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Artist Segun Olorunfemi visited Henniker Community School on Dec. 18 and 19 as the school's artist-in-residence. Olorunfemi, a native of Nigeria, worked with sixth-grade students on printmaking projects.

(SUSAN DOUCET / Monitor staff)

As part of artist-in-residence program, Henniker students learn about African culture

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Social studies teacher Beth Spaulding is teaching the sixth-grade students at Henniker Community School about Africa this year, beginning with ancient kingdoms and working through to modern history. Enforcing the cultural piece of the curriculum is artist-in-residence Segun Olorunfemi, a Nigerian printmaker who worked with the students Thursday and Friday. “That’s the first thing I know they walk away with,” said Olorunfemi of the cultural experience. Each year, the school invites an artist-in-residence to work with the sixth grade, varying the artists depending on the focus of the social studies department’s five-year rotating curriculum on Africa, South America, Japan, China and India. “This is their …

New Hampshire moves to ease distance learning

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

New Hampshire is joining a national effort to make education more accessible to college students across state lines. The New England Board of Higher Education recently voted to make New Hampshire the first state in New England and the 18th nationally to join the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement, which is aimed at making it easier for students to take online courses offered by …

Kearsarge Regional Elementary School students propose mastodon as official N.H. fossil

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The fourth-graders at Kearsarge Regional Elementary School in Bradford are preparing for a busy winter. The class is mapping out meetings with legislative committee chairs, penning letters to lawmakers and scheduling testimony at State House hearings, all in the name of the mastodon. The mammal, similar in appearance to an elephant, walked the …

Weare School Board approves creation of upper elementary school for next fall

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Fourth-grade students in Weare will attend class in a newly created upper elementary school at Weare Middle School beginning next academic year. The Weare School Board voted Tuesday night to create this upper elementary school – “a school within a school” – moving the highest grade level from …

In Epsom, unexpected special ed costs disrupt school’s budget

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Surprised by significant, unbudgeted special education expenses, Epsom Central School has frozen all unnecessary spending and is preparing a budget for next year that represents a nearly $700,000 increase, yet still continues many of the austerity measures. SAU 53 Business Administrator Peter Aubrey said he realized in October …

With new schedules, one Concord elementary school cut too much into lunch

Sunday, December 14, 2014

In an effort to streamline the school day, one Concord elementary school may have become too lean with the amount of time it gives students to eat their lunches. The school district paid a consultant $5,000 to recommend …

Sex assaults heighten college admissions fears as deadline looms

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Michelle Casey, a high school senior applying to college, is steering clear of party schools, which she said she fears will put her at higher risk for sexual assault. So, Casey, 17, is passing up the flagship University of Massachusetts campus in Amherst after reading online about its …

USNH moving its administrative offices to Concord early next year

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The University System of New Hampshire will move its administrative offices from Lee to Concord early next year in an effort it says will improve efficiency and consolidate. The university system’s administration, which includes the chancellor’s office, human …

Students want exam delays amid Brown, Garner cases

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Minority students at three prestigious law schools say they want to delay final exams because they’ve been busy protesting grand jury decisions in the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of white police officers in New York City and Ferguson, Mo., and haven’t had time to …

Concord superintendent search committee holds community input session

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The recently formed superintendent search committee held a community input session last night that was aimed at giving Concord residents the chance to express their expectations for the search and the next superintendent. “I think we’ll represent this community very well,” said Clint Cogswell, president of the Concord …

Has homework lost its value in education?

Sunday, December 7, 2014

When Concord High School changed its homework policy this fall, some students changed their opinions about their assignments. “I did absolutely no homework,” said sophomore Andri Lassande. “It might not have been the best thing.” Students have never …

Concord superintendent search committee selected, holding community input sessions

Saturday, December 6, 2014

The Concord School Board has finished putting together a committee that is tasked with searching for the next superintendent. The committee, composed of 14 people who live or work in Concord, will hold two community input sessions in the coming weeks to solicit feedback from the public about …

Big History Project added to Concord curriculum for next academic year

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Students at Concord High School are required to enroll in geography and world culture classes as freshmen and a class on American history in the 20th century as sophomores, courses that educate them on hundreds of years of history. An elective in the social studies department planned for …