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Volume 8 Number 2 July 30, 2010 12 Pages Pack 266 Scouts
Has it been a Year Already?
High School Start Time Changed
by Barbara O’Brien In what was a generally unanticipated move, the
Pack 266 at Pirate’s Cove at Camp Carpenter
submitted by Kimber Leuteritz There is one experience that is
a traditional summertime event: going to summer camp. Every kid should get that chance—with Cub Scouts, young boys can! On Sunday, July 11, 15 Cub Scouts, one Den Chief Boy Scout, and five Adult Leaders from Cub Scout Pack 266 of Windham started their amazing week of overnight resident camp at Camp Carpenter in Manchester. The boys spent the week learning skills and having experiences they might not otherwise have had. Most of the Scouts slid down a one-story homemade water slide, putted a few rounds of mini-golf, learned how to handle basic tools in the handy craft area, and fished in the central lake. Two of the boys were very lucky and caught a sunfish and one of the resident snapping turtles! The boys went to the nature center to learn about the woods around us and the life cycle of our environment and animals, and visited the Scouting Museum to learn more about the history of Scouting. Each of the boys also got time to have fun at the waterfront area to learn how to maneuver a row boat and free swim for some time to relax and cool off. The boys learned about some of our Native American history and culture by listening to an Indian story, creating an Indian craft, and participating in a dance ritual. After the tough windstorms this winter, the camp was looking for assistance in cleaning up. The boys helped with the improvement of the camp by planting flowers/shrubs on the last day of camp as their community service work for the week. Some of the favorite activities for the Scouts
that attended this past week were Archery, BB Guns, and Pirate’s Cove. Each of the boys learned how to safely aim and shoot a bow and arrow, as well as BB guns, into a target sheet. Our Cub Master incented the boys by
Cub Master Kevin Rochford, Ben Montgomery, and Daniel Rochford canoe at Webelos Woods
Andrew Cook (Den Chief), Colin Dowie, Killian Cowan, and Riley Bowers at Native American Village
Pirates of the Future! Regardless, they all got wet and had another amazing time with the staff at Camp Carpenter! Lastly, the boys entering fifth grade in the
Christopher Redard and Tomas Hebert at Camp Carpenter’s waterfront
offering a free “Scout Store Slushy” if they got a bulls-eye. By the end of the week, almost every boy was able to complete the challenge at least one time! The boys also enjoyed an interactive story about some traditional pirates on a treasure hunt by stomping around a half- abandoned pirate ship, with docks, a tower, chain suspended bridges, and a wooden plank path in front of a rock wall to solve the mystery!
fall enjoyed an extra special excursion. They got to spend a full day in a separate area of the camp called “Webelos Woods.” This area offers activities that are designed for older boys and begins to show them what they can look forward to at Boy Scout Camp the following summer. While there, the second-year Webelos Scouts spent the day mountain biking on paths around the camp, canoeing across the lake, and attempting the obstacle/challenge course. When the week ended and the parents
came to pick up their boys on Thursday night, many were dirty, tired, and, most importantly, chanting cheers and singing songs they had learned. They were all excited at the prospect of returning next year for another “experience of a summer!” If you have a son entering first to fifth grade
In the end, the boys found themselves
in paddle boats having a huge water fight. The object was to get everyone on the same team, whether it was the Pirates of the Past or the
this fall and would like to learn more about Cub Scouts, contact Kevin Rochford (578-2661 or kevinr@KGRTech.com
) or Kimber Leuteritz (893-2526 or firstname.lastname@example.org
). You may also get information on the Website at www.nhscouting,org. Have a great rest of your summer!
Pelham Memorial Makes Building Accessible for All by Tom Tollefson One of the goals for Pelham Memorial
School this summer is to make their building more accessible to all teachers, faculty, and students. The maintenance staff is re-arranging the classrooms as a part of this goal. Grades 6, 7, and 8 are now split up on both floors. This will require 25 teachers to relocate throughout the building. “Prior to this year, all our grade 6 classrooms were contained upstairs,” Vice Principal Tom Adamakos said. Also, the 8th grade classrooms were on the first floor only. The administration staff believes this will make it easier for teachers, faculty, and students to get to their classrooms.
In addition to the re-arrangement of the classrooms, everyone will have easier access to the school library, which is being moved from the second floor to the first floor. The maintenance staff can be seen moving the relocated shelves and cabinets, while the district contracted Future Electric to hook up new air conditioner units in five areas and complete the wiring for the new library downstairs. “It’s going to bring the school up to
standards as far as electrical wiring,” Denis Glaude, owner of Future Electric, said. The total cost for moving expenses is estimated between $50,000 and $60,000. This expenditure is covered indirectly from ARRA federal funding. The upgrades over the summer will bring each room in the building into line with the ADA.
“Ninety-nine percent of everything
is now on the first floor,” SAU Business Manager Adam Steel said. The new library was formerly a social studies classroom, and the room upstairs previously used as a library will be used for a chorus room. The school also offers easier access to the gym and band room, as they have remained on the first floor. They also have an elevator lift, which has been there for “many” years, according to Steel.
All the upgrades to the building are expected to be done within the next week.
“I think the modifications we made to the building will help the community, teachers, and students alike,” Maintenance Director Alan Miller said.
Future Electric owner Denis Glaude works on an air conditioner unit at Pelham Memorial School
Windham School Board decided to delay the daily start time at Windham High School by 24 minutes, beginning with the 2010-2011 school year, which got underway on July 1. This change in the school day was made despite concerns expressed by parents and students alike over a period of several months. During the School Board’s June meeting, new high school principal Tom Murphy had asked that a decision on whether or not to delay the start of the school day be postponed until next year (2011-2012 school year). Murphy said he wanted sufficient time to study the impact and ramifications of such a change. School Board members, at the time, seemed willing to give Murphy the time he requested. However, when School Board members met again on July 26, only a month before school is set to resume, Murphy had changed his mind and said he was ready to move forward with the schedule change. Murphy told School Board members that the 24-minute delayed opening would have less impact on students participating in technology (CTE) courses held at Salem High School, as well as those involved in after-school athletic programs, than the existing schedule. The entire issue of changing the start time at the new high school, which opened its doors to students one year ago, is to allow students to sleep later in the morning. Significant research has shown that teenagers need additional sleep due to biological changes taking place at this age. School Board members have argued that students will still go to bed at the same time the night before, but sleep later in the morning, thereby getting additional sleep. Some others, however, have said students will just stay up later, knowing that they can sleep later in the morning. On a motion by School Board member Jeff Bostic, the delayed opening was approved by a vote of 3 to 1. Voting in favor of the change were Bostic, Chairman Bruce Anderson, and Michelle Farrell. Voting against making the change this year was School Board member John Hollinger. School Board vice chairman Ed Gallagher was not at the meeting when the vote was taken.
In regard to the decision to make the schedule
change effective this year, Bostic said, “We want to do what’s best for students now.” Bostic compared the start time issue to having impure drinking water in the high school. “We wouldn’t wait a year to fix the problem,” Bostic said.
Hollinger maintained that his fellow School Board members had previously agreed to wait a year before making any changes in the start time and that to change their minds now would be going against what residents had been told to expect. Hollinger said he didn’t think people would appreciate having the delayed opening “slipped in at the 11th hour.” At several prior meetings, a number of residents had said they didn’t trust the school administration to do what it promised.
Resident and former School Board candidate Dick
Forde said he feels that making the change in start time just a few weeks before the start of classes will only serve to upset a lot of households who have students attending Windham High School. Anderson also initially said he felt it would be “a hardship” for parents, students, and faculty to make the change at this point, but then, subsequently, voted to delay the start of the school day. Windham High School parent Mabel Brown said she had felt that, for the first time, administrators were listening to parents’ and students’ concerns, when Murphy said he wanted a year to study any effects of a delayed opening. She said she was disappointed that he had changed his mind so abruptly, and was concerned about the effect his recommendation will have on students in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and CTE programs, both held at Salem High School. A number of parents in the audience said they were not happy with the last-minute change in scheduling.
According to the new schedule, the school day will begin at 7:48 a.m. and conclude at 2:17 p.m. Previously, the school day started at 7:24 a.m. and ended at 2:06 p.m. Other changes made in the school day include increasing lunch periods from 21 to 25 minutes. Students had complained that they did not have enough time to get to the cafeteria, stand in line for their food, and still have time to eat lunch under the existing 21-minute period. Also changed is the time students have to move from one class to another. That time has been increased by one minute from four minutes to five minutes “passing time” between classes.
Another shift in scheduling for the new school year is a reduction in class time from 85 minutes to 80 minutes per block on Tuesdays through Fridays; and from 43 minutes to 40 minutes for classes held on Mondays. Murphy said that the shorter classes still more than meet state educational guidelines.
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