Back to School - and Back to Normal for Island Students
Whatever feelings the Island's children may have about returning to school next Tuesday, Sept. 6, their principals, teachers, coaches and other campus leaders are eager to welcome them back for a school year with a return of cherished traditions.
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Vineyard Students Win Art Contest
Six students from the Vineyard are among the winners of the Steamship Authority's Sail into Imagination art contest.
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Delays Plague Chilmark School HVAC Project
The Chilmark School will not be getting its decrepit heating and cooling system replaced this summer. School district finance director Mark Friedman said the sole bid came in over budget.
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Tensions Flare Between Chilmark School, Town Library Over Student Use
The Chilmark library’s Covid-19 policies are posing obstacles for children who have no school library of their own, principal Susan Stevens told the up-Island school committee Monday.
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Menemsha School Plan Wins Support, But Need for Extra Space Is Questions

Designs for the new Menemsha School met with considerable support and some opposition this week at the Chilmark selectmen's meeting.

Charles Rose of Thompson and Rose Architects presented the designs for the new school to the selectmen for the first time Tuesday evening. The designs are ones selected by the Chilmark school building committee last week based on four schemes Mr. Rose presented to them.

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Chilmark Gets Acquainted with New School

The community came to celebrate the opening and explore the new Chilmark School on Tuesday night. While the air outside was wintry, inside parents and children drew warmth from friendly teachers standing in their new classrooms. It was a first visit for most to the new facility.

School principal Kathy Collins was quick to show off the pride teachers and students were already feeling about their new building. The 44 students made their move into the school on Monday, Dec. 13th. Just a week later, the place was their daytime home.

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Move Begins into New Chilmark School

The $3.6 million Chilmark School is done. No sooner had the contractor finished the work on Tuesday than school principal Kathy Collins and others began moving boxes into the new building.

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Chilmarkers Ponder the Question: How Big Should the New School Be?

The Menemsha School still has a great old-fashioned school bell, sounded daily by a rope that dangles down from the roof.

Children of different grades still sit in class side by side and play together in a playground bordered by a foresty area they call "twiggyland." Many townspeople were educated here, in the same place as their parents and grandparents.

Today, the challenge to Chilmark is maintaining the special qualities of this rural school while making room for growth.

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Aquinnah Gives Go-Ahead to Chilmark School HVAC Project
The Aquinnah select board moved to advance two regional projects Tuesday: the creation of a Martha’s Vineyard housing bank and the replacement of Chilmark School’s HVAC system.
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As Enrollment Rises, Chilmark School Faces Space Crunch
A bumper crop of kindergarteners is headed for the Chilmark School in 2022, and principal Susan Stevens is looking for space to accommodate them all.
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