Education Briefs

Saturday April 6, 2013

Open house week
at Montessori School

SAXTONS RIVER -- The Saxtons River Montessori School will hold a week long open house from April 22 through 26 for families interested in applying for the 2013/2014 school year. Open house visits may be scheduled by calling the school for an observation appointment.

The school was established in 1991 with the goal of providing a quality preschool and kindergarten education for children ages 3 to 6 using the Montessori Method. The experienced teachers at the school believe that young children learn best by following their own innate curiosity and by performing a task themselves. Classrooms offers hands-on projects, which encourage independence, creativity, and exploration.

The Saxtons River Montessori School is non-profit parent co-operative partnering with several area school districts to provide quality publicly funded pre-kindergarten education. For further information, visit To schedule an observation, call Nan Mann, Head of School, at 802-869-3349 or e-mail at

Walpole Village School activities

WALPOLE, N.H. -- The 8th Annual Benefit Auction will be held on Friday, April 19, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Walpole Town Hall. The cost of admission is $10 per person which will include appetizers and dancing to the band Third Rail. Over 100 silent auction items will be offered. For information, to donate items or buy tickets, call 603-756-4246. All proceeds raised will benefit the Walpole Village School.

A Kids Night Out is planned for Friday, April 19, from 5:45 to 9 p.m. at the Walpole Village School. The cost of $20 per child will include pizza, a movie, games and fun for the children while their parents are at the auction. Call 603-756-4246 for information or to sign your child up. All proceeds raised will benefit the school.

April Vacation Camp will be held at the Walpole Village School from April 22 to 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. The cost is $175 for the week or $40 per day. A fun-filled week of inside and outside adventure is planned with projects, trips around town, games, and activities. To sign up or for further information, call 603-756-4246.

A Spring Craft Fair and Mommy Garage Sale will be held on Saturday, April 27, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Walpole Town Hall. Anyone interested in setting up a table for the craft fair is asked to contact Annette at or for the garage sale contact Andrea at The cost is $35 per table space. For further information, call the school at 603-756-4246.

AAUW Scholarship
deadline is April 29

BRATTLEBORO -- The Brattleboro Branch, American Association of University Women (AAUW) is once again offering college scholarships of up to $1,000 each to qualified female candidates who are legal residents of Windham County.

One of the scholarships is being given in memory of the late Jane Baker, a 50-year member of AAUW.

Both graduating high school girls and mature women continuing their higher education are eligible and encouraged to apply. Applicants will be judged on academic performance, extra-curricular activities, community involvement, and financial need.

Senior students from area high schools, preparatory schools, and home schools, who are legal residents of Windham County, may apply. They must be enrolling in and accepted for full time study in two-year or four-year program for 2013-14.

Mature women, 25 years or older, who have successfully completed their first year of an accredited two-year or four-year degree program and are continuing their studies part- or full-time in the fall are encouraged to apply.

Guidance counselors in area high schools and preparatory schools have application forms. Mature women may obtain applications from area college financial aid offices. Further information is also available from the AAUW Scholarship Committee, c/o Gillian Winner at

Applications must be received on or before Monday, April 29 (postmarked April 27) and should be submitted to AAUW Scholarship Committee, c/o Chairwoman Gillian Winner, P.O. Box 212, Newfane, VT 05345.

The annual scholarships are made possible by profits from the annual AAUW Book Sale.

Landmark College to host
Capacity Building Institute

PUTNEY -- Landmark College will serve as host for the first Capacity Building Institute, which will bring together post-secondary faculty from the computer science and engineering fields, disability service providers, and instructional technology personnel from around the country. They will be discussing ways to increase the number of students with disabilities successfully pursuing higher education degrees and careers in the computing fields.

With interest in the conference building, the program has expanded to include K-12 and post-secondary educators, especially from computer science and engineering; disability service providers; resource room teachers; and instructional technology personnel such as library/multimedia resource staff, web designers, web masters, and education technologists.

Sheryl Burgstahler and Richard Ladner will serve as keynote speakers at the event, scheduled for April 8 and 9. They are internationally recognized for their work as co-directors of the Alliance for Access to Computing Careers (AccessComputing) at the University of Washington, which serves to increase the participation of individuals with disabilities in computing fields.

Dr. Manju Banerjee, vice president and director of the Landmark College Institute for Research and Training, will give presentations on the best practices for students with learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and autism spectrum disorder.

Union Institute & University
to host information session

BRATTLEBORO -- Union Institute & University will host "The Challenges and Benefits of Returning to College as an Adult," an information session and discussion led by Ben Mitchell. The event will be held Wednesday, April 17, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Brattleboro Academic Center, 3 University Way in Brattleboro.

Mitchell will talk about the B.A. program and discuss how adult students can balance a busy lifestyle while earning a degree in liberal studies. Mitchell is a Union Institute & University faculty member who has also taught at Landmark College and Smith College.

Admissions staff will be available to answer questions about the B.A. program concentrations, including Arts, Writing and Literature; Education; Environmental Studies and Sustainability; Global Studies, History and Culture; Psychology and Human Development; and a Self-Designed option.

Participants will also learn more about how to pursue teacher licensure as a student in the Brattleboro B.A. Weekend program. UI&U offers a generous transfer policy, which includes pathways to earning credit through work and life experience. Financial aid options will be discussed. Pizza and beverages will be available to registered participants.

For more information about the Brattleboro B.A. program or to register for this event, contact Paul Moberly at 802-257-9411 ext. 8900 or


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