Special Education Advisory Council to Meet

A general meeting of the Island Parents Advisory Council on Special Education begins at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13 at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School culinary dining room.

Student Support Services Director Praises Quality of Programs

Philip E. Campbell, former director of pupil services in the Auburn schools, took over as the new director for student support services in November. Islandwide, 450 students receive special education services.

State-Approved Changes Set for High School Equivalency Test

The Department of Education will offer a new high school equivalency test in place of the GED. The Vineyard high school, which has administered the test since the 1970s, is preparing for the changes.

Journalism Teacher Makes Headlines

There’s a rising star among the new faculty members at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School.

Pilot Algebra Class in Edgartown Forges New Path in Learning

They are called guinea pigs, seven promising middle school students in Edgartown who are testing the proposition that learning algebra early will let them reach greater math heights in high school. Now educators in other Island schools are mulling ways to bring their own students up to speed.

Fourth Grade Teacher Inspired Career in Education

Matthew D’Andrea hated third grade. But in fourth grade he was assigned an inspiring teacher, Mr. Mansfield, who made learning fun and positive. “For the first time, I looked forward to coming to school,” Mr. D’Andrea said in a recent interview.

Superintendent's Budget Approved With No Cuts

After heartfelt discussion about the cost of education on the Vineyard, the all-Island school committee approved a $5.4 million budget for superintendent Dr. James H. Weiss Tuesday night.

Bridge Programs Can Be Costly, But Positive Results Are Tangible

Midweek at the Edgartown School an elementary student was squealing in delight. He had just communicated to his teacher, Serena Santinello, that he’d like her to draw him a tiger. But he hadn’t used his voice to make the request. Instead he scanned the library of zoo animals on a speech output app, Proloquo, with a pointer finger, and had pressed on a small picture that was labeled “tiger.”

Ms. Santinello obliged, sketching a friendly tiger face next to a pretty young lady he’d requested minutes before.

Embracing Flip Side of Teaching Math

A typical math lesson taught by Sue Miller, a fifth grade teacher at the West Tisbury School, begins with a joke. “What do you call a crushed angle?” But the jokes aren’t delivered in school. Instead, they precede a video lesson that students watch online for homework.

Record School Budget Increase Tied to Special Education Needs

Rising costs of special education services and cuts to federal grants are driving a dramatic increase in education spending for Vineyard schools in the coming fiscal year.

Schools superintendent Dr. James H. Weiss presented an operating budget to the all-Island school committee Wednesday night totaling $5.4 million.

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