Weekly Update – May 1, 2017

Click here to see the latest You Make the Difference Award winners

Re-certifications to the SAU

School Board Meeting Update

Upcoming School Board Meetings

Health Stipend Info for Eligible Employees

Dyslexia and Related Disorders Webinar

“I visited an art class with 3rd grade students. The teacher had created an art show for parents that was beautiful- it featured every student in the school and quite a bit of work went into the hanging and presentation of student work.  She wanted this class to see what other students had created and told them they were going to an art museum. The students were given slips of paper so that they could write a letter of appreciation to the individual artists. The art produced by our students was amazing and the teacher related each of her lessons to a particular artist- everyone from Georgia O’Keefe to Monet.” – Ellen

 

High School Spirit Week Hall Decorating Contest

Re-certifications to the SAU

For those of you who are up for re-certification this year, please send a copy of your certification to Human Resources at the SAU when you receive it.

School Board Meeting Update

The School Board meeting on April 19th opened with a public hearing for the expenditure of up to $20,000 from the Technology Capital Reserve Fund to upgrade the wireless system at IHGMS.  There was no public input forthcoming, and later in the meeting, the School Board approved the expenditure contingent upon the District receiving funds through the E-rate grant (which will help offset the total expenditure amount).

Raymond Coalition for Youth’s Youth Action Group students talked with the Board about their activities this year.  Activities included Family Fun Night, the Sticker Shock campaign done around prom time and New Year’s warning people of the seriousness of purchasing alcohol for minors, Red Ribbon Week held in October about the dangers of abusing drugs, Project Safeguard for 7th grade students, submission for a film competition regarding drug abuse, and distribution of t-shirts with drug-free messages.  The film should be shown on June 4th at O’Neil Cinemas in Epping, and can also be seen on the RCFY YouTube page.

The School Board approved a correction to the 2017-2019 RESS Collective Bargaining Agreement which allowed for the addition of “Night Lead Custodian” at all appropriate places in the contract.  They also approved the filing of a petition with the Public Employee Labor Relations Board to add the position of “Night Lead Custodian” to the Union.  Following that, the School Board and representatives from RESS signed the 2017-2019 agreement and spoke positively about the successful negotiations this year.

Some of our building administrators and I spoke with the Board about how we weigh formative and summative assessments in the grading process.  Specifically, there was discussion about whether formative assessments should count negatively toward a student’s overall grade if the summatives are all high-scoring.  Currently, at the middle school and the high school, formatives count for 10% of the final grade and summatives count for 90%.   After some discussion, it was suggested that a student could earn the full 10% for formatives as long as the work was completed as expected, regardless of the percentage of correct answers.   It was agreed that Mr. Bickford would bring this suggestion to the Grading Committee.

There was some discussion of a proposal to revise the required number of required work days for assistant principals.  However, it was determined that the best time to discuss this would be during budget preparation, and the issue was tabled.

The School Board approved a proposed revision to the 2017-18 calendar.  The March 2018 in-service was rescheduled to Tuesday, March 13th.  You can see the new calendar on our website.

The School Board named a community membeer to the Shared Resources Committee and extended the deadline for letters of interest for another two weeks.

Policies EEA – Student Transportation Services and EEAA –  Video and Audio Surveillance on School Property were approved as presented for second reading.  And policies GBCD – Background Investigations and Criminal Records Check and EF – Food Service Management were read in their entirety for the first of two readings.  There were some questions regarding providing meals to high school students who have negative school lunch balances.  We’ll be providing some clarification about that at the next meeting.

The School Board scheduled a Board/District Administrative Team Retreat for Monday, June 5th.  And Mr. Brickett reviewed the financial report for months ending March 31, 2017.

Upcoming School Board Meetings

At this week’s May 3rd meeting: students from IHGMS will talk with the Board about their trip to Nature’s Classroom; we’ll open an envelope marked for the RHS Class of 1986 Time Capsule and decide next steps to open the time capsule – some alumni from 1986 will be present at the meeting for this; the Board will hear principals’ and curriculum reports; policies GBCD – Background Investigation and Criminal Records Check and EF – Food Service Management will be brought to the Board for their second readings, and policies IMDA – Patriotic Exercises and JCA – Change of School or Assignment will be brought to the Board for the first of two readings; the Board will consider additional members for the Shared Resources Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee, as well as discuss possible items to include as part of the Strategic Plan Annual Review; and they will be reviewing whether public subcommittee meeting backup should be posted online.  You can see this agenda and public backup for this meeting at www.sau33.com/agenda.

The Board has also scheduled a work session with incoming Superintendent Dr. Tina McCoy.  This meeting will be held on Monday, May 8th at 7:00 PM.

Health Stipend Info (for Eligible Employees)

Insurance eligible employees electing not to participate in the health insurance plan for the entire year who provide documentation of alternative coverage without an insurance subsidy under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will receive a payment at the end of this school year.

Please provide documentation of alternative coverage without an insurance subsidy if you plan to receive a health stipend. For any eligible employee starting employment after the start of the school year and who has not enrolled in the health insurance, this payment will be pro-rated based on the number of days worked.

Please provide the Human Resources Coordinator with your insurance documentation by the end of May.  Acceptable documentation includes a letter from the sponsoring employer showing dates of active coverage, Certificate of Credible Coverage from your insurance carrier that states the plan year (2016-2017) you are covered or an IRS form 1095-C that you received from the sponsoring employer (not the Raymond School District). Insurance cards and Explanation of Benefits from your carrier will not be accepted.

Questions, contact Karen Stuart at the SAU.

Dyslexia and Related Disorders Webinar

From the NH DOE: The NH Department of Education (NHDOE) is pleased to offer a webinar entitled Dyslexia and Related Disorders: An Overview, Signs and Symptoms, and Screening Tools hosted by Reading and Writing Specialists Beth McClure and Colleen Sliva.  This professional development opportunity, funded by the NHDOE, is based upon RSA: 200:59, pertaining to the screening of all public school students in kindergarten or first grade in order to identify risk factors of dyslexia and related disorders.

The webinar will be held on Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 4:00-5:00 PM.  Please use the following link to register for the session:

https://sfnh.webex.com/sfnh/onstage/g.php?MTID=ecda5101f0ad603dc8774e1384382d971

You Make the Difference! – May 2017

DeanCongratulations to Dean Plender, who received this round’s gift certificate to Tuckaway Restaurant.  Dean was nominated because he “holds his students to a high level of rigor through group and individual activities that not only are relevant to student’s interests but also focused on community service. Dean and his students have found creative ways to share the life of the fallen RHS tree by making take-home ornaments and other items. They are in the process of creating a usable resource out of its wood to share with future students and staff as a permanent fixture of RHS’ campus. Dean has a talent of reaching students who prefer alternative ways of reaching academic competencies and is a valuable resource to the district.”

Congratulations to all of our nominees:

Lisa MacDougall: Mrs. MacDougall has worked with some of the most challenging students the Raymond School District has to offer and has helped them to become accomplished, successful students who are excited to learn. She always comes to school with a positive attitude and she is an invaluable and extremely knowledgeable member of the team; the primary go-to when any one needs advice. Her arrival at LRES was a boon to the people of Raymond.

Christine Dellas: She is a wonderfully patient and professional woman. She works with a very challenging student and always comes in happy to be there. She genuinely cares for the students she works with, and is always early and ready to go. She speaks up with her ideas, steps in without needing to be directed, and has a good handle of the standards to help her student move forward. I am lucky to work with her.

Gail Buckley: Gail is a team player. She is a shared paraprofessional who works with many students that need support for a variety of reasons. She always offers to go the extra mile, create centers for her students, and help with any student. She cares deeply for her students. She also offers to help other paras with questions about paperwork or policies. We are lucky to have her and I am lucky to work with her.

Isabelle MacDonald: She is a very enthusiastic person who is trying lots of new things. My former students love her and are growing in her classroom. She shares her ideas with other staff members, including me and I’m not on her team! She takes time to teach others how to do things in a new way and shares her love of teaching through her energy and generosity. We are so lucky to have her at LRES.

Amy Tilton: Amy is an incredible artist. She sets clear expectations in her classroom. She uses appropriate humor with the students, and has great relationships with them. The most impressive thing she does is incorporate different cultures in all of her projects, which allows students to also understand the history behind the artwork they are creating. She hooks students into a lifetime love for the arts with her knowledge and enthusiasm.  We are very lucky to have her.

Omayma Hassan: Omayma is a caring, compassionate individual who takes a great deal of pride in her job. I have seen her work with her 1:1 assignments for a few years now and she always takes her job very seriously while performing in a professional manner at all times. I have seen the positive changes she has helped her student achieve. She never gives up and is willing to try whatever it takes to make her students successful. She is a great friend to all of her co-workers and works well as a team with others. Omayma is a great asset to our district.

Marie Bell: While everyone notices Marie’s leadership, commitment to her students, and her ability to keep her lessons lively with humor; to many people in the building she is more than just an excellent teacher; she is a mentor. She spends many hours providing support to staff. Her door is always open for guidance and encouragement. She is always willing to listen, no matter how busy she is. She can always be counted on to brighten someone’s day and put a smile on their face. She is a valuable member of the community.

In addition to the random drawing among nominees for the Tuckaway gift certificate, we also have a random drawing among those who submitted nominations. Congratulations to Joanne Morrison, who was the recipient of a $25 gift card to Hannaford.

Weekly Update – April 17, 2017

Upcoming School Board Meeting

REA Contracts Due Friday, April 21

REA Health Insurance Open Enrollment Info Sessions

Manage your Flex Spending Account

Join the Strategic Planning Committee

My Learning Plan Training

Summer Poetry Programs for Educators at The Frost Place

Summer Institute Holocaust and Genocide

“I observed a second grade class learning about civil rights leaders and activists in our country’s history. As a culmination to this, the students chose one of their favorites and wrote letters of opinion about a person that the student thought should be a hero for civil rights in our country! The writings are up on the bulletin board and the teacher made stickies to put on a chart beside that hero’s name. It wasn’t a contest but to validate that they have proved their opinions with evidence in that person’s life.” – Ellen

 

Raymond High School College Fair, April 12th

Upcoming School Board Meeting

The School Board will be meeting this Wednesday evening.  They’ll start out with a public hearing to expend funds from the Technology Capital Reserve Fund to upgrade the wireless system at IHGMS, and then act on that expenditure later in the meeting.  Following the public hearing, students involved in RCFY Youth Action will be updating the Board on their activities

RESS Representatives will be at the meeting to sign the newly voted Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Board.  During negotiations, RESS and the Board had agreed to file a petition with the Public Employee Labor Relations Board to add the position of “Night Lead Custodian” to the bargaining unit.  They’ll be taking action on that petition on Wednesday evening.  They will also correct the omission of “Night Lead Custodian” from one of the lists that should have included it in the CBA.

Administration will be talking with the Board about how summatives and formatives are graded at the high school and the middle school.  I’ll also be talking with the Board about possible changes to the work schedule of our assistant principals.  Following that, the Board will be considering a proposed revision to the 2017-18 academic calendar. This proposed revision moves the in-service day from Friday, March 16th, 2018 to Tuesday, March 13th, 2018.  This would allow students to be out of the building during voting day.  I’m considering this revision as a precaution in light of recent changes to firearm laws and the confusion as to whether firearms can be brought to schools serving as voting locations. (…they can’t.)

The Board will take action on membership for the Shared Resources Committee, as well as the second reading of policies EEA Student Transportation Services and EEAA Video and Audio Surveillance on School Property.  They will also be reviewing new/revised policies GBCD Background Investigation and Criminal Records Check and EF Food Service Management for the first of two readings.

The School Board will be scheduling a time for a Board/Admin retreat with our district administration, and then will be reviewing the monthly financial update.

You can see the full agenda, as well as links to all public backup, at www.sau33.com/agenda.

REA Contracts Due Friday, April 21

REA contracts are due to be returned to the SAU by 4:00 PM on Friday, April 21.   Please sign and return both copies of your contract to your school principal.

REA Health Insurance Open Enrollment Info Sessions

SchoolCare is hosting information sessions as we head into the open enrollment season.  No pre-registration is necessary.

Tuesday, April 18, LRES Health Room, 3:30 – 5:00 PM

Thursday, April 20, IHGMS Media Center, 3:00 – 4:30 PM

Manage your Flex Spending Account

Employees who have elected to have a Flex Spending Account (FSA) can roll over a maximum of $500 come July 1st.  If you’d like to view your balance online with Benefit Strategies, see the instructions below on how to access your account.  Also below, please find a list of eligible expenses through the FSA.

Accessing your account

Eligible Expense List & FSA Store_Page_1Eligible Expense List & FSA Store_Page_2

Join the Strategic Planning Committee

The School Board is accepting letters of interest from employees, parents, and community members to join the Raymond School District Strategic Planning Committee for their annual review of the plan.  This annual review is scheduled for the full day on Thursday, May 18th, beginning at 8:00 AM.  Please submit a letter of interest by 3:00 PM on Tuesday, May 2nd to Jennifer Heywood at the SAU Office.

My Learning Plan Training 

A short refresher class for those who would like to attend on how to use My Learning Plan.  No need to pre-register.  Questions – contact Jennifer Heywood.

Monday, April 17, 3:30 PM, LRES Computer Room

Tuesday, May 2, 3:00 PM, IHGMS Room 192

Summer Poetry Programs for Educators at The Frost Place

From the NH DOE:

The Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching brings together hard-working classroom teachers and highly skilled poet/teachers to share time-tested approaches to making poetry an essential element of the classroom. Both graduate and continuing education credit are available. This conference is taking place June 24 – 28, 2017. For more information go to http://frostplace.org/cpt. Registration deadline is May 18th.

The Frost Place Writing Intensive Workshop is an intensive 1 1/2 day session for classroom teachers who want to focus on their own writing and revision practices. The workshop is limited to participants who have already attended the Conference on Poetry and Teaching. Continuing education credits are available. This workshop is taking place June 28th and 29th. For more information go to http://frostplace.org/writing-intensive. Registration deadline is May 18th.

Summer Institute Holocaust and Genocide

From the NH DOE: The Summer Institute introduces participants to the study of the Holocaust and genocide in the 21st Century while focusing on multidisciplinary pedagogical approaches, genocide prevention, and lessons for democratic citizenship. The institute is taking place at Keene State College July 16-22. To register or for more information go to www.keene.edu/cchgs. Registration deadline: Thursday, April 27, 2017.

Weekly Update – April 10, 2017

REA Contracts Due April 21st

Join the Strategic Planning Committee

Health Insurance Open Enrollment Info Sessions – Updated!

School Board Update

My Learning Plan Training

SchoolCare Good For You Quarter 4 Newsletter

SchoolCare Sugar Smasher Challenge

I observed a high school psychology class and the teacher led an excellent discussion on the effects of certain drugs and food additives on both their bodies and their brains. It was well done, interesting and full of relevant facts.  The teacher was able to relate this to experiences that students might have had and gave some real life information on the effects of alcohol.  Very interesting and informative class.  The students were all engaged and taking part even though it was the end of the day. – Ellen

REA Contracts Due April 21st

REA contracts are due to be returned to the SAU by 4:00 PM on Friday, April 21.   Please sign and return both copies of your contract to your school principal.

Join the Strategic Planning Committee

The School Board is accepting letters of interest from employees, parents, and community members to join the Raymond School District Strategic Planning Committee for their annual review of the plan.  This annual review is scheduled for the full day on Thursday, May 18th, beginning at 8:00 AM.  Please submit a letter of interest by 3:00 PM on Tuesday, May 2nd to Jennifer Heywood at the SAU Office.

Health Insurance Open Enrollment Info Sessions – Updated!

SchoolCare is hosting several information sessions as we head into the open enrollment season.  No pre-registration is necessary.

RESS:

Please Note:  Benefits Strategies will be discussing the Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) during the last part of the session on April 10th and April 12th.  They will not be there on April 11th.  You may want to consider attending on the 10th or the 12th if you’d like the FSA presentation.

Monday, April 10, LRES Media Center, 3:30-4:30 (Benefits Strategies 4:30-5:00)

Tuesday, April 11, IHGMS Media Center, 3:00 – 4:00

Wednesday, April 12, RHS Media Center, 2:45 – 3:45 (Benefits Strategies 3:45-4:15)

REA:

Please Note:  Benefits Strategies will be discussing the Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) during the last part of the session on April 20th. They will not be there on April 18th.  You may want to consider attending on the 20th if you’d like the FSA presentation.

Tuesday, April 18, LRES Media Center, 3:30 – 4:30

Thursday, April 20, IHGMS Media Center, 3:00 – 4:00 (Benefits Strategies

Wagepool:

HealthTrust has also scheduled an information session for our non-union, wagepool employees on Monday, May 22 at 3:45 PM, IHGMS Room 192

School Board Update

At last week’s meeting, each school’s music department presented an aspect of their music program to the Board.  Elementary school students performed several pieces of music as examples of how their skill has improved over the school year.  The middle school performed a wonderful piece with varying instruments.  And a high school student used a computer program to show the School Board how her music practice at home can be assessed and improved within the program before submitting her assignment electronically for class.

The School Board reviewed the proposed revisions to the Professional Development Master Plan, which they then approved.  The plan will now be submitted to the State.  You can see the proposed plan and a summary of changes on our website.

There was a brief discussion about food service outsourcing.  As you know, the voters in March had voted against advising the School Board to outsource our food service program.  Last week, the School Board took action to keep the food service program in-house.

The School Board discussed possible dates to meet with incoming Superintendent Dr. Tina McCoy, as well as agenda items for that meeting.  (The meeting has been scheduled for Monday, May 8th at 7:00 PM.)

Finally, the School Board read proposed revised policies EEA Student Transportation Services and EEAA Video and Audio Surveillance on School Property for the first of two readings.

The School Board’s next regular meeting is Wednesday, April 19th.

My Learning Plan Training

A short refresher class for those who would like to attend on how to use My Learning Plan.  No need to pre-register.  Questions – contact Jennifer Heywood.

Tuesday, April 11, 2:15 PM, RHS Media Center

Monday, April 17, 3:30 PM, LRES Computer Room

Tuesday, May 2, 3:00 PM, IHGMS Room 192

SchoolCare Good For You Quarter 4 Newsletter

Good For You Q4 Newsletter

SchoolCare Sugar Smasher Challenge

Master-Sugar Smasher Challenge Flyer_Vibrant

Weekly Update – April 3, 2017

CPR/First Aid Class

Strategic Planning Committee

Health Insurance Open Enrollment Information Sessions

Upcoming School Board Meetings

My Learning Plan Training

Nominations for 2017 Ocean Stewardship Award

Safety Educator

Para-educator Professional Development Workshop

I was in a preschool class where the students were working in stations. One group was working with the teacher on numbers.  Another group was identifying the letter “e” on sheet of letters, and a third group was at a station with tactile objects in a play setting.  It was amazing to see that the students were all engaged, calmly working and listening to what they were asked to do.  These students are only 3-4 years old, so it was an impressive class to watch.  One of the students saw me come in  and said “No, it’s not pick-up time yet!”  Clearly they were enjoying learning. – Ellen

LRES PTO Father Daughter Dance

CPR/First Aid Class

The District is offering an Infant/Child/Adult CPR & First Aid class for our employees on Wednesday, April 12th at 3:15 PM at IHGMS.  This class is for a two-year certification, and covers new certifications as well as renewals.  Registration is required – please register through My Learning Plan.  The class is listed in the District Catalog.  If you need any assistance with My Learning Plan, contact Jennifer at j.heywood@sau33.com or 895-4299 x1103.

Strategic Planning Committee

Are you interested in helping to plan for the future of Raymond School District?  We are accepting letters of interest from employees, parents, and community members to join the Raymond School District Strategic Planning Committee for their annual review of the plan.  This annual review is scheduled for the full day on Thursday, May 18th, beginning at 8:00 AM.  Please submit a letter of interest by 3:00 PM on Tuesday, May 2nd to Jennifer Heywood at the SAU Office.  

Health Insurance Open Enrollment Information Sessions

SchoolCare is hosting several information sessions as we head into the open enrollment season.  No pre-registration is necessary.

RESS:

Monday, April 10, LRES Media Center, 3:30 – 5:00

Tuesday, April 11, IHGMS Media Center, 3:00 – 4:30

Wednesday, April 12, RHS Media Center, 2:45 – 4:15

REA:

Tuesday, April 18, LRES Media Center, 3:30 – 5:00

Thursday, April 20, IHGMS Media Center, 3:00 – 4:30

Wagepool:

HealthTrust has also scheduled an information session for our non-union, wagepool employees on Monday, May 22 at 3:45 PM, location TBD.

Upcoming School Board Meetings

The School Board is holding two meetings this week.   On Monday evening, they’re meeting with the Board of Selectmen to discuss Town and School priorities together.  Then they’re holding their regular meeting on Wednesday evening.  At that meeting, students and staff representing the music program at each of our schools will be there to share with the School Board.  Following that, the Board will be reviewing and taking action on our revised Professional Development Master Plan to be submitted to the State.  The Board will then be taking up the subject of food service outsourcing, followed by a discussion about School Board members and possible conflicts of interest.  They’ll discuss a date to meet with the incoming Superintendent, and what topics should be covered at that meeting.   The Board will also be reviewing two proposed revised policies:  A revision to EEA Student Transportation Services updates our policy to adhere to new law specifying the right of charter school students to in-district transportation.  Revised policy EEAA Video and Audio Surveillance on School Property makes some clarifications about the use of videos at school events, in light of the law passed awhile back which restricted videotaping in classrooms.

You can see both agendas, as well as all School Board public backup information for these meetings, at http://www.sau33.com/agenda.

My Learning Plan Training

A short refresher class for those who would like to attend on how to use My Learning Plan.  No need to pre-register.

Thursday, April 6, 2:30 PM, RHS Media Center

Monday, April 17, 3:30 PM, LRES Computer Room

Tuesday, May 2, 3:00 PM, IHGMS (Location TBD)

Nominations for 2017 Ocean Stewardship Award

From New England Aquarium:  Are you a teacher or school group, or know of one, who aspires to liveblue – taking an active role in protecting our world’s ocean and environment? If so, please nominate yourself, your students, or another teacher for a New England Aquarium Ocean Stewardship Award!

Prize: Winners for each category will receive a free Aquarium program at their school in fall 2017.
Eligibility: The school group category is open to all K-12 school groups in New England. A school group must be affiliated with a school and include a faculty adviser. The teacher category is open to all K-12 classroom teachers in New England. Self nominations are welcome.
Nomination Deadline: NEW DATE–April 26, 2017

Safety Educator

See the March/April Safety Educator from the NH Fire Marshal’s Office here.

Para-educator Professional Development Workshop

Granite State College is offering a para-educator workshop on Saturday, April 29th.  “Many resources are available for working with and supporting the children who thrive within the traditional system and follow the expected developmental milestones. But what about those children who do not? This workshop examines a comprehensive survey of common diagnoses and provides comprehensive approaches that offer hope to those who appear to be unreachable. The information is delivered in plain language so you can lead your most frustrated and misunderstood children toward significance and success.”  Fee: $15.  3 CEU’s.  Visit https://www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.pm?event_id=23934

Weekly Update – March 27, 2017

CPR/First Aid Class

School Board Meeting Update

SERESC Professional Development Offerings

I was a judge for the JAG speaking contest. The students had to speak on “What I have learned from JAG.”  The students all did an excellent job. I was impressed with their poise and confidence, the plans they had made for their future – and had followed up on, and their passion for this class.  One student said “It wasn’t an easy class like I thought because of all the things I learned, but it showed me my worth.”  Other students talked about their new confidence and the fact that they had no plans prior to this class and now they are excited about their future.  Lisa King is the teacher for this class and she does an excellent job with them.  Over half of the seniors are already enrolled in a community college and three others are entering the military with a plan for what they want to learn in the military.  It was very impressive. – Ellen.

CPR/First Aid Class

The District is offering an Infant/Child/Adult CPR & First Aid class for our employees on Wednesday, April 12th at 3:15 PM at IHGMS.  This class is for a two-year certification, and covers new certifications as well as renewals.  Registration is required – please register through My Learning Plan.  The class is listed in the District Catalog.  If you need any assistance with My Learning Plan, contact Jennifer at j.heywood@sau33.com or 895-4299 x1103.

School Board Meeting Update

The School Board met last Wednesday and chose their officers for the upcoming year.  John Harmon will serve as Chair, Joseph Saulnier will serve as Vice Chair, and Janice Arsenault will serve as Secretary.

RHS Teachers Tom Koch and Dean Plender and some RHS students spoke with the Board about the Math Team.  They talked about how long they’ve been doing math and their reasons for participating: because it’s fun, it  deepens their understanding of math concepts, it’s a fun way to socialize with other schools while talking about similar interests, and they are able to challenge themselves without the pressure of grades.  They described how a math meet works and how points are earned for problems solved.

A Request for Inclusion on the School Board Agenda had been submitted regarding a bus stop at the site of some proposed construction, but the spokesperson was unable to attend the meeting.  She asked that the Board read a letter in her absence, which they did, and then they agreed to address the issue at a later date, as the letter had noted.

The School Board set the RHS Graduation Date for Friday, June 16, 2017.

The School Board members assigned their representation for various district and town committee assignments.  You can see the complete list here.  They did table a couple of committee assignments to a later date: the LRES Building Committee and the Raymond Council of Business Leaders for Public Education.

The School Board moved to put all public School Board meeting backup on the website along with the posted agendas.  Starting with the April 5th meeting, this information will be available online.

There was some discussion about how to proceed regarding Lamprey River Elementary School.  It was the general consensus of the School Board that they move forward in addressing the needs at LRES somehow, and that how they do that is yet to be determined.  They then agreed to propose a meeting to the Selectmen for the School Board and the Selectmen to talk together about the needs of both the elementary school and the police station.  (That meeting has been scheduled for April 3rd.)

Finally, Ron Brickett reviewed the monthly financial update with the Board. There was some discussion about the breakdown of some line items to analyze specific budget variances.  The Board then approved and signed the MS-22 Report of Appropriations Actually Voted. 

The next regular School Board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 5th.

A joint meeting of the School Board and the Board of Selectmen is scheduled for Monday, April 3rd at 7:00 PM in the RHS Media Center.

SERESC Professional Development Offerings

Visit http://www.seresc.net/professionaldevelopment to see SERESC’s professional development offerings for the remainder of the school year, including: It’s All About Awareness: Understanding and Supporting Individual Differences in the 21st Century;  Tell a Story About Time: Improving Narrative Writing and Much More; and Supporting Transgender and Gender Noncomforming Students. 

Weekly Update – March 20, 2017

School Board Meeting Update

Workshop – Advancing STEM Goals Using Best Practices in Literacy

You Make the Difference Awards

“I observed a middle school Integrated Technology class. The students had scenarios of being on a deserted island and had to design a boat, build it out of balsa wood, and decide how to power it.  One student was looking up the use of coconuts for fuel, others were looking at wind power. They could only use what they could find on the island. ” – Ellen 

School Board Meeting Update

The School Board is meeting this Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM.  At this meeting, they welcome incoming School Board members Michelle Couture and Janice Arsenault, along with new Student Representative to the School Board Jeffery Rivard.  The Board will be choosing their Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary for this year.

The RHS Math Team will be visiting the Board to talk about their experiences, and a citizen will be talking with the Board about a request for a bus stop.

We’ll be setting the date for our RHS graduation, followed by assigning Board member representation on our various school and town committees.  We’ll also be discussing the type of public information available on on our website in relation to School Board meetings.

There will be a discussion about how to proceed regarding the elementary school building, as well as discussion of possibly scheduling a meeting between the School Board and the Selectmen to talk together about how to address the needs of the school and the police station.

Finally, Ron Brickett will review the monthly financial update with the Board and they’ll be signing the MS-22, which is the Appropriations Actually Voted.

You can see the full School Board agenda at www.sau33.com/agenda.

Workshop – Advancing STEM Goals Using Best Practices in Literacy

Improving Interdisciplinary Reading Skills in the Classroom, Across the Curriculum, and on Next Generation Assessments.  Friday, April 14th, SERESC in Bedford.  Click here for more information.

You Make the Difference Awards

Nominate one of your coworkers for the “You Make the Difference” Award and both of you could received a gift certificate to an area store or restaurant!  Three ways to nominate your coworker:

Submit your nomination online (Note: you will need to sign in with your SAU 33 account to access the form.)

Print out the form and sent to Jennifer Heywood at the SAU

Email j.heywood@sau33.com with the word “Nomination” in the subject line