asked the surviving lamb’s name. After a couple of suggestions were considered and rejected, Davenport said that traditionally the offspring are named using the first letter of the mother’s name (Lila, in this case).

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Regional school board acknowledges FOI error

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — At the Region One Board of Education meeting Monday, March 7, the board voted unanimously to not contest a Freedom of Information Act complaint filed by Scott Fellows of North Canaan regarding an executive session during a Sept. 9, 2010, meeting.
Fellows is also a teacher at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
His complaint regarded a meeting of the committee charged with finding someone to conduct an inquiry into circumstances surrounding the resignations in August 2009 of the principal and assistant principal at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.

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