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Student vlog: What’s it like at the new White River Valley Middle School?

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 Aug. 29 in Bethel. Grace has agreed to share her thoughts about the school year in a series of vlogs (short for video logs, or video diaries).

In her second submission, recorded this week and posted above, Grace answers the following prompt:

Some adults have wondered whether old school rivalries between South Royalton and Bethel might make it hard to get along. What is your reaction to that? How is it going as you try to get to know Bethel students? Is there anything that has made that process easier or more challenging?

You can watch Grace’s first vlog, recorded after the first day of school, along with a full Valley News report about the new school’s debut, at this link.

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.

On the first day of school on Aug. 29, 2018, finishing touches are done on the newly-formed White River Valley Middle School in Bethel. Vt. Tim Poljacik on the school maintenance crew installs the school’s new name on Aug. 29, 2018. (Valley News – Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

The first day at the new middle school in Bethel, as told by an 8th-grader

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.

p.s. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, another great place to find stories like these.

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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It’s almost time to get your blankets ready for the drive-in movies

David Tomaszewski, of #RandolphVT, right, and David Aiken, of #BethelVT, dig #holes for new supports for the Bethel Drive-In sign in Bethel, on Tuesday. Tomaszewski, who has run the drive-in theater for three years and runs the Playhouse movie theater in Randolph with his wife, convinced Aiken, a neighbor of the #drivein, to grab a #shovel and help him with the work. "I woke up this morning and said, oh (shoot), it's May 1 and opening weekend is Memorial weekend." 🔹 More staff photography at www.vnews.com/photos. 🔹 (Valley News – James M. Patterson @james.m.patterson) #uppervalley #upval #vnewsuv #vermont #driveinmovies #movies #theater #work #spring #springtime #may #neighbors #friends #sliceoflife #gettingready #sign #oldsign #📽

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Gone fishin’: Someone’s trying to hook the Bethel trout

On Sunday, Valley News staff photographer James M. Patterson noticed the hook dangling in front of the mural that was designed by Mary Lacy.

No word what kind of bait that is — one of the Upper Valley’s aggressively wiggling crazy snake worms, perhaps?

A fish hook with a worm has appeared on the trout mural on Route 107 in Bethel, Vt, Sunday, April 15, 2018. (Valley News – James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

BTW, here’s a scene from August on the @vnewsuv Instagram, when the Mary Lacy mural was getting installed!

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