At a brief meeting Monday night the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) school committee accepted with appreciation and regret retirement letters from four longtime teachers, effective at the end of the school year. Superintendent of Schools James Weiss noted that between them, the group has more than 100 years of experience. The retirees include art, design, and technology department chairman Paul Brissette, 33 years; English teacher Keith Dodge, 26 years; art teacher Janice Frame, 28 years; business teacher W. Leo Frame Jr., 23 years.
In other news, Mr. Weiss announced that the Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation awarded a grant for $8,500 to the superintendent’s discretionary fund, which has been used in the past for continuing education for teachers. In expressing his appreciation, Mr. Weiss noted that, “In the last eight years, we have received about $50,000 from this grant alone.”
He also gave the school committee members a list of 44 students who are winners of the 2012 John and Abigail Adams Scholarship, the state’s largest merit-based scholarship program.
Seniors Maddie Webster and Jackson Koorse provided a student report on the school’s recent activities. Next month juniors Mary Ollen and Jesse Herman will take over their duties.
The meeting’s first student spotlight for the new school year featured junior Isabel Smith. In addition to being a high honors student, Isabel’s impressive list of accomplishments include winning first place in the high school’s 2012 science fair in chemistry and a gold key for her photography in the 2011 Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards.
Principal Steve Nixon reported that MVRHS students outpaced state averages on the 2012 Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) English, math, and science exams. Also, the school achieved the top designation of Level 1 for meeting goals in narrowing proficiency gaps.
Mr. Nixon said the school’s recent Back-to-School night was one of the best attended, with several hundred parents there. Parent-teacher conferences will take place on October 22-26 and can be booked online on the school’s website.
The school committee’s next meeting, on November 5 at 7 pm in the library conference room, will be preceded by a budget subcommittee meeting at 6 pm.