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On Democracy and Compassion

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.