DIXFIELD — The local school district has extended classes by one hour per day for five weeks to make up for winter storm cancellations. Regional School Unit 56, comprising the towns of Dixfield, Canton, Carthage and Peru, has added the hour to Dirigo Elementary School in Peru, T.W. Kelly Middle School and Dirigo High School, both in Dixfield. The longer days began this past Monday.The board of directors voted in January to extend the days so seniors at Dirigo High School could graduate on the school’s traditional date, the first Friday in June. Dirigo Elementary School Principal Charlie Swan said pupils will get more academic time, including additional STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) instruction. “These activities are things that maybe they might not have enough time to do during a regular day,” he said. “I also created a rotating ‘specials’ block where each grade will meet three times during the five weeks with our … [Read more...] about Dixfield schools add one hour to school day to make up storm days
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DIXFIELD — School principals pitched their budget requests to Regional School Unit 56 directors Tuesday night, including a junior varsity sports program, a part-time athletic director/assistant principal and more special education staff. Jason Long advocated for funding junior varsity sports at T W Kelly Dirigo Middle School, where he is principal, and Dirigo High School. The programs were cut from this year’s budget.“I feel very, very strongly that the middle school must fund J.V. sports,” Long said. “It is something the community has been very clear about wanting and it creates a fundraising cycle that is frankly untenable. “There is a right way and a wrong way to go about doing things and the right way to build athletic programs is to know you’re going to have J.V. sports, not hope you’re going to have J.V. sports,” Long said. High school Principal Lisa Twomey said she is requesting a part-time athletic director/assistant … [Read more...] about School principals present budget requests to RSU 56 board
DIXFIELD — Students and staff members at T.W. Kelly Dirigo Middle School have gathered 763 nonperishable items for their food drive that began in early November. Students from the middle school, Dirigo Elementary School and Dirigo High School all participated in the food-collection effort. The food will be divided among needy students’ families and food pantries in Dixfield, Canton, Carthage and Peru, according to Bethany Meehan-Poulin, a teacher at Dirigo Elementary School and High School and a member of the Dirigo Education Association. Some students, including seventh-grader Travis Wright, had help from parents and grandparents, who scoured their pantries to donate items for the food drive. Wright and homeroom classmates won a contest by bringing in 232 food items. River Valley Rising Director Allie Burke and staff member Melissa Harding helped guide students from the middle school’s Positive Cougar Club in their food-collection efforts. Keira Kelly, a … [Read more...] about Dixfield schools’ food drive to benefit four towns
Wyatt D. Wheeler Springfield News-Leader Published 12:19 AM EDT Sep 29, 2018 The best teams in the area lived up to their hype Friday night with some big and heart-pounding victories. Other schools proved to be on the rise while others showed they're ready to make playoff runs. Week 6 of the high school football season in the Ozarks set up what should be a thrilling last three weeks of the regular season. Here are some hot takes from the sixth week of the high school football season in the Ozarks. West Plains should finish the regular season undefeated With the Zizzers up 36-8 with less than a minute left in the first half, West Plains head coach Steve Ary thought his team was in need of a big play. The coach called a play his team had only practiced once or twice during the week but in the end, it was run to perfection. West Plains had the ball at their own 27. Connor Rackley dropped back to pass and hit Garrett Warren about 15 yards down the … [Read more...] about High school football: Missouri Ozarks Week 6 scores and takeaways
Jen Todd The Tennessean Published 1:33 p.m. UTC Jun 7, 2018 When artist Cheryl Jenkins comes to town, she paints another business' window. On a drive through Gallatin, it's hard to miss her bright and colorful work. Snoopy, Nashville Predators mascot Gnash and even Gallatin's own popular dog Toby have taken over dozens of windows in the city, and she's splattered her work in Goodlettsville, Hendersonville, Lebanon, Madison, Crossville and Carthage. "So far, I've never had anybody not like what I've done," said Jenkins, whose business is Artistic Touch by Cheryl. How it all began The Lime Deli, Derryberry's Heat & Air, The Secret Garden and Gallatin Title Loans are some of the businesses displaying her creations. "I love cartoons and animation," Jenkins said. ►More: Gallatin youth are turning the city's recycling bin into a Monet painting ►More: Derryberry's Heat and Air awarded for beautification in Gallatin … [Read more...] about This artist is beautifying Middle Tennessee’s businesses, one window at a time.