At NCUHS: Board won’t hire a principal

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copyright the Chronicle May 25, 2016 

by Joseph Gresser

NEWPORT — North Country Union High School will do without a principal next year. The board decided not to hire its most recent candidate, Chris Smith, after a lengthy meeting held in executive session Monday evening.

According to North Country Supervisory Union Superintendent John Castle, the board had come up with an option it could put in place if a new principal could not be found by the end of the current school year.

It calls for assistant principals Anita Mayhew and Bob Davis and Director of Special Programs Jessica Puckett to share responsibility for the day-to-day management of the school during the 2016-2017 school year, Mr. Castle said. They will assume their new roles on July 1.

Mr. Castle said he and the board members will work together before the board’s June meeting to define each administrator’s job.

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At NCUHS: Berrios offered job as principal

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copyright the Chronicle April 13, 2016

by Joseph Gresser

NEWPORT – Members of the North Country Union High School Board met Monday and interviewed the two finalists hoping to succeed Bill Rivard as the school’s principal.  Mr. Rivard will leave the school after 14 years on the job.

North Country Supervisory Union Superintendent John Castle said Tuesday evening that the board decided to offer the position to Andrew Berrios, who is currently interim principal at Smith Academy.…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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North Country band plays at Disney World

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by Elizabeth Trail

For 53 members of the North Country Union High School band, last week’s flying trip to perform at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, was an adventure they had worked toward for three years. For the 20 adult chaperones, it was a five-day challenge in planning and logistics.

For everyone, band director Bill Prue said the day after the group got back, it was exciting, exhausting, and utterly worthwhile.

This is the North Country band’s fifth trip to Orlando to participate in the Disney Performing Arts Program. Bands, vocal ensembles, and dance troupes from all over the country apply to get into the merit-based program.

The students go to a four-hour workshop one day, and then get to perform in the bandstand at Disney Springs, an area of the resort that used to be called Main Street Disney World. In between their musical obligations, they can enjoy Disney World’s other attractions.

“These kids have known since they were freshmen that they’d be going on this trip,” Mr. Prue said.

He thinks that the trip is a great motivation to keep students in the band throughout their high school careers.

Over the past three years, students have worked hard, both to make the band good enough to meet Disney’s high standards…….

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Visiting fire chief shares his experience in Lac-Megantic

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Derby Line Fire Chief Craig Ellam, left, and Rangeley, Maine, Fire Chief Tim Pellerin compare track records after Chief Pellerin’s talk on Saturday evening.  “I got you beat,” Chief Ellam said about being chief since 1983.  Chief Pellerin has been the head of his department since 1995.  Photo by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

Derby Line Fire Chief Craig Ellam, left, and Rangeley, Maine, Fire Chief Tim Pellerin compare track records after Chief Pellerin’s talk on Saturday evening. “I got you beat,” Chief Ellam said about being chief since 1983. Chief Pellerin has been the head of his department since 1995. Photo by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

copyright the Chronicle October 28, 2015

by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

DERBY LINE — Northeast International Mutual Aid hosted a talk about emergency services on Saturday, featuring guest speaker Chief Tim Pellerin of the Rangeley, Maine, fire department.

About 50 people, including civilians and firefighters from departments on both sides of the border, congregated in the North Country Union High School auditorium to hear him speak.

He talked about his experience responding to the general call for help from Lac-Megantic, Quebec, two years ago after a train carrying crude oil derailed, crashing into the town, causing multiple explosions, not to mention the deaths of 47 people.

The purpose of the talk was to provide area firefighters with his experience of a disaster of that magnitude, and the strategies that were used to cope with the accident, a one-kiloton explosion that registered on the Richter scale, and the loss of basic infrastructure like running… To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Relay for Life: Over 400 join the fight against cancer

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The American Cancer Society’s Northeast Kingdom edition of Relay for Life took place in Newport on Saturday night.  Luminarias commemorating cancer victims and survivors were placed along the track at North Country Union High School and lit at nightfall.  Photo by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

The American Cancer Society’s Northeast Kingdom edition of Relay for Life took place in Newport on Saturday night. Luminarias commemorating cancer victims and survivors were placed along the track at North Country Union High School and lit at nightfall. Photo by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

copyright the Chronicle July 1, 2015

by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

NEWPORT — The luminaria-lined track at North Country Union High School (NCUHS) was filled with people of all ages talking and laughing Saturday night as they walked to raise money to fight cancer.

Ice-filled kiddie pools at either end of the track kept water bottles cold so participants could rehydrate during their trek.

By Saturday morning 323 people had signed up for the American Cancer Society’s 12-hour Relay for Life in advance. In the evening, 89 more signed up in person, and others came to walk without signing in, or simply to buy a luminaria bag. The relay lasts all night.

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North Country graduates look to future

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Keenan Warner acknowledges his cheering section after receiving his diploma Saturday evening.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

Keenan Warner acknowledges his cheering section after receiving his diploma Saturday evening. Photo by Joseph Gresser

copyright the Chronicle June 10, 2015

by Joseph Gresser

NEWPORT — Almost 200 seniors walked across the small stage put up in the North Country Union High School gymnasium Saturday evening, June 6. Each young man and woman received the document that marked a departure from a prescribed routine and the opening of the door to the future.

As is the custom at North Country, the ceremony was brief. Only an hour passed between the opening notes of Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance,” played in a stately manner by the school band, and the last bars of the piece played at a much brisker clip to suit the pace of the departing graduates.

In between, speakers praised the class of 2015 as a generous group of students, willing to give of their time and attention for the benefit of others.

North Country Principal Bill Rivard said….To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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In girls golf: NC girls take first in Barre

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From left to right are Carley Giroux, Katie Goulet, Lindsey Brownfield, and Taylor LaBlanc, of the North Country Union High School girls golf team.  Photo courtesy of Brian Hampton

From left to right are Carley Giroux, Katie Goulet, Lindsey Brownfield, and Taylor LaBlanc, of the North Country Union High School girls golf team. Photo courtesy of Brian Hampton

The North Country Union High School girls golf team took first place at the ten-team tournament held at the Country Club of Barre. The NC girls outscored their closest competition by ten strokes at this tournament, which was their opening round of the season.

The travel team for this tournament consisted of captains Taylor LaBlanc and Katie Goulet, who was medalist, Lindsey Brownfield, and Carley Giroux who had the second best score for the team. Also on the team this year are sophomores Dehlia Wright and Alexis Domingue.

Katie said she was “a bit surprised to finally have a good day to play, and it is great to be out.” Taylor found the course challenging but “overall a good day — bad driver but my short game saved me.”

Turning in a respectable score was Lindsey Brownfield who outscored over half of the field. — submitted by NC girls golf coach Brian Hampton.

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Actors share addiction experience with high school kids

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Left to right, Shahjehan Khan, Elizabeth Addison, and Dennis Staroselsky perform the first version of the designated driving skit at North Country Union High School to raise awareness.  Mr. Staroselsky plays the drunk driver who ends up crashing his car, killing himself and his two friends. Photos by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

Left to right, Shahjehan Khan, Elizabeth Addison, and Dennis Staroselsky perform the first version of the designated driving skit at North Country Union High School to raise awareness. Mr. Staroselsky plays the drunk driver who ends up crashing his car, killing himself and his two friends. Photos by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

copyright the Chronicle April 29, 2015

by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

NEWPORT — “I couldn’t possibly have a problem because I don’t like cocaine, I just like how it smells,” is one of the edgy jokes the Improbable Players, a Boston theater troupe, used to raise awareness about drug and alcohol abuse at North Country Union High School (NCUHS) on Tuesday.

The teens attending oohed and aahed and laughed often as the troupe performed on stage in the auditorium.

The initial skits were followed by a play and a question and answer period when the students could ask the actors anything that came to mind.

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Raising Thoreau’s cabin to life

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North Country Career Center student Evan Daigle fits a tenon into a mortise on the roof of the Thoreau cabin replica.  All the logs made by the forestry students fit into the planned design, except for one.  Photos by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

North Country Career Center student Evan Daigle fits a tenon into a mortise on the roof of the Thoreau cabin replica. All the logs made by the forestry students fit into the planned design, except for one. Photos by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

copyright the Chronicle April 15, 2015 

by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

DERBY — The smell of fresh wood and the noise of tools at work greeted anyone walking into North Country Career Center’s (NCCC) woodshop class on Thursday. Students were hard at work at the Harold J. Haynes Memorial Land Lab, assembling a timber frame cabin — designed by someone who’s been dead for over 150 years.

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How to play spring sports without spring

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Lake Region Union High School boys baseball coach Eric Degre steps outside to survey the baseball field Friday.  “There's two feet of snow on the ground now,” he said.  “And we're expecting more over the weekend.”  Though Mr. Degre has reason to feel blue — the pitcher's mound can be seen just above center frame — he intends to take his team to Florida for spring break.   Photos by David Dudley

Lake Region Union High School boys baseball coach Eric Degre steps outside to survey the baseball field Friday. “There’s two feet of snow on the ground now,” he said. “And we’re expecting more over the weekend.” Though Mr. Degre has reason to feel blue — the pitcher’s mound can be seen just above center frame — he intends to take his team to Florida for spring break. Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle April 8, 2015 

by David Dudley

Each year around April 1, the weather plays its own April Fool’s prank on the Northeast Kingdom. For young athletes in the area, the first day that the temperature rises above 30 degrees engenders an irrepressible need to get outside and play.

That need is only magnified for high school athletes. The delays caused by weather such as this year’s, where winter shows every sign of hanging on, can mean less time for practice, and could give opponents in a less snowy clime a competitive edge.

Spring sports coaches have to be on top of their game to face this challenge. They have to figure out resourceful ways to practice outdoor sports while indoors.

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