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Why Indigenous People’s Day

Why Indigenous People’s Day

I encourage us all to take a moment to reflect on why we’re not in school this coming Monday.  For years, and certainly through my childhood, this federal holiday was celebrated as Columbus Day in observance of the explorer’s contact with this continent.  In the last handful of years in Vermont and increasingly around the country, the […]

Simon Rosenbaum, National Merit Semifinalist

We are honored to have Simon Rosenbaum, class of 2022, recognized as a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist. National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. 32 of these academically talented high school students hail from the state of Vermont. National Merit Scholars have […]

Green and Gold Scholar, University of Vermont – Finn Verdonk

  We are pleased to announce Finn Verdonk has been honored as a recipient of the Green and Gold Scholars Award from the University of Vermont. The Green and Gold Scholarship program awards a four year merit scholarship to academically strong rising seniors from eligible Vermont high schools. Dexter Mahaffey, Vermont Commons Head of School, […]

To the Class of 2021 at Commencement

One of the liberties–and great pleasures–you may take as a head of school is to say a few words to the graduates, a liberty, if you’ll indulge me, I’ll take now.   Among the things keeping me going during this last lap of the longest school year in history, I’ve been listening to Snow Patrol.  I […]

“To finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom.”

(photo courtesy of Concord Museum)        Emerson wrote, “To finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom.”  Yet, inescapably, here we are in the final steps of this journey, a truth shown to us through students’ stories, […]

Five Class Days to Go

As the days lengthen, the stretch between now and the school-year finish line only shrinks.  Five class days to go.  Three days of activities (thank you, Parent Ambassadors for hosting class gatherings the day after school ends!).  Senior Projects end today.  Graduation for the Class of 2021 is exactly two weeks from the moment I write […]

2021-22 Community & Core Calendars

Note: To view next year’s events, please adjust the month/year field at the top-left of the calendar. **Additional dates may be added to the list below as they are determined. August 26th, 2021: All-School Hike/Community Day August 27th, 2021: Orientation Day August 30th, 2021: First Day of Classes September 6th, 2021: Labor Day (No School) […]

What You Cannot See

Seeing is believing.  Blessed are those who believe without seeing.  I came, I saw, I conquered.  What did you see at the scene of the crime?  This was captured on film.  I will see you on Zoom…. An early graduate school professor of mine, the wonderful Jennifer Green-Lewis, taught a course on the impact of photography on literature during the […]

Scholarship. Community. Global Responsibility.

At Vermont Commons School, our goal is to engage students with their world. We achieve this through programs and a curriculum grounded in local and global involvement.