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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 …

As Franklin opens school district, can other students come?

Sunday, June 21, 2015

In less than two weeks, the Franklin School District could become the first open enrollment school district in the state, allowing students from other districts to attend school in the city. The Franklin City Council will take up …

At Chichester Central School, Fifty + Fifty = 75 years

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The desks in Jean Fifty’s classroom are now all but empty. The children have gone. The lesson plans she’s drawn up in 34 years teaching at Chichester Central School were passed on to the next teacher. The classroom …

Students continue to protest headmaster decision at Pembroke School Board

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

A group of about 10 students went before the Pembroke School Board on Tuesday to reiterate their opposition to the board’s decision to change the title of the school’s top administrator. The students – most of them wearing …

For Pembroke Academy grads, ‘small moments’ hold a big meaning

Sunday, June 14, 2015

With their whole lives and a world of possibility in front of them, this year’s graduates of Pembroke Academy took a moment yesterday to put that all aside and look back. They each remembered those vivid memories they’d …

Bow High School graduates told to ‘keep on laughing’

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Jason Smick was busy right up until last day of high school. On Friday afternoon, Smick came rushing back to Bow High School graduation practice, fresh from signing up for the Air National Guard. In the next few …

Valedictorian tells Merrimack Valley class they have already made choices that will impact the rest of their lives

Saturday, June 13, 2015

As the student speakers addressed their classmates at the Merrimack Valley High School graduation yesterday, they acknowledged the challenges that high school presented. Different grading systems were introduced, new administrators and teachers joined the school this year, and …

Seventh-generation nephew of John Stark encourages graduates to reflect on past to continue forward

Saturday, June 13, 2015

The cannon sat off to the side of yesterday’s festivities, away from the flashing cameras and waving relatives and the smiling graduates of John Stark Regional High School. That cannon is a relic of a time gone by, …

For Josh Marzelli, Kearsarge Regional graduation marks a milestone after multiple surgeries and a heart transplant

Saturday, June 13, 2015

The story of Kearsarge Regional High School’s class of 2015 is one of reacting to unexpected change. “This group has done a very good job with adjusting to change,” Robert Bennett, who was serving his first year as …

Franklin High graduates marked by talent, potential

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Kimberly Gerlarneau is ready to move on from the homecoming and winter carnival events, say goodbye to high school athletics and move beyond the lifestyle of a student. Change is something she and her Franklin High School classmates …

From running away to running his life, via Second Start

Saturday, June 13, 2015

As a sophomore in high school, Dom Lucio was on the verge of giving up. He said he felt he was being torn down by his peers in the place where he was supposed to be building himself …