Journalism Teacher Makes Headlines

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

High School Administrators React to Pot Brownie Incident

A letter went home to high school parents this week noting that two students received medical treatment after eating brownies laced with marijuana. At least one unnamed student is expected to face disciplinary action following the incident. No criminal charges will be filed, Oak Bluffs police said.

High School Budget Wins Easy Approval

With virtually no discussion, the regional high school district committee voted Monday to certify an $18.6 million operating budget for the coming year. Salary increases, funding for a school resource officer and a recently completed roof replacement project are all including in the spending package.

Vineyard Inside Out: Food for Thought, High School Lunch is Quiet, Orderly Affair

A bell sounds for the first of five short 20-minute lunch periods at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. It’s 10:45 a.m., two faculty monitors stand by the doors, and here they come, approximately 114 teens from all grade levels looking carefully planned casual in baggy layers, sweatshirts, sandals, sneakers, clogs.

And it all happens in slow motion.

School Approves Payment Plan For $2 Million Roof Repairs

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School committee voted this week to sell a $1.8 million bond as part of a plan to finance a nearly complete roof replacement at the high school. At their Monday meeting, the committee voted unanimously to sell the 10-year bond to UBS Financial Services of Boston.

For the first year, the district will pay the bond holders only the interest rate of 2.077 per cent, but starting in fiscal year 2015, the district will begin making payments on the bond. The first payment is due Sept. 15, 2014.

Program Gives Students Tools, Toys to Choose Own Adventure

Only a few weeks into the job, and already regional high school vocational director Bob Drobneck was on a mission. It was a late Wednesday afternoon when Mr. Drobneck climbed into his black sedan, one of a handful of cars still remaining on school grounds at the end of the day, and pulled out onto the Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road.

High School Athletes Embrace the Burn of Hell Week

Regional high school students start classes later than usual this year, but the fall athletes are already on the fields preparing for the upcoming season. Mornings and evenings bring a flurry of activity to the quiet school campus as football, field hockey, cross country, soccer and golf shake off the summer haze and get down to business.

It’s a time of tryouts, when varsity and junior varsity teams are created, and a time of camaraderie as teammates work through drills and circuits. It is also exhausting.

Lunch Program Facing Deficit, Nutritious Guidelines Blamed

The regional high school lunch program is projecting a year-end deficit of nearly $61,000, assistant principal Matthew Malowski told the high school committee Monday evening. Losses can tracked to lower reimbursement from the up-Island school district, which stopped using the high school for its lunch programs last year, as well as a decrease in daily revenues, which are down 14 per cent from fiscal year 2012.

“We are seeing a marked decrease in participation,” in the a la carte budget, Mr. Malowski said.

Honors Night Celebrates Academic, Athletic, Artistic Merits

What follows is the list of awards given to Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School students at the annual Honors Night ceremony, held Thursday night at the high school Performing Arts Center.

High School View Newspaper Earns First Place Awards

Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School student newspaper, the High School View, has earned first place in the Scholastic Journalism Awards in the All-New England region for two consecutive years.