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Class of ’14 Conserves Resources, One Bottle at a Time

It was one of those opportunities that teachers live for: the teachable moment. Last fall, when Mrs. Garcia-Tripp’s Environmental Science class watched a documentary about the issue of plastic waste in the oceans, something resonated with them.  They looked around the school at all of the plastic water bottles that contributed to that waste, and they decided to take action. Their goal was to eliminate plastic water bottles from the school. Members of the class presented their concerns to the Region One Board of Education and they applied for a grant from the 21st Century Fund to underwrite the cost of several bottle filling stations to be located around the school. Over Spring Vacation, maintenance staff installed the first of these fountains near the gym, and the digital counter on the unit indicates that it has already saved nearly 100 bottles from the landfill. There are plans to install other fountains around the school in the weeks to come, and the school store has pitched in by selling reusable water bottles to support the class’s efforts. Congratulations to the class on not only leaving these fountains behind for future classes, but for NOT leaving more bottles behind in our landfills.

Mark Your Calendars

Graduation Date Set for Class of 2014

In a couple of months, we will bid farewell to Housatonic Valley’s 75th graduating class, the Class of 2014. Commencement will take place on Thursday, June 19 at 6:30 PM, with the Senior Awards Ceremonies taking place on Wednesday. Families of graduating seniors will be contacted directly with more detail as the date approaches.

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Interested in Art Programs, but Concerned about Cost?

The Arts Fund for Region One wants to help!

The Arts Fund for Region One is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing arts related experiences for all students in Region One. To date, the Arts Fund has granted more than $ 50,000 in scholarship assistance to Region One students pursuing interests in the arts.

The Arts Fund does not offer classes for students. It provides funding for students to attend classes of their choice. Students are free to choose programs in and outside the region that pertain to their interests. In the past the Arts Fund has provided funding for students to attend programs and workshops in dance, drama, music, art, photography and writing. Some programs students have attended in the past are:

  • The Center for Creative Youth at Wesleyan University
  • Performance Plus
  • The Youtheatre Camp of TriArts in Sharon
  • Falls Village Children’s Theatre
  • The Litchfield Jazz and Performing Arts Center
  • Buck’s Rock Camp
  • The Digipen 3-D Animation Workshop
  •  Berklee Music School
  • Stage Door Manor House
  • Grumbling Gryphons
  • Barrington Stage
  • National Guitar Workshop
  • The Pre College Summer Institute
  • The American Dance Festival at Duke University
  • Hartford Art School
  •  The Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts
  • Arts in Motion
  • Red Barn Art Program
  • Creative Kidz
  • Kent School Writing Program
  • Individual music and voice lessons

If you are interested in applying for an Arts Fund Scholarships please visit to fill out an application. Questions may be directed to Emily Bronson (Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation) at 413-229-0370 or Linda Peppe at or at 860-824-5774.

The application deadline is May 1, 2014.

Spring Edition of Counselor Connection Available Online

Curious about college? The Spring 2014 edition of the Counselor Connection has the list of our recent college acceptances, as well as information about applying to college and a school profile. It’s never too early to start thinking about the next step! Click here to download the newsletter.