News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

The Shaftsbury Elementary School will be the first Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union school to offer world language this fall, says the Bennington Banner. The school is teaming with language teacher Rosetta Stone so that students in grades three through six can choose from several languages. Rosetta Stone was selected as a cost-cutting staff measure as well as allowing children the option to learn several languages, as opposed to learning from a teacher who might only specialize in one or two. Previous language learning programs have been extremely popular, but have had to be cut because of budget constraints. The program can be accessed during the school day in a lab that would also be open prior to and after school hours. “There’s also a home component so not all sessions have to take place here at Shaftsbury school…,” says Principal James Harwood. The program will be offered next year to elementary schools throughout the supervisory union if the pilot program proves successful. Watch your language.

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About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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