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Friday December 14, 2012

Guest teachers to teach Irish

BRATTLEBORO - Johnny Lee Conroy (Irish name: Seáinín Mac Conraoi) is planning an entry-level class that would meet weekly with a balanced examination of grammar, vocabulary and Irish conversation, using a mixture of written and on-line resources with guest teachers from time to time. Conroy hopes to begin the classes in January, depending on enrollment. For more information, call 802-254-4609 or e-mail

Hinsdale educators attend evaluation workshop

HINSDALE, N.H. -- Joseph Boggio, Vice Principal of Hinsdale High School; Theresa Davis, teacher of the Hinsdale Alternative Reinforcement Program; and William Wahlstrom, teacher of Social Studies, attended a Self-Study Seminar on Tuesday, May 8, at Springfield, Mass., Central High School.

Sponsored by the Committee on Public Secondary Schools of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the Self-Study Seminar is designed to orient principals and steering committee members of schools scheduled for evaluations in November 2014 about the evaluation process and the critical components of the Standards for Accreditation.

The Hinsdale High School is seeking community members and parents to volunteer to be a part of the accreditation process by serving on one of the seven standards committees. This would entail up to four hours a month working as a member of a committee to assess the school’s adherence to the standards. If you are interested, please send a letter of intent via email to the Steering Committee Co-Chairs, Theresa Davis and William Wahlstrom,, or you can mail a letter of intent to one of the above named persons at Hinsdale High School 49 School Street, Hinsdale, NH 03451. Howell speaks at BFUHS

BELLOWS FALLS - When Sarah Howell was a student, she was teased and bullied because of a disability she was born with. As she retold her story to students at the Bellows Falls Union High School, she recalled how she felt then and how writing her book helped with the healing process. Her book, Ringo’s Gift was chosen for the 2012 Literary Kick Off at the high school. Students, faculty, and administration were given a copy of the book to read over the summer and the author was invited in to discuss to culminate the Literary Kick-off event. The book describes the life of Howell who was born with cerebral palsy. It takes you through the trials and tribulations of school years in private boarding schools and the harsh environments she endured. She tells how her horse Ringo, whom the book is titled after, changed her life and helped her discover who she was. He was her loyal companion for 30 years. Howell gave students an opportunity to discuss parts of the book they thought were particularly interesting. Several students asked her about bullying and teasing she put up with and related back to experiences they have had. One student told her that her book gave her the courage to peruse her dreams and believe in herself. Students also asked Howell if she would ever get another horse, she said she would never be able to replace Ringo and that it would be difficult for her at this point in her life.

This is the third year the Bellows Falls Union High School has hosted authors to come to the high school during the Literary Kick Off. Every year, the entire school community reads the same book, which is then incorporated into curriculum in their classes. When the author comes to discuss the book with the student body, it enables students to understand the story in a deeper more meaningful way. Howell spoke to students after the event and autographed copies of her book.

New VP and new director of athletics at Landmark

PUTNEY -- Chelsea Gwyther has joined the College as Vice President of Institutional Advancement. With more than 16 years of development experience, Gwyther has directed annual giving campaigns, grant development, planned giving programs and capital campaigns, stewarded funding from individuals, government agencies, foundations and corporations.

Prior to joining Landmark College, Gwyther served as President of the Connecticut River Watershed Council, where she was responsible for building membership support, directing a capital campaign to build a water quality monitoring laboratory, and overseeing the funding of several multi-agency dam restoration and removal projects across four states. Gwyther has also been Executive Director for national and regional organizations.

Gwyther is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and an Advisory Board Member for the River of Words in the Connecticut River Watershed, a literacy and arts program for children. She has served as a board member for EarthShare New England and on the Executive Committee of the Friends of the Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge.

Gwyther holds a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from Prescott College in Prescott, Arizona. As the parent of a child with unique educational needs, Gwyther is deeply committed to Landmark College’s mission and understands how vital the right learning environment is for students who learn differently. She lives with her husband and two children in Pelham, Massachusetts.

Matthew Volitis has accepted the position of Director of Athletics, Fitness and Recreation. Volitis has ten years of experience in the field of athletics and recreation. With experience ranging from higher education fitness and recreation, to physical education and ropes course instruction, to serving as Sports Director for the YMCA, his knowledge will be a valuable asset to the College’s vibrant, and growing list of athletic and recreational programs. It will also be an integral component in supporting the ‘healthy body, healthy mind’ mission of the Athletic Department and the College’s ongoing wellness initiatives.

Volitis has played a key role in the formation of various teams and clubs throughout his career, including being the recipient of a grant from the NFL to initiate a youth football league. While at Plymouth State University, Volitis was a recipient of the Conning Tower Award for his outstanding service and dedication to students and campus life.

Athletics and recreation are not only a career path, but a way of life for Volitis. He has been snowboarding for over twenty years, and is passionate about fish’ing, mountain biking, wildlife observation, and kayaking. An avid hiker, Volitis has climbed all forty-eight four thousand foot mountains in New Hampshire and many others throughout the country.

For more information about Landmark College, visit or contact Jill Hart at 802-387-7221 or via email at

Training programs
in Brattleboro

BRATTLEBORO - The Windham Regional Career Center at Brattleboro Union High School has announced its Community Education and Training Programs. Betsy Gentile, Workforce Development Manager and Adult Education Coordinator has developed 13 community education and training programs to meet the needs of area employers and their employees as well as providing personal and professional enrichment opportunities for all community members.

Courses offered this semester include: American Red Cross LNA program; ServSafe Certification Training; Introduction to Basic Welding; 70E Electrical Training; Confined Space Entry Training; Introduction to Computer Applications; Beyond Introduction to Computer Applications; Introduction to Microsoft Excel; Introduction to PowerPoint; Creating a Google Website; Advanced Google Web Sites; Beginning French; and Tile Table Construction.

The Career Center also offers over 300 on-line courses available throughout the year. For more information visit the website or call 802-451-3965 to receive detailed information on all the courses and a registration form. Class sizes are limited so early registration is suggested.


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