Education Briefs3/5/09

March 5, 2009

Lockdown threat passes

Nearly a month after Williston Central School locked down over a potential threat to a student, school officials said the threat has passed. District Principal Walter Nardelli e-mailed parents last week, saying, “The person that has been of interest to us has been located. Therefore he is no longer a potential threat to a student at the Williston Central School.”

When questioned further by the Observer, neither Nardelli nor Williston Police would divulge more information about how the threat was resolved.

On Feb. 4, Williston Central entered lockdown as a precaution for the student. Students were kept inside during recess and the front entrance was locked. The school took other precautions

in the weeks following, but Nardelli said the school is now functioning normally.

Center for Technology offers job search assistance

The Center for Technology in Essex hopes to make it easier for people to find jobs in the Champlain Valley. Instructors and students at the school will soon help people build better resumes and search for jobs via the Internet. The school also offers childcare services, haircuts and auto maintenance to those looking for jobs. The complimentary services will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis on Mondays and Wednesdays between March 16 and April 10. For more information, call Cari Papp at 872-0201.

Local teachers offer SAT help

Students looking for help on the SATs can sign up for SAT Boot Camp. The four-hour workshop gives an in-depth look at each of the three SAT sections — math, critical reading and writing. Champlain Valley Union High School math teacher Karen Needler and local author Lauren Starkey teach the strategies needed to successfully approach the test and become familiar with the questions. The boot camps will be held on March 7 at South Burlington High School, and on April 4 at Essex High School. To register, visit

CSSU requests parent input

Chittenden South Supervisory Union is looking for parent input for the Everyday Math Program. The purpose of the program’s review is to provide educators and the community an opportunity to evaluate the effectiveness of the mathematics program and its impact on students. Visit the district’s Web site,, and click on the link to the EDM Parent Survey to fill out an online survey. Findings will be reported this month.

Credit union accepting applications for scholarships

New England Federal Credit Union is accepting applications for its 2009 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Scholarships. Three scholarships of $3,000 each will be awarded. To qualify, applicants must be New England Federal Credit Union members studying biological, physical, mathematical, computer or information sciences. Also included are geosciences, engineering and technology. Applications will be accepted through April 30. For more information, call 879-8790 or visit