Chilmark School Building Repairs Eat Up Funds

A renovation project at the Chilmark School went slightly over budget this summer, leaving not enough cash on hand to address a faulty boiler in the school heating system. Members of the up-Island district committee discussed the problem.

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Tears and Cheers as Island Kids Head Back to School

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.

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Chilmark School Garden Will Honor Susan Parker

A new garden on Chilmark School grounds will honor a late Island educator and leader in the public schools.

The small native plant garden being built behind the school will honor the memory of Susan Parker, who died in June.

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Making the World the Classroom
In 1992 a group of parents and teachers collaborated on a new academic program for the Chilmark School. It sprang from the belief that children and adults can learn together outside the classroom.
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Last Chilmark Community Lunch Celebrates Bountiful Harvest, Summer Songs

Connected. Privileged. Honored. Thankful. Full.

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.

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Chilmark School Second and Third Grade Students Present Mother's Day Poems
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.
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Kites and Spirits Soar in Chilmark

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.

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Chilmark School Holds Winter Fundraiser

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

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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.

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Repair Bills Passed for Chilmark School

Repair Bills Passed for Chilmark School

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 Center.

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