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White River Valley Middle School seventh-graders Sauntie White, left, and Tanner Drury ask prepared questions as they get to know each other in Holly Williams’ science class in Bethel, Vt., on Aug. 31, 2018. Paisley Irish speaks with Williams in the background on the first day of school. The students are all from Bethel. (Valley News – Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Not too long ago, student Grace Collins, 13, expected that she would attend South Royalton School through the end of her public schooling. But because of the merger, the South Royalton resident started eighth grade on Wednesday in Bethel. Grace has agreed to share her thoughts about the school year in a series of vlogs. In this submission, recorded on Wednesday, she answers the question, “What is your reaction to the first day of school, and what is different, challenging or exciting?”

This vlog first appeared in our Sunday Valley News story about the school’s first week. If you are a White River Valley Middle School student, or know of a student, who might like to record vlogs during the first few months of school, please email me at mcassidy@vnews.com.

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White River Valley Middle School teachers Shannon Bonsignore and Andy West usher sixth-grader Sonny Snelling, of Bethel, #VT, into Bonsignore’s morning music class after Snelling and his classmates were misdirected between classes on the first day of school last week. South Royalton and Bethel students are attending the merged middle school in Bethel for the first time this school year following an #Act46 merger. 🔸 Full story — in words, photos and a student vlog — at www.vnews.com/instagram. Link in profile. 🔸 (Valley News – Jennifer Hauck @hauck45) #uppervalley #upval #vnewsuv #vermont #VTed #firstdayofschool #summersover #middleschool #school #class #learning #education #hallway #new #802 #bethelvt #royaltonvt #soro

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