Pelham - Windham News
10 - May 28, 2010
Push to Delay- continued from front page
• Time Discrepancy for Block I: Now: six minutes. With delayed opening: 42 minutes.
Block 2 – • Salem High School – 9:05-10:32 a.m. • Windham High School (Now) – 9:18-10:43 a.m.
• Windham High School (With delay) – 9:42- 11:07 a.m.
• Time Discrepancy – Now: 24 minutes. With delayed opening: 72 minutes.
Block 3 – • Salem High School – 10:38 a.m.-12:37 p.m.
• Windham High School (Now) – 10:47 a.m.-12:37 p.m.
• Windham High School (With delay) – 11:07 a.m.-1:01 p.m.
• Time Discrepancy – Now: nine minutes. With delayed opening: 53 minutes.
Block 4 – • Salem High School – 12:43-2:10 p.m. • Windham High School (Now) – 12:41-2:06 p.m.
• Windham High School (With delay) – 1:05- 2:30 p.m.
• Time Discrepancy – Now: seven minutes. With delayed opening: 47 minutes.
“What does this mean?” Brown asked, referring to the time discrepancies that she says will be
caused by a delayed opening at Windham High School. First, she said, any student who is taking a Block I class will be missing at least 42 minutes of classroom time daily. Second, any student who is taking a Block 4 class will be missing at least 47 minutes of daily classroom time. “Any student who has a Block 2 or Block 3 CTE/ROTC class could miss an hour of instructional time daily,” she said.
In addition, by changing the dismissal time from the current 2:06 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. will mean those participating in athletic programs will be missing more class time than under the existing scenario. Brown said most buses leave for games/ meets at 2:15 p.m. A lot more research still needs to be done before a decision can be made on this time change, Brown said, including an itemized account of Windham High School teams that were dismissed early and at what times they were dismissed during the current school year. Windham also needs to get Salem’s, Pinkerton’s, and Alvirne’s CTE schedules and programs for comparison purposes, Brown suggested. “Dr. Bass stated that all CTE classes would be held during Blocks 1 and 4,” Brown said. “But this is impossible. I know for a fact that guidance counselors had to talk some students out of taking classes that occurred during Blocks 2 and 3 because of the time discrepancy. If you see the time table, you can see why it is impossible for students take these classes.” “While this year, most CTE classes are happening during Blocks 1 and 4, what guarantee
do we have that this will continue?” Brown asked. As an example, she said, first-year culinary students have a Block 1 class their junior year. However, the following year, they have to take Culinary Arts Block 3 because that is when they are serving lunches in the restaurant. “It was suggested that students could take fewer classes to accommodate CTE classes and still graduate,” Brown said. “However, this could jeopardize these students’ chances of getting the core classes required by colleges. They also miss out on elective opportunities,” she added. “What does this say about Windham and our value of elective classes if we are willing to make these students sacrifice these opportunities?” she asked. “How many Windham parents understand that CTE classes are not just for vocational opportunities, but for college-bound careers in engineering, architecture, healthcare, childcare, marketing, and veterinarian professions?” Brown asked. Brown also wants to know if there is any data that shows a correlation to missed class time and its relationship to school performance. “Considering the significant class time that will be missed, shouldn’t this research be required before the School Board implements a policy that will cause a significant amount of class time to be missed?” she questioned. Another point raised by Brown is whether or not there are New Hampshire Athletic Association rules regarding how many classroom hours can be missed for athletics. She would like the School Board to provide that information to parents.
Families and Friends of Pelham Use Hearts and Feet to Fight Cancer
submitted by Maria Moujaes and Mary Collins
Walkers will go around the clock in the battle against cancer when the 2010 First American Cancer Society Relay For Life® of Pelham gets underway with 80 teams of residents gathering at Harris Family Track and Field on June 5 at 2 p.m. Relay For Life events are held
overnight as individuals and teams camp out at an athletic track, park, or other gathering area with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times throughout the evening. Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their camp sites during Relay. Relay brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, faith-based groups – people from all walks of life – all aimed at furthering the American Cancer Society’s efforts to save lives by helping people stay well, by helping them get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back. A dedicated group of volunteers
have put together the First American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Pelham. This group is excited about the overwhelming outpouring of support in this town. As of this time, over $65,000 has been raised. The event will begin at 2 p.m. and continue until 8 a.m. on Sunday, June 6. We will be entertained by Pelham’s finest DJ, Kevin Gettings. There will be prizes for best costumes and many other themed hours during the event. Many teams will have on-site fundraising that day. Come down and join us at this event. Some of the fundraising on-site events will be a chance to win a cruise, Patriots tickets, Red Sox tickets, Red Sox
authentic jackets, Celtics tickets, Skateboarding tour tickets, a quilt, and the list goes on. “Relay is a unique opportunity for our community to come together to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember those we’ve lost, and fight back against the disease,” said Sue Bianchi, Co-Volunteer Chair for the Relay For Life of Pelham. “Many of the participants are cancer survivors, which serves as a reminder that our community is not immune to this disease and that by participating in Relay, we are joining with the American Cancer Society’s efforts to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays,” added Sara-Jean Caira, Co-Volunteer Chair for the Relay For Life of Pelham. Funds raised at Relay For Life of
Pelham are enabling the American Cancer Society to impact the lives of those touched by cancer within the community by supporting vital, cutting-edge cancer research; providing cancer patients with services such as transportation to treatment, free lodging at our Hope Lodge, and round-the-clock support at our national cancer information center available at 1-800-227-2345 anytime, day or night; publishing lifesaving literature on cancer prevention, detection, and tobacco control; and developing a new generation of medicines that help those battling cancer. Relay For Life’s Luminaria Ceremony takes place after sundown, honoring the community’s cancer survivors and remembering those lost to the disease. Participants will circle a track that is surrounded with glowing luminaria that bears the name of someone who has battled cancer. Luminaria may be purchased
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After the 2010-2011 school year, there will no longer be buses going to Salem High School in the morning because Windham’s students who attend there will graduate, so Brown wanted to know if there is a plan as to how Windham students will get to Salem High if Salem starts at 7:30 a.m. and Windham doesn’t start until 7:52 a.m. “Doesn’t this in fact change the bus schedule? Will the town have to hire additional buses to accommodate?” she asked. Currently, Windham and Pelham are discussing the possibility of Pelham students paying tuition to come to Windham High School. “Will these talks end if Pelham sees that CTE classes are being cut?” Brown asked. Brown said she hopes to get the answers to these questions at the next School Board meeting, which is scheduled for Tuesday, June 1, beginning at 7 p.m. in the planning and development building next to Windham’s old Town Hall. This meeting will be open to the public. Also, a petition asking that the delay be delayed is currently being circulated at Windham High School. “There will be a School Board hearing on this delay before the vote,” Brown said. “It is important to contact School Board members and show up to this meeting to ask these questions.” “I am not opposed to a later start time; however,
I believe that we need to work with area schools before we go forward with it. If we work with other communities on this instead of trying to rush just to be the first to do this, then everyone can benefit,” Brown stated.
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