Students Self-Design Education

Mr. Chandlee Crawford

High schools across Vermont are removing teachers from instructional positions to enable students to create their own course. The curriculum? Whatever they want it to be; self-directed learning classrooms are designed to allow students to choose their own path of study. In this model, teachers become facilitators to help students structure their projects and set realistic goals to produce tangible results.

These classrooms allow students to learn subjects or experiences that their schools do not offer. Students choose to pursue internships, language classes, studying a specific historical period, learning a new instrument; the possibilities are vast.

CVU has implemented its own self directed learning environment with Nexus.


Peter Booth and Troy Paradee are two of the four teachers in the program. “Our mission statement is to provide a space and support for students to pursue interests that are not already available in our curriculum,” says Paradee.

Booth explains the other factor that started the program. “Part of the idea is to – as a school – recognize that kids do lots of [learning outside of school] where they learn stuff unrelated to school. Why can’t the school say, ‘Hey, look at this thing this kid did,’ and give them credit?” Nexus bridges the gap between student interests (outside of school) and students’ academic world.

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The Eric Epidemic: A Look Into CVU’s Latest Fad

Ms. Elyse Martin-Smith

Kindhearted CVU junior Eric Couture has become an icon at CVU seemingly overnight during the beginning of 2019, but for a surprising reason. Small images of Couture have been placed in nooks and crannies around the school. Thanks to CVU junior Noel Bedard and some friends, it has been estimated that over 2,281 photos of Couture have been hidden around classrooms, bathrooms, and more.

The photo of Eric spotted outside of room 164, courtesy of Elyse Martin-Smith.

The photo of Eric spotted outside of room 164, courtesy of Elyse Martin-Smith.

In the beginning, the photo had started as a fun and accidental discovery between friends. They had no idea how much it would catch on in the CVU community. “Initially, our mutual friend, Avery Murray-Gurney, began messing around with the zoom on her phone camera and accidently took the photo. The photo itself was never even meant to exist,” said Noel Bedard.

“She found it inherently amusing due to Eric’s expression and therefore printed out about five of them and hid them around the school.” Bedard then asked for a copy of the photo. “Basically, I had to take it to another level.” With the help of some friends, more and more photos were placed around the school, slowly gaining more attention and positive recognition. What began as a few innocent photos quickly multiplied exponentially into a whopping multi-thousand picture operation, fueled by delightfully entertained onlookers.

Bedard and his comrades were inspired by a very dedicated and fun outlook on life. “My friend Calvin and I, Calvin being a discordian, a discordian basically being a religion devoted to pranking other people,” interested them in this daunting but epic pranking task.

The first “batch” of Erics were created on Monday, January 7th using CVU’s own library printer. Each batch consisted of 24 Erics, with merely five sheets racking up 120 Eric photos. As increasingly positive reactions emerged, so did the number of batches. The printing process became algorithmic, calculated considering defective Erics to total about 2,281 photos, which does not even include the amount that Calvin or others printed independently. The photos were meticulously and tediously hand cut before they moved onto the more fun stage of being hidden around the school.

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Kids flip out on new trend: water bottle tossing

Mr. George Lomas

Yet another trend has spread across the country thanks to a high school student named Michael Senator, AKA The Water Bottle Flipping Kid. Water bottle flipping was first started when Senator was involved in his school’s talent show. Usually in a talent show people sing, dance, or perform some other impressive art or talent. Senator decided to do something a little different. His act began with an empty stage except for a single, small table sitting front and center on the stage. Senator came out from the side of the stage walking in a funky ice skating manner with the water bottle in his right hand. He had intense music in the background building throughout his performance. Senator was able to time it so that when he flipped the bottle, the landing of it was at the exact same time as the “drop” of the music. Of course, Senator nailed the landing and everybody in the crowd went absolutely insane. The cameraman starts uncontrollably flailing the camera everywhere, but you can still just make out Senator casually walking off the stage as if nothing had ever happened.


Image courtesy of Vox


Water bottle flipping is an incredible art. The fact that such a simple trick can make a crowd go absolutely berserk and give the person doing it such an incredible feeling of accomplishment shows just how amazing bottle flipping really is.

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IT snaps out of it, unblocks popular app

Mr. Kyle Gorman

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Over the past two decades there have been numerous fads, in the world of fashion, in the world of sports, and most substantially, the world of technology. One trend that is seemingly here to stay is Snapchat.

Snapchat is a messaging software, that requires one to take a picture of themselves or something else, and put text on it. That is just the very basis of the app, Snapchat now has magazines within the app that users can flip, through and 3D filters that can be pasted on to you and even your friends faces.

Snapchat has become a staple in the technology world thus far, especially with the youth. Even in school this app seems to take priority in the minds of students of Champlain Valley Union High School.

As I myself, am an avid “snapper” and student at CVUHS, I wanted to investigate the hard facts behind snapchat use. I sat down with 50 of my peers, with at least ten members of each class and asked them questions about their use of the app, their results may come as a shock to some of the older crowd, but I’m sure millennials will understand.

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