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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 …

Concord School Board picks New Hampshire School Boards Association to help search for superintendent

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Concord School Board voted last night to hire the New Hampshire School Boards Association as the firm to assist with the search for a superintendent. The board heard three separate presentations at a public meeting before deciding on NHSBA. The two other presentations were from the Educational …

Concord School Board to interview superintendent search firms

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Concord School Board is interviewing superintendent search firms tonight in an effort to move along the process of hiring someone to lead the district beginning next summer. Mark Joyce, executive director of the New Hampshire School Administrators Association, met with the school board last Wednesday and advised …

Canterbury kitchen helps Lakes Region Community College culinary program grow

Monday, October 13, 2014

In the heart of historic Canterbury Shaker Village, chef Patrick Hall is building a culinary arts program from scratch. He took the vision he had for years and added a small group of students. Then, he created and …

Class of 2014 SAT scores remain stagnant

Sunday, October 12, 2014

SAT scores stagnant SAT scores among the nation’s high school seniors remain stubbornly stagnant. The College Board, which administers the test, says scores from the Class of 2014 were virtually unchanged from recent classes. Overall, the mean score in reading was 497. It was 513 in math and …

Highly educated millennials flourish as economy sags

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Paul Courtney was about midway through his senior year at Georgetown University when he decided to go to law school. Seeing an opportunity to wait out a lackluster job-market rebound, he enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania Law School in Philadelphia in 2012. The 25-year-old already has a …

At Pembroke Academy, Best Buddies off to a royal start

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Just weeks after the Best Buddies program kicked off at Pembroke Academy, junior Cheyenne Boucher and her buddy, Owen Sansoucie, who has Down syndrome, were named homecoming king and queen. Boucher said she learned at the late-September high …

School board to discuss hiring process for new superintendent

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Concord School Board members will soon face a challenge that the board hasn’t faced in years: hiring a new superintendent. Chris Rath, superintendent of the Concord School District, announced her retirement recently. She’ll step down June 30, ending a 30-year career in the district – 14 of those …

Wesleyan, Temple lead tide of colleges scrapping admission tests

Saturday, October 4, 2014

A new wave of colleges including Wesleyan University, Bryn Mawr College and Temple University are scrapping standardized tests as an admissions requirement, saying there are better ways to evaluate applicants and expand diversity. In the past two years, at least 20 schools in the United States, including Brandeis …

School board won’t back off history class review

Saturday, October 4, 2014

A suburban Denver school board refused to back off plans to review U.S. history courses for what some see as anti-American content, despite waves of protest from students and parents who accused the new conservative majority of trying …

Belmont students fight Yik Yak app with positivity

Friday, October 3, 2014

Hundreds of students at Belmont High School arrived to school yesterday morning to find an encouraging message neatly – and anonymously – taped on their lockers. “You’re flawless; every part of you is unique and wonderful.” “Your hard …