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Amy Marchildon (left), President of the Zonta Club of Concord, presents a $1,000 scholarship award to Natasha Deneault (center), a dental hygiene student at NHTI, with NHTI President Susan B. Dunton in attendance. (Courtesy photo)

Zonta Club of Concord lends a helping hand to NHTI student

Monday, November 30, 2015

What happens when a student who is one semester away from graduating with a degree in dental hygiene learns that she won’t be receiving a grant she was counting on? First there is panic. Then there is the hardest step: asking for help. For Natasha Deneault, that is exactly the path she followed one month ago. She turned to her …

Giving thanks: Concord High sure knows how to put on a Thanksgiving feast

Monday, November 30, 2015

When Peter Bombaci arrived at Concord High School more than 20 years ago as a special education teacher, he was charged with creating a more inclusive environment. Where students with disabilities and students without did things together, something that wasn’t typical more than two decades ago. So Bombaci had a thought. “What better …

Ray Duckler: The highs and lows of a diabetic grade school boy

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Luc Gautreaux, 7, pulled off the top like a pen cap, exposing a pinpoint sharp enough to pop a balloon. He pricked the end of his index finger and squeezed, creating a tiny pool of blood, then smeared it onto a strip inserted into what looked like an old cell phone. His sister, …

With years of experience on Concord School Board, Clint Cogswell isn’t done yet

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Clint Cogswell is no stranger to the Concord School District. The 70-year-old Cogswell is the current school board president, has served on the board for years, and worked for many years as a teacher and principal in the …

A young incumbent, Nathan Fennessy plans to continue the work he’s started

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Nathan Fennessy has only been on the Concord School Board about four months, but it’s kept him busy. Fennessy, who ran and lost in last year’s school board race, joined the board in June after former member Oliver …

Concord School Board candidate Matthew Valle wants to put the focus on Concord’s buildings

Sunday, October 25, 2015

With an engineering background, school board candidate’s Matthew Valle’s main interests include keeping Concord’s facilities in good shape. “I really think there’s got to be a hard look at what we need to do to provide for our …

Study says standardized testing is overwhelming nation’s public schools

Saturday, October 24, 2015

The number of standardized tests U.S. public school students take has exploded in the past decade, with most schools requiring too many tests of dubious value, according to the first comprehensive survey of the nation’s largest school districts. A typical student takes 112 mandated standardized tests between pre-kindergarten …

UConn student no longer enrolled following mac and cheese tussle

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

A University of Connecticut spokeswoman says a 19-year-old man is no longer enrolled at the school after going on a drunken, obscenity-laced tirade against food service workers for refusing to sell him jalapeno-bacon macaroni and cheese. Spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz said Wednesday that Luke Gatti, a former freshman from …

Dartmouth College gets $925K cybersecurity grant

Monday, October 19, 2015

Dartmouth College in New Hampshire has received nearly $1 million as part of a push to create and foster cyberattack-resistant systems for electric power and oil and gas industries. The Valley News reports the money is coming from the Cyber Resilient Energy Delivery Consortium as part of its …

High school graduation rates are on the rise in most states

Monday, October 19, 2015

High school graduation rates ticked up in a majority of states in 2014, and graduation gaps between white and minority students narrowed in most states that year, according to new federal data. Though nationwide data is not yet available, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said that the preliminary …

PHOTOS: Community shows support for Gene Connolly at second ALS walk

Sunday, October 18, 2015

A sea of “Connolly Tough” T-shirts accompanied the colors of crimson and white again this year during the Concord High School homecoming parade in support of Principal Gene Connolly, who was diagnosed with ALS last year. At the …

Pilot student aid expansion for non-traditional education

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Thousands of students could be eligible for federal student aid as part of a new pilot program that will offer certificates and college credit for non-traditional programs, like boot-camp style computer science training. The Education Department says it hopes the three-year pilot will reach several thousand people, particularly …

Former Stanford dean explains why helicopter parenting is ruining a generation of children

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Julie Lythcott-Haims noticed a disturbing trend during her decade as a dean of freshmen at Stanford University. Incoming students were brilliant and accomplished and virtually flawless, on paper. But with each year, more seemed incapable of taking care of themselves. At the same time, parents were becoming more …