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October, 2013

Local Principal, Pamela A. Stiles, Among America’s Best

ALEXANDRIA, VA–October 22, 2013–Pamela A. Stiles is among 61 outstanding elementary and middle school principals from across the nation and abroad who have been named as 2013 National Distinguished Principals (NDP) by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). Stiles is principal of Chichester Central School in Chichester, New Hampshire. The NDPs will be honored Oct. 25 at an awards banquet at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., as part of a two-day program, which for more than 20 years has been generously funded by VALIC. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will provide congratulatory remarks.
        Established in 1984, the program recognizes public and private school principals who make superior contributions to their schools and communities. The distinguished principals are selected by NAESP state affiliates, including the District of Columbia, and by committees representing private and overseas schools.
NAESP Executive Director Gail Connelly commended the honorees for being exemplars of successful school leadership. “Only a principal can move a school from good to great, simultaneously championing children and uplifting the communities they serve,” she said. “We congratulate this class of NDPs for their steadfast dedication to educating our nation’s children to their fullest potential.” 
“VALIC is proud to continue its support as sole sponsor of the National Distinguished Principal’s Award Program,” said Bruce Abrams, President of VALIC. “This program allows us to recognize the important role of principals on the education and development of our nation’s children, our future leaders. On behalf of VALIC, I congratulate all 61 of this year’s National Distinguished Principals and extend my deepest thanks for all that they do.”
October is a particularly fitting month to acknowledge the work of principals, as legislation has been introduced in both chambers of congress declaring October 2013 National Principals Month (S. Res. 260 & H. Res. 353). National Principals Month was established to recognize and honor the contributions of school principals and assistant principals toward the success of the nation’s students, and encourage awareness of their significance.
NOTE: A list of the 2013 NDPs can be accessed at
Established in 1921, the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) serves elementary and middle school principals in the United States, Canada, and overseas. NAESP leads in the advocacy and support for elementary and middle-level principals and other education leaders in their commitment to all children.
For more than half a century, VALIC has served as a leading retirement plan provider for K-12 schools and school districts, as well as for higher education, healthcare, government and other not-for-profit institutions. As of August 31, 2013, VALIC has over $79 billion in total assets under management and manages plans for nearly 25,000 groups serving more than 2 million plan participants. VALIC represents The Variable Annuity Life Insurance Company and its subsidiaries, VALIC Financial Advisors, Inc. and VALIC Retirement Services Company.

October, 2013

Governor Hassan Proclaims October as Parent Involvement Month

“Parents are a child’s first and most influential teachers.” This statement is part of Governor Maggie Hassan’s proclamation making October Parent Involvement in Education Month in NH. This effort, co-sponsored by the Parent Information Center of NH (PIC,, is designed to promote strong collaboration between parents and schools.


Studies consistently show that when parents are more involved with their children’s education, those children will achieve more, make more friends, finish school, and be more likely to go on to college. A UNH study concluded that effective parent involvement was equal to adding $1,000 per student every year to a school’s budget.
On October 1, 2013 in Concord, the NH Department of Education and PIC cosponsored the fifth annual Parent Involvement in Education Awards. This event celebrated the efforts of educators, parents, and family-school partnership teams from around the state that displayed creativity, innovation, and/or commitment at the community, school, district, or state level. 
The Parent Information Center received nominations statewide of individuals and teams that have displayed creativity, innovation, and/or commitment at the community, school, district, or state level in one or more of the NH Family-School-Community Partnership Standards (which are based on PTA Standards): 
1.  Welcoming All Families
2.  Communicating Effectively
3.  Supporting Student Success
4.  Speaking Up For Every Child
5.  Sharing Decision-Making
6.  Collaborating as a Community
Congratulations to Kim Carbonneau, all the individuals, and teams who were honored for their significant contributions around family engagement made during the previous school year.  Attendees celebrated the amazing work to promote family/school partnerships going on in NH and looked to the future, thinking about what they can do to further support family involvement. 
Additional information about NH Parent Involvement in Education Month can be found at
Michelle Lewis, Executive Director
The Parent Information Center of NH
54 Old Suncook Road, Concord, NH 03301
(603) 224-7005

May, 2013 Concord Monitor


Dedication. That’s the word that comes to mind when I think of the teachers in Pembroke.

I recently chaperoned my son’s eighth-grade field trip to Washington, D.C., for Three Rivers School.

My daughter had been to D.C. with her class, so I thought I had somewhat of a handle on the trip.

Turns out, I did not have a true appreciation for the trip and what the teachers invest in making it such a success.

Now, having been on the trip, I am in awe. The school staff that chaperoned this trip deserve serious recognition. These dedicated people gave up five days with their families to be with our children and ensure not only their safety but also an amazing educational experience.

The five days of the trip do not include the time they invested in preparing for the trip, maintaining contact with parents throughout the trip and staying up late in the evening ensuring the safety of the children and preparing for the next day.

I hope others will join me in thanking not only these teachers, but all of our teachers who do so much for our children every day.




March, 2013


Pembroke's School Nutrition Director, Donna Roy (pictured left with NBCs "The Biggest Loser" winner, Ali Vincent), is featured in the March 2013 issue of School Nutrition Magazine.  Click here to read the full article.

February, 2013


Please join me in congratulating Pam Stiles (pictured left, with Virginia Barry, Commissioner, NH Dept. of Education) on her well-deserved recognition as Elementary Principal of the Year. We’ve known she’s been worthy of this honor for years so it’s nice to finally see that her work at our little school is being noticed across the entire state. Chichester is a leader in so many facets of education under Pam’s competent guidance, from the Response to Intervention program that has reduced our Special Education spending and has attracted interest from schools across the nation, to the technology that is not just another subject but rather an integral component of every subject to an extent that few other schools anywhere are able to achieve. The education being provided is truly of the highest quality, providing our children with the start they need to be successful at Pembroke Academy and beyond and we have Pam to thank for providing an environment that allows the teachers and the staff to perform at their very best. Thank you, Pam, for all you’ve done here in Chichester and all you continue to do every day.

Benjamin J. Brown

Chair, Chichester School Board

February, 2013


PEMBROKE, NH – The Pembroke School Board recently unanimously appointed Jon Marston, the current Vice Principal at Three Rivers School, as the new Principal at the school.

 Marston, who has been vice principal at Three Rivers for 12 years, will take over the role following the retirement of the current principal, Deborah Bulkley, at the end of the current school year.

 “I am thrilled at Jon’s appointment,” said SAU #53 Co-Superintendent Patty Sherman.  “I have every confidence that the hard work and commitment he has shown to date as vice principal will continue as he takes on this new leadership role.  Three Rivers will be in great hands.”

 Marston is no stranger to Pembroke.  In fact, he has been employed by the Pembroke School District for his entire professional career over 32 years, serving in such positions as physical education teacher, coach and activities director.  As assistant principal, Marston has helped develop and implement many initiatives, such as the common core standards, teacher evaluations, student management policies, budgets and the use of the School Management System (MMS).

 “I have always wanted to stay in Pembroke and I am so excited about the opportunity to take on this new position in such a wonderful community that has been very supportive of the schools,” said Marston.  “I look forward to continuing some of the strong initiatives that have been put in place as well as to moving in some exciting new directions.”

 Marston praised the student body at Three Rivers, a school he said is the “perfect size” for a middle school, as well as the faculty and staff, whom he described as professional and extremely dedicated to the students and the overall wellbeing of the school.  Said Marston, “I hope to build upon the strong relationships I have already developed and have a very collaborative approach both within the building and outside in the community.  Working together, we can ensure that we are providing our students with the best possible education, and isn’t that what we’re all here for?”

February, 2013


PEMBROKE, NH – The implementation of an innovative program to help elementary school children develop a passion for writing has led to special recognition for a local teacher. 

Crystal Tilton, a Title I reading specialist at Pembroke Village School, was recently given an award as part of the Pembroke School Board’s 2012-2013 Teacher Appreciation Initiative. Tilton was honored for her efforts in presenting the Picturing Writing program, an initiative that combines drawing and art with creative writing. Students use their illustrations to stimulate thought and create stories. Tilton presented work samples at a School Board meeting and provided background on how the program has been implemented in the classroom. 

“The Pembroke School Board recognizes the importance of a robust writing program to engage our students and prepare them for the future,” School Board Chair Tom Serafin said. “We understand that it takes a great deal of personal time and effort to become trained, to fully develop, and to implement new ideas for the classroom. We salute Mrs. Tilton for her hard work and dedication to helping our students further their interest and love for writing in a fun and creative way.”

December, 2012

Learning Circle Connection

December 2012.  Volume 4, Issue 1

June, 2012

Learning Circle Connection

June 2012.  Volume 3, Issue 3

April, 2012

Learning Circle Connection

March 2012. Volume 3, Issue 2

December, 2011

Learning Circle Connection

Fall 2011. Volume 3, Issue 1.

December, 2011
Learning Circle Connection
Spring 2011. Volume 2, Issue 3.

March, 2011
Learning Circle Connection
Winter 2011. Volume 2, Issue 2.

November, 2010
Learning Circle Connection
Fall 2010, Volume 2, Issue 1.

November 15, 2010
Epsom's Jan Santosuosso Accepts Award
Ms. Jan Santosuosso from Epsom Central School was recognized at a ceremony held October 4th in Concord for her extraordinary contributions to family-school partnerships in NH with a certificate of appreciation from Dr. Virginia M. Barry, Ph.D., Commissioner of the NH Department of Education, and Kevin Lew-Hanson, Executive Director of the Parent Information Center of NH.
Jan was nominated and recognized for her contributions as a special educator in the categories of parenting, communication, learning at home, community collaboration and decision making.

Jan was nominated by Vicki Therrien, Inclusion Facilitator for SAU #53 and the following is the reason Vicki nominated Jan for the award:

"Jan is a special educator who has made significant impact on parent involvement in education.  She relates well with parents and helps the school team understand parent experience in difficult situations, thus promoting positive relationships and a willingness to facilitate creative problem solving.  Jan organized trainings so the team could do tube feedings at school to assist a family when a student with ASD wouldn’t eat after surgery.  She also daily walks a student home to assist parents.  Jan has shown innovation by training and encouraging other to use SAKAI, an online web based professional learning community to promote home-school communication.  Family and team post daily progress notes and add resources so all are informed and can celebrate success.  Jan also did a SAKAI presentation at an SAU workshop day for other teachers and administrators in effort to better promote home-school communication.  As a mentor for Beyond Access Inclusion Project (UNH IOD), Jan holds regular team meetings with parents (above and beyond IEP meetings) to set goals and plan actions for successful learning in all environments.  Various community resources are used to meet family/student needs.  Recently she met with ATECH and our Inclusion Facilitator in home to plan for a trial of an AAC device.  She works regularly with behavior consult.  As member of SAU 53 Learning Circle (5 towns) she helps make decisions to promote inclusion and to organize school/community activities each year.  She’s the best!!!!"


November 8, 2010

Judith Howe honored during “Parent Involvement in Education Month” in NH

Concord – Judith Howe, Family School Liaison for the Allenstown School District was recognized at a ceremony held October 4th in Concord for her extraordinary contributions to family-school partnerships in NH with a certificate of appreciation from Dr. Virginia M. Barry, Ph.D., Commissioner of the NH Department of Education, and Kevin Lew-Hanson, Executive Director of the Parent Information Center of NH.

Judith is one of over 50 educators, parents and community groups recognized statewide this October the NH Parent Involvement in Education Month Initiative, which has been declared by Governor John Lynch and which highlights the central role that parents play in the academic success of their children.

Study after study shows that the single biggest factor in student achievement is parent involvement and, according to researchers, students of involved parents are more likely to get better grades, be promoted, finish school and go on to higher education. This and other research can be found at

Many parents, educators and community organizations make contributions on a daily basis to help assure all of our children succeed with a 21st century education.  Judith was honored in particular for works with school staff and families to promote a positive educational experience and continually goes above and beyond her role to help the families living in the community with locating resources, making home visits, or support through the educational process.  Judith believes in empowering parents to help them and has supported them in getting the skills that will improve their and their children’s lives. She believes that all children can learn and will do anything to bring a child to their desk at school, ready to learn. Her welcoming, non-threatening demeanor and infectious smile has fostered communication between parents and the schools in the district. She is seen by colleagues as critical to keeping Allenstown students in school and has aided in keep their tardiness and absenteeism numbers down. She has spearheaded events and initiatives to ensure there are multiple opportunities for families and schools to communicate and connect, including the first new Staff Orientation program and the back to school BBQ. Her tireless effort to seek out and use every moment to communicate with teachers, parents, administrators and other key people in children’s lives has made tremendous impact not only to the district, but also to her community. 

A wealth of articles, resources, and videos for both parents and educators about developing strong family-school partnerships can be found at A write-up with photos and videos of the October 4 Awards and a calendar of NH events for October and beyond are also posted there.

For more information about the Parent Information Center, visit, e-mail, or call (603) 224-7005 or 1-800-947-7005.

November 5, 2010
SAU53 Learning Circle Presents:
Worried Kids in a Stressed Out World:
How To Manage and Prevent Anxiety
by Lynn Lyons
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
6:30 to 8:30 pm
Pembroke Academy Auditorium
Pembroke, NH


Fears and worries are a normal part of growing and developing; but sadly, excessive worrying and anxiety in kids (and parents) are on the rise.  The good news? Parents, teachers and children can learn HOW to manage fears, interrupting and even preventing the “worrying cycle” of thoughts and behaviors.
This seminar will give you the skills and information to help you and children:
-accept and manage the worries and transitions of daily routines
-calm and control the physical symptoms of anxiety
-choose exploration of the world over avoidance
-recognize and change the common thought patterns of anxious thinkers.

Lynn Lyons, LICSW, is a “ how-to” licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist in Concord, NH. For 20 years, Lynn has specialized in the treatment of anxiety disorders in adults and children, including generalized anxiety, phobias, social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, and performance anxiety. Her workshops teach concrete skills and usable techniques to interrupt negative patterns and change lives for the better.
For more information about Lynn Lyons, check out
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September 2, 2010
Donna Roy Accepts Awards
This summer at SNA National Conference in Dallas, our President, Donna Roy, proudly accepted several awards from our National President, Dora Rivas.
Several New Hampshire members were in attendance to witness Donna’s acceptance of the following awards.
~ Thelma Flanagan Gold Achievement Award
~ Membership Growth Award, 1-500
~ Membership Goal Award
~ Increasing Membership Award
~ Certification and Credentialing Goal Award

July, 2010
BioMass Plant
A Different Shade of Green.  Published in the July 2010's School Planning and Management. 

September 2, 2010
2009/2010 Pembroke Peer Recognition Winner Announced
Jenn Jones, a first grade teacher at Pembroke Village School, was recently selected as the 2009-2010 Peer Recognition Award winner.  The award, sponsored by the Pembroke School Board, is given to employees of the Pembroke School District who are nominated by their peers for their outstanding overall performance.   Jones is involved in almost all the extracurricular activities offered at her school.  She brought mascots to the schools, school colors and a school store.  She makes scenery for the annual play, co-chairs the talent show committee, organizes Read Across America Week, the St. Patrick’s Day celebration, parent picnics and field day. 

March 31, 2010 - Speed of Creativity


Deerfield, NH - Today was a real treat. My 9 year old daughter and I spent most of the day at Deerfield Community School, in Deerfield, New Hampshire. While Sarah was hosted by a wonderful Deerfield student and enjoyed learning about their upcoming science fair projects (as well as other topics) I met with teachers in several grade levels and was amazed to learn about some of the wonderful digital learning and collaborating they are doing together with students. It will take SEVERAL posts, I'm sure, to adequately reflect on all the learning of the day, but for now I'd like to share and reflect on what an absolute JOY it was to spend time in Maria Knee's kindergarten classroom. Maria secured permission for me to take photos during my visit, and these are several I took with Pano.

Kindergarten Center time (Maria Knee's classroom)

Classroom circle time with Maria Knee

I have a vast amount of respect for every teacher, but am particularly in awe of kindergarten teachers who are able to masterfully facilitate student learning as Maria does. When I visited this afternoon, students were engaged in a variety of center-based activities which involved reading, writing, creating art, solving problems, building structures, and interacting with peers as well as adult classroom assistants. Notice how the students in the photos below are scattered all over the room, and are busily at work at different learning tasks. You'll notice in the first photo below, Maria actually appears twice! That's because she was moving around the room checking with students and helping as needed! The iPhone Pano program stitched together about seven different images to make this composite panoramic image.

Kindergarten Center time (Maria Knee's classroom)

Working on the computer in Maria Knee's kindergarten classroom

There was a lot of WRITING going on in class today. The student on the left in the above photo was writing about a picture he'd drawn, using Google Documents. In the photo below, the student on the left is writing on Maria's classroom blog, hosted for free by David Warlick on Class Blogmeister.

Classroom writing in kindergarten

The six netbooks in Maria's classroom really got a workout this afternoon. Netbooks are perfect because of their size and (in the case of these eePCs) their long battery life for a kindergarten classroom. In this photo, a student and an adult were reading together on the screen.

Reading together on a netbook

Students were not only doing lots of READING and WRITING during center time, they were also sharing and speaking. These two boys were working cooperatively to record an audio overview of a picture one of them had drawn. Once the student with the recorder was ready, he rang a bell to let others in the classroom know it was "recording time." He announced, "Recording!" and then his partner told about his illustration.

Students recording audio about a picture using an iPod

When you see clocks like those below in a kindergarten classroom, you know some very unique learning must be going on. Maria's students have partner classrooms in both Canada and Australia, and they keep clocks set to the local times in those classrooms so they'll know if the time is right for a Skype call collaboration.

Classroom partner clocks (Maria Knee's classroom)

Maria's students have been learning about how maple syrup is made in New Hampshire. This was a concept map they have been working on.

Learning about maple syrup

It's amazing it takes 40 quarts of maple sap to make 1 quart of maple syrup! This syrup was made by Maria's husband, and she shared photos of the entire process.

Pure New Hampshire Maple Syrup

Maria uses a customized kindergarten learning portal on WikiSpaces she created just for her students. She patterned this after the classroom learning portal Rachel Boyd made for her 6 and 7 year old students in Nelson, New Zealand. (If you haven't seen Rachel's keynote for K12Online09 yet, check it out-- it's a "must see" especially for primary-grade teachers.) In the photo below, one of Maria's students is coaching other kids to effectively navigate the game "Seed Ball," which is part of TumbleTown. It's a free resource from the Utah Education Network. Students work on coordinate geometry skills, logical thinking and problem solving, while they create "Rube Goldberg" style seed machines.

Navigating Seed Ball in TumbleTown

These students were taking care of their group's dogs on Nintindo DSi's, playing the game Nintendogs. Students share the pets and have to work together to decide how to spend their "virtual money" on their pet. Lots of great conversations and discussions ensue about economics, pet care priorities, etc.

Taking care of dogs on Nintindo DSi's

I'll close with this photo of Maria's class rules.

Our rules (Maria Knee's kindergarten class)

In case you can't view the Flickr image, I'll type these out. The rules are very simple but powerful:

  1. Take care of yourself.
  2. Take care of your friends.
  3. Take care of everything.
  4. Do your best work.

If we all followed those simple rules every day, wouldn't the world be a much better place? In the safety and security of a caring classroom like Maria's, somehow the world seems to make a great deal of sense. Her students are extremely blessed to have her and the other teachers as well as parent volunteers helping them learn at Deerfield.

A child is so much more than a test score

Many, many thanks to all the educators and learners at Deerfield for a wonderful day today! We call can learn a great deal about learning, teaching, and leading from an exemplary teacher like Maria Knee.                  


March 23, 2010

Pembroke Hill School Students Use Their Creativity to Help Children in Need


Pembroke, NH - Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but no one could argue that the artwork prepared by second-, third- and fourth-grade Pembroke Hill School students to raise money for Hugs Across America is anything but beautiful.
Pembroke Hill School students donated a favorite piece of their artwork as part of a silent auction in conjunction with the school-wide Art Show.  Proceeds from the sale of the artwork will go to support Hugs Across America, a not-for-profit corporation that provides teddy bears to children in need of comfort.  As the only chapter school in NH, Pembroke Hill School staff and students are always looking for creative ways to raise money to purchase additional bears.
 "We thought what better way to showcase the artwork of the students and at the same time contribute to this very worthwhile effort to help children in times of crises," said Katy O'Gorman, art teacher, Pembroke Hill and Village Schools.  "The students are very excited to involve the community in their efforts."
The matted artwork will fit in a standard-sized frame.  The minimum bid for the pieces will be $5 (the cost of one bear). The Pembroke Hill School chapter provides 15 bears a month to Concord Hospital, and another 25 to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua.   
Most of the artwork will be available to preview from a link on the Pembroke Hill School Web site: beginning March 31st.
The auction will be set up on Wednesday, April 7th from 3:00 PM-8:00 PM in the Pembroke Hill School art room.  Artwork may be bid on in person, or one can place a bid by calling (603)485-9000 x 214 or e-mailing Katy O’Gorman at   Name and contact information and the artwork number (located on the bottom right corner of the piece) as well as one's highest bid must be provided.
 All bids must be received by 8:00 PM. on Wednesday, April 7th.   Those with the highest bid for each piece will be notified that evening at the end of the auction or by phone or e-mail the following day.
 For more information, please contact Katy O'Gorman at or 603-485-9000.


January, 2010
Learning Circle Connection
Winter 2010, Volume 1, Issue 1

November, 2009 - Campus Connections
Edith Tatulis, adjunct instructor in the UNH Department of Education, was named the 2009 New Hampshire History Teacher of the Year by The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and Preserve America. She is also a finalist for the national award. Tatulis, a resident of Candia, NH, is a full-time teacher at the Deerfield Community School where she teaches 5th grade. She graduated from UNH with a bachelor’s degree in science in 1975.  She worked in the quality control laboratory at  






Edith Tatulus

Velcro until 1987 when she decided to change careers. She enrolled in a master’s degree program at UNH and earned her M.Ed. in Secondary Science Education.  Tatulis said she has always loved working with kids.  As a child she enjoyed playing school and helped teach her disabled sister how to read. Teaching just came naturally.  She said, “The children keep you honest, young, enthused and laughing. They give back to me 100 fold what I give to them.” She enjoys working at the Deerfield Community School and feels supported by the administration and parents. Tatulis said, “They encourage, foster and support innovative ways to teach and want children who can think and collaborate, not just children who can excel at standardized testing. It is the most exhausting job one could ever love. I am truly blessed to have job I love so much!” Parents and colleagues feel the same about Tatulis. One parent wrote on a local newspaper blog, “I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this award. Edith was one of our children’s favorite teachers.”  Tatulis also teaches Social Studies Methods Classes at UNH Manchester and has taken on other roles at the University such as cooperating teacher for interns seeking a master’s degree in Education, university-based supervisor of interns, and teacher-in-residence. She said sharing her experience with teaching students at UNH Manchester is icing on the cake.  “It gives me a chance to give something back to the profession,” she said.  Coordinated through the Preserve America initiative and co-sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the New Hampshire’s History Teacher of the Year Award honors outstanding teachers of American history across the country and supports the crucial importance of American history education. The History Teacher of the Year Award recognizes outstanding American history teachers from elementary school through high school across all 50 states and U.S. territories.

November 6, 2009

November 6, 2009 Flyer
Presented by the SAU #53 Learning Circle
"WHILE I WAS DIAGNOSED with Asperger Syndrome in 1994, my early childhood and school life was more typical of classical autism. I didn’t talk until I was four years old.  I did not participate in story time, recess games, or class discussions. I was teased, bullied, and misunderstood.

I was also an accomplished artist by second grade, a musician, writing short stories my teacher thought publishable, and composing symphonies by eighth grade.







CarolAnn Edscorn

I love the stars, music, words, my family, and my computer.

I am a stranger in a strange world. I believe in life, love, and laughter."

"CarolAnn Edscorn is a dynamic and moving speaker who describes her full life as a person with autism. Her vivid descriptions, ability to connect with the humanness in all of us, and humorous anecdotes offer a perspective about people with autism that enlightens parents and professionals alike. You’ll never look at people with autism the same after hearing CarolAnn speak.”  Cheryl Jorgensen, Institute on Disability at UNH
Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Time: 3:30-5:30
Place: Pembroke Academy Auditorium

September 17, 2009 - Hooksett Banner
By Ginger Kozlowski
PEMBROKE - Pembroke voters are asked to come to a special school district meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 30, to hear about and vote upon a proposal for a $3.6 million bond.  The bond would pay for changes to make three schools more energy efficient.  If approved, the School Board expects to be reimbursed by state aid.

Jonathan Burnham, director of maintenance, stressed that between savings in energy costs and aid to the school district, the town would face no new expenses if the bond is approved.

The bond would allow the school district to enter into a 15-year lease-purchase to be funded by interest free/low interest qualified school construction bonds in the amount of $2,623,210 and the balance of the lease, $976,790, at a rate of not more than 6 percent.

This would allow construction of a biomass heating plant and replacing temperature controls for Pembroke Academy and Three Rivers School, as well as replacing window and temperature controls at Hill and Village Schools.

If the bond is approved the School Board would be eligible for state building aid, utility rebates and any other government or private funding.

A two-thirds majority ballot vote is required for the bond to pass.

The meeting will take place at the Pembroke Academy auditorium at 6:30 P.M.  The vote will take place immediately after the public hearing.


September 11, 2009
Nancy Corbett, a speech specialist at Three Rivers School, was recently selected as the 2008/2009 Peer Recognition Award winner.  The award, sponsored by the Pembroke School Board, is given to employees of the Pembroke School District who are nominated by their peers for their outstanding overall performance.  
Corbett was consistently described by her peers as someone who not only goes out of her way to assist all students, but is also the first person to help other teachers, often times stepping out of her “official” role to do so.  Described as the “go-to” person, Corbett is involved in extra-curricular activities and continually champions the rights of all students, pushing them to reach their potential and actively supporting their every success.
Corbett (right) pictured with Three Rivers
School Principal, Deb Bulkley (left).   
Pembroke School Board Member Tammy Boucher (right) presented a plaque to Corbett (left) in recognition of her efforts.

September 7, 2009 - Union Leader
By Paula Tracy
While traveling through the tough sections of Mount Major in Alton, Alex Weiss needs a strong pull an push from the adults who joined the second-graders for the hike. (THOMAS ROY)
MATTHEW FERGUSON HAS taken his class on a hike at the beginning of every school year for his 23 years of teaching.
So when he discovered one of his second-graders at Deerfield Community School is in a wheelchair, he took action.
"If Alex couldn't go, none of us could go," Ferguson said of 8-year-old Alex Weiss.
On Friday, the entire class went on the hike, almost four miles round trip, aided by University of New Hampshire's Northeast Passage staff.

At the summit, Brett Weiss, the boy's father and a chaperone for the day, wiped his brow, smiled and admitted he never thought he would see this day.

"Never," he said.

Alex suffers from holoprosencephaly, which compromises his speech and motor skills. He has never been able to walk. For the trip up Mount Major in Alton, he was placed into a Terra Trek, an off-road wheelchair modified by Northeast Passage staff.

Its smaller, front set of wheels were removed. Rickshaw poles were placed on the front of the chair and used by Alex's classmates to pull him along the trail's wide and flat portions. Parents, faculty and Northeast Passage staff took charge on the rocky steeps of the trail, working shoulder to shoulder and boulder to boulder.

"Let's go, Alex! Let's go, Alex!" was the chant as the wide-eyed, smiling boy was unloaded from his wheelchair van in the trailhead parking lot about 9:30 a.m.

Lily Desgroseilliers, 7, had her father and her grandparents along for the field trip.

"This is the longest hike I have done. The view is great. Pushing Alex was a lot of fun because everyone was doing it together," she said.

Ferguson said the goal of the field trip was help his 15 students understand they are within a caring community where people feel safe to learn together and help each other. Also part of the community-building were the parents who got to know one another, he said.

David Lee, assistant director of Northeast Passage, said for 20 years the program has used specialized wheelchairs to make possible recreational opportunities for those with physical disabilities. The program offers kayaking, waterskiing, golf and ice hockey, along with hiking.

In this case, the assistance for Alex's hike was paid for by Deerfield's special education account.

James Bonnell, 7, and his classmate, Josh Heckman, took the front poles of the wheelchair toward the end of the hike about 2 p.m. They proudly marched their 70-pound classmate down the trail.

Behind the wheelchair was Cody Tanguay's father, Tom, who did much of the carry-out from the summit over the roughest terrain.

'"You have to learn when to hold on and when to give," Tanguay said.

Ferguson said the class will use the experience in English, math, science and other academic disciplines throughout the year. The students will have their own blog on the school's Web site to discuss the trip.

"We made it!" Ferguson shouted as the last student came running to the bottom.

He broke into a chant: "Great job, 2F! Rah, rah, rah!"


July 5, 2009 - Concord Monitor
ASSOCIATED GROCERS OF NEW ENGLAND in Pembroke is underwriting the School Investment Program at THE McAULIFFE-SHEPARD DISCOVERY CENTER for students in SAU 53 - Pembroke, Allenstown, Chichester, Epsom and Deerfield. The $3,000 sponsorship will provide students will free admission on field trips through next February.

July 4, 2009 - The Forum: News from the Towns Around Pawtuckaway
Paul Yergeau, Deerfield Community School Principal
Recently, Professor Krueckeberg, Ph.D. from Plymouth State University contacted me with great news that I was to share with Mrs. Edith Tatulis, a Deerfield Community School (DCS) fifth grade teacher! She has been nominated as the NH History Teacher of the Year. She is now a finalist for our state’s recognition. What an honor for her! And how proud of her are we? Very!


This award is coordinated through the Preserve America initiative and co-sponsored by the prestigious Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, located in New York City.
Edith Tatulis shares her favorite Civil War book, Pink and Say, with 5th grade students at DCS.
The Institute of American History website can give you further information about their good work in the field of social studies education.  If selected as the NH Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Tatulis will automatically become our representative in the national competition. Edith’s creativity and imagination in addressing American History and literacy, evidence of thoughtful assessment of her students’ achievement, as well as her close attention to using primary source documents, artifacts and historic sites in her teaching, are the reasons for her nomination.
Preserve America is a White House initiative, started during President Bush’s administration, and was created for the purpose of encouraging and supporting community efforts to preserve and enjoy the nation’s cultural and national heritage. The overall goals of the Preserve America initiative include a greater shared knowledge about the nation’s past; strengthened regional identities and local pride; increased local participation in preserving the country’s cultural and natural heritage assets; and support for the economic vitality of communities. These are all values that DCS strongly supports in the daily implementation of our social studies curriculum.
As the next step, Mrs.Tatulis has submitted her philosophy statement, a sample extended project assigned to her students that demonstrates her creativity and decisions to provide an engaging curriculum for each student, as well as a short video where she has demonstrated a sample class project and her teaching practices. Congratulations to Mrs. Tatulis on being recognized for her hard work on behalf of Deerfield’s students. We all wish her the best of luck as she proceeds to the next step in this esteemed and rigorous competition.








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