Salem Community Patriot
April 2, 2010 - 5
Salem Family Resources Honors Children’s Champions at Tot to Teen Fashion Show and Tea
submitted by Laurel Redden
Salem residents Nancy D’Agostino and Sheila Murray will be honored as “Children’s Champions” at the upcoming Salem Family Resource Tot to Teen Fashion Show and Tea. This event takes place Sunday, April 11, 1-3 p.m. at Searles Castle
in Windham, and marks the beginning of local activities surrounding the Week of the Young Child. Children’s Champions are recognized for their significant work
toward bettering the lives of children in the greater Salem area in the area of early learning, family wellness and early development. D’Agostino recently retired as director of the Windham Co-op Preschool. Her long career in early childhood education includes serving as consultant to NH’s Best Schools Initiative and on preschool special education programming statewide. Murray, a former teacher and co-founder of Salem Children’s School, is the former children’s librarian at Kelley Library, where she spent 20 years fostering a love for literacy
among area children. Both continue to share their collected lifetime of expertise and
NH Students Remain
Among Top Performers in the Nation in Reading
submitted by the NH Department of Education
The reading results for the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) show that students in both grade four and grade eight performed very well when compared to the rest of the nation. New Hampshire fourth graders scored higher than their cohorts in 44 other jurisdictions and scored similarly to six others. One jurisdiction scored higher. NH eighth graders scored higher than 39 other jurisdictions, scored similarly to 12 others, and no jurisdiction scored higher. There were 52 jurisdictions (states, territories, and the Department of Defense) that participated in the assessment and involved nearly 173,000 students from the sampled schools in the various jurisdictions. The reading results are in keeping with NH students consistently scoring above the national average in all grades and subjects. The NAEP is also commonly known as “the Nation’s Report
Card,” and is conducted at both the state and the national level. This assessment has been focusing on what America’s students know and are capable of doing in various subject areas since 1969. The 2009 NAEP reading assessment measures students’ comprehension of literary and informational passages. Within the passages, vocabulary is also assessed. The results from the 2009 assessment are compared to those from previous years, showing how students’ performance in reading has progressed over time. This cycle marks the fourth consecutive NAEP State Assessment
in which NH has participated (2003, 2005, 2007, and 2009). The state-level NAEP assessment is conducted every two years and requires a representative sample from grades four and eight. NAEP selects a representative sample of students by randomly selecting schools and then selecting the students within those schools who will participate in a given NAEP assessment. Because of the matrix sampling, NAEP does not provide individual scores for students or schools. The NH reading sample size was nearly 3,000 students per
grade and included 160 schools at grade four and over 90 schools at grade eight. The scores are given as an aggregate average scale score for the state, resulting from the grade-appropriate performance of the stratified random sample. The NAEP scores for reading are based upon a 0-500 scale. Grade 4 Reading: • The average scale score for NH fourth-grade public school students is 229. This is significantly higher than the corresponding score for the nation, which is 220.
• NH fourth graders scored higher than their classmates in 44 other jurisdictions and scored similarly to six others. One jurisdiction, Massachusetts (scale score of 234), scored significantly higher than New Hampshire for this grade.
• The average scale score for NH fourth graders, 229, in the 2009 assessment is consistent with scores achieved since the first assessment in 1992, which was 228.
• Seventy-seven of the assessed fourth-grade students in NH scored At-or-Above the NAEP Basic achievement level. This is an increase of one percent from 2007.
• The percentage of fourth-grade students in NH who performed At-or-above Basic was greater than that of the Nation (77 percent versus 66 percent).
• The percentage of students in NH who performed At-or-above the NAEP Proficient achievement level was also greater than that of the Nation (41 percent versus 32 percent).
• The percentage of grade-four students in NH who performed at the NAEP Advanced level was greater than that of the nation (nine percent versus seven percent).
Grade 8 Reading: • The average scale score for NH eighth-grade students is 271. This is significantly higher than the corresponding score for the nation, which is 262.
• NH eighth-graders scored higher than 39 other jurisdictions and scored similarly to 12 others. No other jurisdiction scored significantly higher than NH for this grade level.
• The average scale score for NH eighth graders, 271, in the 2009 assessment is consistent with scores achieved since the first state- level grade-eight reading assessment in 2003 (also 271).
• Eighty-one percent of the assessed grade-eight students in NH scored At-or-Above the NAEP Basic achievement level.
• Thirty-nine percent of the assessed grade-eight students in NH scored At-or-Above the NAEP Proficient achievement level.
• The percentage of grade-eight students in NH who performed At- or-above the NAEP Basic achievement level was greater than that of the nation (81 percent versus 74 percent).
• The percentage of grade-eight students in NH who performed At- or-above the NAEP Proficient achievement level was greater than that of the nation (39 percent versus 30 percent).
• The percentage of grade-eight students in NH who performed at the NAEP Advanced level was greater than that of the nation (four percent versus two percent). For more information on New Hampshire’s NAEP results, visit
. For a complete set of national results, visit http://www.nces.ed.gov/ nationsreportcard.
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Shaw’s warehouse workers on strike - Guy Chouinaid, Mike Machera, Tony Simone, and Steve Young stand in the rain for hours
Shaw’s Strike Continues
by Robyn Hatch
Driving by any Shaw’s Supermarket in the area, you will see strike signs and people passing back and forth in an orderly fashion. At the Salem Shaw’s location, when asked about what was going on, the strikers replied that the reason began with the Shaw’s warehouse out of Methuen, MA (UFCW Local 791), and that the issue isn’t about getting higher wages—it’s about preserving benefits that the workers already have. It seems that a contract was already signed in Wells, ME, and the locations in this area have not even come close to what they got in Maine. They want to lay off and hire part-time workers to take their place, and there are now 310 warehouse people being affected. The strikers have been told that possibly this week, some kind of an agreement will be reached.
experience working with families and young children as Salem Family Resources Parenting and Play Group mentors, story time volunteers, and Board members. The Tot to Teen Fashion Show and Tea will feature 12 local
children ranging in age from 2 to 16. Salem Selectwoman Beth Roth, a Salem Family Resources Board member, will emcee. Kohl’s Department Store in Salem will provide fashions for the show, along with the Disney Store at Rockingham Mall. Additional sponsors include Exchange Club of Salem, Kiwanis Club, Partners in Family Wellness, PLLC, Hampstead Health and Fitness, Salem Lions Club, Salem Boys & Girls Club, Disney Store/Rockingham Mall, Merrimack Valley Montessori School, Trish DiGiovanni/Tupperware, and Yasenka Real
. All proceeds benefit family support programs of Salem Family Resources-Success By 6. For more information about the group, see www.salemfamilyresources.org.
For the Ladies
Learn how to find your way in the wilderness at a one-day
“Beyond BOW” Navigating in the Outdoors Workshop on Saturday, May 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness. Participants will learn how to use a compass, read a topographical map, and use them together to find their way in the woods. The workshop will also provide an introduction to a simple hand-held GPS unit. The session will be led by Lorri and Al Menard and Randy Curtis, who are Hunter Education and BOW Map and Compass instructors. A brochure and mail-in registration form are now available at
www.nhbow.com. The cost of the class is $15, which includes continental breakfast, lunch, and use of equipment. Participation is first-come, first-served, so sign up right away if you’re interested. Women must be 18 years of age or older to take part. Applications are now being accepted.
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