Bye Bye Beaches, Hello Books, It's Back to School Time
Heather Hamacek
Around the Island, an expected 2,155 students are dusting off backpacks, sharpening pencils and choosing first-day outfits. The first day of school is Tuesday.
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How to Catch a Hungry Student? Bait the Hook With Fresh Fish
Chloe Reichel
At the West Tisbury School on Friday, students ate fresh fish and lobster, learned about the fish food chain and even posed with live fish as part of the Massachusetts Farm to School’s Harvest of the Month seafood celebration.
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West Tisbury School Introduces No Waste Week

West Tisbury School will celebrate its first Zero Waste week starting next Monday.

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Soaring Enrollment in West Tisbury Adds to School Budget Pressures
Heather Hamacek

With enrollment at an all-time high, the West Tisbury School will need a full-time Spanish and industrial technology teachers next year, the up-Island district committee learned Monday night.

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Goodbye Hairnet, Hello Local Food, Rocking Chef
Mollie Doyle

It is Wednesday, which means pizza day at The West Tisbury School. Head cook Jenny DeVivo put on her hat and Mötley Crüe style headband. This is not your typical hairnet or apron lunch lady.

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Improvements Planned at West Tisbury School
Ivy Ashe

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

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Getting Rid of The Talk, Starting a Conversation
Remy Tumin

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.

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Yoga for Youngsters: West Tisbury School Pilot Program Begins
Olivia Hull
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.
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At Head of Kids' Table, She Finds Her Place
Olivia Hull

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.”

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Donna Lowell-Bettencourt Named Principal of West Tisbury School
Vanessa Czarnecki
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.

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