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Chichester Central School's new principal, Brian Beaverstock (second from left), poses with state Commissioner of Education Virginia Barry (left), state Board of Education member Cindy Chagnon (right), and two other representatives of National Blue Ribbon Award winning schools in the state.

Chichester Central School wins national Blue Ribbon award

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Chichester Central School has been named by the U.S. Department of Education as one of three National Blue Ribbon Schools in the state. The kindergarten through eighth-grade school is one of 340 across the country that will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., next month. Pamela Stiles, who was the school’s principal for 16 years until she left …

Native American schools face decayed buildings, poverty

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Federally owned schools for Native Americans on reservations are marked by remoteness, extreme poverty and a lack of construction dollars. They also are among the nation’s lowest performing. The Obama administration is pushing ahead with an improvement plan that gives tribes more control. But the effort is complicated by the disrepair of so …

Hopkinton school district creates a “living painting,” first district in state to participate in “Art for the Sky”

Friday, October 17, 2014

Hopkinton Superintendent Steve Chamberlin and art teacher Kim Emerson visited the field behind the library last Columbus Day weekend to scope it out for the site of the living art project that took the district a year to bring together. Wednesday afternoon, about 1,000 people – students, faculty, staff and community members – …

O’Connor, Souter criticize lack of civics education

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Retired U.S. Supreme Court justices Sandra Day O’Connor and David Souter didn’t always agree when they served on the bench together. But last night, appearing together at the Capitol Center for the Arts, they shared their mutual appreciation …

Thirty percent of Virginia schools fall short of standards

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Three in 10 Virginia schools failed to meet state accreditation standards this year as students continue to struggle with more rigorous exams introduced three years ago. The Virginia Department of Education said yesterday that 555 out of the state’s 1,827 schools did not meet state benchmarks on the …

New approach to suicide prevention debuts at John Stark Regional High School

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Last week, students in health classes at John Stark Regional High School in Weare received cards with a piece of advice spelled out clearly at the top: “Some Secrets Should be Shared.” Part of a new program on suicide prevention, the cards go on to explain: “If you …

CCSNH dips into reserves for $2.5 million for“strategic initiatives” in 2015

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Community College System of New Hampshire’s central office has been given the okay to use $2.53 million in reserve funds to cover “previously unbudgeted expenses for fiscal year 2015,” including five new positions in the chancellor’s office and a project to improve the system’s technology infrastructure. The …

Dartmouth theme housing includes Harry Potter

Saturday, September 13, 2014

From Harry Potter to the “Herbifloor,” campus housing is becoming increasingly specialized at Dartmouth College. Students this fall could choose among three new residences designed as “learning communities” plus 10 “design-your-own” communities set up as blocks of rooms interspersed within general campus housing. The new options are in …

Pittsfield School District nominated for $100,000 grant

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Pittsfield School District has been nominated for the Larry O’Toole Award, an annual leadership award given by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation “to an individual or organization that has exhibited great leadership through innovation or courage in moving student-centered approaches to learning forward,” according to its website. …

Concord School Board filing period has seen low interest

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Nearly a week after the filing period opened for four seats on the Concord School Board, only two people have submitted papers for their candidacy. And those two – Tom Croteau and Barbara Higgins – are members of the school board seeking re-election. “Unfortunately, I haven’t had a …

Concord School Board member announces early resignation

Friday, September 5, 2014

The Concord School Board anticipated there would be three open positions in the upcoming November election, but with the announcement of a board member moving out of Concord, a fourth seat has opened up. Melissa Donovan, the school board member representing Wards 1 through 4, will be moving …

At Back in the Saddle Equine Therapy Center in Hopkinton, students of all levels find strength and fun

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Last week was a big one for Max Morrissette. He had just turned 4, for starters, and was all smiles when he arrived at Back in the Saddle Equine Therapy Center in Hopkinton for his weekly Thursday lesson. …

Event focuses on ‘positive art experiences’ for students with learning differences

Monday, September 1, 2014

Even minor adjustments can help students with learning differences have a positive experience with the arts, and the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire and VSA New Hampshire want to share ideas to make sure all students have such experiences. The two organizations are inviting parents, teachers, paraprofessionals, …