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Pelham - Windham News

6 - June 4, 2010

Pelham Resident Helps Raise Money for Cancer Center

participating in Lowell General Hospital’s TeamWalk for

submitted by Sue Tabb

Michelle Richards of Pelham (second from left) poses with team “Landry/Perron” after

CancerCare on Sunday, May 16, at the Tsongas Center in Lowell, MA. Richards, an employee of the hospital, lost her husband, Donald Landry, to cancer in 2001. With 5,000 other walkers, the team helped to raise more than $716,000 that will support local cancer patients. Pictured are Bob Richards, Michelle (Landry) Richards, Jack Plunkett, Kathy Beauregard, Jodi

Beauregard, Tim Beauregard, Laura Dembkoski, Chad Beauregard, Sarah Hileman, and Dan Rocheford.

Scouts Honor Military

submitted by Deborah Marcotte

Boy Scout Troop 25 of Pelham honors our military past and present at Memorial Day Celebrations in

Pelham.

Special Education Director Details Year Gone By

by Barbara O’Brien

Special Services Director Tina McCoy says there

have been “a lot of challenges” during the nearly completed 2009-2010 school year, but they have “all been good challenges.” “There hasn’t been a dull moment,” McCoy said

of the year that included the opening of Windham High School. McCoy, who serves as Special Services Director

for SAU #28, met with School Board members last month to provide a synopsis of the year’s happenings. SAU #28 services both the Pelham and Windham School Districts. McCoy noted that the two school districts

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received more (special education) federal aid during the 2009-2010 school year, which ends on June 30, than is usually the case. Much of that money was used in the areas of literacy and mathematics, she said.

One of the largest undertakings during the 2009-2010 year was to provide additional training for special education teachers. The teachers who participated in this training learned to use more visual methods of instruction and apply “more engaging methods of reaching students,” McCoy said. “We need to look at each student individually” when developing a program, McCoy explained. “The training our teachers received is proving to be a huge help to students,” she added. According to McCoy, Special Ed teachers

in each district of SAU #28 consistently assist their counterparts in the other district whenever needed. “There is a lot of idea sharing going on back and forth between Pelham and Windham,” she said.

In addition, a portion of the federal money

received for special services was used to hire a behavior analyst. This specialist works with students in both Windham and Pelham.

“We’re looking for more ways to move ahead,”

McCoy said. “We want to target student issues as early as we possibly can.” Pelham School Board member Linda Mahoney said she’s concerned over speeding up the special education curriculum to the point where students can longer keep up with their instruction. Mahoney said she would prefer to see more of the money that’s available spent in the classroom and less on additional teacher training. Windham School Board Vice Chairman Edward Gallagher said he doesn’t want to pull back on professional development, which creates teachers with more skills who can then do a better job helping students.

Gallagher also commented on the possibility of upcoming funding problems, especially in light of Windham being required to function under a default budget during the 2010-2011 school year. The proposed school operating budget did not pass this past March and, therefore, the Windham School District will have to function under a default budget based on the 2009-2010 school year. “There will be less federal money for the coming school year,” Gallagher said. “That limits what we can do.” Windham School Board member Jeff Bostic said, “We need to nail down what really works, and target whatever money we have there.” “There are many factors that need to come together” to maintain the services being provided to special education students, McCoy commented. SAU #28 Superintendent Frank Bass commended McCoy for the job she has been doing as Special Services Director. “Tina’s a real gem,” Dr. Bass said. “It’s amazing what she has been able to achieve.”

PMA Playground Nears Completion

submitted by Chris Thompson

Exciting times are happening at Presentation of Mary Academy in Hudson. On Saturday, May 22, between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., over 100 people showed up to help construct the playground that has been in the planning stages for approximately three years. The playground supervisor from Landscape Structures was in awe at the amount of help, how well everyone worked together, and how hard they worked. The playground is being constructed for children ages 5-12 (costs are

over $100,000). There is a swing set that is lower for the smaller children, a roller slide and a tube slide, talking tubes, a bridge, a cascade climber, a rolling log, and so much more! Due to the size of the playground, construction was scheduled for two

days. There is some groundwork that needs to be completed. It is PMA’s hope that the children will be enjoying the playground in the next week or so.

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