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What You Cannot See

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 […]


     Milestones.  Old markers on the wayside to let you know how far you’ve come and have yet to go. Milestones, counting, predicting–all of these have to do with motion.      I was reminded today, as I listened to Jennifer’s annual farewell song during which she both lauds each Senior and tells the group […]

The Class of 2021

The Class of 2021 has 17 members. Two of them are National Merit Finalists Collectively, the 17 of them have been admitted to the following colleges and universities, earning hundreds of thousands of dollars of merit scholarship offers along the way. Bard College Boston University Brandeis University Bryn Mawr College Cal State – San Marcos […]

#StopAsianHate, Part II: An Open Letter to the Students of Vermont Commons School

Yesterday we learned of what appears to be another attack against an Asian American.  More specifically, Vilma Kari, a New Yorker of Filipino descent, was viciously attacked–apparently without reason–in broad daylight, sworn at and told by her assailant, “You don’t belong here.” The New York Times reports that in all of 2020, there were 28 […]

Returning to the Building

To our Vermont Commons Parents/Guardians,   Beginning Monday, March 29th, your children have the opportunity to return to the building for classes two days a week. In addition, we also have our Encounter Experiences on Wednesdays.   9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders can come to school Mondays and Tuesdays 11th and 12th graders will be based […]


Many of us have regularly heard the comment that Vermont Commons is not diverse or that people wish we would catch up with the diversity of the State of Vermont or the City of Burlington.  Ironically, more than 20% of our student body identify as students of color, a percentage higher than the City of […]

Lions and Lambs, Part II

That weather whiplash I wrote about last week is certainly playing out right now.  55 degrees while I write this;  predicted to be 9 degrees in 60 hours!  But it’s all fine, isn’t it?  Last night I spent a few restful moments after the second Evening of Readings outside in the warm wind looking at […]

Lions and Lambs

In like a lion, out like a lamb.  I remember my second-grade teacher, Ms. Thomason, telling us this old saying about the month of March.  In the mid-west, that rang pretty true.  Frosts and freezes and even the errant epic snow storm were regular companions for the month, but by April, you could pretty much […]

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.