In the Chilmark School Thursday morning head of school Susan Stevens stood among parents and grandparents, giving kids high fives. “Welcome back! Glad you’re here!” she said. It was the common refrain as students around the Island headed back to classrooms to begin a new school year.
Those were a few of the words the Chilmark School fourth and fifth grade class used in their class blessing at the school’s community lunch Friday afternoon. The lunch was the last of the school year in a series of gatherings organized by Island Grown Schools and volunteers.
Play dates at the beach, fresh rhubarb pies, trips to Hogwarts and warm hugs — this Mother's Day, the second and third grade students in Katy Maciel and Mariah MacGregor’s class at the Chilmark School share poems composed for their moms.
On Monday kindergarten and first grade students at the Chilmark School took their youthful expertise to the air. As part of a STEM project, standing for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the children collaborated on kite making. They were given 25 pennies to spend on materials for each kite and the designs were all their own.
Save the date for next Saturday, Feb. 9, when the Chilmark School holds its annual winter fundraiser. The party will be held at the Chilmark Community Center. Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish provide the backbeat.
The fundraiser is from 7 to 11:30 p.m. That’s way past Chilmark midnight (8 p.m.) but, hey, time to step up and stay up for a good cause.
The cost is $15 at the door or online at ticketsmv.com/chilmark.
But There Is a Hang-up: No Contractor Submitted Bid to Do the Work;
Aim Is for Summer Fixes
A bare quorum of Chilmark voters agreed without dissent this week to
borrow another $200,000 to pay for a mounting list of problems in the
physical plant at the Chilmark School.
"We are a little embarrassed but we are trying to put our best
foot forward and fix the problems," said selectman Frank Fenner at
a special town meeting held Wednesday night in the Chilmark Community
Chilmark School Work Nears Completion, But First Days' Classes
Will Be Elsewhere
JULIA WELLS Gazette Senior Writer
Repairs at the Chilmark School will not be completed in time for
opening day, and yesterday school and town leaders were busy with
last-minute arrangements for an alternative site for the children to
Opening day is Thursday for all five elementary schools on the
Vineyard schools superintendent Dr. James H. Weiss announced on Friday the appointment of Susan Stevens as the new Chilmark head of school.
Currently a guidance counselor and special education coordinator at the Bak Middle School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, Fla., a public magnet school, Mrs. Stevens has been a summer resident of Edgartown for 27 years. Her career in education began in 1976 and includes a wide array of teaching, from gifted to special needs, guidance and some administrative work. She has a sub-specialty in teaching children with autism.