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FALLS VILLAGE — The Great Falls on the Housatonic River in Falls Village and Salisbury were already roaring last week before the rains that came down on Tuesday morning, Sept. 18, on the edges of Hurricane Florence. 

There is an official gage that measures the height of the Housatonic River in Falls Village, below the power plant. On Tuesday at 8:15 a.m., while roads were flooding from the heavy rain, the river was at 3 feet, and was actually lower than it had been on Saturday, Sept. 15, when the water was at 3.39 feet. 

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Martinez will leave HVRHS at end of year

FALLS VILLAGE — Jose Martinez, principal of Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS), will be leaving the school as of June 30, 2018, the end of the school year.
Martinez made his announcement at a special meeting of the Region One Board of Education on Thursday, Feb. 22.
Martinez is in his fourth year at HVRHS.
He told the board he will focus on the school’s accreditation process this spring.

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Soup, snow and poems raise funds for Hunt

FALLS VILLAGE — As the snow began to fall on Saturday evening, Feb. 17, more than 80 people were already inside at the David M. Hunt library for A Midwinter’s Night in the Village.
There was lots of food and drink — including a toothsome Thai carrot soup from Rita Delgado.
Julia Panev, using Garth Kobal’s Polaroid Snap camera, took photos of party-goers and attached them to Hunt library bookmarks.

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Here comes ‘The King and I,’ March 15-17

FALLS VILLAGE — Dean Saccardi and Abby Dodge, playing Lun Tha and Tuptim respectively, worked on their duet, “I Have Dreamed,” during a rehearsal of “The King and I” at Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Thursday afternoon, Feb. 15.
The Housatonic Musical Theatre Society production opens Thursday, March 15, 7 p.m. at the high school. Additional shows are Friday, March 16, 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 17, 2 and 7 p.m.

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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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