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Pronouncer Carolyn D'Aquila reads a word to speller Rebecca Bamidele, a Rundlett Middle School student, at the New Hampshire Union Leader Spelling Bee on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015.  Rebecca came in third place in the state spelling bee.

(SUSAN DOUCET / Monitor staff)

Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School student wins state bee for second year in a row

Saturday, February 28, 2015

They breezed through the spelling of “anachronism,” “minaret” and “dichotomy,” but were tripped up by “mozzarella,” “rendezvous” and “kuchen.” Slowly but steadily, children filed off the stage and rejoined their families in the audience, until just two remained. Contestants at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord participated in the New Hampshire Union Leader Spelling Bee yesterday afternoon, carefully …

No Child Left Behind debate in the House suspended

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The House suspended floor debate on a Republican bill to rewrite No Child Left Behind yesterday afternoon, with party leaders saying they had to shift the chamber’s focus to debate funding the Department of Homeland Security. Earlier in the day, the chances for the education bill’s passage appeared uncertain, thanks to GOP defections among the party’s conservatives who said the plan did not …

Merrimack Valley School District has proposed budget decrease

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Merrimack Valley School District has proposed a $38.9 million operating budget for next year. The budget is down $391,010, or 1 percent, and includes no new programs or positions. The district’s annual meeting is scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m. at Merrimack Valley High School in Penacook. Despite a $1.6 million total increase in state retirement contributions, health care and salary costs, …

iRobot engineer talks to Canterbury students about STEAM education

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Fourth- and fifth-grade students sat on the floor in Canterbury Elementary School’s library yesterday, patiently listening to a presentation while waiting for the hands-on part of the morning: playing with a robot. “Did you know at iRobot, robots …

Students take on hunger

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

For the second year in a row, students from Concord High School organized a fundraising event, Hunger Games for Hunger. Students raised more than $1,000 for the Friendly Kitchen. Joe Ossoff and Skye Reese lead the organizing, but …

Administrators, legislators testify on bill that would allow community colleges to grant four-year degrees

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A bill to allow the Community College System of New Hampshire to grant four-year degrees to its students might not change much after all. That’s because no existing law prevents the community colleges from issuing bachelor’s degrees now, according to testimony before the House Education Committee yesterday. Current …

Kearsarge Regional School District voters approve land transfer to Warner, will vote on four additional articles in March

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Kearsarge Regional School District voters authorized the district to transfer land next to the Odd Fellows building to the town of Warner at the school district’s annual meeting Saturday. “That’s been the missing piece that we’ve never had before,” said Jim McLaughlin of Warner’s Odd Fellows Building Committee. …

N.H. officials, students react to Obama’s community college plan

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Aaron Cox sat in a hallway at NHTI yesterday, waiting to complete financial aid paperwork before classes begin at the community college next week. Cox, 25, is enrolled in a program for computer programming at the school in Concord, where costs exceed $7,000 a year for a full-time …

Robotics team prints 3D map

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

OZ-Ram, the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology robotics team from John Stark Regional and Hopkinton high schools, created a map using a 3-D printer. The map includes states and countries with a height that correlates …

Henniker Community School Honor Roll

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The following students earned honors for the first trimester at Henniker Community School. Grade 8 High Honors/Effort: Katelyn Brennan, Will Brown, Adelle Brunstad, Jared Clancy, Jacob Cole, Trinette Hunter, Brianna Martel, Aiden Moser, Shawna Murdough, Steven Shattuck, Aria Ulmer, Taylor Woodbury Grade 8 High Honors: Erik Hilyard, Jared …

Governor’s STEM Task Force announces final report, recommendations

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The governor’s STEM Task Force presented its final report yesterday, making eight formal recommendations to Gov. Maggie Hassan and calling for 2015 to be designated as the year of STEM education and for the creation of a STEM innovation fund. Ross Gittell, chancellor of the Community College System …

Principal: Let students hurl canned food at intruders

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

An Alabama middle school principal wants to stockpile cans of corn and peas in classrooms for students to hurl at possible intruders as a last resort defense. In a letter Friday, W.F. Burns Middle School Principal Priscella Holley asked parents to have each student bring an 8-ounce canned …

At a Pittsfield school, justice is found through discussion, not detention

Monday, January 12, 2015

When one of Hope Parent’s peers at Pittsfield Middle-High School grabbed her cell phone in October and began sending hateful and upsetting messages to people in her contacts, it “had kind of a domino effect,” she said. A …