Nick Ritchie Graduates from Arlington High School

T’is the Season! Graduation!

Tutorial Center students are graduating throughout the region! Here are a few that we’ve captured so far. Congratulations to all of you for all the hard work and persistence – it was our honor to help you in this important step along your path.

Eaden Ryan graduates and is bound for the Vermont State Trooper Academy

Eaden Ryan achieved his LiHigh School Diploma through The Tutorial Center, Inc.

Laurie Lonergan Graduates from Arlington Memorial High School

Laurie Lonergan Graduates from Arlington High School

Nick Ritchie Graduates from Arlington Memorial High School

Nick Ritchie Graduates from Arlington High School


Student Film: Winter Wreaths

In her first video project Abby, a student at our Bennington learning center, brings you along on a class excursion to The Tutorial Center at Smokey House where they got a hands-on, start-to-finish lesson in making festive evergreen wreaths.

After the event Abby used photographs, video, and voice-over narration to put together this great movie about the experience.

You do what?

People are always asking what we do here at The Tutorial Center. The answer’s hard to put into words; it’s easier to visualize. Here’s what you might find happening on any given day at any of our three locations. How can we help you?
Tutorial Center Sampling of Services

Making Ice Cream

Best Served Cold: Science in Manchester

science experiment produces ice creamScience instructor Peter Duveen and Tutorial Center enrichment students Ema and Alex learn how to make the best use of dirty snow – use it to make ice cream!

The ice cream experiment

Making Ice Cream

Highlights from Our First Quarter

Here it is – November already!  With the garden finished for the season, we can look back at the first quarter and a wide range of educational activities.  Here’s a sample of what we did in September and October:

IMG_0593The on-going theme of our program is food – where it comes from, how we grow it, how we use it, and how it affects us.  In the garden we continued to monitor, harvest and use the vegetables we planted in the spring and summer.  As the weather cooled, we pulled and composted spent vines and greens, although the warm autumn kept our peppers, tomatoes and basil growing well into October, and we pulled the last carrots in November.

IMG_0656In the kitchen, we put our produce to work, making:  salsa, fresh tomato sauce, “caprese” salad, cider, applesauce, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, and stuffed mini-pumpkins. We also dried herbs and peppers for future use.  How we use the food is important, so we make time for the study of nutrition

IMG_6890We visited and toured four local farms to learn more about the joys and challenges of agriculture.  Putting our knowledge into practice, we have picked rocks, collected hornworms, harvested apples, and scythed weeds.  We also sold our produce at the Manchester farmers’ market, putting basic economics to the test.

Another on-going theme at Smokey House is our relationship with our environment and its ecosystems.  This quarter we worked on foundational understandings.  With a focus on botany, we explored the woods, worked on leaf, wildflower and tree identification, and learned about invasive species.  Our on-going woodcraft project involves making coat hangers out of invasive bush honeysuckle – a win-win project!IMG_7114

As always, we continue to write every day, regularly using photography and blog posts to communicate.  Overall, we are active, physically and mentally – learning by doing, reflecting, and doing even more.