“I visited a first grade classroom and a student wanted to read a story to me. Then it snowballed and I had 4 students read me stories. I was very impressed with their reading skills as first grade students and I was so glad to see that the students were proud to be able to read.” – Ellen
School Board Meeting Update
At their meeting last week, the Board heard students from IHGMS talk about their trip to Nature’s Classroom. About 90 students participated in the program this year, which included hiking, lab experiments, group activities, and – unfortunately – a stomach bug. But they had a successful week with a lot of fun and learning.
The Board heard a request to post flyers for the Miss Raymond and Junior Miss Raymond Pageant in the schools and approved that request.
Two alumni from the RHS Class of 1996 came to the Board meeting to talk about the time capsule that was buried by their graduating class over 20 years ago. We will be coordinating a time for them to meet with Todd Ledoux and some current RHS Class Officers to dig up the time capsule.
Each of our Building Principals and our Curriculum Coordinator reported to the Board on the last quarter of activities and progress. The Board then accepted a donation of $744 from Hannaford to Raymond High School as part of their Hannaford Helps Schools program.
The Board approved policies GBCD – Background Investigation and Criminal Records Check and EF – Food Service Management as presented for second reading. They then read proposed revised policies IMDA – Patriotic Exercises and JCA – Change of School Assignment or Policy for the first of two readings.
The Board named a community member to the Shared Resources Committee. They had not received any letters of interest from the community to serve on the Strategic Planning Committee, so they extended that deadline for another two weeks. Following that, the Board discussed topics for the Strategic Planning Committee to consider during their annual review. The Board moved to add as a strategic goal to investigate whether 1:1 Chromebooks would be an option for students in grades 5-12.
The School Board has recently started posting its public meeting backup online. Last week, they voted to also post the backup for its public subcommittee meetings. These subcommittees include the Shared Resources Committee, Policy Committee, any building committees, and the Strategic Planning Committee.
Upcoming School Board/Subcommittee Meetings
The School Board is meeting this evening at 7:00 PM for its work session with incoming Superintendent Dr. Tina McCoy. You can see the agenda and any public backup for this meeting at www.sau33.com/agenda.
The Shared Resources Committee is scheduled to meet this Thursday at 7:00 PM. You can see the agenda for this meeting and any public backup at www.sau33.com/sharedresources.
Insurance Open Enrollment Meetings
If you would like to make a change to your insurance benefits or need help filling out any forms, Karen Stuart will be at each school the following dates and times. Please contact your school secretary to schedule an appointment of contact Karen directly at 895-4299 x1104 to schedule a time to meet at her office.
LRES Wednesday May 10th, 7:00-8:30 AM
LRES Monday, May 15th, 3:30 – 5:00 PM
IHGMS Thursday, May 11th, 6:30 AM – 8:30 AM
IHGMS Tuesday, May 16th, 2:30 – 4:30 PM
RHS Friday, May 12th, 6:00 – 8:00 AM
RHS Wednesday, May 17th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
NH DOE Professional Development
From the NH DOE:
NH’s Manufacturing Week Has Expanded to Manufacturing Month It is time to register your schools to participate in NH Manufacturing Month 2017. One of the primary goals of NH Manufacturing Month is to provide high school students with the opportunity to learn about advanced manufacturing and the high demand career opportunities this sector of the economy provides. The Department of Education, and its partners, NH Manufacturing Extension Partnership, NH Division of Economic Development, and NH Community College System, have organized NH Manufacturing Week for the last four years. This year’s NH Manufacturing Month will take place in October. High school and middle school students are invited to visit local manufacturers throughout the month. NH CTE’s and community colleges will schedule open houses for students and members of the community to learn about their advanced manufacturing programs. If you have any questions, please contact Jill Duddy, the NH Manufacturing Extension Partnership, at (603) 226-3200 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in scheduling a tour for your students, we ask that you complete the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NHMFG2017.
NH Emergency Preparedness Conference The NH Emergency Preparedness Conference is an annual event attracting over 800 people from around the state involved in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery on a local, state and federal level. The conference aims to promote and strengthen interdisciplinary partnerships to increase New Hampshire’s ability to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from all hazards. The conference provides excellent opportunities for training and networking with local experts and practitioners from fields such as emergency management, community and public health, fire, EMS, law enforcement, private sector, risk management, healthcare, local, state and federal government, public works, code enforcement/building safety, schools, social services, volunteer groups, and more. The conference is taking place Thursday, June 8, 2017 from 7:15am-4:45pm at Radisson Hotel, Manchester. To register or for more information go to http://www.NHEmergencyPrepConference.com.
Teaching Today: Pedagogy, Perspective, and Practice Conference Series On May 19th, NHASCD welcomes Steven Leinwand whose interactive presentation will be on Sensible, Accessible Instructional Strategies for Increasing MATH Engagement. His fast-paced, energetic presentation at this NHASCD Spring Conference will be full of real-world examples. Throughout the day he will also describe and model key strategies and characteristics of high quality mathematics instruction and share explicit ideas on how to bring these instructional shifts to scale. This conference is taking place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Grappone Conference Center. To register or for more information please go to www.cvent.com/events/may-19th-2017-nhascd-conf-with-stevenleinwand/event-summary- 19723cda73464a1f96ebc0d1c2438576.aspx?utm_source=Steven%20Leinwand,%20Final%20Notice%2 0May%2019th%204-4-17&utm_campaign=Leinwand%20Conference%204-4-17&utm_medium=email.