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Fall into Winter

Fall into Winter

The childing autumn, angry winter, change Their wonted liveries, and the mazed world, By their increase, now knows not which is which…      -Titania, Midsummer Night’s Dream   You know the seasonal change is upon us when you have to start checking the weather for snow predictions when planning school activities!  That’s good news […]

On Democracy and Compassion

     Two themes are on my mind this week:  Democracy and Compassion.      Democracy for two reasons.  The obvious one is of course the upcoming election.  Regardless of where your political inclination lies, every major election cycle in our country serves as a reminder of how important participation by every one of us is.  An […]

School in the Time of Coronavirus

       Fall is here at last.  October rains, change of leaves, the golden hour before sunset.  Whenever the weather happens to be good, it’s the time for getting that hike or bike in, a stroll by the water or the neighbor’s yard.  Any chance to be out in the warmth is a chance […]

Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Ama Ata Aidoo, and Tsitsi Dangarembga for the Nobel

Each year around this time, the Nobel Prize committee prepares to announce this year’s laureates in the various fields for which prizes are awarded.  Given my field in academia—English—and areas of specialization—historical rhetoric about Africa primarily, and cotemporary African Literature secondarily—I take a keen interest at the beginning of October in who will win the […]

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 […]

In response to the violence committed against African Americans

  One faculty member wrote how they “believe that our school cannot stand aside and be silent.” Another wrote, “It would mean so much to me if we, as a school, could make clear, in a brave and public way, that we demand an end to the killing of unarmed people of color by law […]

We All Have Our Teacher Story

  We all have our teacher story.  That one person who made the difference, who believed in us or connected with us or at least shared a genuine laugh at some point and connected with us as if we were real people.  As if we mattered all for ourselves, as ourselves, not just for who […]

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.