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FALLS VILLAGE — The avid readers of Lee H. Kellogg School celebrated their reading habits on Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 21 and 22.

Teacher Eileen Gargan said that over the summer vacation of 2018, 61 (out of 63) students read 847 books.

For the summer of 2019, all 67 LHK students read a whopping 1,072 books.

 Gargan said Kellogg was one of eight Connecticut elementary schools to win the governor’s “Summer Reading Challenge.” 

On Wednesday, Nov. 21, the school had a Books, Bingo and Bites celebration. 

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Falls Village

Contracts are binding, says school board attorney

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — At a special meeting of the Region One Board of Education May 17, as the board discussed what to do in the wake of the proposed spending plan’s defeat at the May 8 referendum, both Scooter Tedder of Salisbury and Marilyn Yerks of Sharon expressed some frustration at not having an opinion of the board’s attorney handy on the question of whether or not the contracts for Region One administrators are valid.
In a May 22 email to board Chairman Phil Hart of Cornwall, board attorney Gary Brochu wrote:

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Scientific explanation

Jeremy Downs of Falls Village explained his project, about the variables that affect the speed of vehicles, to Fred Baldwin and Tom Schindler, judges at the annual science fair at Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Tuesday, May 22. The science fair was held in the new Mahoney-Hewat Science and Technology Center. Downs, a senior, will attend Western New England University in Springfield, Mass., in the fall. He will study mechanical engineering.

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Town meeting vote May 29

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — The annual town meeting to vote on the proposed spending plans from the Board of Selectmen and the Board of Education is Tuesday, May 29, 7 p.m. at the Lee H. Kellogg School.
The vote will be held two days before the second referendum on the Region One budget proposal (see story, Page A1). Last week the Region One Board of Education voted to send a spending plan to voters that is just $10,000 more than the 2011-12 budget.

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‘Mr. Housatonic’

Senior RJ Thompson, 18, won Housatonic Valley Regional High School’s Mr. Housatonic male beauty pageant on May 11. The runner-up was Myles Clohessey. All 10 of the contestants were seniors and were known as the Temptatious Ten. The event raised $2,000 toward the Student Government Association Scholarship fund.

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Region One administrators give up one-year contract extensions

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Region One Board of Education cut $278,453 from the Region One budget proposal and five administrators voluntarily gave up the one-year extension of their contracts during a special board meeting Thursday, May 17, at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
The budget proposal that will go to referendum May 31 is for $14,689,096, which is up $10,000, or .07 percent, from this year’s budget.
The budget proposal that was defeated at a referendum vote May 8 was for a total of $14,967,459, an increase of $288,453 or 1.97 percent.

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Giving back to the community

Volunteers, including students from Housatonic Valley Regional High School, helped install windows at a Habitat for Humanity building site in North Canaan on April 21. The home is being built on Salisbury Road for a local woman with multiple sclerosis. The students are participating in the foundation’s Youth in Philanthropy initiative, which involves young people in perpetuating community welfare by engaging them in the process.

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Budget meetings, votes are coming up this month

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Board of Selectmen appointed Erica Joncyk as an alternate member of the Board of Finance and approved a request to close the downtown area for a summer car show. The votes were held at the regular monthly meeting Monday, May 14.
Joncyk, who was at the meeting, said she has the time and interest to serve as an alternate on the finance board.
Longtime finance board member Chuck Lemmen recently resigned, and alternate member Matt Thompson took his place as a full voting member.

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Board business continues in Region One

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FALLS VILLAGE — At its regular monthly meeting May 7, the Region One Board of Education denied a request from Susan Schullery of South Kent that her child be allowed to attend New Milford High School at Region One’s expense.
Schullery brought the matter to the board in April, saying that the New Milford school bus already goes right past her home and that the distance from South Kent to Housatonic Valley Regional High School meant, in practice, as much as a 45-minute trip each way, depending on traffic and road conditions.

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Housatonic 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 — Among the many talented young musicians at the Housatonic Youth Service Bureau’s Battle of the Bands on April 27, one stood out for his ability to not only play rehearsed music, but for his improvisational genius. Senior Jacob Horowitz riffed on the keyboards alongside several adult musicians, including Mr. Michael Piraneo, the Lee H. Kellogg music teacher, who pushed Jacob to the limits as he ran his clarinet up and down the scales.

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Students traveled to Germany

FALLS VILLAGE — Sixteen Housatonic Valley Regional High School students ranging from sophomores through seniors recently lived with host families for more than two weeks in Hamburg, Germany.
Organized by German teacher Kimberly Durley, students were immersed in Germany’s culture and practiced their language skills. Students enjoyed German foods, soccer, television, film, public transportation, candy and went to school with their host siblings each week.

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