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After Apple Picking

After Apple Picking

       I’m just back from apple picking at Shelburne Orchard today, just the start of the harvest.  The warm afternoon sun and the strong but not cooling breeze remind me this is the beginning of things.  We’ll be picking apples for weeks, watching the leaves change and fall–which is just starting–play out its […]

And we’re off!!!

       The start to any school year is a pretty special thing.  All that preparation, all the nervousness leading up to it.  The questions from faculty and administrators:  Will this actually work?  Can we pull it off once again?  Did we fix that problem the right way or plan for that initiative successfully?  Will our students be […]

Outdoor Education and Field Study Fall 2020

  We are excited to share a sampling of our fall Encounter Experiences continuing the tradition of learning outside of the classroom. This year is obviously very different. We have adapted our Encounter Program to be full-day, outdoor, in-person experiential education every Wednesday. These multi-week Short Courses will be held outside in small, socially-distanced, cross-grade […]

Changing the Community Through Connections: a COVID-19 Story

Vermont Commons School science instructor Mark Keegan assembling face shields for donation to local health care organizations   Written by Kent Vaccaro, Class of 2020: One of the strongest places for community and connection across fields is locally at schools. Local Middle and High School, Vermont Commons School, began an intracommunity partnership seeking to help […]

2020-2021 Community Calendar

NOTE: You will need to set the month to August 2020 at the earliest to see 2020-2021 dates.

2020-21 Core Calendar

September 8th, 2020: First Day of School October 15th, 2020: Conference Day (Parents/Advisors); NO SCHOOL for students October 16th, 2020: Fall Break; NO SCHOOL November 3rd, Election Day; NO SCHOOL November 4th, Faculty Inservice; NO ENCOUNTER EXPERIENCE Student post-election discussion groups on Zoom in morning. Students free starting at lunch November 23rd – 27th, 2020: […]

Head of School Blog

From the Archive: Thoughts on Education at Vermont Commons School by Dr. Dexter Mahaffey, Head of School In his essay “A Good Scythe,” Wendell Berry writes about his preference for using the old-world tool over the now ubiquitous weed-eater.  While Berry objects to the combustion engine tool’s effect on our environment, his focus here is on […]

Classroom Renovation Completed! Come celebrate with us!

Out with the “Cave” and the “Maze,” in with enriched learning, enhanced arts, and homes for faculty and classes! Join us Friday, 8:30-9:30 a.m. for morning refreshments, socializing with parents, alums, alum parents, faculty, and friends, take a tour of the new classroom and learning spaces, learn about the incredible positive impact on the student […]

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.