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Pelham - Windham News 12 - August 6, 2010

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Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop Contemporary, Tumble, Toddler and Preschool Classes Ages 2 to teens!

25 Indian Rock Rd, Rt. 111, Windham!

Erica O'Donaghue Artistic Director


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FALL REGISTRATION OPEN HOUSE! Tuesday, Aug. 24th from 5pm - 7pm

NH Department of Education Will Receive a Grant to Support Educational Innovation in the State

submitted by NH Department of Education The New Hampshire Department of Education received notification that it has been awarded a charter-school start-up grant to support educational innovation in the state, thanks to the legislature lifting the moratorium on creating charter schools. The final details of the award, including the total amount, are not yet available, but the New Hampshire Department of Education requested $11.6 million in its proposal. Charter schools are public schools that operate with more organizational flexibility than most public schools, which allows them to act, in many cases, as the “research and design arm” of the public system. Virginia M. Barry, Ph.D., New Hampshire’s Commissioner of Education, said “This grant will enable educators in the state to design bold and innovative educational opportunities for New Hampshire students.” She congratulated Roberta Denney, the Department’s Administrator for School Standards, who wrote the grant in collaboration with Matt Southerton, Director of the New Hampshire Center for Innovative Schools. The grant has five objectives:

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• Objective 1: Increase the number of high-quality charter schools in New Hampshire, particularly those serving educationally disadvantaged students who are most at risk in rural and urban settings. • Objective 2: Offer districts the opportunity to create charter schools within their district to promote innovative practices. • Objective 3: Use federal grant funds to improve student achievement in secondary

charter schools and increase graduation rates.

• Objective 4: Support the dissemination of best practices developed in charter schools to other public schools and districts in the state.

• Objective 5: Empower charter schools to become strong, independent organizations, while ensuring fiscally responsible practices. This new grant will help support innovators and provide the resources to continue school improvement and innovations for students. It is the NH Commissioner’s hope that school districts throughout the state will be inspired to tap into these funds in order to meet the needs of all learners.

Under New Hampshire law, school districts are allowed to establish and operate charter schools. These charter schools are administered by the local school board and may be closed if they fail to serve their students well or fall short of their mission. Commissioner Barry also stated, “That this grant will help the Department advance its strategic plan and provide necessary support to struggling schools, including efforts to improve teacher and leader effectiveness, strengthen school standards and assessments, and promote the use of performance data to drive school decisions.”

New Hampshire currently operates 10 charter schools that provide innovative, mission-driven educational experiences to students, particularly those for whom an alternative approach to learning is beneficial. More information about New Hampshire’s Charter

Schools can be found at instruction/school_improve/charter/index.htm.

Importance of Mouthguard Use

submitted by Dr. Anne B. Filler, DMD, FAGD Let the games begin! As fall approaches and

Artistic Director: Teri Desrosiers

Certified Member:

Dance Educators of America Phone:

603-893-1082 Location:

160 Main Street, Route 97 Salem, New Hampshire

Come Register for the New Dance Season Sat. Aug. 21st & 28th 10am-12pm

NEW: Boys Class Wednesdays 4pm - 5:30pm

Wed. Aug. 18th & 25th, 6pm-7:30pm Wed. Sept. 1st, 6pm-7:30pm

school athletic programs start up, it’s easy to forget about the smile saving devices known as “Mouthguards.” Each year, 3-5 million U.S. children suffer sports injuries severe enough to require emergency room treatments, according to the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation. Many of those students end up as part of the

15 million dental injuries that occur yearly. Any physical activity involves some risk, but injury rates are highest in impact sports.

Real Early Education for Children 6 Months to 10 Years old Now Enrolling for

Fall Pre-School & Pre-K DID YOU KNOW??

4Our Pre-School Pre-K teachers are fully degreed in early childhood education

4All Teachers are First Aid & CPR Certified!

4Each teacher has a minimum of 5 yrs experience

4We offer the highest sibling discount in the area

4We offer full time, part time, and half day programs!

4We accept NH State vouchers

Heather Murphy Owner-Director

Monday - Friday 6:30 A.M.-5:30 P.M.

1827 Bridge St, Dracut, Ma Less than a mile from Pelham Border on Rt. 38



• • KARATE Registration: Wednesday, August 11th & 18th 5-7 pm •

Athletes that wear properly fitted mouthguards will find them to be comfortable, resilient, and, most importantly, protective. Dental professionals have found that custom mouthguards made with double layers of plastic protection offer double defenses without compromising comfort and wearability. The stock (Type I) mouthguards, while less costly, offer the least amount of protection because little can be done to adjust the fit. The boil and bite (Type II) mouthguards are readily available in sporting stores, but require some adaptation to fit properly. Because of the less-than-ideal fit, they are not worn consistently, and often times end up outside of the mouth, creating another issue of cleanliness. Custom-made (Type III) athletic mouth guards are superior to stock and boil/ bite because they offer the best fit since they are constructed from plaster models of the athlete’s mouth. They also provide excellent protection and if taken care of properly, will last for several years. Dental injuries are costly, so take time to ensure that your athlete is adequately protected with a simple investment in a custom mouthguard.

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