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News and Notes December 12, 2020

News and Notes December 12, 2020

News & Notes 12:18

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 […]

VCS Seniors Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

  Vermont Commons School seniors Sophie Dodds (left) of Burlington, VT and Benjamin Poulin (right) of Shelburne, VT, have been recognized as semifinalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. Vermont Commons is one of only 16 schools in the state to have students recognized as semifinalists. Over 1.5 million juniors in nearly 21,000 high […]

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 […]

Sama Mahdi, Student Government President gives a speech at Commencement

Kindness

Student government president, Sama Mahdi, gave a tribute to the graduating class at Vermont Commons School Commencement on Friday, June 12, 2020:  Good afternoon. First, I want to congratulate and thank my class for making it to this day and for entrusting me with this honor. I also want to thank the amazing faculty who […]

Ian Hollyer, ’09, earns his M.D.!

Congratulations ot Ian Hollyer, Class of ’09, upon his graduation, summa cum laude, from the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University!  Three cheers for our Flying Turtle who trekked the long road from 7th-grade Ecology with Peter Goff to a newly minted M.D.!!!

Open House Live – Sunday, May 17th

Join us for our first-ever Open House Live (via Zoom). See why parents and students rave about their Vermont Commons learning experience. Open House is an excellent chance to meet our faculty, parents and students. Hear first hand what attracts families to our vibrant community. Loving school—even online—is an option. Learn More

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.