Improvements Planned at West Tisbury School

A host of capital improvements to the West Tisbury School will begin over the summer, including bathroom renovations and roof work.

Getting Rid of The Talk, Starting a Conversation

There’s no such thing as the talk anymore. And the awkward puberty book — that’s gone too. A new sex education pilot program at the West Tisbury School emphasizes normalizing the conversation about sexual health.

Yoga for Youngsters: West Tisbury School Pilot Program Begins

A six-week yoga pilot program aimed to expose students from kindergarten to eighth grade launched this month at the West Tisbury School. Students and teachers will be surveyed along the way to evaluate the new project.

At Head of Kids' Table, She Finds Her Place

It was the first chilly day of fall and West Tisbury middle schoolers had their hands stuffed into their pockets as they waited outside for the school day to begin. “Can we go into the gym?” one ventured to Donna Lowell-Bettencourt, the new principal who seemed like she’d always been the principal. “It’s cold.”

Donna Lowell-Bettencourt Named Principal of West Tisbury School

The West Tisbury School has a new principal, Vineyard schools superintendent Dr. James H. Weiss announced Wednesday.

Donna Lowell-Bettencourt, interim director of student support services at Martha’s Vineyard Public Schools, will take over the role before the start of the school year, Mr. Weiss said.

“We have chosen Donna Lowell-Bettencourt and she has agreed. We will work out the details of her moving from the present position to that one in the next week or so,” he said.

A Principal and a Gentleman, Michael Halt Says Goodbye

The 33 eighth graders at the West Tisbury School aren’t the only ones moving on to high school. Their principal, Michael Halt, an Island educator and administrator since 1997, is gearing up for a major transition of his own. Mr. Halt’s last day is June 28. Then he will pack up his truck and head for California, where, in the fall, he will start as principal of the San Clemente High School.

Search Begins for West Tisbury School Principal

At a meeting Tuesday Vineyard schools superintendent Dr. James H. Weiss said he would like to avoid appointing an interim principal to replace outgoing principal Michael Halt, and hire a permanent principal in time for the start of the school year next September.

West Tisbury School Principal Michael Halt Takes Job in California

West Tisbury school principal Michael Halt will leave the Vineyard at the end of the school year to take a job as a high school principal in California.

Mr. Halt, who has served as principal at the West Tisbury school since 2004, has accepted a job as principal of San Clemente High School in San Clemente, Calif., superintendent of schools James H. Weiss confirmed Thursday.

He said Mr. Halt planned to announce his departure to his staff at the end of the day Thursday.

As Special Needs Programs Grow In Complexity, So Do Budgets

Madeline Way tapped on an iPad in her Project Headway classroom at the West Tisbury School.

“The kids who use this program cannot talk,” she explained. “But they can go like this in a fury.”

Tap, tap, tap. The iPad speaks: “I — want — puzzles.”

Finalists for Principals Include Six from Island; Appointments Thursday

Six Island educators are among the nine finalists now vying for the interim principal jobs in both the West Tisbury and Chilmark schools.

The high-speed search for school leaders comes less than a month after two principals in the Up-Island district - Elaine Pace and Carlos Colley - handed in their resignations after each serving three years on the job.