High School Goes to Cats
The high school theatre and music departments are performing Cats this year at the Performing Arts Center at the regional high school with shows on Feb. 13, 14, 15 and 16.
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Freshmen Projects Bring African American History to Life
Ninth grade history classes at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School produced more than 100 projects as part of the annual African American Heritage Trail history project. The students traveled the trail, interviewed members of the community and created a wide array of work.
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Journalism Teacher Makes Headlines
Olivia Hull

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

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High School Administrators React to Pot Brownie Incident
Olivia Hull
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.
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High School Budget Wins Easy Approval
Olivia Hull

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.

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

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.

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School Approves Payment Plan For $2 Million Roof Repairs
Olivia Hull

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.

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Program Gives Students Tools, Toys to Choose Own Adventure
Olivia Hull

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.

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High School Athletes Embrace the Burn of Hell Week
Ivy Ashe

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.

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Lunch Program Facing Deficit, Nutritious Guidelines Blamed
Olivia Hull

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.

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