School News

Fri
27
Feb

VASD: VAIS struggles to fill spots

One language program in Verona Area School District is continuing to grow, while another struggled to garner interest for next year.

Verona Area International School, a Chinese language immersion school entering its fifth year of existence, will graduate its first fifth-grade class this year, but it received only 10 kindergarten requests for 22 open spots by the Feb. 13 deadline.

Thu
26
Feb

VASD: Officials plan referendum info sessions

The Verona Area School District will hold 12 information sessions throughout March to spread the word on the April referendum.

Some are open to the public, while others are with specific groups such as the Fitchburg Chamber of Commerce and the Kiwanis Club.

Wed
25
Feb

VASD: Learning to learn

One group of students sat in a circle putting rubber bands on pegs.

Another group was putting wooden blocks together across the room. 

More students were scattered around the room on chairs or sitting on the floor with worksheets or their own iPad.

Mon
16
Feb

OSD: School district, police help solve driving issue near RCI


Photos by Scott De Laruelle. A Rome Corners Intermediate School student uses a green flag to help alert drivers that students are using the crosswalk on South Perry Parkway after school last week. The flags were added as a safety measure earlier this year after the school got several complaints about drivers not stopping for students waiting at the crosswalk. Below, students head home from school using the crosswalk.

When he looked out his window toward Rome Corners Intermediate School to watch his daughter walk home to and from school, what Robert Zimmerman saw instead was trouble.

Mon
16
Feb

OSD: School board approves teacher contracts

If getting the teachers’ contract done earlier in the year is any sign of recent progress between the school board and educators, things are looking up.

Still, board members were starkly divided on which staff should get a supplemental pay increase, shedding light on an issue some say is causing “friction” among teachers.

Mon
16
Feb

VASD: EA application deadline Feb. 20

Verona Area School District high school students have until Friday, Feb. 20 to apply for a spot at the Exploration Academy (EA). The district’s only charter high school, the academy will enter its third year next school year with 10 new open spots.

If the school gets more than 10 applications, it will hold a lottery after the deadline to determine who gets in. Those who do not get in will be put on a waiting list.

Wed
11
Feb

OSD: ‘Piece of the Peace’


Photos by Scott De Laruelle. Prairie View Elementary School fourth-grader and “POP Patrol” member Belinda Akale helps Callum Burkholder at the lunch line last week.

Elementary school can be a tough transition for kindergartners not used to being in a big building all day with four grades of students older than them. 

But under a new program at Prairie View Elementary School, a group of fourth-graders is helping younger students get around the hallways and lunchrooms while learning some valuable lessons about mentoring at the same time.

Tue
10
Feb

VASD: School choice deadline Feb. 13

Verona Area School District parents have until Friday, Feb. 13, to choose a charter school.

That’s the deadline for submitting the application for one of the district’s three elementary charter schools or its charter middle school. Parents have the option to choose Core Knowledge Charter School, New Century School or Verona Area International School. 

Tue
10
Feb

VASD: Lab says enrollment will keep rising

Having more than 100 fewer students than predicted this year created some questions around the Verona Area School District.

Considering the upcoming April referendum to buy land is for building schools to house continued projected growth, the drop this year seemed conspicuous.

Tue
10
Feb

VASD: Devices trump innovation grants

Over the past three years, the Verona Area School District has steadily increased the money it has put toward “Innovation Grants.” 

This year, the board’s call for proposals was absent in the fall, and superintendent Dean Gorrell confirmed the grants will not go out this year.

But it’s not because of the dip in open enrollment funds or any other cuts. 

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