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Education Commissioner: Setting the tone and vision for all NH students

Education Commissioner: Setting the tone and vision for all NH students

What exactly does the Commissioner of Education do? Here’s a brief overview from the Concord Monitor:

Concord Monitor Editorial Board: Additional charter funding shouldn’t come at the expense of struggling schools

Concord Monitor Editorial Board: Additional charter funding shouldn’t come at the expense of struggling schools

The Concord Monitor featured an editorial over the weekend questioning whether the expansion of charter schools and school choice in New Hampshire would give all students “a fair shake.” Here’s an excerpt:

Legislators hope to integrate STEM and engineering concepts in younger grades

Legislators hope to integrate STEM and engineering concepts in younger grades

This year, the legislature will decide on a bill to increase STEM funding for schools, according to the New Hampshire Business Review. A bipartisan team of legislators is trying to bring a pre-engineering curriculum into elementary schools using the state’s already existing grant funding program. 

Sanborn High School

NH High School Students get a ‘Running Start’ on their College Credits

Students at Portsmouth High School have the chance to earn college credit in fields like computer science right from their high school, according to Seacoast Online. The high school partnered with Great Bay Community College, and thanks to funding from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, students can earn up to […]

Concord considers full-day kindergarten for those who need it most

Concord considers full-day kindergarten for those who need it most

Concord won’t be able to extend full-day kindergarten to all of its students. But it will consider expanding the school day to its most vulnerable students, reported the Concord Monitor. Citywide, full-day kindergarten would cost the district about $1.2 million per year, but the targeted program would cost about $386,475. 

Portsmouth Joins Several NH Towns in Changing High School Start Times

Portsmouth Joins Several NH Towns in Changing High School Start Times

The Portsmouth, NH School Board recently voted to switch the high school’s start time from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., reported NHPR. According to the National Sleep Foundation, teens need about 9 hours of sleep per night. But changes in natural sleep patterns, poor sleeping habits, and other factors keep teens […]

Sanborn students bring lessons to life in amazing MacBeth performance

Sanborn students bring lessons to life in amazing MacBeth performance

Sanborn Regional High School’s Drama Troupe isn’t only tackling one of the most popular and challenging dramas of all time, MacBeth: the students are setting it in modern-day Aleppo, Syria. They’ve taken charge of everything, from re-imaging the plot’s context, to costume and staging, right down to the Arabic writing […]

Londonderry Middle school science

NH fourth graders lead the country in science

When it comes to science, nobody beats New Hampshire. More New Hampshire students scored at-or-above proficient in science on the nation’s report card than any other state in the country, according to the Union Leader. Plus, fourth graders with disabilities tied for highest achievement with Massachusetts and Kentucky. Over 70 […]

PACE Evaluations at Spaulding High School

Franklin and Northfield urge towns to collectively demand education funding overhaul

Franklin and Northfield are calling for a new education funding formula, declaring the current formula unfair and, if fully implemented, “unconstitutional,” reported the Concord Monitor. House Bill 2, passed in 2015, phases out districts’ stabilization grants over the next 25 years, disproportionately affecting lower-income towns. 

Londonderry Third Graders learning scientific measurement

Multi-age classrooms and competency in Pittsfield result in greater student community and achievement

Pittsfield Elementary School is using multi-age classrooms and competency to create more flexible, supportive learning environments for their students, reported The Concord Monitor. Within the first month, teachers report that their students love the new approach and feel more “valued and supported.”