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Deb Urbaitis talks with Henniker police chief Ryan Murdough, as her third grader son Levi anxiously waits to get to the Henniker Community School Wednesday on the first day of school. His brother Sam waves at the chief on top of his father Todd's shoulder. On the left is crossing guard Carrie Dionne. Deb Urbaitis is the school board chair as well as being on the John Stark school board. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

Time to hit the books: School back in session in some Concord area towns

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Labor day is more than a full week away and some school districts are already opening their doors and welcoming students back from summer vacation. Teachers and students returned to the classroom in Henniker, Weare, Suncook and Epsom on Wednesday, while other school districts in the Concord area open next week. Labor falls late this year, on Sept. 7. Here’s …

virginia: ‘Welcome’ banners outrage

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Some students, parents and others on campus were upset after seeing “welcome” banners at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., on Friday at an off-campus house suggesting “baby girls” stay for a good time; the school’s president expressed outrage, student leaders quickly videotaped concerned responses, and the fraternity’s national president suspended the chapter. But ODU was hardly the only place where students spray-painted …

N.H. schools seek to address mental health issues among students

Sunday, August 23, 2015

High school officials are rolling out programs to help combat depression, anxiety and other mental health issues among New Hampshire students. Exeter High School Principal Jim Tremblay told the Portsmouth Herald students will see new mental health services this year to combat what he describes as an uptick in those issues. The U.S. Surgeon General’s Office says 1 in 5 adolescents will experience …

UNH bias guide: The term ‘American’ can be offensive

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

UPDATE: UNH on Thursday removed the language guide from its website. --------------- A “bias-free language guide” written by University of New Hampshire faculty has come under criticism from the school’s president and state officials. The guide, published in 2013, was meant to educate students and faculty about using …

George Washington University applicants no longer need to take admissions tests

Monday, July 27, 2015

George Washington University dropped its testing requirement for most freshman admissions Monday, becoming one of the largest and most prominent schools to declare that its applicants don’t have to take the SAT or ACT. The announcement from the private university in the nation’s capital reflects a growing belief …

Partnership lets Major League Soccer players earn degrees

Monday, July 27, 2015

Major League Soccer is striking a multiyear deal with Southern New Hampshire University that will provide full scholarships for players and internship opportunities for the school’s current students. The partnership, announced Monday, is the first of its kind for the 20-year-old league, which has 20 clubs throughout the …

Dartmouth to promote gap year service

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Dartmouth College is partnering with a project that encourages incoming students to take a year off serving their communities in areas such as health, poverty, conservation and education. The Aspen Institute’s Franklin Project connects young people in search of service opportunities, nonprofits and agencies that have such positions …

Artist a driving force behind plan for Franklin art car

Saturday, July 25, 2015

A car is more than a mode of transportation. Each has a personality, an alter ego and a desire for expression. All vehicle owners may not see this, but this is how artist Laurence Gartel views cars and …

‘Pushed out’: Pittsfield high school graduate returns to confront school board

Saturday, July 25, 2015

One of the last projects Taylor Edwards handed in as a senior at Pittsfield Middle High School was a poster board for an English class about her idol, Marilyn Monroe. On it, she pasted photos from throughout Monroe’s …

Budding N.H. scientists release balloon that traveled to edge of space

Monday, July 20, 2015

A small group of would-be scientists huddled around an eight-sided, bright-orange saucer in a rest area parking lot off Interstate 89 in Sutton on Monday at noon. One of them slowly began to release the slack on a …

St. Paul’s increases amount of financial aid to prospective students

Thursday, July 16, 2015

St. Paul’s School recently announced it will increase the amount of financial aid it offers to prospective students, with the goal of including more families. Starting this year, the private boarding school in Concord will award full tuition and other fees, including room and board, to qualifying students …

Rivier University partners with Beijing City University

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Students and faculty from Beijing City University are being welcomed by Rivier University as part of a new partnership and biotechnology program at the Nashua school. The partnership, established last summer, includes a course in applied biotechnology that will be team-taught by faculty members from both institutions. A …

Dartmouth contests showcase computer-generated creativity

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Can an algorithm pass for an author? Can a robot rock the house? A series of contests at Dartmouth College is about to find out. Dartmouth is seeking artificial intelligence algorithms that create “human-quality” short stories, sonnets and …