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Third-grade students (from left) Amelia Kilmister, Madison Cummings and Audrey Thurston collaborate on an illustration during a workshop with author and illustrator Marty Kelley on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014.

(SUSAN DOUCET / Monitor staff)

New Hampshire author and illustrator is the artist-in-residence at Gilmanton School

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Standing in front of a class of eighth-grade students yesterday morning, Marty Kelley asked if they wanted to first hear the good news or the bad news. “The bad news is you’re going to work really hard this morning. The good news is I’m not,” he said. Kelley, an author and illustrator, is the artist-in-residence at Gilmanton School this week. …

Study: Massachusetts schools punish more minorites

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Massachusetts public schools punish a disproportionately high number of minorities and students with disabilities with out-of-school suspensions, putting them at higher risk of dropping out or getting in trouble with the law, according to a civil rights group. About two-thirds of those suspensions are for minor infractions, including nonviolent, noncriminal and nondrug offenses, according to the report released Tuesday by the Lawyers’ Committee …

Three Rivers School in Pembroke seeks input for playground

Monday, November 17, 2014

Pembroke’s Three Rivers School is seeking public input on a proposal to revamp its playground, Principal Jon Marston said. Parents and the public are invited to attend a meeting at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow in the school’s library. Marston said the playground currently “doesn’t exist.” “We have a couple basketball hoops and tar,” he said. Marston said there’s space available at the school, and …

Program gives support, guidance to New Hampshire college applicants

Monday, November 17, 2014

Concord High School senior Irene Ireme grabbed the confirmation letter off the printer and flashed a wide smile. She had just applied to the University of Connecticut. By day’s end, Ireme expected to submit applications to Keene State …

Bachelor’s students studying at NHTI for superior technology

Sunday, November 16, 2014

When a group of former NHTI students moved on to the University of New Hampshire in Manchester to pursue bachelor’s degrees, they didn’t expect to be coming back to their old community college for its technology. But that’s …

More positions being cut at NHTI

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Slumping revenue and increased expenses prompted NHTI to cut additional full-time positions yesterday, just as the community college system asked the state to add an additional $3 million to next year’s budget. The Concord community college announced it cut five full-time positions and one part-time position. The school …

New director to start at UNH Cooperative Extension

Friday, November 14, 2014

The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension is getting a new leader. Kenneth La Valley has been selected to be the next dean and director as of Dec. 1. La Valley joined the cooperative extension and NH Sea Grant in 2004. He received the UNH Presidential Award of …

College prices continue to creep up

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Time to stock up on the ramen noodles. The average cost of attending college crept up again this year, the College Board said yesterday. The average sticker price, with room and board included, for undergraduate students attending a four-year college or university in their home state was $18,943. …

Concord School Board meeting takeaway: Homework still counts

Thursday, November 13, 2014

A misconception was clarified at last night’s Concord School Board instructional committee meeting: Homework still counts. Members of the administration answered school board members’ questions and presented an update on grading and competencies to the committee, including changes that were implemented this academic year. School board member Oliver …

Mass. school demonstrates ‘active shooter’ system

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

With students off for the Veterans Day holiday, a simulated school shooting at Methuen, Mass., grammar school yesterday showed what “active shooter” technology could do to help the police catch a gunman if the horrible threat ever strikes …

Pembroke Academy junior to attend future medical leaders conference

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

When Melissa Allen finished her PSATs, the Pembroke Academy junior filled out a questionnaire at the end asking what she was planning to study in college. She wrote genetics, since that was her favorite segment of her favorite class last year. Because of her score on the standardized …

Christa McAuliffe students ‘pay it forward’ through the Comet Kindness Campaign

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Over the past two weeks, students at Christa McAuliffe School have been writing notes with positive messages to send to their friends, family and teachers. The notes, the center of the “Comet Kindness Campaign,” include messages that read …

Parents go back to school for Common Core math

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Jennifer Craig stared at her daughter’s fifth-grade math homework. It was a three-digit multiplication problem, and it seemed simple enough. But her 10-year-old was supposed to solve it by drawing a chart, breaking apart numbers, multiplying, adding and …