Education briefs

Full Circle students portray scientists, inventors

BERNARDSTON, MASS. >> Have you ever met Einstein? Or Archimedes? Or Jane Goodall? And, have you ever seen them dance?

You'll get the chance Friday, March 4, when Full Circle School students in grades 1 through 6 take on the roles of ancient, medieval, renaissance, industrial and modern scientists for the school's annual History of Science and Technology Fair.

The fair will be held at 5:30 p.m. at Full Circle School, 21 Parmenter Rd. It is free and open to the public. It runs for about an hour.

As part of the school's history studies, the event gives students the chance to research an array of historical figures, then portray them in an hour-long, living history festival that includes short speeches, songs and dance.

The fair showcases Full Circle School's original education methods, and gives prospective families a chance to see the school in action. A small, independent elementary school now in its 42nd year, Full Circle uses a one-room schoolhouse approach to foster a love of learning. It emphasizes project-based learning, problem-solving skills, as well as independent and small-group work.

For more information about the fair or about the school, contact co-director John Friends at

Advance Vermont addresses educational needs for Vermont economy

MONTPELIER >> After reviewing data on gaps in educational achievement and the unmet needs of Vermont's workforce, a working group of Vermont leaders proposed boosting Vermont's postsecondary attainment from 60 percent in 2020 to 70 percent by 2025. The new goal reflects the group's shared sense of urgency at creating a broad range of pathways to postsecondary degrees and credentials for all Vermonters, including working-age adults and high school students from families without prior college experience.

On Friday, Feb. 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Capitol Plaza Hotel, Advance Vermont will host a day-long work session to address these issues. The day kicks off with Jeb Spaulding, chancellor of Vermont State Colleges, and is followed by the Vermont Perspectives Panel at 10:45 a.m., which features business and community leaders from across Vermont who will discuss how they plan to achieve the 70 percent goal. Panelists include: Jeff Couture; Scott Giles; Ellen McCulloch Lovell,; Mary Moran; Patricia Moulton; Annie Noonan; Jessica Racine; and Rep. David Sharpe.

Stony Brook recognizes Bellows Falls' Trieber

BELLOWS FALLS >> Matthew Trieber, Class of 2002 with a BA in Earth and Space Sciences, was recently selected as a Stony Brook University "40 Under Forty" Alumni Award winner.

Trieber is a legislator in the Vermont House of Representatives and has been a Democratic state representative since 2011. He is a former member of the town of Rockingham Selectboard and an environmental consultant and founder of Atkinson Street Environmental, LLC.

The "40 Under Forty" program honors 40 of the most innovative and entrepreneurial spirited Stony Brook University alumni age forty or younger who are making significant contributions to their professions and communities. This year's honorees were recognized for their achievements in medicine, the arts, public service, business, and academia, among other fields.


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